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Book signing set for former soldier, alumna Kate Blaise

An Austin Peay State University alumna, book author and U.S. Army captain will be the guest of honor at a reception and book signing from 2-4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.

Kate Blaise, who graduated from APSU in 2000 with a double major in history and political science, was born and raised in Macon, Mo., where she met her future husband, Mike, in high school.
An Austin Peay State University alumna, book author and U.S. Army captain will be the guest of honor at a reception and book signing from 2-4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.

Kate Blaise, who graduated from APSU in 2000 with a double major in history and political science, was born and raised in Macon, Mo., where she met her future husband, Mike, in high school.

Blaise's book, “The Heart of a Soldier: A True Story of Love, War and Sacrifice,” is a unique tale of love, war and the ultimate sacrifice. Both she and her husband signed up to serve with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) through the Married Couples Program. He was a helicopter pilot, while she served as a member of the 426th Forward Support Battalion, which worked support and logistics for the 101st in Iraq.

According to its many readers, “The Heart of a Soldier” is an emotionally powerful memoir that tells a real-life love story as well as the truth about being a female officer in today's military. At the book's center is the tragic death of Blaise's husband while serving in Iraq.

“The Heart of a Soldier' has been featured in Reader's Digest, Complete Woman, Military Spouse, The St. Louis Dispatch and Stars and Stripes.
Currently, Blaise lives in Missouri where she serves in the National Guard and is active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

During the reception at Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill, located a 751 N. Second St., copies of “The Heart of a Soldier” will be available for purchase at $25 each with payment by cash, check or credit card.

Free and open to the public, the reception is sponsored by the APSU National Alumni Association. For more information, telephone (931) 221-7979. -- Dennie B. Burke