Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 5 of Cold Justice Blog Tour

Okay, this is the last day of the blog tour and look at that scene. Beautiful.

Let's get ready for our final push to the finish line and stop over at the Queen of Chaos and Joy to see what Autumn has to say regarding Cold Justice.

Well, we're heading for the finish line. Look at those beautiful dogs. You can see from the look in their eyes that they know the race is over.

Thanks for coming along.

Don't forget the the deadline for the contest is July 1st at midnight. If I have winners for the bears, I'll announce them on July 3rd.

Now for the perfect R & R.






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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 4 of the Cold Justice Blog Tour


Look at all of you, up and ready to set out on this beautiful Alaskan morning. The dogs seem rested as well.

Yesterday we got off to a slow start, so slow that we didn't have a chance to stop. But today if we're lucky, we should have three places to catch our breath and have some blog-hopping adventure. 

Let's start the day off right by checking out a review in Meridian Magazine and reading what Jennie Hansen has to say about Cold Justice. She might even give us a virtual tall mug of hot chocolate.


Yummo!
Thanks Jennie for the review and the virtual cocoa.

Oh, look at that. You have whipping cream on your upper lip. Let me get that for you.

Okay, let's get going.

Wait a minute.

What's that I see ahead?


Aren't they adorable. But unlike the two cute bears I'm giving away to two lucky commenters on this tour, those bears look a little hungry. I don't think we ought to get very close to them. They're staring at the dogs.

Come on. Let's go around them and visit LDS Readers. Not only will they have a place for you to leave a comment, but Heather might give us a virtual sweet roll.


Double yummo! Be careful not to get frosting on your gloves.  And guess what? The bears are gone.

Now there's nothing in our way. The trail takes us straight up this snowy mountain. Oh my stars! Look who is here on the mountain pass . . . .Queen of the Clan. Maybe we can catch our breath and see what she has to say.



What a wonderful day on the dog sled trail.

Don't forget to leave comments along the trail. Those two cute bears on my desk would really like a home.

See you tomorrow for the last installment of the Cold Justice's Blog Tour. I can hardly wait.

(You're really being good a sport about all of this.)






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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 3 of Cold Justice Blog Tour

Oh no! Look at that. We're late and the other mushers have left us behind.

Well, crumb. I don't know about you, but I had a hard time sleeping last night. It was cold, and I couldn't find a comfortable spot. Well . . .  all of my complaining is not going to help us get on our way.

 Wait.

Did you hear that?


Maybe we could hitch a ride with a bush pilot. Do you think the pilot from Cold Justice would give us a lift? Of course, we would need to know the name of the pilot. And to know the name of the pilot, we need to read the book. Yes, I'm the author and I know the name, but I really don't want to spoil the story for you. Thinking about flying though, there's not enough room for all our dogs and sleds in that little cockpit.

We'll just have to cut our losses, not make a stop on the tour today, and get going.

You may have noticed in the sidebar that I've listed the other stops on the tour. Be sure to leave a comment on each and your name will go in the hat to win one of those cute toy bears. The tour is only a week long and you have until midnight on July 1st to leave your comments, so come along. I'd love to have you join us.



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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 2 of Cold Justice Blog Tour

 

 Here we are day two of Cold Justice's blog tour. Look at that beautiful Alaskan sunrise. Makes you want to leap to your feet, get the dogs hooked up to the sled, and on the trail, right?

Still not motivated? Well, it is a little cold here in Alaska even though it is summer. Maybe before starting out let's stop in at MK McClintock's to refresh ourselves on her view of Cold Justice. Make sure to leave a comment so your name will go into the hat to win a cute and cuddly bear. (See sidebar for more information.)

Wasn't her place beautiful? I especially like her blog banner. And, oh my stars, did you see what she had for special guests? Well, you're a special guest so check it out here.

Now it really is time to get on the trail. Daylight is burning.

Doesn't that blast of Arctic air kissing your face feel good? Look at you go! You're doing great!!!


Hang in there. Before you know it you'll be a pro.

Looks like a storm is brewing. Perhaps we should take shelter for a while. Let's stop at Life and Love Letters and wait it out. 

Lydia's place was nice and warm against that unexpected storm.

Okay, let's get mushing or we'll never make it to our next stop.

Tomorrow we might get a lift by a kind bush pilot. You'll never guess who the pilot will be... Come on back tomorrow and find out.




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Monday, June 25, 2012

Kick Off for Cold Justice Blog Tour

 

 Welcome to the virtual dog sled race of 
Cold Justice's Blog Tour!!!

Make sure you have the right dogs for your team.

This little guy might not be a good choice.


And these two might become a problem.

Even a big dog like this might not be a good idea.


Also you need the right sled as well.

Something like this.


Not this.


And not these.


A team and sled like this would probably make you happy.


So now you have your team and we're ready to start down the trail, but before we head out it might be a good idea to get supplies.

Let's stop at Sheila's blog  
and see if she has the right supplies for our
virtual dog sled race about
Cold Justice
Don't forget to leave a comment.
I want your name to go in the hat 
so you have the opportunity 
to win one of these 
cute and cuddly little bears.

 
Tomorrow we'll be on the trail with two rest stops. 
I can hardly wait!

Come along and join the fun!





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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Two Bears and a Blog Tour

 
See these two cute, cuddly little bears? 
Here's their story.

They were born just two weeks ago (the same time Cold Justice started appearing in stores) at the Build-a-Bear Store. Now this was no coincidence because I wanted to share these bears with my fans. I took them to the book launch where they could meet my friends and family. See there's one perched on top of my books. The other one was too shy and hid in his box the entire time.



The bears are going to be giveaway prizes for Cold Justice's blog tour.

This tour is only five days long. And it's going to be so much fun!!! We're going on a virtual dog sled race in Alaska. We'll see moose, eagles, whales and everything in between and we'll make stops at different blogs to rest and learn a little more about Cold Justice.

At the end of the race anyone who left a comment on ALL the blogs (even if you just said hi) will be entered to win one of these cute and cuddly bears. AND I'll even give you until midnight on July 1st to post those comments. Two winners will be announced on July 3rd.

The tour begins Monday June 25th and ends June 29th. Check my blog each day to see where the dog sled race will take us next. I don't know about you, but snow is sounding pretty good right now.

And in case you're interested, on Goodreads I'm giving away two copies of Cold Justice. The giveaway ends June 30th, so if you want a chance to win the book click here.

I hope to see you next week. Bundle up because we're going to have a wild and woolly time sledding through Alaska. :)



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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cold Justice Launched

 

Well, it happened. On June 16th Cold Justice was officially launched. I'm so very grateful to all those who came to support me. We had a wonderful time.

Karen Tuft and I combined forces. She launched her new book, Reality Check. We were very fortunate to have her cousin, Ryan, sing and play his guitar. He was fabulous!

Me, Ryan, and Karen

  Here are photos of other friends and family who came to wish Cold Justice smooth sailing.

Sarah and John Heath with me.

Sherry Atkins, a good friend and my daughter's mother-in-law.

Fellow authors and good friends: Charlene Raddon and Elizabeth Lane.

Daughter,Tricia. Kristina, my other daughter, was taking the picture.

Author Dean Hughes was also signing his books in the store. What a pleasure to meet him!
Customers asking about my books. I was very fortunate to have four of my novels in the store.

My good friends, Jan and Barry Gammel.

Karen Tuft's son waiting for me to sign a book.
Karen signing her book.
I wish I could share all the pictures taken. But for some reason--only the camera gremlins know why--not all the pictures were saved. This makes me very sad because there were so many wonderful, dear friends who drove a long way to be there. (Note to self: read the instructions of your new camera. Sheesh!)

What a wonderful day!

On Thursday I'll let you know about Cold Justice's blog tour. It's only one fun-filled week and there's going to be two very cute and cuddly prizes I'm going to GIVEAWAY at the end of the tour. So come along and join the fun.





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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Reading Tips and Nathan Fillion

Photo by Peter Yang via Parade Magazine


Last weekend's Parade Magazine had an article about summer reading . . . oh, and about Nathan Fillion and what he reads. Of course, I read the article because it was about books, not because Nathan Filllion had anything to do with it. (And if you believe that, than I have some swamp land I can sell you.) You might want to check out the article here. 

If a busy person like Nathan can find the time to read, so can the rest of us, right? I do find it hard to accomplish some days as I'm sure many of you do as well. I try to write eight hours a day, keep up with the social network, run errands, take care of my family, help with the grandkids, do my church calling and by the end of the day there is little time to read. But I love to read. It replenishes me to read one of my favorite authors. It's like watering my soul.

At the beginning of the year I made a goal to read twelve nonfiction books this year. So far I have read five. I'm right on track. My fiction reading has far outpaced nonfiction because I helped to read novels for the Whitney Awards.I'd like to step up my reading this summer. But my well has run dry for finding ways to fit it in.

Here's the thing. Why don't I share some of my reading tips with you. AND you share some of yours with me. Deal?

 Here's a few ways I'm able to read around my busy schedule:

  1. Stick a book in my travel case when I go on vacation. (I always think I'll be busy, but vacation is a great time to read.)
  2. Stick a book in my purse so I can take it with me when I run errands. (There are always times when I'm waiting for an appointment or when I'm stuck waiting for someone that I can pass the time by reading.)
  3. And when I'm home, I keep a book in the bathroom. (Make sure the book can tolerate steam.)
 
So that's about it. See I need more tips. :)

P.S. - HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to my little brother, Steve.

P.P.S.S.If you're near the Deseret Book in Fort Union Saturday between noon and 2:00, please feel free to stop by and say hi. I'm combining forces with Karen Tuft and we're signing our new books that day.





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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Reading All the Books

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Summer is a great time to get lost in a book.

Oh, I know there's a lot going on during the summer: camping trips, swimming parties, picnics, fireworks, parades, family reunions, and all of that stuff. But there's always down time when you can cozy up with a book and read. It's magic because nothing exercises your imagination like a good story. And the more you read the more you learn.

When my mother was a little girl, she lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a summer. Her father was a carpenter, and they moved where he could find work. She often told me how much she loved that summer because she read all the fiction books in the library. That blew me away. ALL the fiction books in the library. Granted back then the library wasn't as big as it is today, but still that's quite an accomplishment. My mother's love of good stories played a big role in her life and mine because she was the one who suggested I try writing a book.

See at one time, I had read all the books that I had (which wasn't that many since I'd only been married for several years and we were broke most of the time) and all the books my mother had (which actually was a lot, but not what a library would have had), and she suggested that I write a story of my own.

Her suggestion took fire within me. Not only did I want to learn to write, but I became even more aware of the stories I had read and would read. I paid attention to plot lines, characters, setting, and genre. It took me years to develop my own style as a writer and in many ways, I'm still learning.

But it all started because of a love of books . . . and a summer when my mother read all the books in the Jackson Hole Library. 

How many books do you intend to read this summer?

I'll continue this conversation on Thursday . . . 


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Review: Daughters of Jared by H.B. Moore


I just finished reading a wonderful novel by H.B. Moore titled Daughters of Jared. Let me give you a little background for the book.

In the Book of Mormon there is a story of Jared (the second) who gained his throne first by rebelling against his father, King Omer, and flattering the people. However, King Omer had two other sons who won the throne back for their father.

But did that end the revelry in the family? Not hardly. Jared had two daughters. One of his daughters thought of a way for her father to regain his throne. The plan used ancient conspiracies and secret combinations she learned from the history of her people, the Jaredites. Her scheme was to assassinate her own grandfather, King Omer.

And you thought the royal families during the middle ages or Roman times were devious. They had nothing over this daughter of Jared.

Moore takes this Book of Mormon story and adds wonderful fictional characters that help tell it in a way we can relate to. There's a romantic triangle, jealousy, conspiracy, and a devious villain. The two main characters are sisters and the daughters of Jared, which you probably deduced from the title.

Asherah (Ash) is the older sister, the schemer and manipulator who thought of the plan to kill her own grandfather and convinced her father to go along with it (though he didn't need much convincing). Naiva is the self-sacrificing, younger sister whose point of view the story is told through. I enjoyed watching these two characters grow throughout the novel.

Naiva is thrown into life and death situations and each time she has to make a choice between tolerating evil or fleeing from it. Many times she hesitates as she thinks of her family and what will happen to them if she were to leave. And many times she is stuck in intolerable circumstances because she chooses to do what she believes is right.  

Is there hope for Naiva?

 I don't want to give anything away. Just let me say, don't give up on her. Her story may not end as you think it will, but the ending satisfies and delivers. Naiva's story is something to reflect on, something to ponder and learn from. We may not find ourselves in such dire situations as she, but reading about a character who grows in courage and faith gives inspiration to us all. And who doesn't need more of that?

Here's part of the back cover blurb:

Naiva, daughter of the dethroned King Jared II, lives in the shadow of her privileged elder sister, Asherah. But when Asherah develops a secret plot to return their father to the throne, Naiva's resentment turns to fears. Thwarting the scheme becomes more complicated when Naiva discovers that Akish, the first man who has shown interest in her, is an integral part of the plan.

And here is the wonderful book trailer. 
 
 

Daughters of Jared can be found at all Deseret Book and Seagull Book Stores. It is also available as an ebook.

You can read more about this wonderful novel and the author, H.B. Moore on her blog and website.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author to review, but I reviewed it because I liked it.






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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Book Launch News!!!

I'm getting ready for the book launch of Cold Justice. I want it to be a fun event for everyone who comes. After all it's a celebration. A story has been brought to life in printed pages and it is now time to launch it out into the world.


 Launching a book is very much like launching a boat. A ship builder uses all the best materials he can find, works night and day, and asks the best inspectors to look it over. By the time it launches the only questions that remain are . . . Will it sink? Or will it float?

 So it is with novels. Writers work night and day on a story. Editors help make the book sound. Graphic artists put a face to it. The copy editor checks and double checks spelling, punctuation, and typesetting. And then all at once it's time to launch and see if it floats.

For this launch, I wanted to do something different. I've joined forces with a new author, Karen Tuft, whose debut novel, Reality Check, is coming out at the same time as Cold Justice.

It's going to be sooooo much fun. We have prizes (two very cute toy polar bears and Karen has two very cute toy pigs, plus we have some other stuff) to give away, refreshments (yummy eclairs), a guitarist will play for your entertainment, and, of course, we have our brand new novels to sell.

I hope you'll join us.

Date: June 16th

Place: Deseret Book Store in Fort Union

Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.











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