Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween.

I took my grandson over to the Canyon Creek Care Center to trick or treat this afternoon. He went as a ghost. 

 What fun!

There was a wonderful turn out, which thrilled the residents.

This is my friend Louise. She won Best Costume. 

 Here's Louise with my daughter and grandson.

We can hardly wait for tonight when the goblins and witches come out to play.

What did you do for Halloween?


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'm Jumpin' for Joy

I'm jumping for joy. 


My novel

 has been nominated for a 

Whitney Award.

What is a Whitney Award?

The Whitney Awards honor novels written by LDS authors. 

To learn more about them click here.

During the year readers who believe a novel is worthy of this award can nominate them. 

If you have read a novel written by an LDS author that you think is worthy of this award you can nominate the book here. 

I still can hardly believe that my novel was nominated, so I'm going to enjoy the moment.

Have you received news that has you jumping for joy? 



Thursday, October 17, 2013

One of those weeks, but thank goodness for oatmeal!!!

I've had one of those weeks.

You know the kind -- full of emotional highs and lows.

Thank goodness for oatmeal! Yes, I said oatmeal. It brightened my day!

See that lovely slow cooker full of creamy, tummy-warming, heaven-in-a-bowl? That's what I had waiting for me when I got up this morning. It has become one of my favorite breakfast foods.

It's made with steel-cut oats, pearl barley, apple juice, and wonderful spices.

I found the recipe in the cookbook, 365 Days of Slow Cooking by Janet Petersen.

And you are in luck because it is also on her website, so click here if you would like the recipe.

Now you, too, can wake up to this wonderful treat in the morning to brighten your day.


 What is your favorite breakfast food? And why?


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review - A Forgotten Promise by John Olsen

Before I get into the following book review I have to thank all those who came to my signing at the Deseret Book Store in Draper.

 It was an amazing night, one I will long remember with fond memories. All I can say is-- 

thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now on with the book review . . .

Books about drug addiction aren't something I normally seek out. But drug addiction has become more wide spread and as a concerned citizen I wanted to learn how people deal with such an overwhelming problem.

A Forgotten Promise is a fictionalized biography about a couple who suffer with drug addiction and alcohol abuse and also about the relatives who raise their children. Please note that the names are fictionalized.

This ebook is told through two points of view: Jake, a drug abuser, and Phil, the concerned brother-in-law who takes care of Jake's children.

Through Jake we see how he and his wife, Shelly, were drawn into the drug scene and how their self-destructive habit tears their family apart.  This father and mother love their kids, but their need for drugs has them making very bad choices. However, they do something very right, they ask Shelly's sister, Susan, if she and her husband, Phil, would take care of their children for a while.

I marveled at the love and self-sacrifice of Phil and Susan. They already had five children of their own, but they opened their home to four more children not knowing when or if Jake and Shelly would ever get their act together enough to become responsible parents again.

The reader sees through Jake and Shelly how drugs take hold of its victims and keeps them on a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows as they struggle to stay alive. As the story progresses the reader learns what lengths addicts are willing to go to get a fix and how they are able to support a habit that costs hundreds of dollars a day.  Jake and Shelly break one promise after another, always saying they'll do better, but giving up to their weakness at times without hardly a fight.

I was quite impressed by their brother-in-law, Phil, and what he was willing to do to help Jake and Shelly. His patience was commendable. Through this ordeal he developed strategies of protecting his family and also the children that now relied on him to keep them safe. He was diligent and smart, which in the long run was the best thing for everyone.

The story is powerful and really opened my eyes. However, as with most self-published ebooks, this novel could have used some editing. I also became impatient with how many times Jake would break his promises. But this book is based on a true story and it reflects how life helping an addict really is. Promises are made, broken, and made again, time after time because in the end the family hangs onto the hope that their loved ones will somehow gain the strength and fortitude to overcome their addiction.

As I thought about this book, I realized most all of us fight addictions of some kind whether it's over-eating, smoking, drinking, drugs, temper, spending, and etc. Sometimes we may think because our little addiction isn't as big as others that overcoming them isn't as important. But one thing this book showed me is that we all need to work on becoming better people, stronger people. It takes work to overcome bad habits and it must be a Herculean task to overcome something so mind-numbing as drug addition.

The book ends with hope, which makes it worth the read.

To learn more about this ebook click here.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Yup, I'm Signing Books.

Fall is in the air. 
The nights are getting colder. 
Leaves are changing colors. 
And General Conference is this weekend, 
which means
Ladies Night is this Saturday!!!

I will be signing copies of my books at 
the new Deseret Book Store in Draper 
between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. 
I can hardly wait.

Come join the fun!



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