Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund -- Book Review

Book Review: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund 
Published by Bethany House Publishers 2014 

The back cover blurb: 
All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she’s left destitute and with no place to stay. 

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He’s just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other’s dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, was well as managing a household. 

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife’s death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters. 

My Review: 
This novel starts off with plenty of action. Emma is on a steamboat that is attacked by pirates, who set the ship on fire. Talk about tension and high conflict. Right away you’re empathic to Emma and her brother, Ryan. You’re there with her and feel her panic as she becomes separated from her brother when the ship starts going down, you’re there with her as she’s in the water about to drowned, and you’re there with her as she and her brother are saved. And that’s just in the opening of the book. 

You're able to catch your breath a little as you switch to Patrick’s point of view. But right away you feel his desperation. His wife has died and Patrick has a toddler who needs constant care. What's this poor guy going to do?

Enter Holy Bill, the traveling preacher. He’s the matchmaker in this novel and a very memorable character who sees the good in people. The world needs more people like Holy Bill. He comes up with a solution for both Emma and Patrick. 

I loved this beautifully told love story.

The only thing that puzzled me was that the description of Emma in the novel didn't quite match the woman on the cover. However, the emotion and tenderness on the woman's face certainly did and that's the most important thing. The artist captured Emma's soul on the cover.

This book arrived when I was going through a trying time with my husband’s health. Love Unexpected gave me an escape from circumstances I could do nothing about. I could hardly wait to read what would happen next. 

Jody Hedlund is a master storyteller who brings her characters to life so much so that you don't want to set the book down. When you finish reading the novel you feel lost as though close friends have moved away. But unlike friends who are gone, you have the book and can read it all over again. 

You can purchase Love Unexpected in most book stores or purchase a hard copy or ebook on Amazon.   

I was given a copy of Love Unexpected to read and review, but that in no way influenced my review. 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

So Very Grateful!

Me and a member of my writing group, Nikki. Hubby is in the background with Aunt Carol.
I have so much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family, the greatest friends and fans in the world, and so many other blessings that I could go on and on. I'm not bragging, I'm just very humbled and grateful.

And I absolutely have to say I'm very grateful for the many friends and family members who came to support the launching of my new book, Deceived


Last week Deceived received some wonderful reviews: Book Giveaways, My Book A Day, I love to Read and Review Books , Fire and Ice , and Min Reads and Reviews

Plus it was featured on Books and Benches

I also had a wonderful interview on I Am A Reader. She asked the more interesting questions. For instance: 

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

What is your scariest?

Okay, now I answered those. Soooo, why don't you give it a try? 

Come on. 

Share. 

You know you want to.

One more thing:
I have a signing Saturday November 29th at the Seagull Book in Sandy from 9-11 a.m. Come see me. I have chocolate. :)
 
 Hugs and blessings,

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Deceived's Book Trailer

I'm so excited to post the book trailer for Deceived

It's short and to the point. 

Enjoy!





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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Adding Irish Touches to My Story.

I need to apologize for not posting last week. Hubby was rushed to the hospital with a pulmonary embolism. Many prayers were said on his behalf and as a result he is home now and doing very well.

During all the worry last week, I received some good news about my new novel. I learned that the book launch for Deceived will be November 15th at the Fort Union Deseret Book Store from 1:00 to 3:00. They want me to do a reading from the book, and there will also be door prizes, so stop by and join in the fun.

Okay, now on with the blog . . .

Cliffs of Moher
 
Have you ever wanted to go to Ireland? 

Me, too. 

And since my new novel, Deceived, has a main character whose  grandfather was from the Emerald Island, I really wanted to experience the place for myself.


So a few years ago, my daughter, Tricia, and I went on a dream trip to Ireland. That trip gave me enough information for several books and all I could have wanted for Deceived

Let me tell you a little about my main character's Irish background.

Tara Kelly grew up hearing stories of the old country from her grandfather. His stories were so vivid that Tara captured many of them in the picture books she created.

 Some of the stories were about rural Ireland.


Some were about the wee folk.


And some were about castles.


But in Deceived you never read about these stories.

What you do read about are Tara's dreams of Ireland. 

About the Burren limestone . . .


 About the capstone at the dolmen at Poulnabrone and how she believes it is a portal to the Land of the Dead . . .

 
And about the ghost that haunts Tara.


Okay, so that might not be a ghost, but then again, maybe it is. I took the picture while on a haunted bus tour of Dublin. Below is our tour guide.


I think he had probably been in the Land of the Dead quite some time. He smelled like he had been. Come to think of it he was actually from the haunted castle below.


We had so much fun!!!

 Even though Deceived it not set in Ireland, it does play a major role in the story.

Traveling not only makes a lot of wonderful memories, but it also helps a writer add terrific back story to a novel. 

Where have you traveled lately? Did you gather wonderful memories?

Next time I'll post about the history of the other main character in Deceived, Joseph White Eagle. 



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bi-pap, Surgery, and Tender Mercies

Have you ever heard of a Bi-pap machine? 

I only learned of them recently. I knew about C-pap machines. Several years ago Hubby was diagnosed with sleep apnea so we got the C-pap machine, hoping that would help him sleep better.

However, it didn't help. Poor Hubby still suffered, so he gave up using the machine.

And his health continued to slide. Here he is about a year ago. We'd taken our grandson for a hike. Hubby struggled to keep up.


Last June we went to Washington and visited a cousin I hadn't seen for many years. After we'd been there a while my cousin took me aside and told me how concerned he was about my husband's health. I knew Hubby wasn't feeling well, but for someone else to point it out alarmed me. 

How could I not have seen how ill my husband was? I mean, I live with him . . . I live with him and that's why I hadn't noticed his steady decline.
 
So as soon as we returned home, I called the doctor. After meeting with our GP, we were sent to a couple of specialists (a sleep specialist and a spine doctor).

Boy, were my eyes opened about sleep apnea. Did you know that if apnea is left untreated a  person's body will start to shut down? Needless to say, Hubby went in for a sleep study. 

And then we waited for the results.

Meanwhile, the spine doctor did an MRI which showed that Hubby had a herniated disc and degeneration of the spine. The spine doctor sent us to a surgeon. After injections and all sorts of tests it was decided that Hubby needed to have several discs decompressed. Surgery was scheduled. 

This was going on at the same time as the sleep study and the results were coming to a head at the same time. Talk about jangled nerves and sleepless nights.

After many prayers, Hubby was able to get a Bi-pap machine, which goes a step further than the C-pap and helps him breath when he stops, plus this machine also allows for oxygen. We were able to pick up the machine the Friday night before his Monday morning surgery. A very close call. 

Pre-op and dreading surgery.
 Pre-op was interesting. I knew Hubby was anxious. But soon they came and took him up, and I was directed to the waiting room. I sent a text to our daughters and son. They wanted to know when the operation started. 

As the minutes turned to hours, I grew nervous. After a couple of hours, my son showed up. He couldn't stand the wait and took time off from work. Finally an exhausted doctor came and told us all went well, but there had been major damage to Hubby's herniated disc and the doctor had to remove most of it.

That was three days ago. 

Hubby is home now resting in bed. He has a long ways to go with six weeks of no bending, lifting, or twisting. He can't even drive a car until we go back to see the surgeon next month.

Through it all I could see God's tender mercies. I know there will be more challenges and tender mercies ahead, but I had to publicly acknowledge the help our family has had from a loving Heavenly Father. 

Has there been times in your life when you have felt God's tender mercies?

I know I promised last week to post about Ireland and what it has to do with my new novel, Deceived, but I just had to take a break and give you a slice of my life as I'm living it.

I promise to let you know how Ireland, the Nez Perce, and a cattle ranch in Idaho play major roles in my book.

 
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Apology, and More Adventures in Research

First let me apologize for missing last week. I fully intended to post, but Hubby has not been well. He put his back out and we have made many trips to many doctors. When a loved one is sick blogging takes a back seat. He now is scheduled to have his back operated on in the next few days, and we're very hopeful that will give him some relief. 

I promised to give you a feel for my new novel, Deceived. I had a blast doing research for it. My last post was about my sister teaching me to ride and our dealings with an angry bull. This week I thought I'd tell you a little about the setting for my book. 

Setting is so important, and I loved the setting for this story. Let's start at the beginning, which takes us to a small airport. 



This is the one I modeled the airport in my story after. Not exactly the hustle and bustle of a big city, is it? 

See Tara Kelly, the protagonist in my story, was an eye-witness to the murder of her aunt. She is sent to a small town in Idaho to hide. At the airport, she is met by Joseph White Eagle. (Yes, he is tall, dark and handsome.)

From the airport they traveled northeast over a road very much like this one.


Tara thinks they are going to the other side of nowhere. Looks pretty isolated, doesn't it? 

On the way to Joseph's ranch, they go through Little Lost River.
 

 This is one of those towns that if you blink or sneeze you'll miss it. It's a place where everyone knows everyone else and strangers are greeted with a wave and a smile. 

But this is not their destination. Joseph is taking Tara to his ranch. 


This is the pretty valley where I placed Joseph's fictional ranch. Isn't it beautiful? Now just imagine a lake and a big ranch house along with a barn and you have the White Eagle Appaloosa Ranch. 

What happens after they arrive? 

Tara is a loose end that the killer cannot ignore, so you can imagine things get a little complicated.

I can't tell you everything, but next week I'll give you some background on Tara Kelly. Her grandfather was from Ireland and do I have fun things to share about the research I did there.

Going to places where I set my stories help me get a feel for what my characters will go through and the emotions they might have.  

In the places you have traveled, did a story pop into your mind? How did you feel? Don't forget to take notes and lots of pictures. It can all be used as research.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unexpect Adventures Herding Cattle for Research


Herding cattle is hard work. Believe me, I know. I wanted to go on a cattle drive so I could experience what my protagonist would go through. 

Little did I know I was in for quite an adventure.

My sister, Jo, arranged everything. Fortunately, she had a wonderful camper that we stayed in during this trip. Still, that was roughing it for me. We arrived a day before everyone else. She wanted me to get used to riding before the real cowboys showed up. She showed me how to saddle up, how to sit in the saddle, and how to get the horse to do what I wanted. I was scared to death. But I soon learned to "cowboy up" and do the best I could. 

We rode the range spending several hours in the saddle, then headed back to the camper. No one told me after sitting in the saddle so long that my knees would become spongy and weak when I got off the horse. But that was all right. I was learning and actually feeling what my main character would. Info for the book, right? Besides I needed to toughen up because the next day the cowboys would arrive, and we would round up the cattle.

Morning came and with it a surprise. A bull had wondered where he wasn't supposed to. Jo quickly saddled her horse, grabbed her lariat, and told me to open the gate so she could herd the bull into the corral. I tried to saddle my horse. And I did, kind of. I didn't cinch the saddle tight enough so when I tried to step into stirrup, it slipped sideways on the horse, and I couldn't get on. 

Meanwhile, Jo and her horse were doing a scary tango with the bull. The cantankerous beast would burrow his head in the ground while flipping dirt and weeds with his front hoofs in the air. And he was bellowing, snorting, and making all sorts of a ruckus.

Knowing that the gate had to be opened, I ran over to it, leading my horse. I swung the gate open just as Jo finally got the bull heading my way. 

MY WAY! I was on foot! In the path of a very angry bull!

Unable to ride my horse, I leaped up on the fence and watched as the bull passed by. I jumped down and shut the gate. Talk about a close call. But it was all good because now I had a great scene for my book.





By the time the cowboys arrived, I had fixed my saddle and was ready to ride out with them. Talk about fun! Jo assigned me the job of rounding up the calves. 

Have you ever heard the term "herding squirrels" or "herding cats"? Both are pretty much impossible. Well, herding calves is much the same. But I was doing my best until one of the cowboys rode over laughing. He told me I was doing a good job, but it wasn't necessary. They always have the rookie herd the calves. It's some type if initiation or something.

Jo chuckled under her breath and tried to appear all innocent about setting me up, but it was all right. I felt like I'd passed the test.



 Needless to say, it was a long hard day. I felt very fortunate to be there. Though, I was disappointed that the rancher we were helping no longer herded his cattle to summer grazing. Instead they loaded their doggies up in semis and drove them to their destination.

In my new novel, Deceived, I decided that the fictional White Eagle Appaloosa Ranch would still have cattle drives. And guess what? The scene with the bull charging is in the book, though it didn't end as happily as the experience I had. 

Nope. 

I'd tell you what happens, but what fun would that be?

Going on that trip with my sister was a wonderful adventure. Of course, going with Jo anywhere usually is. 

How about you? What kind of unexpected fun have you had?  


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Learning to Ride for Research



Research for a novel can be a bit overwhelming at times. For example, take the research I did for Deceived.
 
I had ridden a horse several times in my life, but it always, and I mean always, scared me to death. So when the idea for Deceived struck I knew I had to conquer this fear once and for all.
I called my sister, who is an expert when it comes to all things horses or cattle. She told me to stop by and she'd give me a lesson. Here we are below. Yes, it was winter. And it was soooo cold, but I needed to learn. We saddled up the horses. Jo got on her horse, and then I tried to get on mine. As you can see I needed help.

A lot of help.

I was so embarrassed.


 I finally got on. 

Yeah! 

Now what? 


We rode around my sister's place, but I wanted more. I wanted to go on an actual cattle drive. My sister has connections and she set it up so we could help with the round up and cattle drive for some friends of hers, but it wouldn't take place until spring.


What would I do in the mean time? 
I practiced getting on and off a horse, which wasn't easy since I didn't have a horse to practice on. Instead I set up my own version using chairs and stools, and I practiced . . .
 and practiced . . . 
and practiced some more. 
I also exercised so my leg muscles would support me better.

Have you ever been so involved with research that you've done things that scare you? How did you overcome your fear?

Next week I'll tell you about the round up and cattle drive. 
Saddle up!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Deceived - Cover and Blurb



It's here,

the cover of my new book, Deceived.

It's due to be released in November.

Here's the back cover blurb:

A storm rages outside the unassuming Los Angeles house, while within, something sinister lurks. A murderer stalks their victim, unaware of a witness to the horrific crime: awakened from a deep, drug-induced slumber, Tara Kelly hears voices in the next room. Struggling to focus through her sleep medication, the young woman helplessly observes her aunt's murder. Now, she's a loose end that the killer cannot ignore . . .

Tara is aided by a family friend as she does the only thing she can: disappear. Fleeing to the security of a remote Idaho ranch, Tara finds herself under the guard of a handsome rancher Joseph White Eagle. Her unwitting protector takes his role seriously, going so far as to claim that Tara is his fiancee. But even as their relationship deepens, he struggles to see past Tara's similarity to his late wife, a painful reminder of the past. When a series of accidents threaten Tara's life, it becomes clear that her attempt to outrun danger has been in vain. The killer will stop at nothing to find Tara, and Joseph will do anything to protect her--even if it means unraveling secrets that will have devastating consequences for them both . . . 

This novel has been a long time in the making. Over the next few weeks I'm going to share the research that went into this book from the cattle drive, the camping trip to Little Lost River, and the trip to Ireland (with a special spooky post from my ghostly bus tour through Dublin). I can hardly wait.

Oh, the places you'll go and the people you'll meet. Don't you love research? What is the most fun you've had doing research, whether for a novel, for your family history, or just out of curiosity?


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund - Review

If you’ve been a follower of my blog you know that I’ve reviewed several of Jody Hedlund’s novels. Historical romance isn’t a genre I normally seek out unless the writing is very good. 

Hedlund’s novels are excellent.  

As a writer I love to study her turn of a sentence, her ability to set the reader in a scene, and most importantly her breathtaking love scenes that are clean and oh so romantic. Yes, they are that good.

In her latest release, Captured by Love, Hedlund has again created vivid fictional characters and placed them in a historical setting that is packed with facts of true events. 

The story takes place in the 1800s on Michilimackinac Island better known by most of the world as Mackinac Island which is in northern Michigan. Michilimackinac was a pivotal location and very important to the fur trade industry, which made it prime land wanted by both England and the United States. 

When the War of 1812 broke out, the Americans had controlled the island for nearly 15 years. At the beginning of the war, the American captain lost charge of the fort after the British invaded. Hedlund has laced her novel with actual events of that time and has done it through strong characters.

Angelique MacKenzie is a protagonist who has struggled all her life. Being raised by her step-father—who is a mean, horrible man—she has learned to go without. What really makes Angelique memorable is her compassion. Even though she’s nearly starving, she manages to take food to a blind woman, Miriam Durante. Poor Miriam has had to fend for herself with one son exiled for his loyalty to the Americans and one son gone because he is a fur trader. Miriam would have starved if it weren’t for Angelique providing what food she could. 

See, already you like Angelique and are empathetic toward Miriam. But the story gets even better. 

Enter Pierre Durante, Miriam's fur trading son. He has it all: rakish good looks, a bit of wanderlust in his veins, and a love for Angelique that he tries to ignore—since she’s supposedly engaged to his elder brother—but can’t. Pierre comes back to the island to trade his furs and finds his mother living in deplorable conditions. Right away he dives in to make things better. And he’s touched that Angelique has watched over his mother the best she could in her circumstances. 

Does Pierre stay on the island to take care of his mother and also to claim Angelique’s heart? 

Does Angelique fall for Pierre when she’s promised to marry his brother? 

Does the brother arrive and upset Pierre’s plans? 

Do the Americans attack and reclaim the fort? 

Or do the British maintain their hold on the land and the people? 

Some of the answers to these questions might surprise you, but learn for yourself and read this wonderful book. 

You can purchase the novel on Amazon or major book stores near you. And you might want to ask your local library if they carry her books. They really should. If they don't request that they do.



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Monday, June 16, 2014

Lizzie-bear




In the fall 1999, my daughter, Kris, and I went to pick out a puppy. Have you ever seen teacup Yorkie puppies? They are so dog-gone cute. They look like miniature black bear cubs (the blond coloring on their face and legs comes after a couple of weeks). One of the puppies crawled up the side of the bin, trying to escape. The others sat and watched. Kris and I knew that was the dog for us. The owner painted her claws a pretty orange to show that when she was old enough, she was ours.

Lizzie joined our family in November. She was so small that she fit in the palm of my hand. And her ears . . . oh my stars, her ears were as big as her body. She stole our hearts and became a vital part of our family. (She grew into her ears, too.)

Because Lizzie pawed at her food and looked like a miniature bear, I nicknamed her Lizzie-bear. Two weeks after Lizzie arrived, my daughter, Trizia, came home from her mission. The entire family came to our house to celebrate her return and also Thanksgiving. We had a houseful, but it was wonderful. The day after Thanksgiving, we took Lizzie-bear with us downtown for the Christmas lighting of Temple Square. And then we sneaked her into a restaurant. I ordered a bacon cheese burger and gave Lizzie a small piece of bacon to keep her quiet. Bacon quickly became her favorite food. From then on, whenever she smelled bacon cooking she'd come running into kitchen begging for some.

A special bond was formed between my daughter, Trizia, and Lizzie. Many times I'd find them cuddled together at night. And if Trizia took a treat in her room without her, Lizzie'd scratch on her door, demanding she share.

When Lizzie was not even a year old, we found out she had a liver shunt and could die. The vet called in a specialist to operate because she was so small. That was a very worrisome time. Lizzie pulled through the surgery. But she had to eat a special food most of her life.

Lizzie had a dance she'd do for treats. I guess it wasn't so much a dance, as a spin. She'd whirl around barking and yipping until I'd toss it to her. And then, she'd have to attack it. But not just that, she'd toss it in the air and run after it again. I can't tell you how many doggie treats I've found under my fridge or behind the piano.

And she absolutely hated our Jazz garbage can. If she saw us take it out to dump it, she'd go on the attack. Picture it...this little Yorkie attaching a tin garbage can. I wonder what kind of nightmare she had about it. Oh, and the ladder. Every Christmas when the ladder would come in, she'd have a barking fit. We got so we'd try to occupy her somewhere else in the house. 

Lizzie had a doggie bed under my desk. She'd listen to me type on my keyboard, and I'd read her my stories. She heard them all from The Forgotten Warrior to my current work-in-progress. She would interrupt my work around 1:00 p.m. wanting a treat, but other than that, she was the ideal book critic.

One year I had a major deadline and needed to get some serious writing done, so I took her with me to my parents cabin for two weeks. Just Lizzie and me. I thought she'd be a good watch-dog. However, Lizzie was more nervous than I was. She'd growl and bark at every little noise. One day an eagle nearly swooped down and snatched her. She didn't go out alone after that. 

Lizzie-bear continued to have health challenges, but she always survived. She was such a little trooper.
 

However, around the beginning of May I noticed that she struggled to swallow. We tried everything we could think of, but she was losing weight and things just weren't getting better. I took her in to see the vet. He found she had a growth in her throat that was blocking the food. He did surgery to try take out what he could. The vet said during the operation he could see the growth went down to her stomach as well. He suspected it was cancer. He gave us pain meds to help her. But poor Lizzie-bear's pain was too much. I'll never forget holding her all night as she cried. I knew her time had come, she'd suffered enough.

On May 29th Lizzie passed away in my arms.  I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have that sweet little spirit in our home. 

I will always love and miss her. 



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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cold Justice - Reviews and Book Trailer


Cold Justice was released in June of 2012.

Here is the book trailer.


Below are the media reviews.

Meridian Magazine

Deseret News

And here are the blog tour stops.

Why Not? Because I Said So!
M K McClintock
Life and Love Letters
Meridian Magazine
LDS Readers
Queen of the Clan

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Wanted - Reviews and Book Trailer


Wanted was released in May of 2013.
Below are some of the wonderful reviews it received.

Deseret News ran a great review.
 A wonderful review of Wanted by Elizabeth Reid. 

Jennie Hansen, a reviewer for Meridian Magazine, reviewed Wanted. I'm thrilled that she liked it. You can read what she had to say here.
 
And Sheila Staley, a blogger who does book reviews, enjoyed it as well. Why Not? Because I Said So.

And here's the book trailer.


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Monday, May 12, 2014

A Visit With Young Women

Tierra presented these flowers to me from the YW.

Last week I received an invitation from Tierra Delimont to speak with her Young Women of the Sego Lily Ward on Saturday May 10th. I'm always happy to speak with the young women so, of course, I said yes.

What a wonderful experience!

I told them a mini-history about the stripling warriors and that the values of the stripling warriors could also help the young women today as they strive to live their Personal Progress Values.

Teaching about one of my favorite stories, the stripling warriors.

It was so much fun talking with them. At the end of my lesson, I asked if they had any questions. The first question asked was, "When is the sequel to The Forgotten Warrior coming out?"

 I get that question a lot. :)

I reported that a couple of weeks ago I spoke with my editor about the sequel, and she told me we should know something in the near future.So keep your fingers crossed.
 
The Sego Lily Young Women and leaders. Oh, and I'm in the center.

I want to thank Tierra and the Young Women in the Sego Lily Ward for inviting me. I will always cherish our time together.




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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A New Addition is Expected in My Book Family


Wow! I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted a blog. So much has been going on. I thought I'd treat this entry like a newsletter and update you.

ON THE BOOK FRONT . . .

See my pretty book family above? I just found out this week that there will be a new addition this coming November. Yeah! I always breath a sigh of relief when a book is accepted. So much hard work goes into a novel just to get it to the publisher. And after it's accepted there's what? More work. But it's all good. My new novel's tentative title is Deceived.  It may change, but then again it may stay the same. I have been very fortunate to have kept four titles which I gave my books. And the ones that were changed, I totally agreed with. That's a good publisher at work.

I'm also working on getting another novel to my publisher by this September. I'm having a ton of fun writing this book. It's a little different. And different is good, so "they" say.

And I'm also working on getting some novels ready for epublishing. I have had so many fans asking for more YA Time Travel, and guess what? I have two. I should know more about those books by fall. There's a huge learning curve for epublishing, and I want to give you the best product I possibly can.

I've also been working on a paranormal suspense series for epublishing. I'm excited about it. I wrote the main novel years ago. It was a finalist in St. Martin's Malice Domestic Contest. I will probably use a pseudonym for this series.

So that's what's been cooking on the writing burner in my office. Is it any wonder that I haven't had time to blog? I once read about a survey that asked fans if they would rather their favorite authors blog or write more books. Overwhelmingly they wanted more books. So, I've taken that to heart. I'm still going to blog, but not as often as I have in the past. 

A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO MY LIFE . . .

I just watched two of my adult children head off to Comic Con and wished I could tag along. So many amazing celebrities are scheduled to be there, but I have work that needs to get done, and  if I don't do it nothing happens. I wish my characters could write their own stories, but they just refuse to do anything without me. Hubby has gone bowling, so right now the house is quiet.

Don't you just love a quiet house?

Even Lizzie is asleep.

Poor little Lizzie. She will be fifteen this fall. She struggles now because she's pretty much blind and is hard of hearing. Here she is all snuggled up in her dog cave.



Next week (April 25-26) I'll be at the LDStorymakers Conference. It's always fun to see old friends and make new ones. I'll be there Friday and part of Saturday. They have awesome speakers scheduled. If you're attending and see me, I'd love for you to come say hi. This has happened in the past, and I'm always so very grateful. 

Easter is this weekend. I love this time of year for it makes me reflect on the blessings in my life. One of those blessings are the people who visit my blog. Thank you.

And thanks to my readers who support me by reading and buying my novels. You're amazing and you'll never know how very much I appreciate you.

Happy Easter!
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