Monday, April 13, 2015

May Release for Bridges of the Heart

The release of my novel Bridges of the Heart is getting closer! Walnut Springs Press editor Linda Prince is amazing and I am so thankful for her talents. The cover has been revised--losing the couple, and the scrub bush is replaced by the oak tree and rock wall which are landmarks in the story.  Romance and time travel make this novel come alive, along with all the fun characters--real characters from the past. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sunrise Over Scipio by H. Linn Murphy

Sunrise Over Scipio by H. Linn Murphy is an inspiring story of a brave woman’s journey to overcome obstacles. Gorgeous cover, isn't it?

Tamsin Tucker’s successful career as a barrel racer comes to an abrupt end in a fluke rodeo accident. She loses everything including her prized horse, her unfaithful husband, her self-esteem, and eventually the leg that was crushed in the accident. Sent to Scipio, Utah to recuperate, Tamsin finds herself in the care of Dr. Travis Mayfield—handsome, caring, and a transplant from the east—and his nurse Sarah.

After Tamsin’s accident, she is left with nothing but memories, divorce papers, and no will to live. Surrounded by new found friends, Tamsin gathers courage and finds faith in God and the key to her own self worth.

I enjoyed H. Linn Murphy’s delightful writing style. Her words play like a fresh spring breeze. I enjoyed the details about barrel racing and rodeos, and about the process of learning to use prosthesis. Reading the novel took me back to Scipio and was as spending a few refreshing days in the country.

 Sunrise Over Scipio is not an action-packed tale. There is much contemplation, gospel discussion, and dialogue, but it all makes Tamsin’s spiritual growth and conversion believable.

Though Scipio, Utah is on the map, the town Murphy portrays is fictional--with traffic light, library, restaurant, and no ties to Fillmore—not the real life Scipio I know. This is all good due to literary license and story fit, but the author was too kind not to play up the unique quirks of a small antique Mormon town.

Overall, I enjoyed Sunrise Over Scipio, its romance, and the satisfying, crowning ending to this motivational story of courage to overcome.

Visit H. Linn Murphy at her blog. Buy Sunrise Over Scipio at LDS Bookstores and Amazon

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bridges of the Heart -- cover

Here is the mock-up of the cover for my next novel Bridges of the Heart. It's much more appealing/intriguing than the one I made up myself.

What do you think of it?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Announcing My Upcoming Novel--Bridges of the Heart

Bridges of the Heart is about the power of love and forgiveness, and the eternal natures of families, and will debut this spring in LDS bookstores!  
Rachel's life falls apart when her mother becomes ill and passes away. To add to her confusion, Maxson proposes marriage on the evening of the funeral. Rachel escapes to Utah to think and take time off from the relationship. She tells Maxson by phone to date while she is away, and that she is not ready for an engagement. After returning to Arizona, Rachel finds Maxson in a relationship with Paige—Rachel’s rival throughout high school. 
With time, she convinces herself she is over Maxson, but a strange Southern visitor named Jonathan tells her that in the eternal scheme, she was meant to marry Maxson. He insists it is her responsibility to apologize to Maxson and set things straight, since she broke up the relationship. But she refuses. 
Because of Rachel’s stubbornness, she is whirled back in time to 1820 to learn that families are eternal—not only through time forward, but also the past. 
Latter-day Saint women of all ages will enjoy Bridges of the Heart. Through this unique perspective of early 19th century American South, this heartwarming tale will remind readers that family bonds reach through all time.

Not the official cover

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Star Prophecy -- A Christmas adventure

No better time to promote my Christmas novel The Star Prophecy than now. Watch this beautiful trailer about this great adventure.

"You are crazy. No Nephite has ever returned."

Most people laugh when they hear of Enoch's dream of returning to Jerusalem to find the infant Messiah. Even Enoch's future father-in-law mocks him when he asks for a postponement of his long-awaited wedding to his beloved Rebekah. A few take Enoch seriously - the shipbuilder Omnihah, Enoch's teacher David, and the prophet Nephi.

Five years before, a Lamanite named Samuel had stood on the wall of Zarahemla and prophesied that "five years more cometh" and the Christ would be born in Jerusalem. Time is running out! Enoch knows he must set sail across the great waters in search of his dream - to see the face of the Messiah.

The Star Prophecy is a surprising story of courage and love, faith and fortitude. Sail with Enoch and his

friends across the sea through hardship and adventure in search of the Christ child.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hot Pursuit by Susan Dayley

Here is another fun suspense novel. Hot Pursuit by Susan Dayley is the sequel to Cold Pursuit, but can be read as a stand lone.

Hot Pursuit was my first encounter with choose-your-own-ending type novels. Of course, I had to read each ending. Which was my favorite?  I would always choose the most satisfying, where the guy gets the girl and they live happily ever after.

Hot Pursuit is set in romantic Jackson Hole, Wyoming where college student Kennedy is enjoying her summer job working in a luxury hotel near Yellowstone Park. She and her friend Chelo discover that the worldwide conference happening at the hotel is plotting a world takeover.  With the help of Atticus, they attempt to expose this devious plan to take over the world economy, and continually find themselves in deeper trouble. Through this adventure, Kennady and Atticus try to resuscitate an impossible relationship in the shadow of his looming and powerful mother. 

Dayley writes vivid descriptions and characters. I appreciated that she included Kennady’s technologically brilliant deaf brother, Luke, who made a unique connection to Atticus’ troubled sister Adela--an illogical teenager who has a desperate need for drug rehab. Add in other characters such as Spirit, whose crazy, invincible logic surpassed Adela’s, the cynical Taylor, life-loving Chelo and her devoted mother, and clueless Elliott. They all pulled me in and kept me reading to the end.

After upsetting the world takeover plot, Dayley leaves us hoping Kennady and Atticus can work out their worlds-apart lives and finally get together. But that will lead us to Book 3 (hopefully) of the series where we might finally witness them agreeing on a wedding date.

Fun all around, I loved reading Hot Pursuit.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Kindle Book: Room For Two by Abel Keogh

Room for Two is a memoir of year of Abel Keogh's life following his late wife’s suicide. It’s about his search for peace and how he met and fell in love with Marathon Girl. It’s proof that love and hope can endure, despite the struggles and tragedies that shape each of our lives.

Abel Keogh
Keogh has also authored:
Ultimate Dating Guide for Widowers
Dating A Widower
Marrying a Widower
Life With a Widower
The Third
Get your copy now of Room For Two

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Watchers, Book One, Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden

Deirdra Eden's The Watchers: Knight of Light

Within hours of its release on September 1st, 2014, The Watchers became a worldwide phenomenon. Spreading quickly across the globe, it is now an Amazon Bestseller!


Watch the intense new trailer!

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In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella flees her village after being accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death. Pursued by supernatural creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves,pixies, dragons, and epic villains, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.

“Deirdra writes like a Disney movie, so many magical characters and elements.... evoking every fairy tale you have ever read and coming up with something really special for all age groups to enjoy.”
-Anita Dawes, Book Reviewer

Deirdra has a passion for medieval fantasy that shines through her writing. Her works will lift you from the present into a world of fairies and adventure from which you will not want to return. 
-Joan Sowards

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Writer's Heart

I've been on a mission. Other than my blog, my journal, and posts on social media, I haven't written much. I miss it. I've tried to get into writing on my WIP when I have a quiet evening, but my mind is elsewhere. I know perfectly well, like physical exercise, a writer must continually write to keep up her craft. I know that through my writing, I can have a good influence on readers, even while on a mission. But I'm in the Lord's service in another way right now, and not as an author. There is a time and season for everything.

A co-missionary continually reminds me that a famous LDS author wrote and entire novel on his couples'  mission, and that I have no excuse. Okay. Did he not have his mind on the people he served? Did he not come home exhausted every night?  I know there are missions that are not demanding and that a writer could still write in their spare time with no problem. Not mine.

But with a little over a month left of service, I feel a change happening. I have inklings of desire to write kindling in my heart. I find myself thinking about plot lines, itching to get back into my WIP with full mind and heart and relive each scene and motivation.

The changes are real. And I thank Heavenly Father for that. I thank Him that plot lines did not dominate my thoughts while ministering--that my heart is with the Thai people when I am with them.

And now I feel Him blessing me with a writer's heart again--preparing me to return home. . .

to write. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spell Chequer

Prays the Lord for the spelling chequer
That came with our pea sea!
Mecca mistake and it puts you rite
Its so easy to ewes, you sea.
I never used to no, was it e before eye?
(Four sometimes its eye before e.)
But now I've discovered the quay to success
It's as simple as won, too, free!
Sew watt if you lose a letter or two,
The whirled won't come two an end!
Can't you sea? It's as plane as the knows on yore face
S. Chequer's my very best friend
I've always had trubble with letters that double
"Is it one or to S's?" I'd wine
But now, as I've tolled you this chequer is grate
And its hi thyme you got won, like mine.

—Janet E. Byford


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