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
and
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!

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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







Sunday, July 20, 2014

JOURNAL


In a couple of months, my husband and I will be finishing our mission here in Thailand. One of the things we chuckle about are the random English words that show up on shirts. Often they make no sense. It seems every shirt in street vendor's booths must have an English word or a picture on it--nice blouses, even. Sometimes the wearer has no idea what the words mean.

I stopped at a vendor's booth and pondered over this blouse displaying 
"JOURNAL".

  I'm sure that the t-shirt message creators have something in mind when they impose lettering, but so often miss their mark. But this one--"JOURNAL"--was too hard to ignore.

Was it a command? You must journal!--the perfect blouse (in spite of no sleeves) to wear when teaching a class on journaling,

Did the creator mean JOURNEY, or JOURNEY-IST (as in pilgrim) and in their limited English knowledge thought JOURNAL meant the same thing. Maybe she wanted to say JOURNALIST and ran out of room.

Maybe the creator wanted the shirt or the person wearing it to be a journal. Maybe? Just maybe. 

Or maybe they had no idea what the word meant but had the letters to spell it. I vote for that one. 

And I've also come to a conclusion that all shirts with misspelled words are sent to foreign countries.
Here is an example of "World Cup." Who would know the difference?





Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I Still Believe In Christmas--music video

Merry Christmas 2013!

Here is my song "I Still Believe In Christmas" sung by Jamie Taylor.



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monk to Missionary by R. Mani Seangsuwan


Monk to Missionary is the biography of R. Mani Seangsuwan, a councilor in the Thailand Bangkok Mission where my husband and I are serving, and illustrates the courage Thai Buddists must have to convert to Christianity. 

Born in Chumphon province in the South of Thailand, Mani knew little of the world outside his small village. At age seventeen he left home in search of fun and adventure. He joined a group of "party animals" in Lopburi, Thailand, and thought for a time this was the life for him.
His mother convinced him that he needed to correct his behavior and suggested he become a Buddhist monk. He followed her advice he became a monk at the local monastery. At the end of three months, the typical period of service as a disciple of Buddha, he decided to continue on. After a year he moved to a Buddhist temple in Thonburi across the river from Bangkok. It was here he started to meet Christians. Taking a pamphlet from the Baptists he received a bible study kit in the mail. He studied the Bible in secret while still a Buddhist monk.
His next step was to earn money to become a school teacher. This was the vision that his mother had for him. He met more Christian missionaries and felt good about their message. He was still concerned how other Thais would view him if they knew he was studying about Jesus Christ. The Thai people believe, "To be a good Thai, one must be a good Buddhist". How could he go against his family and the well established culture of his homeland? His decision changed the rest of his life.

"While the book about the author's transformation from Buddhist monk to Mormon missionary is written on less than 100 pages, the story is one of magnitude."
-Deseret News.

Just finished reading Monk to Missionary for the second time, and I enjoyed it very much"  
-Karl L. Dodge - Former President Thailand Bangkok Mission (2006-2009) Thailand Missionary (1975-1977)

I am pleased to add Monk to Missionary to the Church History Library collection, where it will be preserved and made accessible to future generations

-P. Brad Westwood - Manager of Acquisitions - Church History Library - Salt Lake City, Utah

I just finished Monk to Missionary. It was very interesting and inspiring reading. I enjoyed the life story of Mani Saengsuwan very much. He is one of the great pioneers of the Church in Thailand. What a remarkable journey of a true seeker of truth, one that has taken great courage. I admire Mani and Nadda so very much.

- Alan H. Hess - One of the first six missionaries to Thailand 1968




Sunday, July 21, 2013

Heaven's Just A Prayer Away by Diony George



Diony George, author of Torn Apart, has compiled a refreshing book of stories and thoughts on prayer, Heaven's Just a Prayer Away.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let they heart be full of thanks unto God. –Alma 37:37

 
Before we came to earth, we lived in heavenly realms. We knew our Heavenly Father. We walked and talked with Him. We heard His voice. We felt His love. In Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away, beloved author Diony George teaches us how to reestablish that relationship with Him here on earth.

 
With the help of this book you will:

 
• Learn that nothing is too small or unimportant to discuss with Heavenly Father

• Find peace and contentment through daily communication with God

• Gain a better understanding of why some prayers seem to go unanswered

• Develop a greater knowledge of the power of prayer

The inspirational and enlightening experiences found within these pages will change your life forever by strengthening your relationship with God and filling your life with peace, teaching us that heaven really is just a prayer away.
 
Praise for Heaven's Just A Prayer Away:

"Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away is a sweet, heartfelt book with author Diony George’s personal experiences intermixed with compelling stories about how prayer can shape our lives. I found myself either smiling or teary-eyed as I immersed myself in the stories, reminded that prayer is healing and sanctifying, prayer can bring inspiration, prayer can ease burdens, and prayer lets us feel the love of God for ourselves and those around us.

—Heather B. Moore, author of Christ’s Gifts to Women

Author Diony George

In Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away, Diony provides a comprehensive discussion on prayer through inspiring stories, basic principles, and heartfelt testimony. Her personal approach makes answers to prayer and divine blessings seem more within reach.
                                                —John McConkie, stake president


 
Meet the Author:

Diony George is a wife, stay-at-home mom of seven, grandmother of three, motivational speaker, and the author of four books. Through her writing and public speaking she loves helping others draw closer to God. An avid reader whose favorite genre is romantic suspense, Diony also loves to travel, sew, and bake—especially pies and homemade bread. Born and raised in Alaska, she currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and family. Mrs. George can be reached through her personal website.



Here are three excerpts from Heaven's Just A Prayer Away
Excerpt #1

It was the middle of December, and it looked it. Snow was steadily falling, in the Salt Lake Valley and had been for several days. When I went to bed that night, snuggling close to my husband I was glad to be in a warm house.

Later on something woke me up. I glanced at the clock by my bed; it was after three in the morning. I realized I hadn’t heard my nineteen-year-old son, come home. I whispered to my husband, he hadn’t heard him either. I was worried, work never kept him out this late. I reached for my cell phone and sent him a text.

“Are you okay?”      



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