Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Phineas & Ferb Live Action Tribute - Gitchee Gitchee Goo

Now that the last season of Phineas and Ferb has ended, my sons have finally made the video the producers initially asked them to make, but the deal fell through. This is really a lot of fun to watch and the song is cute. Proud mama moment!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Reviews on Bridges of the Heart

It is always a happy time to get good reviews on your latest novel! Here are some posted on Amazon.

I like this first one better than the back-of-the-book blurb. Thank you Susan!

"Bridges of the Heart" ...takes the reader from the present to post-Revolutionary America where Rachel, who is running from the confusion of her own life, manages to become immediately tangled in events from her family history. From her awkward arrival when she offends a grieving widow to the time she finds herself arrested by the sheriff who looks exactly like the man she loves back in her own time, it begins to seem like nothing will ever work out for Rachel without creating a time paradox. (Like becoming the name sake for the child who will later become Rachel's name sake. yep.) "Bridges" tells the story of family that connects through generations, intertwining their adventures and heartaches. It will be enjoyed by those who feel a connection to the past or would like to reshape the future.

-Susan Daley, Author of Cold Pursuit, Hot Pursuit, and Redemption

Bridges of the Heart was a pleasure to read. Characters were well developed, the style flowed nicely, and the story line was engrossing. Plus, it was not marred by the ubiquitous grammar and punctuation errors that plague new books, making them herky-jerky to read. This was lovingly developed. My only complaint---I was enjoying reading it, then it was over, with a neat and tidy ending, but I wanted it to go on. . More please!! I really enjoyed this one, and look forward to more from the same author.
By Kindle Customer 

Thank you, Kindle Customer!

Kindle if you must, but "Bridges of the Heart" is one of those rare books you will want to hold in your hand, share with your family and friends, and keep on your "favorites" shelf to read again and again. (I finished it yesterday for the third -- or may 6th -- time and still cried when it was over.) Gifted author Joan Sowards has written several amazing books, but this one, I think, is her very best!

-Kerry Blair, author of The Heart Has Its Reasons, This Just In, Mummy's the Word, Digging up the Past

Bridges of the Heart by Joan Sowards provides the reader an intriguing contemporary romance as well as unique perspective of early the 19th century South. I've read this book three times and enjoyed it more each time.

-Rachel Anderson author of the Meet Your Match series and many more.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Love's Deception by Kelly Nelson

I enjoyed reading Kelly Nelson's newest novel, Love's Deception. It had a special magic to it--being set in rural Washington, the protagonist a beautiful widow, and a handsome rugged cowboy as the hero, I'm sure had something to do with it.

 And to celebrate the release of my novel Bridges of the Heart, I am featuring Kelly, a Walnut Springs Press author, as my guest today. After reading my review of Love's Deception, enjoy the question and answer spot with Kelly!

Catherine Lewis and her six-year-old son have made ends meet ever since the untimely Iraq war death of her husband. Boarding horses in rural Washington and taking care of her cancer-fighting mother have occupied their life.

When Cat meets Ty, a handsome farmer not of her LDS faith, who not only sells her hay but comes to her barn to help unload it, Cat’s life changes. Through his persistent attentions, she learns to care for Ty, only weeks later to discover he hasn’t been completely truthful with her. When he tries to set things straight and make amends, Cat refuses to forgive.

The story is told from Ty and Cat’s points of view. I appreciated seeing into Ty’s life—that he had lived the ways of the world, and then after meeting a girl like Cat, seeks to know what makes her different. How could he help from falling in love with her spunk and fortitude? She is hard worker, beautiful, a caring daughter and mother, and a sensitive person.

Joan: I loved reading Love's Deception. What was your inspiration for Cat's story?

I had the opportunity to meet Kelly Nelson at the
LDStorymaker's conference in Provo, in May.
She's the pretty one on the right.
Kelly: I had sent out several query letters for my time-travel, YA, adventure/romance manuscript. I noticed several publishers wanted to know my background in relation to the subject of the book, or what made me qualified to write the story in the genre of the book. So I decided to write a novel that would be easier to query and one where I had specific qualifications relating to the subject matter. I worked as a CPA. Ty is a CPA in the book. I board horses. Cat boards horses. I am LDS and so is Cat. I have a brother-in-law who served 6 tours in the Air Forces. Our family's sacrifice as well as all those who have lost loved ones to war inspired the events at the beginning of the book.

Joan: Love’s Deception has a great cover. Is there a story behind it?

Kelly: My sister does free-lance graphic design for my publisher Walnut Springs Press who published Love’s Deception. My youngest sister, Laura Johnston, who by the way is also a published author is the cover model. Tracy, Linda (my editor), and I all scoured the internet searching for the perfect Ty, and in the end this guy was the one.

Joan: Tracy also designed the cover for my novel Bridges of the Heart, and I love it!
And I agree, the man on your cover fits the description of Ty in the book. I found myself studying the cover several times while reading the novel.

Tell us about your other works. You have a series publish.

Kelly: Yes, I have a four book series titled The Keeper's Saga about a high school senior, Chase Harper, who finds a gold device buried in a cave. When he touches one of the buttons it takes him back to 1863. He rescues a girl back there, and then finds out that touching one of those buttons made him the keeper of the counter--meaning now it will only work for him as long as he is alive. Of course there are those who try and take it from him. Action, Adventure, time travel and romance!

Right now I am working on:
 The Lady with No Name: a romantic suspense novel set in Utah,
The Hidden Heir: a young adult adventure about twin boys. One raised by his father the king, the other raised a peasant by a blacksmith.

Joan: They both sound interesting. Good luck with their success. Tell us something most people don’t know about you that you would like to share.

Kelly: I lost my dad to a brain tumor in 2005. He will always be one of my best friends, so the emotions of losing a parent are never far from the surface. Each time I read Love's Deception I cried at the end. It didn't matter how many times I had read it before, it still got to me. 

Joan: Husband, children, horses—how is your life like Cat’s in the story?

Kelly: I live with my husband on a ten acre horse property closely resembling the property Cat and her mother own in the book. We have 5 horses, 4 cats, and 2 chickens. And I board 10 other horses as well, so it is busy around here at feeding time. I have four kids. My oldest was married last month. My son is serving a mission in Lubbock, Texas. And I have two daughters still at home. 

Thank you for the interview, Kelly!

You can buy Love's Deception in paperback and ebook at Amazon, in Deseret Book and other LDS bookstores, and at Deseret Book online.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bridges of the Heart in Bookstores

Bridges of the Heart is now available in Deseret Book and LDS Bookstores, on Amazon in paperback and ebook. It is not only an LDS romance, but also has merit as family history, time travel and is a historical fiction novel.

Though it is my fourth novel published, it is the first one I wrote and the story is dear to my heart. Through it, I learned I loved writing. The story is about Coker Lisonbee and his mother Mary Jane, and his father Jonathan Therrell and his [assumed] mother Lucretia. It is about love and forgiveness and eternal families.

Bridges of the Heart
College student, Rachel Lisenby finds life hard to cope with after her mother passes away. To add to Rachel’s confusion, her boyfriend Maxson proposes marriage on the evening of the funeral. She escapes to Utah to think and take time off from the relationship. Over the phone, she tells Maxson she is not ready for marriage, and suggests he starts dating other girls.

After returning to Arizona, Rachel finds Maxson in a relationship with Paige—her rival throughout high school. With time, Rachel convinces herself she is over him, but a strange Southern visitor named Jonathan tells her that she is meant to marry Maxson. Jonathan insists it is her responsibility to apologize to Maxson and set things straight, since she broke up with him. But Rachel refuses. Because of her stubbornness, she is whirled back in time to 1820 to learn that family ties reach into the past, as well as the future.

With a heart-warming, unique perspective of the early-nineteenth-century American South, Bridges of the Heart is a story about the power of love and forgiveness. 

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.

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.


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