Saturday, May 28, 2016

Clairvoyance now in Deseret Book and on Amazon!

My sweet summer tale Clairvoyance is now for sale at Deseret Book stores! It even had the honor of being listed in the Deseret Book summer catalogue that was mailed to your home.

It is also available in hardback and Kindle on Amazon.

After college graduation, Jennifer Weston takes a summer job with a small seaside village newspaper in Oregon. She hopes sea breezes and solitude will heal her heart after a bad breakup with Vince and the pain of her father taking a new bride only four months after the death of her mother. Jennifer resolves to have a no-romance summer.

Soon she is swept up in the lives of the villagers of Windridge, including a suave newspaper man, and a handsome paramedic. Through a well-meaning friend and clairvoyant, Jennifer learns that  some resolves are meant to be broken.

Bridges of the Heart is also on shelves in Deseret Book stores. 

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 start 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. 

Available at Deseret Book and on Amazon

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ideal High by Valerie Ipson

Don't let Ideal High's simple cover fool you. It is a powerful story of one girl’s positive influence on a Texas high school that has a huge problem with bullying.

After six of her friends are killed in a tragic fire, Taryn Young sets out to improve how students treat each other on and off campus. At first there is much resistance, many saying, “That’s the way things are”, or that demeaning others is the tradition of the school. Even administration denies that the problem exists.

Author Valerie Ipson
This intense story offers mystery, drama, and suspense. I could hardly put it down, and have thought about the story for days after finishing it.

Ideal High is well written and delivers a great message. Parents and teens alike should read it. It will make us better people and more sensitive to our fellowmen, and aware of what is happening around us--if we take its message to heart.

I give Ideal High the Most-Valuable-High-School-Novel award.

Buy Ideal High on Amazon. Visit Valerie Ipson's website.

Back of the book blurb:

There's no way I'm taking Blake's place as president of the student body. As soon as the memorial for him and six of our fires is over, I'm resigning as VP. Really.

Except people say the fire was no accident.

(I say it's way too easy to blame someone who's dead.)

When I read the writing on the wall, literally, the bathroom wall, I know what it means. To get to the truth I have to come out from under my paisley comforter.

But seriously, what stage of grief says I have to be the one to fix what's wrong at Ideal High?

Maybe I'm the one who's broken.