I am passionate about the messages in We Are Strong! I feel they are immensely important right now. I want to see these messages shared with as many women as possible. To help make that happen, I’m offering you the best deal you may ever get from an author, even better than the signed-copy offer on my website. Consider giving these books for gifts or using them for Relief Society book clubs or women’s retreats. I am offering We Are Strong by the case at my author’s cost—$4.00 per book. There are 24 books in a case. You will have to cover the shipping costs or pick them up at my home. Please forward this offer to any and all you think might be interested.
At this link you can read the amazing endorsements this book received even prior to printing.
Here is a piece of the “Deseret News” review of We Are Strong! by Alexis Jones.
“We are Strong” is a practical and spiritually uplifting guide to raising children righteously, no matter how old they are. Although it is targeted to mothers of daughters, it is also appropriate for other family members.
I am sooooooooo happy and excited to announce my book I Am Strong! I Am Smart! is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Children’s Religious category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
Invitation to Write
I was invited to write an article for a national online magazine, “GRAND Magazine.” The article came out in their 10-year anniversary issue. This is a screenshot of the article (page 54 of the magazine). And here is the online link. From there you can scroll left and right to view the whole magazine.
I was particularly excited about the sidebar ad they provided in review of I Am Strong! I Am Smart!—they LOVED it!
Opportunities to Speak
Since my last newsletter, I’ve had the opportunity to speak at a number of locations. One, though, that I particularly enjoyed was speaking at the 2nd grade Ranches Academy in Eagle Mountain. I was there with six other authors. Each author spoke to a different grade. I had all of the second graders, 50 or so students. I talked about writing and about how to deal with bullies. After all the authors spoke to the different grades, the students went to the gym for teacher presentations and a treat. Then they came to our makeshift bookstore to purchase our books.
The children were just wonderful. Oh, how I enjoyed that! If any of you would like such a program for your children’s schools, let me know.
Another speaking opportunity that I relished was being a presenter at the state, two-day League of Utah Writers conference in September. I had a wonderful group of students with a great class discussion.
This is a picture of me with two other presenters—Chantelle Aimee Osman and Kathryn Jones.
I also spoke at the first-ever “Local Authors and You” event at the West Jordan Library. That was a very unusual setup with well over 20 authors giving presentations and signing books.
Before I give you my reviews on books, I want to mention something about reviews.
I don’t know why some people just feel they must be mean. Some reviewers truly, truly are just out to hurt. Some of the authors in my guild have been experiencing that hurt when their books are otherwise receiving five-star, honest reviews.
I love what Tristi Pinkston wrote on her blog. I particularly say amen to this part. “The thing I wish all reviewers understood is this: It takes a huge amount of courage for an author to publish. They’ve taken their inner guts and stuck them on display for everyone to see. They’re not just telling a story – they’re showing the journey they’ve taken. And then they stand back with their eyes half closed, peeking out around them, to see not only if their story is accepted, but if they are accepted.”
I’m grateful to everyone who has taken the time to post reviews for my books. Especially if they have chosen to be honest and lift me up in the process.
From the Ashes by Julie Coulter Bellon
I’m not a romance reader. I’m a mystery, suspense reader. For that reason I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the other books in the series. But then I think that was the purpose of the book, to provide a romantic conclusion for two characters in the series–Colby and Sophia. And I truly LOVED the Hostage Negotiation Team series! For a short novella, the author provided romance, mystery, and suspense. So I decided to give the book five stars.
The Man from Shenandoah by Marsha Ward
I’ve been wanting to read one of Marsha’s books for a long time, and I was not disappointed. It is a part of the Owen Family Saga.
I fell in love with one of the characters in this book. Well, not exactly in love. I guess it would be better to say I loved her character and want to be like her. This is one fictional character that really teaches a lot.
I found The Man from Shenandoah well written, well plotted, and well developed. If you like to read romance novels, particularly western romance novels, you will like this one. Especially if you like Civil-War-period books.
The book synopsis and information about Marsha are on my website.
Thank you to those who support and share my writing. My success has only come about because of you.