April 21st, 2015

I’ve mentioned books by Julie Coulter Bellon several times on my website. Over the years I have enjoyed her work. Here is one more. It is mostly a love story, rather than an adventure or mystery book. It is short, and I think it is fine read alone. But it might be more enjoyable if read after All Fall Down, the first in this series.

Rafe Kelly never thought he’d fall in love with Claire Michaels, the hostage negotiator sent to get him out of a life or death situation. Though it was easy to see from the beginning that Claire was good at her profession, Rafe quickly realized she was even better for him personally―and that they might have a future together.

When they get back from their mission in Afghanistan, however, Claire goes back to the Hostage Negotiation Team and Rafe is left to deal with the huge hole in his life after leaving the SEALs. Trying to balance an uncertain future with a new relationship is made even more complicated when a family crisis strikes. Will Rafe and Claire be able to turn to each other for strength or are they over before they’ve really begun?

(Takes place directly following All Fall Down Hostage Negotiation Team #1)

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April 18th, 2015

I have been invited to the BYU Bookstore for a booksigning during Women’s Conference on May 1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. If you are planning on attending Women’s Conference, please come visit me at the bookstore.

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April 14th, 2015

I have another grandparent article to write for “Meridian Magazine.” I’m looking for a story or two (or quote or two). (Depending on what is sent to me, I may or may not be able to use it all.) Can you help me? This article is a tribute to grandfathers. What has your grandfather done (example or said) that has impacted you and made a difference in your life and why? I’d like to know the story. This could also be what your father has done that has impacted you and your children (his grandchildren). Or it could be a favorite quote from your father or grandfather that has impacted you and your children (his grandchildren).

Please email me if you can help. fay@klingler.com

Grandpa

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April 11th, 2015

The IndieAuthorHub June writing conference is going to be fantastic. They have secured an amazing keynote speaker, Michaelbrent Collings. If you want to learn any facet of writing books, consider attending this conference.

http://www.indieauthorhub.com/2015/04/chat-with-2015-conference-keynote.html

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February 17th, 2015

First, a big thank-you to those who spread the word about We Are Strong being offered by the case.

Meridian Magazine Article

A few weeks ago I was approached by a writer for Meridian Magazine, Carolyn Allen, to be interviewed for a feature article. That article came out yesterday—President’s Day—and spoke of the great courage of George Washington and his troops. It was interesting to me the direction this interview/article went. Just a couple weeks previous I had located a document about a few of my ancestors. This document listed one of my ancestors as being “in command of detachment at Cambridge . . . at time Washington took command of Continental Army.” And another ancestor who was a “signer for the Declaration of Independence.” Another document showed an ancestor who was a Constitution signer.

I am immensely grateful to those individuals in my family, those ancestors, who stood with great courage and character to defend their freedom and values. And I am privileged to be included in an article now that honors what they stood for. Thank you, Carolyn Allen.

Here is the link to that article—“I am Strong! I am Smart!”

http://ldsmag.com/i-am-strong-i-am-smart/

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Amazing Offer Extended

Thank you to those who took advantage of my offer to get copies of We Are Strong by the case at below-author pricing. Some neighborhoods went together to get the cases. That made it possible for many to receive book copies.

I am passionate about the messages in that book. I feel they are so important I want to extend my offer through Mother’s Day. Please consider giving these books for gifts or using them for Relief Society book clubs or women’s retreats. There are 24 books in a case, $4.00 per book. 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.

I am traveling to Arizona the last week of February. If any of you there would like to share a case of books, let me know and I can deliver them to you (if you are in the Mesa area) or you could pick them up at my parents’ home in Mesa.

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At this link you can read the amazing endorsements this book received even prior to printing.
http://www.fayklingler.com/books/we-are-strong-mothers-and-daughters-stand-together

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.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602803/Book-review-We-Are-Strong-Mothers-and-Daughters-Stand-Together-is-a-practical-guide-to-raising.html?pg=all

Goal Setting Help

Hopefully you followed my posts on my author Facebook page during the month of January. There I posted nearly the entire Chapter 7 from A Woman’s Power—Goal Setting. Last year I was too overwhelmed with writing We Are Strong and I Am Strong to really spell out my goals for the year. But this year I was determined. As I re-read my own book, I was inspired! I followed my guidelines and, wow, what a difference that made. I’ve been told this system of setting goals is the best out there. And I believe it. It has given me real focus.

Thrilling Event

The first of December I had the thrilling experience of being an angel in the largest live Nativity in history. The filming took all day and into the night—a cold, very finger-and-toe-freezing commitment, but one I shall forever remember with a thankful heart.

Here is the link to my website where I document my experience.

http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1585

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And here is the link to the resulting video.

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Book Review

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.

Here is a book I very much enjoyed reading. It is a non-fiction work, one that actually contributed to my continued desire to get more involved in family history.

Mattie A Woman’s Journey West by Nan Weber

This book is very well written. Like reading a mystery, but one from real life. I was amazed at the research trails that were followed to find so much pertinent information. And it inspired me to do more research on my own intriguing ancestors’ life stories. I loved the author’s concluding Afterword statements.

“So, when people ask why I’ve spent so much time and effort on this endeavor, I remind them how much we can learn from the past and its people: Daily behavior matters; I care about the consequences of actions, of choices; each of us is responsible for our actions, and people and nature are not separate from each other; life can be good even after major disruptions; looking for happiness is part of life, and even after death, a life can hold meaning for those who follow.”

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February 16th, 2015

A week or so ago, I was contacted by Carolyn Allen, asking to interview me for “Meridian Magazine.” I thought perhaps you might be interested in reading her wonderful article that came out this morning—Presidents’ Day. I’m grateful to be highlighted in this article.
http://ldsmag.com/i-am-strong-i-am-smart/

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February 11th, 2015

I have been asked to post here an old article (2005) I wrote for “Meridian Magazine” (ldsmag.com) on recovering from betrayal. I will share this link on my author Facebook page and in my author newsletter this month. I’m placing the entire article here.

Six Top Steps for Recovering from Betrayal

As an author, I’ve had the opportunity to be a presenter at numerous public conferences and stake and ward Relief Society meetings. My subjects, though important, have never been as necessary to sustaining the joys in life as what I often speak on today.

It seems everyone experiences some tragedy in life, some trial or test. After all, that’s what we’re here for. And proving our character by the choices we make in responding to those trials is what forms the basis of God’s just rewards.

Being betrayed is part and parcel to many, if not most, trials—betrayed by spouse, business partner, friend, neighbor . . . How do you recover? Heavy subject . . . and one that has derailed many of life’s travelers! Yet the outcome for some individuals is positive. Over time, they seem stronger, more resilient, confident in themselves and in their relationship with Heavenly Father. What makes the difference?

In preparing the draft for Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery, my co-author, Bettyanne Bruin, and I encountered a number of victims who were willing to tell their stories of healthy recovery. The threads consistently woven through their stories were:
• A continued hope, faith, and reliance on the power of God
• Coupled with the willingness to face their realities,
• Pick themselves up, seeking solutions,
• And work with integrity to do their part.

Here are six powerful steps to recover from tragedy:

Step #1—Awareness

One cannot change the circumstances surrounding betrayal until one has recognized a betrayal has taken place. This may sound like an obvious scenario, but in the case of betrayal, the secrets surrounding this form of abuse are sometimes difficult to see; betrayal is often a “silent crime.” Frequently the victim does not know he or she has been victimized, whether it is through an affair, leading a double life, and/or secrets of financial indiscretions, until long after the victimization has taken place. Awareness must be the first step to betrayal recovery.

Step #2—Acceptance

Grief is the result following any type of loss, especially the loss of heartfelt expectations destroyed by betrayal. It is a natural part of an emotionally healthy recovery process. Shock, denial, anger, guilt, bargaining, and sadness are companions to grief. When the process is followed to its completion, acknowledgement and acceptance of one’s reality can be comforting results. Finding ways to successfully manage fear and positively channel anger brings about the yearned-for, pain-free hope that is necessary and must be the second step for a full recovery.

Step #3—Action

Once betrayal is recognized and accepted, action must take place, whether this action is choosing to continue or end the relationship with the betrayer. One must act, not just react, by setting reasonable limits, safely confronting the issues, and taking the risk to make life better.

Step #4—Authorization

Authorization, or permission to move forward with one’s life, is a vital step in the recovery process. One of the most common yet innocent characteristics of a victim of betrayal is his or her “willingness to submit,” “to be the nice guy,” or to give the betrayer “permission” to abuse. Authorizing the victim to take control of his or her life by establishing the proper support system and learning to trust him- or herself is a vital step in breaking away from the betrayer and healing the heartbreak associated with betrayal.

Step #5—Accountability

In fairness, the victim must hold him- or herself accountable for the part played in the betrayal, and give proper ownership to the betrayer, as well, for his or her part in the abuse. Taking the obsessive searchlight off the other person and focusing on one’s self empowers change. There is a time when one must quit being the victim governed by fear, and make a plan for what is and is not acceptable—never again compromising on those important issues. One can visualize beyond the past and look with hope into the possibilities of the future by forgiving the betrayer and making one’s self a product of one’s decisions instead of one’s conditions.

Step #6—Advancement

An old Chinese proverb states, “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Advancement may be considered the last strategy or step of recovery, but it is also the first step in the rest of one’s life. Visualizing life with a set of fresh goals and a belief in one’s self creates confidence and courage. Healing occurs as one reaches out to serve and help others in need. To advance forward one accomplishes his or her goals one step at a time while maintaining a proper balance in life.

Recently I spoke at a two-day writers’ workshop. The morning of the second day, a participant approached me, telling me how much she appreciated my comments in one of my sessions the previous day. I spoke about writing and using an object to make an impression. The writing discussed was the book Shattered. The object was a kaleidoscope. I told my audience that when one experiences betrayal, he or she feels shattered, like broken glass fragments harshly thrown and scattered on a hard floor—never to be the same. But as the pieces are gathered, and recovery and healing occur, there is new beauty in the pattern and shape of the individual’s life, much as the colorful, magnificent designs made in a kaleidoscope.

The writer said she was inspired by the poetic visual of the kaleidoscope. So much so, that she stayed up during the night composing a poem. I was impressed with her insight as she explained why she chose certain phrases. She said, “Fear and anger are part of the grieving process, and it is while going through the motions that we begin to find scattered remnants [of ourselves]. ‘Butter the toast’ [signifies] taking care of own needs—physical, spiritual, and emotional. ‘Take out the trash’ [represents] discarding what is unuseful or unhealthy. ‘Turning, testing’ [is like] rotating the kaleidoscope, but also going in new directions, trying better ways of doing things, such as relating to others.”

Betrayed
© by Sharon Price Anderson

I am shattered,
abused, and bruised.
Broken fragments of me
litter the landscape.
Dazed, I wander
through chaos
bewildered by
where I have been.

Searching for
something real
to staunch the bleeding,
stop the tears,
heal the hurt,
I sift through fear and
anger of surreal days.
Grieving,
I go through the motions—
butter the toast,
take out the trash.

I find scattered remnants
of who I am
and gather particles of
hope, confidence,
forgiveness until
finally, I have
a handful.

Kaleidoscope pieces
form dazzling patterns,
prisms in the sun.
Turning, testing, I
discover something
new and beautiful—

I am whole.

Inspired by Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery—the book and the object lesson of the kaleidoscope. Permission for use granted to the authors of Shattered by Sharon Anderson.

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January 20th, 2015

On my author Facebook page, I have been posting sections of the Goal Setting chapter from A Woman’s Power. That is one of my sought-after books, and I just wanted to share. This chapter is full of wonderful material. Here is a small piece.

Our view of our circumstances and our self-image may or may not be in line with reality. It may be merely what we have accepted. Many of us fool even ourselves by the role we play. But sooner or later we come to question our itinerary along the pathway of life. Sooner or later we want to believe what we are doing is important—we want to have a sense of purpose, of faith in what we’re doing.

Finding our reality does not come without a plan or effort. First, we have to find out who we are and what we really believe. Then we need to live by what we believe and not be swayed by what we simply have accepted of ourselves. We can consciously choose our destination and believe in our ability to learn and move forward. And we must not measure what we are or where we are going by looking at others or by looking at where we’ve been.

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December 2nd, 2014

I arrived around 1:45 in the afternoon yesterday. I was layered in long-johns, skirt and long-sleeved tee shirt, sweater, and sheer over-costume. I wore wool socks and my snow boots. At that time in the afternoon it was above 50 degrees so I was plenty warm. But by the time my part was over and I started for home, it was 10:00 and around 37 degrees. I could no longer feel my fingers or my toes.

Parking was about a quarter mile away from the staging area.

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When I got there, the line to check in was already forming and it grew to be blocks long. The guys in the yellow vests were there to monitor and pick people out to be in the last angel segment. I got picked and moved up to the front of the line to register. I was given a purple wristband to designate what angel section I was supposed to be in.

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At first it seemed pretty quiet in the staging area, but by the time everyone got there it was a bustle of people 1039 strong.

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3a waiting for all to arrive

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It was reported by those who came from the north that it was snowing, but where we were (in Provo, Utah) the sky was a gorgeous blue.

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On the left of the previous picture are the heaters that burned later in the night. But with over 1000 people, only a few found warmth there.

Eventually we were herded into the orange mesh area and given another wristband to facilitate counting of participants. I am up at the top back of this group.

5 eventually put into the orange mesh to count

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Cameras were attached to these balloons that were maneuvered up and down for filming all day.

6 cameras were attached to these balloons that were manuevered

I am the light head on the top row of angels in this picture.

7 me at the top of the row

I am at the top, furthest left, in this picture. We are shouting hurrah that we broke the world record.

7a shouting hurrah that we broke the record

We were moved into our designated area for rehearsals that went on for a couple hours.

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I was a hill angel. I’m at the top on the hill.

9 more rehearsals

As the sun went down in the west, the moon rose in the east, and the chill breeze lowered the temperature considerably. Here you see the balloon cameras high in the sky.

10 sun is disappearing and the moon is up

These are the angels with lights in their costumes, watching us practice our part. I am over on the far hill under the bright lights.

11 angels with lights in their costumes watching us practice

The arrow is pointing to me, next to the fog. They blew fog out in great billows during actual filming.

12 Me at the top of hill next to the fog

They took about 100 of our angels to increase the number of lighted angels for filming. This is one of the many times the lighted-angel segment was shot.

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Almost all of the lighted angels were excused to leave at this point. About 25 were asked to stay for another shot that would be around the manger scene. Then they focused their filming on the manger with us in the background. This is what it looked like from my view.

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After the manger scene shooting our angel segment sang our song over and over and over and over and over and over . . . We had bells and candles. I was a candle holder. They had a camera below, a drone camera flying around us, and men walking among us with cameras. At last they told everyone who felt they could not stand the cold any longer they could leave. The rest of us practiced again with our walking down off the hill while we sang and the remaining lighted angels circling the manger.

By this time the grass on the hill was immensely slippery. Each time we went up and down I truly feared I would be caught on camera as I fell head over heel, literally! But, thank goodness, I was able to keep on my feet.

After nine long hours of mostly standing in the cold, we were told we were finished. I had a terrible time fishing my car key out of my boot. My fingers just simply were without feeling, nor could they bend or grip anything. But you know what made it all worth it? At the end, one of the directors said, “You have been a part of history. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world will come unto Christ because of this video.”

Some days before, a Facebook friend posted this poster.

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That day I saw the article in the paper about this event and a website to go to to register to be a part of making history. Something told me this is that thing I needed to do that my future self would thank me for. I signed up that day, figured out my costume, and with determination fulfilled what I set out to do.

 

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November 25th, 2014

Amazing Offer

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.

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At this link you can read the amazing endorsements this book received even prior to printing.
http://www.fayklingler.com/books/we-are-strong-mothers-and-daughters-stand-together

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.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602803/Book-review-We-Are-Strong-Mothers-and-Daughters-Stand-Together-is-a-practical-guide-to-raising.html?pg=all

Exciting Award

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.

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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!

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20140910_v3/#/28

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Books Reviewed

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.”
http://tristipinkston.blogspot.com/2014/11/attention-book-reviewers-this-ones-for.html

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.

From the Ashes

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.
http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1512

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Thank You

Thank you to those who support and share my writing. My success has only come about because of you.

 

 

 

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