April 15th, 2014

I will be in Tempe, Arizona, this Saturday (April 19) with wonderful promotions at my Arizona book launch. I’d love to see you there—Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive, from 11 to 1.

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These are the promotions. When it says “Buy 5 books,” it means any combination of the two. And thank you again for those who came to my Utah book launch. So sorry if the line was too long for you to wait. For that reason, I am extending these promotions for two months. If you just email something to me that shows you purchased the number of books, I will ship the promotional items to you. fay at klingler dot com

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April 12th, 2014

Thank you so much for those who came to my Utah book launch today. It was a great success. Oh, how much I appreciate you—wonderful friends and family who live close and (wow) friends who came from far. I am so very grateful.

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I’ve posted pictures before of my granddaughter who was the model for the illustrations in I Am Strong! I Am Smart! But today I met the beautiful woman who modeled as the grandmother in those drawings. She is the illustrator’s grandmother. What a delight!

Here we are at the book launch today. Yes, the illustrator came all the way from Colorado to sign with me at this event—Briana Shawcroft, her grandmother, and me.

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April 12th, 2014

Well, today is the Utah book launch. It has been a long time coming, and yet seems odd it could be almost the middle of April already. Life is so funny that way—moving so fast and yet so slow . . . I see the tulips are opening with their beautiful color, the trees are now in bloom, the grass somehow turned green this week, and life seems to be a burst of beauty. I love spring!

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Here are the promotions offered at this signing.

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April 10th, 2014

Today my interview on “Inklings” was posted. You will find a bit of information about why/how I became a writer. Here’s one question that was asked and the link to find out more.

Why are you a writer? Was there something in your life that drove you to write?

As a young mother, I became a professional illustrator. I loved to draw “mother and babe” illustrations for magazines and greeting cards. There was a point when the pictures I visualized in my mind started taking shape in words as well as pictures. Slowly I became a writer more than an illustrator . . .

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Visual aid sold in Deseret Book stores.

http://www.margothovley.com/2014/04/10/an-interview-with-fay-klinger/

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April 10th, 2014

I am one of the presenters for this writers’ conference. The organizers are amazing writers who want to share their craft. If you are interested in learning more about writing, this conference will be a good one.

Here is the link to register.

http://www.indieauthorhub.com/p/conference-2014.html

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April 9th, 2014

Today I am posting an interview with author Carma Sirrine. Carma is a devoted mother/grandmother and marriage advocate. She lives with her husband Gordon in Sandy, Utah, and she wrote 10 Secrets for a Happy Marriage.

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Why did you write this book?

While on our senior mission to the Philippines for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my husband and I noticed how thoughtful and kind each missionary was to their spouse. Many of them were holding hands wherever we saw them together, walking along or just sitting together in meetings. A few years after we were home, I decided to try my hand at writing a book and came up with this idea of providing success stories for a happy marriage.

What do you hope your readers will gain from this book?

I want to foster in marriage partners the desire and commitment to renew efforts to have a happier, more productive marriage. I hope they will gain inspiration and joy from within the pages of this book. Those who are not married can also gain insight into some of the habits they can change in themselves to be more ready for marriage and to help them look for the right attributes in a future spouse.

Tell us a little about yourself. What is your favorite season and why?

I do enjoy all my “faces,” so to speak. I love being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, church worker, neighbor, and friend. This involves a lot of time and talents that we all need to have to get along well in this life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means everything to me, along with my family. All these things help me attain more knowledge, and I hope wisdom as well.

My favorite season is fall, when we see the efforts of our gardening come to fruition. These include berries, grapes, melons, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, string beans, acorn squash, pink banana squash, pears, peaches, nectarines and apples. In late fall, the trees and flowers are so beautiful they stir the heart to overflowing.

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Do you have a favorite hobby?

One of my favorite hobbies is sending and receiving emails from family and friends. A few still write in cursive “real” letters, and I do in return to them.

Which do you like most:

Fruits or vegetables?

I would have to say fruit.

Camping or staying in a hotel?

Camping was always what we did when at all possible. Now at my older age, I do like to stay in hotels.

Writing on the computer or on paper, or using a recorder?

Writing on the computer.

Puzzles or games?

Playing Scrabble when family come to visit is first, but not other games. Then puzzles.

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http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Happy-Marriage-Carma-Sirrine-ebook/dp/B0049B322E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397058924&sr=1-1&keywords=carma+sirrine

Whether you’re newlyweds or celebrating your fiftieth anniversary, marriage takes patience, hard work, and a lot of love. In 10 Secrets for a Happy Marriage, Carma Sirrine has artfully compiled real-life stories to turn your marriage into a loving relationship that you will cherish for eternity.

Perfect for those already married, for the engaged, and for those who are looking for that special someone, this book is a no-nonsense look at the challenges, unexpected realities, and, finally, the true joys that come from a lifetime of companionship. With humor and wisdom, these stories teach you how to handle anything life throws at you—together.

 

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April 8th, 2014

Ordinarily I don’t post my author newsletter here. But this one has soooooooo much vital information in it, I decided to share it on my website. I hope to see you at one of my book launches (all details are below).

Fay Klingler’s Newsletter/Fan Update

April 8, 2014

At last, my two new books are appearing in the Seagull bookstores and are both on Amazon. They are still in the review process at Barnes and Noble, but I suspect they will be there soon. (Please see amazing blog reviews below.) Books are also available at The King’s English Bookshop (in Salt Lake City, Utah), the Changing Hands Bookstore (in Tempe, Arizona), and independent LDS bookstores. I was told by the distributor yesterday that buyers can ask at their local bookstores, and if the store does not carry the books, they can be ordered. Also, the distributor has received a go-ahead from the BYU Bookstore. He will have my books at the Brigham Distributor table for BYU Women’s Conference. Yay!

Here are the Amazon links:

http://amzn.to/1d93wj2 I Am Strong!

http://bit.ly/WeAreStrong We are Strong!

https://www.amazon.com/author/www.fayklingler.com

Book Launch Parties

The biggest news is about the upcoming book launch parties in Utah and Arizona. I desperately need your help. Please share this information with your friends by email and social media. And if you read and love these new books, please post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

The Utah launch is this Saturday, April 12th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the King’s English Bookshop (1511 South 15th East Street, Salt Lake City). Briana Shawcroft, the illustrator of I Am Strong! I Am Smart! plans to be there to sign books also.

If you are interested in getting more copies (and cannot attend the book launches), I will honor my promotional giveaways for quantity purchases. Just email me something that shows your purchase from Amazon (or another retailer) and I will ship the promotional items to you.

I’ve been busy preparing the embroidery for the promotions. You will love them. These promotions are for both the Utah and the Arizona launches. Both of my new books are excellent Mother’s Day gifts. If you purchase:

5 books (any combination of my two new books) or more, you receive one free embroidery piece ready for framing (8 X 10)

7 books or more = free embroidery and a copy of my new mother’s booklet

9 or more books = free embroidery, a copy of my new mother’s booklet, and a tote bag

My distributor said I should add that if you buy 12 or more books, I will vacuum your living room. My husband said I should offer you breakfast in bed. But I am really only offering the first three options!

The Arizona launch is at the Changing Hands Bookstore on Saturday, April 19th, from 11 to 1 (6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe).

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Mother’s Booklet

Way back in 1982, I felt compelled to write a little gift book for mothers. It was published by Bookcraft and sold a lot of copies for Mother’s Day. It was my first book, and I was thrilled to be considered an author! I was a professional illustrator and this booklet fell into the same “brand” as my illustrations—a deep regard for the great strength of women and the power of inspired mothers.

Since that time, I have written many books, some for the public, some for companies/organizations. I’ve written school curriculum, safety manuals for railroads and oil refineries, etc. And I have written some very sensitive books for healing and for drawing closer to Heavenly Father. Many of my books are shown in the “Books” menu on my website www.fayklingler.com.

Since my two new books are so perfect for Mother’s Day and since at least one reviewer said We Are Strong! is her Mother’s Day “top choice for gift giving,” I went full circle and got my rights back on that 1982 gift booklet and reproduced it with my own illustrations. It’s really not just for Mother’s Day. It’s a wonderful gift book any time of the year for new mothers (especially those with daughters), or for mothers who just need a lift. This is the promotional booklet mentioned for the book launches. I’m only selling it on my website (until they run out) www.fayklingler.com. Just click on the “Books” menu, then on the book cover, and it will open to that book’s page.

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Awesome Giveaways

There are still three active online giveaways. They are easy to sign up for and absolutely free. We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together is listed on Goodreads. Entries will be accepted there until Friday, April 11. But the hour it closes is a little strange (in my opinion), so sign up before that date.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20933793-we-are-strong-mothers-and-daughters-stand-together

We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together is also listed on Connie Sokol’s blog. That giveaway runs for a week, April 8 through April 16. My book is spotlighted on Monday, April 14. I see it states an ebook will be given away, but that is not true. Maybe they will get that corrected as the week goes on, but it is a print book that will be awarded. In addition to my book, this Easter giveaway includes:

  • 40 Days with the Savior by Connie Sokol
  • Why Do We Celebrate Easter? by Shannon Foster
  • Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat? by Michelle Wilson
  • Simple Things: Daily Thoughts, Stories, and Inspiration to Live Life More Fully by Lori Nawyn
  • Precious in His Sight: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You (with Ruby Necklace) by Jodi Robinson

http://conniesokol.com/blog-posts/easter-book-giveaway-with-5-guest-authors-enter-today/

I Am Strong! I Am Smart! is not strictly a Latter-day Saint book. Nor is it just for children. It is a national, Christian book written for children ages 8 to 12, but reviewers say it is also for younger children and for all adults, especially grandparents. That said, it is listed as a giveaway on New LDS Fiction for the month of April. Again there are other books being offered on this site. I even signed up myself for one of the other books :)

http://www.newldsfiction.com/win-these-books-april-2014/

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Bloggers Interview Me

Over the past few weeks, I have been interviewed by a number of bloggers. These links include a few of those interviews. You might find some of their questions and my answers of interest, especially the unusual interview done by I Am a Reader.

In addition to those interviews, I will be interviewed by Margot Hovley on April 10 at www.margothovley.com.

Guest Posts and Blog Tour Reviews

The blog tour over the past few weeks has been thrilling. There have been incredible reviews and a few requested guest posts written by me. Here are a couple of the guest post links:

http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1214

http://www.littleredreads.com/2014/03/strong-smart-blog-tour/

Here are a couple of my favorite reviews:

http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/2014/03/18/i-am-strong-i-am-smart-and-we-are-strong-mothers-and-daughters-stand-together-by-fay-a-klingler-double-blog-tour-reviews/

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I really liked the format in which Fay wrote this book. It follows the Young Women’s Values. With the wonderful stories of young and older women learning these principles, there is something for everyone to relate to. I also love how Fay sums up the end of each chapter, by saying: 1) Why do we teach our daughters about the value and then 2) How to teach our daughters about the value. This book is one that every LDS women should read with their daughters or granddaughters. I’m planning on doing this with my 16 year old daughter.

Here are some of the key points that struck home with me. Actually it was hard not to quote the whole book. I chose some examples from the first few chapters and Young Women Values that were discussed.

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-Where there is gratitude there is spirituality.
-We always have a choice whether we are going to listen and
obey the Lord.

-We teach our daughters to live by faith because by faith we receive answers to our prayers. Why do we teach our daughters faith? To give them hope. We share the key tool that will help them bring about and recognize miracles in their own lives.

Divine Nature

 One big difference between physical characteristics and divine traits is we have the ability to diminish or enhance the divine by the choices we make.
-As women of all ages, if we are not watchful, experiences may confuse and entice us away from our birthright—the beautiful, the sacred, and the divine.

I feel like it was a blessing to read this book. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to review it. I needed the guidance in this book to help me in my parenting as a single mom and to a mother of a young woman.

Overall, this book is my top choice for gift giving on Mother’s Day. It’s a timely addition considering what’s going on in the world today. This book will change women and remind them who they are. It will lift women up and ingrain in their minds how important they are in God’s plan.

http://www.mormonmomma.com/index.php/2014/i-am-strong-i-am-smart/

In an age where google is the authority and the idea of social acceptance has seemingly no ceiling. Where bullying can happen well into adulthood. And when being “liked” can be seen as the mark of success to feed insatiable desires for self confidence, what a relief it is to have a book that offers sound principles to build true and inner confidence on.

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As a child I wish I would have had this book to navigate all the bullying I encountered and other difficult situations I couldn’t understand, nor had an advocate to help me with. We would all like to believe that family is enough, but unfortunately we live in a world where surrogates are necessary for filling extended, and even immediate, family holes and roles. I would have cherished this book as a child.

As a mother I am deeply grateful to have this book for my children.

The wise and knowing voice of our grandmas (and grandpas) is often marginally heard or accepted in this busy and often frenetic culture we have created for ourselves. This book brings a pause into my home that offers something we didn’t have before. Its message is almost as good as having Grandma over. (Maybe even better because there is no dysfunction within its pages!)

My Interviews of Authors Who Contributed to We Are Strong!

I interviewed several specialists/authors who contributed to We Are Strong! If you missed those and would like to learn about these wonderful individuals, here are the links.

WindRiver Publishing Going Out of Business

Over the years, a few of my publishers have gone out of business. Recently, I received a notice from WindRiver Publishing, my publisher for Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery. This national book was heavily endorsed and was a great resource for many, such a valuable tool in betrayal recovery. If my rights are returned, I am going to try to get the ebook up on Amazon. (As of today, the book still appears on there.) And I will sell the copies I have here, as long as they last; contact me by email if you want a copy.

Power Point Presentation

I have developed a powerful Power Point presentation for any gathering of women of influence. I would be happy to come to your stakes or wards and provide this service (along the Wasatch Front).

This message is for all women of influence—mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and YW/RS leaders. We all have the potential to make a positive difference in the lives of those we interact with.

For some people that influence is all positive. Like how my mother, my sister, and several of my daughters continue to inspire me. But for some individuals it doesn’t go that way, and in order for them to rise above disastrous environments they have to lean on examples of women outside their immediate family circle.

The title of the presentation is “Women of Influence, You Make a Difference.” This presentation is in conjunction with the Young Women values and the importance of following/living those values no matter what our age.

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Fay Klingler and Aubree Shurtz after Fay presented “Women of Influence, You Make a Difference” for a special ward Relief Society meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thank You

Thank you again for the support you offer me. I’m grateful for the opportunities to speak and share my love of writing, my faith, and my belief in the strength of women.

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My best spring-season wishes to all of you,

Fay

Award-winning author

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Author of A Woman’s Power http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqGIIITIjHU

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April 8th, 2014

Today I have a wonderful interview with Margot Hovley. Margot was reared in rural Washington State, where she worked as a pig herder and champion produce-box maker. She now lives and plays in Utah with her big family. When she’s not storytelling, she’s hanging out with family, teaching music to the somewhat willing, and fooling around with techy gadgets. She loves hiking, traveling, and concocting adventures.

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Why are you a writer? Was there something in your life that drove you to write?

I always was a creative, dreamy child and wanted more than anything to be a writer. I grew up on a farm, and there was a lot of tedious work to do. I amused myself by making up stories as I worked. I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to write books and fulfill that childhood dream. Also, nine years ago I was diagnosed with a tough strain of cancer. Writing helped me get through that experience.

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Me at about age five, with my handsome farmer father and little sister. My head was already full of stories!

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

I love being able to give other people enjoyment and maybe even inspiration through my writing. When a reader tells me that I made them think . . . or made them cry . . . or made them happy . . . I feel like all the work, discouragement, and frustration is worth it. I also love to teach about writing. Bringing the joy of writing into others’ lives means a lot to me. I teach a weekly class on writing for teens at my home and absolutely love it.

Do you primarily write non-fiction or fiction? Which did you start out with and why did you add the other?

I primarily write fiction although I have written a lot of book reviews and blog posts for the Deseret News companies. I suppose I mostly write fiction because I have an obsession with telling stories.

What affect does your writing have on your family?

My family is so patient and supportive! They understand how much writing means to me and put up with all sorts of nonsense from me because they love me. Awww!

What are you working on now, or what is your latest release?

My latest release just came out. It’s called Glimmering Light, the conclusion of The End Begins series . . . if you can call two books a series. The first book is called Sudden Darkness. The series asks the questions: If you were asked to walk back to Missouri, as the Mormon tradition goes, would you go? What would it be like? What scenario would set up a situation where modern people would have to walk such a distance?

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April 7th, 2014

What a marvelous review for We Are Strong! today on “Mormon Momma.” Here’s a piece of it and the link to the rest.

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This timely and extremely applicable book cuts through the noise of the mommy wars and speaks to women in a non-discriminatory uplifting way that I found refreshing and empowering. . . . One chapter/idea I was particularly grateful for was physical safety. It is an area I am seriously lacking in awareness and ability to teach and train my daughters in. After reading and properly digesting this information, I feel I have what is needful to encourage my daughters to accept and protect their God given right to physical safety in this rapidly deteriorating world in which we live.

This book has been beneficial in my relationships with all of my children — regardless of gender — and I found very little fluff within its pages. I appreciated very much the candid depth and “down to business” pace that encouraged immediate steps to lighten my load.

Not just for mothers, this book can help all females strengthen themselves for the better, which in turn strengthens our sisterhood and builds Christ’s kingdom. As women we are divine in nature, each with our own path. We need not worry about what others choose. We need only to be concerned with making ourselves the best we can be in order to offer our best in the service of our God.

 http://www.mormonmomma.com/index.php/2014/we-are-strong/

 

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April 5th, 2014

There was a new review posted today by Laurisa Reyes for I Am Strong! I Am Smart! I’m so grateful to these wonderful bloggers for their great reviews. This is what she said.

I Am Strong! I Am Smart! is a touching story about a girl’s relationship with her grandmother and the wisdom and love they share each with other through a challenging time. The illustrations are beautifully done, and Klingler’s story can be enjoyed by older children as well as the very young. It contains many references to Heavenly Father, so there is a strong religious theme which I appreciated, yet the story has a universal message of empowerment and self-worth.

You can get the entire post at this link.

http://laurisareyes.blogspot.com/2014/04/book-review-i-am-smart-i-am-strong-by.html

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