I enjoy Traci Abramson’s novels because they are clean yet still suspenseful. She is good at implementing the element of mystery with unsuspecting twists. I found Smoke Screen to be no exception. It is particularly filled with action, right to the very last chapter.
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I will be presenting at this huge library event this Saturday. My presentation is titled “The Writing Process for Children’s Fiction.” The time is 3:30, September 27th.
There will be a fantastic group of authors at this event. You can see them listed in this flyer.
Oh, that is a little too small. Does this help?
There were some wonderful presenters at the League of Utah Writers statewide conference held Friday and Saturday in Layton, Utah. I love getting to know good people. The presenter sitting by me at my signing table was Chantelle Aimee from Arizona. She is a suspense writer, an editor, and a book cover designer. She’s the one with the black hair in this picture. The blonde is Kathryn Elizabeth Jones. She is also a writer and a presenter. Yeah, the gray-haired lady is me!
My presentation was on “The Pacing and Production of Children’s Print Books.” I had a group of very responsive attendees, a really good class.
And I won the Silver Quill award. Thank you, League.
First, because there are only a couple days left, let me tell about a wonderful giveaway on Julie Coulter Bellon’s blog. Go there and enter and then read here all about this great book and this marvelous author.
My turn on Julie’s blog tour is tomorrow. I apologize, though, because I am speaking early in the morning at the state-wide writers’ conference for the League of Utah Writers. So I’m posting tonight. The tour is to promote her new book Ring Around the Rosie.
I loved this book. It is my favorite genre. Julie’s characters seemed so real I expected to read about them in the daily newspaper or to see actual scenes connected with the story unfold in front of me as I walked down the street.
It was Bellon’s fault that I did not get much of my work done during the reading of this book. The book was just too compelling.
I asked Julie if she uses any kind of photos or character drawings to work from when she writes. Here is her response.
Nope, it’s all in my imagination. I did use my brother-in-law’s name for the captain, though. At first it was just a placeholder, but then I didn’t change it, and here he is with his own book! Thankfully, my brother-in-law has a good sense of humor.
You said at the back of the book that this was one of the hardest books you’ve ever produced. What specific things did you do to work through the “emotional turmoil” and make it possible to write?
One thing I did was to keep writing. Most of what I was writing wasn’t very good, but I was able to feel some stress relief in just writing. When things got too hard, I gave myself a break, though, and came back to it later. Fortunately for me I have an amazing husband who is so supportive and a fabulous critique group as well, who not only listened to what was going on and supported me through it, but also gave me invaluable feedback on how I could mold the words I was writing into a coherent story. I couldn’t have finished the book without them all!
Am I right in my understanding that this is the last of the Hostage Negotiation Team series? I have missed some of them. Do they need to be read consecutively or are they each independent?
They are stand alone novels, loosely connected because of their Hostage Negotiation Team positions, but their order is All Fall Down, Ashes, Ashes, Pocket Full of Posies, then Ring Around the Rosie. I know, I know, it’s backwards, but I’d already written All Fall Down when the series idea came to me so I couldn’t change it!
I so much enjoyed this book. Any chance you could change your mind and give us a fifth book in the series?
Well, I am writing a novella right now, starring Colby and Sophia. I just loved them as a couple. And I’m so glad you liked Ring Around the Rosie!
Do you have a favorite book you have written?
All of my books represent a point in my life of where I was at as a person and as a writer. It’s fun to go back and see how much I’ve improved and remember all the fun memories associated with each book. I’d have to say my favorite book is my newest one. At least it is today, I can’t promise what it will be tomorrow!
Have you considered submitting this story for television or movie possibilities? I think it would be fantastic!
I would love for that to happen! But I haven’t submitted anything myself. I do have a Pinterest board for who I would want to cast as actors if my stories ever hit the big screen, though. You can see it here http://www.pinterest.com/juliebellon8/if-my-books-were-movies-i-would-cast/.
Here is the back cover copy for Ring Around the Rosie:
Revenge is a dish best served cold . . .
As the ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, Sarah Reed has known loneliness and loss. In order to cope, she makes a life for herself that’s full of routine while building a wall of ice around her heart. Everything about her is as predictable as she can make it until a tiny detour for her ex-husband, Ron, changes her life forever. Caught in a bomb crisis, Sarah is taken hostage by a man who wants Ron and everyone around him to suffer—and his idea of suffering is more terrible than Sarah had ever dreamed.
Captain Ron Reed has seen the worst of humanity in his job with the Hostage Negotiation Team, but he never expected his past to come back with a vengeance—literally. Aaron Starks, a criminal explosives expert, has stolen next-gen bomb technology and uses it to force Ron to bargain for the lives of his team and his ex-wife, Sarah, the woman he still loves. But the situation escalates when Ron discovers that Starks has an even bigger objective in mind—using the bomb to show how vulnerable America and her people truly are.
Ron is willing to risk everything to save his country and those he loves, but when negotiations break down, will his sacrifice be too little too late?
Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of ten romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.
Julie loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news—which is where she gets her story ideas.
Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/. You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website http://www.juliecoulterbellon.com/.
Today I had a really enjoyable afternoon, speaking at 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.
I just finished reading another extremely well written book, The Man from Shenandoah by Marsha Ward. I’ve been wanting to read one of her 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.
Here is the synopsis:
Young cavalryman Carl Owen returns from the Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave the Shenandoah Valley to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory. Crossing the continent, Carl falls in love with his brother’s fiancée while set to wed another girl, but he might lose everything if the murderous thug Berto Acosta has his way. Carl battles a band of outlaws, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother—all for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates.
Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the southwestern United States and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She became a storyteller at an early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her fanciful tales during after-school snacks. Her love of 19th Century Western history was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father’s stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the southern part of Arizona.
Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed post-American Civil War novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Pikes Peak Writers, and LDStorymakers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books.
Because Marsha was asked to provide this information, she says the book order in The Owen Family Saga is: 0-Gone for a Soldier, 1-The Man from Shenandoah, 2-Ride to Raton, 3-Trail of Storms, and 4-Spinster’s Folly.
I have an article that just came out yesterday in the wonderful online magazine “Grand.” It is their ten-year anniversary issue.
My article is on page 54. Here is a direct link to my article. Let me know on my Facebook page what you think of it
This post on Facebook by AgapΩ fits what I wrote in the article.
For those of you who are interested, here you may receive a complimentary subscription to “Grand.”
Fay Klingler’s Newsletter/Fan Update
August 26, 2014
Right off, let me tell you about a giveaway for my new books—I Am Strong! I Am Smart! and We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together. The giveaway is sponsored by Shauna Wheelwright on her blog “I Love to Read and Review Books.” It’s an easy enter (and possibly) easy win situation, and the books are free. Here is her link.
This giveaway offer ends in six days.
I Am Strong! I Am Smart! is the perfect gift for grandchildren to give to their grandparents or for grandparents to give to their grandchildren. So I wanted to offer a promotion for Grandparents Day (September 7) on my website www.fayklingler.com. But then I got to thinking about the holidays coming up—Thanksgiving and Christmas—and that I want so desperately to share the messages also from We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together, resulting in a decision to extend the promotion through the remainder of the year and include both books.
This is an amazing discount of over 50% to make it easy to share these messages with women’s/young women’s/grandparents’ clubs/retreats, friends, and family. When ordered by the case, they are only $8 each instead of the $18.95 and $17.95 retail price listed on the books. These two books (signed) can be ordered on my website by going to the “Books” menu and clicking on the book cover of your choice. If you live in my area, you can save by (ordering direct from me) picking up your order at my location and deleting shipping charges. Please email me if you have any questions. For the first five cases ordered, I am including a free embroidery piece ready for framing.
This is part of what Susan Adcox from “About.com Grandparents” said in May about I Am Strong! I Am Smart!
I Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler is a touching but not sentimental look at how grandparents and grandchildren can help each other, with characters so real that you expect to see them pop up in your very own kitchen.
Realistic illustrations by Briana Shawcroft enhance the story, bringing to life one vivacious, red-haired little girl and one fun-loving grandmother.
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.
Linda Eyre even promoted We Are Strong! on her blog in May. Here is the link to her blog post.
Hooray for Fay who tells us through compelling real-life stories from women of all ages how and why we must continue to live and teach life’s important values and the importance of Motherhood to our daughters.
I wrote on my blog in May about these three reviews and how I feel about my writing. If you missed it, I invite you to read the last three paragraphs of my post.
Opportunities to Speak
In June, I gave a two-hour presentation on writing at the Indie Author Hub Conference. I have been asked to duplicate (yet shorten to an hour) my presentation for the League of Utah Writers state-wide conference on September 13. If you would be interested in attending, let me know if there are any specifics you would like me to address, and I will include them in my presentation. Here is the link for registration.
Here is the list of presenters.
I will also be presenting to the second grade at Ranches Academy on September 11 in Saratoga Springs. That should be a really fun author event. There are seven authors, presenting to seven different grades. A sales table will be available following the school author event.
On September 27th I am a part of the Salt Lake County Library Service’s “Local Authors & You” event to be from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Viridian Event Center located at 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, Utah. If you get a chance to come that day, I’d love to see you.
Books I Reviewed
From time to time in my reading I come across books that truly impact me. I’ve branched out some in reading genres I’m not particularly fond of. But the three books I list below I rated five out of five stars. They were all excellent, each in their own way.
The first is The Hitler Dilemma. This book drastically changed my viewpoint of war, especially WWII. You see my father was a pilot in that war. It was only about 15 years ago that my father even started talking about his traumatic experiences. As I read Carolyn Twede Frank’s The Hitler Dilemma, I thought about my father being on the other side of the war described in that excellently written book. And I realized, in a big way, people got hurt on both sides of the “fence.”
You can read my review on my blog. Here is the link.
The second is The Dreamstone by Mikey Brooks—high fantasy, very creative, immensely captivating. Mikey’s imagination FAR surpasses mine!
You’ll find my review here.
The third is my favorite, only because I love the genre—clean suspense. Julie Coulter Bellon is a truly gifted author in her field. Not many people can accomplish what she has done with her writing. I am a reviewer for Julie’s new book Ring Around the Rosie. As a part of Julie’s blog tour, you’ll find my review of this excellent book on my blog on September 13. As with the two previous mentioned books, my review includes an insightful author interview. If you like suspense, you won’t want to miss it.
I enjoyed Ring Around the Rosie so much I purchased her book Pocket Full of Posies. My brief review is posted on my blog—definitely five stars! Here is the link.
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In honor of Grandparents Day coming up (September 7), Shauna Wheelwright has featured both of my newest books on her blog this week, with giveaways for both books. Easy to enter and win. Here is the link.
I just finished reading another of Julie Bellon’s suspense books. I’ve really loved this series. There’s still one more in the series that I have not read and I’m anxious to get it.
This book, Pocket Full of Posies, has so many unexpected twists and turns–I just loved it! The characters are well portrayed. The story draws the reader in and is filled with suspense. I give it five stars in a rating from one to five.