I find it interesting here how some years we have a cold snap and then a beautiful week or two of Indian summer. Some trees maintain their green leaves until winter, while those affected by autumn’s killing frost begin to give up their gold, red, and orange palette. On my walk this week, I enjoyed watching the colored leaves swirl to the ground with the slightest whisper of a breeze. They covered the walkways and crunched under my feet. The color is waning, but ah, the beauty of the season . . .
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Our daughter that lives in Washington state has chickens. The eggs they produce are wonderful. The chickens roam the yard, and actually come into the house at times, if the door is left open. This is one of the most beautiful chickens I’ve ever seen. Her name is Jo.
When I grew up in Arizona, we had chickens. I was kind of afraid of them. They were penned up and when you had to gather the eggs, the chickens pecked you. But these chickens at our daughter’s home were so mild mannered and lovely to watch.
Seeing Again: Through the Eyes of a Child is the most amazing book! If there was a place on Amazon or Goodreads to put in ten stars instead of the allowed five, I’d do it. I loved the characters and wish I could sit down to dinner with them. My, I’d love to talk with Amanda face to face! Such wisdom. So compelling. Without a doubt this book is an inspired work of fiction. I highly recommend it.
How do you feel about the fall season? Do you see it in it’s splendor of harvest colors or do you dread the promise of a cold winter?
While I was on my walk, I was greeted this week with gorgeous fall colors and just wanted to share.
I knew my daughter was working on a film project. I didn’t know until today how much it fit with one of my new books—We Are Strong!—coming out 2014 on the importance of women continuing to practice what they preach.
This film project brings to public discussion some important topics of safeguarding honesty in America through the story. Could you share? There’s fun rewards on Kickstarter. And she needs the support. Thanks!
I just finished a great suspense novel. The characters were so real to me that as I read Ashes Ashes by Julie Coulter Bellon, I wanted to talk with them. When I went places in between reads, I expected to round a corner and bump into one of them. My mind kept asking, What’s going to happen? Are they okay?
I do not have the skills to write this kind of book, but I thoroughly enjoy reading it! I conducted a short interview with the author to determine what it takes to put something like this together.
Fay: How on earth do you come up with the ideas for your books? I guess my imagination is weak. My brain doesn’t come up with ideas like that.
Julie: I read a lot of newspapers from my days as a journalism teacher, and I get a lot of my ideas from there. My mind is always thinking, Hey, what if terrorists, or governments, or the military got involved in this, what would happen then?
Fay: You must map out the story in order to have everything fit and to keep the reader in suspense like you do. What a masterful job! What is your writing process?
Julie: I do a loose outline. I used to be a pantser, but found it made my writing life easier when I had an idea of the direction I’m going. My writing process is very simple—I have a few ideas for great characters and a storyline that will change their lives. Then I start writing the first chapter. Once that’s down, I map out where I think the story is going in my writer’s notebook. Then I fill it in. Easy, right? *laughs* Of course I have great beta readers and a fantastic critique group that keep me on track.
Fay: If you took a look at an average month’s experiences in your personal life, what would be your favorite and most cherished moments? (picture please)
Julie: My most cherished moments in my personal life are the ones with my kids. I think this picture about sums up life in the Bellon household.
Ashes Ashes backmatter:
Are you ever really innocent until proven guilty?
Sophia Naziri is wanted for questioning in the murder of a U.S. senator. She’s worried the police will show up on her doorstep any moment, but when Detective Colby Black appears, it’s to help her put out a kitchen fire, not take her in. Yet. His easy smile and persistence in getting to know her pushes all her troubles to the back of her mind, until a hit man tracks her down. Getting arrested becomes the least of her worries and the handsome detective could be her only way out—if she tells him the truth.
Colby Black’s sniper skills have been a blessing and a curse to him. As a member of a Hostage Negotiation Team, he can use them to save people, but sometimes he can’t protect the innocent despite his best efforts. When a hostage situation goes bad, he tries to put it behind him by helping out his mysterious next-door neighbor, Sophia Naziri. But she pulls Colby into a web of lies and conspiracy that will force him to use every skill he has in order to survive. Faced with the moment of truth, can he trust anyone around him—including the woman at the center of it all?
You can purchase Ashes Ashes here: http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Hostage-Negotiation-Team-ebook/dp/B00CML0R08/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
My national, illustrated, fiction picture book, I Am Strong! I Am Smart! should be ready to go out for endorsement reviews next week. It is only waiting for the illustrator to finish her work. Specialists from around the world will be reviewing this work. Thank you again for all your help in finding these individuals. Without a doubt I could not have accomplished this without you—my readers.
I met the illustrator, Briana Shawcroft, this summer during a trip to Colorado. Briana is a very busy, beautiful, young mother with great talent.
This book has been particularly fun to work on because my granddaughter Anisha has been the model for the illustrations of the main character, Louisa May. She will also be in the book trailer that will be released just prior to the book coming out in the spring of 2014.
This is a picture of me with Anisha and Briana Shawcroft.
Here is the backmatter that will be printed on the back of the book:
Luisa May, known to her family and friends as Lu, loves to play games with her Grandma. When she’s bullied at school, Grandma has a special puzzle for Lu to help her see how valuable she is—no matter what others say, or how much doubt she feels within herself. Soon after, Grandma has to go to the hospital, and Lu finds out Grandma needs help recovering. Then it’s Lu’s turn to help Grandma see how valuable she is—no matter how much doubt she feels within herself. It’s a beautiful parallel for young and old alike, as each age learns from the other.
Written and illustrated with loving hands, this delightful children’s story offers a heartfelt message that unites and bonds generations. From the award-winning pen of Fay A. Klingler, I am Strong! I Am Smart! provides to women of all ages a reminder of the tremendous gift of “girl power.”
We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together is currently out for endorsement reviews. Thank you to those of you who have contributed to either providing reviews to be printed in the book or helping me find specialists for reviews. So far the reviews have been extraordinarily positive. I am excited and extremely happy.
Here is the backmatter that will be printed on the back of the book:
Every girl needs a mentor, someone she can trust to show her the way home to Heavenly Father. The stakes are high—as women of influence, how we live and how we teach Heavenly Father’s daughters will change the course of their lives forever.
Using compelling real-life stories from women of all ages, award-winning author Fay A. Klingler clearly defines how and why we must continue to live and teach the Young Women values.
We Are Strong! beautifully illustrates how powerful a faithful woman’s example can be.
Thank you, also, for those of you who contributed your stories to this book. Sharing your stories has made this book a wonderful success. We Are Strong! will be released February 2014. In my next newsletter, the cover for this book will be revealed. I think you will love it.
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The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book, a best-seller, is to be released in e-book form before Christmas (hopefully). To celebrate, I’m offering a contest. Write your entries (preferably) on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FayKlingler) or in an e-mail. You can enter as many times as you wish. I’d greatly appreciate you “liking” my Facebook page while you are there.
Picture your grandchild (or your young child), girl or boy, helping you cook in the kitchen. She or he is wearing an apron with a saying embroidered on the front of it. What would you like the apron to say? Your entries will be judged by a panel of children. The winning entry will be given a free copy of the e-book (The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book) or a free child’s embroidered apron. So let the fun begin. Send in those adorable sayings!
The contest runs from today to midnight November 10, 2013. The winner will be notified by e-mail and her or his name will be posted in the December author newsletter.