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Ring Around the Rosie

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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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

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 You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website

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Speaking At Ranches Academy

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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.


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The Man from Shenandoah

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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.

Book cover

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.


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My Article In Grand Magazine

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

I have an article that just came out yesterday in the wonderful online magazine “Grand.” It is their ten-year anniversary issue.

Grand ten-year anniv with my article

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.”


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Author Newsletter

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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.

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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 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 “ 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.

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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Monday, August 25th, 2014

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.



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Pocket Full of Posies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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.

5-star rating

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Stop Plagiarism

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Last week was a very difficult week for me and my family. We had a family crisis and my husband and I went to Arizona to assist. All during the week, however, there was another crisis going on. A plagiarist had stolen my friend, Rachel Nunes’, book and a reviewer brought it to light. With a considerable amount of concern, because it impacts all of us who are writers, members of my guild came to bat for Rachel and played “detective.” In order to stop the plagiarist Rachel will need to go to court. If you are able to help, even with a very small donation, I’m asking for your support. Here is the link to donate.

And here is just one of the places you can go to get more of the story.


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You Are My Sunshine

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

from the Hunting Happiness Project

This poster was posted on Facebook by the “Hunting Happiness Project.” It reminded me of an important message in my latest book We Are Strong! and I’d like to share it with you here.

Our influence for good is enormous. The words we speak to our children can become their inner voice. If we can contribute to thoughts that build self-esteem, we can change the world for our children.

Jolyn tells what a powerful impact two women had on her life. “Growing up, I was lucky to have two beautiful influences in my life. One was my own mother. The other was my paternal grandma, Louise Webb McDowell. She was known as Grandma Mac to all the grandchildren, but a few years before she died, she was my Grandma Scoots.

“Grandma was always a strong spiritual influence in my life. Every birthday when I got a card from her, it always contained a spiritual message. Each year I looked forward to those and as I grew older, I eagerly sought out her wisdom as I struggled to find out who I was. I continued to seek out her council and wisdom as a newlywed and then a mother.

“When we went camping or random times growing up, she would sing ‘You Are My Sunshine.’ Because of her, that song has always had a tender place in my heart. As I became a mother myself, it has been the one song that I always sing to my children. To me it holds a deeper meaning than just a cute little song. It’s something I want my children to always feel and to always know they are my sunshine. They are what bring me happiness during the cloudy days life has to offer.”

We may know what we want for our children, but we cannot accurately project forward what their realities will be. However, if they know of their immense worth, when peers tease or antagonize them, when the media tells them they are not up to par—not good enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough—they will remember what we said. And because of our loving treatment, there will be no question in their minds of their value.




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The Dreamstone

Saturday, July 26th, 2014


First off, let me tell you this is not my chosen genre. However, I have a number of grandchildren who love this genre and, frankly, this book is amazing. I give it a five-star rating, both from the writing and from the narrating.

5-star rating

How on earth does anyone have an imagination that can conjure up this kind of story, with its complex characters and relationships? Not me. Never. But, wow, how captivating and compelling. I got a lot of great background messages from this script. In some ways those messages reminded me of Star Wars. They teach without preaching. They “show” with the action of words.

I’m a visual person so I think I would enjoy the printed book even more. But don’t misunderstand me. The narration was done extremely well.

The only warning to the reader I would mention is to note this book does not end. It is book two of a series and not one that has a conclusion of its own.

I interviewed the author, Mikey Brooks, and the narrator, Anthony Bianco. I think you will find their answers to my questions fascinating.

Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles, The Stone of Valhalla, and The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full-room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to “writing stories on the hearts of children.” You can find more about Mikey and his books at



Mikey, when you write, do you “see” your story, like a moving picture? Or is there something else that drives your imagination in your writing?
I always see the scenes play out in my mind like I am watching a film. Sometimes it’s more vivid than others. If I ever get stuck (in my mind the book gets put on pause), I then try different things to get the movie going again—draw out the scene I was working on, or reread what I was writing to see it more clearly.

Since you “see” your story, what is the predominate color in the scenes?
I have a very photorealistic mind. So when I am envisioning a scene in my mind it’s like I am watching a Hollywood movie. It’s all in Technicolor. If it’s a scene at night, there are more blues. If it’s a scene in the day, it’s more yellow. I think it helps that when I write, I actually don’t stare at the screen and read what I am typing. I stare at my desk, which has a black top. I can still make out the key board, but other than that I just see black. I think that helps me to focus more on the images playing out in my mind.

Was there an event(s) in your life that encouraged your desire to be a writer?
When I was a tween, I lived in rural Missouri on a farm surrounded by trees. Our nearest neighbor was a mile down the dirt road so you can imagine I didn’t have many friends. The woods became my Wonderland. During that time I started reading The Oz series and I would dream of going there. Oz seemed like a place where there was an abundance of friends just waiting for me. It was then that I first put words on paper. It was about the pond in the middle of the woods where I had my fort. The pond was a portal to another world like our own, just one without color. One day I might revisit that story and make it into something magical.

You are a visually creative person. Did you enjoy art as a child?
Yes, I did. I was always doodling on something—paper, my shoes, even my skin. I learned to draw from my grandmother who worked for a while for Walt Disney as an artist. I have never had any formal training besides my grandma. She taught me watercolors and oil paints and told me just to have fun with art. I’ve carried that motto into adulthood and try to find fun in my art, whether it be illustrating or writing.


Dragon drawn by Mikey at age 17

The Dreamstone is a series. Do the books also stand alone? Is there more to come after book 2?
The first book could stand on its own if you don’t read the last page. It ends on quite the cliff hanger and leads right into the next book. The second book picks up right where the other leaves off. The Dream Keeper Chronicles was imaged as a trilogy. The story starts with The Dream Keeper (book 1) and will end with The Dream Makers (book 3). However, book 2, The Dreamstone, brings out some fantastic information that readers have asked me to write about one of the characters. So there might be a possible prequel after the final installment.

What do you hope to accomplish with this series?
I think there is an underlining theme that goes with the series—be true to yourself no matter the cost. I hope that readers, especially kids, learn that we are not all created equally. We’re all different and supposed to be different. So often we are expected to fit in some kind of social norm. And sometimes to “fit in” we choose to hide who we truly are. I hope that kids can learn they can be themselves and still “fit in.”

Anthony Bianco is a professional actor living and working in Denver, Colorado. He is a native Oregonian and has been acting and storytelling for the past eighteen years. He received a BFA in Acting with a minor in Shakespeare Studies at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Anthony then went on to receive his MFA in Acting from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Anthony moved to Denver five years ago and has worked for three seasons with the Denver Center Theatre Company, one season at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and most recently appeared as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.



Anthony, did you choose The Dreamstone to narrate, or did the author (Mikey Brooks) of The Dreamstone choose you?
In a way it was mutual. When I was looking through auditions on I came across The Dream Keeper and read the bit Mikey had posted for the audition, which was a section of the first chapter. I recorded it and submitted it, and Mikey got back to me pretty quickly with a very positive response offering me the opportunity for my first gig as a narrator. I needed a first book, and after talking with Mikey and reading the rest of the book, I knew it would be a positive experience. So, long story short, I chose to audition and Mikey chose to offer me the job.

How do you manage to smoothly accentuate the “voice” of the different characters?
Breathe, breathe, breathe. You can’t transition from voice to voice without the proper breath support to fuel the instrument. If it sounds smooth, it is a combination of quality editing and quality vocal control by the narrator.

How did you become a book narrator? Did anything specific prompt you to undertake this career?
A friend encouraged me to pursue it. He made the transition from actor to narrator full time and thought I would also be good at it. So, he gave me the initial push. I haven’t been able to make that transition fully, though. I am still working and auditioning for gigs in both careers as well as working at a coffee shop and doing odd work as a ranch hand and landscaper to make ends meet. I am still at the beginning of my narrating career, but what has prompted me to continue to pursue it is the flexibility to create my own hours, work from home, and the complete artistic control of the storytelling.


Synopsis for book 2: The Dreamstone
When Parker’s mom is dreamnapped by the wicked Mab, it is up to him and Kaelyn to save her. When they return to Dreams, they discover Mab isn’t their only problem. Gladamyr has lost his powers and the only way to get them back is to become what he fears the most—a nightmare.

The Dreamstone (book 2 of The Dream Keeper Chronicles)


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Synopsis for book 1: The Dream Keeper
When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?

The Dream Keeper (book 1 of The Dream Keeper Chronicles)
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