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Some Reviewers Misuse Their Power

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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 today. 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.”


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Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Today is Veterans Day in the United States. Today I honor my father who served his country in WWII (50 missions), and then after the war continued to be an honorable citizen of the United States, voting in every election, rearing his children to love God as well as their fellow man no matter what color of their skin or their ethnicity, and to uphold the constitution of the United States. He was a great example of what it means to be an American, a good honorable human being. I love my father.


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Grateful for November

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Halloween is not my favorite holiday so I am happy October is passed and it is now November. I love Thanksgiving and all that it represents. I’m looking forward to having family here for this peaceful holiday. Happy November to you all.


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We Are Strong!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Note the specials (case price) for signed copies of We Are Strong! Click “Books.” Then click on the We Are Strong! book cover. If you live in my area, you can pick the books up at my home and save on the postage.


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Family Halloween Party

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

I love to plan parties, especially for our family. And I’m blessed my family members, for the most part, go along with me. :)

Saturday we had our annual Halloween party. Everyone is supposed to come in costume. Some do. Some don’t. But they come, and we have a really fun time. The parents bring the treats for the children. The parents choose a room in our house and all the children go room to room trick-or-treating. My husband and I provide a fish pond. The children seem to enjoy that. Then after the fish pond and trick-or-treating we have a family dinner.

Already I’m looking forward to next year!


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Excellent Hostage Negotiation Team

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Finally I was able to read a fourth book in this series. No, I didn’t read them in order, but really that didn’t matter. I’ve enjoyed every single one of them independently. I wish the series was going to continue, but other than a novella, I’m told the series is complete.

If you like action and suspense mixed with a spark of romance, you’ll enjoy All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon.

All Fall Down

This is what All Fall Down is about.

Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .

That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden—with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?


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Local Authors & You

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Saturday I participated in the huge event planned by the Salt Lake County Library Services–Local Authors & You. There were 40+ authors in one location in West Jordan available to the public for free. We gave presentations, signed books, gave readings, and provided advice to all who were interested. This was the first time Library Services has attempted to organize something like this on such a large scale. If they do it again and you missed it this time, be sure to attend. All the authors had books on special. Everything was for the benefit of the public.



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Smoke Screen

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Smoke Screen

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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Huge Library Event

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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.

Library event flyer

Oh, that is a little too small. Does this help?

Author list, larger

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The League of Utah Writers Statewide Conference

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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.


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