Friday, June 26, 2009

Author Spotlight - Kersten Campbell

Today we have the hilarious, Kersten Campbell, answering some questions about her book, Confessions of a Completely (In)sane Mother.
My husband bought me the book for Mother's Day. I let myself read one section a day. I laugh and relieve some mom stress. Thanks Kersten!
What inspired you to write the book? I wanted to encourage mothers and families to laugh and enjoy the wonderful stages of family life instead of being stressed and overwhelmed by their daily disasters. Many mothers feel discouraged by their failures and weaknesses, but I love the human condition--that we all have our own faults and strengths,and ultimately we all need each other and the Savior to make it work. I wanted to write a book that would make women feel good about themselves, laugh about their family fiascos, and realize that all mothers struggle with the same issues, and that there is laughter and joy in the journey. What is your favorite chapter in the book and why? My favorite chapter has to be the one about how we all set boobytraps for each other around the house.  I still can't stop laughing about the "Jello" trap on the kitchen floor, or the burglar trap that caught one of the family members in the middle of the night. Is there a particular event that stands out to you that helped you become an author? I have always loved to read.  I think that love of reading naturally translated into a love of writing.  I studied English Literature in College, and decided after my fourth child to try and write a few articles for magazines.  After a few successes, I found I couldn't stop. What advice would you give to writers wishing to have their works published? 
Never give up. Even if you aren't that good at writing, if you love it...keep at it. I look back at my early writing and just laugh. It's pretty bad. You will improve, and the only way to improve is to keep writing, and if one thing fails, try another until you find your niche. But keep your perspective. Don't sacrifice the things that are most important, like family. Be patient. Little by little, it will come. Who is your favorite author?
Right now my favorite author is Shannon Hale. She writes in language that is so beautiful. It just washes over you with its stunning imagery.  I also love Patrick McManus.  He is so funny without being rude or irreverent.  He is my inspiration. How do you make something funny when you write?  
Humor is all about surprises.  You have to set the reader up with something serious and then totally hit them out of the blue with something wacky.  They can't see it coming or it won't be funny.  Also you take some common grievance that causes people grief or insecurity and joke about it.  Laughing about other people who have the same problems you do is reassuring.  That's why people love humor so much. Do you have a quote that motivates you? If so ...
"Live, Laugh, Love" It reminds me that family, laughter, and loving others are the most important things, and I want to keep writing about them.
Kersten Campbell Author of "Confessions of a Completely (In)Sane Mother,"  Cedar Fort Publishing http://kerstencampbell.com Humor blog: http://kersten4.blogspot.com
Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Broken Path

The Broken Path

Involved in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He’s tried love before. He won’t again.

Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her daughter, a stack of debt, and fear.  Autumn’s precocious two-year old becomes enraptured by Ethan. Autumn is on the path to following her daughter’s example when her ex-husband reappears.

 

 

Excerpt

 

Autumn teetered on Ethan’s porch, unsure what she was doing here. She smoothed her tan shorts.

            The door swung open. Her heart’s palpitations ceased. Ethan’s attire was simple, Levis and a white V-necked shirt. The white of his shirt was a strong contrast to his dark skin and hair. He’d never looked better.

            “Autumn,” his deep voice caressed her. “You look beautiful.”

            “You-you...” Autumn stuttered, trying to find the right words to express how he looked. “…look beautiful, too.” She barely caught her hand from smacking herself upside the head. What kind of an idiot tells a man he looks beautiful?

            He chuckled.

            Heat crept up her face. “I mean, thank you, um you look nice, too.”

            He opened the door wider, a grin splitting his face. “Thanks. Why don’t you come through this way to the garage?”

            “Sure.”

            They made their way through the large great room toward the garage entry, his braces rhythmically slapping the wood floor.

            “I thought maybe we’d drive to Pocatello,” Ethan said. “Is that all right with you?”

            “It’s great.” Anything’s all right, as long as you keep smiling like that.

            “I told your mom I’d come pick you up,” Ethan said, “but she insisted you’d come here.”

            “It wasn’t a problem to come here.” Autumn looked up at his profile. It wasn’t a problem at all. She’d go anywhere just to look at him.

            “She acted really odd about the whole thing.”

            “Odd is a nice way of putting it,” Autumn smiled up at him. “She was outright rude to me.”

            Ethan laughed again, shaking his dark head. “I thought she’d be happy you asked me out.”

            “Happy? I asked you?” Autumn stopped and stared at him. “What are you talking about? You asked me out.”

            “What?” He made a quarter turn with his braces to face her. “Nancy called and said you were too busy with work so you couldn’t call. She said you wanted to take me out to dinner for watching Brit.”

            Autumn’s jaw dropped. “Why, that conniving, little…”

            Ethan raised an eyebrow. “I guess you didn’t ask me out?”

             “No. I sure didn’t. I can’t believe my mother.” Autumn stopped. His shoulders drooped, his eyes filled with pain. “Not that I wouldn’t have asked you out, and I do owe you for watching Brit, it’s just I didn’t think you would want…”

            “You don’t owe me anything,” The words were clipped. The pain had left his eyes, they glinted like obsidian: hard and cold.

 

 The Broken Path is available through Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July

When eight parade floats explode during the annual Fourth of July celebrations, Agent Chris Harmer must find who planted the bombs before the terrorists strike again.

            His troubles aren’t isolated to terrorism. Chris falls in love with the FBI’s feisty psychiatrist, Alexis Osborne. She won’t commit to someone who doesn’t share her religious values, and Chris has no desire to convert.

 

Excerpt

 

            Chris rubbed Alexis’s back. He whispered comforting words over and over. “It’s okay, Half-pint. I’m here. I wont let anyone hurt you.”

            She shuddered again. A longing to stay in Chris’s embrace for hours momentarily replaced her fear. His lips and breath touched her forehead. If she looked up, she could kiss him to show her gratitude.

            No. If she looked up he’d see the tears in her eyes. She stiffened in his arms, choking down her emotions. She couldn’t allow him to see her cry, and she wouldn’t be able to stop the tears if he kept touching her. She didn’t need any more embarrassment with this man. Pushing away from him, she folded her arms across her chest. It was the only way to ensure she wouldn’t throw herself at him.

            “I was doing just fine on my own,” she said.

            Chris arched an eyebrow. “Oh, you were?”

            “Yes, you didn’t need to come rescue me like some damsel in distress.” Her tone was intentionally sharp to disguise her feelings. She would cry if she let her anger go.

            “I’m sorry,” Chris said, his voice rising. “What did you want me to do? Leave you alone with the man who was dragging you through the trees by your hair?”

         

The Fourth of July is available through Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Utah RWA Heart of the West Contest

This is a fabulous contest, especially for any unpublished authors. I just got the word that they are low on entries, which is even better for those entering! Good luck.
****PERMISSION TO FORWARD**** 17th Annual Heart of the West Contest deadline is July 1 and will be here before we know it! Now is the time to make your final edits, get your pages together, fill out that entry form, and EMAIL your manuscript(s) . Yes, the contest is totally electronic, saving you precious money by not having to mail anything! Enter for the chance to get your story in front of one of the awesome acquiring editors and agents that we have judging. Contemporary: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Books/Harper Collins. Historical: Megan Records, Editor, Kensington. Paranormal: Heather Osborn, Editor, Tor/Forge. Mystery/Suspense: Lara Hyde, Editor, MIRA. Inspirational: Jewelann Cone, Agent, Atlantis Literary Agency. Published: Miriam Kriss, Agent, The Irene Goodman Agency. 17th Annual Heart of the West Contest Sponsor: Utah Chapter of Romance Writers Fee: $25 Receipt Deadline: July 1, 2009 Entry: Enter the opening twenty (20) pages of romance novels of all sub-genres (projected length of at least 50,000 words). Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Unpublished authors are ranked separately from published authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts. NOTE: If you have a romance novel published by a non-recognized RWA publisher, Utah RWA Considers you to be published. First round judges: published authors and RWA trained judges Final round judges: editors and agents Multiple entries encouraged. Awardees will be announced October 10, 2009, at the Heart of the West Conference in Park City, Utah. Winners will be awarded $40 and a certificate. Please check out the website for all the details. http://www.utahrwa. com <http://www.utahrwa. com/

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