Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Break

Packing up for sunny St. George. I'm so excited to focus on my cute boys and relax for a week. With Dead Running coming out soon and all the work that's gone into the huge fitness products giveaway we're coordinating, I have been a bit stressed. My poor little dudes need a fun Mom! My 13yo asked me, "When does your next book come out?" I said, "Oh, maybe in a year." He said, "Oh, good, I can't handle this kind of stress again."
So here's to de-stressing and enjoying spring break. I hope you're all savoring this beautiful time of year and having fun outside with your loved ones.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hope's Journey by Stephanie Worlton


Sydney is a straight-A student heading to college on a scholarship, and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve an LDS mission. But their dreams are shattered on the eve of their high school graduation when they find out that Sydney is pregnant. Separated, they must both trust in God as they search for the worth they once found in each other.

My Review:
I have to admit that as I read the first few chapters of Hope's Journey I found myself thinking that I wasn't this book's target reader. I thought all of the teenage banter and drama were cute and interesting respectively but didn't think the story really applied to me. But as I kept reading I realized that I and every other parent were exactly who should be reading this book. I wondered where in the world the parents in the novel were and how they could be so uninvolved in their children's lives. In the author's notes she talks directly to the parents and tells them how important it is that each child feel unconditional love from their parents. I completely agree that the most important thing we can give our children is love and as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, "Love is really spelled T-I-M-E." Being there for our children is crucial. As my thirteen-year old is embarking on this teenage journey and needing us almost as much as he did as an infant (though he'd never admit it!) this book was a fabulous wake-up call for me to remember to focus on what matters most - my wonderful husband and adorable boys.
I would urge all parents to read this book. It's amazingly sad the heartache this girl goes through because she doesn't feel love at home. I really appreciate the author sharing her story and hope it will touch many people's lives.


As part of our Spring Tour we will be giving away a signed copy of Hope's Journey as well as two pdf copies. To enter to win, simply visit the author's blog at www.stephanieworlton.blogspot.com, click on the "Enter to Win" Tab and follow the instructions. It's just that easy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Gifts and Consequences by Daniel Coleman


“I’d do anything if…” That’s exactly what Jonathan Wheeler wants to hear, but there’s always a cost. Tickets to the concert of the century? A college education for a child? Saving the life of a loved one? Jonathan Wheeler wants to make it happen, but if the price isn’t paid he’s prepared to deliver the consequences.

Jonathan decides to honor the wish of his dying wife – that he give away his fortune – but his methods are dangerously unconventional. He takes extreme measures to witness human struggle and watch the discovery of hidden strength. But when Jonathan goes too far, he faces consequences of his own.

I finally found the time to finish Gifts and Consequences. I'm so glad I did. The book is an amazingly touching story about a man and his devotion to his wife. Throughout the book are different stories of the people that Jonathon is helping (or in some cases doling out consequences to). The author does a fabulous job of capturing the reader with each story.
The book truly broke my heart (I cried many times) but also filled me with hope. I would highly recommend it.

Buy Gifts and Consequences
Daniel Coleman's Website
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Editing

My fingernails are gone, the chocolate is gone, and I haven't slept in weeks but I'm almost done editing Dead Running.
This has been the most intensive editing I've ever done. I don't know if that meant this book needed more editing than my others or that my new editor is just that impressive, but I'm thrilled with the results! Nancy Felt was my editor. I am so amazed by her insight, but she definitely was tough. I seriously cried when I read the overall suggestions, but then I remembered that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger and I got to work. Can't wait to hear what you all think of the results!

Have you ever wanted to give up, pushed through it, and become stronger because of the pain?
Monday, March 12, 2012

Christ's Gifts to Women by Heather B. Moore and Angela Escheler

At times, we struggle to understand exactly who Christ is in our lives. We fail to comprehend the gifts He offers us as we strive to overcome the challenges we face. But Christ’s great message to us is that He has overcome this world—He has given us great gifts that empower and help us realize we are not alone.

With touching artwork from renowned artists, this beautifully written book weaves trials faced in our day with trials faced in Biblical days—and expounds on the timeless power Christ has given women to overcome them. As we strive to draw closer to Christ, He will draw closer to us, magnify our efforts, and fill us with joy and peace. From the gift of mercy to the gifts of experience, wholeness, nurturing, and seeing, authors Heather B. Moore and Angela Eschler help women recognize the incredible rewards Christ has given each of God’s precious daughters, no matter the hardships we face. 




My Review:


Everything about this book is beautiful. The artwork is beautiful. The testimonies shared by the authors and the quotes from scriptures and modern prophets are beautiful. The way this book inspires me as a woman is beautiful.


The authors describe five gifts the Savior gives to women:
- The Gift of Mercy
- The Gift of Experience
- The Gift of Wholeness
- The Gift of Nurturing
- The Gift of Seeing


One of my favorite quotes is found in The Gift of Seeing section: "'We would do well to slow down a little, proceed at the optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most.' President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. In the spirit of invitation, let us push aside the obstacles that prevent us from truly seeing our Savior.


I recommend that every woman have a copy of this book in her home.
It's so inspiring and such a wonderful opportunity to focus on the Savior and all he means to us and all he does for us.
I'm very grateful I was able to receive a copy of this book for review. One side bonus - I'm always scrambling for good Mother's Day presents. This year I'm way ahead, everyone's getting a copy of Christ's Gifts to Women.






About the Authors:


Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of several historical novels based on prophets and other inspired individuals from the Book of Mormon, including the Out of Jerusalem series, which are written under H. B. Moore. Her upcoming novel is, Daughters of Jared,which will be released in May 2012. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Women of the Book of Mormon. Heather has found researching the faithful women of ancient Israel and Mesoamerica fascinating and enjoys discussing and sharing insights.Her books have been set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She is not old and doesn’t remember the time period, so google.com has become a great friend. Although she has spent several years living in the Middle East, she prefers to forget the smells. Heather writes under the pen name H.B. Moore so that men will buy her books. She is also the author of one non-fiction book, which took her much too long to research and write, so she is back to novel writing.



Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management—which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

Visit Heather’s website here: www.hbmoore.com


Angela Eschler is a freelance editor and writer with ten years experience in the field. Most recently retired as senior in-house editor with book publisher Covenant Communications, she has also worked for many other publishers, businesses, individuals, and universities in a freelance capacity. Her greatest expertise lies in editing fiction and nonfiction of various genres. She especially enjoys speculative fiction, women’s fiction, and informational and inspirational nonfiction. Angela is the founder and projects manager of Eschler Editing, a large team of skilled freelance writers and editors specializing in diverse fields. Angela is also the author of the recent best-seller Love Letters of Joseph and Emma. For questions about her books or about Eschler Editing’s services, or to have Angela speak to your organization, contact her at AngelaEschler at gmail . com.

To Purchase Christ's Gifts to Women, go to Deseretbook.com or Amazon.com




Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Comments?

I am amazed how many times someone will tell me how they loved one of my blog posts (and they know enough about it that they must've read it) but they didn't leave a comment.
I love comments but I've also been guilty of reading a blog post and being in too big of a hurry to comment or having nothing worthwhile to add.
Let me just say that the comments you leave on my blog do not have to clever or funny. I'm thrilled with, "Nice post." "Something to think about" or "You should be happy I left a comment." The last one was from my sister, I believe.

Do you leave comments or are you lucky to find time to glance at your favorite blogs?
Friday, March 2, 2012

Guts

"I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all." -E.B. White

Do you ever get scared?  Most of the time I am filled with positive thoughts and too busy to really worry much, but with my book, Dead Running, in the final editing stage those little thoughts are nagging at me. What if no one reads it? What if they read it but don't like it? 
It is a pretty brave thing to follow your dreams. No matter what happens you'll never regret working hard. When those wussy thoughts creep in do what I do: Call your little sister.

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