Archive for May, 2012
Today Joan Sowards is featuring me on her blog! You can read a little about my writing and the story of why I don’t like deviled eggs.
The Deseret News reviewed my book this past weekend. You can read the review here. It’s a very positive review, which of course makes me happy. And I’ll apologize now to any readers who don’t like words such as “standartenführer.” But it sounds more menancing than “SS colonel,” right? Maybe?
Author Jennie Hansen reviewed Espionage today on Meridian Magazine. She doesn’t always like the books she reviews, so I’m excited that she liked mine. Here’s the link: Meridian Magazine.
I also exchanged interviews with Rebecca Jamison. You can read my interview of her by scrolling to the previous post or clicking here. You can read her interview of me on her blog, Latter-day Tales. I mention some of my favorite books, favorite movies, and favorite ways to get out of grocery shopping.
And with the hope that people will be looking for books this weekend (books make great gifts for Mother’s Day, right?), I have two book signings on Saturday (May 12). If you’re in the area, I’d love you to stop by! The Harrisville signing will include Gary Toyn, author of Life Lessons from Mothers of Faith.
Seagull Book Harrisville, 1 to 3pm
514 North 325 East, Harrisville, UT, 84404
Seagull Book Riverdale, 4 to 6pm
4031 S. Riverdale Rd., Riverdale, UT, 84405
Some great things happened last weekend. I went to the LDStorymakers Writer’s Conference in Provo and had a wonderful time. I strengthened some existing friendships, made new friends, and learned a ton. Thank you to everyone who helped make the conference a success!
The rest of this post is about giving congratulations to some very deserving individuals. After the conference were the Whitney awards, and I’d like to congratulate the winners: Dan Wells for I Don’t Want to Kill You (Novel of the Year), Tess Hilmo for With a Name Like Love (Best Novel by a New Author AND Best Youth Fiction/General), Rachel Ann Nunes for Before I Say Goodbye (Best General Fiction), Gale Sears for Letters in the Jade Dragon Box (Best Historical), Carla Kelly for Borrowed Light (Best Romance), Stephanie Black for Rearview Mirror (Best Mystery/Suspense), Robison Wells for Variant (Best Youth Fiction/Speculative) and Brandon Sanderson for The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (Best Speculative Fiction). You can see the cover art for the winning books here.
Never heard of the Whitneys? It’s an awards program designed to highlight the best works of fiction by LDS authors and help raise the quality of LDS literature. You can see all the finalists from 2011 here. If you’re looking for a great book to read, this list is a good place to start! And if you’ve read a great book by a LDS author, you can nominate them for a Whitney Award here.
The next congratulations goes to one of my little brothers. This past weekend he graduated from Washington State University and received his commission in the US Army. Congrats, Second Lieutenant Grant! I have five siblings, and they are all wonderful, talented, amazing people and good friends. This week I am extra proud of my brother Jeremy. Here are a few pictures taken by my awesome big sister VaLynn.
Pictures like this make me wish I could have been in more than one place last weekend! I’m so grateful to live in the United States and to have such a wonderful family. As a side note, I’ve had a few people ask me if Jeremy is the model for the cover of Espionage. The answer is no, but he’s now the right rank!