Category Archive: Reading

The Perfect Gift

When I told one of my writing friends that I was doing a short story for a Christmas book, and that it was kind of like women’s fiction, only true, she laughed. Yep,… Continue reading

Tolkien Was a Genius

I recently finished Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire, by Marcus Rautman. While reading about military life, I came across this passage: Leo the Mathematician, a leading court scholar and inventor of the… Continue reading

2016 Summer Book Trek

#booktrek16 begins today!

Groups

Over the past few months I’ve joined two online groups that some of you might be interested in. Please consider this your invitation to join! The Second World War Club is on Facebook,… Continue reading

Blog Blitz: Her Independent Spirit

Today I’m highlight a friend’s new book: Her Independent Spirit by Zina Abbott. (My apologies to those on my blog mailing list who got a paragraph or so of this early–I had a… Continue reading

March Cover Madness

It’s March, and several of my friends have some fun March Madness activities on their blogs. Today I’m posting about March Cover Madness at Ranee’ S. Clark’s blog. (Tomorow I’ll post about March… Continue reading

Just in Time for Christmas Shopping . . .

I’m excited to announce that my publisher has packaged my first three novels together as an ebook and is offering them through Deseret Book’s Bookshelf App. So if you use Deseret Book’s App… Continue reading

Fun Fall Favorites $300 Giftcard Giveaway

Shauna at I Love to Read and Review Books has put together another big giveaway . . . this one for $300. Deadly Alliance is one of the featured books (you can check out Shauna’s… Continue reading

Blog Tour Book Review: Citizens of Logan Pond: Life

Today I’m reviewing Rebecca Belliston’s latest novel, Citizens of Logan Pond: Life. As part of the blog tour, Rebecca is hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of the book, plus a $25… Continue reading

Summer Fun $175 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

  11 authors have come together to give you some SUMMER FUN READING and a $175 AMAZON GIFT CARD! Click on the image to read a summary of each book🙂      … Continue reading

The 70th Anniversary of D-day

Seventy years ago today, American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in the largest amphibious invasion in history. It wouldn’t be overly dramatic to say they were on a… Continue reading

Why Repetition Can Make Your Book Better

Today I’m posting over at author Rebecca Belliston’s blog as part of her annual March Book Madness series. I’ve written about circularity and repetition in books and movies, and included a small sneak peak of… Continue reading

How to Code Messages Like a WWII Spy

This blog post will take you through the steps of encoding a message using double transposition, just like British and American spies did in WWII. Should you feel like trying it out, it… Continue reading

I have a new title, and a map

The title for my third novel was finalized last month: Deadly Alliance. I like it. A lot. No, it wasn’t one of my suggestions, but I’m completely OK with that. I have a fascination with titles… Continue reading

A farewell to Tom Clancy

My first memory of any Tom Clancy work was when my parents went to see The Hunt for Red October in the movie theater. My parents didn’t go to the movies very often—only… Continue reading

Guest Post by Author Stephanie Worlton on the Importance of Education

Today I’m happy to have Stephanie Worlton as a guest on my blog. Stephanie is the author of the novel Hope’s Journey, and recently released her second book, a nonfiction guide called Everything You Need… Continue reading

A Brief Ode to a Couple Inanimate Objects

I injured my back on Saturday. I wasn’t even doing anything cool. I was just dragging a stack of little chairs from one end of the church to the other so the children… Continue reading

Book Review: Carnival Girl

Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: I’m reviewing a book on my website. I often enjoy mid-twentieth century memoirs, so when this opportunity came up, I decided to try it. I received… Continue reading

The Whitneys and Wazzu

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… Continue reading

And They Lived Happily Ever After (Maybe)

I’m really into how things end. Yes, the first chapter in a book needs to be good if I’m going to keep reading it, but the last chapter needs to be even better.… Continue reading