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Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
When Jasmine Fuentes finds herself thousands of miles from home, forced to hike around in the wilderness of California with a bunch of juvenile delinquents, she’s convinced she doesn’t belong. 


Forage for food, build shelter, make fire—Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesn’t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before it’s too late? 

 

 

 

Adrienne Quintana is
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.) 
 
She lives in Arizona with her husband
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Winning or Losing By Author Robert D. Lamoreaux

Monday, July 11th, 2016

 

 

Robert Lamoreaux JD is a successful attorney who has specialized in estate and financial planning throughout his career. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University and University of Utah College of law as well as certificates from many other institutes of higher education around the country. He has lectured extensively from coast to coast and has traveled the world managing assets, which have been gifted, to an international charitable organization. Robert has given legal counsel to numerous corporations, colleges and universities, prominent individuals and the IRS. He has vast knowledge, which has come from planning numerous estates of all types and sizes. Robert currently has a successful private practice and continues to be in demand for his work on estate law and financial planning.

 

 
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This is not a “”get rich quick”” book. This book is for readers who are concerned bout their financial state. Robert Lamoreaux JD uses his extensive knowledge and experience to create a straight-forward, easy-to-read, behind-the-scenes look at the factors influencing all aspects of personal finances and future retirement.

 

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A Fire That Heals– A Lost Faith Is Never Too Far Gone

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

“A Lost Faith Is Never Too Far Gone”
Serena is devastated when her lifelong friend, Aminadab, is banned from Zarahemla for abandoning his faith and persecuting the saints. To add to her despair, she loses the rare ruby her father entrusted to her and she feels all is lost.
Unbeknownst to her, Aminadab finds the ruby, and takes it as his only reminder of Serena. As an outcast, Aminadab and his company of dissenters seek refuge among the Lamanites, who happen to be the very people who killed his parents. Not only is his anxiety high for being surrounded by these bloodthirsty people, but he quickly discovers he’s in the middle of a Gadianton plot to start a war between the Nephites and Lamanites.
Selling the ruby soon becomes the only option Aminadab has at escaping the volatile life he finds himself in. However, this act might forever banish him from ever being in Serena’s graces again.

In D Vansen’s Book of Mormon adventure, Aminadab must choose which side he’s on in a reflective journey of self-discovery, while Serena must stay faithful and hold onto the hope that a lost faith is never too far gone.

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D Vansen lives in Northern Utah with her family. After serving a LDS mission, she developed a love for the Book

of Mormon and its eternal truths. She claims that if you ever want the scriptures and its characters to come to life,
plot a novel from them. She loves all things artistic, unless it involves combining food ingredients. Thank heavens
she has children that will help with that specific talent.
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What a treat this book has been for me. I truly enjoyed the tale and the characters in it. I believe this is an excellent piece for young adults as young as 10 years old and up. It is a great book to learn about choices, repentance, forgiveness. It will also help many to make better choices in their lives and stay closer to the faith of their fathers. It is excellent material without being preachy and is presented in a non-threatening way. You enjoy a clean read from the first page to the end.
Serena, is devastated when her best friend Aminadab is banished from their city because he is associated with a radical group some members of which had killed some members of the church of God that she belong to. The same day she loses her father’s precious stone, a treasure that was passed to her by him and the lost off it that will bring great sadness to her family.
How can she keep the faith when all seems lost to her?
In this book you will find a great tale with some elements from the Book of Mormon and some elements from the author’s imagination. In all it works beautifully, but is not considered doctrine. It is an excellent work of art. I loved it.
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A Fire That Heals by author D Vansen

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Loving the book

Serena is devastated when her lifelong friend, Aminadab, is banned from Zarahemla for abandoning his faith and persecuting the saints. To add to her despair, she loses the rare ruby her father entrusted to her and she feels all is lost.
Unbeknownst to her, Aminadab finds the ruby, and takes it as his only reminder of Serena. As an outcast, Aminadab and his company of dissenters seek refuge among the Lamanites, who happen to be the very people who killed his parents. Not only is his anxiety high for being surrounded by these bloodthirsty people, but he quickly discovers he’s in the middle of a Gadianton plot to start a war between the Nephites and Lamanites.
Selling the ruby soon becomes the only option Aminadab has at escaping the volatile life he finds himself in. However, this act might forever banish him from ever being in Serena’s graces again.
In D Vancen’s Book of Mormon adventure, Aminadab must choose which side he’s on in a reflective journey of self-discovery, while Serena must stay faithful and hold onto the hope that a lost faith is never too far gone.
Book trailer: 
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The Secret Life of Daydreams

Friday, April 8th, 2016
The Secret Life of Daydreams by Lucinda Whitney
“Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can’t live without. Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip. Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him. As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through. Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other? “
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 My review:

What a great read this has been for me. I found myself wanting to keep going to see what will happen next. The main character was a great example of how Jesus Christ atonement works in real life. It also shows and how being good does make a difference in our lives. Faith also plays a great part on this story. The plus to me was that I have been in Portugal before and saw many of the things describe about the people and their culture first hand. It was fun to re-live the memories.

Sofia is a faithful LDS teacher of a high school and takes care of her mother who mental capacity is going fast. She has lots of things going on in her life but seen Josh after eleven years is not what she needs right now. He was the missionary who baptized her and whom she had a big crush then. To add her pain he had left the church and wants nothing to do with it. She will stand on her values even if that will leave her alone forever.

An uplifting tale that will keep you entertain for a long time.

Mom, how do I do Faith???

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Today we have first time author Bronwen Oehlschlager and her artist Tari Huffaker for a visit.
Bronwen, where were you born?
I was born in Washington State, but I grew up (for the most part) in various areas of Idaho. The last place we lived before I moved out to go to school was Harpster, Idaho. A tiny little blip of a town that you’d miss if you blinked.
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I know what you mean… What is the hardest part about being an author?
This is my first book. 🙂 I think the hardest part so far has been getting over my fears and breaking out of my safety zone. This little work is very special to me and I want to share it with the whole world… and I want to keep it secret in case someone doesn’t like (me) my point of view and inspiration. But hard things are good for us! So I’m overcoming those fears.
Good for you. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, faith has been something that has fascinated me since I was about 17. I made a study of it because I had a feeling that I was doing it wrong. I needed to know the nitty gritty. I needed to get it right. I was teaching it to my children when my 5 year old (now 7) asked me this all important question: “Mom, how do you DO faith?” That did it for me. I had to put something together to help her. The honor and glory truly go to the Lord for how it came together.
What is the name of your  children book?
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“Mom, How Do I DO Faith?”
What genre is it?
It falls under the genre: Faith
Tell us more about it
My book is a coloring book illustrated by Tari Huffaker (my talented mother).
My dream is to have my book come in to a great many Latter Day Saint homes who have children of any age. I want to help little ones get their heads around the faith process, and how to live in a high-vibrating-harmony with Father in Heaven’s laws – a harmony that will allow them to do miracles with their faith, and “expand with love”, as President Monson would say. The scriptures can be hard for a little one to search. With “Mom, How Do I DO Faith?” I hope that they will have a leg up on scripture study and understanding.
It can be purchased on Amazon. It is not in a digital format since it is a coloring book. http://www.amazon.com/Mom-How-Do-Faith-Home-School/dp/1519402740/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453484538&sr=1-4&keywords=mom%2C+how+do+I+do+faith

About the Author

Bronwen Oehlschlager is an all American, homeschooling mom who feels passionately about teaching the ins and outs of faith to her own children. She loves reading, writing, teaching, and experiencing daily miracles both small and great! Bronwen has an amazingly wonderful husband who helps her with her work, and four brilliantly believing children. They live together in their “heavenly” mountain nook in “Happy Valley” Utah.
About the Artist, Tari Huffaker 

Tari, what inspired you to do the illustrations in this children book?

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Bronwen asked me to do the drawings.  She said that she wanted very simple “stick figures” and that this was to be a coloring book.  I don’t mind confessing that I was terrified by this request.  I am a potter not an illustrator…that is really my mother’s forte.  I pondered and pondered how to do stick figures for a coloring book…after all, true stick figures are just, well, boring!  I really prayed about this assignment and the drawings in the book are what evolved.

How long did it take you to do the illustrations?

It took months for me to complete the book…mostly because I was afraid to disappoint Bronwen. Secondly because if I couldn’t draw at just the right time of day my hand would shake too badly for me to make a decent Mom, or sister, etc.

Where were you born?

I am what is known as an Air Force BRAT.  Yes, that brat is in capital letters that are about 6 feet tall.  I was actually born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.  But Dad was transferred when I was almost 2.  So, I can say, like that country song, “I’ve been ev’rywhere, man. I’ve been ev’rywhere.”

LOL… When did you start to draw?

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​About 34 years ago I took a 6 week art class with my mom at Merced Community College.  The class was called “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”… I did okay and then never really drew a thing again.  Now I get credit for something the Lord really did…I have my name on the book my daughter had published​…but it should really be the Lord’s name.

Missionary Possible… Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Missionary Possible (Preparations tip from new testament heroes)  the new book by Eric Rigby is out.

SYNOPSIS:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, starts with you and the scriptures. Learn how ordinary people became extraordinary and how their stories can build your testimony and prepare you for serving the Lord. Funny and full of practical ideas you can use, this book is perfect for teens and young adults as it leads them through the scriptures and solidifies their testimonies and preparedness.

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AUTHOR BIO:

ERIC RIGBY finished his first book in the second grade. It was called The Holey Street and centered on the attempts of each student in his class as they tried to cross a street pockmarked with supernatural sinkholes (none survived). He has made great strides in storytelling since then. He and his wife are the proud parents of two sons and currently live in Utah. You can learn more about his upcoming creative projects at at www.ericrigby.com.

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To get the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Missionary-Possible-Preparation-Testament-Heroes/dp/1462116345

Why is My Sweet Danish Rose counting in love?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
My Sweet Danish Rose by Tina Peterson Scott
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Back cover blurb:
Alone in the world, and counting on love to triumph …
Berta Erichsen is an energetic fifteen-year-old with a mind of her own. Last seen in Farewell, My Denmark (2013), and with visions of happily ever after, she impulsively (more…)

MEN OF DESTINY: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli‘s book MEN OF DESTINY: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH was published on May 15, 2014 51sMH6Bf53L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_ Back cover blurb:

Contemporaries by birth, Abraham Lincoln and the Prophet Joseph Smith shared (more…)

Erica Rock Kiefer author of Borrowed Angel

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Erica Rock Kiefer is the author of Borrowed Angel. this book deal with the sensitive aspect of loosing a baby.  

Erica welcome. Tell us where you were born?

I was born in Whittier, California. Since my mom went into labor two week’s early, I became a Christmas Eve baby! I can’t claim California as home though, since my dad’s job as a foreign service office took me overseas right as I was about to start Kindergarten. I spent most of my childhood in Bangkok, Thailand before moving to Utah for college.

How exiting. What is the most difficult thing about being an author? (more…)

Does this insecurity make me look fat? an Interview

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

 Michelle welcome to my blog. Tell us where you were born…

I was born in Provo, UT.

 That is so close to me… What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Pre-published: Trying to get published. Post-published: Avoiding reading reviews. Lol! I’ve gotten some really great advice from other authors to not read reviews. The good ones are wonderful! But once someone that has a different opinion post it, they say it can really be difficult to swallow.

I know what you mean. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

My writing seeds were planted when I was young.  I loved L.Frank Baum, who wrote the Wizard of Oz series. Those and the original Nancy Drew series sucked me in and fed my imagination. As far as making the greatest difference as a writer, I would have to say the good women I have met, experiences I’ve had, and knowledge/skills I’ve acquired through my writer’s group American Night Writer’s Association.

I was hooked to Nancy Drew’s books. What is the name of your new book?

‘Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?’

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I love it, so cool. What genre does your book fall under?

LDS Women’s Inspirational Non-fiction

Tell us more about it.

It is a book about finding joy, peace, and confidence that comes from (more…)

Shantal Hiatt Sessions and LDS author’s Interview

Friday, November 8th, 2013

What is your typical day like?

My youngest son is still in school, so we’re up early trying to get him out the door. I try to get my exercise in the morning, like a good girl, and then schedule what needs to be done for my family. I’m not a full-time writer—yet—although I’d like to be. After that, I feel like I can sit down and write. Although, some days, I get so wrapped up in my story, I barely acknowledge anyone around me, which I know they find extremely annoyingJ

Been there done that. 🙂 Do you write with music or not?

I love music, but I also love to sing, and I’ve found that I can’t sing and write at the same time. Somehow, that combination of multi-tasking doesn’t work well for me. Usually, I don’t write with music unless it helps me with a scene I’m working on. Epic battle scenes require some serious Lindsey Stirling playing in the background. Sometimes, music lyrics help me channel the romantic aspect in a book better.

I have found that too. What is the title of your book? (more…)

LDS Author Misty Moncur and “Fight for You” her novel

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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Fight For You Blurb:

Keturah fought her way into the army, but now she’s in Judea building fortifications, and the only thing she’s fought so far is boredom. The work is hard, and the other soldiers don’t think she can pull her weight. Her brothers are becoming strangers, and Zeke’s jealousy is getting worse – because Keturah is (more…)

Margaret Godar’s is the Christian author of In His Footsteps’ series

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Margaret, welcome. Where were you born? 

I was one of the few people born in the capital of the United States – yep right in DC itself.  Maybe that’s why I think everything from zoos to museums should be free!

 When did you start to write? 

My writing all started on a Friday night at home with http://bored.com.  A few weeks before that night I felt God telling me He wanted to write my life on the Internet.  This was before Blogs were everywhere and any where.  I had a couple of websites and tried a new one with a few posts but quickly dropped it.  Too many problems, too public. (more…)

REBECCA TALLEY, AUTHOR’S INTERVIEW

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Anna: Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. I attended, and graduated from, BYU where I met my husband. He was the FHE “dad” and I was the FHE “mom.” We have been happily married for over 25 years and are the parents of 10 wonderfully creative and multi-talented children. We live in rural CO on a small ranch with a dog, cats, a spoiled horse, and a herd of goats. It took me a bit to adjust to the rural lifestyle after growing up in southern CA, but I love living in the country.

Anna: When did you start writing?

I started making books when I was a kid and I loved to write in high school, (more…)

Joan Sowards and author’s interview.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

A book titled The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards, is making its debut in LDS bookstores and on Amazon.com. This week we will visit with Joan.

Q: Joan, how long have you been writing?

I have been writing novels for over fifteen years.

Q: How did you break into publishing?

I admit it was luck. I was in the right place at the right time. An editor suggested I send Walnut Springs Press my novel The Star Prophecy–so (more…)