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Finding Your Creative Energy

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Finding Your Creative Energy

  A full week of unique experiences has sparked my creative energy. I saw the Piano Guys in concert. They know how to entertain! I traveled to Missouri to be with my dad while my mom was with my sister when she delivered twins. I volunteered at our local hospital where I see and appreciate all those behind the scenes who work to provide safe and comfortable medical care. And I inadvertently used the men’s restroom and escaped without notice! But I haven’t written a word of my manuscript Open to Joy, the sequel to Flowers of...

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Free Offer Marks Anniversary for Flowers of Grace

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Free Offer Marks Anniversary for Flowers of Grace

Flowers of Grace is one year old. To celebrate, I want to share it with as many readers as I can. Today and tomorrow, Feb. 20 and 21, the Kindle Edition of Flowers of Grace is free on Amazon.  That’s right. You can read it for FREE on any device with the free Kindle App. It’s been an emotional year, filled with heartaches and triumphs, good days and difficult ones. Thank you to all who’ve joined the journey with Grace. You can look forward to her story continuing this fall. Until then, share it with a friend and discover for...

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Flowers of Grace Nominated for Whitney Award

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Flowers of Grace Nominated for Whitney Award

Flowers of Grace is an official nominee for thee 2015 Whitney Awards. The Whitney Awards honor the best fiction of the year written by Latter-day Saint authors. They describe their mission in this way: Elder Orson F. Whitney, an early apostle in the LDS church, prophesied “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” It is our hope to be a part of that journey toward excellence by honoring the LDS writers also working toward that goal. The three-tiered judging consists of reader nominations, the choosing of finalists in five...

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Download A Free Copy of Flowers of Grace for a Limited Time

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Download A Free Copy of Flowers of Grace for a Limited Time

Free! Did I say free? No cost to you? I did! You can receive a free ebook copy of my latest novel Flowers of Grace for a limited time when you subscribe to my newsletter. Why free? Flowers of Grace is six months old, and that’s a reason to celebrate! And I couldn’t think of a better way than to make it available to more readers and a bigger audience. Here are all the details: Go to the form at the bottom of the page and add your name and email to my subscriber list. Subscribing allows you to receive periodic updates such as an...

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How Women Nurture: Ten Quotes for Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

How Women Nurture: Ten Quotes for Mother’s Day

When I wrote Flowers of Grace, I wanted to convey the legacy of nurturing that my dear friend Holly showed in her life. She inspired me to get outside of myself and reach out to others. More than ten years later another woman, Lilly, saw that in me and gave me her hibiscus to care for upon her death. This simple gift became a novel that I hope will touch many women who nurture others in whatever their role. Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to honor women for this life-giving quality that helps many to bloom.  How Women Nurture: Ten...

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Book Club Questions for Flowers of Grace

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Book Club Questions for Flowers of Grace

The night before Flowers of Grace released for publication, the launch team gathered in a virtual book group on Facebook to hold the first book club for Flowers of Grace. The fast-paced conversations flitted from thread-to-thread as we commented on plot, characters and theme. The most fun came when we started relating the story to our own experiences and relationships. I repeated this experience last night with some close women friends of mine. We laughed and listened and talked. Oh, did we talk! Not just about the book but about our own self...

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99 Cent Ebook Promotion to Celebrate Spring

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

99 Cent Ebook Promotion to Celebrate Spring

  Spring is made for open windows, long walks, bulbs peeking through the ground, Mother’s Day and books like these! Flowers of Grace is now on sale to celebrate the blossoming of spring. Buy the ebook for just 99 cents March 24-March 31 and share it with the women in your lives. “Any woman will find something inspiring in this beautiful story,” a GoodReads reviewer said. Look for the 99 cent ebook promotion at itunes, Barnes and Noble and Kobo, too!

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At the Heart of A Love of Reading

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At the Heart of A Love of Reading

The best books, even those that entertain or inform, seem to have one thing in common--they pull us into the heart of someone else.

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Women Need Women

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Women Need Women

My friend Andrea posted a meme going around Facebook that says, “You can always tell who the strong women are, they are the ones you see building each other up, not tearing each other down.” (via @sitsgirls) We messaged back and forth about that line. About how we need each other. About how she wanted to start tagging all the women who’ve done that for her. But, she said, “I was afraid I would forget someone.” Let’s do it, I thought. Let’s actually start spreading our truly good examples of what real...

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The True Story that Inspired Flowers of Grace

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

The True Story that Inspired Flowers of Grace

Flowers of Grace is a novel inspired by a a true story, but the cover could read  “inspired by a real plant.” Several years ago I received a hibiscus plant from a woman receiving hospice care for cancer. I met Lily when I accompanied my husband on a visit to her home. I didn’t know her well, but I returned another day with a pot of homemade turkey noodle soup. I sat on the little stool beside Lily’s bed and listened to her talk, even though I couldn’t understand much of what this tiny Filipino woman said. On another visit...

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