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Maggie’s Place by Annette Haws

There is a lot to enjoy in this contemporary novel set in urban Salt Lake City: the quirky elderly main character with a secret past, a teenage homeless girl looking for a way out, a little bit of romance tangled up in choosing to do the right thing, and a gaggle of seniors outwitting the bad guys and saving the day.   The author Annette Haws is also the writer of Waiting for the Light to Change, the 2008 Whitney Award Winner in General Fiction. Maggie’s Place will please the same audience, pulling from many story types to create a tale …


Lavender Doodle

I had a good couple weeks on the anxiety front. The anxiety didn’t go away but I managed it tons better. The first thing I did was deal with everything that was stressing me out. So, I ended up switching our medications back to our old pharmacy. I ordered a new nebulizer machine since ours was only working half as well as it should. We got flu shots. We ordered a new thermometer for our betta fish since the old one didn’t automatically regulate the tank temperature. The new one does, so I don’t have to go in there and …

Monthly Summary

September Summary

So, this summary is out later than I originally planned but that’s real life, I guess. In September, I reviewed 4 books and posted 1 interview on this blog. I also wrote a guest post for the Association of Mormon letters blog. Easy links below if you want to catch up on something. Books: Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk Deborah Prophetess of God by Heather B. Moore All Hearts Come one for Christmas Lady In the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen Interview: “People…read because they want to understand the world in which they live.” Interview with Tiffany Odekirk. Guest …

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Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker

Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker Nora has been in love with her childhood friend and neighbor for years. Unfortunately, he does not return her feelings. Since it is her third season, her father takes matters into his own hands. He arranges a marriage to a man that Nora finds uninspiring. Unless she can persuade her father to accept a better match by the end of the season she’ll have a bleak future indeed.  After reading several regencies that focused on heavy social issues it was a delight to read this compelling relationship drama. Barker makes this regency feel fresh …


Sunshine Doodle

So, I struggle with anxiety a lot. I’m a mom of a kid with Cystic Fibrosis. There’s a lot of meds to manage and keep track of and some days are harder than others. There are weeks I can carry out everything with ease and doing this CF thing doesn’t feel hard at all. Then sometimes I read something or life just really grinds me down and I feel the weight of this illness. I realize that our entire life is structured around keeping my kid healthy. I realize how much of my time is spent trying to make his …

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“People…read because they want to understand the world in which they live.” Interview with Tiffany Odekirk

This interview is part of the Love, Sidelined Blog Tour. Read here to check out my thoughts on the book and enter the giveaway hosted by the publisher. What compelled you to write a novel with Mormon Characters in it? It’s not the “in” thing to do in any market right now. Were you ever discouraged by the fact that there are so few opportunities to publish Mormon-themed fiction?  You are definitely correct about LDS-themed contemporary romance being a “niche” market. To my knowledge, there are only three publishing houses that will even look at LDS-specific fiction, and of those …

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Four things I loved about Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk

Thanks to Covenant I get to feature Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk on the blog today. Make sure you enter the giveaway sponsored by them at the end of this post. Jason is a college football player trying to keep his pre-mission lifestyle in the past.  He tries to prove to his teammates, family, and self that he is a new person. Can he do that and keep playing football? Allie is a brave cheerleader trying to put her life back together after an assault. Finding a new faith saved her, but also broke her family apart. Does she have …

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Deborah Prophetess of God by H.B. Moore

Thanks to the folks at covenant for giving me the change to do this review. I usually really enjoy H.B. Moore’s novels about women in the scriptures but this one, while a convincing historical, wasn’t one of Moore’s best novels in my opinion.  First, I think Moore does beautifully writing concrete descriptions that make the setting and time-period come alive. Second, she does make Deborah an interesting, practically mythical character. The first sequence where she takes on a lion and defeats a band Canaanites is the stuff of legend. I also love the scene where Deborah is trying to kill …

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All Hearts Come Home for Christmas Novella Collection

Thanks to the folks at Covenant I got the chance to review this excellent novella anthology. As you can see below, I had so much fun reading it and doing little illustrated designs for each of the title pages. Covenant wants to invite everyone to the LIVE facebook launch party tomorrow September 10 6-8pm MST. They are also hosting a giveaway. Don’t forget to enter at the end of this post! So, I’m long-time Sarah M. Eden fan but sometimes these novella anthology things don’t have stories that feel as satisfying as novel-length stories, but wow, this novella is so …