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Motley Vision reviews Get that Gold

GetThatGoldFRONTCOVER-185x300Get That Gold is eminently worth your time. I loved this story, and I know my kids will love it, and I fully plan on reading it to them as a bedtime story for the next several nights. I was deeply touched by this story. I loved the depiction of Joseph, especially. I was moved to tears at times. I loved the depiction of Emma. I loved Joseph’s family. I can tell that Downing put a great deal of time and effort into her research, and as a reader I trust that. I really enjoyed being transported into the setting and time period of the restoration. Above all, I felt the excitement, the deep and spiritual profundity, of Joseph and his retrieval of the Gold Plates.–Sarah Dunster Continue reading

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Goodreads, Give-Aways and Groveling

GTG bookA few weeks ago, Zion BookWorks released my new novel for middle readers Get that Gold!, book one in the Adventures of the Restoration series. I’m very excited to make LDS families aware that this book is out and the series, underway. My books (both Get that Gold! and Island of the Stone Boy) are up on Goodreads and I’m running a give-away of Get that Gold! through December 11th, 2013.   Continue reading

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I’m NOT Writing

StegnerLast night I attended another meeting of The Unauthorized Book Club for the LDS Ladies of Heath. On the docket, Wallace Stegner’s masterpiece, The Angle of Repose. Revisiting that book was as sensual as ever, each line better than the smoothest dark chocolate. His words hum in my mind whenever I read Stegner. I’ve packed Crossing to Safety in my suitcase as I head out for a week-end retreat, of sorts.  Continue reading

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Island of the Stone Boy: The Journey, Part II

StoneBoyFrontCOVER (2)Island of the Stone Boy is back and ready to be ordered! Continue reading

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Living Every Writer’s Nightmare

Johann_Heinrich_Füssli_-_The_Nightmare_-_WGA08333Earlier in the week, a Facebook friend linked to an article about the trial of a man who had forgotten to drop his infant at daycare and then had driven home, leaving the sleeping child in the car on a day that became sweltering. The child passed away, Continue reading

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Island of the Stone Boy: The Journey

Mason scottIt’s no secret that Leicester Bay Books has just released my young YA ghost story Island of the Stone Boy, and that its available for purchase at Amazon.com or through the publisher at leicesterbaybooks.com. But its hardly widely known either. Continue reading

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Series v. Serial and Why I’m Weary

HP boxed setOver the last few days I consumed David Farland’s engaging Nightingale, a YA tale of the SFF persuasion. When it comes to leisure reading, I’m much more likely to pick up SFF if it’s a YA novel because I like to read what my kids like to read. To be completely forthcoming, Continue reading

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On the Block

I don’t believe in writer’s block, even though, truth be told, I experience it all the time.  My denial seems similar to the good folks who acknowledge they don’t believe in God, and yet live everyday in a world abundant with his handiwork. Its as if ignoring writer’s block–as if inventing “necessary” errands and projects to keep me away from the computer–will make writer’s block non-existent. Of course this is only a psychological game I play with myself and not a very effective one at that. Continue reading

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Review: The Roots of the Olive Tree

The Roots of the Olive Tree, by Courtney Miller Santo, introduces readers to five generations of remarkable, complex women, each with secrets and desires which cause them to alternately rub one other the wrong way, hold one another’s hand, and have one another’s back. The matriarch of the family, Anna, is a 112 year old supercentarian who oversees the family olive farm. Over the decades, her wisdom has sharpened rather than weathered, and she remains as spry in body as in mind. Continue reading

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Wanted: A New and Improved Feminism

So this woman shows up at the Facebook Mormon Women Writers page and asks an innocent question, something that noted the liberal bend of most posts and wondered aloud if this group was only for liberals. I made the assumption that this was a conservative Mormon woman, worrying that she might not fit in, so I sent her a private message, meant to encourage her participation. Turns out, she’s liberal and we had a brief conversation–mostly me “talking” as usual–in which I admitted to NOT being a Mormon feminist. Continue reading

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