Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Signing Alert

If you'll be at BYU Women's Conference this year or are in the Provo area, stop by the BYU Bookstore on Friday, May 1st. I'll be doing book signings from 2-4 p.m. and would love to see you!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ever Been to Rexburg?

Well, if not, you should visit. I went to school there back when (ahem), it was known as Ricks College instead of BYU-Idaho. I love Rexburg, and am excited to announce that my sister-in-law Kami and I will be presenting classes at this year's BYU-I Education Week. It's a three day conference offering classes for adults, teens and children. The dates are July 30-August 1st. As you're looking ahead to your summer schedule, consider giving Education Week a try . . . you won't regret it!

For more information, go to this link:
 www.byui.edu/education-week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blessings

 
Introducing my sweet little baby Tyler! After a difficult pregnancy, I'm so grateful to have him here, healthy, safe and sound. I am amazed at the blessings the Lord has granted me. Even though I never would have chosen the trials I experienced the past several months, looking back I can see how the experience changed me---and how much I learned because of it. I know there's no trial or pain that the Lord doesn't understand. I also believe that the times in our lives when we feel the most lost or alone, those are the very times when He is closest to us, even though we can't see Him.

Last July when I first learned I would likely be on bedrest until November, I was overwhelmed with anxiety and discouragement. How was I going to take care of my other three kids, make meals, do laundry, and all the many other things I needed to do? With every contraction I worried about the health of my baby. Would he be born too early to survive? If he did survive, would he live a normal life? I felt buried under the weight of my fears and I was physically exhausted by the constant contractions and medication to keep them at bay. To say the least, the future looked bleak and in all my life I'd never felt so powerless.

Fortunately, I'd learned from past trials that when things become too heavy for me to carry, I knew I could turn to the Lord and He would help shoulder the burden. So I did. I turned to Him and asked for His help in carrying this load. He answered my prayer as I trusted He would, and I felt peace. My husband gave me a blessing that everything would be alright and I was filled with calm assurance that things would work out. However, that didn't solve the immediate problem that remained of taking care of my family. I soon learned that while the Lord eased my emotional burden, it would be through others that He allowed my prayers to be fully answered.

What happened in the following weeks was an experience I'll never forget. A steady stream of angels in the form of neighbors, family and friends showed up at my doorstep, bringing meals, watching my kids, cleaning, weeding. You name it, they did it. They literally carried me through the weeks that followed and offered more help than I could have ever hoped for.

At first I was so embarrassed; I didn't want to trouble anyone and I felt ridiculous sitting on my couch while others vacuumed and did my laundry. The whole situation was hard for me to accept, but I felt prompted that I needed to just get over myself and allow people to serve. That's the funny thing about service; it's so much easier to serve someone than to let people serve you! But I learned that we deny others blessings when we keep them from serving us, so I decided to just accept the service and express the gratitude I felt. I'll never be able to fully thank all of those who helped me, because they'll never know how much it touched my heart. But I won't ever forget it.

The other blessing that came about during all of that down-time, was that I was able to write almost the entire first draft of Courtney's story (still working on the title). This book is coming about much the way that Invaluable did; with the words basically flowing out onto the pages. I don't know that I've ever been this excited about a story before. The release is planned for this summer, so stay tuned!

During this beautiful Christmas season as I've held my baby in my arms, I've often thought of that holy child born in Bethlehem and the gift that He was to the world. I found this article on Facebook that brought me to tears. The picture and words made me realize more poignantly than ever what a sacrifice it was for our Father to send His son to die for us. I hope we can all consider our blessings and feel the peace that comes in a particular way this time of year. The peace that fills us as we come unto Christ.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You Are Cordially Invited . . .

As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting much lately. I'm pregnant with my fourth and have been having some complications with early contractions, so for the last few weeks I've been taking things easy.

I've decided to make the most of this time by starting a new novel I've been excited about. It's the story of Courtney, Eliza's (now sixteen year-old) little sister. Let me tell you, I can't WAIT to share this one when it's done. And, in answer to many reader's requests, Eliza's wedding is included in the story. It's been a lot of fun collecting images to help myself get visuals, so I thought I'd share some pieces of what I envision. I think the colors would be so pretty for her winter wedding. *Note, I'm not saying whom she is marrying, which is too bad because I'd love to find some pics of the groom, but I don't want to give spoilers for those who haven't read Unconditional. Aren't weddings so fun? *sigh*


A sample of Eliza's wedding gown, only white instead of ivory.
Courtney's Bridesmaid Dress
Wedding Bouquet
Cake & Invitations

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer

So . . . it's officially summer. I hope you have a lot of great books on your list to read. I tend to go through phases where I'm either writing away like a maniac, or reading voraciously. Right now I'm in reading mode. (Don't worry, I've still got two manuscripts in editing stages. I'll post with updates when I have them).

Not sure what to read? Friend people on Goodreads that you think have similar interests and see what they're reading. My problem is having too many books I want to get to, and not enough time! But that's an okay problem to have. ;) Here's to a summer filled with good memories and great reading!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Layton Book Signing

I'll be participating in a book signing this weekend with a bunch of amazing LDS authors. Stop on by!

Book Signing
Saturday, April 26th
4:15-6:15
Davis Conference Center (Meridian AEF)
1651 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BookBub

Just in case you haven't heard of it, BookBub is pretty darn amazing. You sign up and get emails every day of ebook deals (often free). It's a major distraction for the book lover . . . especially one who is supposed to be working edits on her manuscript. But I had to share.