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


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
Davis Conference Center (Meridian AEF)
1651 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Writing Advice

I recently read a blog post about writing by author Natalie Whipple that is awesome. I thought I would share it here.

Also, it's General Conference Weekend! This is something I look forward to twice a year. You can stream here. You should definitely tune in. :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

FHE Scripture Shamrock Scavenger Hunt

It's St. Patrick's Day, and also Family Night, so I thought I'd share what I have planned for tonight's lesson. We're having a Scripture Shamrock Scavenger Hunt (try saying that three times fast). I'm all about simplicity, since my children have limited attention spans.

Activity: cut-out shamrocks from construction paper and write scriptures on the back. Verses that have to do with scripture study would be good. Hide shamrocks around the house. Each time they read the scripture (or have mommy or daddy read it), they get to put the shamrock in their bag. Once all shamrocks have been found, sit down and talk about how the scriptures are the "pot of gold" or treasure that we can find in our lives. (I may even draw a picture of a rainbow with a pot of gold containing scriptures at the end). Visuals are always helpful.

End with song, prayer, and green treat of some kind. (For us, that will probably be store-bought sugar cookies because that's my day today . . . but you could get really creative here).

Happy hunting! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Word About Romance

I am a hopeless romantic, so I guess it only makes sense that I love to read and write clean romantic fiction. However, I read an article a while back about women and romance that made me feel the need to say a few things. The article stated that there was danger of women getting sucked into the fictional world of romance to the point that they became dissatisfied or unhappy in their relationships. Also, that women would get so absorbed in these worlds that they would put off other responsibilities to get lost in the stories. (I'll admit, I've been guilty of this a time or two . . . especially when it comes to Julianne Donaldson's work. I can't help myself).

But this article made me sad, and knowing that I have a lot of teenage readers, I thought I'd give my thoughts on the topic. First, I love to read romance as a means of escape. It's fun to dive into a great story and experience those giddy little flutters that remind you of the first time you fell in love. *sigh* For me, that's just happy. However, I can see where the danger would lie if one began to compare these fictional stories to the often---shall we say---more realistic way that life tends to go. Not to say that real-life romance can't be wonderful and all of those blissful things, but there's a reason why this is called fiction, people!

I, for one, really enjoy writing the male love interests in my stories because it's a chance for me to make a man think the way a woman wants him to think. We want our guys to be thoughtful, charming, handsome, smart, intuitive, sensitive (but not too sensitive), strong, chivalrous, full of honor, funny, and humble to boot. In short, we want him to be perfect. So that's what we create. I've had so many readers tell me they hope someday to find a "Luke Matthews," and I think that's awesome. I have no doubt that there are plenty of Luke's out there, but I just felt like I needed to remind us female readers what is real and what is fiction. Fiction is fun, and there's definitely a place for it. But just as we wouldn't want a guy to compare our outward appearance to a supermodel who's been airbrushed into an impossibly perfect image, we shouldn't compare great, real-life guys to characters who are virtually flawless.

So there's my two-cents. Now I can go on happily writing my romance without feeling guilty that I'm creating characters no man can live up to. For the record, my husband is wonderfully human, with plenty of faults (just like me), and we're working our way to our own version of "happily ever after" in spite of the little bumps and bruises along the way. That's life, and I love every unpredictable and imperfect moment of it.

Happy reading!