Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Review of Spires of Stone by Annette Lyon

I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks but it has been lots of fun!
I attended the LDStorymakers conference held in Sandy, Utah and it was phenomenal as usual. This was my 3rd year attending and each year I learn more and more to help me improve in my writing. I’m so excited to get busy on the things that I’ve learned that I’ve neglected my blogging a little. I have some catching up to do.
At the writing conference, it’s also lots of fun to meet and talk with many great authors. I set aside some money to buy some books from several of the authors there and I will keep you posted on those.

The first one I’d like to review is written by Annette Lyon and it was absolutely fantastic! It is called Spires of Stone and it had such great romantic tension that I even dreamt about it. If you would like a great story, full of history, romance, humor, and more, then I think you should read this book. Really, it was killing me when I had to stop reading and take care of my children! I think Annette needs to include a crock-pot recipe in her book so that you can keep reading and not worry about cooking dinner.
I chose this book because the story sounded interesting, but also because of the setting and history it covers. It is set during the time period when the Salt Lake Temple is under construction. Steve and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple and I have always loved hearing stories about the amazing pioneers who hauled huge blocks of granites weighing over a ton out of the canyon for this beautiful edifice. Spires of Stone gives a great picture of the actual work involved and what an amazing feat it must have been to complete the beautiful temple, not to mention an excellent story to go along with it.
So go out and pick up this book or any others by Annette Lyon. I’m sure you will enjoy it! You can visit her website at

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A great book to ignite your imagination!

This post is in honor of a great new book that just came out! The Journal of Curious Letters-- Book One of The 13th Reality Series written by James Dashner is what I'm talking about. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought one to donate to my library and I even posted a review on Amazon about it. Here's my review:
Albert Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” He said this because without imagination our society wouldn’t be where it is today. Books are such an integral key to fostering children’s imagination. If you would like to own a book that is chock-full of imagination, then The 13th Reality is perfect for you. Author James Dashner has created a mind-boggling other-world full of amazing realities and an awesome main character in Atticus Higginbottom. I enjoyed this book because there was plenty of humor, twists and turns, and fun riddles which made my brain itch. It kept me intrigued as to what or who Atticus could possibly meet up with next—especially after some of his random friends with names like Mothball and Norbert.
There are all kinds of cool inventions and ideas introduced in this book. I highly recommend it for kids and suggest it for adults, like me, who enjoy reading children’s books too. You’re in for a treat when you meet up with Tick and I’m willing to bet you won’t be able to solve all the riddles in this book, although I’m certain you’ll try!

If you want to find out more details about this book and the cool author, you can go to The Dashner Dude.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Dash

I have been thinking a lot lately on the value of life and how much our lives affect others. On February 19, 2008, Warren Crane passed away from cancer. He was only 49 years old, which I think is very young. His family was well associated with mine and I often babysat their six children for them. Warren was a great gospel scholar and he had a very strong testimony of our Savior. His wife was one of my young women leaders and I have thought a lot about what a wonderful family they have and I feel sad that Warren is gone. But my mom sent me a link to a video which I thought was very powerful. I wanted to share it with all of you. I hope that we can all make each day of our lives meaningful.
Type this address into your browser and watch this short clip.
I hope that my dash will mean something to others. I know that Warren's dash affected the lives of so many people in the small town that I grew up in and his legacy will go on in the lives of his children


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