Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Signing & Library Fundraiser

I love libraries and I love getting together with other great authors to support a library. I want to invite you to come to the Pleasant Grove City Library at 30 E. Center Street in Pleasant Grove, Utah, at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 1st. The event goes until 9 pm.

I will be selling and autographing my books:

There will be prizes there on silent auction, books to be purchased, cookies to be eaten - and proceeds will go to the library.
 I will be joined by some incredible author friends. They are:

  • Julie Coulter Bellon
  • Nichole Giles
  • Angie Lofthouse
  • Monique Bucheger
  • H. B. Moore
  • Tristi Pinkston
  • Andrea Pearson
  • Heather Justesen
  • Loralee Evans
  • Suze Reese
  • L. L. Muir
  • Julie N. Ford
So - bring your family! Bring your friends! Spread the word - in fact, if you'd like to share the Facebook invitation with your friends, here it is.  Tweet about it, blog about it, and then come prepared to have a great time, support your local authors, and contribute to the library!
Tristi Pinkston organized this event in conjunction with the launch of her new YA book, Turning Pages.
If you'd like to know more about Turning Pages, visit this blog. You can also read the first eleven chapters here!

Once again:

Pleasant Grove Library
30 E. Center, Pleasant Grove
Wednesday, August 1st
7-9 pm

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Banana Split Giveaway & Review

Who doesn't love to spend a lazy day reading a good book during the summer? I've been cramming in as many books as I can and I still haven't made a dent in my To-Read pile. I love reading, and lately I've been using it as a reward when I get a certain amount of editing or writing done. So to celebrate with you, I'm participating in this hop and giving away two copies of Josi Kilpack's culinary mystery, BANANA SPLIT. Two lucky winners will each receive one copy (courtesy of her publisher). I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the book, so I get to tell you what I think.

BANANA SPLIT was my favorite book in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series. It may have had something to do with the fact that the book is set in beautiful Kauai, which I just traveled to in May (and coincidentally did a lot of research for a book that I am writing which will be set in Kauai as well). But the biggest reason I liked this book is that the writing is solid, the characters are developed, and Josi had my mind spinning trying to figure out whodunit. It seemed like everyone was keeping a secret and although Sadie was in a fragile state of mind, she still pulled off an excellent investigation to help a young boy answer questions about his mother's death.
If you click on the Amazon link below, you can read the blurb about the book and more reviews. Check out all of the books in this series and learn more about Josi at her website,

Just fill out the form to enter to win one of two copies of BANANA SPLIT by Josi Kilpack.
Please enter from July 27th - August 1st
You'll notice that one of the optional entries is my way of introducing you to a fantastic new site called Mashed Potatoes and Crafts. It's just beginning and we'd love some friends to share our great ideas with, so come on over!

Contest Rules: Please read my Liability Disclosures and Policy statement before entering giveaways hosted here. Updated 12/8/2011 This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners will be announced by August 5, 2012 and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. If potential Prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. All entrants agree to release of liability of the sponsor, RachelleWrites. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 48 Lower U.S. & D.C., 18 & older. Begins 12:00 a.m. EST on 07/27/12 & ends 11:59 p.m. MST on 08/01/12.

Check out the list of blogs involved in this great giveaway hop!

Begin It Now

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
--Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Do you have a dream that is waiting to begin?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Author Interview with Christine Bryant

Today, C.K. (Christine) Bryant, author of YA books, Bound and Broken has agreed to take part in an interview. I'm reading her second book and I'm excited for you to learn a little bit more about this fantastic author.

What do you love most about writing? 
Christine:Wow, that's hard to narrow down. I guess above and beyond loving the creative process of writing and the pure joy of spending so much time with my muse, I love that writing allows me to be home for my son and gives me a flexible schedule. I also enjoy being an INDIE because I can set my own deadlines (often tougher than an agent or publisher would set) and can decide what content goes into my books and what my final cover will look like. That's important to me.

What are some of your favorite books?
Christine: I grew up reading romance, so fell in love with Catherine Anderson. I still like her novels, but find myself reading more young adult now. The most recent book I've read? EASY, by Tammara Webber. LOVED IT!  The best book I ever read? Ugh, so many to choose from, but I guess for YA I'd have to say THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson It was so different from all the others and took me by surprise. That doesn't happen often.

Why do you think it's important to get teens excited about reading great books that are clean, but aren't lacking in the plot department?  
Christine:Teens have enough of that in their lives already, why put it in the books they read? The stories they read should take them to a place where they can get away from reality and breathe, a place where they don't have to worry about being pulled in every direction, and a world where all the crap around them just falls away and they can relax and feel safe. 

What are you working on next? 
Christine: I'm spending every spare moment on finishing The Crystor Series. The third and final book to the series is BELOVED and I hope to have it out after the first of the year (2013). While it's hard to think about finishing this story and not having these characters be a part of my life anymore, I'm excited to move on to other projects. I have a couple I'm real excited about and can't wait to work on them.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, Christine. It's fun to get to know more about a successful author like you. If you'd like to learn more about C.K. Bryant, you can visit her website here,
For all of my readers, if you haven't read Bound--it's a YA paranormal fantasy. Click here to see my review.
And the great news is that right now it's available for FREE in the Kindle store

as well as free on Smashwords (for other ereader devices).
You can purchase the 2nd book in the series, Broken, on Amazon here

or Smashwords here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Farm Girl Sunset

I wanted to share a few pics from my visit to Idaho. This is the most gorgeous sunset I saw from my parent's backyard.
 There was a lot of smoke in the air from wildfires, so the sun was incredibly red.

 I know, I'm a farm girl, but that pivot with sprinklers going just makes the picture for me.
Guess what? I used to move pipe in that very field. I moved wheel lines and some handlines with my neighbor. After we graduated and moved on, they replaced us with a pivot!

I'm thankful for beautiful things--simple wonders, like a sunset that God has given us.
Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Take Joy in the Miracle of Creation

Today I'm excited to feature one of my favorite authors, Angela Morrison. She has a wonderful thought to share and happy news!
Tomorrow marks ten years from the day Michael, my scuba-diving hero in Taken by Storm, escaped from the "what ifs" swirling in my brain and swam onto my page. (Here's the free-write to prove it.

I still remember the awe I felt when I looked down at the words and realized they weren't mine. They were his. 

Between my brain, hand, a piece of paper, and a little ink, I'd created something new. Like any first-time mom cradling her newborn, I filled with joy, excitement, love, and gratitude. The voice on my page was a gift.

And, like an untried mother naive to the demands of a new baby, I didn't know how many nights that voice would wake me up at 2 a.m. I didn't know it would take years of hard work to get it to walk on its own two legs. And more years of heart-ache, patience, continued effort, and miracles to find someone who believed enough in my creation to want to share it with the world.

I didn't know how much it would change my life.

I didn't know how much joy I'd find in the journey. 

I didn't know the wonder of an email from a reader.

There is nothing more joyful--or miraculous--than a child's birth. New-sent from heaven. A precious partnership with the Father of us all. I find tremendous joy in those wondrous, electric moments when that partnership blesses my own, humble efforts to create. When I finish a project, I long to feel it again.

My thought for you today is dance and sing and enjoy the creations in your life--be they babies or books, poems or cantatas. Smile on them today. Take joy.

Award-winning young adult author, Angela Morrison, is an advanced NAUI, Nitrox certified scuba-diver, mother of four, and a happy grandmother. She wrote Cayman Summer, the final installment of Leesie and Michael's stormy romance, on a blog, post by post, with input from her beloved readers. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English from BYU. See and

This week she celebrates the "birth" of Taken by Storm with a Ten Year Anniversary Blast giveaway, free Kindle ebooks (Unbroken Connection and Cayman Summer) and Taken by Storm's brand new, reformatted Kindle ebook for just $0.99! Get them now. Promo ends Friday, July 20th at midnight. No Kindle? Download free apps for your laptop, phone, or tablet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Celebrate Taken By Storm Anniversary Party

Ten years ago this week, Taken by Storm's scuba-diving hero, Michael, swam out of award-winning YA author, Angela Morrison's brain and onto her page. Join the anniversary celebration! Enter the gigantic contest!  Snag Taken by Storm's Kindle ebook for only $ .99Unbroken Connection (Book 2) and Cayman Summer (Book 3) are free on Kindle! Hurry. The promotion ends Friday, July 20th. Don't own a Kindle? Download free Kindle apps for your laptop, tablet, iTouch, or phone.

In Taken by Storm, Mormon girl Leesie has life figured out until devastated Michael lands in her small town high school. He needs her like no one has before. A rare journey into a faithful LDS teen’s intimate struggle. 

from Taken by Storm . . .

I’m lost to his firm chest,
his slender fingertips, his long wavy hair,
his mouth sucking my bottom lip—
The world spins, the stars shift,
and I can’t see anything except his smoky
gray eyes gazing into mine.
You scare me, whispers
from my mouth across his.
Good, he breathes into me.
I need you to save me.

"[Morrison] handles the topics of religion and premarital sex gracefully without passing judgment. The message has less to do with religion than learning to respect and cherish others while staying true to one’s own beliefs.”  – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Brand new paperback and reformatted ebook with fully scalable fonts. Includes bonus, never-before-published scene, "Airport Good-bye!"

* I love this series! Angela is such a talented writer and I'm excited for this celebration. You can find links to all of my reviews for the three books in this series by following this link.

Angela Morrison is the award-winning YA author of Taken by Storm (Books 1-3) and Sing me to Sleep. She grew up in Eastern Washington on the wheat farm where Taken by Storm is set. She's an advanced NAUI, Nitrox certified scuba diver. The hurricane that kills Michael's parents was inspired by a real-life diving accident. She wrote Cayman Summer, book three of Michael and Leesie's saga, with fan input, at 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Picking Raspberries the Smart Way

Every summer, for as long as I can remember I picked raspberries at the edge of my mom's garden. Now I love to go visit my family during raspberry harvest and pick until my fingers are stained purple. But it wasn't until about five years ago that we found a genius idea from some professional raspberry pickers. Before we always held a container in one hand and picked with the other. My mom has a ton of raspberries--as in, we pick by the gallon! Needless to say, I love this idea!
 How to make your raspberry picking contraption:
Take any gallon size container with a handle, for example milk jugs work great or these heavy duty orange juice containers are my favorite.
Cut off the top part of the jug to create an opening that is large enough to dip your hand into or as you can see below, maybe a little munchkin's hands.
 Next, take a piece of twine or a belt and thread it through the handle of your jug and tie or loop around your waist. Ta da! Now you can have two hands to pick berries, one to lift up those branches and the other to grab all those beautiful red berries hanging under the leaves.

I love raspberries. I think picking them is therapeutic and I'm so grateful my mom and dad share their sweet goodness with me and my family!

CALLER ID Blog Tour Stops

This post is largely for my record-keeping. I wanted to have a permanent list online of all the stops in my recent blog tour for CALLER ID. There were a lot of great reviews, so if you're looking for info about my latest book, feel free to visit the following links!
March 2
Heather Justesen

March 3
Blooming with Books

March 4
Literary Time Out

March 5
Getting Your Read On

March 6
So Simply Sara

March 7
Write Stuff Melanie Jacobson

March 8
There's Always a Reason to Bake

March 9
Bookworm Lisa

March 11
Totally Booked Solid

March 12
A Casual Reader's Blog
The Canticle Michael Young

March 13
Fire and Ice
 A Succor for Writing- Kathleen Brebes
Cindy M Hogan

March 14
Star Crossed Book Reviews

March 15
 I am a reader not a writer

March 16
 Rachel's Ramblings

March 19
 Jessie Humphries B-Word

March 20
The Book Bug
Writing Fortress

March 21
Queen of the Clan

March 23
My Book Addiction

March 26
LDS Writer Mom, Julie Bellon

March 27
Lovey Dovey Books

March 28
Connie Hall

March 29
Shirley Bahlmann
April 1
Liz Adair 
April 3
Diony George

April 4
Debbie's Inkspectations

April 5
Rebecca Talley 
Tristi Pinkston

April 6
Sheila Staley
LDS Women's Book Review

April 7
Creating Comfort

April 9
Random Thoughts with Chris 

April 11
My Thoughts and Book Reviews 

April 12
Meridian Magazine 
Kathleen Brebes 

April 23
Erin Summerill

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Music of Story

"Voice, that's what novelist and story writer Richard Ford has called "the music of a story's intelligence." 
"... fine new fiction, the kind that not only flows on the page but also makes a sort of music in your mind."
Alan Cheuse--NPR books

Thanks to my great sister-in-law, Necia, for passing this along. I love this quote because I agree that some stories are like music to my mind and when I read them I feel like singing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bookshelf Redo

Is anyone else having a wonderful hectic summer?
I'm enjoying a wonderful visit with my parents in Idaho and we're doing lots of Grandma activities. I wanted to post something that makes me so happy! I've been wanting to organize and clean my bookshelf for at least two years. It has been in such a sorry state of overcrowding and disarray.
See for yourself . . . Here's a pic right after I started unloading shelves to organize.

But no more!
It only took me two weeks of boxing up books, sorting, and reorganizing, but now look!

My books are organized and arranged according to age group and genre. No, they are not alphabetized! Who do you think I am? Ha, ha! Now the trick is to keep the shelves looking tidy and I know the only way that will happen is if I can get another bookshelf because these books don't include the stack of at least 30 more books in my TBR pile! Yikes! It also doesn't include my other book shelf and the full bookshelf in my girls room. Yep, the books seem to multiply around here.
How about you? Is book space at a premium in your home?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What Would the Founding Fathers Think? by David Bowman

Happy Independence Day! For the 4th of July I thought it would be perfect to share with you a wonderful book written by David Bowman.
What Would the Founding Fathers Think? A young American's guide to understanding what makes our nation great and how we've strayed.

This book is a graphic novel written and illustrated by David for the young American. The book is targeted at teenagers, but even my nine-year-old daughter picked it up and was fascinated by the presidents she had studied in school, teaching her about the government.

Here's a blurb:
History, politics, government---they're not just for grown-ups anymore. Today's teens are about to be handed a collapsing nation and it'll be their job to fix it. Enter David Bowman. With wit, humor, and the occasional serious note, he skillfully illustrates America's biggest problems and presents an interactive guide to understanding them that's so much fun adults will want to read it too!

Because of the political race going on, we're presented with an opportunity to engage and learn more about our government. Although it does seem daunting at times to understand how all of the new laws and legislation have changed our government, it is vital to be involved. Starting young in educating our children about our great nation and how it came to be so great is also vital. This is an excellent book to start discussions with youth about how they can be involved and keep honoring our freedom in these United States of America.
Land of the free, home of the brave! Have a great 4th!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Have You Heard of the FlyLady?

It's summer time and so my posts get a little sporadic with all the fun family reunions, vacations, and DEEP cleaning going on. I'm working on organizing and cleaning my house little by little and I wanted to ask you, my readers, if you've heard of the FlyLady?

She is amazing! I discovered over ten years ago and then I kind of forgot about it for a while, but now I've started back up with Flying lessons. The FlyLady is genius with so many wonderful ideas, simple steps, and encouraging training. The best part is you can Fly for free. Visit her site and you will see the incredible amount of tips, advice, and organizing/cleaning expertise that is available to everyone.

I just wanted to share something that is getting me excited about my summer chores and also shaping up my home. Can't wait to show you my big project---organizing the bookshelves!

So have you heard? If so, what's one of your favorite tips from the FlyLady? If not, click on over there and see what I'm smiling about! :)


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