Archive for December, 2009

While I can’t afford to attend this next one, the American Night Writers Association is putting on a pretty impressive writers conference in February, and I encourage all of you writers (LDS or not) to check out the list of presenters. If you’re as impressed as I was, and either live nearby or can afford to travel, please consider registering. Here are all the particulars:

The 2010 ANWA Writers Conference, Saturday, February 27, 2010.

Open to all writers

Register at http://anwa-lds.com/conference.html

The Best Western Dobson Ranch Inn

1666 South Dobson Road

Mesa AZ 85202-5699

480-831-7000 or 1-800-528-1356


If you are serious about your writing, and ready for the next step,

this is the place to be!

J. Scott Savage, author of the “Farworld” Series is the Keynote speaker.

Other presenters are:

Aprilynne Pike, New York Times best-selling Author of “Wings”

Doug Johnston, Publicist Extraordinaire

Nancy E. Turner, Author of “These is My Words”

Dr. Pamela Goodfellow, Writing Coach, Editor and Owner of Goodfellow Publishing Services

Sara Fujimura, Author and Magazine Writer

Helen Bair, Counselor and Author of “Finding the Healer in Me”

Arizona’s very own illustrious Marsha Ward, author of the “Owen Family” Series and experienced in e-book publications

Book signings at end of conference

For writers travelling a far distance, follow these instructions for hotel reservations at a special ANWA Writer’s Conference discount at “Dobson Ranch Inn”


Call our Front Desk toll-free – 1-800-528-1356.

Refer to either Group Name: “ANWA” or Group Number: 804341

This will allow our staff to make your reservations for you to receive the ANWA Conference group rate.

Internet (available to book online starting Wednesday, Dec 9)

Go to the hotel website at www.dobsonranchinn.com

At the bottom of the  “Reserve Your Stay” box, click on “Groups”

Enter the password – ANWA-Dec

Complete your reservation

For questions contact, the ANWA 2010 Conference Chair Person, Cindy R. Williams at cindywilliams@q.com or

Conference Registrar, Krista Darrach at kristadarrach@yahoo.com

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Unfortunately, I’m in that in-between stage in parenting–teenagers and no grandkids on the horizon…yet. I remember how I relished working the book fairs at my kids’ elementary school, because there were so many witty, excellent books for children. But it has been four years since my youngest pleaded with me for money to take to the school book fair.

However, I can tell a good children’s book at a glance and so, if you still need an entertaining read for your little ones, I highly recommend Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today by Cindy R. Williams. It’s not brand new, but it was a finalist for the Arizona 2008 Glyph Awards and it’s making the rounds of schools all over.

Book Cover for Cindy Williams' Fun Read

The author describes it, herself, as a “sing-songy, rhyming, snuggle and giggle book for ages newborn to age eight…well loved by children, parents and grandchildren for its endearing story and charming pictures.”

It can be ordered at any bookstore, and is also available on her website, or from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

For a fascinating look into the author’s background and how this book came to be, I encourage you to check out her website, as well as a terrific interview she did with Tina Scott on her blog.

Author of "Chase McKay Didn't Get Up Today"

Author Cindy R. Williams

In fact, I don’t know how Cindy keeps up with all her own blogs. Not only does she regularly interview other writers like me at Writer’s Mirror, but she has a blog about dragons (in preparation for her next book…she’s just gearing up on this one), crazy stuff in life, and even one that makes a game out of writing stories (though that one is presently in half hiatus, while she’s at work on rewrites).

How does she do it all? (Hint: Read her interview with Marsha Ward.) In any case, my hat’s off to her and I’ll be sure to get my own copy of Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today and store it for that first little grandchild.

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I’ve often been described as serious, and my reading generally reflects a certain kind of soberness. That’s not to say I lack a sense of humor. I enjoy laughing as much as the next person, but the books I find humorous tend toward satire.

And when it comes to “light romance,” I have usually found the word coupling ironic at the least. There was certainly nothing “light” about my own romantic experiences! They were full of angst and drama.

But, having discovered that good writers exist in all genres, I am going to have to give Rebecca Talley’s Altared Plans a go. This is how it’s described on the back cover:

“The perfect day. The perfect marriage. The perfect groom. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

Caitlyn has been preparing for her perfect wedding all her life. But when her fiance abandons her at the altar, Caitlyn vows she’ll never love again.

Going to BYU doesn’t make that easy, however, and avoiding all social contact can only last so long. When her bishop calls her to be the “mom” of her family home evening group, Caitlyn is suddenly thrust into surprising circumstances that leave her flustered with the attention of two unwanted suitors.

Travis, the FHE “dad,” has plans to woo Caitlyn by using his cowboy charms, while Chase has his own ideas for dating her. Will Travis or Chase change her mind about love? Or will it be deja vu?

Follow Caitlyn through all the flirtatious looks, dates, ex-girlfriends, and unexpected surprises. Altared Plans is a light-hearted romance that is sure to please.”

Check out the book trailer here:

It’s obviously geared to the LDS audience. Indeed, the author’s tagline is “LDS Fiction Inspired by Life.” But who says Mormons can’t laugh at themselves? If you’ve already read this book, let me know what you thought. I was intrigued enough by the storyline that I’m adding it to my wish list. (Besides, I know my daughter, who’s a sophomore at BYU, will eat it up!)

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