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I’m being interviewed for a podcast on writing today. I’m pretty scared since I’ll have to be spontaneous and that can lead to disaster. I really prefer time to write words out and think them over. Plus I hate my voice.

I’ll let you know when the episode is available–if it’s not completely embarrassing. **blush**



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Congratulations to the winners: Rachel K. and Becca O.! Hope you enjoy it!

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Just in time for Christmas, I’m giving away two free copies of one of The End Begins books–your choice. I will draw two names, and each one will have the chance to choose which book they would like.

Book One: Sudden Darkness

“This end of the world story will keep you hooked from the first page. I love books where I really connect and understand the characters, and this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s so cool to see prophecies about the end of times come to life, and made into an eerily realistic storyline. LOVED THIS BOOK!”


Sudden Darkness

Book Two: Glimmering Light

Great read. I fell in love with Amelie and Zack in the first book, and became even more so here.  It is engrossing to think about what could happen in a situation like that, and Margot Hovley does a fantastic job letting me experience it. I was constantly in the middle of the action, trying to think if I could do nearly as well, and it makes the characters feel genuine and strong. Delightful mix of suspense and adventure. Really well developed characters.”


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Entering is easy. Just leave a comment stating which way you follow me: Facebook, Twitter, Email subscription to this blog, or stalking me in dark alleys. Then tell me one thought you have about the end times. Are you scared? About what? Excited? Hopeful? Any thoughts you’d like to share about the times to come.

And…the winner can choose which format they’d prefer, as well–paper or ebook.

That’s it! The giveaway will end on December 10, giving plenty of time for the book to arrive in time for Christmas.

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I’m excited to introduce you to a brand new book written by one of my best friends, Christy Monson. I highly recommend it for nearly every family situation.

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A retired family therapist, Christy shares stories and concrete examples to guide families through the process of fine tuning communication through family meetings.

She explores the use of family councils as the perfect teaching environment to:

Understand difficult issues

Troubleshoot problems

Find solutions

Build a child’s self esteem

Give children the message that they are valued

Help children know they are loved

Encourage family members to become the best they can be

About the Author: Christy Monson established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her books, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen and Becoming Free: A Woman’s Guide To Internal Strength are published by Familius.

Links to buy Family Talk
Buy on Amazon
Buy at Familius
Buy the book on Christy’s website

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I’m presenting a workshop a week from Thursday (July 17) on Teaching Yourself to Write.

(Thanks to my pal Marion Jensen for the workshop idea. It’s going to be fun.)

The event will be at the Pleasant Grove Library, 7pm. It’s free and the public is invited. Hope to see ya there!

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Yay! My new book, Glimmering Light–which came out way back in March–is finally available on Kindle. Here’s the link: Glimmering on Kindle

Also, I want to thank all those who have left me reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Deseret Book, etc. It helps so much, and I truly appreciate you taking the time. THANKS.

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As I mentioned, I’m posting an occasional tip on using Scrivener. Hope you find it useful.

To start a new project, click File>New. You should see a page entitled Project Templates. When you have time, look through these, and perhaps open a few dummy files with the different templates so you can see and compare. You can delete these dummy files afterward.

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All the templates are based on the Blank template, and have been somewhat customized. You can take it from where Literature and Latte left off and further customize your project to your liking.

For example, click on Fiction. Within this folder you’ll see Novel, Novel with Parts, and Short Story. Click on each one of these to read a brief description of the template.

One of the things the Fiction templates have already built in is a Character Sketch, tucked away in the Research folder. Also find a Setting Sketch. You can use these as is or customize just the way you like.

Other things, like the the Labels, have been preset for a typical novel setup. Consider these a starting place.

By clicking the Options button at the bottom of the list of templates, you can access the ability to import templates. Google “Scrivener templates” for examples of the kinds of templates others have set up and have posted online for sharing. I’ve enjoyed being able to import a super detailed template based on the Hero’s Journey. Then I was able to customize it for my own use…much faster than creating one from scratch. I also made myself a template based on the 15 beats described in Save the Cat.

The Getting Started button at the top left (with the arrow) contains links to tutorials and the massive User’s Manual.

Hope this helps you to take your first step with Scrivener! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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I had the chance to be part of a Mothers Day anthology that my publisher, Covenant Communications, put together. Here is a nice review for that book that recently appeared in the Deseret News.

Book review: ‘A Mother’s Prayer: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart’ is diverse, uplifting

By Elizabeth Reid
For the Deseret News


A MOTHER’S PRAYER: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart,” Covenant Communications, $9.99, 80 pages (nf)

Defining moments from the lives of 11 well-known Mormon authors make up “A Mother’s Prayer: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart.” Death, divorce, tragedy and infertility are just some of the topics covered in this well-written and inspirational booklet.

Jean Holbrook Mathews struggled with infertility. Then, upon finding herself the foster mother of twin boys, she struggled with piles of laundry. She shares an experience of her mother’s practical, yet memorable, gift of a washing machine.

Michele Ashman Bell had a difficult time dealing with losing her mother to Alzheimer’s. But a short moment of clarity helped heal her soul and taught her the importance of cherishing every moment with loved ones.

Sandra Grey couldn’t understand why any mother would hate Mother’s Day. But when she found herself a newly single mother she realized how easy it was for the holiday to be an overwhelming, instead of joyous, occasion. After following some advice from a friend, she managed to make the day a welcome one for herself and a stranger.

Jeri Gilchrist went from proud mother of a missionary to dealing with her son’s medical issues and eventual early homecoming from serving the Lord. Tears and prayer were needed to help her develop an eternal perspective as she learned God’s plans differed from her own.

Learning from these, and several other, very personal experiences can be motivating and inspiring for women no matter what their situation in life.

“A Mother’s Prayer” has clean language and uplifting stories. While some of the topics, such as divorce and death, are difficult ones, they are dealt with in tactful ways.

The authors, who also include Susan Easton Black, Josi S. Kilpack, Margot Hovley, Jodi Marie Robinson, Karen Tuft, Stephanie Dibb Sorensen and Toni Sorenson, are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are known for their LDS fiction and non-fiction writings.

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At the recent LDStorymakers conference, I presented three classes on Scrivener. Oh wow, I was NERVOUS.

But, I did not die or puke. This is how I measure success. YAY!

Because of the interest level, I’m going to start sharing a few bite-size Scrivener tips here on this blog from time to time.  Starting now.  (At least at first, these tips will be quite simple and entry-level.)


So here goes:

If you are one of the many who have wondered about this program…have heard writers talking about it…there is an easy way to give it a try. Scrivener offers one of the most generous trial periods I’ve ever seen. You can download a free month trial, no strings attached. But here’s the amazing thing–the trial is for a month of actual use. 30 days of actual use. This means if you use it twice a week, your trial will last for 15 weeks. SWEET.

By that time, you’ll know if you are in love or not.

At the end of your free trial, if you decide you don’t want to buy it, you can export your files out to a word processing file.  All nice and safe. If you do decide to buy it, your files created during the trial convert over to the paid version without a problem.

The program is available for both PC and Mac. It costs $40 for PC and $45 for Mac, unless you win NaNoWriMo…they offer 50% off as a winner goodie. That is seriously cheap for how powerful this program is.

Easy and risk free. Try it and see what all the fuss is about.

Disclaimer: I’m not being compensated by Scrivener’s makers for talking about it. I am merely a Scrivener groupie.

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My author pal Fay Klinger has a couple of new books out. Fay-Klingler-marketing-email


…she’s just as nice as she looks.

Let’s talk with her about her new releases and writing.

Why are you a writer? Was there something in your life that drove you to write?

As a young mother, I became a professional illustrator. I loved to draw “mother and babe” illustrations for magazines and greeting cards. There was a point when the pictures I visualized in my mind started taking shape in words as well as pictures. Slowly I became a writer more than an illustrator . . .

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

My favorite thing, hmmmm let me see . . . I’d have to say my two favorite things . . .

One, I love to help people. It means a great deal to me when I receive notes from my readers telling me that what I have written made a positive difference in their lives.

Two, I love those times when I am writing and undeniably see the hand of the Lord guiding my words. I guess that is really my true favorite thing about being a writer.

Do you primarily write non-fiction or fiction? Which did you start out with and why did you add the other?

I started out writing fiction. It was a small, but popular, Mother’s Day booklet (which I did not illustrate). Slowly I moved to non-fiction, and now I’m full circle. Recently I gained my rights back to that Mother’s Day booklet and to several illustrations I did years ago for greeting card companies. I’ve been able to put the two together and reproduce that Mother’s Day booklet to share with my readers this season. It will be given as a promotional item at my book launches on April 12 (The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah) and April 19 (Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona). And I will sell it on my website (


What affect does your writing have on your family?

I think in some respects it’s difficult for my family. Writing takes a great deal of thought and time, time that I might otherwise use to do things for them. Yet, on the other hand, I do my best to not forfeit opportunities to be with and do for individuals in my family. There have been some unusually fun experiences my family would not have had without my writing, like the time several of my grandchildren appeared on television with me because of a best-selling book I wrote—The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book. That was a really fun occasion.

I have an exceptionally patient husband who supports me in developing and sharing my skills and talents. I will always be grateful for his generous and loving ways.

What are you working on now, or what is your latest release?

Aside from my Mother’s Day booklet remake, I have two new books. I’m thrilled with the many positive reviews and I hope these books bring hope to many.

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Here’s a link to her book trailer for I am strong! I am smart!

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