A few weeks ago, Zion BookWorks released my new novel for middle readers Get that Gold!, book one in the Adventures of the Restoration series. I’m very excited to make LDS families aware that this book is out and the series, underway. My books (both Get that Gold! and Island of the Stone Boy) are up on Goodreads and I’m running a give-away of Get that Gold! through December 11th, 2013. Continue reading
Category Archives: Reviews and Critiques
The Roots of the Olive Tree, by Courtney Miller Santo, introduces readers to five generations of remarkable, complex women, each with secrets and desires which cause them to alternately rub one other the wrong way, hold one another’s hand, and have one another’s back. The matriarch of the family, Anna, is a 112 year old supercentarian who oversees the family olive farm. Over the decades, her wisdom has sharpened rather than weathered, and she remains as spry in body as in mind. Continue reading
The best part of last week’s vacation to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma was the reading. While my husband and 10 year old spent the blistering days trout fishing, my daughter, home briefly from college, and I hung out in our very well air-conditioned cabin and read. I finished my every-so-often reread of Shirley Jackson‘s Haunting of Hill House and read all of Eugene Woodbury’s Angels Falling Softly, published by Zarahemla Books. Continue reading
This review of Mormon writer Kathryn Lynard Soper’s memoir, The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery, was originally published in the March 2010 issue of Sunstone under the title “Not Your Mother’s Book on Mothering.” The editor decided to run two of my reviews under one title and opted for one that, I felt, did not suit the review of this memoir as well as it did the other review. No complaints. Only an explanation. I revive my original title here because I prefer it. The book is available as a hardcover, paperback or Kindle edition on Amazon.com.
I INHALED KATHRYN LYNARD SOPER’S MEMOIR, The Year My Son and I Were Born. Continue reading
David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who has penned nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Along the way, he has also worked as the head judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, as a creative writing instructor, as a videogame designer, as a screenwriter, and as a movie producer. http://www.davidfarland.net/about/
I knew David Farland as Dave Wolverton back when we took writing classes together Continue reading
This review was originally written for and published on the AML-list (Association for Mormon Letters), dated July 14, 2001. Subsequent list discussion follows review.
In the Company of Angels by David Farland is a
moving story, told through the eyes of three historical characters: James Willie, the handcart company’s captain, Eliza Gadd, the agnostic wife of a faithful British convert and a mother with several children, and Baline Mortensen, a Danish child, sent ahead to America by parents who feared persecutors in Denmark might target her. The storyline is familiar: Continue reading