Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thought for Today

"Don't measure your neighbor's honesty by your own." American Proverb

Indie Author Hub Writing & Publishing Conference

June 7, 2014
Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah

That's right, it's conference time! Not just any conference, but a conference targeted toward all aspects of indie publishing. This year, our self-published keynote speaker is NYT bestselling author of A Different Blue, Amy Harmon. We will also have 21 breakout classes in three tracks: writing, book creation, and marketing/business. We are so excited to have many experienced and successful self-published authors and other professionals who have agreed to share their time with us.

Saturday June 7th

Courtyard Marriott in Provo
1600 N Freedom Blvd (200 W.), Provo, Utah

 For schedule and registration: indieauthorhub

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Book By Marlene Bateman

Thought for Today
”I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”- Martha Washington

Suggested Reading
Book: A Death In the Family: An Erica Coleman Mystery
Author:  Marlene Bateman

About the Book
Meet Erica Coleman—a gifted and quirky private investigator with an OCD-like passion for neatness and symmetry, a penchant for cooking, (ten terrific recipes are included), and a weakness for chocolate.
In A Death in the Family, the second in the Erica Coleman series, private eye Erica Coleman and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche’s eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, suspects wrongdoing and asks Erica to investigate her company, things get sticky.
Before the investigation can even begin, Blanche’s unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers—and it is soon clear Grandma’s passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When another relative becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues.
Erica’s OCD either helps or hinders her—depending on who you talk to—but it’s those same obsessive and compulsive traits than enable Erica to see clues that others miss. When she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case.

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Also available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and everywhere LDS books are sold.

About Marlene
Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven
children. Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books,including: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them,Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, and Heroesof Faith. Her latest book is Gaze Into Heaven, a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences in early church history.

Marlene’s first novel was the best-selling Light on Fire Island. Her next novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in a mystery series that features the quirky private eye with OCD, Erica Coleman.

To learn more about Marlene and her books, visit her website.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thought for Today
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings

Suggested Reading

Book: The Phoenix Legion & The Dark Occults
Author: Zohaib A. Ahmed

About the Book
A group of six friends have been chosen to be part of world greatest University of all time. A University which was the birth place of re-known scholars and rulers of the world. There was one thing that was different about the university, and that was it being hidden by the world, only a chosen few can explore the place.
The group was excited to visit the place and were amazed by the beauty and royalty of the place. It was like a glimpse of heavens. The technology there was far advanced than they have seen. It was a place above and beyond imagination.
Everything that glitters is not gold. As they started to enjoy the luxurious life of the castle, the world greatest secret was revealed to them. What was that? It made their life dangerous; they had taken a mortal decision which made them the part of a holy prophecy.
You will witness the amazing life of the great Mystery Castle, the luxurious town of Marshburg. You will be revealed to the world darkest secret, a secret that will change your life, your decisions, your ideology.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thought for Today

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's Here!!! Book One of the Highland Trilogy

If Not For Love, the first book in my new Highland Trilogy is out! Help me celebrate by logging on to or and grabbing a copy.

I'm also celebrating by holding a fun giveaway!

The grand prize is a bag filled with some great swag and a paperback copy of If Not for Love!

Also up for grabs are 10 e-copies of If Not for Love.

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Giveaway goes from January 1-7. Winners will be selected by random drawing.

About the book
Escaping the immoral advances of her publisher, Adia Stone takes her career into her own hands and starts over. Scotland seems like the perfect place to get her creative juices flowing again, and being there also fuels her fascination with her family's Scottish history. The last thing she expects to find is love.
After watching Tavish MacLachlan walk by her apartment every day for two months, Adia officially meets him and the budding friendship quickly turns to love.
But there are forces at work around them that they are unaware of, and people willing to do whatever it takes to keep them apart. Will their love be able to survive the secrets that come to light?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Great Holiday Reads

Thought for Today
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”  - Marianne Williamson

Suggested Gift Ideas and Holiday Reads

Book: The Gift
Author: Richard Paul Evans

Nathan Hurst hated Christmas. For the rest of the world it was a day of joy and celebration; for Nathan it was simply a reminder of the event that destroyed his childhood until a snowstorm, a cancelled flight, and an unexpected meeting with a young mother and her very special son would show him that Christmas is indeed the season of miracles.

Book: Santa Maybe
Author: Aubrey Mace

Dear Santa,
I've been a good girl this year. (Well . . . pretty good.) I have a nice life and there's only one thing that I really want one thing that's missing. If you happen to have an extra one lying around your workshop, I would really like a husband. I promise to take good care of him.
Love, Abbie

With a successful bakery to run, super cute nieces and nephews to spoil, and plenty of good friends to keep her company, Abbie s not about to start crying over the fact that she s doesn't have a boyfriend to spend Christmas with. But when her sister convinces her to write a note to Santa, Abbie has no idea that a little Christmas magic is about to land her the man of her dreams. Or rather, that man is about to land smack dab on the floor in front of her Christmas tree with no memory of how he got there.

Now Abbie and Ben have to figure out where he came from, who he really is, and if he's actually available.

Book: Grace
Author: Richard Paul Evans

She was my first kiss. My first love. She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle. She was a runaway who taught me more about life than anyone has before or since. And when she was gone my innocence left with her.

As I begin to write, a part of me feels as if I am awakening something best left dead and buried, or at least buried. We can bury the past, but it never really dies. The experience of that winter has grown on my soul like ivy climbing the outside of a home, growing until it begins to tear and tug at the brick and mortar.

I pray I can still get the story right. My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age. Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older. This much I know: too many things were kept secret in those days. Things that never should have been hidden. And things that should have.

Movie: The Christmas Shoes

In this heartwarming holiday drama, a workaholic attorney (Rob Lowe) crosses paths with a young boy on Christmas Eve and rediscovers the true meaning of love, life, and the holiday season. Kimberly Williams costars.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A New Non-Fiction Anthology

Suggested Reading

Book: Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors
Author: Debra Brown

About the Book
A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early twentieth century England. Over fifty different authors share hundreds of real life stories and tantalizing tidbits discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.

From Queen Boadicea’s revolt to Tudor ladies-in-waiting, from Regency dining and dress to Victorian crime and technology, immerse yourself in the lore of Great Britain. Read the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England’s castles, customs, and kings.

Amazon Review:
Behind every good historical novel is a ream of in-depth research. The characters and the plot are important, but blatant errors of fact can ruin the enjoyment of a fictional adventure. Most modern Historical Fiction authors take great care to delve into the reality of the period they intend to write about, often down to the minutest detail. This book is a splendid source of interesting information gleaned to serve as a solid foundation to some very good novels. Castles, Customs and Kings is a compilation of easy to read essays written by a variety of enthusiastic authors - some indie, some mainstream - all of whom possess a keenness to unravel the facts from the fiction. From Roman Britain to the Twentieth Century, the articles are superbly laid out in chronological order - you can dip in and out as you please, or read from article to article; either way, when you eventually put the book down you'll have discovered something new while being thoroughly entertained. This is an "I didn't know that" book, guaranteed to inspire and intrigue; you'll find yourself absorbed in the fountain of knowledge penned by wordsmiths who have a passion for the past.

Helen Hollick - author of Historical Fiction, Historical Adventure and UK Indie Review Editor for the Historical Novel Society 

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