Inspirational thoughts that lift the spirit and inspire
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Order your copy of A Death In the Family from: Amazon.com Deseretbook.com Seagullbook.com 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. www.marlenebateman.info
Thought for Today
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings
Book: The Phoenix Legion & The Dark Occults Author: Zohaib A. Ahmed
About the Book
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.
If Not For Love, the first book in my new Highland Trilogy is out! Help me celebrate by logging on to Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com 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
Also up for grabs are 10
e-copies of If Not for Love.
Doing all four of these
gets your name entered four times, improving your chances of winning!
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? Be sure to grab your copy at Amazon.com
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
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.
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 Order at Amazon.com