Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Get lots of free gifts when you buy Merrill Osmond's new book today

Book bomb today! Purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY  from for only $3.99 and you’ll get an amazing selection of over 10 free gifts from Merrill Osmond and others!

Celebrate the release of FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann with a special price today and get a free video of the NEW original song by acclaimed singer/songwriter, Merrill Osmond!

I have a special offer for you—it’s only good for today—Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY  from Then email with your order confirmation/receipt. Once Rachelle receives your order details, she will email you an amazing selection of over 10 free gifts from Merrill Osmond, Shirley Bahlmann, and several others!

 Here’s what’s in store when you purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY  today only:
(All items will be emailed to you from Rachelle after she receives your order confirmation.) You can purchase the Kindle Edition HERE for $3.99 today! Paperback also available for $15.99.
Over 10 free gifts to enjoy!

To celebrate the launch of his new novel, Merrill Osmond, singer/songwriter, producer, and author is offering a free video of his new song titled after the novel, Faith, Hope, and Gravity.

 Shirley Bahlmann, co-author of Faith, Hope, and Gravity, is offering
EBOOK-DETOURS-WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A CURVE JUST FOLLOW THE ROAD begins with 5 friends facing a journey to an incredibly lovely estate glimpsed in the distance. Their kindly host tells them to follow the signs as they travel. But did he really mean for them to obey the "Detour" sign that takes them off the paved road onto a rough track? Or is it a clever prank? Find out where they end up, then ask yourself: Where are your choices leading you?

EBOOK by Shirley Bahlmann - ANEDRA AND THE FISH PRINCE proves that a beautiful yet selfish young lady really does have a heart when she volunteers to help her mother. But all the good seems to go down the drain when she disobeys her father and eats a bite of forbidden fish. Her disobedience sends her on a remarkable journey. She swims under the sea, flies into the air, and finds herself smack in the middle of an angry giantess's castle with only a grumpy dog as her companion.
Shirley Bahlmann has had over 20 books published in 10 years, with several more manuscripts eagerly awaiting publication. Go ahead and visit her blog at:

THE PRIZEWINNING SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL BREAD RECIPE. This grand prize winning recipe won Rebecca McGarry a brand-spanking new Bosch mixer, still in the box, against the entries of 39 other hopeful bread makers. As the mother of 10 children, Rebecca makes good use of her mixer. Go ahead and make yourself a batch of warm award-winning bread, and feel right at home.

Connie Sokol, author, speaker and life coach is offering a free podcast: Life Vision
Create a Life Vision!
Get back to center with this 30-minute CoachCast to help you find your focus, set successful and enjoyable goals, embrace the unexpected, feel the power of simple rewards, and create your own Life Board. Learn why a Life Vision is key to becoming your ideal self-start today!
Visit for video segments, blog posts, products, and more.

Heather Johnson from Family, shares with you 5 powerful tips for keeping your marriage strong. Including the "anatomy of a successful date night" and tips for better daily communication. Free download of PDF file.

Free Children’s song from the American Tall Tales Collection of Story Time Felts & More written and performed by Rachelle Christensen & Craig Hancock. The Johnny Appleseed song tells the story of the beloved folk tale hero who walked the frontier planting apple trees for the future.
Story Time Felts & More is the leader in interactive felt products creating imaginative play for children for over 25 years.

EBOOK by Tristi Pinkston - Secret Sisters is an LDS cozy mystery novel about an elderly Relief Society presidency who turns to espionage to get their visiting teaching done, and accidentally bring down a drug ring.
Tristi Pinkston is the author of fifteen books and works full-time as a freelance editor. She is a popular presenter at writers conferences all over the Intermountain West. You can learn more about her at

Free song from Craig Hancock, acclaimed pianist and producer, owner of Sage Mountain Studios. From Sounds of the Seasons, you’ll receive the original song, “Snowflakes.”

Shear Luck free ebook by Heather Justesena romance novella-- When salon manager Chelsea Robison walks into the restaurant next door, she's surprised to run into her teenage crush Vaughn Krenshaw. Though he is still mourning his wife's death, he can't help but take a chance and ask her out. As things start getting serious, family pressure about dating again, and rumors from his past surface, making the chance for happily ever after look farther than ever.

The PDF of “Solving the Mystery of Writing—5 Steps to Successful Writing” from award-winning author, Rachelle J. Christensen.

Why a book bomb? A book bomb is when a large group of people purchase a certain book on a specific day on Amazon. This pushes the book's popularity up the Amazon ranks, which in turn gives the book more visibility to Amazon shoppers. That’s the goal today for FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY. 

So feel free to pass this on to your friends and shout it out on FB, Twitter, etc. We’d like as many people as possible to benefit from these bonus gifts.

 Remember this offer is only good for purchases made on Wednesday, August 29, 2012! You must Email with your order confirmation/receipt when you purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY from

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Book review: Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

Tristi Pinkston is one of the most versatile writers I know. She writes historicals, cozy mysteries, narrative non-fiction, cook books and now a light-hearted romance.

Here's the blurb:

With his pride and her prejudice, what could possibly go wrong?

When the arrogant Blake Hansen steals Addie Preston's promotion at the library, he pretty much rubs her nose in it. But Addie, who dreams of being a full-fledged librarian, decides to stick it out. She loves surrounding herself with books and keeping her father's memory alive in the building where they spent so much time together.

Soon, Addie learns that her beloved library will be torn down to make room for a larger facility, and she has to make a choice. Fight, or let go?

To complicate things, she finds herself attracted to Blake, who is engaged to someone else. Will Blake and Addie ever resolve their differences?

 Addie is a quirky character who's easy to relate to with believable conflicts and problems. The plot is engrossing with nice twists and turns and characters you want to root for. If you're looking for a light read for teens or anyone who is young at heart, I totally recommend this book!

You can buy Turning Pages in local bookstores, or online on Amazon. Learn more about the author at

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Multi-author signing tonight and updates

First, tonight I'll be signing with a dozen other authors at the Pleasant Grove Library. There will be a silent auction for the library, and some of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to the library. There will be plenty of cookies and great books to add to your shelves, so come join us at the library. Other author signing with me include:

Julie Ford
Tristi Pinkston (she's launching her new book tonight!)
Rachelle Christensen
Angie Lofthouse
Loralee Evans
Andrea Pearson
Nichole Giles
Julie Bellon
Monique Bucheger
Heather Moore
and myself

The fun starts at 7 pm and goes to 9 at 30 E Center St in Pleasant

As for the update, my husband and I have a business in our hometown and last year we bought a building on Main Street with a long-time renter upstairs and moved our business into the basement. The end of April the renter closed down their pizza place forever. We took a long, hard look at the space and came to the conclusion that the floor had to go. I have it on good authority (Mike the garbage man, who used to clean the carpets) that the carpeting upstairs hasn't been changed since before the pizza place moved in there twenty years ago, and that it had been around for quite a while before that. The linoleum below that is easily twenty years older, yet, so it was was past time for the flooring to be replace.

So, we ripped it all out and I've spent the past two months installing tile, which means I've gotten almost nothing else done (or at least it feels that way!). But I finished grouting Phase 1 last night and I look forward to taking the next week or so off to work on the plans for the LDStorymakers writer's conference next May, and working on my books.

I've been jonesing for writing time for several weeks now, just managing to meet my deadlines, but not to work on bigger chunks, especially since I have a number of projects underway. To satisfy those who are always asking if I'm working on anything new: Here's a rundown of my current projects:

Homecoming: Second Chances has been posting as a serial for the past six months on and was completed last week. You can read or listen for free on their website but it will be coming out in a Kindle book at some point in the next few months.

Danica's story (as yet untitled) has been through a first round of critiques and I need to edit it and send it out for critiques.

Shelly's story (needs a new title) part of the Ball's in Her Court series, needs some rewrites and a line edit and then it'll be ready for publication.

My DiCarlo Sisters series, all as yet untitled:

Camellia has been through two rounds of critiques and just needs final edits and line edits.

Sage has been through a first round of critiques and needs editing and then another round of edits

Lantana is nearly finished and is in bi-monthly ciritques now. It should be finished in October and ready for edits.

Rosemary and Delphinium's stories are both partly written and nagging at me to add some scenes.

My culinary mystery series

Brownies and Betrayal is getting a final line edits as we speak and will hopefully be available for purchase in October. I have a bunch of awesome ladies who live all over the west in my test group checking all of my recipes now.

The second, untitled book is through the first round of critiques and needs an edit before I send it out for a second round. It could be out by Christmas if I buckle down and get the edits done.

I was hoping to release at least one of these stories this month, but Phase 2 of my flooring project will have to start in a couple of weeks, and conference decisions need to be kicked into high-gear (we've already got some great guests lined up!) so I'll just cram in what I can do for now and hope it satisfies my writing drive for a while so I can finish the renovations.

And now I'm off to get my things together for the book signing tonight!