I'm Alive! and Some News

The last week or so has been REALLY busy. I had a deadline that pretty much removed me from the land of the living for several days. 

I'm not complaining. The fact that I have deadlines means I'm really an author and the fact that I've never been late on one means that I'm not annoying my publisher too much.

I have a lot of good news that I want to share about For What It's Worth and now I can take a minute to give an update.

This morning I sent the final proof back to the publisher. Woo hoo! I love the layout and the look of the inside of the book. They did some little extras that are perfect. I can't wait for you to see it. That means it's out of my hands until it's completely finished and ready for the book launch party (which hopefully you're all coming to. I've received the invitations back from the printer and am ready to start sending them out. You're all invited and I'd love to send you an invitation. Just email me your address and I'll be sure you get one. kareylwhite@gmail.com)

Another exciting development is that I'm now working with the amazing Kathy at I'm A Reader Not A Writer. She is hosting a book blast and blog tour for me when the book comes out. It's almost like having my own publicist for a little while. I'm so excited about what she's putting together.

And finally, I received four fantastic endorsements for For What It's Worth and today I got permission to share them with you. (These will be inside the front cover of the book.) Thanks to Teri, Rachael, Amanda and Regina who read ARCs and shared their thoughts. It makes it all so real and it feels SO much closer. So here you go:

Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is
always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth
is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down
and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love.
As an added bonus, each chapter starts with a recipe, so it’s a
novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and
author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated
finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm
as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me,
made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a
character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may
try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dicks on, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes.
If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For
What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business
of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this
story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and
honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a
little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings,
2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Oh, Jane Austen!

As a child, Jane Austen became ill with typhus and nearly died. Thank goodness she didn't or what would the world have done?

What would life be like without Pride and Prejudice or Emma or Persuasion?
What would we do without Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley or Mr. Knightley or Edmund Bertrum? 

Has any author inspired the imaginations of so many authors? Bookstores are loaded with spin-offs, copycats or tributes.

And now I'm one of them. I'm smack in the middle of writing a novel that would never have been imagined were it not for Jane Austen. So thank you to Jane and thank you to the movie maker who had Matthew Macfadyen walk across the meadow. 

It's so much fun to write when you're forced to watch clips from the movie over and over all in the name of research!

A Great Analogy

This is not a Stargazing Club Jacket. It's just a pretty one from Anthropologie.

Yesterday, we attended a really good Regional Conference. Elder Oaks and his wife both spoke. There were many single church members in attendance and Elder Oaks shared an excellent and funny analogy illustrating what it can be like for single members of the church. I thought I'd share it with you.

Imagine that your favorite hobby is stargazing and you’ve just joined a stargazing club. You come to your first club activity eager to participate. It’s a cold night, but you’re not concerned: most of the club members are wearing club jackets, and you’ve been told you should be able to get one as well. But there is no jacket for you. You ask about it, and you are told to keep looking and that if you do your best, you will find a jacket when the time is right.

Meanwhile, you are getting pretty cold and a little worried. And you notice that most of the other club members are talking about how nice and warm their jackets are. In fact, throughout the evening the topic surfaces continually in various forms: how to wash and dry your jacket, how to add extra pockets, how to mend it, and so forth. Some of the club members notice you don’t have a jacket. “You really need a jacket for these activities,” they tell you. “Why don’t you have one yet?”

I'm certainly glad I have my club jacket, but it really made me feel for those I know who are waiting for theirs. Wish I could hand out a good one for everyone still waiting for theirs.

Some Good Stuff

About twelve years ago, I was up late one night feeding a baby and saw an infomercial for Bare Minerals. It sounded great and so I decided to give it a try. I was an immediate convert. I couldn't imagine it could get any better. When I first started using it, I had to order it. Now it's available lots of places. I was at the mall the other day and discovered that Bare Minerals has upped their game. They now have their foundation and mineral veils available in a pressed powder that squeezes more product into a pressed powder and eliminates any mess or waste.
Almost a year ago, we bought a Dyson vacuum on Woot.com. I wanted a vacuum that picks up pet hair because as good a dog as Pepper is (she's our Great Dane), she sheds and I can't stand dog hair. The Dyson is amazing and even though it's lightweight, I wish I could afford one on the main floor, upstairs and in the basement. But alas, that would just be greedy.
Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Moisturizer. It's light. It isn't greasy. It makes my skin feel great. I love it.
I love See's candies and one of my favorites is marzipan. But when I can't get to See's, this is a nice little substitue.
I'm not a jewelry wearer. I don't even wear a watch. But I was given one of these and I wear it regularly. Why? Because it's pretty and it's sentimental. It has my kids' initials on the little leaves and a pearl for each of them in their birthstone color. I'll wear these peas any time. If you want one, you can find them here.
I want Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Why? Because I don't believe in abortion, I want something done about our national debt and President Obama and I don't want the same things for America. Besides that, I don't like it when there's obvious bias and I see Romney contending not just with Obama, but with most of the media and it annoys me. Go Romney!

Reading Clean Giveaway Hop - Signed Copy of Sean Griswold's Head

I am SOOOO excited about this giveaway. Thank you to Lindsey Leavitt, who has provided me with a signed copy of one of my favorite teen reads, Sean Griswold's Head. This is the beautiful, just-released paperback with the new cover.

I did a lot of reading during the first three months of this year. I wanted to be able to vote for the Whitney Awards and in order to do so, I had to have read all 35 nominees. There were a few books that stood out and Sean Griswold's Head was definitely one of those. This is a clever, interesting, heartfelt story that is every bit as entertaining as the title.

Payton Gritas likes everything just so-she even color-codes the pages of her school planner. But her perfectly organized life falls apart when she learns that her father has MS-and that her parents have been keeping it a secret. Payton refuses to speak to her parents about the illness and lands herself in the school guidance office where she's encouraged to choose a personal focus exercise to help her deal with her feelings. It's a completely ridiculous exercise, but Payton decides to try it. For her focus object, she chooses Sean Griswold's head. Sean and Payton have been linked since kindergarten (Gritas/Griswold-it's an alphabetical order thing) but she's never really known him. The more Payton focuses on his head, the more Payton becomes intrigued with Sean Griswold. Sean is training for a bike race, shares Payton's Seinfeld obsession, and seems to have a secret or two of his own. As their relationship develops, Payton realizes that it actually helps to focus on something else for awhile-especially something like Sean Griswold. But focusing on Sean won't fix her battered relationship with her father. For that, Payton has to focus on herself.

This is a great book for teens and their moms. My girls and I loved it. 

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On Being Parents

Imagine for a moment that your daughter was sitting on the railroad tracks and you heard the train whistle blowing. Would you warn her to get off the tracks? Or would you hesitate, worried that she might think you were being overprotective? If she ignored your warning, would you quickly move her to a safe place? Of course you would! Your love for your daughter would override all other considerations. You would value her life more than her temporary goodwill.
Challenges and temptations are coming at our teenagers with the speed and power of a freight train. As we are reminded in the family proclamation, parents are responsible for the protection of their children. That means spiritually as well as physically. --Larry R. Lawrence

My daughters and I were able to attend a fireside recently. The speaker was Ardeth Kapp. She shared the following experience: 

”I remember one evening years ago, while attending a Sunday school party, I looked at the clock, and it was past the time I was told to be home. Just then a knock came on the door. I was horrified—my dad had come after me. I felt humiliated in front of my friends. I thought I wanted to die. I was not pleasant with my dad; disobedience never makes one pleasant.
“A few years later, my friends and I were driving home from a dance across an Indian reservation, ten miles from any shelter. It was 40 degrees below zero, and the wind chill continued to lower the temperature. A few miles farther into the blizzard, we discovered that there was no heat in the car.
Then the car froze up and would not run. We came to a slow stop. Wewatched the snow swirling in front of us only until the windows quickly froze over. We were quiet and sober as we contemplated our fate—our lives were in danger. The silence was broken as a friend in the backseat asked, ‘How long do you think it will be before your dad will get here?’
“Why do you think they thought my dad would come? One time I had thought I wanted to die because he had come after me. This time we lived because my dad came through the blizzard to save my life and the lives of my friends. This time I was pleasant with my dad—pleasant and very grateful”

It's a blessing to be friends to our children. But even more important, is the ability to know when our children need a parent more than they need a friend.