Guest Post - Review of The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

I love Cindy and have enjoyed her books so much, so when this came out, I wanted to read it and review it. Unfortunately, I'm not going to have a chance to read it until probably late summer because of my writing deadlines, so I asked Savannah if she'd read it first and share her thoughts. She agreed.

The End of Feeling was a great book. I stayed up way too late finishing it.(I can attest to this. I asked her to turn off the light several times and she kept promising she'd just read a little more.) It was a great story about teenagers becoming mature learning about themselves. I liked how the characters became confident and overcame their challenges. I really liked the romance between Benjamin and Charlie and how they helped each other become better people. I'd totally recommend this book.

I'm looking forward to having time to read this myself. Great job, Cindy.

It's My Turn! Lost and Found by Me

I feel like I should brush my hair out and belt out, "It's My Turn . . ."

I must admit, I'm a little nervous. I have this fear of being the weak link. Kinda like I was on my youth church basketball game or when we played volleyball in P.E. I'd pray the ball wouldn't come to me so I wouldn't make a fatal blunder. I've read all the books in our series and I really liked them all. I'm just crossing my fingers you all like my little offering.

Anyway, I really liked Lydia and Blake. And I really liked Gladys and Elliott.

Lost and Found is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & KOBO.

Some Thoughts on Easter

Is this not one of the most beautiful paintings of the Savior you've ever seen. I remember seeing this for the first time. It quite literally took my breath away.

This year I've found my mind drawn again and again to my Savior and all he did for me. I've had occasions this year to read some things and hear some messages that have really touched me. This conference, Lawrence Corbridge shared a message that reminded me of the one he'd given 5 1/2 years ago. It is a beautiful talk and in honor of this beautiful Easter day, I'd invite you to take a dozen minutes and listen to it. It's well worth the time. I hope you find it as lovely and inspiring as I have.

I've been reading a book that seems particularly appropriate at this time of year. The 7-Day Christian, by Brad Wilcox is a small, easy book to read, but boy has it packed a punch for me. Let me tell you why.

I know Jesus Christ is real and that His message and life and atoning sacrifice are critical for me. I love Him. I think of what He endured because of His love for me and I want to do better. This book had practical stories that reminded me how I need to be if I'm going to show my Savior I love Him and show the world that I'm one of His followers.

There's a chapter in the book that talks about the creation and how Heavenly Father uses the same pattern to re-create us into His followers. It's profound and inspiring.

"We need more faithful disciples , who are willing to let Christ transform their thoughts, feelings, actions and motives. We need more believing and behaving disciples--faithful men and women who are ready to stand up and stand together to change the world as the early Christians did--one renewed friendship, one warm embrace, one sincere compliment, one compassionate act, one righteous choice at a time."

I want to be one of those faithful disciples.

Happy Easter.

Cover Reveal for My New Book - The Husband Maker Coming in July!

In March, I spent a chilly, windy Saturday morning with a talented photographer, two cute girls and seven handsome guys as we shot the covers for my Husband Maker Series. (One of the girls and the other guy will show up on a later cover). I'm thrilled with what we came up with. And so now I present, the cover for The Husband Maker.
The Husband Maker by Karey White

Thank you to the amazing people who helped with the cover. Now here's a little about the book.

Coming July 15, 2014:

The Husband Maker Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she's dated since high school has gone on to marry the next girl he dates. Not two or three girls down the road. The very next one. 

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

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He's Getting So Old!

Joe turned fourteen this week. This means a lot of things. It means my youngest is going to be gone before I know it. It means I'm getting older. It means I don't have any little kids anymore. It means his voice has changed and he sounds like a man, both when he talks and when he sings. It means he got taller than me this year. It's still not by much, but he's got the edge (unless I brush my hair out). It means I'm a little melancholy, missing my little buddy. But mostly, it means I'm reflecting on a pretty amazing boy and the man he's becoming.

Joe is a good kid. Even when he's been faced with cruelty and mistreatment by others, he's handled it with quiet dignity and hasn't retaliated or cowered. He's kind to people and tries to make sure no one is left out. Recently, when a boy in his deacon's quorum had an unfortunate mishap in front of the entire congregation, Joe's first thought was to be sure the boy was okay and didn't feel embarrassed or alone.

Joe is funny. He's witty and clever and regularly makes us laugh. He's got a great laugh and uses it often. He has a great sense of humor. We went to Cheesecake Factory for his birthday and he set new rules for us--we all had to order something we'd never had before. It was fun and it was typical Joe.

Joe has courage and character. He does the right thing even when it's hard and isn't afraid to ask for counsel or help. He doesn't get defensive, but listens and works hard.

He's talented, smart, good-looking and so many more things parents hope for.

Sorry I'm bragging, but once a year, when we celebrate that he was born and that we were blessed enough to have him come to our family, I think it's okay.

I love you, Joe, and I'm thankful every day for you.

Halfway There - Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Righting a Wrong, the third book in the Ripple Effect Romance Series, is out, which means half the books are now available. 

If you read Silver Linings, you might have left feeling bad for Jace. Luckily, he was in the capable hands of Rachael Anderson and I don't think you'll be disappointed with how his story turns out.

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambri has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past. 

If only life worked that way. 

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs. 

If only it were that easy. 


I always enjoy Rachael's books and this was no exception. She creates such well-rounded characters and I was cheering for Cambri and Jace. The dialogue is quick and sharp and entertaining. One of the book's strengths is that the supporting cast were interesting and likable, as well, and I enjoyed watching Cambri's relationship with her father evolve.

Another great part of this book (in my humble opinion) is that you're going to be introduced to Lydia, Jace's sister and the main character in my book, Lost and Found

I have to say, this was such a fun project to work on and I'm really proud of it. In my first book, Gifted, one of the central themes was that our lives matter and they effect the lives of those around us--sometimes in small ways, sometimes in more significant ways. That's also the central theme in this series and the authors I was fortunate enough to work with, put together some really lovely stories.

The rest of the books will release as follows:
Book 4 - Lost and Found by Karey White - April 21 (YAY)
Book 5 - Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver - May 5
Book 6 - Immersed by Jennifer Griffith - May 19

Remember, while each story could be a stand alone, we do recommend reading them in order so you aren't spoiled, since they are linked.

Missed what this unique series is all about?
"Like a pebble tossed into calm water,
a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet,
perhaps setting a life on a different course—
one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Music & Food - What More Could You Want? - Two of My Favorite Things Lately

What better way to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior than with beautiful, spiritual, soaring music? The music on this CD is gorgeous. I can imagine the angels of heaven celebrating the miracle of His resurrection. This CD is a treasure.

Warning: This CD might cause your heartrate to increase and tears to spring to your eyes.

I'm sending this to Veronica in Seattle. She's going to love it.

I love cookbooks. I have a real weakness for them. With the internet (and especially Pinterest), cookbooks might seem like a relic from the past.

I guess I like relics. I'm a weirdo, but when I'm watching what I eat (the D word), I like to look at cookbooks. When I'm fasting, I like to look at cookbooks. Would that be the same as lusting in my heart? Does that mean I'm sinning? Hmm. Never thought of that before.

Anyway, when I had the chance to receive a copy of A Year With Six Sisters' Stuff, I jumped. And I'm glad I did. First of all, the book is beautiful. Love the colors, the layout, the nice paper. The pictures inside are gorgeous. And by the way, this reminds me of a thought I have whenever I see a cookbook without pictures. Why? Why bother? It's the pictures that make you want to cook, right? Or is that just me? 

There are 52 menus - each with a main dish, a side, and a dessert. (Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin, Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans & 5-Minute Creamy Key Lime Pie, for example) There are pictures of everything and I plan to make everything at least once over the next year.

Along with the recipes, there's a home storage acquisition guide that's actually do-able, simple craft and organization ideas, and more.

This is a cookbook worth investing in.

Review - Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist

A breathtaking literary debut, Love Letters of the Angels of Death begins as a young couple discover the remains of his mother in her mobile home. The rest of the family fall back, leaving them to reckon with the messy, unexpected death. By the time the burial is over, they understand this will always be their role: to liaise with death on behalf of people they love. They are living angels of death. All the major events in their lives - births, medical emergencies, a move to a northern boomtown, the theft of a veteran's headstone - are viewed from this ambivalent angle. In this shadowy place, their lives unfold: fleeting moments, ordinary occasions, yet on the brink of otherworldliness. In spare, heart-stopping prose, the transient joys, fears, hopes and heartbreaks of love, marriage, and parenthood are revealed through the lens of the eternal, unfolding within the course of natural life. This is a novel for everyone who has ever been happily married -- and for everyone who would like to be.

My Review:



I'm not sure how to wrap my words around this review, except to say that Jennifer Quist has written a literary book that should be the text for  classes. In fact, if I were to teach a high school or college literary class, I would use this for a unit. The writing should be studied and analyzed and appreciated.

It is achingly beautiful and haunting. It is sad. I cried when I finished it and I'm crying now as I write the review. 

There were times as I read it that I wanted to cry because of Quist's use of words and how she conveyed mood and feeling and connection.

This is the kind of book that stays with you and squeezes your heart and molds a lump in your throat. It's a beautiful and unconventional love story. So much in romance, it's about the meeting and the build-up to marriage. This is different. It starts in the marriage and shares snatches of the romance and everything that came after--everyday experiences that bind people together.

I loved it.

Review - The Light We Share by Harriet R. Uchtdorf

That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; abd that light growth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. Doctrine and Covenants 50:24 As I have watched and observed many wonderful sisters around the world, living in very different but often very challenging circumstances, writes Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, I have marveled at the magnificent women in this Church who radiate such peace and joyful confidence. wmen have an instinctive ability to influence and lift others as they radiate the light of the gospel. In this charming, small-size book, Sister Uchtdorf reflects on the power of heavenly light in her own life and recalls the joy it brought to her family during a dark and difficult time. It was like a miracle, she explains as she describes how hope came back into their lives. Discover how the light we share can make a life-changing difference to those whose lives we touch--as women, family members, leaders, teachers, friends, and sisters in the gospel.

My Review:

If you're looking for a lovely little book to give as an Easter gift or for Mother's Day, this would be a great choice. Profound in it's simplicity, this book touched me with its personal stories and sweet testimony of light and love. It made me think about what I can do to give light to those around me. The pictures are beautiful. It's a wonderful, little book.