Monday, March 16, 2009

Perfect Day

I want you to picture a realistic perfect day in your mind. I'm not saying picture yourself on a beach in Hawaii.

I want you to imagine your life and responsibilities that you have to fulfill and how it would need to go to go as smoothly and enjoyable as possible.

Would it be playing with your children more? Reading more? Maybe making a schedule to help you feel more in control and focused on the task you do need to do?

Maybe it would be not allowing yourself to be hurt by a neighbor's thoughtless comment? Maybe it would be to wake up a little earlier to take a breath before rushing off to school or where ever. Studying for a test before hand to ensure a better score?

Would it be not getting angry with your children? Having more patience? Spending more time with your husband? Making sure you get your scripture study in?

Each day this week I want you to picture how you would like the day to go either the night before or in the morning and try to make it happen.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Forgotten Warrior

I was excited to be asked to participate in a virtual book tour on the review end of the process. (My virtual tour links for A Future for Tomorrow are posted on the side bar if you are interested in checking them out.)

This is my review of the book The Forgotten Warrior by Kathi Oram Peterson:

About the Author:
Kathi Oram Peterson was born in the small, sleepy town of Rigby , Idaho .
Over her writing career she has won the “Heart of the West” and“Golden Pen” writing contests and placed as a finalist in St. Martin ’s Press’ “Malice Domestic Contest.” She has also served as President of theWasatch Mountain Fiction Writers. (for a complete bio. click here)

Write up:
Forgiveness has never been an attribute of sixteen-year-old Sydney Morgan's. Loyal and loving to her mother and sister, a crisis forces her to find her absent father, which in turn begins a chain of events leading her to the last place and time she would have ever expected.

The Forgotten Warrior follows Syd as she is transported back to Book of Mormon times by touching a mysterious clear stone.

Come follow Sydney as she desperately tries to find her way back home, fights to gain Helaman's respect, and despite herself, falls in love with Tarik.

From the beginning of the novel I was immediately attached to the characters that this new author created. She has a way of adding her humor into her writing making her characters charming and entertaining. The story line is unique and cleaver. I enjoyed visiting the 2000 Stripling Warriors through her eyes.

Kathi depicted clear images of the surroundings and life of the Book of Mormon times. I was then able to take those pictures with me when I read from the scriptures. It helped bring my own scripture study alive.
It is definitely a book I will encourage my children to read when they become older. I can see it opening their interest in Book of Mormon stories and hopefully intrigue them to learn more about the heroes of the Book of Mormon.
It is a book the whole family can enjoy, especially young adults.
Young women will be able to relate to the spunky main character and will love the light romance. Young men will enjoy the fighting scenes and feeling a part of the Stripling Warriors.

If you don't like being left hanging at the end of a book I would suggest to hold on to The Forgotten Warrior for its sequel and read them back to back. Kathi says the sequel gives you all the answers and ties up loose ends.

Here are the sites you can visit to purchase this delightful novel: Deseret Book

I would like to also add about the Latter-day Stripling Warrior Contest Kathi is hosting.
Check out this information to see if you know a young man or woman deserving of this reward:

Nominate a youth between 8 to 18 (male or female), who has performed a kind deed and who you believe is a Latter-day Stripling Warrior. Each person nominated will receive a Latter-day Stripling Warrior certificate signed by the author and three heroes of The Forgotten Warrior: Sydney Morgan, Tarik, and Ximon. Please go to for more details and the entry form.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

LDS Neighborhood

I received an e-mail recently from a young lady named Nichole Giles. She had reviewed my book a while back. Part of her review is on the side of this blog under What Readers Are Saying.

She e-mailed me letting me know that the review she did was picked up by LDS Neighborhood and I would like to share it with you. This is the link she provided me.

Thank you Nichole for helping me share my story, I hope it touches lives.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Campaign for Real Beauty

Most of you have probably seen the ads for this dove campaign but I LOVE what they are doing. Go to their site and check it out:
They have discussion boards you and your daughter can go on to talk about self-esteem issues, they have workshops you can receive information from them so you can hold one in your neighborhood (totally free!) , videos, quizzes, great information, and a lot more!

For my weekly assignment this week, I'm asking you to go check it out and see if there is something there you can do. Maybe leave a comment on the boards, reply to another lady's comment, sign up to have workshop information sent to you, even decide to use the material to present a workshop in your ward or neighborhood, or use the info. to talk to your daughter about self-esteem. There is even a fund set up if you want to support their efforts that way. I'm very impressed with their campaign and hope you get involved with it as well.
Here is there site again:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Good Reads

I recently found out that I had some reviews on Feel free to see the reviews or leave one of your own.

Thanks for your support.