Today I’m spotlighting Margot Hovley and her series “The End Begins”, an LDS Young Adult dystopian series that has made me think about a lot of things.

The first book (click on the image for the Amazon link):

Sudden Darkness“Brothers and sisters, may I have your attention,” President Green said into the megaphone. I held my breath. What would he say next? At that moment, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d said the moon was scheduled to turn to blood next Tuesday night. “As you know, alarming events are unfolding. People are scared and confused. Life as we have known it will never be the same, it seems.”
The news has been filled with stories of tragedy and turmoil. But world events like the recent bombings in London seem far removed from eighteen-year-old Amélie Hatch’s quiet life in Zillah, Washington. She’s content with the predictable pattern of her life—school, friends, work. But when Amélie’s father leaves on a mysterious Church assignment, concerns escalate as the family is left with few answers.
Then, in the span of moments, Amélie’s world erupts in chaos. Terrorists have attacked the US power grid. There is no electricity. Vehicles have ceased working. The nuclear facility at nearby Hanford is compromised, and radiation may be flooding the area. Without the guidance of their father, Amélie’s family faces a monumental task at the request of the leaders of the Church: members of their stake have been asked to walk to Utah, where they will find safety in Zion.
Fleeing her home and the life she knows, Amélie sets off on the arduous journey toward the refuge of Utah. There is danger around every corner as the group faces gunfire, kidnapping, and new terrorist threats. And as she finds herself drawn to two very different young men, Amélie recognizes a more personal peril—she’s in danger of losing her heart.

And the second one (click on the image for the Amazon link):

Glimmering Light_COVERIn a world torn apart by an unprecedented terrorist attack, Amélie Hatch’s life has been thrown into chaos. Safety is fleeting, and there is no rest for a group of Saints fighting to survive . . . Despite the looming threat of terrorism, Amélie’s safe arrival in Salt Lake City should have been the triumphant conclusion to her harrowing journey. With the promise of a future with her true love, Zack, she finds a glimmer of light amidst the bleak unrest of the nation. But Amélie and Zack quickly realize that their journey is far from finished. With the nation’s power grid still compromised and enemy forces drawing closer, Utah is no longer a safe haven—it’s time to move on. And this time, they find themselves forced apart as they embark on separate missions that will test their endurance and threaten all they hold dear. Amélie can only wonder: does Missouri truly hold the key to their deliverance, or will they be forced to run forever?

My review:

I‘ve been anxiously awaiting the sequel to Sudden Darkness, and I finally had the chance to read it.
I would classify this as a YA LDS dystopian with romantic elements. I don’t usually read a lot of YA novels and definitely not dystopians, but I love this series. Zack and Amélie are such strong characters. They don’t think they’re worthy of their callings but the way they push themselves for better and help others around them makes me wonder if I’d be able to have that kind of faith and strength in a similar situation.

Like with “Sudden Darkness”, “Glimmering Light” is thought provoking and sobering. At numerous times throughout the story I thought: “What if this really happened?” Its premise brushes close to the possibility of a reality that is not very hard to imagine. It paints a grim picture of an alternate society but at the same time there is with an elemental hope that not all is lost. The parallels to Book of Mormon and pioneer stories brought an emotional response from me that took me by surprise at times.

The ending was sweet and positive despite the hard times the characters face, and I would definitely love to see a conclusion to Zack and Amélie’s story, one that brings everything together and them settled in their new world.

I recommend reading “Sudden Darkness” before reading “Glimmering Light”. It’s a quick series, easy to read, and appropriate for teens.

And now for the best part: Margot is having a giveaway on her blog! She’s giving away her two books in your choice of ebook or paperback. So follow this link and go find out how you can win this terrific series.

 

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

This week I received a book in the mail. It’s Scott Jarvie’s “American Temples” photography book. I’ve been following his journey in the past year and I had preordered the book. I was really excited to get it and it surpassed my expectations (click on the image and follow the link to his site to see how amazing this book is).

 

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Every time I see an indie artist succeed at his/her dream, I feel a sense of pride because I know how hard it is to keep at your dream, and the years it takes of working behind the scenes before you finally have something to show the world.

I’ve always wanted to write, but for some time I did other things (first, scrapbooking/stamping/paper crafts, and for a while I had a photography business). I wrote a lot of poetry when I was in high school and university, but I finally started writing fiction a little over two years ago, and I will not go back on it, even as hard as it is. The more I learn about writing, the more I feel like I have so long to go. It’s a dream that needs constant feeding and nurturing, otherwise it won’t work.

This made me think about indie artists, not only the writers and photographers, but the painters, musicians, designers, knitters, paper crafters, etc. While all artists are amazing dreamers with a load of courage, indies have an extra dose of going at it and believing in their dream. And that is why I love supporting indie artists—not only because I am one, but because all artists need the encouragement of knowing they are not alone.

Yes!My challenge to you this month is to support an indie artist, even if it’s just a heartfelt review or an encouraging email. Make an indie artist happy.

 Insecure Writer #144

 

  • Michelle WallaceDecember 3, 2014 - 9:11 AM

    What a wonderful post, and such a great way to pay it forward.

    The indie route requires a unique and special courage that too often goes unacknowledged.
    I’ve noticed that indie writers possess a special beauty, if they can help another writer, they do so without hesitation.
    Make an indie artist happy – I agree!
    Happy IWSG day!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:27 PM

      I’ve noticed that too, Michelle. Such a great community!ReplyCancel

  • Lori L MacLaughlinDecember 3, 2014 - 9:28 AM

    Thank you for your lovely words! Going indie is a hard route, but I’m determined to follow my dream and become a published author. Best of luck to you with your dream!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:26 PM

      I’m right there with you, Lori! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Anna SimpsonDecember 3, 2014 - 12:05 PM

    Writers are only type of artist. Creativity is a wonderful thing in all its forms. :-)

    Anna from Shout with EmaginetteReplyCancel

  • Patricia LynneDecember 3, 2014 - 5:42 PM

    I love supporting indie artists too, and am one myself. Indie artists always seem the underdog because they are doing it all on their own with no big company to help. I think that makes success all the better.

    Also, you mentioned knitting. KNITTING FTW!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:25 PM

      I wish I had more time for knitting. Thanks for the visit, Patricia!ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonDecember 3, 2014 - 7:55 PM

    When we pay it forward, something/someone always comes along and gives us a boost. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:24 PM

      It’s a great way to remember that. Thanks, Diane!ReplyCancel

  • lilicasplaceDecember 3, 2014 - 8:31 PM

    What a great post. I love the cover of that book; the temple is gorgeous! I always support indie authors by reading an reviewing their books and stories whenever I have the opportunity. Thanks so much for participating this month. Eva, IWSG co-hostReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:23 PM

      Reviews are a great way to support indies! Thanks for stopping by, Lili!ReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 4, 2014 - 8:18 AM

    That is some great advice, Lucinda. I have to keep that in mind. I usually try to remember to support indie artists, but it’s easy to forget to take that extra effort to think outside the box.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:22 PM

      I think it’s easy to get in the habit that no one else knows what you’re going through when, in reality, all indie artists go through it.ReplyCancel

  • Mary AalgaardDecember 4, 2014 - 9:25 AM

    I also love supporting indies! I try to buy local artist’s work, especially at Christmas time!!
    Play off the PageReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 4, 2014 - 10:21 PM

      Mary, that’s a great thing to do as well. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Georgina MoralesDecember 4, 2014 - 12:22 PM

    You have a wonderful attitude, Lucinda, and a noble heart. It’s really hard to make it in the writing business without the big machinery pushing you up. We need to support each other, encourage other writers, and be happy for each one of us who makes it.

    Best wishes!ReplyCancel

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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It all comes to this, doesn’t it? Nobody else will care or work for your dream as much as you do. I’ve been struggling with the rewrites of my story but this is my dream and I’m the one who has to work for it. As much as I want it, I also very much want to do it right and that means putting in the time to learn.

And that’s what the rewrites are for, to make the story better. I don’t want to publish a so-so story, I want to show a great story with amazing characters and an interesting setting, and that takes time. Compared to most writers I know personally, I’m very new. I’ve only been writing fiction for two years and I can’t expect to know as much as those who’ve been doing it for longer. As much as I’d like to believe I have the talent for it, I also know that the training will help me achieve that talent. And though it’s a cliché, practice does get you closer to perfection.

My dream won’t work unless I do.

Insecure Writer #148

  • Lisa Buie-CollardNovember 5, 2014 - 7:41 AM

    Yes! So true. Put in the time, put in the effort. Don’t regret not working at achieving what you most want in your life. Go Girl! We’re behind you. You are not alone…ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:40 PM

      Thank you for the vote of confidence, Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • EE GiorgiNovember 5, 2014 - 8:03 AM

    Yup. Last week I was asked, what’s your best advice for somebody who’s writing their first novel? I said: “Write it.” :-)ReplyCancel

  • Anna SimpsonNovember 5, 2014 - 8:21 AM

    I agree the more I write the better it reads, but I still have a long way to go :-)

    Anna from Shout with EmaginetteReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:39 PM

      I’m right there too, Anna. Still a long ways to go.ReplyCancel

  • Mary AalgaardNovember 5, 2014 - 10:02 AM

    I am also feeling the nudge to get going. Dream. Great. Do. Accomplish.
    Play off the PageReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:38 PM

      We can’t blame anyone else when we don’t get it. Thanks, Mary!ReplyCancel

  • JessNovember 5, 2014 - 11:25 AM

    Really love this! Once I “get into” the work, I love it too, it’s actually making myself sit down and do it that hurts. :)ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:38 PM

      Sometimes we do the little things that even sabotage ourselves. Thanks for the comment, Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceNovember 5, 2014 - 12:41 PM

    Your dream won’t work unless you do…great attitude!
    Happy Writing!ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonNovember 5, 2014 - 2:09 PM

    Well said, Lucinda. Dreams are great, but only work and perseverance can make them come true. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:35 PM

      Work and perseverance are part of the journey to the dream. Thanks, Diane!ReplyCancel

  • Charity BradfordNovember 5, 2014 - 2:22 PM

    This is so true! I just wish the rest of the world would leave me alone so I could work. :) Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Georgina MoralesNovember 5, 2014 - 9:06 PM

    I actually enjoy the re-writing process. For me, it’s a lot easier to edit than to write that first draft. I think of the process as the work of a jeweller in his most prized diamond. Each expert cut is meant to show a new facet on the stone, to make it shine even brighter. My problem comes when realizing it is time to stop. I can fix a story until the end of time, but there’s a point when you’re probably doing more harm than good. If only it were that easy to know…

    Good luck with the re-writing!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:18 PM

      I have a hard time writing the first draft too, Georgina. But these rewrites are almost like starting from scratch, and that’s why it’s taking me longer. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceNovember 5, 2014 - 11:28 PM

    That’s incredibly true. I’m working at working. Good luck to everyone as they work on their dreams!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:06 PM

      Thank you, Shannon! That’s how I feel sometimes, just working at working.ReplyCancel

  • AnneNovember 6, 2014 - 6:03 AM

    That is so true Lucinda. Keep at it! And thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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Match Maker Book CoverThe Match Maker by Karey White (The Husband Maker #2)

(Summary contains spoilers if you have not yet read book #1 The Husband Maker)

It’s been six months since Charlotte and Kyle broke up, and the Husband Maker strikes again. Kyle is officially engaged, while Charlotte is still nursing a broken heart.

In an effort to get Charlotte out of her rut, she and her best friend decide it’s time for some good old-fashioned matchmaking. While Aleena arranges for Charlotte to meet up with a handsome Scottish tourist, Charlotte gets her two best friends together. But when sparks start to fly between Aleena and Angus, Charlotte is left feeling more alone that ever–at least until the charming Scotsman becomes more than just a safe, rebound guy and teaches her that maybe, just maybe, she can dare to open her heart again.

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My Review:

I’ve been waiting for the continuation of Charlotte’s story and I was very excited to read this one. There is some sort of progress but also some setbacks that won’t be explained until the last book.
The new characters were delightful and I loved the setting of the Isle of Lewis, it definitely made me want to go there.
As usual, the storytelling is engaging and the writing very entertaining.
If you haven’t yet, go read book one and then read this one. I’m anticipating a fabulous ending to this series.

 

 

 

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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey WhiteKarey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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I’ve talked about the Whitney Awards before here, and here. The nominations run from Jan 1st to December 31st of the year of publication, so the time is running out to nominate this year’s books (meaning, books published in 2014 by LDS authors). Of course, there will still be books coming out before the year is over, and some of them might very well be worthy of a nomination. Since the finalists in each category will be announced in February of 2015, any last minute nominations will have the committee scrambling to get all the reading done in time, which is why they ask for early nominations.

I’ve read a lot of good books this year already, and some of them are written by LDS Authors. If it’s a book I like very much, one I give a rating of 4 or 5 stars, then I nominate it (as long as it falls within the categories described in the parameters of the awards).

Here’s a list of the books I’ve nominated so far this year (with links to Amazon), in random order:

Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson

Hope Springs by Sarah M. Eden

Eye on Orion by Laura D. Bastian

Rules of Engagement by Amber Gilchrist

The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress by Sally Johnson

The Husband Maker by Karey White

Falling for You by Krista Lynne Jensen

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

As You Are by Sarah M. Eden

Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard

Sense and Sensibility: a Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

Painting Kisses by Melanie Jacobson

Saving Grace by Michele Paige Holmes

 

This is not the final list for me as I expect I’ll read a few more before the year is over.

Here’s the link to the Whitney Awards website, and the nomination page (be sure to fill in the form on the website instead of sending an email).

I’ll be looking forward to the list of finalists in February of 2015.

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