Saturday, December 3, 2022

Today's the Day! Utah Authors Day

Planning on coming to Utah Authors Day?

Visit a library near you or come and see your favorite author at one of the library locations!

https://www.leagueofutahwriters.com/utahauthorsday

I will be here:


    Riverton Library

    12877 S. 1830 W., Riverton, UT

    2 pm - 4 pm

    *Prepurchase books for authors     to sign for this location

  Authors at this location:

   Janet Sumner Johnson, Jaclyn       Weist, Kathryn Elizabeth Jones,    Juliann Law & Anders Roseberg

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Utah Authors Day 2022!

Utah Authors Day is TOMORROW! 

I will be at the Riverton Library on December 3 between 2 and 4 p.m. to read my two picture books:

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and...
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Please pre-purchase any of my books including the two children's books above before December 3rd - that's this Saturday, and bring them to the library to be autographed! [I will not be selling books at the event].

Four of my books are on sale as of Friday, December 2!

The Human Bean (above) $5.55

I Walked With Jesus - New Testament Stories from the Least of These (book 1) $6.47

Buckled Inn (book 2 of the Brianne James Mystery series for YA) $4.18

Sunny Side-up (book 2 of the Susan Cramer Mystery series for adults) $4.24

Bring your children!

See more of my books here!




Thursday, October 27, 2022

You'd Better Believe It!

Okay, so posts of late have been lacking, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working.

My second book in the "I Walked With Jesus" series takes takes place at the time of Acts. The book is almost completed. I should have it ready for sale in January or February of next year. Yes, that's later than I promised - it won't be out for Christmas - but it will definitely be out in the next few months.

I want to make sure the book is the best it can be, and that means the stories chosen will have the most impact on you the reader. I figure I need to add at least three more stories before the book is ready for beta readers. And then there's the cover to decide on and so on.

I have a short story in the works which I am trying to decide if it fits into the picture book or magazine category. The idea was sudden. I was sitting in church when it happened. The next day, I sat down to write "The Perfect Dress." Perhaps I need to post the story here first. I will let you know.

It snowed again this morning. This time I have icy snow stuck to my car's windshield. Have "cool" day!

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Friday, October 7, 2022

It's time for a Halloween Romance!


New Book! 

When the Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. Will Charlotte find her true love on Halloween? 

Synopsis

Holidays in Willow Valley is a Collection of Six Holiday Stories set in 1840: When Emmeline is invited to a Valentine’s Ball, she and Charlotte wonder if they will have an opportunity to meet the Valentine Bandit? When it’s St. Patrick’s Day, what three wishes will Josie make if she finds a leprechaun? Is it common to play jokes on one another on April Fools Day? Nicholas and Lucas find out firsthand and are surprised who the culprits are. On Independence Day, Angelica’s eyes are opened when she is challenged. She believes in independence for all people. When the Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. Will Charlotte find her true love on Halloween? When it’s time for Christmas, Angelica learns what the gift of giving is all about. This book is full of surprises.


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Pastor MacFarlane held up his hand to quiet everyone down. “Thank you for attending All Hallows Eve. Today and tomorrow are the days when we remember and honor our loved ones who have passed on. It’s also a time to pray for the souls who have gone astray.” He motioned to the fire. “We gather together every year on October 31st and light a bonfire, in order to ward off bad luck and any evil spirits for the coming year. The following day, you are permitted to take buckets of ashes to spread over your gardens to ward off bad luck and to give your soil nourishment for the coming year. Please enjoy yourself this evening.” 

“Is somebody going to tell us ghost stories?” a young boy asked eagerly.

“Of course. It wouldn’t be All Hallows Eve without a scary story.” With a chuckle, Pastor MacFarlane added, “By the way, those who are dressed up as little devils, try not to make so much mischief this year.”

As everyone laughed, an elderly man pulled out his flute and began playing a jig. Young men and women quickly took a partner and joined in the revelry, dancing around the bonfire. When Charlotte saw some young boys huddled together, she knew they were thinking up some mischief to do. 

When she noticed Jacob watching her and giving her a charming smile, Charlotte was about to join him when Mr. Campbell stepped up to her and said, “To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect to see you dressed like this.” His eyes scanned her gown and he cleared his throat. “You have on a very interesting costume, Miss Charlotte. I’m not sure who you represent, but is it appropriate for a pastor’s daughter?”

Trying not to laugh at his pompous attitude, she replied, “Queen Esther was a saint who was beloved by all her people, because she saved them from certain death. You can learn about her in the Bible.”

He shrugged. “I’m not sure I’ve heard of her.”

“Please excuse me. I must help father greet our guests.”

With that said, she walked around the gentleman and headed for Jacob. 

“Welcome to our celebration, sir,” she said as she approached him. When she noticed he had on a cap with two homemade ears sewn on top, she held back her laughter and put her hand to her mouth to hide the humor. “Wow! I like your costume.”

Before he could answer, she walked around him to inspect his outfit. Lo and behold, he had a braided rope tied to his backside for a tail, and it was sewn to his trousers.

Laughter bubbled out as she said, “Uhm, what are you supposed to be?”

Jacob turned around to face her and he was grinning. “Guess.”

“A cuddly kitten?”

“No, you’re not even close.” He groaned and shook his head. “Cuddly kitten?” 

Charlotte laughed when he pulled a face.

“Guess again.”

“Are you a sly fox?”

Jacob chuckled. “Sly, perhaps. But no. I’ll give you a hint. After I made the ears, my cap kept falling off so I had to cut the ears shorter.”

“So… your ears are supposed to be longer?” Charlotte’s eyes brightened. “I’ve got it. You’re a stubborn ole mule.”

He broke into laughter. “No, no. I’m a horse.” He swept his tail into his hand and turned his backside to her. “Isn’t this a tail of a horse?”

When she looked closer, Charlotte realized that his tail was not made of rope but actual horsehair that had been braided. With laughter, she said, “Very nice, indeed.”

“The hair is from my horse’s mane,” he said proudly. “I braided it myself.”

“You’d better not get your backside too close to the fire with that tail,” she warned.

Jacob laughed. “You’re right.”

“That reminds me. We have a tradition for All Hallows Eve. If you drop a piece of your own hair into the bonfire, the identity of your future wife or husband will be revealed to you through your dreams that night.”

Jacob’s eyes brightened. “Then by all means, let’s do it.” 

He quickly grabbed a knife from the table and cut a few strands of his hair. Then he very carefully cut a piece from Charlotte’s and gave it to her. After putting the knife back, he hurried to her.

With a grin, Jacob said, “Are you ready?”

When she nodded, they both tossed their strands of hair onto the embers where they sizzled and disappeared.

Leaning toward her, he whispered, “Tell me who you dream about. All right?” He winked at her. “And it had better be me.”

She laughed. His flirtations were such fun.

Pointing to the brightly glowing turnips on the table, Jacob cocked his head curiously. “I like those. Very creative.”

“It’s part of our tradition. We carve them out and put a little candle inside. If they’re too small, we’ll just carve a face into them.”

“Wow! I like it. I wonder what it would look like with something larger… such as a pumpkin?”

Charlotte raised her brow and gave a nod. “We’ll have to try it sometime.”

When she saw her father watching them, she noticed a very curious and sober expression on his face. When he motioned her toward him, she said, “Oh, oh. I’m being summoned. I’ll be back, my brave steed.”

He chuckled. “Oh yes, a steed. I like that. It’s much better than a stubborn mule or a cuddly kitten.”

Charlotte laughed as she sauntered toward her father.


Bio

Linda Weaver Clarke was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho and now lives among the red desert hills of southern Utah. She is the author of Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery, Mystery Suspense, Swashbuckling Romances, Children’s Books, and non-fiction. Linda is a service missionary at the FamilySearch Center in St. George, Utah where she helps people find their ancestors. She believes it is important to learn about your heritage.

 

 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Wow! Readers are Loving This!

Fall is almost here!

What blog posts did readers and authors enjoy this summer?

Here are the top 5 picks.

1. What's New with Sounds Fishy? This first science fiction picture book by Lucas Salmon is a must-read! 

2.  Day Three! Last day to get your Two FREE books

Two of my books went on sale! The Parables of Virginia Bean and Heaven 24/7 - Living in the Light.


3. REVIEWS FOR LIGHTSHADE. GET IT FREE THROUGH TOMORROW

LightShade, book one in the Aaden Prescott science fiction/fantasy series was free. You can get the book here


4. When it's rough... What do you do when you don't feel like writing? How can you get back to it? This post gave some ideas.

5. You too can be a book rockstar! An interesting fact about this post... It was read a lot, but I didn't receive one taker! I don't know what's up with that. It wouldn't have cost you a penny to do a character interview on my blog. But now the time is passed until next summer.

Once again, it was the new book and the FREE books that got the most attention. After that, it was all about writing, but not so much follow-through when it came to marketing your book.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Free Writing Conference featuring local authors leading workshops!

TODAY!!


Local Authors & You - The Writing Conference is a FREE writing conference open to writers of all kinds. Local authors are leading learning sessions.

Sessions start promptly at 11 AM. Check-in begins at 10 AM.


The Panel Discussion starts at 4 pm.


Click here to begin registration.


To see sessions and bios click here.


To see the conference schedule and when I will be speaking click here.


This year purchase your books BEFORE the conference and bring them with you to be signed! 


The Human Bean (picture book, softcover) $4.22! You don't need to be a Prime member to get this fun book for a discounted price.


There are two special deals currently running on a few of my books for Prime members. They are:


Buckled Inn (YA mystery) $4.17!


Sunny Side-Up (mystery) $4.12!


Many of my books are also on AUDIO! You can also get them in eBook format! I have been trying to figure out a solution to autographing these for you, but haven't got it quite set up yet. 


I hope to see you at the conference! 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Did you get your free books?

No?

You'll get another opportunity come Christmas. I'm debating over the two books I will be providing for free. If you have a favorite of mine, make a comment and I may just choose your favorite book!

Looks like, between Mooseberry Mooseberry Gooseberry Pie, and The Human Bean, the Human Bean won, but just by a few copies!

Thank you to everyone who grabbed my book(s)! If you'd like to review one or both of them I would be very appreciative!

If you missed out on the FREE picture books but would still like a copy, here are the links to both books.

  

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Although The Human Bean is no longer free today, it is on sale for $4.20. That's for the paperback! But don't wait, it may not be on sale tomorrow!


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

5+ Reasons You Didn't Get Your Free Books!

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE FREE BOOKS YOU COULD GET!

1. You thought time would wait. You thought about getting your FREE books but you waited too long and by the time you remembered, the FREEBIE WAS OVER! Consider bookmarking this page for future reference.

2.  You wondered if you'd like them. You thought you might, but you wanted to think it over. You wanted to think FREE over? Just get the books ma'am and then decide if you're gonna like them by dipping your toes in!

3. You thought, "How good could they be if they're FREE?" Let me tell you something. Most authors struggle to get their sales as high as they'd like, and giving away FREE books is one of the ways they know to attract new readers. So be attracted!

4. You didn't want to jump through all of the hoops to get the books. Hoops, you say? Just click on the link provided. You will then be directed to the link where you can click one last time to get your book.

5. You frankly don't like eBooks. Okay, I get it, but when was the last time you read one? Aha! You haven't read one, or you read a pretty heady one, or a boring one... How about a short one with beautiful illustrations?

+1. There weren't any reviews or there were few reviews. You just couldn't take a chance on books with little to no reviews? Why do you think authors give their books away for FREE? I would love to get some new readers for both of these books. I would be thrilled to get a review. Thank you in advance if you are a reader who decides to read and review my books. 

August 4-6 get two of my children's books (notice the large print and highlighted word and numbers :)

Mooseberry Mooseberry Gooseberry Pie and/or

The Human Bean

All you have to do is click here or here on August 4, 5, or 6th to get these FREE books. I will remind you again as the days get closer but you just may want to bookmark this page NOW. Just saying. 

Kathryn

Monday, July 18, 2022

5 Unique Tips to Get You Writing

Can't get that first sentence on the page? Try these tips to get you writing.

Magazine shop. Great ideas can come from opening a magazine and pointing to the first sentence or picture your finger lands on. "Shampoo and condition, then apply oil..."

Book shop. Use the first sentence you point to as the first sentence of your story. "They should ask Baal to send a fire to consume their offering..."

Dream a little. Wake up in the night? Write down your dream. Use the dream as the first line. "I was trapped in an elevator."

Listen to conversations. "You wouldn't believe what my son did last night."

Write about what you did the day before.  Choose something from your list that strikes you as funny - or a bit - odd. "I ate ice cream. Chocolate. My favorite. I wasn't hungry."

What I have learned is that there is always something to write about, I just have to wake up my brain from sleep mode.

Here's something to write about :)

Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Day Three! Last day to get your Two FREE books!

Beginning July 7, 2022, and going until July 9, 2022, get Heaven 24/7 - Living in the Light and the Parables of Virginia Bean for FREE!

Both books are inspiring reads.

The first is nonfiction. The second is three books in one and is Fiction.

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Heaven 24/7

What's it all about?
If you've ever wondered,
"Is it possible to live more spiritually minded. . .
even in the midst of day-to-day earth life?"
If you've ever worried about what others really think of you. . .
or about being perfect NOW.
If you've wanted to forgive someone. . .
but couldn't.
If you've tried hard to see how to get past the scars in your life. . .
but haven't.
If you feel as if you live in fear. . .
and wonder where God is.
If you have a hard time letting go of sin. . .
sharing who you are. . .
knowing what you really want out of life. . .
and having the courage to do it.
It may just be your time to view heaven 24/7.
Are you ready?


* * *

Get the Book on Amazon

For the first time, get all three books:

Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones

The Feast: A Parable of the Ring

and

The Gift: A parable of the Key

All in one place!

Virginia gathered five smooth stones to defeat her first goliath – the loss of a job. With God’s help, she uses the stones again, the powers of listening, trust, optimism, tenacity, and constancy becoming a daily part of her life as she visits the goliaths in her marriage.

But when the third goliath comes, the loss of a child, will Virginia be ready? Will she be prepared to use the powers within the five stones to overcome the most difficult journey yet?

Will her torn and wounded heart finally heal?

The Virginia Bean parable series is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain, and fear. It is for anyone with a goliath they haven’t, as yet, been able to conquer.

As goliaths go, this book may even be – for you.




Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Why Writing Beats Riding

You may want to get out and go for a ride. See the world. Dip your toes in the nice cool water. Last night, I went to a concert: Earth, Wind & Fire. You can probably guess my age.

Getting out is good. In order to write right, a writer needs to spend some time out of doors, riding if you will, to other places. A writer needs to see things.

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But if that's all the writer did - soak in the sun - he/she would not be a writer at all. A dreamer, yes. A discoverer of beauty - for sure. But a writer, no.

Writing beats riding for all of the right reasons.

It allows you to travel without leaving your chair.

You can go through writing therapy without having to pay a penny to a therapist.

You can choose your own schedule to write. A rider (at least in my book, and while riding a bike for example) usually travels when the weather is good and preferably during the day.

Writers love what they do even if they don't make a lot of money. They continue to write even though the money to be made is slow and the comments to improve are always in front of them. Perhaps riding is the same in this regard. Put out some money and get your wheels. 

But what happens when you grow old?

This brings me to the next reason that writing beats riding. One can still write when one is old. In fact, usually, writers write better with age. Getting out there whether it be by car, bike, or boat, is much harder as the age creeps on. And some things may just have to be shelved forever.

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Writing is like a best friend that grows old with you and sticks by your side until your last breath. Even if your sight dims and your hands don't work as they used to there are ways to yet record your thoughts, your dreams, and your stories.

The stuff of your life.


Monday, June 27, 2022

Writer's Quiz - What's your IQ?

I get asked questions all of the time about writing, publishing, and marketing, and these questions keep coming up. So today I decided to put the most frequently asked questions here. Take the short quiz and see how you do.

1. When writing a picture book, an author must send their illustrations to the publisher along with the text. True or False?
2. One great thing about a traditional publisher is that they will do all of the marketing for you. True or False?
3. Great editing is just as important as writing a great story. True or False?
4. If you're an artist as well as an author, save some money by doing your own book cover and/or illustrations. True or False?
5. Market the heck out of your book after it comes out. True or False?
6. Book stores are the best places to sell your book. True or False?
7. It's a good idea to write in different book genres. True or False?
8. Getting your book in libraries is easy. True or False?

Have your answers? Take a peek below the books.

Photo by Susan Q Yin on Unsplash


1. False. Never send artwork with your manuscript unless the publisher asks for it. They have their own illustrators on staff. If you're not going the traditional route, ask before you send them.

2. False. Traditional publishers may have you on their website or in their catalog, but most of the marketing will be up to you.

3. True. But a great story is also paramount. If your book is well-edited but your story is poorly written, you will not sell it either.

4. False. If you are just starting out, find a professional to do the artwork. Don't invite your mother or your brother to do your artwork unless they have extensive experience. People do judge a book by its cover. If you can't afford a professional, see what you can find in the way of stock photos that usually come at a cheaper price.

5. False. Market the heck out of your book before it comes out, and continue to market it after it comes out. The first thing you need? A website with a blog.

6. False. Books stores are okay. The best places to sell your books are where readers are less likely to expect them. Consider craft fairs, children's toy stores, and hair salons.

7. True. At least from my point of view. I write in different genres and have various types of readers. Writing in one genre would limit sales as well as connections to different readers. 

8. False. Getting your books in libraries is tough. Have your friends and family make calls to your local library requesting your book - they won't put your book in the library just because you, the author, ask them to do it. Try libraries in small towns. They are much more open to having your book on their shelves, especially if it's self-published.


How did you do? 

7-8 correct. You know your stuff. You could teach a class.
5-6 correct. You're learning the ropes. Lean on an experienced writer friend to make sure you are jumping through all of the hoops.
3-4 correct. Check out some writer's books. Take some notes. 
0-2 correct. Just today you thought, "Hey, maybe I should be a writer!" Now, take the next step above.