Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The ANWA Writers Conference

Time Out for Writers

is open for registration NOW!!!!!


The American Night Writers Association, Inc. is hosting its 21st Annual Writers Conference here in Arizona at the Phoenix East/Mesa Hilton Hotel on Feb 21-23rd, 2013. 







 James Owen an author of more than a million copies of his publications in print, all over the world!   He has written and illustrated six books in the bestselling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here, There Be Dragons; The Search For The Red Dragon; The Indigo King; The Shadow Dragons; The Dragon’s Apprentice; and The Dragons of Winter. The series is now being published in more than twenty languages!  James has also written and illustrated two dozen StarChild comics, the inspirational nonfiction book Drawing out the Dragons, and the award-winning MythWorld novel series.  James is the Founder and Executive Director of Coppervale International, an art and design studio that also published the periodicals International Studio and Argosy, develops television and film projects, and is redesigning an entire town in Arizona, among other ventures.   
Dr. James Blasingame is a professor of young adult literature at Arizona State University. He is coeditor of The ALAN Review, a journal devoted entirely to young adult literature and sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. He also creates the Books for Adolescents pages of the Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, which is sponsored by the International Reading Association. He is the author of Books That Don’t Bore ‘Em: Young Adult Literature for Today’s Generation, Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature, Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools, and They Rhymed with Their Boots On: A Teacher’s Guide to Cowboy Poetry. He has also published over 60 interviews with poets and authors of young adult literature and over 100 book reviews in VOYA, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The ALAN Review and English Journal.
Erzsi Deak founded Hen&ink Literary Studio in 2011 as a traditional literary agency with the goal to work additionally across platforms and countries/borders -- from traditional publishing to design to multimedia. Currently, Hen&ink represents authors and illustrators from around the world as well as publishers Thomas Jeunesse (France), Epigram Books (Singapore), and Red Fox Literary (US). Erzsi is author of award-winning PERIOD PIECES: STORIES FOR GIRLS. Erzsi received the Member of the Year from the SCBWI in 1999 and 2008. Hen&ink represents children's and YA authors and illustrators and a few "grown up" projects. For more information, please visit:
Dave Eaton is a Local Marketing Consultant and his recent ventures include Online Marketing and Social Media Marketing.  He is a business owner with more than 30 years experience building several multimillion dollar companies.
Lynn Gardner is an avid storyteller and author of ten books in the Gem series: Emeralds and Espionage, etc. and two Maggie McKenzie Mysteries: Vanished and Pursued.  She recently returned from a two week research trip to London, Portugal and Spain. 
Kathryn Jenkins Gordon is the managing editor at Covenant Communications and has thirty-eight years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management. Prior to her current position, she was press secretary for a U.S. Congressman; vice-president of a Salt Lake City publishing company; manager of strategic communications for software manufacturer Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at a private college in Salt Lake City; and held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations. She is the author or co-author of more than seven dozen books and wrote an award-winning book-length poetry manuscript recognized by the governor of Utah. 
Jennifer Griffith is the author of four published novels, including her latest, Big in Japan, the story of an obese Texan good guy who accidentally becomes a sumo wrestler. She has a writing degree from Utah State University and has done writing critique for over 20 years. Professionally, Griffith served as a writer on staff for a U.S. Congressman.
Leslie Householder is the award winning, three-time best-selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor, Portal to Genius, and Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters. Having worked on a team that helped Jack Canfield launch his best-selling book, “Success Principles,” she utilized what she learned to duplicate best-seller success for her own books. Her writings have since been published internationally in several languages and she has tips to share about online marketing and strategies for self-published authors. 
Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of several historical novels which are set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She is also the author of two non-fiction books, Women of the Book of Mormon and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored with Angela Eschler). Heather co-authored the women's series The Newport Ladies Book Club (with Josi Kilpack, Julie Wright and Annette Lyon). Heather also manages the editing company:
 Angela Morrison is the award-winning author of Taken by Storm (books 1-3) and Sing me to Sleep, a 2010 Goodreads Choice Nominee and USA Best Books 2011 Winner for YA Fiction. She graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 
Evan Neil is an award-winning screenwriter from Phoenix, AZ. He was the winner of the Best Original Screenplay competition in the Phoenix Film Festival as well as a finalist in the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriting lab in 2008. Evan has written over a dozen screenplays and stage plays. His work has been performed on national stages for the Kennedy Center Awards for the Arts as well as in many Arizona productions. He currently has 3 screenplays that have been optioned and one film slated to go into production in 2013.
Lara Perkins is an Assistant Agent and the Digital Manager at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She has been with the agency for nearly three years and works closely with Senior Agent Laura Rennert. Lara has a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University. She has been on faculty at various national writers' conferences, including Book Passage, the Big Sur Writers' Conference, and the Atlanta Writers’ Conference.
Aprilynne Pike, critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
Janette Rallison is the award winning author of 19 novels that have sold over a million copies. Her books have also been on the IRA Young Adults’ Choices lists, Popular Picks, and many state reading lists. Her latest book is a time travel dystopia called Erasing Time. In her blog, she discusses the funny side of being a YA author
Chris Schoebinger is the Publishing Director and an Acquisitions Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing. He’s discovered and launched several New York Times best-selling authors and award-winning authors such as Brandon Mull, Jason F. Wright, Obert Skye, Tyler Whitesides, Lisa Mangum, and Ally Condie. He also acquires manuscripts for Deseret Book Publishing and is the brand manager for million-selling LDS authors such as Sheri Dew and John Bytheway. Chris is also the #1 New York Times best-selling author for the children’s adaptation of Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater.
Marsha Ward is an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed post-American Civil War novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Pikes Peak Writers, EPIC, Rim Country Writers, and LDStorymakers. Visit her website at
Stacy Whitman is the Editorial Director of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes fantasy, science fiction, and mystery for children and young adults with a particular emphasis on diversity. In 2009, she founded a small press named Tu Publishing, dedicated to publishing multicultural fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults, which was acquired by Lee & Low Books and became Tu Books.  She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College.


Come meet, mingle, and learn from this fantastic and knowledgeable faculty!

Register now for the 21st Annual ANWA Writers Conference in Phoenix/Mesa, AZ by going to the website at


Pass this message along to any writer or teacher you know that may be interested in attending. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


21st Annual ANWA Writers Conference Coming to Phoenix/Mesa
The American Night Writers Association is hosting it’s 21st annual, national writers conference, “Time Out for Writers,” at the Phoenix East/Mesa Hilton Hotel on February 21-23, 2013.  Registration is now open to all writers, whether novice or published, and teachers!
The “Time Out for Writers” Conference offers:
  • Classes – 36 classes to choose from for beginners, emerging, and professional writers of all genres and platforms!
  • Workshops – query and pitch workshops on Thursday night
  • Faculty - nationally recognized presenters including NY Times best selling authors, agents, editors and publishers will teach the classes
  • Pitch Sessions  - Pitch your manuscript to national editors and publishers
  • Contests – Enter the Beginning of Book (BOB) Contest with the first 500 words of your manuscript
  • Protagonist Ball – Come dressed as your favorite protagonist to mingle, network and have fun with faculty and other attendees
  • All-star Breakfast – the first 25 to register early and book their hotel room receives the opportunity to share a special breakfast with the faculty
  • Bookstore – sell your books and/or purchase others’ at our onsite bookstore
NEW - AZ Educator Licensing - “Time Out for Writers” now offers Professional Development hours for AZ Educator Licensing!  Receive up to 17 Professional Development hours that can be applied toward the renewal of your Arizona Educator’s License!
Come develop your writing skills, your teaching skills, your marketing knowledge, your networking base and your creativity!
Register now for the 21st Annual ANWA Writers Conference in Phoenix/Mesa, AZ by going to the website at
Contact, for more information or questions:

McKenna Gardner, Communications Chair,
(602) 697-5022

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spinster's Folly by Marsha Ward

Spinster’s Folly
the fourth book in the novel series,
The Owen Family Saga

Marie Owen yearns for a loving husband, but ColoradoTerritory is long on rough characters and short on fitting suitors, so a future of spinsterhood seems more likely than wedded bliss.

Her best friend says cowboy Bill Henry is a likely candidate, but Marie knows her class-conscious father would not allow such a pairing.

When she challenges her father to find her a suitable husband before she becomes a spinster, he arranges a match with a neighbor's son. Then Marie discovers Tom Morgan would be an unloving, abusive mate and his mother holds a grudge against the Owen family.

Marie's mounting despair at the prospect of being trapped in such a dismal marriage drives her into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers.

THE BIG Q & A with Author Marsha

Q: What do you hope readers will get from your books?
A: Actually, hope itself. I had an epiphany several years ago when I realized that I write to let people know there is always hope, and to show them through the experiences of fictional characters that they can get through hard times, even really, really terrible times, and find happiness at the end of it all.

Q: What’s your secret to making the characters in your books come to life?
A: I get to know them very well. I have a sheet of questions I fill in about them, and I also interview them. Then I don't overwrite them with too much description. I let their actions define them, instead. That way, the reader invests the characters with their own unique qualities and peculiarities, and they come alive in the reader's mind.
Q: What makes you passionate about writing?
A: I so love indie publishing. It's a one-on-one opportunity for the writer to connect with a reader, without someone saying their publishing list is filled for the next three years so they can't use your work. I'm a bit of a rebel, I guess. The advent of widespread availability of electronic books is right up my alley. I only held off putting my work on Kindle because 1) I told myself it had to wait until I finished my current novel, and 2) I heard it was difficult and I didn't want to tackle the learning curve. It's actually quite within my skill set, and I should not have waited so long.

Q: What is your writing schedule like?
A: I'm supposed to have a schedule?
I fall into the category of “Writers who wish they had a more structured writing schedule.”

Q: Do you ever experience a snag in a story, a form of writer's block? If so, how do you deal with it?
A: That terrible sound you hear is me groaning in agony. Yes, I encounter snags. My favorite way of dealing is to avoid and procrastinate, but that doesn't get the book written. The best way is for me to set very low expectations for myself so I don't self-sabotage. A lot of highly creative people have oppositional defiance, and I find that tendency is well-developed in me. To counteract it, my goal is often to write 25 words a day. I could do that on a sheet of toilet paper, right? Surprisingly, the tactic works.

Q: Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
A: I've had a lot of influences through the years. However, I'll have to say that my [late] husband, Robert Ward, made the greatest difference. He believed in me. He supported me. He made it possible for me to live where I do and have the time to write.

Q: What authors do you admire, and why?
A: Robert Newton Peck, whose writing contains the unexpected elements. Louis L'Amour, for his fastidious research. Elmer Kelton, for creating great characters. Frank Roderus, whose titles always have a multitude of meanings.

Q: What words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to publish their manuscripts?
A: Two words: Indie publishing. There's nothing stopping a writer from making the connection directly to the reader anymore. Get started by reading the blogs/websites of JA Konrath and Dean Wesley Smith. Google will find them for you.

Q: What are you working on now?
A: I'm doing research for the fifth novel in the Owen Family Saga, entitled Gone for a Soldier. This is Rulon Owen’s story of his experiences as an infantryman during the Civil War. We’re going to see what made Rulon the caring big brother you see depicted in Spinster's Folly. I’m very excited about the project. The American Civil War has had a deep pull on me since I was in high school. Let’s see how many errors I can avoid. Civil War enthusiasts are very picky.

Q: Where can our readers go to find your books and order them?
A: All the online booksellers, such as and, have the trade paperback books. The easiest way to find all my online eBooks is to go to my author pages at Smashwords: and at Amazon: The eBooks are also on Kobo Books, and Diesel Books, in Canada.

Q: Final thoughts?
A: I'll address this to writers: Believe in yourself, but learn all you can about writing, too. No first drafts are set in stone. Don't hang around negative people. Write at least 25 words a day. Listen to people to learn the flow of language. Find a good, encouraging group of writers who will show you the ropes. Read, read, read! When you start writing in earnest, find a good critique group. Reach down and help another writer along the way.

Books on Amazon:
Ebooks on Smashwords:

Friday, October 19, 2012


"Money is the most dangerous magic."

"Unique children’s lit that cleverly tackles interest rates, endowments, fluctuating commodities, bullying and identity." 

- Kirkus Reviews

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune is a middle-grade fantasy
that incorporates money facts in a fast-paced, engaging story kids will love!

An infant is discovered one night on a commuter train from New York City during a stop in the sleepy town of Wallingford, Connecticut.  The local police are summoned, but are unable to locate the boy’s parents, despite painstakingly questioning each person on the train.  For some strange reason, none of the passengers can remember seeing his mother falling from the train – after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet.

Assigned the name “Toby Gold” by social services, the mysterious child grows up in Wallingford, moving from foster home to foster home, not knowing who his real parents are - or why he was born with such freakish skills with math and money.

Now a teenager, Toby’s money skills are noticed by the wrong people, and thus he is unwittingly sucked into a high-stakes financial conspiracy that puts his life, and the lives of his two closest friends, in great peril.  Ultimately, Toby solves the crime, saves his friends, and even saves his school—all in one harrowing afternoon.

"This fast-paced adventure weaves fundamental concepts in economics and finance seamlessly into the story. Toby Gold makes learning finance exciting."  - Francis A. Longstaff, PhD, Professor of Finance, UCLA - Anderson School of Management

About the Author: Craig Everett

Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine, spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for buried pirate treasure. Fortunately, he was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured that far north. He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles.

You can learn more about Craig here:

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune: Reading Level: 9 and up
Publisher: Fiscal Press

Friday, October 5, 2012

NEW, REVISED (in 55 minutes or less): THE QUERY

YA Contemporary
75,000 words


 A summer’s worth of mourning is not nearly enough after a suspicious fire kills several of Taryn's classmates at the end of junior year. Now her only plan is to resign as vice president-elect and get her senior year over with as quickly and privately as possible. Way too soon she’s compelled to come out from under her paisley comforter to take her late boyfriend's place as student body president. It seems the only way to fix what’s broken at Ideal High.

If in-school rivalries and an old-school principal aren't enough, she's forced to deal with former best friend, Chelsea, and all her anxiety over the fire. Throw in a hot cowboy who, unfortunately, only wants to talk about the tragedy and it’s not long before Taryn is wondering why she dragged herself from the safety of her warm bed. At least there her mascara could run in private.

When Chelsea goes from head-cheerleader-popular to the lowest ranks of the bullied, Taryn must decide whether risking her pride and hard-won status is worth facing both the truth about the tragedy and the possibility that Chelsea needs a true friend. Doing so could mean Ideal High finally lives up to its name.

First 150 Words:

Taryn forced a glance at the pull-down screen behind her and was sorry she had. Whose idea was it to broadcast the super-sized faces of the dead to the far corners of the school's auditorium? Everybody knew they were gone. Why emphasize the obvious even for the sake of a memorial? And why no rain on this joyless day? Never a good Texas thunderstorm when you needed one. 

Instead, light poured through the ribbon of windows high along the back wall, criss-crossing the podium where she stood. Leaned was more like it. She squinted at the sheet of paper in front of her, trying to make out the first name. Not that it mattered. She knew the list by heart.

“Ashley Benton.” When she finally focused through the glare to speak into the microphone, the name echoed across the vast room.

All eyes riveted on the screen as Taryn pictured the name and the face heading straight to the heart of each student, parent, faculty member, and community leader standing at attention.

The news from the GUTGAA Contest is that I am IN! I am one of 25 pitches (consisting of a query and first 150 words of the manuscript as seen above) to advance to the next round, the round where small press editors read the pitches and decide if they want to ask for more pages or even full manuscripts.

I was thinking I had most of the day to rework my query after receiving some great feedback online and from my writing chapter, but that pesky time difference caught up with me. When Ms. Barnhart, the contest host, says 3:00 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME, that means if you live in Arizona you gotta get crackalackin' well before noon. My first 150 stayed as is, but the query got a quick overhaul just to clarify a few things. 

Stay tuned next week to see what comes of all this mayhem...
#holdingbreathandcrossingfingers. Oh, and #prayinglotsandlotsofpraying. I'm in the YA Contemporary and YA Historical category, or go straight here...


Thursday, September 13, 2012

GUTGAA stands for Gearing Up To Get An Agent

Manuscript Update:
Still in the hands of a brand new beta reader
Query & First 150 words currently posted on the GUTGAA* site
where it's receiving lots of good reviews & great suggestions
*If you're interested you can go to Deana B's blog and read what I submitted
Click on lucky number 31 on the sidebar

Monday, September 3, 2012


Contemporary YA--75,000 words
Complete manuscript available upon request
In another attempt to get my YA manuscript, IDEAL HIGH, "out there" I've jumped into a Blog Hop sponsored by Deana Barnhart of the self-titled blog, Deana Barnhart. Throughout the month of September, she is offering pitch-to-agents-and-small-publisher opportunities on her blog.

Today is the informal Meet & Greet, complete with get-to-know-you, welcome to visitors old and new!

Where do you write? Almost anywhere, even while driving, but the serious, save-able stuff happens at my desk in my office.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My orange "Page Up Original." If you don't know what that is and you are a writer, Google it. You'll wonder how you lived without it.

Favorite time to write? When everyone's gone to school & work & the house is quiet. Really though, my favorite time is whenever the creative juices are flowing and the story "works."

Drink of choice while writing? Ice water or nothing.

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I sometimes listen to music as I'm settling in to write. I have a playlist that gets me in the mood of my story, but while writing it can be distracting. Music leads to singing, which leads to dancing...

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? I started out trying to write a poem (never a good idea if you're not a poet) wherein I apologized to a girl from high school that no one ever spoke to. I don't think she was bullied, she was just "invisible." Around that time I noticed a short mention in the newspaper of an accident where high-schoolers were killed and those two elements inspired IDEAL HIGH.

What's your most valuable writing tip? When in doubt, take it out.

Monday, August 27, 2012

"A Night on Moon Hill" and a contest

Swimming is Daphne’s one refuge–until the night she finds a body in her pool.
University professor and renowned author Daphne Lessing has never felt at ease in society. But a disturbing occurrence in her once calm and controlled existence suddenly unearths events from her past and thrusts an unusual child into her life.
Ten-year-old Eric has Asperger’s syndrome and is obsessed with fishing and angels. Soon, Daphne finds herself attached to him–and faced with a choice: Does she leave him and return to her solitary, ordered life, trusting others to do right by him, or does she allow this bright child to draw her into the world she has tried to shun? And what about the man that came into Daphne’s life with Eric? Will she be able to shut him out as well?
Here's the link to winning tons of prizes...

Monday, June 18, 2012



Please email me your address...actually I already have your address here somewhere, so I will forward it to the author and he'll get the book to you in the mail!


Monday, June 11, 2012

I_believe_in_jesus_cover_productAll around the world, Latter-day Saint children go to church, sing songs, pray, read scriptures, participate in family home evening, and get baptized. We may meet in different types of buildings or speak different languages, but we have a lot in common. Why? Because no matter where we live, we all love and believe in Jesus, and He loves each one of us just the same. Are you like Pablo, Dimitri, Bayani, Junpei, and Shamara? Do you believe in Jesus too? 

Just one look at the cover and I knew I would love this book.

Inside, the illustrations are even more beautiful, and the text? As beautiful as the pictures.

It's a simple read that children will love hearing over and over. My youngest is 11, so while she did read it, I see this as the kind of book I will want to give to each of my grandchildren as I get more of them. It would be a great tradition to give as a gift to celebrate a milestone--like when each child starts Primary at the age of 3.

Author Mark S. Neilsen has been teaching Seminary for the last 10 years in Mesa, AZ and has been writing children’s books on the side. This is his first to be published. Find him at The illustrator is Craig Stapley of northern Utah.

And LUCKY YOU for visiting my blog today! Author Mark is offering a GIVEAWAY! One lucky commenter (maybe that's not a word because no matter how I spell it, it looks wrong) will receive a copy of his book. I'm pretty sure it will even be a signed copy.

Regular old comment = entry
Facebook mention = entry
Twitter mention = entry

Basically if you spread the word about the book and the chance to win it here on my blog and then tell me about it, you can be entered mutiple times to WIN.

I'll take comments until Father's Day this weekend (midnight Sunday), then announce the winner next Monday, the 18th--on my dad's birthday!

 Easy Peasy.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Million Dollar Diva

I know what you're thinking...the title, the cover...this looks like the perfect breezy, girly novel for your beach getaway this summer. Well, you'd be right about one is a great read, while lounging on the beach or otherwise, but it isn't a novel. Check the subtitle: The Smart Woman's Guide to Getting Rich Safely. It still catches your interest, doesn't it? It did mine. In fact, I read it almost in one sitting--it was that easy to read. Don't think for a second, though, that the info found on its pages is light and airy and easily discounted. This is packed with great, very-doable advice. Sure I read it in a few hours, but now I'll go back with pen and paper (and spouse) in hand, ready to make a plan.

Authors Tristi Pinkston (whose financial journey this is), Brett Kitchens, and Ethan Kap (the financial whiz-kids) have a great offer going until June 15th. If you go to their website at you can get a free copy of the book and only pay for shipping and handling---$5.95. Offer expires June 15th.

You are also invited to follow Tristi's continuing success on the blog portion of the site. She will share her journey as she and her family apply the financial principles found in the book.

NOTE: If you miss out on the free book (but why will you, go to the website right now!), here's the purchase link from Amazon:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Favorite thing to hear from my eleven year old

"Mom, you have to read this book!"

I love young readers.
(I was one once.)

What do you love hearing from your offspring???

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

We Lived In Heaven by Sarah Hinze

While helping me with the dishes, Jennica looked out the window and starting waving.

"Why are you waving," I asked.

"I'm saying goodbye to Jesus. He's in the castle," she responded.

"What castle?"

"The one I lived in before I came to live with you."

from p. 63, We Lived in Heaven

Sarah Hinze has written another delightful, tender book about very real heavenly connections. Sarah is a pioneer researcher in the area of pre-birth studies and has been writing and speaking about the subject for 15 years. This latest one contains true accounts of families who have had experiences with their future sons or daughters before they were born.

It's the kind of book that you can take along with you and read a story, or five, while you're out and about, or one that will keep you up late because you'll want to read just one more.

Each story is inspiring and remarkable and will leave you feeling closer to heaven.

To purchase:

Visit the author's website:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

*the perfect combination

of fantasy and romance*

Don't miss your chance to win a copy of this thrilling tale!

by Award-winning Romance Author Donna Hatch

I've read nearly every one of Donna's books and they're all fabulous.

Queen of Exile takes you into a magical time of queens and knights and unique, mysterious creatures. I promise you'll be intrigued from the very start by Princess Jeniah's story.

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream,Jeniah forms a telpathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim,
who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people,
storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.


FOLLOW QUEEN IN EXILE'S BLOG TOUR already in progress:

March 7-Peggy Urry

March 8-Janette

March 9-Lydia

March 12-Anna Arnett

Barbara White Daille

March 14-Valerie Ipson

March 15-Valerie

Want to win one of three copies of Queen in Exile? It's easy.
1. Visit the fabulous reviews and leave
a comment letting us know why you're excited to read
in Exile
. Remember to include your email address.

2. If you tweet about the blog tour, post about it on your blog or facebook,

or become a fan of Romance Author Donna Hatch on Facebook, leave the link in the
comments section and you'll receive an additional entry.

All entries collected at Midnight
MST, Sunday, March 18, 2012


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