Friday, September 30, 2016

My Parents, Marilyn and Grant Woolston

My Parents, Marilyn and Grant Woolston, 
with my nephews, Jarron and Justin
My parents, Grant and Marilyn Woolston are pretty terrific people. My dad got me into the habit of running, which eventually helped me get a scholarship to SUU in track and cross-country. They've been supportive of me through my life, and have always been ready to help others. They're currently called as LDS Missionaries to the Salt Lake City Inner City Mission. They don't leave home to do this mission, like many others. What they do, is help women who are leaving incarceration, to return to life by helping them find housing and work, and help them work with their local religious leaders to begin productive lives. They've always been kind, selfless people, and are great examples to me. I'm very lucky to have them as my parents.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Son is Going to the Philippines Manila Mission

Today, my son went into the Provo MTC (Missionary Training Center) to prepare for an LDS mission to the Philippines. I am both excited and nervous for him. Here is a picture of him with his wonderful paternal grandparents. I served an LDS mission in the Japan Sapporo Mission, and while leaving the MTC, (we said goodbye to him at the gate going in) I saw two elders with Japanese nametags. I greeted them in Japanese and spoke to them for about a minute. They'd been in the MTC for four weeks, and understood me! I will miss my son, but I am confident that he will do great things in the Philippines.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nancy and Steve Evans

Nancy and Steve Evans
Most of the time, when I'm talking with friends, church leaders, or coworkers, and it comes up that I think the world of my former in-laws, most people brighten, and say something along the lines of, "That's great you get along with them so well!" Once in a while, though, someone does a double take, and says something along the lines of, "You get along with them? How is that possible?" Well, not only is it possible, but it's incredibly easy. Why? Quite simply, my former mother and father-in-law, (and former brothers and sisters-in-law) are wonderful human beings. That's how.
You will not find people who are more genuinely kind than them. My former parents-in-law are good, sincere people who live the golden rule, and treat others as they want to be treated in all aspects of their lives, whether it's with family (or former family) members, people in church, or their professional lives.
My former father-in-law, for example, Steven Evans, is a real estate broker. When working with clients, he doesn't have to pretend to be sincere, or to care, because he really is sincere, and he really does care. He sees people as human beings first and foremost. The same with my former mother-in-law, Nancy Evans. I have never known a more caring person than her. My children's paternal grandparents are two of the best people I know, and I love them a lot.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Michele Paige Holmes

Michele Paige Holmes

I mentioned a little while ago, how pleased I was with Precision Editing Group, and their skill in line and copy editing manuscripts. Well, I wanted to mention the person who had edited my latest manuscript, and did a fantastic job with it. 
Marrying Christopher (c) 2015
Michele Paige Holmes pointed out some things that needed tweeking in my manuscript, and offered some suggestions that really helped to make my story better. I was very grateful for her help. But Ms. Holmes isn't just a great editor. She is a fantastic author besides. I haven't read all her works, of which she has several, but I have read Marrying Christopher, which was published last year, and I thought it was very well written; full of romance, suspense, and history. It was a great book!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Precision Editing Group

I wanted to give a few words of praise to Heather B. Moore, and Precision Editing Group. I've used their help for my last couple of books, and have been grateful for the help they've given. It's great to have a second pair of eyes look over my work; in fact it's pretty much saved my life (not literally but it's really improved my stories) to have the help. And for the quality of work, they're quite reasonably priced. I think they're great, and I highly recommend Heather Moore and her team at Precision Editing Group.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Glory of the Stars by Angie Lofthouse

The Glory of the Stars by author Angie Lofthouse is coming out November 16th!
Angie Lofthouse
On the vast generation ship, the Kingdom of Heaven, President Jeremiah Black’s word is law. It is doctrine. It is the voice of God.

400 years ago, the First Families boarded the Kingdom of Heaven to leave behind a wicked Earth and find a new home where they could build Zion—on a planet they named Canaan, a place the ship wouldn’t reach for a thousand years. Only their descendants would see this new world. But after so many years, conditions on the Kingdom of Heaven are much different from what those First Families had planned.

The Glory of the Stars (c) 2016 by Angie Lofthouse
When Nephi Packard of Telestial Deck runs afoul of President Black and his High Council, he learns the hard way why Leftovers like him don’t mingle with the Celestials. While recovering from his harsh punishment for violating the rules with Black's own granddaughter, an archangel appears to Nephi, and a calling to restore the true gospel to the Kingdom of Heaven turns Nephi’s life upside down. Now, armed with the word of God, Nephi and his friends from Telestial Deck must bring light, truth, and freedom to the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven without getting cast out of the ship into Outer Darkness for heresy by President Black and his Celestials.

The Glory of the Stars is a testament to faith, courage, and the power of God.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Butterfly Circus

The Butterfly Circus is an inspiring short film about overcoming our shortcomings, and becoming magnificent despite what others (and ourselves) may think of us.

In The Butterfly Circus, Will (played by Nick Vujicic) is a man without arms or legs, who earns his keep in a circus side show, being gawked at by patrons, and insulted by his employer. After being treated with kindness by Mr. Mendez, the showman of the Butterfly Circus, he decides to run away and try his luck with Mr. Mendez and his associates.

What follows is an inspiring story of discovering a person's true worth and potential, despite what others think, and overcoming the boundaries that we think we can't overcome. "The greater the struggle, the more magnificent the triumph!" -Mr. Mendez

This is a beautiful movie, and I heartily recommend it to everyone!