Friday, July 27, 2018

My Newest Book, Raccoons and Rabbit Holes

Raccoons and Rabbit Holes (c) 2018
I am so excited to announce that my most recent book, Raccoons and Rabbit Holes has just come out!
Raccoons and Rabbit Holes is a middle grade novel with three friends, Jax, Julie, and Ani, who go exploring near an old house in the woods that local legends say is haunted. They don't believe in ghosts, but when they meet a raccoon that's acting strangely, they know something wild is about to happen! Especially when Ani slips down a giant rabbit hole that wasn't there before, and Jax and Julie have to get her out! Before they know it, the three kids find themselves transported back in time to the antebellum south, with no idea how they're going to get home!
And how can they get home, with bounty hunters riding around in the woods looking for escaped slaves? And what happens when the kids run into a group of people who really are trying to escape slavery?

Saturday, July 14, 2018

All Shook Up performed at the Midvale Performing Arts Center

All Shook Up, performing at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, is a humorous modern take on Shakespeare's 12th Night.The book was written by Joe Dipietro, and the play features the songs of Elvis. It features a wide cast of characters all looking for love, and follows them through their hilarious adventures and misadventures as they each work toward their own goals. One of the main characters, Natalie, even goes to such lengths as dressing up like a guy so that the man she's interested in will start paying some attention to her if she's one of the guys!

The cast did a fantastic job. Each member of the cast and ensemble is very talented. My favorite character, I think, was Sylvia, performed by MeriLynne Michaelis. She can really sing!

There is a little bit of crass humor in parts for those who would want to be aware of that. I recommend the play to anyone who enjoys funny romantic comedies, and fans of Shakespeare who would appreciate the similarities between this play, and 12th Night.

The play will continue to be performed July 16, 19-21, and the 23rd. All performances begin at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Dollar Ridge Fire

A Big Thank You to the Volunteers,
Red Cross, Fire Fighters, and 
First Responders that truly "Rocks"!
The Dollar Ridge Fire has been burning since July 1, and is impacting people in my community. My own town is not in danger, which is good, but other people have been evacuated from their homes, and there have been many structures burned because of the fire. The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office, Fire Fighters battling the blaze, The Red Cross and so many people have been great, and the community has been so kind as people have generously donated food, tents, flashlights, batteries, and countless other important and necessary things to the people who have been evacuated from their homes because of the fire.

As of today, the fire is not spreading east, which is good news. But it has still moved some toward the west, which may impact structures and property near Strawberry Reservoir.

One good thing that has come out of this fire, is that I have learned I live in a very kind, and generous community. Bad things happen in the world, but there are still good people out there who are glad to step forward and help their neighbors where they can.

Check out information about the Dollar Ridge Fire, and other fires burning in Utah, on Utah Fire Info's Facebook Page.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Sands of Nezza by M. L. Forman

Sands of Nezza (c) 2014
by M. L. Forman
Adventurers Wanted: Book 4, The Sands of Nezza by M. L. Forman is a fun fantasy adventure for kids from upper elementary grades through junior high and high school. Alex Taylor, the main character, is tasked with the goal of rescuing a friend from an unjust imprisonment in Nezza. The friend had gone with a team of adventurers to rescue the rightful king, Rallian, and had been taken prisoner. So Alex sets off to rescue them all.

What follows is an exciting and dangerous adventure battling sand serpents, and wicked, power-hungry lords and their minions.

The story is fast paced with little time for the reader or the characters to get bored. I recommend this book to young readers, and anyone who enjoys reading adventure stories geared toward young readers.