The Great Glasses Giveaway (Firmoo)

Here I am wearing a pair of glasses I ordered from I really like them, and so I’d like to share the wealth.

Firmoo is an immensely popular supplier of eyewear, both prescription and non-prescription. They have a huge selection and reasonable prices. After discovering I needed glasses, I had a great experience ordering my glasses from them.

Fill out the form below for a chance to win a free pair of Firmoo glasses if there are more than 30 different people who enter. I’m also giving away six $30 vouchers that can be used towards purchasing designer eyewear on the site.  This only runs through Feb 22nd, so be sure to sign up and share!

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Young Adult Blog Hop

Welcome to the Young Adult giveaway hop! Every entry you see below will give you a chance to win a great young adult book. Also, don’t miss my audio series through (click on Audio Series above) or the submissions I have for upcoming anthologies. (See Current Projects.)

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Young Adult Blog Hop

Welcome to another great giveaway! Just full out the form below between the 27th and 31st for a chance to win a free signed copy of “The Canticle Kingdom”.  As one of the options for this contest, I have included checking out the web serial that is a prelude to “The Canticle Kingdom” called “Canticle of Night”.  So, if you’d like to see (or even hear) a sample of my writing, please go visit the link provided and check it out. (Don’t forget to “like” it).  In other news, I hope to get the sequel out this year, entitled “The Frozen Globe”.  I already have a cover for it, and it looks awesome.  If I can get over 150 entries in this giveaway, I will reveal the cover when I announce the winner.

Don’t forget to visit all the other great blogs participating in the hop using the list below the entry form.

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Spooktacular Blog Hop

Note: There will be no new Thursday post this week, as I need to run the Blog Hop through the 31st. As soon as this is over, get ready for NaNoWriMo!

Leading up to Halloween and NaNoWriMo starting the next day, I’ve joined the Spooktacular Blog Hop. It’s a little bigger than the other ones I have done, and that means more chances for you to win great things on this blog and on other blogs.

On this hop, you’ll be able to win a signed copy of “The Last Archangel”, just in time for your holiday shopping. Don’t forget to enter my NaNoWriMo contest by following this link:

Writing Update: I had a tremendous writing week. I’m up to 45,442 in Simon Says and to 28,647 in the Last Archangel II. I’ve made some progress in getting Canticle of Night (a prequel story to The Canticle Kingdom) put together, and I’ve even started putting together a Christmas story for my publisher’s annual Chirstmas submission contest. (You can read more about the contest here: )

Writing Tip of the Week: Give the reader some white space. Long paragraphs can intimidate the reader and cause him or her to lose interest. Take a look at your work in progress just to gauge the amount of white space on the page. If you find a page that is too dense, see how you could break up the longest paragraphs.

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September Blog Hop Winners

Giveaway Winners: Congratulations to Leigh Ann Gregorie and Mary Reiss! They have won signed copies of “The Canticle Kingdom”. (Yes, I decided to choose two winners due to the number of entries.

Also congratulations to Debbie Davis who has won a three-chapter manuscript critique. I’m excited to see her work. If you did not win this time around, don’t worry. I’ll do another blog hope near the end of October with more chances to win. Thank you to you all for entering and I hope that you will continue to visit my blog. I’ll try to make it as interesting as possible!

Writing Update: I’ve been doing a crazy project that fell in my lap this week. A local law firm has tasked me with translating about 40 pages of German legal documents into English. If you’ve ever studied legal documents, you know how complex they can be. German legal documents take this even a step further. They love huge compound words that translate to five or six words when translated. Working on this has taken up most of my usual writing time this week, so sadly, I did not make much progress on anything.

The commission for this work, however, will be a large help to my family. I’ll just commit to work twice as hard this week in order to make progress on my works in progress. In the coming weeks, I’m going to introduce you all to the works I’m going to be submitting soon so you can get a better idea of what I’m working on. 

Looking for Bookclubs: I’m looking for book clubs who are interesting in reading one or both of my books in their book club. If you live around Salt Lake City, I’d love to come visit in person, but if you live anywhere else, I’d love to participate through Skype. Leave me a comment if you are interested, or send me an email at

September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Blog Hop! Celebrate the beginning of fall with me and my blogger friends by hopping around, visiting our sites, and entering our contests! There are no limits – you can enter the contest on every blog. With over 40 blogs participating, that’s over 40 prizes you could win. Just click on the links below to move on to the next blog. On my blog, you can win one of two prizes. I’m giving away one for readers and one for authors. Readers can win a signed copy of “The Canticle Kingdom”Writers can win a free first three chapter’s critique from me. Would you like to win this prize? Enter on the widget below. In your comment, please let me know which of the prizes you are interested in. (Book, critique or both)

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September Blog Hop Participants

1. Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author2. Joyce DiPastena3. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer4. Mandi Slack5. Michael D. Young6. Six Mixed Reviews7. Pam Williams8. Laurie Lewis9. Kristy Tate10. Marilyn Yarbrough11. Stacy Coles12. Kristie Ballard13. Lynn Parsons14. Pushing Past the Pounds15. Sheila Staley16. cindy Hogan 17. Jamie Thompson18. Jaclyn Weist19. Cathy Witbeck20. Secret Sisters Mysteries21. Tamera Westhoff22. Tina Scott23. Lynnea Mortensen24. Danyelle Ferguson aka Queen of the Clan25. Jeanette A. Fratto26. Bonnie Harris27. Melissa Lemon28. Mary Ann Dennis29. Stephanie Black30. Jane Still31. Janice 32. Laura Bastian 33. Tamara Bordon34. Betsy Love35. Maria Hoagland36. Amber Robertson37. Debbie Davis38. 39. Christy Monson40. Carolyn Frank41. Rebecca Birkin42. Melissa Cunningham43. Emily L. Moir44. Ronda Hinrichsen45. Lisa Asanuma46. Joan Sowards47. Jordan McCollum48. Diane Stringam Tolley