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Writers on Wednesday ~ Rachelle Christensen

Writers on Wednesday is spotlighting Rachelle Christensen today! She's involved in the writing community and willing to help other writers. Love her!
You can follow her on FB and Pinterest too.

Enjoy the post today:

Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?
I can’t narrow it down to one, but I will say that when I discovered the LDStorymakers conference was pivotal. The knowledge/community was amazing and each year I have returned and learned so much.

What’s your favorite snack?
 This is a fun one and I even have a picture on my blog:

What is your most memorable high school experience? 
Wow, how to choose? I had a great group of friends, enjoyed learning, and worked hard. I think playing the lead role in My Fair Lady, as Eliza Doolittle was definitely a high point and then writing an essay that won me a trip to Chesapeake Bay, VA to study the blue crab with scientists was pretty dang cool fo…

Whitney Awards Winners

What are the Whitney awards?WHITNEYSThe Whitney Awards–named after LDS poet and author, Orson F. Whitney, who once proclaimed that we would one day have “Shakespeares and Miltons of our own”–were begun some five years ago to honor the best in fiction by LDS authors and, thus, help to raise the bar in LDS literature. LDStorymakers is proud to host the Whitneys each year on the concluding night of our annual writer’s conference. Tickets for the Whitney Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony are limited but available to the public until sold out.

 Who won this year?
2012 Winners Best Young Adult Speculative Novel: EVERNEATH By Brodi Ashton
Best Young Adult General Novel: AFTER HELLO By Lisa Mangum
Best Middle Grade Novel: THE FALSE PRINCE By Jennifer A. Nielsen
Best General Novel: THE RENT COLLECTOR By Camron Wright
Best Historical Novel: MY LOVING VIGIL KEEPING By Carla Kelly
Best Romance Novel: EDENBROOKE By Julianne Donaldson
Best Mystery/Suspense Novel: CODE WORD By Traci Hunter …

ESTHER the QUEEN by H. B. Moore

She is a beautiful young Jewess, content in her life of anonymity... He is the most powerful king in the world... When chance brings the two together, the course of history is forever altered.

The glittering court of the Persian Empire serves as the backdrop for one of the most poignant tales of courage in the Bible, brought vividly to life in the pages of bestselling author H.B. Moore’s sweeping saga. And it begins on a dusty road in the Jewish Quarter . . .

An unexpected meeting between Esther and King Xerxes results in an immediate and unmistakable connection. When Esther is summoned to enter the king’s harem—the first step toward becoming his wife—Esther is torn between her desire to be with Xerxes and the knowledge that they will forever be divided by the secret of her Jewish heritage. Encouraged by her family to do what she must to help her people, she deftly navigates her new position in the palace, quickly becoming beloved by all—including Xerxes.

But when a treache…

Authors Incognito ~ Group extraodinaire

I belong to an awesome group of writers.  We help each other with writing, editing, and quite often, life. It's a great group of human beings having a writerly experience. And they are extraordinaire.

THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

The last line:
"And for the first time, I wasn't afraid."

The Iron Queen's brother, Ethan, has the Sight and can see the fey. But he knows if they know he can see them they will bother him and his family, even hurt them. But when a friend goes missing, thanks to a ghostly fey, he knows he has to enter their world. And see his sister again even though he&#…

INSOMNIA by J.R. Johansson

It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.

Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

 First line:
"It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me."

Oh my glob! T…

Writers on Wednesday~ Karen A. Hooper + Giveaway!

Welcome Karen Hooper today! She's talented, driven and fun!
She's also giving away one of her ebooks! At the end of the interview you'll find two book covers. Give a shout out to Karen in the comments, let me know which book you'd like to win and will pick a winner Tuesday! THANKS, Karen!

Enjoy the post.

What’s your favorite snack?

York Peppermint Patties and coffee. Yum.

What is your most memorable high school experience?

Sadly, my most memorable high school experience is losing someone very close to me in a car accident. That tragic experience is a nightmare that always stays with me.

What was the first book that turned you into a reader?

I read tons of books throughout elementary and middle school because our county had an awesome kids reading program, but the book that got me addicted to magical love stories was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. *dreamy sigh*

Are you a night owl or early bird?

I'm more of an early bird. Also, I can only write in the morni…

PRINCESS of the SILVER WOODS by Jessica Day George

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

Last line:
""It's for mine.""

This is the last book of the princess series by Jessica Day George.