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Utah Author Interview- Mette Ivie Harrison

29 Apr, 2010 by in giveaway, mette ivie harrison, utah authors 9 comments

Where were you born?
New Jersey

Did you graduate from college, if so from where and in what major?
BYU, B.A. and M.A. in German Literature 1990
Princeton, PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures 1995

What are your hobbies?
triathlon, knitting, crocheting, piano, quilting

What are your favorite all-time books?
Lois McMaster Bujold
Megan Whalen Turner
Robin Hobb
Margeret Peterson Haddix

When did you start writing your book and how long did it take to get it published?
I wrote a lot as a child and teen, but stopped for about ten years. I started up again in 1993 and had my first offer in 2000. I wrote twenty novels before I got to the one that sold. They are almost all unredeemable.

Who is your hero/ mentor?
Rick Walton

What suggestion would you give young writers?
Listen to people around who tell you what you do uniquely well. Do that.

What do you plan to do when you retire?
Retire? Why would I retire when writing is the thing I love to do most?

Do you have another day job?
I have 5 kids.

Favorite music? Does music or art inspire your writing?
I don’t listen to music while writing. It distracts me. But I love Chopin and the piano music from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the movies.

What are the names of your published works?

TWO PRINCESSES (forthcoming)

Are you working on any books right now?
Several, a contemporary YA fantasy/romance based on the original Tristan and Isolde tale, a postapocalyptic novel, and a vampire novel. Plus more Hound Saga books.

What do you aspire to do before you die?
Be happy.

Literary crush?
Megan Whalen Turner

What is your all-time favorite children’s book?
The Queen of Attolia

Do you prefer independent booksellers and why?
Because they buy more than the best sellers with big concepts.

Do you have a writer’s group?
I used to, but moved away, so right now my two teen daughters are my first readers of almost everything.

Mette’s Newest Book “The Princess and the Snowbird” comes out this week.

Book description from author’s website…Her parents were legends. When she was born, they gave their magic to her. And they will not take it back. Now, it is up to her if magic lives or dies. But she has lived all her life with animals. Why should it matter to her what humans do to their own magic?

Read an excerpt of all Mette’s books online at

Thanks so much to Mette Ivie Harrison for sitting with us for an interview. To learn more about Mette visit her website which is full of childhood photos, triathlon tales and beautiful writing. We snagged some of her bookmarks at the Authorpalooza at Barnes and Noble. And, we are giving them away to you lucky blog readers. The giveaway also includes other Utah author bookmarks and one of our site buttons!

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Giveaway ends May 29, 2010 and is open internationally

The Mark Author Signed Book Giveaway

10 Apr, 2010 by in book giveaway, marilyn bunderson, the Mark, utah authors 30 comments

Marilyn Bunderson has offered us an author signed book and a Mark bookmark to one of our lucky Blog Readers!

To enter to win
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Contest ends May 10, and is open internationally!

Book Review- Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

07 Apr, 2010 by in book review, Missing, Rhonda Gibb Hinrichsen, utah authors 4 comments

published October 5th 2009 by Brigham Distributing

details Paperback, 265 pages

isbn 1935217305

4.5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: A BYU-Idaho choir tour in British Columbia turns out to be anything but ordinary when soloist Stacie Cox spots a kidnapped child from Rexburg during a performance. Before Stacie can alert the authorities, the little girl disappears. Stacie vows to find and rescue her, a choice that forces her to deal with her guilt-ridden past and another little girl that haunts her dreams. When the handsome Matt Brennan helps Stacie in the search, she tries to resist the attraction she feels for him. Yet as he gains her friendship and trust, her resolve to never fall in love begins to crumble. And after a series of harrowing events, Stacie must decide if she is willing to sacrifice her life – and a possible future with Matt – to save a stranger.

WOW, this is a thrilling ride and a page turner! It is one of those action packed novels with a great message that you won’t be able to put down. Told from multiple points of view, one feels like they are immersed in a suspenseful mystery that needs to be solved. Ronda does a wonderful job with the main character Stacie Cox as she struggles with the demons of her past and letting her guard down. She is learning step by step through the chapters to follow her heart and be persistent in her attempt to save the life of a young missing girl. There is even a touch of romance sprinkled in 🙂 This was a phenomenal debut novel and I am so excited her second book, Trapped is coming out this month. 4.5 stars to Missing, I would highly recommend it!

Utah Author Interview-Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

07 Apr, 2010 by in Missing, Ronda Gibb Hinrichson, utah authors 1 comment

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen’s numerous magazine and internet writing credits include fiction and nonfiction published by The Friend, New Era, Ensign, Guideposts for Kids, Class Act, and She also enjoys teaching writing and speaking in various venues.

Ronda first knew she wanted to be a writer when she was in the 6th grade. Her English teacher had been reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders to the class, and when she reached the section where Johnny urged Ponyboy to stay “gold,” Ronda realized she wanted to write “golden” words just as Hinton had. More than that, she wanted those words to encourage the “golden” in others. That remains one of her goals.

Ronda loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at

Where were you born?
As my husband says, I was born in Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.

Did you graduate from college, if so from where and in what major?
I graduated with my Associates from Ricks and also studied writing/English at Weber State and USU.

What are your hobbies?
Music. Singing in particular.

What are your favorite all-time books?
I love the English classics. Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, especially. But I also love Little Women. I read it over a dozen times when I was a young teen.

When did you start writing your book and how long did it take to get it published?
I don’t remember the exact year I started writing it, but it took about three years because it was the first novel I’d ever attempted to write, and I had a lot of learning about structure, etc. to do. Getting it published? Over a year before it was finally accepted, and it was published about 9 months after that.

Who is your hero/ mentor?
Dorla Jenkins, my Creative Writing teacher from Ricks College. She was amazing. I promised myself long ago that I’d dedicate my first book to her, and that’s what I did. MISSING is now dedicated to my husband and to Dorla Jenkins.

What suggestion would you give young writers?
If becoming an author is what you really, truly, no matter what happens want to do, then write, study the craft, and DON’T GIVE UP. You can do it.

What do you plan to do when you retire?
Retire from what? I’ve been writing since I was 12, so I don’t believe that will ever disappear from my life.

Do you have another day job?
I teach beginning piano in my home. I enjoy it, but someday I might “retire” from that. I’ll have to wait and see.

Favorite music? Does music or art inspire your writing?
I really like Josh Grobin and Il Divo. I also enjoy a lot of classical music. As far as inspiring me, some of the themes from popular lyrics have inspired the romance between some of my characters.

What are the names of your published works?
MISSING is my first novel, but I’ve had dozens of articles and short stories published in magazines and in online media.

Are you working on any books right now?
Yes. I’m in the beginning stages of writing my third novel.

What do you aspire to do before you die?
Become a national best seller. That’s my dream, anyway, but other than that, I just want a joy-filled life with my family.

Literary crush?
The same guy every girl loves—Fitzwilliam Darcy.

What is your all-time favorite children’s book?“I Love You Forever”

Independent booksellers and why?
I really appreciate independent booksellers because they can choose the books they like to sell and promote, and they can do it in the way they see fit. Chains have more stringent rules and a limited selection of books. Chains do, however, have their place in the market.

Do you have a writer’s group?
Yes! I completely rely on them and their wisdom. They have become some of my dearest friends.

Upcoming Events: April 23-24, 2010 LDS Storymaker’s Conference

May 12, 2010 Teaching with N.C. Allen at LUW–Absolutely Write

June 5th, 2010 Teaching at THE Teen Writer’s Conference

Review and Blog Tour-Sharp Edge of a Knife

30 Mar, 2010 by in Nichole Giles, utah authors 1 comment

Product Details
Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: Golden Wings Enterprises (January 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979434025

Product Description from Amazon
Most people would have panicked, sitting bound and gagged on a boulder in the middle of the desert as I was, but for some reason, I didn’t. A strange kind of reassurance washed over me from somewhere deep within. Whether it was peace that I’d go quickly, or comfort that I was being protected, I wasn’t sure. When Mel Petersen leaves for work on the morning of February 7, he has no idea what awaits him. A few miles from his house, Mel picks up a pair of young men who appear to be college students, hoping to prevent them from having to walk in the cold. What Mel doesn’t know is that the men are actually convicts on the run from the law who are desperate to get away by any means necessary. When one of his passengers holds a knife to Mel’s throat, he has no choice but to submit to the demands of the criminals. Mel hopes he has what it takes to talk his captors into letting him live so he can return to his wife and children, but fears they will kill him before he has the chance. Based on a true story, The Sharp Edge of a Knife follows Mel and his captors on an unforgettable ride that will have you questioning the depth of your faith and sitting on the edge of your seat as it grabs your attention from the first sentence and keeps you riveted until the very end.

About the Author
Nichole Petersen Giles is the daughter of Joseph Petersen, Mel and Jeneal’s second child and firstborn son. She was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the Midwest, mostly staying in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and snatches of time in Texas. Her future aspirations include adding a tropical island to her growing list of locations. For now, she plans to travel to as many tropical locations as possible, scouting for her future home in paradise. Her early career plans included becoming a megastar actress or a rock star, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer, in that order. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her family, travel, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along. Her first book Mormon Mishaps and Mischief, an anthology of humorous anecdotes, was released in December 2009 by Cedar Fort Inc. and can be found online and wherever LDS books are sold. Some of her other work has been published in Highlights for Children, The Friend, and Boys’ Quest, and she blogs regularly at For more information about Nichole or her work, contact her at

I was sent this book by Utah author Nichole Giles after meeting her at Utah Authorpalooza. The story really hits home for me. My grandfather’s brother was killed by a hitchhiker he picked up in Utah back when he was a young father. And, my great Uncle left behind a young wife and family. ” The Sharp edge of a Knife” is a story filled with faith and prayers. It is a wonderful tale of how one person’s belief can influence the life of even the most hardened criminal. I especially loved Nichole’s historical information and newspaper clippings in the the back of the book. She is an awesome person and this book is based on the story of her own grandfather. Pick it up, it’s a good read!

Sharp Edge of A Knife Super Giveaway

30 Mar, 2010 by in giveaway, Nichole Giles, The Sharp Edge of a Knife, utah authors 7 comments

The Sharp Edge of a Knife Giveaway!

Message from author Nichole Giles: To celebrate the release of The Sharp Edge of a Knife, I’ve put together an exciting giveaway, with several opportunities to win. Since the book deals a lot with making choices, the prizes all have something to do with choice.

Among prizes I’ve been collecting, Lisa at Watches by Lisa has agreed to sponsor the giveaway by donating a custom made beaded watch and face. Head on over to her blog and take a look at the incredible selection.

Watches by Lisa

So, choice number one: the winner gets to choose a watch band and face so that their watch is personalized to their tastes and fashion needs.

Yes, I realize that a beaded watch is not exactly a prize to be coveted by a bunch of masculine men (though it makes a great gift for the woman or girl in your life), which is why I’m also giving away more great stuff. Check out the following really cool prizes:

1. Choice between: An autographed copy of the New York Times number one bestselling novel, Wings by Aprilynne Pike—or—a non-autographed copy of The Darwin Awards, Intelligent Design by Wendy Northcutt—or—a numbered, autographed copy of Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright. Click here to learn more about Wings, here to read about The Darwin Awards, and here to find out about Recovering Charles.

2. Choice between: A $25 gift certificate to the Restaurant Morelia in Murray, UT (Sorry out-of-state peeps, this is local to Utah.) or $25 worth of vinyl lettering by Whaddayawannasay Vinyl Lettering—you choose your quote or phrase.

Bonus prize for author types
3. You may substitute any of the above selections with the following incredible opportunity: The chance to sit in on a critique session with my wonderful, amazing, incredible critique group. While there, you will be treated to not one, but six critiques on the first chapter of your work in progress. This is no ordinary group. We have in our midst some fabulous authors including Tristi Pinkston, acquisitions editor for Valor publishing and author of the Secret Sisters series, Danyelle Ferguson, freelance editor and author of (dis)Abilities and the Gospel—who will edit via internet, since she actually lives in Kansas—Heather Justesen, author of The Ball’s In Her Court and the upcoming release, Rebound, Kimberly Job, author of I’ll Know You By Heart, and Keith Fisher, up and coming author of women’s fiction and plotting genius, and Nichole Giles, also known as D.N. Giles.

**If you are not local to Utah, but would still like this option, we will still critique your chapter online.
**If enough people enter this contest, I reserve the right to choose extra winners and give away some, or all, of the prizes left after the top three winners have made their choices.
Entries will be accepted between March 15th and April 3rd. On April 5th Nichole will announce the contest winners on her blog.

Entry requirements:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. You must leave a comment telling me which prize you want to win and why.
3. For those wishing to win the watch, you must go to
Watches by Lisa and become a follower, then come back and tell me which watch combination is your favorite.

Extra entries:
1. Blog about this contest, then come back and leave either a url address or a link in a comment.
2. Twitter this contest, tell me where to see your tweet in a comment.
3. Follow me on Twitter @FireIcePhotos
4. Follow Nichole on Twitter.
5. Facebook the contest. If your Facebook page is private, and I’m not your friend, I can’t see that you’ve done this, so you’ll need to friend me.
6. Become a fan of The Sharp Edge of a Knife on Facebook.

Utah Author Spotlight-Kristyn Crow

26 Mar, 2010 by in utah authors 6 comments

photo by Heather Gardner

Today’s Utah author spotlight is Kristyn Crow. I met her at Authorpalooza (on the far right) and she is an incredible person! I CAN not believe she finds the time to write and publish books with seven children of her own! What a super woman…

Where were you born?
I was born in Inglewood, California. At the time it was a scary gang-infested place, and our family home was ransacked and burglarized. I also remember my father having to chase someone down the street who was lurking around our property.

Where did you attend college?
I was an English major at BYU. I also worked at BYU in both the Admissions and School Relations Offices.

What are your hobbies?
It sounds cheesy, but my hobby is writing. I love to do it; I’m obsessed with it. It’s work and play at the same time. I also enjoy reading, biking, going on dates with my husband, checking email and Facebook, chatting with my sisters on the phone, and watching great movies. There are about ten DVDs that I’ve probably watched fifty times each (at least), and I never tire of them.

What are your favorite all-time books?
I always find this question nearly impossible to answer. But here are some books I’ve read recently and enjoyed:

The Actor and the Housewife, by Shannon Hale

Star Girl, by Jerry Spinelli

This is What I Did: by Ann Dee Ellis

The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

As for picture books, my childhood favorites were:

The Monster at the End of this Book, by Jon Stone

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

When did you start writing your books and how long did it take to get them published?
I’ve been writing stories since I was a small child, and announced to my parents that I wanted to be an author when I was about six. I didn’t know any authors or writers, and have no idea where the desire came from. It’s something I’ve known I wanted to do from my very earliest memory.

So considering how young I was when I had the dream, it’s hard to say exactly how long it took me to get published. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to say more than thirty years. Specifically, it took me about eight years to get my first book published, from the time I wrote it to seeing it on the shelves.

Who is your hero/ mentor?
My hero is my mother, Kathryn Gale Riley, who died of breast cancer on February 15, 1994 at the young age of 50. She taught me to believe I could accomplish anything if I worked hard enough. She had total confidence in me, even when I didn’t. And she cared deeply about even the most minute, insignificant details of my life. It’s hard to lose someone like that.

My mentor is Rick Walton. Rick is the author of more than 75 children’s books, and he took me under his wing when I was a student in his class. He taught me how to properly craft a picture book and then — even more important–showed me how to navigate the frightening world of marketing and publicity once I began to sell manuscripts. I will be forever grateful for his wisdom, insight, and friendship.

What suggestion would you give young writers?
Don’t delude yourself by thinking writing for children is easy. It isn’t. Go to every writing conference and class you can possibly afford. Be an eager student. Pay attention and take notes. Seek out the authors who write the way you want to, and get advice from them. Find mentors – people who are ahead of you in the publishing process. Ask and learn from them. And of course, write, and get as much feedback from other writers as you can. Crave critiques like a junkie. Look for trends in the comments you’re receiving. What are you doing wrong in your story? Fix it. Keep getting feedback and fixing. Get feedback, fix. Get feedback, fix. Be driven and determined, and publication will happen.

Where did the inspiration for your books come from?
COOL DADDY RAT was inspired by three years of living in the heart of New York City. That place is its own universe, with a rhythm all its own, and the feel of it never left me.

Writing BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP was a strange experience of sitting up to the computer, typing the first few lines of text, and having an uninvited chorus just storm right into the story. Then it took off running as I tried frantically to keep up. It hasn’t happened since, but I hope it will soon.

THE MIDDLE-CHILD BLUES was inspired by the old Enjoli television advertisement I remembered from my childhood. It used part of the song “I’m a Woman” by Peggy Lee. It went, “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan….” That tune has been stuck in my head–honestly– for three decades. I especially loved the big band echoing the voice. “I can bring home the bacon,” BUM BAH DA DAH, etc. So I was sitting with my middle son goofing around on my laptop and started typing text with that tune in my head. “Well, first there was Raymond,” BUM BAHH DA DAH. “And then came Lee…” And since my middle son was sitting with me, I sang, “I’ve got the middle child blues,” and he laughed. It clicked. As is typical for me, the words and the rhythm of the manuscript come first. Then, when I’ve finally got a good vibe going I realize the story is a mess. So I have to go back and craft a story within the rhyme scheme I’ve set up. That’s the grueling part. It’s a backwards way of doing things.

Are you working on any books right now?
I’m always working on something. Right now I’m writing a middle-grade novel, and a handful of new picture books.

What do you aspire to do before you die?
Celebrate my ninetieth birthday. Hopefully I’ll have authored bunches of books.

How do you find time to write/illustrate with other responsibilities?
I’ve got seven children, so finding time to write has been challenging. I’ve had to use a laptop and position it in the center of the house, where I could generally observe kids coming and going and direct traffic. For many years there was no possible way for me to write alone, quietly by myself. I had to filter noise in my brain. Now, my youngest child is in first grade and I’ve finally got all day by myself to write. It’s been fantastic.

What was your road to being published like?
Ten years ago I registered for the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Workshop as an unpublished writer, snuck into Rick Walton’s class (they said it was full) and he thought my work was good enough to show to the visiting agent. He set-up a private meeting, but she only laughed at my work. Really. (It wasn’t a good laugh.) When I returned to Rick’s class, he picked my spirits up off the floor and referred me to a different agent, but I was afraid to go through that humiliation again. When I finally did muster the courage, I sent off my stories, and three months later the second agent enthusiastically signed me on. I often wonder, what if I hadn’t tried again?

What is your all-time favorite children’s book?
My favorite picture book of all-time is Saving Sweetness, by Diane Stanley. I think it’s absolutely brilliant.

Do you have a writer’s group?
I have an amazing writer’s group, and I believe every writer (aspiring and published) should be in one. I wouldn’t sell a single manuscript without the amazing insights of my group. I also love the way we cheer for each other’s successes, and support each other during times of disappointment.

Thanks so much for taking the time to do an interview with us! Kristyn has generously donated for a giveaway! And watch for upcoming reviews and an author chat with her coming soon!

To enter to win an autographed copy of her book “Big Daddy Rat”: leave your name in the comments below!

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Contest ends April 26, 2010 and is open internationally!

In My Mailbox

26 Mar, 2010 by in simon schuster, utah authors 3 comments

Spiderwick Chronicles #2,4-bought used for my kiddos
Fablehaven boxed set-Won from Simon Schuster
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield-bought used
Sweep by Kate Tiernan– bought used
Vampire Diaries by L.H. Smith-bought used
This Lullabye by Sarah Dessen -Giving Away, stay tuned!
Missing by Utah author Sandra Gibb Hinrichson-in the mail to review
Love Your Body by Brooke Parker PHD- in the mail to review
Zan-Gah books- in the mail to review
Shakepeare picture books- bought used
Bedtime at the Swamp, Cool Daddy Rat and The Middle Child Blues
by Utah author Kristyn Crow-in the mail to review

Utah Author Interview- Aubrey Mace

19 Feb, 2010 by in my fairy grandmother, utah authors 23 comments

Photo by Heather Zahn Gardner

Today’s Utah Author Spotlight is Aubrey Mace, published author x 3
What are your favorite all-time books?- The Angel’s Game, The Shadow of the Wind, Bel Canto, Cold Flat Junction, Persuasion, Gilead, Atlas Shrugged, Anna Karenina, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Sun Also Rises.

When did you start writing your book and how long did it take to get it published? I started writing my first book, Spare Change, in 2006. (It was actually my second book, but my first one is still in a drawer.) I submitted to five or so publishers before it was picked up by Cedar Fort after completing their requested edits. It was on the shelf in April 2008.

Who is your hero/ mentor?- I think I would have to say Jane Austen, for helping to pave the way for other women who wanted to write.
What suggestions would you give young writers? 1) Grow a thick skin. The submission process can be brutal, and getting published doesn’t happen overnight, so learn to put those rejections behind you and KEEP SUBMITTING! 2) Read as much as you can. Time spent reading is never wasted– it only makes you a better writer.
Where did the inspiration for your books come from?- I get my best ideas when I’m doing mundane, repetitive tasks like weeding the yard or shoveling snow. And I seem to get a lot of ideas in the shower for some reason.

Are you working on any books right now? I’m working on two novels right now: my NaNoWriMo novel from this year is almost finished– it’s about pudding (of all things), and a novel about heaven that’s about halfway done.

Who is your favorite author? That’s the hardest question! I could never narrow it down to just one, but I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Martha Grimes, Jane Austen, Raymond Chandler, Ann Patchett, Helen Fielding, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Eden, and Diane Setterfield.

What was your road to being published like? The story of my road to being published was a lot shorter than some I’ve heard, but it seemed long to me! I still have two finished novels in drawer that I haven’t been able to find a publisher for. the more I talk to other writers, the more I find that to be the case.

Aubrey was super generous and donated three signed books for us to giveaway! Two of them you can win here, the third, “My Fairy Grandmother” we are giving away to one lucky participant of our author chat with her on Wednesday February 24th, 2010 at 7:30 PM MST. Come chat with Aubrey and win her third, most recent book!

To win “Spare Change” and “Santa Maybe” author signed set:

Leave us your name and email address
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Giveaway ends March 18th and is open to International Participants. Good luck!

My Fairy Grandmother by Aubrey Mace

19 Feb, 2010 by in book review, utah authors, YA ficiton 1 comment

Product Details
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Bonneville Books; 1 edition (March 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599552175

Product Description from Amazon
Descended from fairies? It sounds unbelievable, but according to Kaitlin’s grandmother Viola, it s true. In spite of her initial reluctance to visit Viola, Kaitlin finds herself being drawn into Viola s stories of elegant castles, evil counts, and exciting escapades. But as Kaitlin learns more about her family, Kaitlin s mother becomes increasingly concerned about Viola s mental health. Good thing Kaitlin knows better! From the author of Spare Change, this enchanting tale shows how a good story can bring a whole family together.

quote from the book…”Everyone comes to this earth and lives their life. It might be a long life or it might be short, but most of the basic details are uninteresting. We go about our daily chores, we might marry, we might have children, and we die … Each of us has one story worth telling, one moment of glory and triumph or pain and despair; something that defines us. It might be one second, or it could extend over several years, but for better or worse, it is the most interesting part of who we are.”

I bought this book at the Utah Atuthorpalooza because I love fairies and the cover was even glitttery! Cheesy, but oh so true for me…I judge a book my it’s cover! I got to page 66 and almost put it away because the main villain of the book Count Diavolo is just so evil. I asked Aubrey about him and how she came up with his character, she responded “Count Diavolo was a really fun character to write. I don’t get a chance to write the really evil characters in chick lit, so it was a refreshing change for me. I can’t say that he was really based on any one character in fiction– just bits and pieces of the scariest guy I could imagine!” that pretty much sums him up!

Plowing through all of this evil ways I came to really enjoy the story and wanted to find out what happened! The tale is spun into t a little fishing net that pulls you in and makes you have to keep reading!

Set in the modern day, the books is mainly written as told by a grandmother to her 10 year old granddaughter about her heritage. Much like a fairytale, there are heroes, morals and a little bit of magic. It is a message of courage and hope in the midst of absolute loss. The end leaves me wondering if there will be a sequel? Who is the other fairy?

But, I guess I will have to ask Aubrey at our upcoming online author chat next Wednesday. We are giving away a signed My Fairy Gradnmother” to one lucky participant of our author chat with her on Wednesday February 24th, 2010 at 7:30 PM MST. Come chat with Aubrey and win her third, most recent book!