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Blog Tour: Lori Nawyn- My Gift To You

04 Nov, 2010 by in my gift to you, utah authors 1 comment

From the back of the book: Trish Ingram works hard to maintain the perfect suburban household—or, at least, the appearance of one. By managing her outer world with lavish attention and rigid control, she’s able to ignore and conceal the darkness of her inner world, which is plagued by traumatic childhood memories of loss. Her terminally ill sister-in-law, Jamie, sees through the façade and reaches out in love to Trish, inspiring her to seek a more meaningful life and a more authentic self. But the childhood scars run deep, and despite Trish’s best efforts, she’s unable to be the wife and mother her family needs.

Devastated by the departure of her husband and daughter, Trish faces the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime. She desires to move forward in faith, but this desire alone cannot mend her family’s shattered trust. The hollow realm of denial and fear has been her safe haven. To confront pain and transcend the shadows of her past will require a level of courage she’s not sure she possesses. This gripping story of familial love and conflict tenderly reminds us that forgiveness—of self, and others—is both a difficult choice and a precious gift.

Bio: Lori Nawyn’s award-winning writing has appeared in regional and national publications including Outside Bozeman, Segullah, Deseret News, CraziBeautiful Women, and Latter-Day Woman. She is also a columnist for her local paper and a former member of Utah Press Women. One of her short stories was published in the anthology Stolen Christmas. Her first novel, My Gift to You, was released in October 2010.

Lori is currently writing her next novel, Day, about a mother’s relationship with her son. She works as a freelance artist and is the illustrator of the award-winning children’s picture book What Are You Thinking? which was released in July 2010 by ThoughtsAlive Publishing. She and her fireman husband live in northern Utah where they enjoy spending time with their four children and two granddaughters, plus an assortment of dogs, rabbits, and chickens.

Lori’s book, My Gift To You is available online at Deseret Book.

Mom’s Monday- What Are You Thinking

11 Oct, 2010 by in valerie ackley, what are you thinking Leave a comment

What Are You Thinking?
Written by Valerie Ackley
Illustrated by Lori Nawyn
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published August 2nd 2010
by Brigham Distributing
4 stars

Synopsis from website…”This fully illustrated book introduces children to the Law of Attraction. Fun characters and humorous situations show the power of the mind, and the importance of wisely selecting our dominant thoughts. Though created for children, adults and teens also enjoy the cleverly illustrated message of this book. “What are You Thinking” is a reminder to believe in your dreams, to have confidence in your ideas, and to always carry with you an attitude of gratitude. This 36 page, full-color book is the perfect choice for a unique and inspiring gift for those you love.”

What Are You Thinking reminded me a lot of a set of books my family read when I was a child called “Power Tales.” It’s an uplifting motivational read for pre-schoolers and grade school readers. Valerie Ackley’s message to young children is that their thoughts lead to mood, which in turn leads to action. Children learn the ideas they foster in their mind are the power to ignite their future and can influence those around them. Each page is bright and colorful with visually stimulating patterns and illustrations. We found it sensory stimulating and my children particularly enjoyed finding the bright green frog hopping throughout the story. What are You Thinking will hold interest and teach small ones that they possess the key to the future inside their minds. It is an Award Winning Finalist in the Children’s ‘Mind/Body/Spirit’ category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News

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