Another contract —

I’m excited to announce that Cedar Fort will be publishing a third book for me next fall! Watch for my Christmas book in October, my LDS leadership book in December, and a national leadership book next year. I feel so fortunate to be working with such great and supportive publishers!

Happy Mother’s Day

Reenie and I visited my father on April 6th (the day we Mormons believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead). He showed us this magnificent amaryllis and told us a wonderful story. My mother passed away in late November of 2013. This amaryllis had been in the kitchen window and Dad couldn’t bring himself to throw it away after her passing, even though he thought it had died when the flowers withered and the plant rotted away soon after Mom’s funeral. Fourteen months later, two stems burst from the dormant bulb, and ten showy blossoms crowned the resurrected flower. He felt as though Mom was reaching out from beyond the grave to comfort him, just the sort of thing she would do, and in just the sort of way she would do it. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!


Cover reveal for Finding Baby Jesus

I’m excited to announce that we have a cover for my Christmas book, Finding Baby Jesus! A big thanks to Rebecca Greenwood at Cedar Fort for the amazing design work. I think she captured the tone of the story perfectly.


It looks like the little book will be out in October. I’ll let everyone know the specifics when I do.

The LDSPPA organizing event

Here’s the scoop on the LDS publishing professionals association. It’s a group of publishers, writers, bloggers, journalists, designers, students, and others associated with publishing, who are creating a group to share best practices and support each other. Although it includes houses who publish for LDS audiences, it isn’t limited to that, and several of the original organizers are members of the “mainstream” publishing and writing establishment (see We are holding our organizing event at the SLC library on April 3rd and we would love to have you join us! Sign up at the website.


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Cover reveal for The Christlike Leader

I’m excited to show you the brand new cover for The Christlike Leader! Shawnda Craig designed it and sent it to me last night. I love it! Please let me know what you think. The book is scheduled to be printed in October and available in book stores this December just in time for Christmas shopping.


Curving North Acquires The Fisher Group

A press release issued yesterday by our friends at Curving North announced that their company has acquired ours ( This blessing will allow Reenie and me to retire from our day jobs this year, and for me to dedicate myself to writing full-time! We’re thrilled that these good people have come into our lives and excited to see what happens in this second act of ours.

Historic Photos

My Dad shares historic pics with me sometimes, and I’d like to pass six of them on. These are from the early 1900s (1905-1917) in Detroit, Jacksonville, Atlantic City, Washington DC, and just after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Note the unusual clarity of the photos–extremely difficult with the cameras of the day. I love the cars, beach attire, and bowlers.

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DIY in Midway, Utah

FINDING BABY JESUS is set in Midway, Utah because it is such a unique Bavarian community. We have a small log cabin there and fell in love with the town immediately. We’re thinking about renting our cabin to vacationers, and in preparation, we recently completed the following steps to save money by building an IKEA wardrobe ourselves:

Step One: Complete intensive investigation of options on-line while still in Portland and choose a piece of furniture to fit budget.
Step Two: Fly to Utah. Take measurements and realize the first choice won’t work.
Step Three: Drive to nearest IKEA (one and a half hours away) and decide on furniture way outside of budget.
Step Four: Revise budget.
Step Five: Fill every cubic inch of rental SUV with boxes and fasteners. Drive to cabin peering through small openings between slabs of fiberboard. Worry that a sudden stop might decapitate mate.
Step Six: Begin to assemble furniture.
Step Seven: Realize that some critical fasteners are missing. Remember that life is a journey–not a destination–and make the three hour trip again to pick up a handful of special screws.
Step Eight: Continue assembly. Discover that the wardrobe is too tall to lift into place. Revise assembly process.
Step Nine: Open final box to discover that hinges for the wardrobe door are missing. Call IKEA and firmly ask why they are gone. Find out that the door requires a special hinge kit that we “probably should have been told about.”
Step Ten: Make a third trip to IKEA. Periodically hold a compress against eyes to prevent blood from squirting out of them and causing a safety hazard.
Step Eleven: Add time and travel expenses to cost of wardrobe and compare against the cost of purchasing a custom-made solid oak version.
Step Twelve: Grind teeth and count non-construction related blessings.