Friday, May 8, 2009

LDSStorymakers conference, and a look at "Trail of Storms" by Marsha Ward

I went to the LDS Storymakers Conference this year, and I have to tell you that I was a little nervous because it was my first time and I wasn't sure what to expect. But I have to say I was totally impressed, enlightened and, excited. Listening and learning from successful authors, and authors like me, who are still in the baby stage of the magical journey. Yet, I believe we are all the teacher and all the student, (if that makes sense). Each one giving and receiving.

Along with that, just the work that went into makine the conference a success was mindboggling.

Another thing I want to do, today, is to tell you about a book I read a few weeks ago entitled, "Trail of Storms" by Marsha Ward.

I'm not usually into reading this genre, but because I know Marsha I decided to make an exeption, and I'm so glad I did. I found myself carrying the book with me to the Dr.'s Office, as well as each room in my house. Marsha took me on this incredible journey with the Owen family and their necessary, yet daring trek to the territory of New Mexico, and away from everything they owned and loved, away from the danger that threatened their lives if they stayed. I found myself completely drawn into the story, and into the lives of the family. It was a such a great read, Marsha. Now I'm going to have to get "The Man from Shenandoah".

And, because I brought up the subject of books, (what else do we authors talk about besides books?), I would like to tell you a little bit about my latest book, "Etcheon and the Secret of the Ancient"

Etcheon always believed he would live and die in his small village that he moved to with his grandmother, Granna Fela - safe, loved and protected. But with Granna's death comes new information about Etcheon's royal heritage and destiny, which suddenly throws him in the middle of a battle against a wicked king. On the run from hideous beasts sent to kill him, Etcheon is saved by a mysterious girl, a tree with magical powers, and A few amazing animals, who teach him all that he need to know and do to become who he was meant to be. With his new friends to protect and teach him, Etcheon undertakes a journey that will challenge his abilities and define his character as a warrior-prince charged to save his people.

One last thing. Michele Bell is giving out two autographed books and two tiles (you can choose either 8x8 or 12x12). Just go to her website and read her review with Jodi Robinson, author of "Women of Virture." Her website is:

Have a fun day.


Marsha Ward said...

JoAnn, thank you for the shout out to Trail of Storms. I've been getting very good feedback from readers on it. Now I have to get to work on my next novel, always the hardest thing to do because of so many commitments.

Do get The Man from Shenandoah. It starts the ball rolling.

Kersten said...

I'm excited to read it!

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