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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Review of "All's Fair" by Julie Coulter Bellon

Alls Fair Alls Fair by Julie Coulter Bellon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed "All's Fair" by Julie Coulter Bellon. There are two storylines to follow in this novel; siblings Kristen, a political campaign expert and Brandon an Army doctor and LDS covert who is stationed in Iraqi.

Kristen leaves her fiance at the altar and the old boyfriend comes into the picture and Brandon finds he is falling for his fellow doctor, Rachel Fields. The two story lines eventually merge, but I found I was drawn more to Brandon and Rachel's story. Their relationship seemed more believable and this was also the more exciting storyline. Granted, the storyline taking place in Iraqi is full of war happenings, kidnappings and terrorists; of course this had more excitement.

Julie is very good at writing suspense. I read this book rather quickly because I had to see if everyone made it out alive. I felt the book had a good ending, though some people have a thing against a "Happy Ever After" type ending. Personally, I don't mind reading a happy ending once in awhile. I have had too much reality in my own life lately and like to be taken away to a happy place when I read.

I look forward to reading more of Julie's books. I am sorry it has taken this long to find out what a great writer she is.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Episodes 32 & 33 Now Available!

In Episode 32, Sheila interviews author Rebecca Talley. Rebecca is the author of Heaven Scent and her latest novel, Altared Plans. She also writes on two blogs, her own blog & this one. Along with all of her writing, Rebecca is a busy mother of ten. You can hear all about Rebecca in Episode 32. While you're at it, visit her website at www.pursueyourwritingdream.com.

Episode 33 is a collection of interviews from the Storymakers Conference as well as the Whitney Awards. You'll hear from authors such as Gregg Luke, Candace Salima, Shirley Bahlmann & her son, Bron, James Dashner, H.B. Moore, Josi Kilpack, Brandon Sanderson, Aprilynne Pike and so many others! We spoke with several authors after the Whitney Awards Gala near the conclusion of the podcast, so you'll want to listen until the very end. Every year gets better and better. We can't wait to see what next year brings! And don't forget to nominate your favorite books published in 2009 at www.whitneyawards.com. No need to wait until the last minute- you can nominate books all year long!

You can find a list of eligible books by LDS authors on the LDS Publisher blog. Go check it out- and don't forget to submit your nominations!