Authors teach about “Finding Life After Losing One”

Finding-Life-After-Losing-One_9781462117857“Finding Life After Losing One: A Parent’s Guide for When a Child Dies” is a book written by two Corvallis residents, Nikki King and Alice Rampton, who each experienced the death of a young daughter.  Alice and her husband, Mark, lost their daughter Lora in 1986 to cancer, while Nikki and Eric King’s daughter, Taylor, died in 2012 in a tragic car accident. Following Taylor’s death, Nikki approached Alice for support during the initial grieving process and during several conversations, the idea of collaboration on a book was formed.

Nikki comments, “This is not your typical book on grief management as it is written for parents by parents. We interviewed over twenty parents who had lost a child. Several of these parents were from Corvallis and others were from across the United States.”   Insights from these interviews were incorporated into the end of each chapter.  Children of these contributing parents died at various ages; one lived only a few hours while others lived into their forties. The cause of their deaths varied also and included accident, cancer, suicide, disease, and murder.

Guilt, intimacy, emotional triggers, dealing with anger and regret, healthy healing, what to say and what not to say to a grieving parent, and ways to memorialize your child are some of the topics covered in the book.  Suggestions are included for friends and family members who want to offer appropriate support to those grieving. Alice shared the main reasons they wrote the book was so that other parents would know that they are not alone in the world of grief.  “Losing a child is one of the hardest trials experienced by any parent and we want others to know they are not alone.  Everyone grieves in their own way, but it helps to know that many emotions felt by a grieving parent have been experienced by others. We hope the book will bring comfort and encouragement for grieving individuals from all walks of life.”  Their book is a survival manual for parents and families who have lost a child. Nikki and Alice encourage their readers to write in the margins, add personal notes, and highlight suggestions that make sense.  

The book, published by Cedar Fort, is available for purchase at Cedar Fort, Amazon, Barnes and Noble Books, and Walmart online. It can also be purchased, using PayPal, directly from the author’s website:

A mystery for the ages, an adventure in our time

Adventure is reborn February 9, 2016, when Aaron Blaylock’s debut novel, “The Land of Look Behind,” hits bookshelves everywhere. 

Land-of-Look-Behind-9781462117956SPRINGVILLE, Utah (January 14, 2016) — A mysterious symbol, tucked in an old journal, draws former missionary Gideon Goodwin back to Jamaica with dreams of finding a secreted treasure. Gideon, and his best friend, Todd, follow the enigmatic clues in the journal of Lieutenant Benjamin Jarvis that lead them to a land of myth, treasure and adventure.  Separated by centuries, their paralleled journeys lead them all to a forbidden cave in the treacherous cockpit country of Jamaica.  Their perilous quest to reach the cave challenges their resolve, their friendships and their perception of the world as it puts them in opposition of dark forces set to protect the cave and its secrets.

“Aaron Blaylock’s first book hooks you from the first chapter as he begins to tell a tale from two ends, the past and present. You’ll debate which you enjoy more until the gripping surprise end.” –Tom Blodgett The Arizona Republic

“‘The Land of Look Behind’ is a captivating read by a promising, talented new author. This thrilling story of ‘Look Behind’ was thoroughly entertaining!” -Alyson Peterson, author of “Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return”

See the official trailer below.

About the Author

profileBorn and raised in Arizona, Aaron Blaylock came of age in the suburbs of Sacramento, California, and as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jamaica.

He married his childhood crush in 2001 and together they are raising four beautiful and rambunctious children in Mesa, Arizona.  He worked as a freelance sports reporter for The Arizona Republic for nearly ten years, combining his love of writing and sports.  When not working, writing, or serving at church, Blaylock volunteers as a soccer and baseball coach for his children.  

His storytelling draws heavily from his love of history and adventure, his faith, and his own life experiences.

Launch Party

Come meet the author at “The Land of Look Behind” launch party February 12, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the OneOhOne Gallery in downtown Mesa, 101 W. Main Street Mesa, Ariz.

Cedar Fort Adds Bestselling Books to Shelfie


Cedar Fort, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have joined Shelfie to offer ebook bundling to our readers. Shelfie is an app (available on iPhone and Android) that offers ebooks to those who already own the print versions. Our entire catalog of ebooks is now available for $0.99 to readers who own a print copy.

Here’s how it works:

  • Download the Shelfie app.
  • Add your library by taking a Shelfie – a photo of your shelf.
  • The app will let you know which books are eligible for free or as discounted ebooks.
  • Scan the barcode to start claiming your ebook.
  • Mark your book with an ex-libris stamp, bookplate, or just write your name on the copyright page and upload a photo.
  • Download your ebook!

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“1, 2, 3 with Nephi & Me” by Heidi Doxey and illustrated by Emily Konopasek is on sale now!

1,-2,-3-with-Nephi-and-Me_9781462116362BUY HERE!

Cuddle up with your kids and count your way through the Book of Mormon! This colorful board book is perfectly sized for little fingers and is a fun way to introduce numbers and scripture stories at the same time. With rhyming text and cute illustrations, it’s sure to become a family favorite that your kids will want to read over and over again!

See a page spread from “1, 2, 3 with Nephi and Me”

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 11.53.18 AMAbout the Author:

Heidi Jo Doxey grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she started reading Jane Austen in seventh grade. She currently lives in Utah, where she works in publishing. When she’s not reading, writing, or making books at work, she enjoys riding her bike, hiking, and traveling.

Year end discounts for “From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher” by Wain Myers with Kelly L. Martinez

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Wain Myers thought he knew what he believed, but after a revelation from God, something had to change. This black former Baptist preacher–and now black Mormon teacher–tells his fascinating story of following the Spirit’s voice and ultimately becoming a convert in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the “LDS” or “Mormon” church). This remarkable true story will inspire you to follow your own promptings and share truth wherever you find it.

Read a sample of “From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher” here!

Praise for “From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher”:

“Truth is truth, and for most people it doesn’t always come in a pretty package. Wain shares the truth and insights about why he believes what he believes. From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher is not for the weak of heart! Wain Myers is taking no prisoners as he shares his raw, yet personal, experience of leaving the “cloth” and embracing the priesthood. His real, refreshing testimony will uplift you and remind you that, like the scriptures say, we are more than a conqueror!” –Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes, authors of SISTASinZION and Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons

“From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher is a quick and delightful read. Full of compelling insights, it is also humorous, instructive, and thought-provoking. Readers will not only feel edified by reading this book, but they will feel like they’ve gained a new, wise, and very funny friend.” –Margaret Young, author and filmmaker

“When confronted with a fact that hurt him to his very core, rather than take the position of a man indignant, Wain laid aside the thing that offended him in favor of trusting that God was answering his prayer in His own way and time. He might have left the Church and never looked back, but Brother Myers has such a relationship with his Heavenly Father that he endured the pain for a greater good. This compelling response stands in stark contrast to the world that we live in today.” –Duane Pannell, coauthor of 3,000 Miles to Eternity

About the Authors:

Wain Myers enlisted in the United States Army and served a tour of duty in Bad Kissingen, Germany. There he received his call to the ministry. After his military career, Wain returned to the U.S. and began preaching at True Vine Missionary Baptist church. Where he preached for over five years and was then introduced to the LDS church by his now lovely wife Sebrina. Wain has been an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints since 1995 and served on the Bloomington Indiana Stake High Council before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, and being call as second counselor in the Genesis Group leadership. He works in finance and is a loan originator.

Kelly L. Martinez is a seasoned journalist, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Meridian Magazine, and the Deseret News. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and history from Utah Valley University and hails from southern California. He’s worked in a variety of marketing and graphic design positions for more than twenty years. Of all his past experience, he considers his four-season stint as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game-night stat crew to be his most enjoyable. Although this is his first co-authorship and published book, his writing has appeared in a book before; he contributed an essay to Famous Family Nights, which was published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media in 2009. He and his family live in northern Utah.