Blog tour: ‘The Song of My Father’

Christine Hall and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “The Song of My Father” blog tour, which will run June 2015.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

Good will come from this. Chris had heard her father repeat those words countless times as a child. As she grew, her father’s faith and optimism inspired her through many difficult times. Despite losing her childhood home to a devastating fire and then later enduring years surgeries and convalescence, she learned to look for the good in everything. But then something so horrific happened, Chris was afraid her father’s song had stopped forever. This uplifting true story will inspire you to have hope, even on your darkest days.

“Good will come from this.” Chris had heard her father repeat those words countless times as a child. As she grew, her father’s faith and optimism inspired her through many difficult times. Despite losing her childhood home to a devastating fire and then later enduring years surgeries and convalescence, she learned to look for the good in everything. But then something so horrific happened, Chris was afraid her father’s song had stopped forever. This uplifting true story will inspire you to have hope, even on your darkest days.

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About the author:

Chris Hall maintains she is one of the most unlikely authors you will ever meet, as it was never in any of her life plans to write a book. Her writing experience began without forethought or intention on her part.

It started on a summer day, while she working in her flower beds. A thought came clearly into her mind—then another, and another. Ideas started coming to her so frequently that she finally decided to keep a yellow legal pad and pencil with her wherever she went so that she no longer had to resort to writing on the back of the receipts in her purse. No one could have been more amazed than she when she realized she was actually writing a book.

Her first book, Conversations with a Moonflower, was published in March 2011.

Chris is never happier than when she and her husband are surrounded by their eight children and spouses and their thirty-two grandchildren. She lives in Utah with her husband, Duane.

“The Song of My Father” blog tour schedule:
June 1: Laurie LC Lewis: A View From the Other Side of the Hill
June 2: Always Jacked
June 3: Busy Working Mama
June 4: DaDa Rocks | Amy Loves It!
June 5: Reidhead Random-ness
June 6: Hanging with Dad, hangingwithdad.com
June 7: A Generous Thought
June 9: I Love to Read and Review Books
June 10: Michele Ashman Bell • Wishful Endings

Great Mothers Day gift ideas

Mothers Day is coming up quick, and its time to show our appreciation to the women who brought us into the world and raised us. At Cedar Fort we love to celebrate all mothers’ eclectic interests and hobbies, and we offer you a short collection of books that are prefect gifts for this special holiday.

Below are some great ways to show your appreciation today.

 

“Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood” by Julie K. Nelson

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Get the parenting results you want without stepping into the battle zone. Popular radio personality, university professor, author, and TV expert Julie K. Nelson combines her professional expertise with her personal experience as a mom of five in this book. Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this must-read will help you enforce rules without manipulation or coercion and addresses a wide variety of essential parenting topics.

About the author

As a popular blogger, a college professor, and a frequent parenting guest expert on TV, you might suspect Julie K. Nelson is immune to the realities of actual parenting. But in fact, she’s been there—through all the late nights, huge messes, and tough moments.Now she combines her expertise with her experience as a mom of five in this entertaining and pragmatic book. Learn how to overcome your natural manipulative, authoritarian tendencies and foster your child’s self-discipline, respect, and emotional maturity.

Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this book will get you through the sticky stuff with grace so you can enjoy those parenting moments that make it all worth it.

 


“Don’t put Lipstick on the Cat” by Kersten Campbell

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As a parent, sometimes you just have to laugh. The challenges of raising children can be daunting, so humor goes a long way towards smoothing out the rough times. Enjoy these funny, frank, and true stories from the front lines of parenthood. Don’t Put Lipstick on the Cat is a perfect gift for moms, dads, neighbors, and friends.

About the author

Kersten Campbell is the author of the humor book Confessions of a Completely (In)sane Mother and more than thirty-five magazine and newspaper articles that support families, children, and motherhood. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, eating choc- olate doughnuts, and playing the clarinet. She, her husband, five children, a cat, and a dog who is smarter than all of them live blissfully eating doughnuts in the state of Washington. (The dog steals most of the doughnuts.)

 

“The Song of My Father” by Christine T. Hall

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“Good will come from this.” That’s the phrase Chris’s father uttered over and over—almost like a song. As she grew, her father’s optimism inspired her through the tough times that followed almost losing her childhood home and then later enduring hospital stays and surgery. But then something so horrific happened, Chris was afraid her father’s song had stopped forever. This uplifting true story will remind you how to have hope, even on your darkest days.

About the author

Chris Hall maintains she is one of the most unlikely authors you will ever meet, as it was never in any of her life plans to write a book.  Her writing experience began without forethought or intention on her part.

It started on a summer day, while she working in her flower beds. A thought came clearly into her mind – then another, and another. Ideas started coming to her so frequently that she finally decided to keep a yellow legal pad and pencil with her wherever she went, so that she no longer had to resort to writing on the back of the receipts in her purse. No one could have been more amazed than she when she realized she was actually writing a book.

Her first book, Conversations with a Moonflower was published in March 2011.

Chris is never happier than when she and her husband are surrounded by their eight children and spouses and their 32 grandchildren. She lives in Utah with her husband, Duane.

 

“The Magical Slow Cooker” Sarah Olson

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Do you believe in magic? Well, your slow cooker does. From breakfast to dessert, these recipes are perfect for busy moms who want something that’s quick and wholesome—not to mention delicious! With prepare-ahead tips and time-saving tricks from this little book—and the swish and flick of a wand—you can experience the magic of your slow cooker every night of the week!

About the author

Sarah Olson is the creator of the blog The Magical Slow Cooker. She loves that a few simple ingredients can turn into magic while slow cooking. Sarah also works full-time as a mail carrier and resides in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband and young daughter.You can learn more about Sarah at www.themagicalslowcooker.com.

 

“Stack Happy: 70 Flipping Delicious Flapjack Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Dessert” by Karly Campbell

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If you think pancakes are only for breakfast, you’re in for a surprise! Popular blogger Karly Campbell shares her signature flapjack favorites, from cornmeal pancakes topped with guacamole to s’mores pancakes drizzled in chocolate sauce. With so many yummy choices, this cookbook is guaranteed to have you craving pancakes all the time!

About the author

Karly is a wife, mother, homeschooler, food blogger, and social media enthusiast. She married her high school sweet- heart and has been feeding his cookie addiction ever since.

Karly began cooking frozen pizzas for her young family, pro- gressed to boxed meals somewhere along the way, and finally discarded the boxes and found her groove in the kitchen. Since discovering her love of real homemade food, she has become an avid cook and baker. In late 2008, Karly started

the blog Buns in My Oven, and she turned it into a full-time venture mid-2012. When Karly isn’t homeschooling her kids or binge-watching television series, you’ll find her develop- ing recipes for her blog and many national brands.

Buns in My Oven has been featured on many popular web- sites and was named one of the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Disney’s Babble for 2013, as well as one of the top ten blogs by Huffington Post.

 

“Finger Foods: Elegant Treats and Bite-Sized Eats for Every Occasion” by Joyce Tanner Whiting

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Taste your way to deliciousness, one little bite at a time.  These scrumptious and sensational finger foods are the perfect way to impress your guests for parties, receptions, and more. Try the Coconut Butterflied Shrimp, Orange and Honey Meatballs, and Lemon Tassies.  Packed with recipes and tips from an expert caterer, this book is sure to make your next party a giant hit from the first little bite.

About the author

Joyce Tanner Whiting grew up on a small dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho, where she learned to milk cows and kill squash bugs. Her passions include food, flowers, and family, but not nec- essarily in that order. She holds a master’s degree in secondary education and technical writing from Brigham Young University. Her several careers include a twenty-year stint as a stay-at-home mom and ten years as a junior high English teacher and part-time English and technical writing faculty member at two local universities. She spent an additional twenty plus years editing and writing computer manuals and consulting contracts for Novell, Inc.

Now “retired,” she is the unpublished author of a short book of poetry and several children’s stories, including Grandma Don’t, Grannie Annie, and They Don’t Do Purple Unless You’re with Your Grandma.

She spends her time in community and church volunteer services, hosting friends-and-family recep- tions, reunions, and other events. She currently lives, gardens, cooks, and hugs grandkids in Springville, Utah.

Blog tour: ‘The Assassination of Joseph Smith’

Blog tour: ‘The Assassination of Joseph Smith’

Ryan C. Jenkins and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “The Assassination of Joseph Smith: Innocent Blood on the Banner of Liberty” blog tour, which will run from July 14-27, 2015.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

The Assassination of Joseph Smith is the story of the first president-prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This story begins with Joseph Smith on the plains of northern Missouri in late October 1838. He is thirty-two-years-old and has less than six years to live. This story is written in present-tense form to help the reader feel more engaged with the events and the people who surrounded this distinctive Nineteenth Century figure. There are no fictional characters placed into the story.

The man you will read about in this book is heralded as a prophet by some and held in contempt by others. His name is had for both good and evil. Loyal members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, varied historians, and his most vehement critics, then and now, can at least agree on one thing: Joseph Smith was murdered in cold blood.

Assassination of Joseph Smith blog tourAbout the author:

Ryan C. Jenkins has been a student of the life and teachings of Joseph Smith for nearly 25 years. After obtaining his Master of Education from Weber State University in 2004, Ryan began writing opinion pieces for Northern Utah newspapers on family, freedom, politics, and religion. He was a blogger on the subject of faith for two years; many of his posts were featured on realclearreligion.org. He was also an associate editor for Great American Documents for Latter-Day Saint Families (2012). Professionally, he has experience in business, public relations, and religious education. He has been teaching and writing for 18 years. Ryan and his wife Melissa have six children. They reside in Columbia, Missouri.

“The Assassination of Joseph Smith: Innocent Blood on the Banner of Liberty” blog tour schedule:

July 14: Reidhead Random-ness
July 15: The Stubby Pencil
July 16:
July 17: My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
July 18:
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Dennis Horne’s ‘The Life of Orson F. Whitney’ earns mention from Heber C. Kimball Family Association

Dennis Horne’s ‘The Life of Orson F. Whitney’ earns mention from Heber C. Kimball Family Association

Life-of-Orson-F-Whitney_2x3On December 5, 2014, the Heber C. Kimball Family Association mentioned Dennis B. Horne’s “The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle” on its Facebook page. The post identified the book as the first on Whitney and added, “Horne handles a surprisingly complicated life respectfully but frankly.”

The Ogden Standard-Examiner reviewed the book in July, calling it “an affectionate account of a man who deeply loved his religion and the men who led it.”

Horne also addressed a group at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City in July, giving an insider’s look at the book and the research that went into it. Here’s the video of the presentation.

The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle” is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Dennis Horne’s ‘Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow’ reviewed in BYU Studies Quarterly

Dennis Horne’s ‘Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow’ reviewed in BYU Studies Quarterly

Latter Leaves Lorenzo Snow 2x3Dennis Horne’s “The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle” is the author’s latest work, but it’s his previous book, “Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow,” that’s been reviewed in the scholarly BYU Studies Quarterly.

William G. Hartley, who reviewed “Latter Leaves,” calls the book “an important study,” adding that Horne is no stranger to writing about historical figures and events from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the life and teachings of Bruce R. McConkie.

Life-of-Orson-F-Whitney_2x3Hartley praises Horne’s “Latter Leaves,” calling it “… the most definitive work on the leader and prophet
who brought the Mormon faith into the twentieth century,” and concluding that, “Latter-day Saints will appreciate Horne’s faithful treatment of Lorenzo Snow’s prophetic impact, and readers of any persuasion will find here
an excellently researched, documented, structured, and argued history.”

“Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow” and “The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle” are available in bookstores and from online retailers.