Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Cover Reveal!

As I told you on Saturday, I've been working on a project that needed to be put together: an electronic box set of the five novels of The Owen Family Saga, in chronological order. I felt this was the best way to enhance the reading experience for future readers of the series . . . or fans who want a fresh perspective on the family.

To tie the books together, and to make them correlate more closely to the work I am writing right now, I re-wrote several tidbits of scenes as I went through the five novels: Gone for a Soldier, The Man from Shenandoah, Spinster's Folly, Ride to Raton, and Trail of Storms. The new words don't change any relevant action or the plot. They smooth out a few attitudes, bring clarity to the overall timeline of events, and enhance family relationships.

This box set will be released later this month.

Without further ado, I give you the Cover of The Complete Owen Family Saga:

I know. You can hardly wait, right?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Special Project Coming

Last month, I spent a lot of time thinking about my published work and all the future stories I have to tell. I wanted to organize the work into easily identifiable categories. That's when I decided that The Owen Family Saga was complete.

Yes, I have many more stories to write about members of the Owen Family, but as I said back on August 9, there is going to be a gap of several years in the chronology before another story begins.

So I called a halt, capping the series at the five existing novels, and then went a giant step farther and changed the suggested reading order. Since I made those decisions, I've been working on a special project. I'll tell you more on Monday, when I do a Cover Reveal. See you then!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Zion Trail Official Nominee for 2016 Whitney Awards

My novel, The Zion Trail, which was published earlier this year, has received the required number of reader nominations to be considered an official nominee for the 2016 Whitney Awards, a literary award honoring excellence in fiction written by LDS authors.

A novel's nomination sent to the Whitney Awards Committee by five or more readers is the first step in a three-tier process of Nomination, Judging, and Voting. The next hurdle for the book to pass is the Judging phase in the proper category, which in this case is Historical Fiction.

Five judges are assigned to each genre category. They read each nominated novel in the category, independently rank each novel, and deliver their rankings to the Whitney Committee via ballot early next year. The rankings determine the top five novels in the category, and these books are announced as the Finalists.

Following the Finalists announcement, final ballots are sent to all members of the Whitney Awards Academy. Academy members may vote in any one or all categories, provided they read every finalist in those category.

The finalist receiving the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner of the Whitney Award in that category. Winners are announced at the Whitney Awards Gala held after the LDStorymakers Writers Conference on May 13, 2017.

For more information about the Whitney Awards, visit

The Zion Trail
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Discovery

by Marsha Ward @MarshaWard

I'm so relieved to discover that the Characters in My Head are not dead! They're talking to me again.

Maybe they aren't the characters for the book I thought I was supposed to write, but these are just as important.

I've also discovered some names in my pretend genealogy, revealed as I wrote this morning. Finding out the names of Rod Owen's parents is almost as exciting as finding my own ancestors!

Rulon Peter Owen married Nellie Marie Yancey. Their only surviving child is Roderick Owen. I don't know yet if he has a middle name, but his son, Rulon, does.

I knew the name began with S, for that was revealed to me as I wrote Gone for a Soldier, when Rulon signed his name in a letter to his wife, Mary. A couple of days ago, I learned that his middle name is Scow, the surname of his maternal grandmother, Phoebe Scow Helm.

I know. All this sounds really freaky. This is part of the discovery process of some writers when they dig deep into their characters' lives. It's really quite thrilling to us, and not spooky at all.

Now go read a good book this weekend. May I suggest my latest full-length novel, The Zion Trail? Someone just posted on my Facebook profile that she's finishing up reading it. Oh, she said such lovely things that make my knees quake and my heart beat faster! Here's a part: "Great read. Wonderful history. Endearing characters. Better and better with each turned page."

You may purchase The Zion Trail in ebook formats or in print:

The Zion Trail
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