Blog Tour Stop #1 – Fire and Ice


I’m very grateful that Heather at Fire and Ice was willing to be the first stop on my first tour. I’m also really REALLY glad she liked the book. Here’s a little taste:

“…With an awesome cast of supporting character including her best friend Adam and his father, Megan just may be able to survive the challenges that lie ahead. There were a lot of things I really loved about Bitter Blessings. It’s a short read that pulled me in and I finished it in one sitting. It addresses adolescent substance abuse, grief, financial hardship, codependency and religious bigotry in an artful, hopeful manner…”

See the rest of the review at

All aboard for Stop #2!



And one more…


LDS Women’s Book Review had some kind words.  I’m very grateful to them as well.



I meant to post the link to Kerri Green’s review of Bitter Blessings when she was first kind enough to do it, but I only seemed to think about doing it when I was driving, or grocery shopping, or about to fall asleep, so it hasn’t happened. I didn’t worry about it too much since a lot more people read her blog than mine and I figured it wouldn’t really help too much to point to it from here. Today, however, I received a review from another blog, and feeling flush from the 100% increase in positive reviews, I decided it was time to post those links.

First, the truly amazing Kerri Green:

and next, a review from the wonderful

My sincere gratitude to both for their time and effort on my behalf.

The Parable of the Phone Charger


Once there was a woman who was about to embark on a journey. It was a bad time for a journey, as the woman had very little money and many tasks to attend to at home, but the journey needed to be made regardless of circumstance. As the woman prepared for her journey she realized that her phone charger was broken. The phone was old, but she was fond of it, and she had no desire to replace it, however, she knew it would be difficult to find a charger for such an elderly piece of equipment. Nevertheless, she set out in search of a charger. Read the rest of this entry »



This year has been, well, a nearly non-stop roller-coaster of stress and it’s left me feeling overwhelmed and deeply inadequate, which has led me over the last month or so into contemplation of scriptures concerning weakness, especially Ether 12:27.  And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

So, I was thinking I’m pretty aware of my weaknesses already. To demonstrate this I made a list, a long list. We are so good at cataloging our failures, aren’t we? And it seemed to me that since I already knew all my many weaknesses, and there doesn’t seem to be any way that anyone, even God himself, could turn them into strengths, then there isn’t really anything for me to gain from this scripture. Clearly, this bit of God’s word was meant for someone else. And then God said “We’ll see about that…” and my legs started to swell up. Read the rest of this entry »

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