Saturday, December 29, 2012

Idea Creations Press: Writing in the New Year

This is my friend Kathryn Jones take on how to organize your writing in the New Year:
Idea Creations Press: Writing in the New Year: What do you want for your writing in the new year? I've previously written about organizing your writing life, but when it comes to actual...

Connections: Cherish Each Moment

This is a great link to what my friend Christy Monson had to say about the Sandy Hook Tragedy:
Connections: Cherish Each Moment: After the shock, horror, and grief all of us felt over the events of this past week, I began to look for the blessings they brought ...

Writers On Vacation

I kind of took a vacation from writing from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  I say "kind of"  because I wrote several academic papers for school in that time period.  Now, I feel refreshed and ready to go again for the New Year.

Some of the funny things that happened during that time:
My grand-daughter has been potty trained but has discovered a fear of automatic flush toilets.  I think many adults are afraid of them too.  I hate it when they go off unexpectedly when you're putting on the toilet seat cover or just adjusting your seat.  It is a first world problem as they say.

Everybody I know got two copies of Disney's Cinderella for Christmas.  I took my extra one back to Walmart and traded it for Disney Pixar's Brave.  Even my son who hates animation loved it.

Utah finally got a good dose of snow and my car door froze shut.  When I was trying to yank open the door, my feet slipped out from under me and I did an unexpected snow angel on the way to work.

My mother-in-law bought my very hard to shop for husband, Doritos and Dr. Pepper for Christmas; exactly, what he asked for :) .

I was going to finish editing a book during "Christmas Vacation" from school and I haven't even touched it yet.  I spite of it all, I'm happy to have spent time with my family over the holidays.  The book will wait patiently until I get it done, but my family has grown up too fast.  My favorite Christmas gift this year was a picture book done by my parents.  It has pictures  of them and then a couple pages for each of my siblings families with things that have happened this year.  It includes my son's wedding and pictures of my brother's wife who died this year.  Joy and sadness make up life, and it was good to take a moment and see the year in review.

May you all have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Week 20: Blog Hop - Check out these Author Blogs

While you're getting over the excitement of the election, take a break and Check out these Author Blogs.

5 Great Authors
1 E. M. Tippetts   Chick Lit & YA
Amazon Author page
Twitter: @emtippetts

2 Jason King     Fantasy

3 A. L. Sowards  Historical Suspence
Amazon Link       Deseret Book Link         Seagull Book Link

4 Christy Monson  LDS Historical YA
Connections blog
Prophets blog

5 Chris Stewart (He won his election yesterday.) He may not be posting today.



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rowdy Readerz Book Club - Christmas Gifts for Readers

Today, I visited the Rowdy Readerz Book Club (facebook link).  This time they met at the Hunter Library in West Valley City, UT.  They usually meet at different restaurants and invite authors to come talk about their books and then discuss the book they are reading for the month.  I was there as their invited guest author to talk about my book Shelby's Plan and the sequel I'm currently editing (see WIP on the Blog Hop Post).

They are a very nice, fun group of women who are enthusiastic about reading.  They were suggesting books I should read and I left with a list of books to look up at the library or on Kindle.  They are so knowledgeable about the books they like and promised to post names of books they forgot the title or the author to on Facebook for me.  It's good for me to meet an audience of women who love to read.  It reminds me why I'm an author. 

I write because I can't always find the perfect book to read, so when I get in that mood I write the story I want to read or need to read.  Shelby's Plan was a book to comfort me when I thought I might lose my husband.  It helped me create an imaginary future if the worst happened.  It gave me hope. One of my readers said it gave her hope while she was in the midst of a divorce that she would find a man she could love again.  It's about learning to love again.

I'm hoping to get Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Deseret Book gift cards for Christmas so I can buy some of the books the Rowdy Readerz recommended.  Part of being a good writer is reading good books - it improves your writing to read other creative writers.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Texting Through Time - Guest Post by Christy Monson

A second Texting Through Time book is here, John Taylor And The Mystery Puzzle. It’s a fast-paced quick read—fun for kids and the entire family.

As Micah and Alicia get to know John Taylor, they find he is faithful, courageous, prayerful and loving. They must solve a mystery puzzle about his life before they can return home. While hunting for the puzzle pieces, they land in France with a dead phone battery—and Micah is in a dress! What else can go wrong?

This was such a fun book to write. I enjoy doing the research. It’s a blessing for me to learn about our modern-day prophets.

I am honored that Mary Jane Woodger, BYU Faculty and editor of Champion of Liberty, John Taylor, has written a forward for my book. Maureen Smith, International President of the Daughter’s of the Utah Pioneers has endorsed the book. And Mathew Buckley, author of Chickens in the Headlights, and Bullies in the Headlights has given it a thumbs-up.

If you like contests, be sure to join the book blast on November 13th. Order a book from Amazon and leave me a message on one of the following sites to win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate.

My book launch will be at the Ogden Temple Deseret Book Store on Friday, November 23rd from 2 – 3:30 pm. Join the fun. Come for refreshments and a fun signing.

Check the websites for other scheduled signings.
**** Check back in a week for a review of this book -- Michelle****

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy - "Good book material"

I've been watching the devastation Hurricane Sandy left in New Jersey and New York.  I lived in New Jersey in the late 80's, and early 90's.  The Garden State grows flowers effortlessly.  I didn't know what a desert was until I went to New Jersey and learned what it wasn't.  The nice sandy soil of New Jersey grew tomatoes and bulb flowers without much effort on my part.  There were no sprinkler systems and grass grew.  Now, I see pictures of the houses just covered deep in sand. 

Toms River was in my LDS Ward. They and most of the NJ Coast are flooded and without power.  It's been twenty years since I was there and Hurricane Andrew was threatening to come aground in New Jersey.  I was huddling in the corner of our apartment during the worst of that storm, alone with a baby and pregnant with another, wondering what I would do if we had to evacuate. I can't imagine what it was like Monday.

As a writer, you learn to see trials as "good book material".  Someday, someone will write a disaster book based on this storm and it will help somebody heal.  Right now what the good people of New Jersey need is help. So donate to the American Red Cross and journal about your experiences so you can remember.


From Twilight to Casual Vacancy, the past few years have been full of high profile reads.  Love um or hate um, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.  My goal is to not only be heard of but to be read.

As Authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it you never know ... right?

With that thought I jumped on this Hop, what is a blog hop?  Well I didn’t know until I asked.

Basically, it’s an Authors game of tag.

One Author posts, and then tags five other Authors, who each link back to them.  Exponentially it is a marketing gold mine, and you my fair reader have hopefully just increased your to read list.  Finding New and Exciting Authors you may never have found otherwise.  Some of us are still writing, others are just being released.  Either way, for you Fiction Lovers, a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow Author, Kathryn Jones for tagging me to participate.

Click the links to find out about Kathryn Jones' books.
Amazon Author Page:Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @kakido

In this particular hop I and my fellow Authors each in their perspective Blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!!

If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

FAQ’s on Michelle Renea Anderson Works in Progress

1: What is the working title of your book?

Laura’s Fence Posts

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

A roommate at BYU told me about Fence Posts.  She said that every time you add quality that perfect guy has to have to your list that you are building a fence that will keep him out.  Saying things like he’s too short, or he’s got to have dark hair, or no beards, just add to your fence.  She said that to finally find the guy you have to rip out all the fence posts.  So this book is about Laura’s Fence Posts.

3: What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Romance

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would choose an unknown girl with long brown hair in a ponytail.  And for the guy Sean Murray from NCIS or some other normal guy with a cute personality.

5: What is the synopsis of your book?

Mike Andrews should have known better than to bet with his cousin Shelby because she never gambled unless she was sure to win.  But he'd made the bet anyway and now he had to go on a date with Shelby's friend.
Having just moved to Salt Lake to escape a bad relationship, he told Shelby he wasn't about to start another.  But he'd do the honorable thing to pay off his bet.  He would take Laura out on one date.  How bad could it be?
Nurse, Laura Carter wasn't happy about the situation either.  She craved adventure and excitement and while Mike looked attractive, he was just a boring engineer who passed out at the sight of blood.  Things could never work out between them.

When Laura decides they should just be friends things are just starting to get exciting.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t know yet.  It is currently looking for a publishing home.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

3 months,  rewriting 16 years.  It helps if you actually work on rewriting.  In honest truth, I took more than a few years off to raise my boys and deal with a perplexing illness.  I’m sure you’ll hear about that in a future book.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Shelby’s Plan, my first book was an original according to my editor.  I don’t know who to compare this sequel to.  It’s like the Bishop’s Bride by Elizabeth W. Watkins without so much church.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I had to finish the story of Shelby’s friend Laura. 

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Laura’s Fence Posts is a sweet/LDS romance with a comical twist.

Below you will find Authors, who will be joining me by blog, Next Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases!  Happy Writing and Reading!!

Five Great Authors

1        E. M. Tippetts
Amazon Author page
Twitter: @emtippetts

2        Jason King

3        A. L. Sowards
Amazon Link  Deseret Book Link  Seagull Book Link

      4    Christy Monson
Author website
Connections blog /
Prophets blog

         5  Chris Stewart (Hope he wins his election)  He won't be posting but here's his links.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shelby's Plan was really therapy.

Writing my book Shelby's Plan was really a form of therapy for me.  It comes from a nightmare I had when my husband was suffering from Pericarditis (that is inflammation of the lining around the heart) and we were watching him rapidly go downhill.  His heart was constricted and not able to beat at normal strength.  He was sleeping most of the time or in extreme pain. I thought maybe he would die, then I had this dream about what I would do if something ever happened to him.  He finally had open heart surgery to remove the lining around the heart and recovered, but I was left with this dream and dealing with a close call.

In the book, Shelby, the main character is a widow with two sons, a lot like me.  I used my husband's experiences in the ER and his professional experiences to come up with the part of the story that wasn't in the nightmare.

Writers don't make up stuff, we rewrite reality into fantasy worlds so we can play out scenarios and rework outcomes.  That can be very therapeutic and I should know. I'm studying to be a mental health counselor and Narrative Therapy  or "story therapy" is an Australian form of therapy that I would like to try someday because it works for me.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Book Review - Scrambled by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Susan Cramer, a woman on the run from her husband, takes a job as a housekeeper in a rundown hotel to make some money to pay for her new life.  She finds friends that she isn’t ready to trust and a dead body in the boiler room.  Her determination to succeed in her new life is admirable even if she doesn’t always make the ethical choice.  This is about a woman getting to know herself again.

In Scrambled, Kathryn Elizabeth Jones brings to life complex characters in this cozy mystery novel where you can never be sure who to trust.  The twists and turns are fantastic.  Susan is not your normal amateur sleuth but many readers will relate to her.  The author has a unique voice all her own.  I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.  A very enjoyable read.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Book Review – Diamondz by Tori Edwards

In this new young adult novel, skateboarder Sierra Jones wants to win the upcoming skating competition and the sponsors that come with it.  She enjoys a great relationship with her brother Silas and his best friend Gage until Meredith Porter a pretty California girl shows up.  To make matters worse she is skateboarder too.  Sierra’s parents start enforcing rules on curfew and grades and it seriously gets in the way of her skateboarding practice.  Conflicts with her mother escalate and Dad won’t bail her out of trouble anymore.  When she breaks her board, she ends up turning to Meredith for help.

Tori Edwards’ first novel has well developed characters with unique problems to which any teen can relate.  Jealousy, friendship, grades, trust, and issues with parents are all elements of this book.  I enjoyed this read even though I’ve never wanted to skateboard.  I recommend this book for readers 10 and up.

To buy the Book for Kindle   Author Website

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Book Review - Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson

In this Regency Romance, Marianne Daventry arrives at a country estate ahead of her twin sister Cecily who intends to snare the heir to Edenbrooke.  Marianne falls for Philip who she thinks is the younger son, but he turns out to be the heir.  What will happen when her more beautiful twin arrives?

I love this book because I’m a twin.  Although, he is a boy I can relate to having a more popular twin.  I loved the way the romance develops.  I love the way the conflict resolves.

This was a  delightful read – I only wish I bought it on Kindle too so I could read it in the middle of the night when my husband is asleep.  This is a keeper.

To Buy on Kindle

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Book Review - Marketing Your Book on a Budget 2012 by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones


This book was definitely worth more than I paid for it.  I have not worried about marketing a book for about 10 years.  The world has changed since then with social media and eBooks.  The strategy has changed  from sale to the bookstore to sale direct to the consumer.  Kathryn Elizabeth Jones has written the How-to-Book for authors of reviews, interviews, blogs, and social media.  She has creative ideas for book signings, contests, and author speaking engagements.  This is a great marketing outline for me, as I get ready to publish new novels.  I highly recommend this book to the new author and anyone needing a quick update on Book marketing.
To Buy on Amazon

A Book Review - Conquering Your Goliaths:A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Ever go to a job interview, only to be met by God in a thin disguise?   Ms.  Virginia Bean  goes in search of a job and finds out much more about herself and the importance of her life.  Kathryn Elizabeth Jones brings her characters to life in this thoughtful Christian parable.  If you need something uplifting without a guilt trip, this is your book.  

To Buy the Book for Kindle

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lunch with an Author & Book Publisher

I went to lunch today with Kathryn Elizabeth Jones.  Her book SCRAMBLED has just come out in an eBook and Print On Demand on several platforms including Kindle in both the USA and UK.  My husband told me not to have too much fun as I was going out the door to meet her.  I told him I was meeting Kathy and could make no guarantees.  She likes to have fun.  Her books are fun.  The classes she teaches are fun.  It comes through in all she does.  Because of that, I can’t wait to read Scrambled.


            I’ll post a review here when I finish.  I just finished her book on Marketing Your Book on a Budget.  In a few pages, I caught up on changes in book marketing in the last ten years.  I recommend it for anyone trying to market a book, but don’t act on it too quick.  I’m trying to beat you to her recommended sites before you get there.  Dee’s book review site is so overwhelmed they are no longer taking submissions for book reviews.  I tried yesterday.


I feel like I'm playing catch up.  Someday, I'll tell you what I've been doing for the last ten years, but it will probably happen in a fiction book first, because you just can't make real life glamorous.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Do the Write Thing

My first book, Shelby's Plan was published by Avalon Books 16 years ago.  Since then I've learned that life happens and you don't always accomplish everything you want to all at once.  My paperback version of this book unfortunately came out on September 11, 2001.  I too long associated my book with the events of that day and couldn't market it like I planned.  If you read Shelby's Plan you  know that the message of that book is that you have to live because you never know when you or your spouse could be gone.

Jump forward to 2012, my publisher decided to do a kindle ebook of Shelby's Plan.  And Avalon Books was bought out by Amazon Publishing giving the backlist new life. I also was finally able to recover all my old manuscripts from ancient computer disks. .(There were compatibility issues to be overcome.)  I'm writing and editing again and hope to get another book out this year.

I have two rewrites in the works of Laura's Fence Posts and There's No Such Thing as Fate, and have started Shelby's Baby.  I hope to finish this year strong!