Scent of a Soul Review

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I just finished reading The Scent of a Soul by Jennifer Thompson.

I have to say, it was a beautifully written story.  An epic tale that will have you enthralled the entire way through.  I loved the romance, the suspense, the tragedy, and the enduring love.  This was one of the best vampire stories I’ve read yet!  The Scent of a Soul will have you staying up late at night because the characters are so real you won’t be able to bear to leave them.  It’s definitely a hefty read, but you won’t be disappointed.  I’m looking forward to more from this author!  I encourage everyone to check it out!

White Chicken Chili

All of my kids love this creamy chili recipe.  They ask for it at least once a week.  Give it a try, I bet your family will love it too!

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3 chicken breasts, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 TBS vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Brown in large pot.  Then add:

2 cans Great Northern Beans

1 can chicken broth

1 small can chopped green chilies

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. oregano

Add all ingredients to pot, bring to boil.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Then add in:

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Stir well, heat through and serve.

 

Eternal

I’ve had people ask me where I got the idea for my book Eternal.  I love to tell people that it came from real life experiences.  Now I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no, I didn’t have a talking relationship with an angel, but a lot of the other stuff in there came from my real life.  When I first got the idea for writing a book I wanted to write the story around the beginning flashback from chapter one.  That really did happen to me.  I was very upset as a thirteen year old when my parents got divorced.  I really did go outside in the dark and pray to my Heavenly Father to tell me that it would all be okay, and I really did feel the arms of the angels around me.  It’s true!

That event has had an impact on my life ever since.  I don’t feel the need to search and wonder if there really is a God out there, because I already know it.

I also met my husband at the very young age of 15 and we dated all through High School.  He looked familiar to me like I knew him from somewhere else, but he had just moved to my High School from about two hours south of where I lived.  One of my criteria for choosing a husband did include the same criteria I have in my book.  I knew that the man that made me feel unafraid at the thought of eternity was the one I was meant to be with.  That’s how my husband made me feel.  Now we don’t have a fairytale life all the time.  We live in the real world with kids and bills and jobs and sickness and problems, but the fact that he is with me for eternity helps us to get through all that stuff.

The names in my book are from real life too.  My son’s name is Destry and I have a nephew named McQuade so I put those two together.  I have a little brother named Codee just like Emma in my story.  I also have a brother named Brandon and his name is mentioned in the book as one of Destry’s friends.  Grandma Lettie is also named after my great grandmother who’s name was Caletta but they called her Lettie for short, and she seemed to have the same spit-fire attitude as the Grandma Lettie in my book.

Eden, Utah is a real place, but I’ve only visited it once.  However I do now live in a town a lot like what I described Eden to be.  We have dirt roads and a tuff shed post office.  Even though I grew up in a larger City and had a large High School, the High School where we live now is very small and takes in 5 towns but still only has a graduating class of about 60.

The dates that Destry and Emma go on are dates that my husband and I went on when we were in High school.  He really did teach me how to fish, and took me on my first four wheeler ride.  We also used to go to the gas station a lot to get corndogs and soda.

Little did I know that the events from real life could be blended with fantasy and make such a great story.  I guess we all have a story inside of us, we just have to put in on paper and let it out!

Uniquely You!!

ImageI just published my first book this month!  What an experience.  Self publishing is a lot of work and a lot of marketing.  It’s not always easy to market yourself.  Sometimes we have to wonder what there is about us that anyone else would want to know or be interested in.

I just attended a writers conference this last weekend and learned about marketing yourself. It was an eye opener!  I thought I could just market my book and leave it at that, but come to find out–I actually have to market me.  I had someone tell me that everyone has something to contribute.  Everyone has something unique and special about them or that they know.  The hard part will be coming up with that special thing, because let’s face it, not all of us think we are awesome naturally.  So that made me wonder what is unique to me?

Well the first thing that came to mind was that I have six kids.  That’s not unique to me, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who have six kids.  I am also a stay at home Mom, so I have some different insights on raising kids because I’m basically with them 24/7  they replace me having a job.  If you spend that much time with kids you’re bound to learn something, right?  Now I’m not claiming to be the perfect Mom by any means, but i can hold my own in the Mom world.

Another thing that adds to my uniqueness is that I am a Mormon.  We are not supposed to call ourselves that, because that’s not who we are.  We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  But let’s face it, more people have heard of Mormons so you’re more likely to know what I’m talking about.

Another quality I possess would be that I just published a book!  That’s a big deal!  With today’s opportunities, it’s not as complicated as it used to be but it’s still not easy.  I once heard that there are more people that finish marathons than that finish writing a novel.  So I’m feelin’ pretty good right about now!

Another thing I do is paint wildlife.  I’m pretty good at it I’d say.  I’ve sold some of my paintings and prints so that marks me as a professional believe it or not.

I also live in rural America which I think is pretty unique these days.  The town I live in is so small it doesn’t even qualify as a town.  They call it a special service district.  There are probably only 100 homes in this “town” and I’d have to say that the population of livestock far outnumbers the people.  I have chicken and fresh eggs, and beef cows, and pigs, and one miniature horse (who is a total brat).  Basically I could be called a small time farmer so that kind of unique too.

If you really think about it there are a lot of different people in this world, and none of them are exactly like you, (unless you’ve been cloned.)  So celebrate your differences and your uniqueness, because you are as unique as a snowflake and that’s pretty awesome!