Thursday, October 8, 2015

Magelica's Voyage and The Rescue Book Review

All children's books that A Storybook World reviews are reviewed by my almost 7-year-old then donated to a school library.

Magelica's Voyage and The Rescue came in the mail at a perfect time. Kal'el had really bad day at school with a bully. It brightened his day when he came home to this gift package that you can also get here:

Kal'el put the necklace on right away which is gender neutral jewelry.
As he was reading the book, I watched his expression lighten and he said, "Hey, we have the same magic necklace." He continued reading about Magelica and her magical adventures to the Isle of Dreams. Kal'el loved this book, especially the unique characters and mythology.

Magelica is a fairytale character with green hair and wings. She goes on an incredible journey in a flying bathtub in the first book of the Magelica’s Voyage Trilogy, and in the second book Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue, she bravely helps rescue a prince stranded on a mysterious island!

What I loved as a parent was the good messages in the books.

The author took the time to write Kal'el and told us a beautiful story about bullies.

She said, "In Magelica’s Voyage we try to help children discover that love is the most powerful feeling of all."

She also wrote, "I hope Magelica inspires your son to discover the magic of life. In Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue, the prince tells Magelica that there are no coincidences in life and that everything happens for a reason. Hopefully you receiving Magelica’s Voyage today is no coincidence. I hope you and he enjoy the adventure!"

After reading this I became a fan and I knew there was something special about this book because the author is something special herself.

As far as the illustrations go, they are top of the line. The quality is something I would compare to Disney. As an art critic and illustrator myself, this isn't something I say lightly. The illustrations are fabulous.

You can see the book trailer here:

Check out the author's website here:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The R.O.U.S.

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Hubby and I got the thumbs up from the Oregon Wildlife Fish and Game Department and City Police and Ordinance to go hunt down an R.O.U.S. 

We wanted to make sure everything we did was totally legal, including the way we planned to kill it.

My handsome husband waiting on our back porch for the R.O.U.S.

Leif gave Kal'el one of the most beautiful Father/Son talks.

Kal'el was so pumped up about the prospect of going out and killing something.
Leif had a talk about when it is appropriate to kill one of God's creatures.
Leif said you should never "want" to kill something the way Kal'el wanted too.

We hunt, but not for sport. 
Leif and I love animals like crazy.

Leif explained to Kal'el that this R.O.U.S is very dangerous and is coming where our indoor/outdoor cat sleeps and eats and where the kids play. Our big tom cat is very territorial and if they were to get into a fight we might not be able to afford the vet bills or the cat would just not survive. 
We also have our feral colony we need to protect so they aren't eaten. 

This is something we must do to protect a member of our family.

The police say forest predators are bad this year, including the cougars and coyotes. Hunting licence or not, if an animal or person comes onto your property and is threatening you, your pets, livestock, or your property, then you have a legal right to kill it with any kind of firearm, even in city limits.

Our original plan was to have both Leif and I armed. That way we doubled our chances of getting a kill shot.

We had a couple of disasters in the beginning of the hunt.
I was too busy taking pictures for social medial and blogging that I accidentally set off the car alarm. 
Then I tripped over the bait (cat food) and spilled it everywhere.

The kids and cats were freaking out and it became clear we might have missed our shot for tonight.

At about 12:30 A.M. I woke up with cramps in my legs (pregnancy related.)
As soon as I worked out the Charley Horse I turned around and there it was right outside our glass door!

Leif jumped out of bed, armed himself with a sword and ran out into our yard in nothing, but his socks and shorts.

Leif was super sneaky and was half way through our gardens before the R.O.U.S. realized it was in trouble.

 It died shortly thereafter.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Eden Boyd Family Fairy Tale

Once upon a time:

There was a young woman named Goldilocks. Goldilocks lived in the woods all alone. She wasn't married and her parents lived far away.

One day, after work, Goldilocks came home to find her front door ajar.
She lived in a safe area of the woods and probably just forgot to lock it when she left that morning.

Goldilocks went in side, set down her purse and took off her coat and shoes. She made her way to her favorite chair to watch Salior Moon before showering and going to bed.

Goldilocks grabbed the remote and pointed it to where the T.V. should have been.

All that was left was a ring of dust where the T.V. once was.

The chair was covered in what looked like very coarse black hair. This wasn't Goldilocks' hair.

"Someone's been sitting in my chair," Goldilocks said.

She made way to the kitchen to where she kept her concealed weapon in a safe hidden under the tiles.

Her parents had encouraged her to get proper self defense training and equipment before she moved out on her own.

In the kitchen the china was broken, the silverware was missing, and the refrigerator was ransacked.

"Some one's been eating my food," Goldilocks said.

She grabbed her cell phone and called 911 to report that she had been robbed.
It would take the police 25 minutes to get to her location in the woods.
"Thank you," she said and hung up.


Goldilocks froze in place and stared at the ceiling. Was someone upstairs?
She cocked the gun and warned, "I'm armed and the police are on their way."

She slowly started up the stairs and when she reached her bedroom there was a large figure laying in her bed.

"Some one is sleeping in my bed," Goldilocks whispered.

Two huge bears jumped out of the shadows and the third sat up from the bed and growled.

"Now we've got you," a great grizzly bear said.
The polar bear and the black bear snickered and smiled menacingly.

The bears advanced with their claws unsheathed and Goldilocks didn't hesitate to let off three shots.

24 minutes later the police arrived. Goldilocks was in tears and terrified, but she was alive.

It would have been too late if Goldilocks hadn't been properly armed and had concealed weapons training.

The police had been looking for these three bears who targeted single women and helpless school children.

There will always be bad people in the world who want to steal your stuff, ruin your home, and assault you.

And that is why good people need to have liberal freedom to protect and defend themselves.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sleeping Beauty - Eden-Boyd Family Fairy Tale.

Once upon a time...
There was a beautiful princess. The princess had been working hard all day long gathering berries in the forest, preparing meals, tending the gardens, cleaning the house and looking after three fairies that were always making a mess and not cleaning up after themselves.

The princess was exhausted and laid down to take a nap and fell into a deep sleep.
Soon after she fell asleep a prince came along and woke her up.

The princess turned into a dragon, ate the prince, and then fell back asleep.

And that is why you never ever wake mommy up while she is sleeping. Not unless its an emergency. An emergency is not that you are bored or can't get Netflix to work. An emergency is: someone is in danger or hurt.

And don't wake up your baby sister either. She will turn into a dragon too.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Answers for Authors: Do books with sex and cursing really sell better?

Dear Deirdra,

I am an author and I want to know if books with sex and cursing really sell better? Would it make the emotions of the scene stronger? What if its part of the character? What if its culturally acceptable?

Sci/fi Author

Dear Author,

You asked a lot of great questions that many authors wonder about.

When it comes to sex and profanity you need to think about target market audience.
When writing, most authors don't think about marketing. Its the left brain interfering with the right.

You want to make your target market as wide as you can so you can get more readers.
There is a massive reader population (I would say a majority) who don't enjoy media entertainment with sex and profanity. I have read so many reviews and heard people say things like, "It was really good - except for that one part." You don't want that to be your book.

When it comes time for readers to review you on Amazon, Goodreads and other sites, you have a greater chance of getting negative reviews and offending people IF you include these things that may be considered inappropriate.
I have never seen a legitimate or credible negative review where the reader says, "I wish there was more sex and swearing."

Just think about that as you consider your success.

Now you may ask, "Is that selling out and giving into the money and marketing rather than creativity?"

There are ways to incorporate sex and profanity emotions without crossing lines. It just takes MORE creativity and allows the readers to be creative with you.

For example:
In one of The Watchers books there is a pirate. He is very rough around the edges and its in is character to swear. This is the spot in the book where he swears:

Alamar’s feet hit the ground and he bolted upright in his chair. His eyes popped open wide and a profanity so foul only a pirate would use, burst from his lips and burned my ears. “Those druids won’t have me!” He swore again.
I narrowed my eyes. “Calm down!” I demanded. “Don’t you dare speak like that to me or we won’t speak at all.”
And another spot:
He’s gone soft and scabbed us all,” the pirate accused. The men grew restless and mumbled profanities under their breath.

See how that worked?

As far as sex goes, there are SOOOO many ways to be intimate and still get that intense feeling without taking it to the bedroom. I have two characters that are intensely intimate WITHOUT sex. The glances, the light touch of their fingers woven together, the surge of energy when they embrace in victory can be just as intimate.

If you do want to write a sex scene, because it moves the story along in some way (like a child being conceived, etc.) there are still ways you can do this.

For example:
A couple races to their honeymoon suite in anticipation. They check into the hotel, they get the key, find their room, but its the wrong key so they race back to the lobby and get the right key. Then finally, they open the door walk in, then the reader sees them shut the door.
In the morning the characters wake up smiling and the blankets are all a mess.

Okay, authors. You and every reader knows what happened without taking the risk of including a full blown sex scene that could drastically narrow your market or offend readers into leaving a lower review.

Hope this helps you both creatively and with your marketing and business strategies. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Baby #3 Pictures

Baby Boyd #3 

We still haven't decided on a name yet.
She is very active and growing just as she should.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Royal Spy by Cassie M. Shiels


Cassie M. Shiels was born in Idaho, but moved around the Pacific Northwest while growing up. She has always enjoyed books and was one to be found, reading late into the night, on the school bus or before she did her homework. In middle school she determined that she liked creating her own stories as much as she liked reading them; so she decided she wanted to be a writer and keeps working on making that dream come true with every story idea that bounds into her head. She is also a certified childbirth educator and loves teaching new prospective parents about childbirth.

 I pushed myself up and nearly stopped breathing again. The man who I had just knocked to the ground was none other than Prince Jarin. Definitely not the shadow, I thought. “That’s it, you—” the prince began as he pushed himself up and raised his fist. “Stop!” I guarded my face with both hands. “Katie?” “Ah…hello, fancy meeting you here,” I stammered. Even though Katie is a royal princess, all she knows is how to be a spy. She constantly goes from mission to mission, never getting the chance to understand her birthright. This all changes when her father sends her on a mission to Floric with the cover of being a princess who is trying to win the prince’s heart. This mission proves to be very different from the others with a shadowy figure to chase, secret passages to explore, secrets to keep and the problem of betrayal that she is about to discover.

You can find Royal Spy on Amazon

Friday, September 4, 2015

Heir of Deceit by Jan M. Martin

 When Lacey Roberts suspects she may have inherited a family trait that causes the women in her family to murder their husbands, she sets out to uncover the truth, even if it means that she must give up her dream of marrying her fiancé, Evs.

Back-of-Book Blurb: 
Shortly before her wedding, Lacey Roberts uncovers a problem too large for love to conquer:  a killer gene running through her family’s bloodline, which could put her fiancé, Evanston (Evs) Brighton, in danger.

Lacey vows to uncover the secrets of her lineage, even if it requires her ultimate sacrifice:  the loss of her marriage to her beloved Evs.

Her search leads from southern Arizona to the North Carolina Smoky Mountain backwoods, where the shotgun is more respected than the law, and the family may not be what is expected.

HEIR OF DECEIT is set in an area where, even today, hands of tobacco are used as currency and moonshine stills explode.

Lacey encounters a crass and stringy backwoods aunt; a moonshiner uncle; an alluring Cherokee firefighter; a sprinkling of North Carolina’s famous ghosts; and a deliciously horrible bad guy in her desperate quest to wed her tough-as-barbed-wire fiancé, Evs, a rancher from Tubac, Arizona.

About the Author:
Jan M. Martin has been writing since about age 12 when she wrote a monthly 4-H report for her local newspaper. She gained local notoriety when she was featured on the cover of her local newspaper for winning a national contest with her comedic poem about her messy kitchen. She still is fond of writing slapstick poetry on topics such as Black Friday, Mother’s Day and her kitchen timer. She has worked as a Nutrition Educator and Tobacco Prevention specialist. She has taught religious education to high school students for more than 29 years.
Jan and her husband researched in North Carolina for Heir of Deceit, where they met with local people, including famous moonshiner, the late Popcorn Sutton, whom she features briefly in her book. They visited the ancient Cherokee homeland, where they learned of the Cherokee culture, and a wealth of local traditions and folklore. Each place and tradition used in Heir of Deceit is as genuine as she could craft it.
Jan lives in southern Arizona with her husband, Brent, and a scaredy-cat named Boo. They are the parents of six children. She loves cactus flowers, saguaros, road runners and horned toads—oh, yes, and people. She enjoys cooking, teaching, and learning. She describes writing Heir of Deceit as the most fun she’s ever had. Although it is (mostly) not a comedy, she hopes readers can detect its tongue-in-cheek nature.

Heir of Deceit by Jan M. Martin is available in paperback ($16.23) or Kindle ($2.99) from, and from her web site at:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Farewell, My Denmark and My Sweet Danish Rose By Tina Scott

Love these covers, but of course I'm bias since they were done by Eden Literary. 

Farewell, My Denmark
With dreams of a love as sweet and true as her parents’, Catherine Erichsen joins her parents and hundreds of other Mormon converts as they leave their homes and almost everything they hold dear to begin their journey across the Atlantic.
With thievery aboard ship, near starvation, and death threats focused on her and her family, Catherine fears she won’t live long enough to fulfill the desires of her heart. 
Inspired by the true accounts of Scandinavian immigrants aboard the John J. Boyd in 1863. 

My Sweet Danish Rose
For fifteen-year-old Berta Erichsen, the key to her happily ever after is getting Jens to read her Book of Mormon. Before she has the chance to share her precious copy, it is stolen by a young man determined to see its destruction.
Books played an important part in Tina Peterson Scott’s childhood, and for much of it, she could be found nestled against a branch high in their pecan tree and reading her favorite mysteries and fantasies. The branches then became the hub for her adventures as she sailed pirate ships, played with Peter Pan in Neverland, battled ghosts and solved her own mysteries.
Now that her children are grown, the adventure continues. She freelances and has won awards for her fiction. With eight years of editing experience, Tina has also helped numerous aspiring authors hone their skills and polish their manuscripts.
Tina and her husband have seven children and a growing number of grandchildren. Other than large family get-togethers involving lots of food and fun, she enjoys writing, watercolor painting, long walks, ice cream, and traveling to Europe—especially to her father's ancestral home of Denmark.

My books can be purchased here:




Monday, August 31, 2015

The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke

The Treasure of Isian is the first book in The Isian Series. Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?

“The Treasure of Isian was a stirring tale of an enchanted servant and a handsome prince. The adventures they face together as they search for the fabled treasure of Isian that will grant the bearer any wish they desire. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. The author did a wonderful job pacing the story and connecting me to the characters. Superb story that brought a smile to my face and helped me remember that sometimes, we can overlook the most valuable treasures in life if we’re not careful.” --Author Charissa Stastny

About Author:
Serena Clarke is from sunny Southern Utah. She has loved writing since she was young and has taken several writing classes. She loves fantasy with a hint of romance. Serena has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and is a member of the Red Mountain Shadows Publishing team. She is passionate about learning, reading, art, and design. She also enjoys designing book covers for many authors.



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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Surprise Gift

Leif's mom came into town.
Its always awesome when she does.

She is an amazing cook and always makes us something yummy.

This time she made us a peach cobbler and this beautiful blanket.

Thank you. <3

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WHITE HART by Taryn Tyler

Gawain of Orkney has not been to Camelot since before his father led a rebellion against King Arthur. Now that the war is over Gawain is sent to attend Arthur's wedding as a token of peace. 

The night of the wedding Arthur bids Gawain to hunt a white hart -- a beautiful deer of unearthly purity. Gawain accepts the quest but the dangers of the wilderness become hard to battle when he is bound by Arthur's new ideals of peace and trust. Gawain realizes he may not be so different from the knights of the old, violent ways of as he had imagined. 

Gawain does not have long to decide which life he wants to chase. Not all of the rebels put down their swords when his father did. The knights of the old ways are planning an assassination and even King Arthur may not survive this new idealistic trust.'

You can find WHITE HART on Amazon:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Weekend Warrior

Not every day you get to fly in a Black Hawk Helicopter to work.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

TBT Leif and Kal'el VS. THE MOLE

AWWWW Kal'el was so little.

Throw Back Thursday Post:

Yep, we got a mole. He was digging up our backyard like crazy so the boys went out to kill it.

Here is Kal'el "standing guard" ready to wack the mole when it comes crawling out.

Waiting and Waiting

Waiting, but no mole ever surfaced so Leif started a water fight.