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Within the Flame

Annali Grey is the skeptical new girl in town who suddenly finds herself thrust into the midst of a war with phantoms of the ancient past. Shawn is a local Navajo boy whose family has been fighting a never-ending battle with evil spirits for thousands of years.
As Annali finds herself captivated by the brave, young boy, Shawn falls equally hard for the doubting, beautiful Annali. But when the raging battle threatens their very lives, will their unyielding desire for each other help in the fight against evil, or will it prevent them from finally putting the spirits to rest?
Discover legendary secrets based on ancient tales of Navajo Skin Walkers in this blazing thrill-ride of an adventure.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Speculative Cover

Just this morning I received a Google Alert that "Within the Flame" is up for a vote on for one of the best speculative covers on that site. So far, it has gotten the most votes. Exciting! So, if you want to go on and vote, just click on the title of this post "Speculative Cover" and you will be linked to the website to cast your vote. The poll is listed on the side bar. Please take the time to look through the other great books listed. There are a whole lot of great LDS writers out there who need your support too! Thanks to everyone who voted for my book cover! I was very involved with the design so that's quite a complement.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More International

Just a quick note to say thank you to all the positive comments I've received about "Within the Flame". It is just so neat to see that readers in New Zealand, Australia, India, and other countries enjoy this story. It's really fun to introduce a bit of Native American folklore to other countries. I hope my next project is as well received. An update on my next project: I'm 1/4th of the way through the first book in a trilogy, loosely titled "The Beckoning". I hope I can get it all done before the end of the year, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Monday, September 14, 2009


I was surprised today while checking my email to find that I had received several Google Alerts with my book being sold in several different countries. It is still written in English, but that fact hasn't stopped some readers whose first language is French or Spanish. It's pretty cool to see a positive comment written in French! (thank goodness I took it in college or else I would've had no idea what they said) So, thank you for taking the time to read my story everyone! I really appreciate all the positive feedback I've gotten the past few weeks from friends, family, and now readers outside my own country!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Article in Current Argus

An article about "Within the Flame" was printed on the front page of my home town news paper this past Sunday. Though I come from a small town, it was fun seeing my picture in the paper. The only problem is they kept referring to me as "Jones", because it was my friend Ashley who had called the paper to write the article about me. It's funny, because Jones is her maiden, I don't know where they got that from. Anyway, click on "Article in Current Argus" to read it! Thanks for your support, Carlsbad!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Ok, so this has nothing to do with "Within the Flame", but it's still fun. I was recently used as a reference in an article about surviving a new baby. It talks about body image issues and a few other things you may not know about what happens after you have a baby. Click on the title of this post to check it out!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tid Bits

Just posting a little update. First, I want to thank my friends and family for spreading the word about this book, it has really paid off and it is working! Secondly, there seems to be a debate about how the main character's name is pronounced. So, let me clear that up. It is "Anna-lee" (as in my name reversed).
I also want to note that several book clubs are reading "Within the Flame" right now and I want to invite you to post your opinions about the story or characters on this blog (good or bad). I hope you enjoy the story! Thanks.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thanks a lot!

Well, my first book signing went off with a few hitches. The books got held up and didn't ship in time to actually be there, however, there were many copies pre-ordered. So, it all worked out. I also got to meet some great authors who gave me good advice and we had a lot of fun. Thanks for coming out and supporting me!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fiesta Days

Just letting everyone know that I will be having a book signing at the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days. The address is 273 N. Main in Spanish Fork. I will be there on Tuesday from 4pm-6pm. I hope to see everyone there!

Friday, July 10, 2009

What it's all about

As the first post on my blog I have to say that I am tickled pink right now! My debut novel has just been published and I am getting the opportunity to live my dream. I am working on another project right now. Actually, I'm working on several projects, but trying my best to concentrate on just one.
I want to say a bit about why and how I wrote this book. I began a couple years ago to write an auto-biography of sorts about my childhood. I went through some tough times with an eating disorder and getting trapped in an abusive relationship. I had never told anyone, except my husband, anything about it. So, on the path to writing this sad story I thought I'd warn my mother beforehand. Her response was something like "I don't know why you're writing that when you've got such a great imagination. You should be writing a fantasy book." That made me stop writing that particular story and say "Ya, I should be writing a fantasy." I wondered what type of story I should write and decided that the most fun way to write would be Young Adult Fiction. I thought about what I could write, canceling out vampires and witches, because let's face it, I can't compete there! So, I thought about stories I had heard as a child while I lived in Gallup, New Mexico. There were ghost stories told by my Navajo friends about mysterious and evil beings called "Skin Walkers". It wasn't so much the stories that were frightening as much as the fact that my friends really believed they were true. So, I based my story off of this. There was a particular cave in Gallup near the elementary school I attended known as "Witches Cave" where it was said that the skin walkers hung out. I just had to include that in my story! But, being the hopeless romantic I am, I had to make the story about a couple who tries to overcome adversity and keep together through the supernatural trials they face. But who comes out alive? I hope you'll read my story and find out! (I know, I'm such a tease. lol)