Exciting Fantasy “Kingfountain Series” by Jeff Wheeler for YA and Adults

Jeff Wheeler, a best-selling New York Times author, has written an exciting six-book fantasy collection titled The Kingfountain Series. This thrilling series is roughly based on the War of the Roses in European history. The series includes intriguing titles such as The Queen’s Poisoner, The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and The Forsaken Throne. These books are clean with no swearing and are blush-free–no worries about intimate sex scenes. But these books are guaranteed to hold your attention to the end! In fact, I suggest that you have the next book in the series ready to read because they are cliff-hangers leaving you grasping for what happens next. I highly recommend Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain series for tweens, YA, and adult readers.

From Publishers Weekly (a review) :

Richard III is near-obligatory context for reading about King Severn Argentine; readers less fond of the Bard can refer to Kylo Ren instead. Argentine is the black-garbed, duplicitous, enraged, self-absorbed usurper of the throne of Ceredigion in Wheeler’s well-wrought fantasy setting. He has taken hostage eight-year-old Owen, youngest child of the Duke of Kiskaddon, as surety for the duke’s good conduct. None doubt that the boy is marked for death, but Owen has well-wishers in the labyrinthine palace of Kingfountain, as well as preternatural gifts of focus and analysis. His allies include Ankarette Tryneowy, the titular poisoner in the service of the dowager queen. Wheeler (the Covenant of Muirwood series) develops Owen slowly, taking a long, deep look into a young character and his circumscribed world—an unusual move for a first book in a series. Though Wheeler works very much according to the typical blueprint for high fantasy, the emotional range and insight he convincingly portrays in his child hero make for a political drama that can entice adult and teen audiences alike.

2015 LDS Literature Whitney Award Winners

Annual Whitney Awards recognize outstanding novels written by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). This year’s awards go to:

Adult Categories:

index“Lord Fenton’s Folly” by Josi Killpack received the 2015 Whitney Award for the Best Novel of the Year.  It also received Best Romance Novel. (From “A Proper Romance” label)

“The Other Side of Quiet” by Tara C. Allred won best General Fiction.

“The Rules in Rome” by A.L. Sowards won the Historical category.

“The Devil’s Only Friend” by Dan Wells won the Speculative category.

“Failsafe” by Traci Hunter Abramson won best Mystery/Suspense novel.


Youth Categories:

515PBGS4vJL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_“A Night Divided” by Jennifer A. Nielsen received Youth Novel of the Year and Best Middle Grade Novel.

“Ink and Ashes” by Valynne E. Maetani was awarded the Best Novel by a New Author.

“Calvin” by Martine Leavitt won best General Youth Fiction.

“Firefight” by Brandon Sanderson won the Speculative Youth Fiction category.

A fine lot of winners this year!  The Whitney Awards were founded in 2007 by author Robison Wells and named after LDS apostle Orson F. Whitney.

Nominations for 2016 Whitney Awards can be made at whitneyawards.com before Dec. 31, 2016.

“Fantastic Classic” Children’s Book–The Story About Ping–80 Years in Print!

To put it bluntly, I’ve enjoyed reading books for a long time.  As a child, I determined to read every book in the stately Idaho Falls, Idaho Carnegie library children’s section located in its basement.  My mother would drop me off at the library on Saturdays while she ran errands. I actually made it around to the N’s before giving up!  Eventually I became a librarian and continue to love reading books.  Periodically I’m going to review what I believe are “Fantastic Classic” children’s books.


Recently I realized that many of the books I read as a child, then read to my own children, and am now reading to my grandchildren have become beloved “Fantastic Classic” children’s books.  One “Fantastic Classic” for children is The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese.  It is the enchanting story of a Chinese boy living on a houseboat on the Yangtze River and his runaway domesticated duck .  And the duck has a mind of its own! The Story About Ping has been in print for 80 years.  Ping3I loved this story because it showed me how people lived in a different culture.  China was a long way from Idaho!  I remember lying on my bunkbed and wondering if I could dig deep enough to actually come up in the Chinese countryside.  Ah, the naivety of childhood!  My children and grandchildren love The Story About Ping, too, and it deserves to be a “Fantastic Classic” children’s book.  What makes Ping special for you?

Reviews of Enjoyable, Clean Books

I worked many years as a Librarian in a public library. Library users often asked me for suggestions of books that had good story plots but didn’t have profanity and sex. Since I also like to read enjoyable, clean books today I’m starting a series of weekly book reviews on my blog to help others find books to read that don’t offend. All you clean literature fans, read on!

AccidentalFirst up is Accidental Private Eye by Clair M. Poulson.  It’s a fast-paced, suspenseful murder mystery story of Dallas Rowen who accidentally becomes a private investigator when he is mistaken for a real private eye by a stranger.  Out of work and out of money, Dallas accepts the job. Finding the truth about a murder of his client’s grandson immerses Dallas into the cut-throat world of demolition derby and takes you to Provo and Duchesne, UT.  As Dallas digs deeper with the help of a real detective, he realizes that the murderer is now turning crosshairs on him.  If you’re looking for a clean, thrilling murder mystery written by an author who’s actually worked in the criminal field, Accidental Private Eye is a good read.  There’s even a little romance thrown in. I don’t usually like mysteries, but I’ve enjoyed reading Accidental Private Eye by Utah author Clair Poulson.  It’s exciting and will keep you wondering “who did it.”  It’s gotten good reviews from both men and women on GoodReads.com.

New “Easy Mormon Recipes” cookbook by Pat Huff

My second cookbook Easy Mormon Recipes: Home and Heritage Cooking by Pat Huff is now available at Amazon.com. This cookbook contains over 60 “down-home” easy to advanced recipes contributed by Mormons, who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many are heritage recipes that have been handed down for generations.  Mormons are known to be fantastic cooks.  It’s bargain-priced at only 99 cents.

In Easy Mormon Recipes: Home and Heritage Cooking you’ll find delicious recipes to create casseroles, salads, breads, main dishes, and desserts.  You’ll love mouth-watering Manti Barbeque Turkey marinated in a secret sauce, scrumptious “Funeral Potatoes,” Wasatch Mountain Cookies, or heritage Banana Bread enjoyed for generations. And you’ll be tempted to pour more decadent Hot Fudge Sauce on your ice cream.  You don’t have to be a Mormon to enjoy delicious food!

What sets Mormons apart is that in the past most Mormons were clustered in Utah, USA and developed a close-knit Mormon culture that included lots of social gatherings and shared recipes. Not all these recipes may be exclusive to Mormon cooks, but they are used in many Mormon homes to feed families deliciously and inexpensively.

Check out my other cookbook Easy Retro Recipes with easy recipes designed especially for beginning cooks and college students.  Easy Retro Recipes is available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and on the Apple iBookstore. Enjoy!