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.

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!

“Easy Retro Recipes” digital e-cookbook now available!

.Well, I decided to follow the advice of my previous post about writing e-books.  I set to work to create a digital cookbook of fantastic recipes used by Mormon family cooks in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s. Thus the name Easy Retro Recipes by Pat Huff, ISBN 9781623092092.  It’s available now on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and Apple iBookstore. Go to EasyRetroRecipes.com to find out more.

In this digital e-cookbook you’ll find over 50 easy recipes for Starters, Bread & Breakfast, Main Dishes, Desserts, Other, and Crowd Cooking. The recipes are easy and don’t require a lot of expensive ingredients. You’ll be able to feed a family “on a dime,” so to speak. It’s perfect for college students too!

Easy Retro Recipes aren’t short on taste. You’ll get rave reviews for moist, mouth-watering Mrs. Orr’s Chocolate Cake, create a stir with unique Banana Nut Bars, or warm hearts and tummies with Chili Instantly.  I dare you to avoid becoming addicted to Easy Caramel Popcorn. You truly can’t eat only one handful!  These easy retro recipes have survived the test of time and will help you create delicious meals and snacks in a flash.

Easy Retro Recipes by Pat Huff has been submitted for distribution. It’s available for download now at Amazon.com by clicking here, at Barnes&Noble.com for the Nook, and Sony.com for their Reader. You can also download it at iBooks for Apple products such as the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. Or search for ISBN 9781623092092.

What sets Mormon cooks apart from others is that they often feed large families on a one-wage-earner budget, since mothers are encouraged to stay home if possible to raise their families.  Thus the need for creativity and resourcefulness when feeding a family. You can learn more about the Mormon Church by clicking on Mormon.org.

It was a stroll down memory lane as I went through my rag-tag collection of recipes. My collection included Mormon Ward (congregation) cookbooks and recipes passed-down and handed-around by Mormon cooks, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Some of the individuals passed away many years ago. Going through their recipes brought back happy memories of fun times and wonderful people. My digital cookbook Easy Retro Recipes strives to keep alive the cooking skills of these great people

Take the opportunity to check out the recipes and use them to create “delicious meals and snacks in a flash.” See my other cookbooks starting at 99 cents on Amazon.com. Bon appetit!

Make A Fortune Writing E-Books

Unbelievably, the American Association of Publishers reports the retail dollar sales of trade e-books has at least doubled upon itself each year since 2007. Sales of e-books have risen from $32M in 2007 and to an estimated $780M in 2011. These figures most likely don’t include e-books written by someone like you and downloaded from websites run by individual authors. Any way you look at it, this is truly phenomenal growth!
What is fueling this tremendous growth in e-book sales?
Many advantages make shorter downloadable e-books attractive to authors and readers:
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4. Topics are limitless—tap your store of knowledge
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6. Printing costs are nil—buyers print their personal copies
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Everyone has some store of knowledge that can be written as an e-book and sold for a profit. We’re editors and authors who can help you write a polished e-book that others want to buy. Contact us and let’s start the process rolling.

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