Sunday, June 29, 2008

Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley

Rebecca Talley is doing a blog tour for her young adult novel, Heaven Scent. Today, it's my turn to blog about her and her book.

I met Rebecca at the LDStorymakers Writing Conference in March. I am very impressed with Rebecca because she has ten children. For me, writing is tough with my three boys.

First of all, I love the cover of the book. It's beautiful and invites you to open it up.

Here's a little about the book:

She'd wanted her father to pay more attention to her, and she'd wanted her family to be like it used to be. She hadn't wanted everything to change so drastically that she may not even survive it.

As Liza proves herself a basketball star, everyone — from college basketball recruiters to the gorgeous Kyle Reynolds — seems to take note of her. Everyone, that is, except her own father. While her father is busy at his law practice, Liza learns about a strange new religion from Kyle. Could Kyle's religion help her family? Or is it already too late for her father to make amends?

When yet another broken promise finally leads to tragedy, Liza doesn't know if she will ever be able to forgive her father. It will take a good friend, a new belief, and a miracle straight from heaven to help Liza see that she still has a choice. The compelling story of a high school basketball star, this is a novel every girl will want, and none will be able to put down!

The novel begins with Liza's disappointment that her father does not attend her very important high school basketball game. This disappointment is quickly followed by others as her father continues to pull away from the family to devote time to his career. She hopes to gain a coveted spot on a local university's basketball team, and she does not feel her father's support.

Family life continues to deteriorate for Liza as her father spends too much time at work and her mother stops finding excuses for him. Along with worries about her personal life and thoughts about the basketball scholarship, Liza now worries that her parents might be facing divorce.

Along the way, she meets Kyle who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He befriends her and wants to tell her about the church.

This story depicts real young adult challenges as we watch Liza struggle with increasing difficulties in her life. Tragedy strikes, and I have to say even though it clearly states that on the back cover, I was surprised. I was not expecting it. The tragedy puts things into perspective for Liza and presents further challenges. She has to find room in her heart for forgiveness and possibly for acceptance of a religion that seems strange to her.

I recommend this book for any young adult who is looking for a story to enrich their lives and give them much to think about.

Thank you, Rebecca, for letting me participate in your blog tour. Good luck to you and let us know what you're up to next.

Here are the next two stops on Rebecca's Blog Tour

July 1 C Lynn Beck

July 2 Karen Hoover

Check out Rebecca's blog and website.

Monday, June 23, 2008

San Antonio

I love you San Antonio, and will miss you. I've lived in over 10 cities in my life, and I have to say that you have been my favorite. I loved you from the start and will continue to love you from afar. You have so much to offer, and there are so many reasons to love you. Let me name a few.

You have the most affordable home prices of any big city out there. Your museums and libraries have given me and my kids many good times. You have a great Children's Museum and zoo which my kids have enjoyed over and over. I love your downtown and Riverwalk. I have loved playing outside in shorts in January. I have loved the Mexican food. Our family really enjoyed watching the building of the LDS San Antonio Temple. We love this temple. It will still be our temple, but now we are 2.5 hours away, instead of 25 minutes. I have loved the large Hispanic influence. It is wonderful to see the language of my heritage be celebrated, instead of devalued like in other places where I have lived. I love to see Spanish street names and signs written in Spanish.

We will really miss you, San Antonio, but we will come back to visit. We will come to the temple and to visit family. I'm very excited about living in Corpus Christi, a city that has a lot to offer as well. It's a smaller city, with less traffic. You can get just about anywhere in the city in about 20 minutes. And, the beach is only 15 minutes away. I don't think I need any other reason than that to already love Corpus.

Thank you, San Antonio, for five years of great times and wonderful memories. I will think of you often.