A Timeless Romance: Spring Vacation Collection

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation Collection. Readers will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a Spring Vacation, all with one thing in common: Romance.

In Moonlight Kiss, a delightful story by Josi S. Kilpack, Sarah is looking forward to the company retreat, namely because she’ll finally meet Clint—the man she’s been Instant Messaging for a few months. As a single mom, Sarah gets out . . . well, never. So adding vacation days onto the retreat so she can spend time with Clint is daring, yet exciting. She just hopes that the suave on-line Clint will live up to the man she hopes to share her heart with.

In Annette Lyon’s charming novella, Chasing Tess, Tess had been patiently waiting through three years of law school for James to pop the question. The night has finally arrived—at his graduation party. But his big announcement turns out to be completely unexpected . . . and devastating. Tess flees the party, promising herself she’ll never let herself waste time on James again. But as she makes a desperate cross-country drive, James makes his own plans on how to win her back.

Dancing at the Flea Market is a sweet romance by Heather Justesen. Mara, fresh out of the cold North Dakota tundra, spends her spring break in Texas with close friend, Anna. When the two women run into Carter, an impatient man with a painful past, it takes hearing Mara’s stunning voice at the local Karaoke club to thaw his heart. But as Mara gets to know Carter, she has to decide if the distance between their lives and homes is worth trying to bridge.

In Sarah M. Eden’s captivating novella, The Best Laid Plans, Madison gives up a vacation to Cancún with her office friends to return home and babysit her mother, who is in another sketchy relationship. The only problem with returning home is running into Derek, her ex-boyfriend who she decided to break up with before he could break up with her—Madison believes in always being one step ahead. When Derek teams up with Madison to investigate whether her mother is dating the right guy, Madison has a hard time ignoring what her heart is telling her about giving Derek another chance.

Picture Perfect, an exciting story by Heather B. Moore, follows Gemma who has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.

In Aubrey Mace’s enchanting romance, The Science of Sentiment, Rosie will do anything to forget Kevin, his completely perfect kisses, and the fact that he dumped her. When she arrives at her grandfather’s mountain cabin for a spring getaway, she discovers her worst nightmare—Kevin has been invited to stay the weekend too. Since there is only room for one in such a small space, Rosie is determined to kick Kevin out. But Kevin has other plans . . . which might include a reminder of why he’s the perfect kisser.

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Title: Spring Vacation (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

Author: Heather B. Moore, Aubrey Mace, Heather Justesen, Sarah M. Eden, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon

Publisher: Mirror Press

Release Date: January 31, 2013


Size: 260 pages, ebook

Genre: Contemporary Romance

A Timeless Romance Series: Winter Collection

Carnival Girl by Sonja Herbert

Fourteen-year-old Sonja has always known there is a God who loves her. But when you spend your life on the road with the carnival, traveling the country in a tiny caravan home, it’s hard to imagine a normal, churchgoing life.

Everything changes when Sonja meets two Mormon missionaries. Even though her parents don’t approve, her brothers and sisters taunt her, and her whole life is on the move, Sonja can’t help how she feels. Now she’ll have to choose between the carnival and her convictions, between her family and her faith.

Based on a true story.

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Title: Carnival Girl

Author: Sonja Herbert

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: June 12, 2012

ISBN: 978-1599559964

Size: 216 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical; Memoir

With All My Love, Misty by Misty DiLello Covington

He comes from a dysfunctional home where the brothers were involved with violence and drug use. She comes from a supportive, loving family environment. Both are Mormons. Both served missions for their church. She works in a drug rehab facility as a counselor. He comes to the facility on a court-ordered drug rehab program. It is where they meet: Dino DiLello, the charismatic and natural leader, too often on the wrong side of the law and Misty Squire, the pretty blonde social worker eighteen years his junior, who has a firm commitment to doing what’s right.

Dino and Misty are drawn together in a powerful love that surprises them both. They are married and face a bright and hopeful future. Dino has left his lawless past behind him. Or has he? The night that changes everything brings up troubling questions.

As Misty comes to terms with her worst fears, she must also decide at what cost to pursue the truth behind that night. And somehow she must learn to live with a grief that seems to break her heart beyond all healing.


Title: With All My Love, Misty: Memoir of a Broken Heart

Author: Misty DiLello Covington

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Release Date: May 22, 2012

ISBN: 978-1937178161

Size: 200 pages, 5×8, softcover

Genre: Memoir

Pied & Prodigious by D.M. Andrews

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a wife, must be in want of a good fortune.’

There is much excitement in Longlawn when two men with tall hats enter the district. Mothers buy new dresses for their daughters, fathers polish up on their fencing skills, and Mr Bayonet tackles the perilous journey through the stinging nettles to call upon the new occupants of Nettlefield Park.
The ditsy Jane Bayonet soon falls for Mr Blingley with all his gold jewellery, but her sister, the ever-prodigious Lizzy, very much dislikes Mr Blingley’s friend, Mr Dicey, whose pied coat and tall hat strike fear into the local populace.

This is a story of excessive fashion, high heels, large wardrobes, tall hats—oh, and romance!

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Title: Pied & Prodigious

Author: D.M. Andrews

Publisher: Self

Release Date: April 13, 2012


Size: 126 pages, eBook

Genre: Parody

Dominant Traits by Eric Freeze

Enslaved by their own fears, the characters in this riveting collection are straining for redemption. Their choices reflect the well-worn patterns we carve for ourselves through our idiosyncrasies—our dominant traits.

A basketball coach teaches moral ambiguity; a divorce clutches at sanity; a mother struggles with her son’s paternity; a childless man regrets his youthful onanism.

Through their shared experiences these tangible characters undergo the sad, hilarious search for wholeness and security.

Set in the stark isolated landscape of Southern Alberta, Eric Freeze’s debut collection is a deftly-crafted study of desperate mortals careening through their liminal moments, grasping for certainty.

Title: Dominant Traits: Stories

Author: Eric Freeze

Publisher: Dufour Editions

Release Date: March 15, 2012

ISBN: 978-0802313508

Size: 192 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, softcover

Genre: Short story collection; literary fiction

Short story collections are not eligible for Whitney awards.

Tell Me Who I Am: Stories of Faith, Family, and Identity by DeNae Handy, et al

Tell Me Who I Am is a collection of stories and essays depicting everyday life for sixteen LDS writers. Told with humor and sensitivity, these stories offer a glimpse into a religious culture that is alternately criticized, admired, and misunderstood. While dogma may define a people, it’s individual stories that ultimately tell us who we are.

Contributing writers: Becca Wilhite; Stephanie Sorensen; Luisa Perkins; Jana Winters Parkin; Annette Lyon; Patrick Livingston; Melanie Jacobson; DeNae Handy; Debbie Frampton; Ken Craig; Christopher Clark; Karen Burton; Gideon Burton; Michelle Budge; Joshua Bingham; Cari Banning.

Cover art, illustrations, and design by award-winning artist Jana Winters Parkin.

Title: Tell Me Who I Am: Stories of Faith, Family, and Identity

Compiled by: DeNae Handy

Publisher: Stansbury House Publications

Release Date: February 23, 2012

ISBN: 978-0615605722

Size: 224 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Anthology

The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith by Joanna Brooks

Every Mormon girl has a story to tell.

This groundbreaking memoir brings you into one of America’s most fascinating but least understood religious traditions. With humor, tenderness, and honesty, The Book of Mormon Girl reveals what it’s like to grow up in a world where angels stand at our bedsides and ancestors know our names, where Coca-Cola is forbidden fruit and Marie Osmond is a style icon.

This is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith.

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Title: The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith

Author: Joanna Brooks

Publisher: Queen Bee Press

Release Date: January 22, 2012

ISBN: 978-0615593449

Size: 216 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Memoir

Out of the Picture and Into the Picture by Ilyan Kei Lavanway


One thing leads to another as we weave our lives into the tapestry of eternity. An actual event inspires a painting, which in turn inspires a story, which in turn inspires a sequel involving another painting. Paintings have two sides. One of those sides is not the back of the canvas.

Worlds overlap. Time shifts. Space twists. Experience the adventures of an aging pilot overtaken by a strange storm. Within the storm, he is miraculously reunited with his father. Getting home is not as simple as flying back the way he came. Enter an unusual forest with this pilot after a harrowing landing. Walk with him through a vortex that provides his only escape from an environment that appears to be swallowing him. His only way out is in. Come face to face with a spooky historical figure. Learn the origins of legendary creatures. Discover the name of a class of worlds you’ve never considered. Will this pilot ever make it home? Find out. Read Out of the Picture and Into the Picture, today. Don’t wait another minute. A minute may not be what you think it is.

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Title: Out of the Picture and Into the Picture

Author: Ilyan Kei Lavanway and Victor G. La Van Way

Publisher: Self

Release Date: January 23, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-9768004-6-0

Size: eBook; 64 pages (Print version available in June)

Genre: Speculative Short Stories

Totally Cliché by Mormon Mommy Writers

Title: Totally Cliché

Author: Mormon Mommy Writers (Kasey Tross, Debra Efert, Cathy Witbeck & More)

Publisher: Mormon Mommy Writers

Release Date: December 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1468024753

Size: 160 pages, 6×9, paperback

Genre: Short Story Collection

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What do an escaped convict, a vampire, a zombie, and Prince Charming all have in common? They are only some of the characters to grace the pages of the short story collection that pays homage to cliches.

Mormon Mommy Writers presents “Totally Cliche”, a collection of short stories including:

  • “Alice in Clicheland” by Kasey Tross – What’s a writer to do when all she can think of is cliches? Perhaps visit Castle Cliche in Clicheland where all IS as it seems!
  • “Scared Stiff by Debra Erfert – Sammy is a girl that has never been scared her entire life despite her best efforts. Will that all change on a dark and stormy night?
  • “Mirage” by Cathy Witbeck – Leslie’s mother was killed twenty years ago, yet when her mother’s previous employer seeks Leslie as their newest employee, she may be headed for the same fate. 

Be sure to read these and many more stories to get your cliche fix today!

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Wasatch by Douglas Thayer

Title: Wasatch: Mormon Stories and a Novella

Author: Douglas Thayer

Publisher: Zarahemla Books

Release Date: November 19, 2011

ISBN: 978-0984360345

Size: 246 pages, 5.5×8.5, paperback

Genre: Short stories

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Douglas Thayer’s third collection presents a dozen of his career-best stories, including several that have never before appeared in print. Wasatch is the next chapter in Thayer’s recent literary success, preceded by Hooligan, his landmark memoir about growing up Mormon in Provo, Utah, and by his acclaimed novel The Tree House, about the trials and redemption of missionary and soldier Harris Thatcher.

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Lost December by Richard Paul Evans

Title: Lost December

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: November 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1451628005

Size: 368 pages, 5×7, hardcover

Genre: General/Christmas

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“It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place. This is the story of my second chance.” —Prologue of Lost December

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

Lost December is Richard Paul Evans’s modernday holiday version of the biblical story of the prodigal son, a powerful tale of redemption, hope, and the true meaning of love.

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The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck

Title: The Snow Angel

Author: Glenn Beck

Publisher: Threshold Editions

Release Date: October 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-1439187203

Size: 288 pages, 5×7, hardcover

Genre: General, Christmas

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The woman in the picture was so young she looked like a child. Her hair was loose, eyes wide, blue T-shirt stark against the pale lines of arching collarbones. I felt the air leave me in a quiet rush. Not because of the way the photo captured her fleeting youth, but because of the way it highlighted the bruise.

It was a photo of me.

Rachel Price has just one happy memory from her childhood: the moment her father took her hands while playing outside on a cold, snowy day and called her his angel. It was a rare and sacred moment in her young life, one in which she finally felt safe, loved, and protected.

But it didn’t last long.

Years later, Rachel’s daughter is the only light in what has become a dark life. Rachel repeats the patterns she learned as a child and exposes her own daughter to those same destructive behaviors. Consumed by an abusive marriage, but secure in the safety of the familiar, she is too afraid to escape.

Rachel accepts what her life has become, even as she makes excuses for those who keep her in a constant state of despair and regret.

But then, an unexpected phone call from an old friend changes everything. Her ordered world is turned upside down as she’s set on a journey that might be her last chance to salvage the life she’d given up on long ago.

While new friendships tentatively blossom, Rachel realizes that everything she once believed may be nothing but lies and misunderstandings. But knowing the truth is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. As the snow falls and the promise of Christmas redemption nears, Rachel begins to see her entire childhood in a brand-new light and must now decide what her future holds—and what her past really means. Will knowing the truth set her free, or will it condemn her to a life full of regret and “what ifs”?

The Snow Angel is a poignant tale about family, forgiveness, and the freedom to live a future free of the past.

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Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett

Title: Jacob T. Marley

Author: R. William Bennett

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Release Date: October 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1590383513

Size: 192 pages, 5×7, hardcover

Genre: General, Christmas

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Marley was dead to begin with . . . These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path.

Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

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Carving Angels by Diane Stringham Tolley

Title: Carving Angels

Author: Diane Stringam Tolley

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: September 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599559445

Size: 128 pages, hardcover

Genre: Christmas

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Papa Adam, the North Pole’s oldest elf and Santa’s former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die. But a challenge to carve, given by his youngest granddaughter, reawakens Papa Adam. Together they prove that the most paralyzing thing you can do is underestimate or undervalue anyone, especially yourself. With the right love and encouragement, anything is possible.

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The Year of the Boar by Anneke Majors

Title: The Year of the Boar

Author: Anneke Majors

Publisher: Self

Release Date: May 31, 2011

Size: 142 pages, eBook

Genre: Short Story/Memoir

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Stories of the twists and turns of life span decades and continents in this drama about religion, culture and family.

The story of four women and their families and friends are traced from the Southern US to Japan and China, across North Africa and back in this dramatization of true stories of the author’s family and her own service as a missionary in Asia. Historical events and cultures ranging from the Bible Belt to communist China during the Great Leap Forward set the stage for the explorations of these women, all of whom live drastically different lives but are pulled together by interest in the LDS (Mormon) faith.

Based on true stories, journal entries and autobiographical anecdotes, The Year of the Boar is a unique exploration of the experience of conversion in the modern age, and what place, culture and history do to define who we are.

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A Matter of Tea and Other Stories by Charles T. Whipple

Title: A Matter of Tea and Other Stories

Author: Charles T. Whipple

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: April 13, 2011

ISBN: 978-1461088721

Size: 132 pages, 5×8, paperback

Genre: Short Stories

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

“Delicate as bisque china, dangerous as a snake den, Charles T. Whipple’s writing resonates across the seven seas. Tales of sacrifice and honor that flick at the heart and encircle the soul.” – Marsha Ward.

Stories include: A Matter of Tea, The Dragon of Torigoe, The Floating World, Kamo Ike, From Chojagasaki Bay, Masakado’s Revenge, and Bonus Sections.

The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover

Title: The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus

Author: Tim Slover

Publisher: Bantam

Release Date: November 2, 2010

ISBN: 978-0553808100

Size: 176 pages, 5.5×7, hardcover

Genre: Holiday

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Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.

It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.

Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.

Water and Other Stories by Daron D. Fraley

Title: Water and Other Stories

Author: Daron D. Fraley

Publisher: Self

ISBN: 978-1452394633

Release Date: September 2010

Size: ebook

Genre: Short story collection, Contemporary, Speculative, Historical

Short story collections are not eligible for Whitney Awards.

This anthology was put together specifically for Smashwords as a free ebook offering. It contains the following stories:

PETITIONS: A short story about a homeless man (contemporary fiction).

ANGEL’S SONG: A companion short story to the novel “The Thorn”, book one of “The Chronicles of Gan” (speculative fiction).

WATER: Based on the account found in the Gospel of John, chapter 5, verses 1-16, and the painting by Carl Bloch, “Healing at the Pool of Bethesda” (historical fiction).

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Curse of the Bizarro Beetle by Julie Gardner Berry

Title: Curse of the Bizarro Beetle (Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, #2)

Author: Julie Gardner Berry

Illustrator: Sally Faye Gardner

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Release Date: August 12, 2010

ISBN: 978-0448453606

Size: 208 pages, 5×7, softcover

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Series: The Rat Brain Fiasco

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

With Cody’s archnemesis, Headmaster Farley, banished from the school, Cody should be celebrating . . . but something is bothering him, eating at him . . . literally gnawing on him. Dark forces are on the rise at Splurch Academy and Cody Mack isn’t sure which side of the battle he’s on.

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The Rat Brain Fiasco by Julie Gardner Berry

Title: The Rat Brain Fiasco (Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, #1)

Author: Julie Gardner Berry

Illustrator: Sally Faye Gardner

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Release Date: August 12, 2010

ISBN: 978-0448453590

Size: 208 pages, 5×7, softcover

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

When Cody Mack is called to the principal’s office yet again, he finds something far worse than detention awaiting him: Splurch Academy, a frightfully sinister boarding school for disobedient children run by a group of monstrous teachers. Can Cody Mack avoid becoming “Midnight Snack?”

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A Sense of Order and Other Stories by Jack Harrell

Title: A Sense of Order and Other Stories

Author: Jack Harrell

Publisher: Signature Books

Release Date: August 7, 2010

ISBN: 978-1560852094

Size: 300 pages; hardback

Genre: Short Story Collection

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

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The author asks a big question: Who is responsible? One person in need of this information is Lon, who wonders why his marriage is falling apart. Lon thought his wife would re-initiate intimacy at some point. She doesn’t, and he sets out to find the man he thinks stands between them but only finds an apparition—and he still can’t fix his marriage.

In another story, the LDS prophet is drawn to s simpler time when he could wander out unnoticed and buy a candy bar. Church Security won’t let him outside on his own and Public Relations won’t let him wear anything but a suit and tie. Still, the impulse to be a regular guy for an afternoon is compelling. Can’t he make his own decisions? He can, but what are the consequences?

And then there’s Jerry, who passes three men in suits who are talking and laughing at the loading dock behind an LDS temple. One of them looks up, drops a cigarette and crushes it, then slips into a nearby car. Another man—someone who has made Jerry’s life miserable—taunts him, saying: “Jerry, your goodness is your enemy … and tell all your friends.” Who is responsible? Maybe it’s the author’s reverie that’s to blame, but his stories have a way of getting deep inside the psyche and haunting us.

Sixteen short stories written by Jack Harrell. The collection includes the award-winning short stories “Calling and Election” and “A Prophet’s Story.”

Light of the New Day by Darin Cozzens

Title: Light of the New Day and Other Stories

Author: Darin Cozzens

Publisher: Zarahemla Books

Release Date: June 30, 2010

ISBN: 978-0984360321

Size: 220 pages; 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Short Story Collection

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

In the shared setting of fictional Balford, Wyoming, the characters in Darin Cozzens’s stories demonstrate both the follies and the virtues of rural Mormons in the late twentieth century. Hewell Penroy is a forty-two-year-old bachelor who, unbeknownst to his mother, falls in love with Benita, the meter reader he has never met. Flynn Darlington plays matchmaker with the youngest of his four unmarried daughters and an itinerant roofer. For all their married life, Rowe Sloan has struggled to supply his wife Vida with enough water for her household, but his crowning effort ends in tragedy. And with high school long past and no taste for college or missionary service, Siler Godwin faces the doom of digging postholes until, as he says, “something better comes up.” Yet whatever their quirks and limitations, these characters are, in the end, as thoroughly human as heartache and love.

Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction by Angela Hallstrom

Title: Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction

Editor: Angela Hallstrom

Publisher: Zarahemla Books

Release Date: January 3, 2010

ISBN: 978-0984360307

Size: 482 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Short Story Anthology

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

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Dispensation: Latter-day Fiction anthologizes the best Mormon short stories written near the turn of the twenty-first century. Each of the extraordinary twenty-eight stories in this volume represents a potent individual voice, from popular and nationally acclaimed authors Brady Udall and Orson Scott Card, to well-respected Mormon literature veterans Douglas Thayer and Margaret Blair Young, to talented up-and-coming writers Lisa Madsen Rubilar and Todd Robert Petersen, and many more.

Taken individually, each story is an example of the surprise and power and even joy readers can find in a finely wrought piece of short fiction. Considered collectively, these stories herald a new era of excellence in Mormon literature. As Margaret Blair Young writes in her introduction, “In Dispensation, Angela Hallstrom has assembled twenty-eight gems—each a star in a brilliant constellation. This particular collection is a pinnacle.”

Calamity Jack by Shannon & Dean Hale

Title: Calamity Jack

Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release Date: January 5, 2010

ISBN: 978-1599900766

Size: 144 pages, 8×11, hardcover

Genre: YA; Graphic Novel

Series: Rapunzel’s Revenge

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler…maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack’s past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ….while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.