by Shanna Hatfield
Contemporary Romance

Book 1: Heart of Clay

Callan Matthews is a master at burying pain and emotions. Her husband Clay mistakenly thinks he knows everything there is to know about this woman he loves. Callan’s secret, once revealed, could create a chasm too deep for either of them to cross.

"What an amazing love story."~Amazon reviewer

"The story itself could help couples who are faced with marital issues."~Amazon reviewer 

"Most romance novels are about the boy and girl getting together. This story is more about the ups and downs of a marriage. It is refreshing to read about a couple working through their problems and renewing their commitment to each other."~Amazon reviewer

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Book 2: Country Boy vs. City Girl

Tenacious and determined, Jenna Keaton has no plans for a husband or marriage, devoting her time and energy into her career. Josh Carver is successful, handsome, charming and blissfully single. When the two of them meet, sparks fly. Love gets entangled in the war of country boy versus the city girl.

"This was a wonderful story about romance, how families help each other, honesty, and keeping God in their lives daily no matter the trials of daily life."~Amazon reviewer

"Finally a love story during marriage. I love the happily ever after."~Amazon reviewer

"Just gotta find time to read the whole thing at once because I hate to put it down once I start reading!"~Amazon reviewer

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Book 3: Not His Type

Spending her entire twenty-four years hiding in the background and perfecting her status of wallflower, Anna Zimmerman arrives at the astounding conclusion it’s time for a change. Tired of living life in the shadows, she steps into the light, unprepared to handle the attention of the charming, handsome cowboy who works across the street.

Jake Chandler likes his women petite, blond and outgoing. When a chance encounter brings him nose to nose with the tall librarian across the street, he discovers his type of girl expanding to include statuesque brunettes.

"Jake and Anna are my favorites out of the whole series and I loved reading how they grew into becoming the wonderful loving adults they were meant to be. All the returning characters helped to make this a very loving, funny and romantic book I will be reading again."~Amazon reviewer

"This was such a special story because of the love that overcame the problems of real life."~Amazon reviewer

"Loved the purity of this romance. The right woman is what it took to tame a wild and immature cowboy."~Amazon reviewer

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CIR: What inspired this series?
HATFIELD: Heart of Clay was the first book I wrote. I'd always wanted to write a novel, and after reading a truly awful book I picked up at the bookstore, I decided to see if I could do better. I fell in love with both writing clean romances and the characters in this story, so I wrote two more books in the series.

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
HATFIELD: Painful! Seriously, though, I had no idea what I was doing and read everything I could find on how to write a book. I applied what made sense and went from there. It truly was a huge learning experience for me.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this series?
HATFIELD: Never give up. I think that is the underlying message in all three books in this series. The relationships in the three stories are all at different places, but the message of never giving up on something or someone you love is definitely at the center of the series.

CIR: What themes do you address in this series?
HATFIELD: Tenacity is a big part of the theme in all three books! Hope and true love are entwined as well.
CIR: Is there more coming? 
HATFIELD: I have ideas for a few more books in the series, so you never know...

Learn more about Shanna Hatfield and her writing at


by Cherise Kelley
Children's Lit

Book 1: Raffle's Name

Clem is a dog with a secret: he is an alien from Planet Kax! He discovers he has the ability to manipulate thoughts. He goes a little nuts with this, telling squirrels to throw pine cones at the pesky little dogs next door and telling ants to eat the little dogs' food. But at the end he discovers what he is supposed to be doing with this talent.

"This was a really good book. It made me think differently about my dog."~Amazon reviewer

"After a few pages I fell in love with this book. I couldn't put it down. The point of view is spot on for the book. Who knew an author can actually get the point of view of a dog right?"~Amazon reviewer

"Such an amazing and vividly detailed story. This puts an entirely new perspective on dogs. I would recommend this to anyone who loves dogs (especially large breeds)."~Amazon reviewer

Book 2: Oreo

Clem's humans adopt a dog to be his brother, but Oreo is a rascal who would rather chew up the humans' shoes. 

"My 9 year old son loved this book and can't wait for book 3, and he is a picky reader. He gives it two thumbs up."~Amazon reviewer

"Full of things that will make you laugh and touch your heart."~Amazon reviewer

"As a parent, it is hard to find good clean books that my son will actually read and enjoy. The Dog Aliens series delivers this consistently through out. My wife, son and I all read the books together and we all enjoyed them. Being a Dog owner, we know joke about our dog reading scent signals and relaying messages. We even discussed briefly if he knows he is from Kax or not."~Amazon reviewer

Free Bonus Prequel Short Story!

Kaxian Duty

At three months old, Clem faces his first day of Kaxian duty with anxiety. What will his assignment be? His tail has a mind of its own, which doesn't help matters any. 

"Very cleverly written. My grandson didn't understand everything, but was amused and engaged while we read it. He's five."~Amazon reviewer

"This story made me want to get to know the dogs in my neighborhood."~Amazon reviewer 

"This is about as cute and lovable as SciFi can get!"~Amazon reviewer

Book 3 coming November 15th

CIR: What gave you the idea for the Dog Aliens series?
KELLEY: My real-life dogs inspired these books. I would often imagine I heard them telling me these stories!

CIR: What would you compare this book to? 
KELLEY: A reviewer says they're "like an alien version of Beverly Hills Chihuahua vs Air Bud!" I love that, and I agree. 

CIR: Are any of the characters like you or someone you know?
KELLEY: She Wolf Neya is my mom, who is a neonatal intensive care nurse in real life. She gets a big kick out of being portrayed as a she wolf babysitting her brother and sister pups.

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by Rachel John
LDS, New Adult Romance

A whole stadium of fans watched Sara Jensen turn down her boyfriend’s marriage proposal at a baseball game. Now Sara is more than ready to return to the safety of her tiny community college and her quirky, but caring roommates. It's a new semester and a fresh start. At least until she meets her new neighbor, Matt Constanello. He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a guy, except for his unfortunate family connections—his older brother is the ex-boyfriend she just dumped in front of thousands of people. Her first instinct is to put as much distance as possible between them. Can she stop running long enough to see what might be true love?

"As a single adult trying to navigate the dating scene, this made me laugh. It was so relative to real life."~Amazon reviewer

"I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be entertained and uplifted at the same time."~Amazon reviewer

"The dialogue between characters is very humorous and it captures LDS college life perfectly."~Amazon reviewer

CIR: What gave you the idea/inspiration for this book?
JOHN: I knew I wanted to write a novel about college students at Eastern Arizona College because it was such a magical place for me. It was my first experience living away from home and I learned a lot about myself. The specific story came to me while I was at work. I scribbled down as much as I could on the back of an envelope during my lunch break. 

CIR: How did it evolve from scribbles on an envelope into a book?
JOHN: This was my first novel, and I didn't belong to any writing groups. I wrote out of order as ideas came to me, and then I went back with an outline to make sure everything fit together. I made an imaginary calendar with dates of events for my main characters Sara and Matt.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
JOHN: I hope they find it funny and romantic and really entertaining.

CIR: Tell us about this runaway bride. 
JOHN: Sara is somewhat of a social misfit. She is shy, but has a temper and sometimes makes rash decisions. I've found that some readers really get her and some don't at all - Which fits her character perfectly.

CIR: Are any of the characters based on actual people you know?
JOHN: Not really, except for Eric. He is one of Matt's roommates and is a mixture of several guys I knew. He was very fun to write.

Learn more about Rachel John and her writing at her website.