This year has been awesome. I’ve meet some amazing authors at various conferences. I’m grateful to call many of them my friends and associates.

Josi Kilpackhttp://www.josiskilpack.com/ – I had a great time chatting with her. Although she claims that she tagged along with me, it was the other way around. I’m new to RWA and it was my first time in NYC, but I knew Josi from LDStorymakers so somehow it benefited both of us to have the connection and not feel so alone in that big big city. #RWA15 was amazing, thanks to Josi, Shoshana, and others. Josi’s latest book LORD FENTON’s FOLLY is available now.

Jennifer Beckstrand – http://www.jenniferbeckstrand.com/ – Josi introduced me to Jennifer while in NYC. Jennifer writes sweet romances and her book HUCKLEBERRY SUMMER was a 2015 Rita Nominee. I happen to love her layered jell-o salad :o)

Stacie Henryhttp://stacyhenrie.com/ – Josi introduced me to Stacie while in NYC. Stacie writes inspirational historical romances and her book HOPE AT DAWN was a 2015 Rita Nominee. Her book blog and recommendations have inspired me to read more. :o)

Julianne Donaldsonhttp://www.juliannedonaldson.com/ – Julie and I lived across the hall from each other during our BYU Wymount days when we were young married students at BYU-Provo. WOW! She’s been so generous over the 10+ years with publishing info. for the Friend magazine and the LDS fiction/nonfiction industry.  I wish her all the best with a prequel to Edenbrooke called HEIR TO EDENBROOKE, so neat!

Merrilee Boyack – http://www.merrileeboyack.com/ – Merrilee is a gift to us all. A cancer survivor. A testament to living better. She writes. She reads. She did our Estate Planning and Wills. Wow! I’m thankful for her confidence, courage and commitment to lead. She makes choices. She stands by them. She introduced me to Cedar Fort Inc. and grateful for her. Her new book WHEN I’M A MISSIONARY is available now.

Jewel Quinlan – http://jewelquinlan.com/ – Jewel is my best critique partner. She’s honest and candid. When I’m feeling rejected, she is there to encourage me to write again. To edit better. To stop head-hopping…LOL! Her latest book SHE’S GOT IT ALL is fast-paced and like nothing I write, but she’s got a wild imagination like me and I love supporting and championing her successes with each new book.


Snow & Ballet Flats = Priceless

…thankful for those we meet along the way and at every crossroad…

May you find joy and happiness in giving thanks to all you meet this Thanksgiving.


Feeling :-)

Tried illustrating again…its like picking out an outfit in the morning…difficult without a stylist.

by Annalisa Hall, 2015

by Annalisa Hall


It’s my birthday tomorrow. I figured I could tell you a little bit about the last year…

Last September my book “I Want to Be Baptized” (illustrated by Corey Egbert) was published by Cedar Fort Inc. and on Tuesday the board book version will be released. Buy it HERE or HERE.

This past July I attended RWA National Conference in New York City.  Since I’ve been wanting to go to New York City since I was a child, I had very high expectations. NYC did not disappoint. The Subway trains, World Trade Memorial, the fashion, the people, and THE FOOD — AMAZING!!! All lived up to and exceeded my expectations. So amazing. Taking photos is addicting. I did nothing traditional, but it was the taste of NYC I always dreamed about. To boot — I finished Little Boy Blue’s chapter book and gave it to him as a gift as belated birthday gift.

In NYC I learned so much about writing Romance (yes, I have a penname for that) and met such wonderful authors like Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Beckstrand (Rita Finalist), and Stacy Henrie (Rita Finalist). Thanks to Jewel Quinlan from the OC RWA Chapter, I braved the rejections and continue to write and write and submit.

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Central Park with my LUXURANA bag

In the the last twelve months, I’ve written two novels, received four rejections, signed a new children’s book contract, promoted my children’s book release and updated my filing system which now consists of filing cabinets painted by the children.  🙂

I won’t mention the two cookbooks and screenplays that I’ve done. They are still a work in progress.

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Central Park, July 2015

This year has been very happy for me. Here’s a list of this year’s favorites:

FOOD – Bison Borscht & Blueberry Cayenne smoothie @GoIndieFresh

COLOR – Red (like the red dress I got from the Kukui’ula Shopping center in Kauai)

PLACE – in my dreams conjuring new book ideas

MOVIE – Aloha (2015) with Bradley Cooper

BOOK – I Can Pray Every Day by Catherine Christensen -and- The Little Seahorse by Sheri Fink

Props to my alma mater LDSBC & BYU!

Thanks to my parents, family and friends for enduring my wacky ideas to make my dreams come true.



RWA San Diego

How was your experience at RWA Nationals in NYC this year? Today, RWA-SD member L.H. Marley shares her conference experience in the city that never sleeps.

#RWA15 was awesome!

View from the One World Trade Center Observatory. View from the One World Trade Center Observatory.

The iconic clichés about New York City are true! Rattling subway trains…yes. Spectacular views in Times Square…yes. Hot FDNY…YES! If you go to NYC, my advice is:

  1. Buy a Metrocard when you arrive,
  2. Make a list of your top three sites, and do it, and
  3. Bring comfortable walking shoes!

The RWA National Conference lived up to my expectations, and the app gave me reminders and kept me informed of changes, When one class was too full, I could refer to them for alternatives. Very helpful!

Here are some quotes, tips, and trends I spotted, loosely translated from my notes:

  • “When business starts to suck, go back to the craft” – Barbara…

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Hello Friends

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Lately I’ve been conquering Mt. Laundry and using the local Dragon called Dyson to clean and clean and clean, its called homemaking…LOL!! I’ve discovered I’m way better at writing. Or at least that’s my clever excuse for the lack of blogging.

I decided to draw with my right hand (see below)…

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In the world of writing books, I’ve completed two more novels, three children’s books, some cookbooks and several screenplays. I really do love writing.  I’m hoping to find others willing to read them :o)

Time is of the essence… #WriteMoreSleepLess

Happy 2015

Busy life…writing books, promoting books, attending galas, making new friends…its a whirlwind.

This is the year to #BETTER

Be a better writer, be a better friend. Do more, be more, and do #BETTER

Wishing you a happy year!! Let me know how you’re going to #BETTER your 2015…I want to know.


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Podcast 2.35

For my birthday, Nick kindly posted the podcast interview with me & my illustrator, Corey Egbert.  SUPER EXCITED to share!


With spots filling up fast on the blog tour, I thought I’d take a moment and ask you to consider hosting a book review for “I Want to Be Baptized” on your blog…pretty please!  You can sign up HERE.

Check out Boyd’s LDS Books for all my current editions of “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” and “I Want to Be Baptized”.

Someone help me find an email address for Mark Robison who did the illustrations for the true story published in the Friend (Sept 2010) called “Garbage Can Graffiti.” I’d like to thank him!

And let me know what you think of David Habben’s ink work… I’m thinking he should do my next children’s book.

Side note — I was reading our daughter, Sofia the First, and the question Sofia asked “How can I be a princess and myself?” has struck an accord with me…I wonder how do I manage ALL my writing styles and still be myself.  I write A LOT. And all different types (some good, some strange, some wildly poetic…) and not just LDS Non-Fiction books, but all kinds of things…and just because I have several children’s books published doesn’t mean I haven’t had my fair share of rejection letters for my other works…and yet, I was surprised to read an article “Many Eggs, Many Baskets” that totally made sense.

A bit of advice — draw, write, read…perfect your craft. Whatever you do, do it well and be kind. My husband tells me that an amateur writes until she gets it right and a professional writes until she can’t get it wrong. The crossover from amateur to professional doesn’t end with publication because I’m still in pursuit of writing it right.

I draw. I read. I write. I write more.

Today I discovered the world of screenwriters at Scripts & Scribes….wow! I’m beyond excited. After publishing three children’s books (not including translations into Spanish & Portuguese) and writing over four complete novels in the last year…yes, I’m that in love with writing that I plan to complete two screenplays by the end of the year too…I’m crazy, but not insane *or is it the other way around? LOL.

Smile friends!  We loved to write today and live to edit tomorrow!!

If you’re in Vegas 25-28 Sept 2014, see my friend, featured author, Jewel Quinlan…she’ll be signing books at Hot Mojave Knights. Join the Salsa Party too!