Friday, May 8, 2015

Author Spotlight - Michael Rittenhouse

Did your parents talk to you about sex?
Mine didn’t. I remember this rising in my mind as I watched the final episode of The Wonder Years, when my hero, Kevin, revealed that his folks never talked to him, either.
That’s when I began to wonder how many others were like me, kids who came of age in the ’70s and ’80s, learning everything we could from TV, movies, music, and whatever books we could get our hands on.
Much later, as a husband and father, I started to think about my generation and how we were going to bridge the gap with our own children. I polled my friends and found that most of them never heard about sex from their folks. They were no more ready to cover this with their kids than I was.
Sex isn’t some isolated topic like IRS Form 1040EZ that you can just learn, or teach, in one sitting. Sexuality infuses our whole being (a point I grasped listening to talks by a priest). It’s part of who we are. I could no more instruct my son about healthy sexuality in a one-lesson format than I could teach him how to be a father, a gentleman, or a good listener. It’s something we build into ourselves, the result of years of good decisions and hard learning with a cultivated instinct at the bottom.
Also, as my generation discovered, there are plenty of people waiting to screw us up with bad information. Most of this takes the form of sex-oriented marketing, wishful thinking by liberation fantasists, or individuals looking to validate themselves by indoctrinating others.
So who’s giving us right answers?
I looked around for someone like me who’s sorted things out in a book, and found very few. So I took some advice I saw somewhere which said, if you can’t find the book you want, write it yourself.
I did that with Sex: What Your Parents Didn’t Tell You. Even while test-marketing that book, I started hearing from people that it would make a good presentation. I’m a fearless public speaker, so I’ve started booking live talks, taking questions and listening to real-world experiences from mothers and fathers, parents-to-be, even grandparents.
Everybody wants the right answers.
Michael Rittenhouse is my pen name. (My real name’s kind of bland.) I’m a University of Texas graduate with a background in writing and a long history of storytelling.

A while back, my wife and I sold our house and moved our family into an RV. We travel the country with our three children, learning all we can from real life and the Great Books.
Please have patience with this site, as I’m a WordPress noob. If you want, you can contact me at rittenhouse.michael at

Author Spotlight - TM Franklin

T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.
In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories,Window and A Piece of Cake, as well as a quirky YA romance,How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You. Ainsley is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy aspect, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.

Author Spotlight - Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, released in June 2014. Rebekah's other accomplishments include: World's Biggest Julie Andrews Fan and current girlfriend to Jane Austen (it's kind of a one-sided relationship). She is also widely known for singing an impeccable rendition of Janis Joplin's "Me and My Bobby McGee" and credits herself with single-handedly bringing back tie-dye. 

Rebekah now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Author Spotlight - Mary Catherine Gebhard

Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew and sometimes calls herself Eva Natsumi. She's lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don't worry, she sends postcards.

Author Spotlight - Jacinda Buchmann

Jacinda Buchmann lives in Arizona with her husband and three children. She graduated from Carroll College, in Helena, Montana, with a B.A. in elementary education and later received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, in school counseling. After spending several years as a teacher and later a school counselor, she now spends her time writing, any free chance she can get, that is, when she’s not spending time with her family or creating a new concoction in the kitchen.

Author Spotlight - Holli Anderson

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing--which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah--the same small town in which she grew up.

Author Spotlight - Elaine Breson

Elaine is a Florida native who recently packed up and moved her family to Utah. She is the author of the romantic suspense novel Keep Me Safe. She is a stay at home mom to two younger children and runs a crafting business from home. When she's not cleaning up after her kiddos or using her creative mind for a customer, you can find her satisfying her need for her favorite TV series or listening to music. Though finding time to write often seems like a lost cause, she uses every free minute to work on her second novel, Out Of the Smoke.

Author Spotlight - Debbie White

Debbie is an Amazon bestselling author 
for her book Passport to Happiness in the 
category of fiction/sagas. She currently resides 
in beautiful Sonoma County, California, 
where the jagged Pacific coastline meets 
the rolling hills cascading with vineyards. 
She writes romance novellas that feature 
strong, independent women, who when 
faced with adversity,or tragedy, find 
strength to overcome the perils 
that stand in their way.  She’s an avid supporter 
of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion 
of sales from her books to rescue organizations. 
She has two adult children, and two 
granddaughters.  In her spare time, she 
loves to garden, travel, enjoy family, 
and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. 
Her real passion of course is writing, 
and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife
as inspiration for her stories. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Author Spotlight - David Michael

David Michael, author of The United Series, is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, a hater of snow, a lover of Star Trek and has an addiction to coffee that is excessive even for an author.

He lives in Salt Lake City where he is currently majoring in Psychology, working a "big boy" job, and writing full time. He shares a living space with his best friend, idolizes his mother, and has a strange knack for making friends with people on the other side of the planet instead of his own back yard.

Author Spotlight - Courtney King Walker

Courtney King Walker grew up Walnut Creek, California building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard just so she could go to the moon and Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got.

After being banned from the kitchen after a few too many catastrophes, she discovered a love for writing, music and art, and eventually earned her BFA in graphic design at BYU.

She has lived in St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco, and now resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and four children where she continues to pursue all things creative, including writing, designing, composing music and baking, with an emphasis on making a killer piecrust.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Author Spotlight - Claudia Bradshaw

Claudia currently resides next to the mountains but dreams of the beach. She is married to her lost then found again high school love. She has a teenage daughter who gives her stomach aches from laughing so hard together. 

Claudia has an almost super human ability to obsess over whatever strikes her fancy. She spends her time between adding to her ever growing tattoo collection, writing, and perfecting the Tequila-O with her always present 7 bottles of Jose.

Her debut novel, Sin for Love, released on 3.14.14.

Author Spotlight - Cassie Shine

Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. The sequel, Harp's Voice was released in June 2014. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much all music.

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.   
For more information, check out Cassie's website.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Author Spotlight - Audrey Harte

A self-published author of romantic and erotic fiction, Audrey Harte was born and raised in Hawaii but spent her junior high and high school years in Scottsbluff, Nebraska before moving to Los Angeles, California on her own at the age of 17. She loves living in the City of Angels, which she has proudly called home for the past 17 years.
Her first book, Love in All the Wrong Places, was released on April 10th, 2013, and the second book in the same series, All the Right Things, was released on February 13th, 2014. The third and final book in the Love in L.A. series, The Winner Takes It All, was released on October 13th, 2014. Say Anything was released on April 3rd, 2015, with the cover featuring actor/model/former Harlem Globetrotter and Washington Generals player, Tyler White, and fitness model, Catherine Gontran. You can follow all three of them on Instagram (@audreyharteauthor, @tylerdashwhite & @_coryvegas).

Author Spotlight - Anne Eliot

Anne Eliot is the bestselling author of young adult books: Almost, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, as well as a new series, How I Fall & How I Fly.

Her work, Almost, is an issue-based YA romance about a girl who has PTSD. It has been sold into print for Turkish and German tranlsations by her amazing agent, Jane Dystel of Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is a rockstar romance about a teen pop star recovering from teen depression who falls in love with the girl next door. How I Fall is a 'crush romance' about an amazing, strong girl who's grown up hiding her Cerebral Palsy/hemiparesis who discovers her long time, impossible crush also has had a crush on her all along.

She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she's devoted to stories with sweet first kisses and first loves. When she's not writing she's reading about medieval times, Vikings, scouring dusty bookshops, and goofing off in general.

Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, kids she adores (near and far) who are all growing up too fast. She also has one twelve pound dog named Pico de-Guy who loves to chew up expensive electronics.

She can also be found dreaming on tumblr or tweeting@yaromance or goofing off on Facebook because, yes...she does procrastinate very well.

She loves to volunteer, work with teen writers, visit schools. speak at libraries, teach at writers conferences--just ask--and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Pikes Peak Writers and DBW.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Author Spotlight - Angela Corbett

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. 

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband, and loves classic cars, traveling, and chasing their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin—who is just as mischievous as his hobbit namesake. She’s the author of Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction—with lots of kissing.

Her books include: Eternal Starling, Eternal Echoes, The Devil Drinks Coffee, Devilishly Short #1, The Devil Wears Tank Tops, and Tempting Sydney.

Contact Info
Twitter: @AngCorbett
Instagram: @ByAngCorbett
Pinterest: @ByAngCorbett

Author Spotlight - Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a USA TodayWall Street Journal and New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her latest novel, The Law of Moses, was released on November 27, 2014. Amy is currently working on her next novel, The Song of David, which is slated to be released June 2015. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Check out more about Amy Harmon and links to all of her books at

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Author Spotlight - Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett is a contemporary, new adult, erotica, and suspense romance author. Amanda currently lives in Utah with her many men (her husband, two little boys, and two dogs). She is an avid San Francisco 49ers and Walking Dead fan. At a young age she developed a love for writing and story telling, and over the past ten years she has made it her passion, as she just about to release her fourteenth book. She has been fortunate enough to be a million different people in her stories and books, and is extremely grateful that she gets to do the thing that she loves the most. More than anything she loves to interact and connect with her readers. Here is where you can find her:

Amanda has books for everyone. Below is a list of them:
Time to Let Go
The Raine Series: This Love of Mine, This Trust of Mine, This Heart of Mine, This Courage of Mine
Misguided Heart
The Broken Series: Beautifully Broken, Breaking Beautiful, Unbreakable Hearts
Forever and Almost Always
The U.S. Marshal Series: Protecting Lyndley, Chasing Carson

COMING MAY 8, 2015
Simple Lies (White Lies Series 1) By Amanda Bennett
Synopsis: After meeting a tall, dark and handsome stranger one night at a bar while out with her best friend, Hadley Smith spews out one tiny white lie that would normally never affect her life, but this time is different.
Hadley has been in a three year relationship with Ryan Tate, a successful attorney who would give her the world if he could. She knows it's getting serious, and with an impending engagement on the horizon, Hadley feels on top of the world. That is...until her mysterious stranger shows up at her engagement party. Now her small harmless white lie could ultimately ruin the only good thing she has ever had. Relationships are tricky, but deciding between a life you have always wanted, and a life you wish you were brave enough to live, can prove to be unbearable.

Author Spotlight - AJ Harmon

AJ Harmon discovered her passion for writing contemporary romance novels after her children had left the nest. Born in Australia to English parents, her first loves were Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. As an adult, she still enjoys the classics but a contemporary romance novel is what she loves best. Her list of favorite authors is extensive and loves nothing more than to curl up with a great love story.Living in Oregon with her husband and dog, her days are now spent writing the genre she loves to read and traveling around the country to signing events where she gets to meet and interact with her readers. A Choice for Claire is her 13th full length novel, a stand-alone, with its two sequels, both stand-alones, planned for the very near future. AJ’s USA TODAY bestselling series, First Class Novels, is now in a boxed set, First Class Family, for readers to enjoy. Sky Romance Novels will have its’ third book in the series released in 2015, Chicago – a shot to the heart changes everything.

For the Love of Reading!

Signatures in Salt Lake has partnered with Literacy Action Center for this year's raffle drawings. During the length of the signing, attendees will be able to buy raffle tickets ($1 each) and use those raffle tickets for any of the drawings at the table. However, we really want to be able to send the LAC with a great monetary donation!
If anyone is able to help with donations, either by mailing donations for the signing, or being a sponsor so we can purchase prizes at a reduce cost, your generosity will go a long way! Please let us know if you're interested in helping.

From the Literacy Action Center website:

"The Literact Action center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization since February 1985, transforms English-speaking adults, who enter our program with limited reading, writing, or math skills into skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, writers and mathematicians! We specialize in English-speaking adults whose reading, writing or math skills are below a fifth grade level and live in Salt Lake County or Davis County in Utah, USA."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Location, location, location!

This year, Signatures In Salt Lake will be held at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. It's a gorgeous location with floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful view of the downtown area.