- National and local professional and community conferences
- BYU Education Week Conferences (Utah, Idaho, Hawaii)
- LIFEChange Series and Workshops
- Utah Valley State College: Continuing Education
- Thanksgiving Point: LIFEChange Series
- Best of Especially for Youth
- Especially for Youth (local and national)
- Local stake and ward firesides and conferences
Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Brigham Young University
All I am, I owe to my mother.” —George Washington
Celebrate all wonderful mothers everywhere, now through Mother’s Day, with the release of my newest book, “Motherhood Matters: Joyful Reminders of the Divinity, Reality, and Rewards of Motherhood” with gifts, contests, free downloads, podcasts and more!
At the risk of sounding giddy, I LOVE this new book—it’s not only a beautiful hard cover gift book on the outside, but it’s an uplifting, inspiring, and feel-good read on the inside.
Authors/speakers Gary and Joy Lundberg endorsed the book with, “It lifts and confirms that motherhood is a divine calling from God, a heartbeat that keeps the world on track. This is a book that should be read by every mother and grandmother.”
And New York Times’ Bestselling authors Linda and Richard Eyre have also endorsed it, saying, “With years of experience, extensive research, and a twist of good humor, Connie Sokol has captured the essence and importance of motherhood with delightful stories and inspiring wisdom.”
With short, thoughtful vignettes in each area of Divinity, Reality, and Rewards of motherhood, it provides a great gift book for any mother, or mother-to-be. American Mother participant Kristen C. texted me and said, “I finished your book—I couldn’t put it down, it was so good!” That brings me such joy!
And as always, partial proceeds go to local and national charities—so while you’re giving to loved ones, you’re giving to others in need!
Look for the weekly post contests on why motherhood matters to you; enjoy free podcasts on balancing womanhood and motherhood; and enjoy sharing life-improving content with your friends and family.
I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share the great message that motherhood matters, and for all the amazing mothers I know, meet, and honor who make a difference in children’s lives.
The Power of a Scripture Strip!
Recently I had an experience that reminded me, yet again (how many times do I need this lesson?) that regularly reading scriptures works. It’s that simple.
At our house, we daily use Scripture Strips—individual scriptures that my son slaved over typing (that’s his story), that we then had printed, and we cut, and then “Stuff and Fluffed” them into cute bags with even cuter tags, and voila, Scripture Strips. (Yes, shameless plug for my son—all proceeds go toward his mission, and toward avoiding the flipping hamburger financial option).
Each morning we pull a strip from the jar, read it, share it, and talk about it. So often these strips provide just what I spiritually need in terms of comfort, direction, or a boot in the bum.
Last week I was trying to figure out what to do with a number of terrific opportunities in my life. I wrote them down, did the pro and con lists, tried to be reasonable, and prayerful. But ultimately, I just couldn’t feel a fit on what to keep or not.
Then we pulled the strip and guess what it said: “Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” 3 Nephi 14:7. I felt like, “Hello, McFly?” I realized my prayers had been more of which wonderful opportunity should I pursue, rather than, how can I focus better on that matters most?
I began praying about exactly that, and ideas started flowing. Although I had written down items for my family, myself, and our home, I began to see things anew. I put them in a different order. Thoughts came about each individual child and options for them that I hadn’t considered.
Even after completing the ask/seek/knock process, and finishing my Life Board, I felt inspired again. For the first time, I left a blank space, allowing the opportunity for, and a place to record, unplanned blessings that might come my way during the year.
Today, try opening up a scriptural text or an inspired talk. I guarantee you’ll find something that will lift, comfort, or direct, regardless of whether it’s now or later.
As many of you know, I’m a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons.
President Thomas S. Monson’s wife, Sister Frances J. Monson, just passed away. I wanted to take a minute and add my tribute to this wonderful woman who did so much for her husband.
In our “15 minutes of fame” society, so much in print, online and on TV revolves around fame, celebrity and notoriety. So it may be hard for some to appreciate that people really do love to serve their family in the capacity of a nurturing woman, wife and mother.
That was Sister Frances Monson. She did so much, and mostly in the background. From all that I know of Sister Monson, she was a sensible, capable woman who kept a sense of humor. One of my favorite stories about President Monson was when he told about going grocery shopping and didn’t know how the cart worked. He thought the front opening meant his cart was defective because the potatoes kept falling out! As he readily admitted, she was the one to keep the homefront steady and functioning.
Another favorite story was a few years back when he told of sitting in the hospital at her bedside while she slept. I’m paraphrasing slightly, but suddenly, she opened her eyes and said, “Tommy, we’re in trouble.” Shocked to see her awake, he said, “Why’s that?” She said, “Because I forgot to send in our quarterly tax statements.” I love that story because that is exactly how we women are–we can be in the middle of labor and suddenly remember we forgot to turn off the oven.
Sister Monson was an absolute anchor for her husband, as biographer Heidi S. Swinton said she was the last formidable barrier to pass through for an approval on something. I can only imagine the grief that he must be feeling at this time after losing such a devoted companion, and especially in these later years.
My heart is tender for women such as Sister Monson, who serve their husbands and families so faithfully, without accolades, and with genuine love and joy. It is the essence of the service of the Savior. And Sister Monson leaves that beautiful legacy for her grateful loved ones.
Thank you sweet ladies for a fabulous book signing, I couldn’t believe we sold out (except for one damaged book left!) I met wonderful women, some I’d only “met” through their emails so far. And getting to see women excited to read something uplifting about being a woman, wife, and mother was priceless. They stopped at the table looking a bit tired and left with, I swear, a skip in their step–for sure a smile. I LOVE THAT!
Had to share a funny. At the end of the day five copies remained. After closing up my signing spot I walked the books to the main table but two women happened to be standing right at the empty book spot. They asked about my book and before you know it, one had picked one up, the other had taken two. As we turned to go to the signing table (for their email address for a free download) the lady picked up one more! The only book left was one with a damaged book cover, woo hoo:)
Truly, truly, it made me thrilled to know these good women could take a few minutes that after a long motherhood day to read something funny, poignant, or resonating. Hopefully it helps remind them of the good they do and to laugh off the small stuff.
Thank you, again!!
4/19/2013 CONTEST FOR A CAUSE!
If you want more exposure for your novel or nonfiction, check out this great contest for a cause–all funds raised will be donated to to cancer research. Way to go Margaret for helping others help others by using their talents!!
The Second Annual WUFC Writing Contest is open for submissions from April 16th, 2013 – August 15th, 2013.
Writers Unite to Fight Cancer (WUFC) is a group of authors who raise money for cancer research.
This year’s theme will be the Drive to Thrive.
Everyone over the age of 18 is eligible to enter. May have been published before, or be a first time writer. Subject matter may be on any topic as long as it follows the theme of the Drive to Thrive.
Entry Fee is $30.00 per submission. There is no limit to the number of submissions allowed. The funds raised from entry fees and sales of books above the cost of production will be donated to the combined cancer research program at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Arizona State University under the Direction of Robert Waters.
Categories / Genres: Word Counts limited to 4000 words.
Fiction - Short Stories or partial novels – all genres middle grade up to adult: Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Historical, Steam Punk, Inspirational, Paranormal, Speculative, Romance, Suspense, Western
Non-Fiction - Memoir / auto-biography, Self-help, Motivational, Inspirational, Spiritual, Essay or Editorial.
(Partial novels / books must have a resolution within the text submitted.)
Do Not Submit: Horror, Erotica, Poetry, gratuitous violence, Foul or Vulgar language.
Maximum Word Count for all submissions is 4000 words.
Finalists and Winners will be given the opportunity to be published in the 2nd WUFC Writing Contest Anthology if they are willing work with one of our editors – at no charge.
All entries must be received by midnight 8/16/13. Send submissions to:
Margaret L. Turley, Administrator 1146 N. Mesa Dr. #102-233
email@example.com Mesa, AZ 85201
*40 Days with the Savior was #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller Paid Kindle Store list in both Easter and Lent for most of the month of March.
THANK YOU to all who helped make that happen by purchasing, and by doing so, helped the Salcido family through the donations of the book’s profits. You’re fabulous!
*My new Mother’s Day book, The Life is Too Short Collection, is now available in print and ebook! It will be the last new book from me for awhile, taking a fabulous break, so enjoy:) It’s a compilation of humorous yet helpful brief columns on thriving as a woman, wife, and mother. The 200+ page book is full of kitchen table wisdom with a side of humor. You can find the book here:
And remember to enter our motherhood contest all month long sharing a pivotal, poignant, or pretty hilarious moment that you learned something about being a mother. Email your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org to win weekly prizes and possibly the Grand Virtual Motherhood Gift Basket worth $150!
*Big squee!! Found out a few days ago that The Life is Too Short Collection was picked up by Costco. Celebrating with a happy dance, and European chocolate…:))
*A HUGE thanks to all who have helped me be able to release five books in just over three months–Jill Holmes, my stalwart partner in crime and all things Back to Basics, editor Emily Halverson, cover artist Kelli Ann Morgan, and formatter (and constant question-answerer) Heather Justesen. You women ROCK! I could not do any of this without your expertise and emotional support!!
Thanks for sharing in my happy news!
In a brief sentence, please tell us why we definitely need to read this book!
You should read this book because Gaze Into Heaven provides reassurance, comfort, and yes, even proof, that life continues beyond the grave.
What inspired you to write this book?
While researching for another book, I came across a near-death experience that was so amazing that I wanted to share it with others. When I finished my first project, I came back and did more research, finding more stories that were just as wonderful. The warm feelings that enveloped me while I did further research, was a confirmation that other people would benefit from reading these awesome experiences.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never. Give. Up.
People don’t fail because they can’t write, they fail because they stop trying. I have a yellowed newspaper clipping by my computer that says; “For most of us, it isn’t that we don’t have the ability to write, it’s that we don’t devote the time. You have to put in the effort.” Another way of saying that, is if you want to write and be published bad enough, you’ll work for it. And if you work at it, your writing will improve and you WILL be published.
About how long does it take to write a book?
My first novel took me three years. But I had kids at home, did a major remodel of the house, and had lots of things pop up to claim my time. I also agonized over every syllable I wrote. My second novel took me a year to write and my next one took nine months. I can do a non-fiction book in about six months.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
Revising. After getting a germ of an idea, the first step is to plot out the story line, which is involved since I write mysteries. I enjoy plotting—there is satisfaction in getting a solid foundation down. Then I write the first draft, which is almost torture. It seems that I can write nothing but garbage. But you have to get something down before you can revise, so I grind through it. Revising is like taking an old stone and polishing it until it’s a diamond.
Are you working on any other books?
Yes! Since it can take 3 years from the time you send in your manuscript until it’s finally in bookstores, you just keep writing. My second novel, Motive for Murder, will be out this June. It’s a great mystery with a quirky private investigator, Erica Coleman, who has OCD. It has a very surprising twist at the end!
Review for How to Treat Your Pregnant Wife: A Common Sense Guide, by Michael J. Snapp
Finally, a pregnancy book for the husband! This delightful little volume speaks to the heart and soul of a man, in his language, about how to be more respectful and responsive of his lovely wife’s new condition. Humorous and helpful, you’re husband (and you) will enjoy this upbeat collection of tips and time-tested to-dos.
To purchase on DeseretBook.com ($12.99)
Review for THIRD TIME’S A CHARM (An Aliso Creek Novella) by Heather B. Moore
Historical fiction writer Heather B. Moore (also known as H.B. Moore) writes a short romance that is geared for a national audience. In forty pages, Moore is able to convey a love story and generate a reader’s interest more than I had imagined. To quickly get to the heart of the matter yet give sufficient back story to connect a reader is a tough things to do in so few pages, but she does both. For romance enthusiasts, Moore has an ability to engage as well as convey the tingle that readers look for in this genre of novella.