I wanted to go to Hawaii. So I did. It cost me about $15. Here's how you do it.
Go to the Deseret Book site and order a copy of Bumpy Landings by Don Carey. Make yourself some sort of pink frothy fruity blender concoction, and curl up with both of these items for a few hours. This book will totally whisk you away to the island of Oahu, balmy breezes, tropical flowers, and all. It's a seriously relaxing read. What I found to be Don's greatest strength as a writer is that If he writes about Laie, you're right there, seeing and smelling it. If he describes photography, you're convinced he's a world class photographer. After reading about the main character Jordan's obsession with learning to fly an airplane, I was convinced Don-the-author must be an experienced pilot. He's not. But he's an imaginative dreamer and it's plain in his writing through the level of detail he reaches without ever boring the reader. It just makes the whole story feel more realistic.
Don has no problem with his book being classified in the "romance" category, but he calls it a coming-of-age story. It's really both, because I think it's becoming who you're meant to be that allows you to experience true love.
This warm weather, sweet romance, tropical-island-hop is a great read for those of you stuck in this crazy storm going on. (Well, not here. But I'm not going to laugh too loudly at the rest of you in case karma decides to pay me a visit. Not that I believe in that stuff. But I am knocking on wood right now.) Oooh, and you can check out the contest Don is running right here. It's very easy to win!
Oh, and sort of on the subject of writing, if you're going to the LDS Storymakers conference in May and you want to, check out this contest. You can win a seat at the Friday night dinner table of some illustrious writers and agents. But don't feel pressured to. In fact, don't go check it out. Better chances for me. (Okay. Fine. Go. It's a dang good prize.)