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A.L. Sowards

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Member Since
February 2009

About My Writing:
A little mystery, a little history, a little romance, and a lot of action, adventure, and suspense. Primarily, I write to entertain. I also hope my books will teach readers something new about history or about life. My books are usually set during wartime, so there is some violence, but I keep the language and romance family-friendly. My goal is for my writing to be thrilling, clean, and uplifting.

About My Goodreads Ratings:
5 stars: Not necessarily perfect, but good enough that I wouldn’t mind reading it again.
4 stars: Good, but not so amazing that I want to read it more than once.
3 stars: Not sorry I read it. Had some pros, but also had some cons.
2 stars: Wish I would have spent my time on something else.
1 star: Awful.

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A.L. Sowards It depends on why I’m having writer’s block. Sometimes it’s because I need to do more research before I can really do a scene justice. If that’s the…moreIt depends on why I’m having writer’s block. Sometimes it’s because I need to do more research before I can really do a scene justice. If that’s the case, I do more research. If I’m just not sure what should happen next, I usually skip ahead and write a different part of the story. Writing the book out of order often leads to more revisions, but it helps keep momentum going, and that’s important for getting the first draft down.(less)
A.L. Sowards Thank you for your question, Linda! As of 2016, four of my five books are available as audiobooks: The Spider and the Sparrow, The Rules in Rome, …moreThank you for your question, Linda! As of 2016, four of my five books are available as audiobooks: The Spider and the Sparrow, The Rules in Rome, Espionage, and Sworn Enemy. All are read by Jason Tatom, who does a great job with the foreign accents. The books are available as boxed CD sets, or as MP3 downloads on Deseret Book or Seagull Book. (The Spider and the Sparrow is new enough that the CDs aren’t in stock online and the MP3 versions aren’t up yet, but I expect it to be more widely available in the next few weeks.)

I’m sorry your local library doesn’t carry them. Some libraries are very open to patron purchasing requests and some libraries aren’t. Does your library do interlibrary loan?(less)
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Over the past few months I’ve joined two online groups that some of you might be interested in. Please consider this your invitation to join! The Second World War Club is on Facebook, focusing on fiction taking place during WWII, and sometimes WWI. The second group is on Goodreads, The Green Jell-o Book Club, all […] Read more of this blog post »
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“You know you're a history fan when you still get upset thinking about the library of Alexandria”
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Lyndon B. Johnson
“Ask him about the cemeteries, Dean!"

In 1966 upon being told that President Charles DeGaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U.S. troops must be evacuated off of French soil President Lyndon Johnson mentioned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he should ask DeGaulle about the Americans buried in France. Dean implied in his answer that that DeGaulle should not really be asked that in the meeting at which point President Johnson then told Secretary of State Dean Rusk:

"Ask him about the cemeteries Dean!"

That made it into a Presidential Order so he had to ask President DeGaulle.

So at end of the meeting Dean did ask DeGaulle if his order to remove all U.S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000+ soldiers buried in France from World War I and World War II.

DeGaulle, embarrassed, got up and left and never answered.”
Lyndon B. Johnson

Mark Twain
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Mark Twain

John Stuart Mill
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”
John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy

Ellie Keaton
“This is war, ladies and gentlemen, so the first thing you do is forget about behaving 'properly'. We are not interested in winning a fight fairly, we just want to win.”
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