A.L. Sowards

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I love books, so that makes Goodreads my favorite social media site. As a reader, I enjoy a variety of books. As a writer, I create historical novels with a wholesome mix of action, adventure, and romance. My novels include a Whitney Award winner and several Whitney finalists.

I grew up in Washington State, then came to Utah to attend BYU. I’m still in Utah, where I live with my husband, three children, and an ever-growing library. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.

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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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The Rules in Rome

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Sworn Enemy

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The Spider and the Sparrow

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Deadly Alliance

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The Perfect Gift

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The Redgrave Murders

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Today I get to reveal the cover for my July release, The Redgrave Murders.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Here’s what the book is about: Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well.… Continue reading →
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The Peenemünde Raid by Martin Middlebrook
"On a late summer night in 1943, RAF Bomber Command launched an unprecedented attack on a small target on Germany's north eastern coast. The target was considered so important that, if the attack failed, repeat attacks would have to be made, regard..." Read more of this review »
Attack Transport by Lawrence A. Marsden
"Definitely a different tale concerning the Pacific War. How many of us have even considered the crews that manned the transports that were the lifeline and lifeblood of the men who fought in the campaign? I for one never really thought about it un..." Read more of this review »
Fortress Malta by James  Holland
"James Holland’s look at the World War II siege of the Isle of Malta brings to life one of the lesser known, to Americans at least, major battles of the war. Starting in 1940 and continuing through 1943 capture of Sicily, which ended the siege; thi..." Read more of this review »
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The Redgrave Murders by A.L. Sowards
"This is an awesome book. A historical suspense set in 1944 and 1948. An era when dating an Indian was frowned upon. Evie and Gary have trouble not only with small town folks but also with family who are not happy with their relationship. Then Gary..." Read more of this review »
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This is the most recent book I read with my twins, and it came with lots of requests for "just one more chapter!" The main character, Sophie, thinks she's a monster because she has a blood tumor on her face. Her new best friend is a fairy, and the me ...more
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This book was fun, satisfying, and had some awesome twists. My twins and I have really enjoyed reading this three-book series together. I recommend it to readers old and young who like dragons, inventions, and adventures.
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“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
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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.”
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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.”
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