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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It’s been a while since I updated my blog, so I thought I’d share some good news. In August, Covenant Communications accepted my historical mystery and it’s scheduled for a summer 2019 release.… Continue reading →
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"I was concerned about the political slant of this book when I saw the two “celebrity” blurbs at the start, both of them bland, meaningless BS pap about how we are all Americans regardless of color, creed national origin, etc. Well, that was not tr..." Read more of this review »
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I really enjoyed this book, especially the last half. It’s about Count Rostov. He’s almost executed by the Bolsheviks at the beginning of the book, but because he published a poem that many of them revered, they instead told him to go back to the hot ...more
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Mark Twain
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Mark Twain

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 Baines Johnson

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

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