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Several ANWA members will be signing books at the Latter Day Cottage in Tucson Thursday January 27th – Saturday January 29th. Our book event will be in conjunction with Living Scriptures visiting the LDS bookstore in Tucson the last week of January, 2011.

American Night Writers Association (ANWA) is a unique network  of LDS women who are writers.

7012 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710

Store Hours: 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Schedule of ANWA authors and books.

Thursday January 27th, 2011:

  • Cindy R. Williams and her award winning children’s snuggle-giggle picture book Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today.
  • Carroll Hofeling Morris co-author of Leaning into the Curves and the Company of Good Women Series

Friday January 28th, 2011:

  • Joan Sowards, author of The Star Prophecy – BOM fiction, Chocolate Roses – romance, and Haunts Haven an LDS ghost story. PM
  • Janette Rallison popular YA author, and writer of Sierra St. James LDS romance books. Will be offering give aways and discounts.       PM
  • Anna Arnett author of Lolly’s Yarn, a memoir; and Mark Arnett producer of award winning documentary, Baby Boomerang.     PM

Saturday January 29th, 2011:

  • Anna Arnett author of Lolly’s Yarn, a memoir; and Mark Arnett producer of award winning documentary, Baby Boomerang.    AM
  • Joan Sowards, author of The Star Prophecy – BOM fiction, Chocolate Roses – romance, and Haunts Haven an LDS ghost story. AM
  • Margaret Turley, author of Save the Child, a novel about parents rights to choose their children’s healthcare.                                    All Day

Come listen to readings and get your own personally autographed book. Books are wonderful gifts for every occasion.


Joan Sowards has been a friend to me for nearly twenty five years. Our relationship started with my asking help to notate some music on a computer program. She gave her time to me selflessly and was generous with her advice and skills in guiding me when I needed it. When my cousin Kerry Blair introduced me to ANWA in 1998 it was a warm surprise that our mutual friend Joan Sowards was part of the Daytimer’s Chapter.

Joan’s new Book Chocolate Roses not only sounds good enough to melt in your mouth, it looks good enough to eat. It has been fun hearing the developing stages as we critiqued passages in our chapter meetings month to month. I’m very happy for Joan that her wonderful Jane Eyre Parody has made it to the bookstore shelves.  The Heroine, Janie Rose Whitaker’s world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie’s. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the “perfect” guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists getting involved in Roger’s complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship. This novel will make you laugh, cry and carve chocolate if you didn’t before.

Welcome: When did you start to write and how long did it take you get published?

Joan: I have been writing over fifteen years. I felt prompted to sit down and write what a particular ancestor would say if I had the chance to interview her. She didn’t want to give me much information, didn’t trust me, and from that I wrote a short story that grew into a novel. Through that experience I discovered that I loved to write!

Margaret: How did you break into publishing?

Joan: I admit it was luck. I was in the right place at the right time. Kathy Jenkins of Covenant Com. suggested I send Walnut Springs Press my novel We Have Seen His Star–so I did. I pestered editor Linda Prince every few months asking if she had read it. After the eight month, she asked if I had an LDS romance and that she needed one right away. I sent Haunts Haven and she liked it!

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