Blog Tour: The Nativity Pageant

Neil K Johnson and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce “The Nativity Pageant” blog tour, which will run from November 1-15, 2017.

About the book:

Would you rather read the nativity story or be a part of it? Using simple stage directions, easy-to-find props, and a script that’s straight from the scriptures, this book helps you act out the familiar story of the first Christmas for your friends and family. Start a new tradition this season with a simple pageant you’ll look forward to performing year after year.

 

About the author:

Neil K. Johnson taught school for 44 years–first drama, then English–and he loves kids. He was able to teach over 7,000, and as a result, many of them won awards for their writing and drama. He was chosen as the 2010 Utah English Teacher of the Year, and he was president of a state English and two state drama and speech teacher associations. Neil received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Superior. He did doctoral work at the University of Utah and the University of Northern Colorado. He wrote The Drama Source Book and compiled three books of plays. Neil and his current wife Sharee both lost their first spouses to cancer. They married and blended their family of 15 kids, and they have 50 grandkids (and counting). Neil is very active in his church, and he loves to see the enactment of the nativity pageant at Christmastime. He knows many of the struggles to make the pageant meaningful, and he has tried to address them in this dramatization.

Author Residence: Lehi, UT

Blog Tour Schedule 

Nov 1  Pebbles and Piggytails
Nov 2  A Bliss Complete
Nov 3  Bookworm Lisa
Nov 5  Rockin’ Book Reviews
Nov 7  Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Nov 7  Singing Librarian Books
Nov 9  I Am A Reader
Nov 10  Aubrey Zaruba
Nov 11  Author Laurisa White Reyes
Nov 13  What’s Up Fagans?
Nov 14  Compass Book Ratings
Nov 14  LDS and Lovin’ It
Nov 15  A Lively Hope
Heidi Robbins

*For openings, contact Cedar Fort

 

Excerpts

Narrator 1: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Narrator 2: And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
(Joseph leads the “donkey” with Mary on its back [or Joseph and Mary walk together] to the stage left side of the room.)

Narrator 1: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:
(Mary gets off the “donkey,” stretches her painful back, and sits.)

Narrator 2: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Narrator 1: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
(Mary puts “baby” into the cradle and stares at him lovingly.)

Blog Tour: Brush With Love

Lisa McKendrick and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “Brush with Love” blog tour, which will run from November 30-December 10, 2017.

About the book:

Lana, a talented Ivy League artist, and Walt, a small-town farmer, couldn’t be more different. She arrives in Bluegill, Idaho, ready to spend the summer painting, excited to study under Walt’s grandpa, a brilliant but aging artist. The more she is thrown together with Walt though–and the more she spends time with him–the more she realizes her heart may be drawing up its own plans. As the weeks pass, Lana realizes she’ll have to choose between following her dreams or following her heart.

 

About the author:

Lisa Mckendrick has been published four times. Her most recent book was Letters to My Future Husband, which was published in 2015. Lisa is the mother of seven children and graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in English. Currently she lives in Florida.
Author Residence: Lakeland, FL

“Brush with Love” blog tour schedule:

11/30  Author Aimee Brown
 11/30  Singing Librarian
12/1  Rockin’ Book Reviews
12/1  Dorine White
12/3  Jorie Loves a Story
12/4  Katie’s Clean Book Collection
12/4  My Book A Day
12/4  Heidi Reads
12/5  Kindle and Me
12/5  Wishful Endings
12/5  Emmy Mom
12/6  Compass Book Ratings
12/7  Min Reads and Reviews
12/8  Blooming with Books
Spotlight  I Am A Reader

 

Excerpt:

“You have to get me his number!” she declared.
“I’m not your fairy godmother,” I said.
“Come on, Lana, it’s not like I’m asking you to turn a pumpkin into a carriage. Wait!” she cried. “That’s it!”
“That’s what?”
“The kind of wedding you want.”
Ugh. What was the use of your best friend spilling beer on a fairly handsome stranger if it didn’t make her forget your previous conversation? I scowled, telling her without words, Let’s not do this, and with a glare she shouted back, Oh, we’re doing this!
“Fine,” I said, throwing my hands up. “What kind of wedding do I want?”
“You want to be a Disney bride! Bejeweled ball gown, Cinderella’s carriage, and his and hers mouse ears for the cake topper!”
“Not even close,” I said.

October 2017 New Releases

Check out the newest releases from Cedar Fort!

My Nativity ABCs   by Esther Yu Sumner, Alex Worthen (Illustrated by)

Create a Christ-filled Christmas with this gorgeously illustrated ABC book that’s all about the Savior. From the A for angel to the Z for zzz, this book celebrates the true reason for our rejoicing with rhyming text and a clear focus on the nativity story. Perfect for families to read together at Christmastime and all year round!

On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120277, 146212027X $14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
Hardcover Juvenile Nonfiction \ Concepts \ Alphabet, Juvenile Nonfiction \ Holidays & Celebrations \ Christmas & Advent,
Juvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ Christian \ Early Readers,
Plain Sight 32 pages 10inW | 8inH

Angels Foretold of Baby Jesus   by Dona Wilding Haws, Illustrated by Lisa Dzierzon

See the familiar nativity story in a whole new light! This illustrated picture book shows how Heavenly Father prepared his people by sending angels to share the good news of the Savior’s birth. From Isaiah till the night Jesus was born, this book is sure to inspire the whole family at Christmastime and all year long!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462119875, 1462119875
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
Hardcover Picture Book Juvenile Nonfiction \ Holidays & Celebrations \ Christmas & Advent, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints,
 CFI 32 pages 8inW | 10inH

Gifts of the Nativity   by Jeana James, Illustrated by Sarah C. Nightingale

Discover the deeper meanings in your Nativity scene. This beautifully illustrated book will help you ponder the importance of each piece of the Nativity as you read about its symbolic meanings and how it relates to our lives today. Spread the true spirit of Christmas this year and let your Nativity scene lead you closer to Christ.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120604, 1462120601
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
Hardcover Picture Book Juvenile Nonfiction \ Holidays & Celebrations \ Christmas & Advent, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints,
CFI 32 pages 8inW | 10inH

Bring your favorite scriptural heroes to life with this fun family ABC book! Discover the amazing men and women God inspired to do great things in His name, from A for Adam to Z for Zacharias. Colorful and entertaining, this book is the perfect way to teach alphabet letters and Bible lessons at the same time!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120246, 1462120245 $14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD Hardcover Picture Book
Juvenile Nonfiction \ Concepts \ Alphabet, Juvenile Nonfiction \ Religion \ Bible Stories, Juvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ Christian \ Early Readers
CFI 32 pages 10inW | 8inH

The Nativity Pageant   by Neil K. Johnson

 Would you rather read the nativity story or be a part of it? Using simple stage directions, easy-to-find props, and a script that’s straight from the scriptures, this book helps you act out the familiar story of the first Christmas for your friends and family. Start a new tradition this season with a simple pageant you’ll look forward to performing year after year.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120321, 1462120326 $4.99 USD, $5.99 CAD
Paperback Drama \ Religious & Liturgical, Religion \ Holidays \ Christmas & Advent
CFI 32 pages 5.5inW | 8.5inH

The Old Testament Made Easier (Box Set)   by David J. Ridges

Sometimes our scripture study isn’t always as productive as we’d like it to be. The Old Testament Made Easier Boxed Set (Parts 1, 2, and 3) is the perfect study companion! Along with the complete text of the Old Testament, this valuable study guide includes in-the-verse notes and additional insights and commentary.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121236, 1462121233
$64.99 USD, $74.99 CAD
Paperback Religion \ Biblical Commentary \ Old Testament,
Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
CFI 6inW | 9inH

The Virtual Missionary: The Power of Your Digital Testimony   by Greg Trimble

Thanks to modern technology, our ability to share, influence, and serve online has multiplied exponentially. This inspiring and informational book will teach you exactly how to maximize platforms like YouTube, blogging, and social media sites to increase your online missionary work. Join the movement, spread the gospel message, and build up the kingdom-all without leaving your home!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017
9781462121069, 1462121063
$15.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
Paperback Computers \ Web \ Social Networking , Religion \ Christian Ministry \ Evangelism, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
CFI 192 pages 6inW | 9inH

100 Signs of the Times (Family Deluxe Edition)   byDavid J. Ridges

We live in the latter days, and the signs of the Second Coming are starting to be fulfilled. Learn which signs have already occurred, which are transpiring now, and which will shortly come to pass in this special deluxe edition featuring full-color illustrations, beautifully designed pages, and new material from bestselling author and master gospel teacher David J. Ridges. Strengthen your testimony and promote your own inner peace, stability, and happiness as you learn about this prophesied era of miracles.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121298, 1462121292
$36.99 USD, $42.99 CAD
Hardcover Religion \ Christian Theology \ Eschatology, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
CFI 224 pages 8.5inW | 11inH

A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology   by Carla Kelly

At Christmastime, love is just a wish away! Join master romance writer Carla Kelly in this joyful celebration of the most wonderful time of the year. Set in regency England, these Christmas tales will take you from dangerous adventures on snowy roads to cozy little cottages, filled with holiday mischief. Five fun stories in one book!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462119820, 1462119824
$10.99 USD, $12.99 CAD
Mass Market Fiction \ Romance \ Historical \ Regency, Fiction \ Romance \ Holiday
Sweetwater 320 pages 4.25inW | 7inH

The Gnome Exchange Program: North Pole Rescue   byMatt Caliri

There’s only one person who can save Christmas this year, and it’s not Santa Clause. This year the fate of everyone’s favorite holiday rests solely in the hands of a twelve-year-old gnome named Geronimo. Luckily, Geronimo is no ordinary gnome. With his wits and daring, he should have absolutely no trouble tracking down the evil Krampus and bringing him back to the North Pole . . .
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120123, 1462120121
$17.99 USD, $20.99 CAD
Paperback Fiction \ Science Fiction \ Humorous, Fiction \ Science Fiction \ Action & Adventure, Fiction \ Holidays

272 pages 6inW | 9inH


Brush with Love   by Lisa McKendrick

Lana, a talented Ivy League artist, and Walt, a small-town farmer, couldn’t be more different. She arrives in Bluegill, Idaho, ready to spend the summer painting, excited to study under Walt’s grandpa, a brilliant but aging artist. The more she is thrown together with Walt though–and the more she spends time with him–the more she realizes her heart may be drawing up its own plans. As the weeks pass, Lana realizes she’ll have to choose between following her dreams or following her heart.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121250, 146212125X $17.99 USD, $20.99 CAD
Paperback Fiction \ Christian \ Romance, Fiction \ Romance \ Clean & Wholesome, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
Bonneville 272 pages 6inW | 9inH

Media Maze: Unconventional Wisdom for Guiding Children Through Media   by Eric Rasmussen, PhD

As a father of four, Dr. Eric Rasmussen knows firsthand how easily and often children are exposed to harmful media. His professional research has been quoted in Parents Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, among many other outlets. Learn to set healthy boundaries, create media strategies that will work for your family, and arm your children with successful strategies for when–not if–they see bad things on the internet.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121229, 1462121225 $13.99 USD, $15.99 CAD
Paperback Computers \ Digital Media, Family & Relationships \ Parenting, Family & Relationships \ Education
Plain Sight 176 pages 6inW | 9inH

Sous Vide Cooking with Sansaire: Recipes for Unmatched Flavor   by Modern Chef, Inc

Create five-star flavor every time you cook with the total control of sous vide cooking. Used by top restaurant chefs, this precise method guarantees an even temperature for perfectly cooked food that’s never overdone and keeps all its tender taste. Follow these steps with your sous vide cooker and you’ll soon be enjoying gourmet restaurant quality meals at a fraction of restaurant prices.

On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120680, 1462120687
$29.99 USD, $34.99 CAD
Hardcover Cooking \ Methods \ Special Appliances, Cooking \ Courses & Dishes,
Front Table Books 224 pages 7inW | 9inH

Utah’s Greatest Wonders: A Photographic Journey of the Five National Parks   by Christopher Cogley, Photographs by Rich Briggs

Discover the natural beauty, breathtaking scenery, and gorgeous vistas of Utah’s national parks-known locally as “The Mighty Five”-all from the comfort of your living room. This stunning collection of photographs will inspire you to seek out new vistas every day no matter where your daily journey takes you. Filled with insightful historical information and iconic photographs, this book is the perfect way to bring the outdoors into your home.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121243, 1462121241
$29.99 USD, $34.99 CAD
Hardcover Photography \ Subjects & Themes \ Landscapes, Travel \ Parks & Campgrounds, Nature \ Rocks & Minerals
Plain Sight 144 pages 10inW | 8inH

Blog Tour: A is for Adam

Heidi Poelman, Maggie Coburn and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “A is for Adam” blog tour, which will run from October 16-24 2017.

About the book:

Bring your favorite scriptural heroes to life with this fun family ABC book! Discover the amazing men and women God inspired to do great things in His name, from A for Adam to Z for Zacharias. Colorful and entertaining, this book is the perfect way to teach alphabet letters and Bible lessons at the same time!

 

About the author and illustrator:

Heidi Poelman is the author of A is for Abinadi: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes, A Mother’s Greatest Gift, The Two-Minute Marriage Project: Simple Secrets for Staying in Love, and the upcoming books, I Can Love Like Jesus and A Is for Adam: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes. Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). She lives in Utah with her husband and three children.

Maggie Coburn loves drawing and storytelling. She has her BA in anthropology fromUC Santa Cruz (where she discovered the amazing art form that is scientific illustration), and her MFA in traditional illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She lives with her husband and son in California.

Author Residence: Sandy, UT; Illustrator Residence: Encinco, CA

 

“A is for Adam” blog tour schedule:

10/16 Cute Everything
10/16 Rockin’ Book Reviews
10/17 Reading is My Passion
10/18 My Book a Day
10/18 TWishful Endings
10/18 Amanda Nicolle
10/19 I Am a Reader
10/19 Three Boys and An Old Lady
10/20 A.L. Sowards
10/20 Head Over Books
10/24  Brooklyn Berry Designs
10/24 Singing Librarian
10/24 Literary Time Out
10/24 Literary Time Out
10/24 A Bliss Complete
10/24 Bookworm Nation

 

Blog Tour: The 16th Academy

Spencer Yacos and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “The 16th Academy” blog tour, which will run from November 1-14 2017.

About the book:

Eastway Academy, a shadowy organization steeped in espionage, values obedience above all else. Although a well-trained agent in his third year, 16-year-old Davy Prince struggles to find his morals when every mission seems to put innocent lives at risk. How will Davy react when sabotage turns an already risky job into an all-out struggle for survival?

About the author:

Spencer Yacos is proud to be publishing his debut novel at Cedar Fort. He has been writing on the local level as well as for magazines such as Teen Ink. Spencer was also accepted into the Emerging Writers Institute at Brown University over the summer of 2015. He looks forward to continuing with the series as he heads off to study in college.

Author Residence: Wyckoff, NJ

“The 16th Academy” blog tour schedule:

10/4/2017 Rambling of a Book Nerd
10/5/2017 Bookish Sara’s Literary Meanderings
10/6/2017 Whatever You Can Still Betray
10/7/2017 Blooming with Books
10/7/2017 Quiet Fury Books
10/8/2017 Alexa Loves Books
10/9/2017  Rockin’ Book Reviews
10/10/2017 The Bookworm Chronicles
10/11/2017 Ice Prince of Belair
10/12/2017 Feed Your Fiction Addiction
10/13/2017 Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
10/14/2017 Reviews from a Bookworm

 

Excerpts

“Camelot is ready. The operation is a go,” a voice crackled through the

transceiver in my ear. The mission was being initiated and a part of me was

annoyed. Only halfway through my fried chicken, I was still pretty hungry. I

hadn’t eaten since the night before, since the plane ride down that morning

served no breakfast. Given that I was going to meet with a drug kingpin in a

few minutes, the last thing I wanted was for my stomach to be growling.

I sat in the first floor food court of the Franklin Building, El Paso’s premier

commercial block and the headquarters of the global fast food chain Beef n’

Wings. It was just after noon and the area stirred with visitors eager for their

lunch. From my position I could see two other field agents, the only other two

in the building. Far off to my right, just outside the crowds and colorful

cacophony of restaurants, a hulking teenaged boy seemed to have the same

idea I had as he snacked on a beef hot dog from one of the stands. He wore

a blue hard hat, with matching blue overalls and heavy-looking harnesses

which clung to his body. At his side he loosely held a squeegee as well as

some napkins, presumably for his meal. After taking a big gulp, his lips began

to move. It was much too noisy in the food court to pick up any word he was

saying naturally, but on the transceiver I could hear him perfectly. Percival is

ready. Let’s get this over with.”