Pleasant Grove Library hosts fundraiser, book signing

Organizer Taffy Lovell visits with authors at the recent, "Meet the Authors," fund raiser at Pleasant Grove library Wednesday evening. Courtesy Photo

PLEASANT GROVE -- Several local authors came together Wednesday evening to discuss their books and meet with Pleasant Grove residents for "Meet the Authors Night," along with raising money for their community library.

"Many, but not all of the authors here are from Pleasant Grove," author Trisit Pinkston said. Library board member Taffy Lovell and Pinkston put together the evening.

The event was a celebration of sorts for Pinkston and the publication of her new book, "Turning Pages." A former Pleasant Grove resident and library volunteer prior to moving to Orem, Pinkston's novel is about a young woman who is raising funds for her small town library.

She said when the young woman attempts to save the library in the book, she runs into problems that she needs to overcome.

Co-organizer Lovell said she is an aspiring novelist. She said several years ago she found herself making up characters in her mind, and decided she would like to develop those ideas into books. She now has a completed manuscript.

"Each author is donating a portion of their sales of their books tonight to the library," Lovell said.

Pinkston said she personally knew all of the guest authors and that they were all interested in helping literacy. Her daughter and two sons as well as her husband were in attendance.

Author Suze Reese has always been interested in paranormal stories. Her books, including "Extra Normal," combine a paranormal theme woven into a romantic theme.

Reese said she has been pleased with the response to her novels and is now forming her own publishing company called Valarian Press.

Author Julie N. Ford writes books that generally take place in Nashville because Ford lives in Nashville.

Ford said her recent novel is about a washed up country singer who was left at the altar. She said this book is a romance that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Ford has been writing for five years and has other books. While In Utah for her niece's wedding, Pinkston contacted her about attending the event, and she said she was excited to participate.

Hailing from Fillmore, author Heather Justeson said she started out as a journalism major.

"I've worked for the Daily Herald and other papers in the past, but I wanted to write fiction," Justeson said.

Through the years, Justeson and her husband had foster children in their home. Her stories revolved around families.

"All five of my novels are clean romances," Justeson said. By clean, she said she means that they are appropriate for all ages. "Three of the books are LDS-themed," she said.

She also said she is always concerned about the libraries in areas she lives in and was happy to travel to Pleasant Grove for the fundraiser.

"Fillmore has a much smaller population than P.G., but also has a good library," Justeson said.

Loralee Evans lives in Duchesne and writes what she calls, "Book of Mormon novels." Evans said she finds characters who only get a brief mention in the Book of Mormon, and she expands them into fictional characters. She noted that her novels have been well received. She also said she really appreciates Pinkston calling and including her in the evening.

Pleasant Grove resident Julie Bellon said she now has seven books out. Her books deal with spies, suspense and romance and take place in countries all over the world. She has spent time traveling to most of the areas in the novels.

Her latest novel, "Ribbon of Darkness," has received great reviews, she said, adding that she really enjoys the process of putting a story together.

"I'm Canadian, and I had a relative that was with the Canadian government in their secret service department," she said. After hearing stories when she was a young woman and developing a love for the James Bond stories, she started to write spy stories.

"I started out as a journalist, but had some ideas for stories, so I started to write these books," she said.

All of the authors' books are available on Amazon.com as well as Deseret Book and other large bookstores. They also all said their books are family-friendly, with many along an LDS theme.