Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tristi Pinkston, Where Have You Been Hiding?

I have been mostly dead for more than 5 days. Yuck! Yesterday (day six) a kindly doctor told me it was nothing but a nasty virus and that I would probably pull through. (probably?) There are only two good things about being mostly dead. 1. Lots of sleep. 2. I get to READ.

On day two of being mostly dead, I woke from my around the clock slumber and decided that a good book was just what I needed. I grabbed a couple of books, a pile of pillows, a whole lot of vitamin C and a year’s supply of tissues. I dove headfirst into Tristi Pinkston’s historical novel, Nothing to Regret.

Before LDS Storymakers Convention, I had never hear of Tristi Pinkston, Granite Publishing, or any of her titles. I didn’t know what to expect. I had been watching Tristi, though, and she was so delightful that I wanted to get to know her better. What better way than reading one of her books. I selected one, bought it and asked her to sign it for me. I was on my way.

When I cornered Tristi, she was on her way to dress for the Whitney Awards, so there wasn’t much chit chat. Still she was warm and friendly and the note above her signature was intriguing. "The Power of the atonement is real," she wrote. That gave me something to think about.

Reading Nothing to Regret was a rare treat. Tristi spins an amazing tale that reads like truth. Her characters were real and her story was compelling. Nothing to Regret is a story that begins with the Japanese interment in the U.S. following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ends with the healing of a family, the healing of lives and hearts. It is a story of war, of prejudice, of pain, heartbreak, and growth. It is a story of change, of forgiveness, of love. It is indeed a powerful story about the love and healing available through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Tristi, may I add my witness to yours? The power of the atonement is indeed real.

I have just two questions for Tristi. 1. Are your other books this good? (Very unfair question.) 2. Where have you been hiding?

Linda Garner

Some Secrets Hurt goes to press today! Share my joy!


Carolyn V. said...

Woohoo for your book! Hurray! I haven't read Tristi's books yet, very intriguing. I'll have to check her out. =)

Anonymous said...

Read Season of Sacrifice next - it's great!

LexiconLuvr said...

Hooray for your book going to press!!! I'm as giddy as a school-girl!

I've followed Tristi around in the blogosphere for a bit and I find her enchanting. She's a great wit, kind-hearted, and a ball of fun. I'm looking forward the the release of her new book. For anyone that's interested, her launch party is on the 16th at Provident Book in Pleasant Grove. The address is 661 W. State Street.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Well, I think my other books are as good, but I may be the wrong person to ask. :) Technically, I do know they're better, as I've learned more about the mechanics of writing over the years.

As far as where I've been hiding ... being with a smaller publisher, it's been difficult to get placement in the bookstores. I'm now with a larger publisher and hopefully that will be less of an issue.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for this nice review! I'm sorry we didn't have more of a chance to talk at the conference, as well.

One Cluttered Brain said...

I gotta check Tristi out as well. Do you know if her books are in the library? Maybe i'll show up at the book signing. :)

Annette Lyon said...

I enjoyed NTR too! What surprised me when I got to know Tristi is how dang funny she is, because her work has such serious topics.

I'm excited to get my hands on her newest.

Nichole Giles said...

Ooh, if you liked NTR, you will LOVE her newest release, "Agent in Old Lace." It's romantic suspense instead of historical, but is just as good and has a lot of Tristi's fun personality in it.

The book will be released this weekend, and as Laura mentioned above, the launch party is at Providence Book in Pleasant Grove.

And once you've devoured that one, mark your calendar for the October (or November?)release of "Secret Sisters." Killer funny.

(By the way, I'm not her publicist or anything like that...even though I sound like a commercial.)

Congratulations on your book going to press. That's wonderful news.

Heather B. Moore said...

I will admit, I am a Tristi fan :)

Congrats on your book, Linda!

Chas Hathaway said...

Good job, Tristi!

- Chas

Michele Holmes said...

Congratulations on getting your book published! And I hope you're feeling better very soon. I too, am a Tristi fan---my personal favorite being Season of Sacrifice.