Blatant Self Promotion

A while back, a commenter, quite obviously a MORMON commenter, accused me of running this blog for one reason and one reason only: the almighty dollar. Or something like that. Since I rarely, if ever, mention my BOOKS in this blog, and no one pays me a penny for it, I was a little bit confuzzled. I guess he meant that the only reason I write this blog is to sell my books.

Yes, I write books, and yes, they are set in the Mormon culture in which I live, but I don’t usually say BUY MY BOOKS every other sentence, because a blog is an online journal. And I journal about my experiences living as an Ain’t in the land of Saints. It’s very real, and very cathartic, and I never run out of material. Remember, I am a writer. It’s what I do. I don’t make a ton of money off it, nor do I live in a big house, or drive an expensive car. In fact, I live rather tightly between royalty checks. I do this because I love it. I like Utah, I just don’t agree with some of the more interesting aspects of living in the land of the Mormons.

Still, it is necessary for Mormons to find some reason for what I do, and of course, because I do not agree with them, I must have nefarious reasons for blogging, such as THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR.

And since no one pays me a penny for this blog, that of course translates into my books.

And since I’m getting ACCUSED of writing this blog for that reason, I might as well actually DO it. So here is your blatant self promotion post.

BUY BUY BUY Wives and Sisters, which is a critically acclaimed book set in Mormon Utah.

Decades ago, young Allison Jensen and her best friend Cindy were separated in the woods. Cindy disappeared forever. Allison survived amid a web of small-town secrets and lies that greeted every anguished question she asked about that fateful afternoon.Years later, Allison has come home to the bedroom community of Farmington, Utah-back to the devout tyranny of her father, back to the close-knit society she rejected, and back to the conspiracy of silence that has plagued her with nightmares of guilt and loss. Out of her patchwork memory, the truth is emerging. So is Allison’s rage-and her hunger for justice. Now, in a courageous and terrifying voyage of self-discovery, it’s up to Allison to avenge the guilty…

Here are just a few of the reviews this book received.

“A white-knuckles ride all the way. Expert depiction of a young woman’s struggle with the oppressive “family values” of one kind of fundamentalism. Newcomer Collins is a talent to watch.”–Kirkus Reviews

“By anyone’s measure a gripping story, one that is hard to put down, and one that lingers in the mind long after.”—Indianapolis Star

“This is a book written with skill and passion and…it will resonate with women who have never set foot inside a Mormon church.”–The Washington Times

“The end of the book…was perfection itself. Wives and Sisters is clearly one of the year’s best books; riveting at times, painful at times, realistic always, and completely unforgettable. It not only makes you cry, it makes you think, which is my personal hallmark of an excellent read. Natalie R. Collins has emerged as one of the finest new authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.”–Rendezvous

“Don’t be surprised if you devour this book in one reading. Natalie Collins has captured the essence of a page-turner by giving us three dimensional characters, plenty of action and a healthy dose of controversy.”–Midwest Book Review

“Collins…draws readers in with her strong writing and compelling plot. An outstanding introduction to Collins’ fiction, Wives and Sisters stirs up emotions in the reader that will resonate long after he or she has closed the book.”–January Magazine

Behind Closed Doors
BUY BUY BUY Behind Closed Doors, another book set in Mormon Utah. For twenty years, they had been closer than sisters, sharing girlhood secrets, their hopes and dreams for the future—and a soul-searing promise. Melissa was the only one who knew what had really happened to Jannie beyond the sacred walls of the Mormon Temple the night that changed her life forever….

Now Melissa has gone missing, just days after entrusting Jannie with a mysterious box that someone would kill to possess. And someone has—leaving in their murderous wake an innocent victim and a trail of blood that leads to the heart of Jannie’s hidden burden. Desperate to protect her secret, and to find out what has happened to Melissa, Jannie trusts no one. Not the stranger whose piercing green eyes have already seen too much, nor the family and friends whose familiar fold may be shielding a cold-blooded killer who is lurking BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

Here are a few reviews about this book:

“An intense, suspenseful, character-driven mystery that I couldn’t put down. Collins expertly weaves a journey of self-acceptance with a page-turning mystery….A gripping story from the chilling opening to the startling conclusion.”—Allison Brennan, author of The Kill

“With Behind Closed Doors, Natalie R. Collins doesn’t just treat readers to a taut, compelling mystery, she gives us a riveting look at the very heart of contemporary Mormonism. This book is not, however, fired by an apostate’s anger, but rather by one pilgrim’s bittersweet search for true justice, faith, and community in the wake of her own brutal loss of innocence.”—Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness

Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery Series
Now, of course, there is my slightly different take on Utah, the Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery Series.

The first of those books, TUTU DEADLY, is available now. This is a lighthearted look at a dance teacher in Ogden, Utah, where the Mormon characters are mostly background. My very-Mormon mother read this book, and said she enjoyed it. And this book is also getting good reviews, although most admit it is a light, and fun book, and it won’t change anyone’s life. And that’s okay.

The second book in this series, TAPPED OUT, will be available in October.

And then there is TWISTED SISTER, which will also be available in October, from Five Star. So far, I have nowhere to send you to buy this book. I’ll let you know when I find a link. I’m sure you will be waiting with baited breath.

Interestingly enough, the first book in the Sisters of Sin series, SISTERWIFE, is available on my Web site for FREE FREE FREE! Just click here to download it.

Fiction, ripped from the headlines: Prophesied to be the catalyst in a modern-day Armageddon, Kelsey Waite flees a life in Utah, freeing herself from a polygamous lifestyle and abusive father. She is forced to return to the state, and face her demons–and the charismatic cult leader who believes she is destined to be his second wife — when her daughter is kidnapped.

I watched a relatively new shot the other night, STANDOFF, which featured a scene much like one I have in this book. It shows the cowardly nature of many of these fundamental polygamists, like Warren Jeffs, who willingly hide behind women and children. The character in Standoff was even named Warren.

So, there you have it. My blatant self promotion post. Now all you who have been accusing me of seeking THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR can feel better.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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19 Responses to Blatant Self Promotion

  1. Renee says:



  2. Cele says:

    I keep my fingers crossed you will someday make money at writing great books. I’m kind of boggled here.


  3. azteclady says:

    You know, call me crazy, but I would consider it reeeeeeally strange if you NEVER EVER brought up the fact that you are a writer in here. I mean, this is YOUR blog and you ARE a writer–what would be more natural than mentioning that now and then?

    And Natalie? Worry not–idiots will find something else to blather on about 😉


  4. Anne says:

    I love your books!! And I really enjoy your blog.

    Keep up the great work!


  5. George says:

    I knew it!


  6. George… MUUUUWWWAAAAHHHHH. Big smackers your way.


  7. kd says:

    Wait a second. I bought your books because I read your site.

    Now that you have exposed your fiendish design, I feel so used.


  8. I’m sorry, kd. If I throw a kiss your way, will it make you feel better? He he.


  9. Tracy says:

    How dare you self promote your books on your site…who has ever heard of such a thing?

    I wonder if LDS promotes their books on their site? If they do, how dare they. Awful, just awful.

    (This post has been brought to you by the sarcasm society )


  10. mlbower says:

    I am actually a little upset about the whole Tutu Deadly thing. That’s right! The super saver shipping on Amazon takes way too long and I haven’t gotten it yet. I haven’t seen it in any of the book stores here so I had to break down and order it.

    I am actually pleased with the promoting of your books that you have done. If it weren’t for the mentions on your blog, I wouldn’t have known about them and have enjoyed them all, except Tutu Deadly which I am anxiously awaiting.


  11. WendyP says:

    I’m finally getting around to reading Tutu Deadly, after needing to read a few other books before I started on yours. (I always have a stack of books to get to–it’s called OCD 😉 ) I’m really enjoying it! So much local flavor and of course, Mormons. Haha


  12. Elaine says:

    What in the world could possibly be wrong with a little shameless self-promotion?


  13. Hey Trappees,

    Thanks for the support! Tracy, you made me laugh, because I realized of COURSE they promote their books. But their hearts are “pure” and they have the “HOLY GHOST,” and everyone knows that THE POWER OF SATAN is my constant companion. LOL.

    Wendy, glad you’re reading TUTU DEADLY. Having experienced a few psycho dance moms firsthand (he he) you ought to be able to relate. It’s a lot of fun to write, that’s for sure.


  14. mlbower says:

    Natalie, now I know you are a trouble maker. I have been waiting patiently for my Amazon order and went to check my status. They didn’t plan on shipping ANYTHING until October when my pre-order of Tapped Out would be ready to ship. I’m sorry, but I had to cancel that order or Tutu Deadly would “never” get here. (That and I had ordered birthday presents for my son’s birthday next week.) Ugh! Although I know that Amazon just likes to screw with people, I’m sure that some would say it was a warning not to read your “anti-mormon” books.

    Now that I have shared my anguish, I will have to hope that my son’s gift, and Tutu Deadly, arrive by next week. I’ll have to re-order Tapped Out. So much for trying to save on shipping!


  15. JulieAnn says:

    I think that self-promotion is totally acceptable, whenever and wherever you can do it. Especially on your very own blog for chrissakes! Now doing it on someone else’s blog MIGHT be a bit tacky…


  16. JulieAnn says:

    damn, link doesn’t work…curses, foiled again!


  17. I WILL buy buy buy your books! (I need to go buy JulieAnn’s book too.)

    I’ll likely buy them all at once, and hunker down for a serious reading fest that will last for days. No sleep, showers, occasional food eaten while devouring the books at the same time. Oh, yes.

    🙂 It’s all because of our blog post here.


  18. ok says:

    I think it’s great that you promote your books, after all it is YOUR website. It’s also good that you have opinions on diff. religions, but have you ever considered that maybe the mormon religion isn’t so bad. Maybe, it’s the people that live that religion. After all they’re human too. Are they not allowed to have faults? I’m sure that Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Protestants, etc. make mistakes and have followers who are bad examples, people who don’t follow the basic teachings and do what they want when they want as well!

    just curious


  19. Shaniqua says:

    You go on white girl! That’s what I’m talkin about. Get paid! Get paid!


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