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Release Party for The Fifth Doll

Head on down to the American Fork Public Library (64 S 100 E in American Fork) on July 25, 2017, to celebrate the release of The Fifth Doll! There will be a reading, a signing, giveaways, Matryoshka displays, and a little bird tells me crafts for the kiddos. There’s no cost to attend—just bring your beautiful self and any books you want Charlie to sign.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

“The Autopsy of Publishing” at the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Writing Workshop

Learn about all the gory, squishy bits of a publishing career from Charlie and her writerly friend Caitlyn McFarland at the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Writing Workshop on September 9. Here’s the course description:

Authors Caitlyn McFarland and Charlie N. Holmberg take the body of publishing and rip it open for all your eyes to see. Want a healthy dose of the truth behind publishing? Come get a behind-the-scenes look at the journey. This class covers the whole shebang, from writing a story, to querying, to finding an agent, to conquering edits, to debuting, and beyond. It also covers social media conduct and the reality of publishing as a full-time career. Quotes included at no extra cost.

Charlie Goes to Storymakers

This past weekend, Charlie attended LDStorymakers 2016, a writing conference in Provo, Utah (it’s also the home of the Whitney Awards gala—Followed by Frost was nominated for a Whitney this year).

Charlie spent the weekend glamorously teaching about magic systems …

Charlie presents at Storymakers 2016.

Charlie is introduced before her class. (Photo by Evelyn Hornbarger)

talking agent-author relationships with her agent (Marlene Stringer) and her agency sisters (who are plentiful and fabulous) …

Charlie; her agent, Marlene Stringer; and her agency sisters.

Left to right: Bethany Wiggins, Charlie N. Holmberg, Caitlin McFarland, Marlene Stringer, Emily Bleeker, & Emily R. King discuss how agents and authors work together

and rocking her baby belly at the Whitney Awards gala.

Six women of publishing at a grand gala.

Left to right: Marelene Stringer, Charlie N. Holmberg, Caitlin McFarland, Emily Bleeker, Emily R. King, & Mikki Kells at the Whitney Awards gala.

She also loved (but got no pictures of) meeting fans throughout the conference and at the signing.

© 2018 Charlie N. Holmberg