This Is the Place

This Is the Place
ISBN 1588513529

This is the Place Published by AmErica House Awards: eight awards ISBN: 1588513529 Out of print, but available using Amazon’s New and Used feature To order used books in paperback:

“When you live amidst beauty sometimes you don’t recognize discrimination and, if you do, you prefer not to acknowledge it.” ~CHJ

A young journalist realizes that because she is half Mormon and half Protestant, she is not suitable material for love. She delves into her Mormon heritage and journals her way through prejudice into redemption. She learns to mend her own life when she finds she cannot mend her world. This novel, set in Salt Lake City and New York City in the 50s, reveals not only complexities of the heart but the secrets of what some consider a mysterious place and culture. This Is the Place has won eight awards including the Critics’ Choice award. This book is out of print but is available on Amazon's New and Used feature. I don't get royalties any longer. I just like to share!


“Howard-Johnson strengthens her novel with behind-the-scenes details of Mormon life and history in a book suitable for all collections, particularly those where . . . Orson Scott Card’s religious books are popular.” ~ Library Journal

“It is interesting to learn how others live especially when you are reading a well written book.” ~Connie Martinson, TV Host of “Connie Martinson Talks Books

Carolyn Howard-Johnson

About Carolyn Howard-Johnson (Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Author)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s several careers prepared her for promoting her own and others’ books. She was the youngest person ever hired as a staff writer for The Salt Lake Tribune—”A Great Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspaper.” Writing features for the society page and a column under the name of Debra Paige gave her insight into the needs of editors, the very people authors must work with to get free ink. Being familiar with the way news is handled helps her see how different books fit into different news cycles.

Later, in New York, she was an editorial assistant at Good Housekeeping Magazine. She also handled accounts for fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert who instituted the first Ten Best-Dressed List. There she wrote media releases (then called press releases) for celebrity designers of the day including Christian Dior and produced photo shoots for Lambert’s clients.

She also worked as columnist, reviewer, and staff writer for the Pasadena Star-News, Home Décor Buyer, the Glendale News-Press (an affiliate of the LA Times),, and others. She learned marketing skills both in college (University of Utah, and University of Southern California) and as founder and operator of a chain of retail stores. That molded her understanding of how authors might best partner with retailers to affect both of their bottom lines.

Carolyn’s experience in journalism and as a poet with a long almanac of published poets including the prestigious Poetry Magazine founded in 1912. Her experience as an author of fiction and nonfiction helped the multi award-winning author understand how different genres can be marketed more effectively. She was an instructor for UCLA Extension’s renowned Writers’ Program for nearly a decade and earned a certificate from that same school’s Instructor Development Program. She also studied writing at Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University in Prague.

She turned her knowledge toward helping other writers with her multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, including her flagship book The Frugal Book Promoter, now published by Modern History Press in its third edition and her favorite, How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Her marketing campaign for the The Frugal Editor is in its second edition. It was the winningest book in the series including the Next Generation Indie Best Book Award well as their Best Marketing Award. She also has a multi award-winning series of HowToDoItFrugally books for retailers.

Howard-Johnson was honored as Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by California Legislature members Carol Liu, Dario Frommer, and Jack Scott. She received her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing and the Diamond Award in Arts and Culture from her community's Library and Arts and Culture Commission. She was named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of fourteen women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and Delta Gamma, a national fraternity of women, honored her with their Oxford Award.

Carolyn is a popular presenter at tradeshows (retail and writing) and writers’ conferences and has lost count of her radio-show guest spots. She is a actor and has appeared in TV commercials for the likes of Time-Life CDs, Marlboro, Blue Shield, Apple, Chinet, Lenscrafters, and Disney Cruise Lines (Japan).

Born and raised in Utah, Howard-Johnson raised her own family in sunny Southern California.