A First Novel
Always Holds a Special Place
In the Heart of an Author

The Multiple Award-Winning Novel,
This Is the Place

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

~Quotation from This Is the Place

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 indo redemption. She learns to mend her own life when she finds she cannot mend her world. This novel, set in Salt Lake City in the 50s, reveals not only complexities of the heart but the secrets of what some consider a mysterious place and culture.

"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

“[This Is the Place] instills the conflicts of Mormonism so gracefully and incisively.”
~ James W. Ure, author of Leaving the Fold

“It's been a week … and still the characters fight for attention in my thoughts.”
~ Warren Stucki, author of Boy’s Pond

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For reviews of This Is the Place, complete with permission to reprint.
For an excerpt from This Is the Place.
For a growing list of links about tolerance.
For the study guide included in This Is the Place.
Rebecca Brown of RebeccasReads.com said, "
At the end [of This Is the Place]  there is a Reading Group Guide of questions for serious discussion, which transforms this novel into a textbook about closed societies & their impact."
For Carolyn's personal essay "Beating Time at Its Own Game."
It includes the path taken through denial and cancer to This Is the Place.

For a sample of Carolyn's Short Stories.


Genealogists abound in Utah. I urge fellow lovers of family history everywhere to follow their leads; in fact, go one step farther than most of them do. Turn that history into a biography, a memoir, or fictionalize it -- just as I did with This Is the Place and Harkening. Records may be preserved but the history brought alive in a book lives on forever.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative nonfiction, won three. An instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program, her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t is recommended reading for her classes, was named USA Book News’ “Best Professional Book," and was given the Irwin Award. Her second book in the How To Do It Frugally series is The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. It won USA Book News and Reader Views Literary Awards and the campaign for it won New Generations Marketing Award. Her chapbook of poetry Tracings, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver Award of Excellence. Her chapbook series coauthored with Magdalena Ball have won multiple awards.

Carolyn is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community's Character and Ethics Committee awarded her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." You may want to refer to her growing list of resources on Utah and tolerance on this Web site.

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Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.
IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook from Magdalena Ball's
My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating Earth and the Universe

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 "Careers that are not fed die as readily as
any living organism given no sustenance." 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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The New Book Review
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Master's in English.org Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

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Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.


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"Howard-Johnson's lyrical prose graces every page."
Marilyn Ross, author, speaker, publishing consultant

"What a wonderful read! I can see why [This Is the Place] won a number of awards."
~ Normal Sundberg

“This author’s words set me free.” 
~ Sona Ovasapyan, Student at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


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