Dec 162011

9 days until Christmas


About Rachael: I love to read, write, and do most anything outdoors, with the exception of rock climbing and sky diving. (I have serious height phobias.) If there’s something I can do within five feet of solid ground, count me in!

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LDSWBR: What Christmas-related activity would you like to do this year that you have never done before?

RACHAEL: Burn a Yule log. That’s always sounded like such a cool tradition but sadly, we have a gas fireplace. I guess I could think of our fake logs as an eternal Yule log, but somehow it’s not the same.

LDSWBR: If you could find one book under the tree this year, what would it be?

RACHAEL: Mmmmm . . . that’s a tough one. Maybe Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins? I’ve been wanting to read that for awhile now. (Yeah, so lame I haven’t yet.)

LDSWBR: What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

RACHAEL: That would have to be the year my brother wanted this really cool remote control hovercraft. Since I had to have everything he did (we sort of had this “I’m better than you are” competition thing going on), I asked for one, too. But when Christmas morning came, he ended up with the cool hovercraft and I ended up with a lame beefy tired truck. Or so I thought until we took them outside to try them out. Turned out the hovercraft didn’t like the snow so much, whereas my suddenly cool truck raced everywhere. The best part? The next day he exchanged the hovercraft for a truck like mine. Yeah, I LOVED that Christmas. :)

LDSWBR: That is too funny. Thank you, Rachael. Merry Christmas!

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Have you ever burned a Yule log?

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To enter the Countdown to Christmas 2011 contest, complete the following and then tell us what you did:

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  • Bonus entry (+1) – I’m not very familiar with the Yule log tradition, so today’s bonus entry is to send an email to ldswbr(at)gmail(dot)com with either your explanation of what a Yule log is, or a link to a good, concise explanation of the Yule log tradition, thus freeing me from my ignorance. :)
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Book prizes donated by their authors:

  • Winners choice of  Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, or Minor Adjustments by Rachael Renee Anderson (new addition to the prize list!)
  • Winner’s choice of Secret Sisters, Dearly Departed, or Hang ’em High by Tristi Pinkston (new addition to the prize list!)
  • Montana Summer by Jeanette Miller
  • Ribbon of Darkness by Julie Coulter Bellon
  • Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson
  • Cinder & Ella by Melissa Lemon (ebook)
  • Pride & Popularity by Jenni James
  • The Kissing Tree by Prudence Bice
  • Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black (paperback or Kindle)
  • The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry
  • Winner’s choice of one of the books in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series by Josi S. Kilpack (including Banana Split which will be released in February 2012)
  • Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden
  • Obsession by Traci Hunter Abramson
  • Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Indelible by Lani Woodland and a swag bag!
  • Identity by Betsy Love
  • The Hainan Incident by D.M. Coffman (autographed copy)
  • Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford
  • Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett
  • The Breakup Artist by Shannen Crane Camp
  • Seers by Heather Frost
Don’t forget to comment! Merry Christmas and happy reading!

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  13 Responses to “Minor Adjustments by Rachael Renee Anderson – Countdown to Christmas 2011”

  1. Hmmm, I don’t really know what a yule log is either, so I’m going to look it up and e-mail it to you for the bonus entry. :-) We have had fires in the fireplace on Christmas Eve before — makes for a cozy evening!

  2. Good choice on Anna. I really enjoyed it. One of these days I need to get Lola, the next book.

  3. I’ve heard of a yule log but I have no clue what it is. We don’t have a fireplace in our home, so there won’t be any yule log burnings in our home ;)

    I follow on Facebook.

    I am subscribed via email.

  4. I am going to have to say no because I do not know what a yule log is. I just read the description for this book and it looks like a story line I would really enjoy. I am excited to read this book or maybe win it!

  5. I never have burned a yule log, I’ve never really even thought about burning one! :)

  6. Oh, I absolutely ADORE Rachael! She’s such a wonderful and genuinely nice woman. I’d love to add Minor Adjustments to my collection! It’s on my “To Buy” list, but I haven’t bought ANY books recently, so….

  7. I’ve never burned a Yule log, but I’ve made one out of cake. Does that count? Rachael and I can be lame together because I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss either.

  8. I follow you by e-mail and on Facebook.

  9. No … what exactly is a Yule log? Heard of one. Sang about one, but still haven’t seen a real one. :)

  10. No! I’d never even heard of one until I just read about it “Marian’s Christmas Wish”. Sounds fun, though I’d have the same gas problem as Rachael.

  11. Hmm…isn’t a Yule Log, frosting covered toilet paper? That’s what I was thinking it was. :)

    Oh! And Great contest! LOL! Love ya sis! BTW, do you guys want to come over for New Year’s?

  12. I’ve never burned a yule log, and I’m sorry to say I’m not quite curious enough about what it is to look it up. I prefer good old, smoke-free electricity, as long as it’s available!

  13. We have a fire place, but we’ve never used it. I’ve never burned a yule log. Even if we had fires, I would feel that trying to burn the same log for the 12 days of Christmas might be a safety risk. But if it was just about decorating a log as a family and then burning it … I could handle that.

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