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 14 days until Christmas


Margot Hovley was raised in rural Washington State, where she worked as a girl pig-herder and champion produce box-maker. She now lives and plays in Utah with her big family. When she’s not storytelling, she’s hanging out with family, teaching music to the somewhat-willing, and fooling with techy gadgets. She loves hiking, traveling, and concocting adventures.


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LDSWBR: Do you top your Christmas tree with a star, angel, or something else? Does it have special meaning to you?

MARGOT: I have a large star on the top of my tree that means a lot to me. We bought it while traveling in Denmark–where my husband served his mission and where a book project of mine is set. I love Denmark! I wish we could have real candles on our tree like they do. Well, I sorta wish that. I don’t want to burn my house down, lol.

LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why is it your favorite?

MARGOT: It’s hard to choose a favorite Christmas movie, but I’ll go with How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love so many things about this movie. It’s narrated by Boris Karloff, the famous movie Frankenstein. His voice is amazing! I glued myself to the TV as a kid when it would be played each year. Isn’t it fantastic how an author, Dr. Seuss, wrote such a memorable story that his made up word (Grinch) has become part of our language? I ended up marrying a guy with a super low voice (he sings super-bass in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) and you oughta hear him sing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

LDSWBR: What Christmas gift have you been most excited to give?

MARGOT: My #6 child was born near Christmas and I was definitely excited to present her to the family as a Christmas gift of sorts. The hospital even put her in a stocking. Cutest gift ever.

LDSWBR: It would be a blast to hear your husband sing that song. Thanks, Margot!

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Purchase Sudden Darkness


The news has been filled with stories of tragedy and turmoil. But world events like the recent bombings in London seem far removed from eighteen-yearold Amélie Hatch’s quiet life in Zillah, Washington. She’s content with the predictable pattern of her life school, friends, work. But when Amélie’s father leaves on a mysterious Church assignment, concerns escalate as the family is left with few answers. Then, in the span of moments, Amélie’s world erupts in chaos. Terrorists have attacked the US power grid. There is no electricity. Vehicles have ceased working. The nuclear facility at nearby Hanford is compromised, and radiation may be flooding the area. Without the guidance of their father, Amélie’s family faces a monumental task at the request of the leaders of the Church: members of their stake have been asked to walk to Utah, where they will find safety in Zion. Fleeing her home and the life she knows, Amélie sets off on the arduous journey toward the refuge of Utah. There is danger around every corner as the group faces gunfire, kidnapping, and new terrorist threats. And as she finds herself drawn to two very different young men, Amélie recognizes a more personal peril she’s in danger of losing her heart.

Seuss foodie poll: Green eggs and ham or roast beast and Who pudding? 

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Book Prizes (as of December 11, 2012)(more to be added- at least 20 books have been donated!)

  • Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack (signed paperback copy)
  • Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick (paperback or ebook)
  • Deadly Undertakings by Gregg Luke (personalized paperback)
  • Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
  • Athena by Heather B. Moore (autographed paperback)
  • The Kindling by Braden Bell (paperback, signed if desired)
  • Sudden Darkness by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback)

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  22 Responses to “Sudden Darkness by Margot Hovley – Countdown to Christmas 2012”

  1. I loved this one! It made me think and change my mind about some serious issues. It’s a fast read and the characters are engaging. Cute romance too!

  2. Who pudding for sure! It’s amazing what Dr. Seuss has contributed to the world of children’s literature.

  3. Green eggs and ham! Sounds like an interesting premise!

  4. I’d take the Roast Beast!

  5. I am a total carnivore. How about roast beast AND green eggs and ham.

  6. I’m allergic to beef, so I’ll take Green Eggs and Ham!!

    Lovely interview. Awesome book!! As a note, I couldn’t get the Amazon or the Kindle purchase buttons to work (I didn’t try the others). I’m super excited to read this new LDS novel!!

    • Thanks, Kathleen. Hm, the Amazon & Kindle links worked for me. If anyone else has trouble, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can figure out what the problem is.

  7. I’m not really much of a Dr. Seuss fan, because of all the made up words. I think kids have a hard enough time learning how to read. I even had a hard time pronouncing the words, when I read the books to them.
    If I was going to pick one, I’d choose the roast and pudding.

  8. Roast Beast! No way I’m eating green meat. Yuck

  9. I’ve heard good things about this book!

  10. Green eggs and ham. That’s sounds really good right now! I haven’t read Margot’s book…yet!

  11. I love Boris’ voice too! The Grinch or maybe Charlie Brown is probably the best short Christmas movie. I’d love to win Margot’s book.

  12. I’d never heard of this book, but it sounds like my kind of thing. Thanks for the recommendation!

    I love eggs and ham, but I’m not sure I could actually eat them if they were green. Eeeewwww.

  13. I was going to say green eggs and ham, but when someone mentioned green ham I was a bit thrown (totally only thought of the eggs as being green). So . . . yeah, don’t know.

    This books sounds really interesting.

  14. Green eggs and ham for me. I have never heard of this book and love that you have it featured here. The countdowns always help me to find new books.

  15. Never heard of Who Pudding, so I would have to go with Green Eggs and Ham

  16. The thing about dystopian novels is that someday, it really is going to come…it’s interesting to see what different possibilities of how it comes are.

    I know what is in green eggs and ham, so I think that would be my choice.

    And I didn’t even know there was a category of “super bass.” :)

  17. Definitely roast beast and who pudding. (I just can’t get past the “green eggs” part!)

  18. Green eggs and ham … omelette style :) !!

  19. If I really had to choose green eggs and ham. I could eat that!

  20. I would have to say Roast Beast and Who Pudding. Green eggs and ham do not sound appetizing at all!

    It would be great to hear Margot’s hubby sing “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”!! :o)

  21. Um, neither. Haven’t you seen the awesome Seuss party munchies on Pinterest? I’m voting for those! =)

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