11 days until Christmas
Rachael Anderson is the author of five books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, The Reluctant Bachelorette, and Twist of Fate (a short story in an anthology called All I Want). She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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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?
RACHAEL: Right now, it’s got a big bow on top. I know, I know, lame, but in my defense, it’s a pretty bow. :) Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any sort of special meaning to me or anyone else in my family. At one point, we did have a star, but one of my children broke it. Then last year, we upgraded to a taller, pre-lit tree, so now an angel or star really wouldn’t fit on top, which is a problem because my children all think we need a star or an angel. Maybe next year I’ll have to trim down our fake tree or cave to my husband’s wishes and get a shorter real tree.
LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why is it your favorite?
RACHAEL: I have so many–mostly of the Hallmarkish variety–but I do love How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the newer Jim Carey version). It’s funny, well made, makes my kids giggle, has my all-time favorite Christmas song in it (“Where Are You Christmas?”), and leaves us with a really good message. What’s not to like about that?
LDSWBR: What Christmas gift have you been most excited to give?
RACHAEL: Unfortunately, my husband is notorious for taking the surprise out of Christmas gifts because he ALWAYS finds his early, not matter how hard I try to hide it. A few years ago I spent hours compiling all his mission pictures/letters into a scrapbook that I had professionally printed, and when the finished version finally arrived in the mail I couldn’t wait to give it to him. I hid it away deep in the recesses of our closet. But then his mother came to town and wanted to see it. Since Jeff was at work, I didn’t see any reason not to show it to her so I pulled it out. While she looked through it, something happened with one of my kids that distracted both of us and we left the book on the desk. Fast forward several hours, and I found my husband looking through it. So frustrating!!! The worst part was that he initially thought it was some type of yearbook a fellow missionary had put together for everyone from his mission. I promptly ripped it from his hands and told him off for discovering his Christmas present early yet again.
LDSWBR: Oh no! How frustrating. Maybe this year you will surprise him. Thank you, Rachael!
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Purchase The Reluctant Bachelorette:
Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go. Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge. But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?
Do you know someone notorious for guessing their gifts or finding them early?
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Book Prizes (21 book prizes as of December 14, 2012 – check back daily as we add more to this list!)
- 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)
- Code Word by Traci Hunter Abramson (paperback)
- The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson (ebook)
Previous Countdown to Christmas 2012 posts:
- 22 days until Christmas: Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack
- 21 days until Christmas: Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick
- 20 days until Christmas: Deadly Undertakings by Gregg Luke
- 19 days until Christmas: Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston
- 18 days until Christmas: Athena by Heather B. Moore
- 17 days until Christmas: The Kindling by Braden Bell
- 16 days until Christmas: Sunday – no post
- 15 days until Christmas: An Unlikely Match by Sarah M. Eden
- 14 days until Christmas: Sudden Darkness by Margot Hovley
- 13 days until Christmas: After Hello by Lisa Mangum
- 12 days until Christmas: Code Word by Traci Hunter Abramson