Dec 282013
 

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Thank you to everyone for participating in the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been counting down to Christmas on the blog for 5 years now. We couldn’t do it without the generous authors who join in each year and our faithful LDSWBR blog readers.

Thanks for making this such a fun tradition!

And now, the winners:

 

  • Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)  -  BETHANY
  • Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)  -  LAURA WALTZ
  • The House at Rose Creek by Jenny Proctor (signed copy)  -  MELODY ANTHONY
  • Penumbras by Braden Bell (signed copy)  -  BONNIE HARRIS
  • The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (personalized copy)  -  STEPHANIE
  • Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (personalized paperback)  -  MELODY ANTHONY
  • Longing For Home by Sarah M. Eden (signed copy)  -  CINDY
  • Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster (ebook or signed paperback)  -  JANET S.
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson (audio CD)  -  CATHY JEPPSEN
  • Finding Sheba or Ruby’s Secret by H.B. Moore (winner’s choice; format of choice)  -  LEIGH
  • Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon (or other Hostage Negotiation novel of choice in either paperback or Kindle)  -  SHAUNA WHEELWRIGHT
  • Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee (personalized copy)  -  BRADEN
  • Lock & Key by Traci Hunter Abramson (personalized copy)  -  JILL ALBIN
  • The Witnesses by Stephanie Black (winner’s choice of Kindle, Nook, or personalized paperback)  -  ALYSON M.

And the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card is….

SHAUNA WHEELWRIGHT! 

Congratulations! I will be contacting all of the winners by email in the next few days.

Thanks again to all of the authors who participated in our Countdown and especially for those who so generously donated book prizes.

Have a great New Year!

 

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Dec 212013
 

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4 days until Christmas

 **Entry deadline has been extended to Midnight Mountain Time on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!**

StephanieBlack Stephanie Black is the author of five mystery/suspense novels, including Shadowed (2012), and two dystopian novels, including The Witnesses (2013). She is a four-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Rearview Mirror (2011). She enjoys spending time with her family, her husband’s homemade bread, and playing the violin–a hobby that would go better if she would practice more. Her website is www.stephanieblack.net.

Please take a minute to visit Stephanie at one of the links below:

WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

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LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas song/hymn? Does it have special meaning to you?

STEPHANIE: I love Christmas music! One of my favorite Christmas songs is the Carol of the Drum (The Little Drummer Boy). This year it occurred to me that the song does have some deep spiritual meaning. I struggle with perfectionism in some ways (though you’d never know it in other aspects of my life). The drummer boy goes to meet the King, and doesn’t think he has a gift fit to give, so he offers the best he has–he plays his drum, and the King is pleased. Isn’t that how it is with us? We’re all struggling in our own ways and don’t really have a gift fit to give the King, but when we offer the best we have, no matter how little it is, He is pleased with our offering.

LDSWBR: Do you get together with friends/family to play board games on Christmas or New Year’s? What games do you like to play? Do you have a favorite game from your childhood?

STEPHANIE: My family does enjoy board games. As a child, I enjoyed Monopoly, but I sure don’t like it now–it takes forever! Clue was fun. A relatively new game I enjoy is Bezzerwizzer–it’s like Trivial Pursuit, only better, because you don’t have to get correct answers in all the categories to win and it lets you focus a bit more on your strengths. Other games our family likes: Ticket to Ride, Bananagrams, Apples to Apples, The Great Dalmuti. I like Quirkle too.

LDSWBR: If you could recommend only one book from those you read this year, what would it be and why?

STEPHANIE: I only get to recommend one?? Well . . . okay, if you insist. How about the Whitney Award Best Novel of the Year: The Rent Collector, by Camron Wright. To take such a miserable and unique setting and create such a beautiful, hopeful story . . . wow.

LDSWBR: I love your insight on The Little Drummer Boy. Thanks, Stephanie!

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The Witnesses

AMAZON | KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLE | NOOK | DESERET BOOK | MP3 | SEAGULL BOOK

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Welcome to New America, where patriots are traitors and religion is a crime. After government agent Daniel Lansbury fakes the executions of three believers on national television, he and the fugitives–Alisa Kent, Ian Roshek, and Ian’s sister, Jill–face the perilous task of outwitting President Amanda Ryce and her power-hungry Council long enough to escape to freedom. While a government reformer is on their side, rigorous new security measures thwart any chance of aid. And Daniel’s estranged father, Marcus, an underground terrorist leader, is hatching plans to sabotage the breakable trust between Daniel and Ian and put himself in power at the head of the nation. As faith and loyalties come under fire, the fugitives struggle to stop Marcus and his zealous terrorists and bring to light the wrongs committed against the citizens of this fragile, fledgling nation.

 It has been interesting to see how many people enjoy playing the classic games that are familiar to most of us. However, some have mentioned games that I have never heard of before, like The Great Dalmuti. What games have been mentioned in the Countdown posts that are completely new to you?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Christmas 2013 post will give you more chances to win. Please click through to the website as only comments submitted directly on this post will be accepted.

Prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and the author-donated books listed below. This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. US only. 18 years and older please. See all contest rules and restrictions below.

Following LDSWBR is not required but you may want to consider doing so during the contest so you don’t miss any posts or chances to enter the drawing. You can follow us through email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest (links in our sidebar.)

If one of our LDSWBR reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013. A link posted to your friends and family either in email or on your favorite social network would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

By leaving a comment and entering the Countdown to Christmas 2013, you agree to the contest rules below:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; entrants must be 18 years or older; open to residents of continental US only; giveaway begins December 3, 2013 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight December 23, 2013 Mountain Time; to enter, complete the required entry on each post and any additional entries of your choice if listed; LDS Women’s Book Review reserves the right to determine what is considered a thoughtful comment as per each post’s required entry; giveaway prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and a variety of book prizes donated by featured authors; the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning; LDS Women’s Book Review is not liable for technical problems which may affect entry into the giveaway; winner identity will be verified by email address; winner will be selected December 28, 2013 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until January 4, 2014 to claim their prize; if any prize winner forfeits or does not claim prize, prize will be re-awarded to next winner in sequence; all prizes will be awarded; limit of two prizes per entrant; this contest/giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified; by entering the giveaway you give LDS Women’s Book Review the right to publicize your name on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog; winner agrees to release LDS Women’s Book Review from any liability as a result of winning; email comments and questions to LDS Women’s Book Review – ldswbr (at) gmail (dot) com; giveaway subject to Utah regulations; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

**Book Prizes (as of 12/21/13)**

  • Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • The House at Rose Creek by Jenny Proctor (signed copy)
  • Penumbras by Braden Bell (signed copy)
  • The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (personalized copy)
  • Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (personalized paperback)
  • Longing For Home by Sarah M. Eden (signed copy)
  • Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster (ebook or signed paperback)
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson (audio CD)
  • Finding Sheba or Ruby’s Secret by H.B. Moore (winner’s choice; format of choice)
  • Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon (or other Hostage Negotiation novel of choice in either paperback or Kindle)
  • Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee (personalized copy)
  • Lock & Key by Traci Hunter Abramson (personalized copy)
  • The Witnesses by Stephanie Black (winner’s choice of Kindle, Nook, or personalized paperback)
 Previous Countdown to Christmas 2013 posts:

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Dec 202013
 

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5 days until Christmas

 **Entry deadline has been extended to Midnight Mountain Time on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!**

FrankCole Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 45,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. Frank has 7 published books to date with his next one releasing in 2015 from Delacorte Press.

Please take a minute to visit Frank at one of the links below:

BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

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LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas song/hymn? Does it have special meaning to you?

FRANK: As traditional songs go, I’ve always loved “The First Noel”. No real reason, I just like the way it sounds. My overall favorite is “The Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews. It just surprised me one year. I was listening to the radio and it came on and at first I had no idea it was a Christmas song. Then I really listened to the lyrics and I was moved a little.

LDSWBR: Do you get together with friends/family to play board games on Christmas or New Year’s? What games do you like to play? Do you have a favorite game from your childhood?

FRANK: Christmas Eve we usually play games with my wife Heidi’s family and hang out. New Year’s Eve we try to party somewhere. I think we’re doing a Masquerade Ball this year and we have to wear masks. I’m going to wear a Justin Bieber mask.

LDSWBR: If you could recommend only one book from those you read this year, what would it be and why?

FRANK: The 5th Wave. It’s rough and shocking at times, but man! It sucked me in. It’s the first book I’ve read in a long time where I’m eager for the sequel.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Frank!

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The Guardians of the Finisher’s Fury

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AMAZON | KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLE | DESERET BOOK

Amber and Trendon are on summer break and life seems like it’s finally back to normal. However, their vacation ends abruptly when a mysterious messenger summons them to Egypt. Dorothy and her team have found an ancient artifact, the final Weapon of Might, and they need Amber’s connection with the Shomehr to recover it.

The mission goes smoothly—until they obtain the artifact. Then everything goes wrong—very wrong. Friends become enemies, and enemies become allies. Now Amber and Trendon must race against time before the Weapons of Might are united and the Finisher’s Fury is unleashed.

This action-packed adventure from bestselling author Frank L. Cole promises entertainment, excitement, and enigma as it brings the Guardians series to an electrifying conclusion.

 Have you attended a Masquerade Ball?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Christmas 2013 post will give you more chances to win. Please click through to the website as only comments submitted directly on this post will be accepted.

Prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and the author-donated books listed below. This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. US only. 18 years and older please. See all contest rules and restrictions below.

Following LDSWBR is not required but you may want to consider doing so during the contest so you don’t miss any posts or chances to enter the drawing. You can follow us through email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest (links in our sidebar.)

If one of our LDSWBR reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013. A link posted to your friends and family either in email or on your favorite social network would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

By leaving a comment and entering the Countdown to Christmas 2013, you agree to the contest rules below:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; entrants must be 18 years or older; open to residents of continental US only; giveaway begins December 3, 2013 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight December 23, 2013 Mountain Time; to enter, complete the required entry on each post and any additional entries of your choice if listed; LDS Women’s Book Review reserves the right to determine what is considered a thoughtful comment as per each post’s required entry; giveaway prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and a variety of book prizes donated by featured authors; the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning; LDS Women’s Book Review is not liable for technical problems which may affect entry into the giveaway; winner identity will be verified by email address; winner will be selected December 28, 2013 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until January 4, 2014 to claim their prize; if any prize winner forfeits or does not claim prize, prize will be re-awarded to next winner in sequence; all prizes will be awarded; limit of two prizes per entrant; this contest/giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified; by entering the giveaway you give LDS Women’s Book Review the right to publicize your name on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog; winner agrees to release LDS Women’s Book Review from any liability as a result of winning; email comments and questions to LDS Women’s Book Review – ldswbr (at) gmail (dot) com; giveaway subject to Utah regulations; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

**Book Prizes (as of 12/20/13 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • The House at Rose Creek by Jenny Proctor (signed copy)
  • Penumbras by Braden Bell (signed copy)
  • The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (personalized copy)
  • Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (personalized paperback)
  • Longing For Home by Sarah M. Eden (signed copy)
  • Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster (ebook or signed paperback)
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson (audio CD)
  • Finding Sheba or Ruby’s Secret by H.B. Moore (winner’s choice; format of choice)
  • Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon (or other Hostage Negotiation novel of choice in either paperback or Kindle)
  • Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee (personalized copy)
  • Lock & Key by Traci Hunter Abramson (personalized copy)
 Previous Countdown to Christmas 2013 posts:

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Dec 192013
 

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6 days until Christmas

 

tracihunterabramson Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. And though Traci found her passion in caring for her family, she couldn’t manage to forget the action of the CIA, so she turned to writing about it. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She enjoys reading, writing, and coaching high school swimming.

Please take a minute to visit Traci at one of the links below:

WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

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LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas song/hymn? Does it have special meaning to you?

TRACI: I love all Christmas music. I can’t say that I have one particular favorite, but two that I really enjoy are Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High. Both were ones I sang in choir when I was in high school and I think they just remind me of the true meaning of Christmas.

LDSWBR: Do you get together with friends/family to play board games on Christmas or New Year’s? What games do you like to play? Do you have a favorite game from your childhood?

TRACI: My family plays games all the time and holidays are no exception. Monopoly and Parcheesi were two of my favorites from my childhood and I still play those with my family. When we have our extended family over, we tend to play games like Apples to Apples or Boggle so we can include a lot of people at the same time. Cosmic Encounters is another one my nieces and nephews love to play at our house.

LDSWBR: If you could recommend only one book from those you read this year, what would it be and why?

TRACI: My favorite fictional adventure this year was actually a series I read with my son called the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. I enjoyed the adventure in these books and I was impressed by the author’s ability to challenge young readers to broaden their vocabulary without taking the reader out of the story. Most importantly, this series helped my son learn to love reading.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Traci!

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Lock & Key

AMAZON | KINDLE | NOOK | DESERET BOOK | SEAGULL BOOK

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After years of hiding from her criminal family, Carina Channing is ready to start a new life in Virginia Beach. But cutting ties with the past proves impossible thanks to a mysterious key she received from her imprisoned father. After a warning visit from her uncle, Carina and her boyfriend, Navy SEAL Jay Wellman, begin an urgent search to discover the key’s purpose before their enemies intercede. With their lives and shared future on the line, Carina and Jay race against time to unravel the threat and the promise this one simple family key holds.

 Have you sung in a Christmas choir?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Christmas 2013 post will give you more chances to win. Please click through to the website as only comments submitted directly on this post will be accepted.

Prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and the author-donated books listed below. This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. US only. 18 years and older please. See all contest rules and restrictions below.

Following LDSWBR is not required but you may want to consider doing so during the contest so you don’t miss any posts or chances to enter the drawing. You can follow us through email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest (links in our sidebar.)

If one of our LDSWBR reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013. A link posted to your friends and family either in email or on your favorite social network would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

By leaving a comment and entering the Countdown to Christmas 2013, you agree to the contest rules below:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; entrants must be 18 years or older; open to residents of continental US only; giveaway begins December 3, 2013 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight December 23, 2013 Mountain Time; to enter, complete the required entry on each post and any additional entries of your choice if listed; LDS Women’s Book Review reserves the right to determine what is considered a thoughtful comment as per each post’s required entry; giveaway prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and a variety of book prizes donated by featured authors; the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning; LDS Women’s Book Review is not liable for technical problems which may affect entry into the giveaway; winner identity will be verified by email address; winner will be selected December 28, 2013 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until January 4, 2014 to claim their prize; if any prize winner forfeits or does not claim prize, prize will be re-awarded to next winner in sequence; all prizes will be awarded; limit of two prizes per entrant; this contest/giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified; by entering the giveaway you give LDS Women’s Book Review the right to publicize your name on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog; winner agrees to release LDS Women’s Book Review from any liability as a result of winning; email comments and questions to LDS Women’s Book Review – ldswbr (at) gmail (dot) com; giveaway subject to Utah regulations; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

**Book Prizes (as of 12/19/13 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • The House at Rose Creek by Jenny Proctor (signed copy)
  • Penumbras by Braden Bell (signed copy)
  • The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (personalized copy)
  • Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (personalized paperback)
  • Longing For Home by Sarah M. Eden (signed copy)
  • Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster (ebook or signed paperback)
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson (audio CD)
  • Finding Sheba or Ruby’s Secret by H.B. Moore (winner’s choice; format of choice)
  • Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon (or other Hostage Negotiation novel of choice in either paperback or Kindle)
  • Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee (personalized copy)
  • Lock & Key by Traci Hunter Abramson (personalized copy)
 Previous Countdown to Christmas 2013 posts:

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Dec 182013
 

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7 days until Christmas

 

NataliePalmer I’m a dish washing, floor sweeping, toilet cleaning mom of three kids and one hubby who searches for pockets of time in which I can sit down and write the stories that roll like a movie screen through my brain. I wish I was a good enough writer to translate what goes on in my head onto paper because I’m thoroughly entertained at all times. I’m the mom to two of the most beautiful girls I could possibly imagine and one studly five year old boy who is already breaking girls’ hearts and he’s only in kindergarten. I’m constantly trying to figure out how to lose weight though I’m not quite prepared to live like an Ethiopian just so I can wear size 8 pants (and besides, a blouse just wouldn’t look as cute without a nice muffin top pocking out on the sides, right?) I’m the primary chorister in my ward which is by far my favorite calling yet. And I’m married to the best guy in the world who I’ve followed through undgrad, med school and now a psychiatry residency in Phoenix, Arizona. We’re a happy little five-some though and I truly feel like life can’t get much better than this.

Please take a minute to visit Natalie at one of the links below:

BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

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LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas song/hymn? Does it have special meaning to you?

NATALIE: I love “Oh Holy Night” more than I care to admit. Every time I sing it to my kids at night (no matter what time of year it is) I get all full of emotion and I want to some how dig my way into their tiny brains and make sure the pure and magnificent meaning of that song gets planted there, deep in their sub conscience so that it can forever affect the way they live their lives. Overboard? Maybe a tad, but I’ll take the risk. For me, it’s the one Christmas song that really focuses on the reason we celebrate Christ’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

So simple and so vitally important. It’s like, you know when Nephi is having his vision of what his father saw in his dream and he asks the Spirit what the meaning of the tree of life is and in order to answer his question the Spirit shows him Christ being born of Mary and in that very moment with no other words exchanged the Spirit asks Nephi if he now knows the meaning of the tree of life and Nephi is like yeah, it’s the pure love of Christ. It’s like that with the words in “Oh Holy Night.” Christ’s birth changed everything.

That was a long answer for a very simple questions. But then again, I get paid to be long winded.

LDSWBR: Do you get together with friends/family to play board games on Christmas or New Year’s? What games do you like to play? Do you have a favorite game from your childhood?

NATALIE: Well, my favorite game is Scrabble. But that’s because I tend to sweep the floor with everyone I play with (my husband will totally deny that). I grew up playing Rook and Monopoly and Parcheesi which are definitely some of my favorites. Though lately I play a lot of Candy Land and Hungry, Hungry Hippo because when I tried to teach my five year old how to play Rook it was just a big mess.

LDSWBR: If you could recommend only one book from those you read this year, what would it be and why?

NATALIE: Hands down “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller. It may be safe to go as far as to say he’s one of my new favorite authors. If you haven’t read this book go out and buy it now. Don’t borrow it or it or get it from the library because I promise you’ll want to highlight every other word and dog tail the bologna out of those page corners. But I must warn you that reading this book will inevitably make you want to change your life, for the better, of course, but it’s still change and if you’re anything like me that is an incredibly terrifying endeavor.

LDSWBR is going to think twice before asking me questions again. It’s true, I can be very wordsy at times. But it was so fun to be apart of the count down to Christmas! Thanks LDSWBR!!!

LDSWBR: Aw, thanks, Natalie! It was fun getting to know you better.

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Second to No One

AMAZON | KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLENOOK | TATE PUBLISHING | NATALIE’S BLOG 
(autographed copies available)

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“Things change. People change. Jess and I weren’t above it.”

Gemma’s first year of high school isn’t starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess and despite Gemma’s unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.

But when a late night car crash lands her a three month grounding and twenty hours of community service she discovers that there’s more to life than just romance and boyfriends.

Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.

 One week left until Christmas. Are you ready for the big day?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Christmas 2013 post will give you more chances to win. Please click through to the website as only comments submitted directly on this post will be accepted.

Prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and the author-donated books listed below. This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. US only. 18 years and older please. See all contest rules and restrictions below.

Following LDSWBR is not required but you may want to consider doing so during the contest so you don’t miss any posts or chances to enter the drawing. You can follow us through email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest (links in our sidebar.)

If one of our LDSWBR reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2013. A link posted to your friends and family either in email or on your favorite social network would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

By leaving a comment and entering the Countdown to Christmas 2013, you agree to the contest rules below:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; entrants must be 18 years or older; open to residents of continental US only; giveaway begins December 3, 2013 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight December 23, 2013 Mountain Time; to enter, complete the required entry on each post and any additional entries of your choice if listed; LDS Women’s Book Review reserves the right to determine what is considered a thoughtful comment as per each post’s required entry; giveaway prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and a variety of book prizes donated by featured authors; the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning; LDS Women’s Book Review is not liable for technical problems which may affect entry into the giveaway; winner identity will be verified by email address; winner will be selected December 28, 2013 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until January 4, 2014 to claim their prize; if any prize winner forfeits or does not claim prize, prize will be re-awarded to next winner in sequence; all prizes will be awarded; limit of two prizes per entrant; this contest/giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified; by entering the giveaway you give LDS Women’s Book Review the right to publicize your name on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog; winner agrees to release LDS Women’s Book Review from any liability as a result of winning; email comments and questions to LDS Women’s Book Review – ldswbr (at) gmail (dot) com; giveaway subject to Utah regulations; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

**Book Prizes (as of 12/18/13 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • The House at Rose Creek by Jenny Proctor (signed copy)
  • Penumbras by Braden Bell (signed copy)
  • The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (personalized copy)
  • Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (personalized paperback)
  • Longing For Home by Sarah M. Eden (signed copy)
  • Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster (ebook or signed paperback)
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson (audio CD)
  • Finding Sheba or Ruby’s Secret by H.B. Moore (winner’s choice; format of choice)
  • Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon (or other Hostage Negotiation novel of choice in either paperback or Kindle)
  • Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee (personalized copy)
 Previous Countdown to Christmas 2013 posts:

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Dec 172013
 

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8 days until Christmas

 

JodyDurfee Jody Wind Durfee often hikes the craggy mountains outside her front door where she lives with her husband, children and three red hens. She’s been known to randomly break into song and has a deep, abiding love for chocolate chip cookies. One of her favorite things to do is coach her friends in Special Olympics and is thankful everyday for the amazing people in her life.

Please take a minute to visit Jody at one of the links below:

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LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas song/hymn? Does it have special meaning to you?

JODY: My favorite Christmas song is the classic, Silent Night. It’s the first Christmas song I remember my grandmother singing to me as a child–she had a beautiful soprano voice––and no matter where or when it’s sung, usually everybody sings at least part of it together and then I’m always moved.

LDSWBR: Do you get together with friends/family to play board games on Christmas or New Year’s? What games do you like to play? Do you have a favorite game from your childhood?

JODY: I do play board games with my family, usually later on Christmas Day and for New Years. Our favorites are Scrabble, Settlers of Cataan, Parchesi, Clue, and, not technically a board game, Telestrations. I loved the game Clue as a child. I felt so very smart when I won.

LDSWBR: If you could recommend only one book from those you read this year, what would it be and why?

JODY: Only one? Sheesh. Then I guess it would have to be Jane Eyre. I read it every year, it covers nearly every classic genre and is filled with everything great about literature.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Jody!

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Hadley-Hadley Benson

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When Maddi Benson moves in next door to Jaxon Quayle, neither of them knows how much life is about to change. Jaxon knows he should date only girls who share his faith, but as he gets to know Maddi he wants his new neighbor to be more than a friend. To make things even more complicated, there’s Maddi’s twin brother Hadley (or Hadley-Hadley, as he calls himself), who has special needs and always seems to be hanging around, and Jaxon’s pal Tanner, who feels more than a little left out. Jaxon feels hopeful when the Bensons begin to consider joining the Church, which would solve at least one of his problems. But just when things seem to be working out, a horrible prank seems to make everything fall apart, leaving Maddi and Jaxon caught in the middle of doubt and faith, hurt and forgiveness, friendship and love.

 What book do you read every year? If not every year, what book have you read several times?

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**Book Prizes (as of 12/17/13 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack (personalized copy)
  • The House at Rose Creek by Jenny Proctor (signed copy)
  • Penumbras by Braden Bell (signed copy)
  • The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (personalized copy)
  • Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (personalized paperback)
  • Longing For Home by Sarah M. Eden (signed copy)
  • Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster (ebook or signed paperback)
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson (audio CD)
  • Finding Sheba or Ruby’s Secret by H.B. Moore (winner’s choice; format of choice)
  • Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon (or other Hostage Negotiation novel of choice in either paperback or Kindle)
  • Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee (personalized copy)
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