Jul 072014
 

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It’s time to announce the Countdown to Summer 2014 winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated and commented on the Countdown posts. I loved reading them. One of the best things about these Countdowns is getting to know both the authors and the LDSWBR blog readers better.

A huge thank you to each of our spotlight authors. Every single one generously donated a book prize. They are amazing and talented people. I’m so glad to know them and help promote their great books.

And now, thanks to random.org, it is time to announce the winners!

  • Unraveled by Julie Daines (signed paperback)  -  SarahM
  • Any book by A.L. Sowards (choice of paperback or Kindle version)  -  Lexie@BookBug
  • An autographed copy of any one Sarah M. Eden book of the winner’s choice  -  Tara Oliver
  • Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson (signed/personalized paperback)  -  Lexie@BookBug
  • Choice of The Inventor’s Secret (hardback or paperback) or The Avatar Battle (hardback or audio CD) by Chad Morris (signed copy)  -  Cindy
  • Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (ebook in .mobi or epub)  -  Gayle Humpherys
  • Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback or Kindle)  -  Patti H.
  • Before the Clock Strikes Thirty by Aubrey Mace (personalized paperback)  -  SarahM
  • Tulips and Treason by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)  -  Cindy
  • Luminescence by Braden Bell  -  Lori Widdison
  • Falling For You by Krista Lynne Jensen (signed paperback)  -  Braden Bell
  • Ilana’s Wish by Annette Lyon (paperback copy, personalized if desired)  -  Braden Bell
  • Winner’s choice of one of Josi S. Kilpack’s books  -  Gayle Humpherys
  • Not Your Average Happy Ending by Chantele Sedgwick (winner’s choice of paperback or ebook)  -  Emily F.
  • Discovering Peace by Jennifer Ann Holt (signed copy)  -  Lori Widdison
  • Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard (signed paperback)  -  Emily F.

And the winner of the $50 Amazon gift card is…..

Heidi Bahlmann!!

Congratulations to all of the winners! I will be contacting you via email to finalize the details.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Countdown to Summer 2014. Happy reading!!

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Jun 202014
 

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1 days until summer!

 

SarahBeard Sarah Beard has a degree in communications from the University of Utah and splits her time between writing and raising three energetic boys. She is a cancer survivor and a hopeless romantic. She enjoys reading and composing music, and lives with her husband and children in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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LDSWBR: What book or movie reminds you of summer?

SARAH: “The Last Unicorn” reminds me of summer because we used to watch it everyday during the summer, then go outside and recruit the neighbor kids to act out all the scenes with us.

LDSWBR: Do you hike during the summer? If so, where is your favorite place to hike?

SARAH: I only hike when I’m forced to hike. I love being in the mountains, but it’s hard to enjoy the scenery when my legs are protesting every step. I have very whiny legs.

LDSWBR: What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

SARAH: That’s a tough one. Either “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green or “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

LDSWBR: Thanks, Sarah!

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Aria’s life is full of secrets–secrets about her mother’s death, her father’s cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her broken heart’s melody into something beautiful. Porcelain Keys is a captivating love story that will resonate long after the last page is turned.

Have you read the unabridged version of Les Miserables? What is the longest book you’ve read?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Summer 2014 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. 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 reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014. 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 Summer 2014, 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 June 5, 2014 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight June 30, 2014 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 July 3, 2014 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until July 10, 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 6/20/14 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Unraveled by Julie Daines (signed paperback)
  • Any book by A.L. Sowards (choice of paperback or Kindle version)
  • An autographed copy of any one Sarah M. Eden book of the winner’s choice
  • Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson (signed/personalized paperback)
  • Choice of The Inventor’s Secret (hardback or paperback) or The Avatar Battle (hardback or audio CD) by Chad Morris (signed copy)
  • Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (ebook in .mobi or epub)
  • Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback or Kindle)
  • Before the Clock Strikes Thirty by Aubrey Mace (personalized paperback)
  • Tulips and Treason by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
  • Luminescence by Braden Bell
  • Falling For You by Krista Lynne Jensen (signed paperback)
  • Ilana’s Wish by Annette Lyon (paperback copy, personalized if desired)
  • Winner’s choice of one of Josi S. Kilpack’s books
  • Not Your Average Happy Ending by Chantele Sedgwick (winner’s choice of paperback or ebook)
  • Discovering Peace by Jennifer Ann Holt (signed copy)
  • Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard (signed paperback)

 

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Jun 192014
 

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2 days until summer!

 

jenniferannholt Jennifer Holt was raised as a farm girl in Enterprise, Utah. An avid reader since age four, she always enjoys a good book. Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University, and went against the odds by receiving her diploma before she got married! She currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Shane, and their daughter and two sons. She enjoys wakeboarding and cheering on her children in all of their activities. You can connect with Jennifer on her web site: www.authorjenniferannholt.com .

Visit Jennifer: WEBSITE/BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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LDSWBR: What book or movie reminds you of summer?

JENNIFER: The first one that comes to mind is the unabridged Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I know that’s a weird summer book, but I read it the summer after I graduated from high school. Everything we did that summer, I had that book with me. I read it on the beach, I read it driving in the car to family reunions, I read it when I was supposed to be weeding the garden…you get the idea. I’m usually a fast reader, but it took me the majority of the summer to make it through all 1463 pages. That book changed the way I thought about lots of things and I realized that everything is not always black or white, that choices truly have consequences, and that our experiences do shape the way we view the world and everything in it. I think about that at the beginning of every summer.

LDSWBR: Do you hike during the summer? If so, where is your favorite place to hike?

JENNIFER: Yes! Since moving to Boise, we’ve had to search out new places to hike. One of our favorites is to hike Table Rock. It’s a bit steep, but when you get to the top, you can see the entire city of Boise. It’s beautiful! We’ve also done some hiking in McCall this year, and that’s been great.

LDSWBR: What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

JENNIFER: My favorite book that I’ve read so far this year is Popular by Maya Van Wagenen. It’s a memoir of how Maya, an eighth grade self-proclaimed geek, used a 1950s popularity guide to explore what ‘popular’ really means. It was so touching, and Maya’s experiences are applicable to women of every age. When I finished it, I had my daughter (who will be starting junior high this fall) read it as well. She loved it, too!

LDSWBR: Thank you, Jennifer!

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Placing her baby girl for adoption isn’t the mistake Ally is running away from, but everyone else seems to think it is. As Ally tries to move forward in her life, her past keeps pulling her back, and she wonders if she will ever find true love again. Only holding onto hope can help Ally find the peace she’s seeking.

Have you read the unabridged version of Les Miserables? What is the longest book you’ve read?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Summer 2014 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. 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 reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014. 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 Summer 2014, 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 June 5, 2014 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight June 30, 2014 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 July 3, 2014 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until July 10, 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 6/19/14 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Unraveled by Julie Daines (signed paperback)
  • Any book by A.L. Sowards (choice of paperback or Kindle version)
  • An autographed copy of any one Sarah M. Eden book of the winner’s choice
  • Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson (signed/personalized paperback)
  • Choice of The Inventor’s Secret (hardback or paperback) or The Avatar Battle (hardback or audio CD) by Chad Morris (signed copy)
  • Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (ebook in .mobi or epub)
  • Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback or Kindle)
  • Before the Clock Strikes Thirty by Aubrey Mace (personalized paperback)
  • Tulips and Treason by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
  • Luminescence by Braden Bell
  • Falling For You by Krista Lynne Jensen (signed paperback)
  • Ilana’s Wish by Annette Lyon (paperback copy, personalized if desired)
  • Winner’s choice of one of Josi S. Kilpack’s books
  • Not Your Average Happy Ending by Chantele Sedgwick (winner’s choice of paperback or ebook)
  • Discovering Peace by Jennifer Ann Holt (signed copy)

 

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Jun 182014
 

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3 days until summer!

 

ChanteleSedgwick I’m a YA author, harpist, wife to one and mom to four. I love happy endings, Kit Kats and judging by my book shelves, I buy way too many books. I’m repped by the awesome Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.

Visit Chantele: WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST

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LDSWBR: What book or movie reminds you of summer?

CHANTELE: My sister and I watched Now and Then ALL the time when we were younger. It’s set in the summer and I’ve seen it so many times I probably still have the whole thing memorized… Haha!

LDSWBR: Do you hike during the summer? If so, where is your favorite place to hike?

CHANTELE: My family doesn’t hike a lot, but we are planning a few this year. My hubby is a big mountain biker, so we go biking a LOT. :)

LDSWBR: What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

CHANTELE: Oh, I always get nervous with favorite book questions… :) I think my very favorite I’ve read this year is All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry. LOVED IT!

LDSWBR: Thanks, Chantele!

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When Ash Summerland left the Academy of Magical Beings, he was sure he’d put his troubles behind him. But when his girlfriend, Kendall, is almost killed by an old enemy over something he knows little about, Ash is forced to confront the demons of his past.

With his fairy magic fading and his darker djinn magic more powerful than ever, Ash isn’t sure he can stop the evil from closing in around him. Although Kendall is the only thing keeping him from going over the edge, if he can’t learn to balance out his magic and find a way to defeat his enemies once and for all, both his world, and the girl he loves will be lost forever.

Have you ever gone mountain biking? (I’m not sure I even remember how to ride a bike, ha ha.)

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Summer 2014 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. 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 reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014. 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 Summer 2014, 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 June 5, 2014 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight June 30, 2014 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 July 3, 2014 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until July 10, 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 6/18/14 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Unraveled by Julie Daines (signed paperback)
  • Any book by A.L. Sowards (choice of paperback or Kindle version)
  • An autographed copy of any one Sarah M. Eden book of the winner’s choice
  • Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson (signed/personalized paperback)
  • Choice of The Inventor’s Secret (hardback or paperback) or The Avatar Battle (hardback or audio CD) by Chad Morris (signed copy)
  • Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (ebook in .mobi or epub)
  • Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback or Kindle)
  • Before the Clock Strikes Thirty by Aubrey Mace (personalized paperback)
  • Tulips and Treason by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
  • Luminescence by Braden Bell
  • Falling For You by Krista Lynne Jensen (signed paperback)
  • Ilana’s Wish by Annette Lyon (paperback copy, personalized if desired)
  • Winner’s choice of one of Josi S. Kilpack’s books
  • Not Your Average Happy Ending by Chantele Sedgwick (winner’s choice of paperback or ebook)

 

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Jun 172014
 

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4 days until summer!

 

josikilpack Josi began her first novel in 1998. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense and she was the Best In State winner for fiction in 2012. Book eleven in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series, Fortune Cookie, was released in spring 2014 with the final book in that series, Wedding Cake, to be released in Fall 2014 along with a cook book containing all the recipes featured in the series. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children ages 20 to 12 and work together as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) with the Guardian ad Litem’s office of Northern Utah.

Visit Josi: WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOOGLE+ | PINTEREST

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LDSWBR: What book or movie reminds you of summer?

JOSI: I didn’t read Harry Potter until book five came out, and then I read them in a week. It happened to be summer and I found it ironic that I was reading about his school year while my kids were out of school. I did the same thing with the Twilight series a few years later, then Hunger games. Apparently, summer is for series in my world.

LDSWBR: Do you hike during the summer? If so, where is your favorite place to hike?

JOSI: We have fabulous hiking trails here in Willard, we can walk out the back door and be in the mountains in about five minutes. Just this last year an elderly man in our town “built” a fabulous trail that weaves through trees for about 3/4 of a mile. I didn’t know anyone could “build” a hiking trail, but he’s done it and it’s amazing.

LDSWBR: What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

JOSI: I don’t know that my favorite book has ever been non-fiction, but this year it is. I’ve been listening to “Daring Greatly” by Brenne Brown. I feel like some of it is over my head–I have a difficult time explaining the book–but I find myself “seeing” the concepts she’s talking about in my day to day life. It’s got me evaluating the way I interact with people and what my motives are. Fascinating perspectives that seem to be “following” me :-)

LDSWBR: I love Brene Brown! Thanks, Josi!

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Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the perfect final touches to her wedding plans. But the arrival of a mysterious letter that bears a San Francisco postmark and no return address could change everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen or heard from since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off with murderers and crooks in recent years, yet the potential of her sister reentering her life is both overwhelming and frightening. But, as Sadie soon discovers, the letter is just the beginning. Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one motive for murder.

Do you read series as each book is published or wait until all the books are out and binge read them all at once?

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**To enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014, leave a thoughtful comment below.**

This is raffle-style drawing where all entries throughout the contest period are entered into the same “hat” for all prizes. Because this is a raffle-style drawing, commenting on each Countdown to Summer 2014 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. 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 reviews has ever helped you find a book you enjoyed, please consider helping us spread the word about the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2014. 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 Summer 2014, 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 June 5, 2014 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight June 30, 2014 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 July 3, 2014 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until July 10, 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 6/17/14 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Unraveled by Julie Daines (signed paperback)
  • Any book by A.L. Sowards (choice of paperback or Kindle version)
  • An autographed copy of any one Sarah M. Eden book of the winner’s choice
  • Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson (signed/personalized paperback)
  • Choice of The Inventor’s Secret (hardback or paperback) or The Avatar Battle (hardback or audio CD) by Chad Morris (signed copy)
  • Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (ebook in .mobi or epub)
  • Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley (personalized paperback or Kindle)
  • Before the Clock Strikes Thirty by Aubrey Mace (personalized paperback)
  • Tulips and Treason by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
  • Luminescence by Braden Bell
  • Falling For You by Krista Lynne Jensen (signed paperback)
  • Ilana’s Wish by Annette Lyon (paperback copy, personalized if desired)
  • Winner’s choice of one of Josi S. Kilpack’s books

 

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Jun 162014
 

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5 days until summer!

 

annettelyon Annette Lyon is a Whitney Award winner, a two-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal for fiction, and a three-time publication award winner from the League of Utah Writers, most recently, the Silver Quill Award in 2013. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, almost as many novellas, several nonfiction books, and over one hundred twenty magazine articles. Annette is a cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English. When she’s not writing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor. Find her online at blog.annettelyon.com and on Twitter: @AnnetteLyon.

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LDSWBR: What book or movie reminds you of summer?

ANNETTE: Definitely Anne of Green Gables, because I was first introduced to Anne over the summer before eighth grade. I’d just spent three years abroad, where finding books in English wasn’t the easiest. That summer, I spent hours and hours reading the first three Anne books, which were collected into a single volume that my best friend loaned me. As soon as I finished the first book, I HAD to see the movie, of course. Another friend had it (on VHS) at her house, and we watched it in her family room. Even now, thoughts of Gilbert and Anne remind me of that summer, including the very bed I read on. I ended up being a huge LM Montgomery fan, although Anne isn’t my favorite Montgomery character. I have a shelf full of her books, including her autobiography, her short stories, all five massive volumes of her journals, and a DVD with a ton of history and photographs. And a quote from her journal hanging on my writing desk! It’s safe to say that the summer of 1987 had a huge impact on me as both a reader and a writer.

LDSWBR: Do you hike during the summer? If so, where is your favorite place to hike?

ANNETTE: Not as much as I once did–I have a hankering to do a full-on, several-day Uintah backpacking hike again some day. But sometimes I’ll do a day hike with my kids, most recently, up to Stewart Falls (near Sundance) and up Y Mountain in Provo.

LDSWBR: What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

ANNETTE: I Shall Be Near to You, by Erin Lindsay McCabe. I’m a sucker for historical fiction and women’s fiction. This book combines the two into historical women’s fiction and adds a haunting story with real characters and a great voice right along with heartbreaking history. It’s about a new wife who enlists in the US Army during the Civil War so she can be close to her soldier husband.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Annette!

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Ilanas Wish

On the surface, Ilana Goldstein leads an enviable life: a thriving career and a happy marriage to a handsome doctor. All that’s missing is a baby, an emptiness that will surely be filled with time . . .

Then, in an instant, her life falls apart. Now, beneath Ilana’s once flawless exterior hides a dark secret that may destroy the woman who seemed to have it all. Following a rapid succession of crushing trials, Ilana turns to prescription medications to take the edge off her agony both the ache of her body and the anguish of her soul. But when her desperation to dull the pain leads to the downward spiral of addiction, her friends in the Newport Ladies Book Club must do whatever it takes to save one of their own. Will Ilana’s devastating losses bring about her own self-destruction, or will the loving determination of friends and family lend her the strength to overcome?

Has a book or author ever impacted your life like Anne of Green Gables and LM Montgomery have impacted Annette’s life?

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**Book Prizes (as of 6/16/14 – more to be added to this list!)**

  • Unraveled by Julie Daines (signed paperback)
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  • Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson (signed/personalized paperback)
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  • Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (ebook in .mobi or epub)
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