Annette Lyon is the author of six novels and one self-published grammar book. Her most recently published works are: Tower of Strength (March 2009), There, Their, They're: A No-Tears Guide to Grammar from the Word Nerd (May 2009), and All is Bright: A Compilation of True Christmas Short Stories (available NOW).
Annette's upcoming releases include: Band of Sisters (coming March 2010) and a chocolate cookbook, as yet untitled, to be released in 2010. To learn more about Annette, visit her website: http://annettelyon.com and her blog: The Lyon's Tale.
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LDSWBR: Annette, what favorite holiday traditions do you and/or your family participate in every year, and will you be starting any new traditions this year?
ANNETTE: My mother is Finnish, and my family lived in Finland when I was 10-13, so Finland is very dear to my heart. I grew up with a traditional Finnish sweet bread as part of our family's Christmas season, and I've carried that on with my children. It's called pulla, and it's flavored with cardamom. (Just the smell of the spice is enough to make my eyes glaze over.)
Another big tradition is playing Bing Crosby music and watching the movie White Christmas. As far as I'm concerned, it's not Christmas until I hear Bing singing. He's from my dad's generation, and when I hear his voice, I can hear my dad singing along in my head.
LDSWBR: What books are on your Christmas wish list?
ANNETTE: For years, I've been meaning to finish reading the trilogy about the black Saints. I've read the first two of the Standing on the Promises Series, but I'd love to get The Last Mile of the Way, by Young and Gray. The first two in the series were excellent.
LDSWBR: Thank you so much, Annette!
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Annette's pulla braids look delicious! My family enjoys my mom's Cinnamon Pull-Aparts every Christmas morning. What traditional breads do you make every Christmas?
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- Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena
- Hidden Branch by G.G. Vandagriff
- Altared Plans by Rebecca Talley
- A Modest Proposal by Michele Ashman Bell (includes a bonus copy of Michele's Christmas booklet, A Candle in the Window)
- Her Good Name by Josi Kilpack
- MISSING by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
- Famous Family Nights by Anne Bradshaw
- Love Letters of Joseph and Emma (autographed copy) by Angela Eschler
- Family Home Evening Adventures by Rebecca Irvine
- Counting the Cost by Liz Adair
- Shudder by Jennie Hansen
- Mormon Mishaps and Mischief by D.N. Giles & C.L. Beck
- Dawn's Early Light by Laurie (L.C.) Lewis
- The Fairy Thorn (brand new release!) by Dorothy Keddington