Michele Ashman Bell is the author of 19 novels. Her most recent release, A Modest Proposal, is the first book in her Butterfly Box series. Michele's 20th & 21st books are being released this coming spring, including the second book in the Butterfly Box series, Hometown Girl, as well as a YA book called Summer in Paris.
A Modest Proposal is availabe at www.deseretbook.com, www.seagullbook.com, www.amazon.com, and LDS bookstores.
Visit Michele on her website: www.micheleashmanbell.com and her blog: Michele Ashman Bell.
LDSWBR: What favorite holiday traditions do you and your family participate in every year? Will you be starting any new traditions this year?
MICHELE: Every Christmas Eve we watch a Christmas movie together as a family, either a new one at the theaters or a family favorite at home. We come home and the kids put all the presents under the tree (I keep them hidden up until this point). This totally gets them excited for Christmas morning. Then, before bed, the kids get to open one gift. It is usually a pair of pajamas. Finally, we get out the white Christmas stocking that hangs by the other stockings and pull out the cards we filled out the previous year. On these cards we've written what our gift to Christ will be for the year. We review how we've done through the year, then make out a new card with our gift for the upcoming year.
LDSWBR: What books are on your Christmas wish list?
MICHELE: Christmas for a Dollar by Gale Sears, In Search of the Christmas Spirit by President Monson, An Angel on Main Street by Kathi Oram Peterson
LDSWBR: What books do you plan on purchasing/have you purchased as gifts for loved ones this Christmas? (Unless sharing would ruin the surprise!)
MICHELE: I am giving Christmas for a Dollar to my neighbors and visiting teaching ladies this year. It is such a special story. I also will give out copies of An Angel on Main Street.
LDSWBR: Sounds like you're a very nice neighbor, Michele. Thanks!
I love the idea of the white stocking and giving gifts to Jesus Christ for the year. Does anyone do something similar to this?
LDSWBR will hold a drawing on Christmas Day for a $25 eGift Card from Deseret Book, as well as a variety of books being offered by some of the LDS authors that will be featured on the blog. Simply post a thoughtful comment on the Countdown to Christmas author posts to enter. Here are the rules:
- LDSWBR reserves the right to decide what determines a "thoughtful" comment.
- Only one comment per person per "Countdown to Christmas" author post will be entered into the drawing. This allows the potential for 24 entries per person at the end of the contest. Feel free to comment more than once per post if you'd like, but only one comment will be accepted as an entry.
- Contest ends at 12:00 Midnight MST on December 24, 2009. Drawing winners will have until 12:00 Midnight MST on December 31, 2009 to claim their prize. After that time, another name will be drawn to receive the prize.
- Book prizes can only be shipped within the contiguous United States.
- 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