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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Contest Continues! First Day of Summer - Countdown to Summer 2010

Happy first day of summer!

LDS Women's Book Review hopes you have enjoyed the Countdown to Summer 2010! The books and authors highlighted during the countdown are an excellent sampling of some of the great fiction by LDS authors available to readers so far this year.

Entries into the drawing (see below for ways to enter) will still be accepted through Friday, June 25, 2010 until Midnight MDT. This allows plenty of time for you to go back through the Countdown to Summer 2010 author posts and leave comments on those that you missed.

We thought it might be fun for you to learn a little about us as well. Starting tomorrow, we will spotlight each member of LDS Women's Book Review. Comments on those posts will count as entries into the drawing as well.

Get another entry today by commenting on this post and answering the following questions:

  • How did you hear about the Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest?
  • How did you first learn about LDS Women's Book Review?
  • Do you listen to the LDS Women's Book Review podcasts, read the LDSWBR blog only, or both?
  • If you listen to the podcasts, are you subscribed in iTunes or do you listen through the LDSWBR podcast website?
  • Comment! Tell us what you think of LDS Women's Book Review, the Countdown Contests, the LDSWBR podcast, etc. What do you enjoy the most? What would you change?

Don't forget to go back through the Countdown to Summer 2010 posts and comment on the ones you missed for more entries into the drawing!

***Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest***

LDSWBR will hold a drawing on June 26, 2010 for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, as well as a variety of books being offered by some of the LDS authors that will be featured on the blog.

Book prizes generously donated by the authors:

  • Abish: Daughter of God by K.C. Grant
  • TRAPPED by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
  • The Road Show by Braden Bell
  • Awakening Avery by Laurie Lewis
  • Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden
  • Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell
  • Hometown Girl by Michele Ashman Bell
  • Alma the Younger by Heather (H.B.) Moore
  • Queen in Exile OR The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch (winner's choice)
  • The Silence of God by Gale Sears (book or audio- winner's choice)
  • Dangerous Connections by Julie Coulter Bellon
  • Blink of an Eye by Gregg Luke
  • Critique of three chapters (up to 30 pages) from Nichole Giles

How to enter:

  • Post a thoughtful comment on the Countdown to Summer 2010 author posts. Comments can be added on any of the author posts anytime during the contest period (June 1, 2010 through June 21, 2010). Only one comment per person per "Countdown to Summer" author post will be entered into the drawing. Feel free to comment more than once per post if you'd like, but only one comment will be accepted as an entry.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @LDSWBR - then send us a direct message to let us know you want to be entered in the Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest. If you are already a follower you need to send us a direct message telling us you want to be included in the contest.
  • Tweet about that day’s author post using the tweet message included in each author post. Send an email to ldswbr at gmail dot com with the link to your tweet. Only one tweet per day counts so no need to harass your friends :). LDSWBR must be able to see the tweet in order for you to get an entry into the contest.
  • Tweet this message each day (one entry per day). Just copy and paste into your twitter message window to send it: LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2010 at http://ldswbr.blogspot.com! Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card & some great books! @ldswbr #ldswbr2010
  • Follow LDSWBR on Facebook, then send an email to ldswbr at gmail dot com that you’d like to be entered into the Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest. If you already follow LDSWBR on Facebook, send us an email to let us know you’d like to be included in the contest.
  • Blog about this contest on your blog in a post that includes the link to the LDSWBR blog, then send us the link to your specific blog post.

Here are the rules:

  • LDSWBR reserves the right to decide what determines a "thoughtful" comment.
  • Contest ends at 12:00 Midnight MDT on June 25, 2010. Drawing winners will have until 12:00 Midnight MDT on July 3, 2010 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.

Please join us in counting down to summer with some great reads!


  1. I am completely new to your site. I heard about from the adorable Sarah Eden. I've enjoyed reading all the blogs and reading challenges. I'm trying to figure out the podcast now :)


  2. I read about the contest on your blog. I had heard of LDSWBR before Valor's huge book launch party at the Gateway this year, but I met and spoke with Shanda there and that's when I REALLY got interested. I think you ladies are fantastic!

  3. I heard about it from Sarah M. Eden who is giving a book away. This is first time from Sarah. I've only read the blog. I think it is awesome to review books to let people know how you enjoyed them.

  4. I have had you on my blog roll for a while now. I also follow you on facebook. I can't even remember where I hear of you guys. I read the blog a ton, but have never heard a podcast. I may have to try to figure it out... I think you ladies are great!

  5. I first found you guys through your podcast. I was searching for new podcasts on itunes and found yours. On your podcast you talked about your blog so I came here next. I love the contests you do, I participated in the last one during Christmas. I love it when you talk about the books you are reading or planning on reading. I also love that you include Young Adult books. I teach 6th grade and almost always have heard about the books you talk about (but I haven't always read them yet, so I love to listen to what you all think of them), and like to learn about new ones I have never heard about before.

  6. I'm a facebook friend with author Michelle Bell

  7. I heard about you when Shanda and Mindy came to our store (Dragons & Fairy Tales) for Jessica Day George's signing.
    So far I've only read your blog.
    I think its great that you are doing a blog to review books. I love to hear more about new books that are coming out!