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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson - Countdown to Summer 2010

1 day left until the
first day of summer!

Andrea, a Utah native, is a graduate of Brigham Young University (April 2010, bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders), and a writer for a magazine called Mormon Artist. Her debut novel, The Key of Kilenya, will be released this July. She enjoys biking, music, watching movies and basketball, spending time with family and close friends, and reading.

She can be reached through her blog, Twitter, or email, all listed on her website: http://andreapearsonbooks.com.

LDSWBR: What activities do you and/or your family participate in every summer? Do you have plans to try something or go somewhere new this year?

ANDREA: I love summer! It's the best time of the year. :-) Every year my family attends the local rodeo. We try to make it to all the parades, and we usually have a Fourth of July party.

No plans for anything new! Besides traveling to promote my book, of course. :-)

LDSWBR: Do you have a favorite summer food or drink? If so, are you willing to share the recipe?

ANDREA: Sub Zero Ice cream (two stores in Idaho, three in Utah), Lipton noodle soup, hot chocolate. These foods can (and should) be enjoyed year round. :-) I also love fresh bell peppers, and home grown zucchini. Yum!

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

ANDREA: I think the question should be more "What books are NOT on your summer reading list?" It seems like I have a lot of catching up to do. :-) I'll be reading the following: Rachel Ann Nunes' Imprints, David Wests' Heroes of the Fallen, The Uglies, Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid, Brandon Sanderson's Hero of Ages, and a book I found at Costco, but had never heard of: The Baseball Box Prophecy. I'd love to hear if anyone else has read it. :-)

LDSWBR: Thank you so much, Andrea!

The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson (Valor Publishing; July 2101) is available for purchase from Andrea's website and through Valor Publishing. (Update 6/21: I just learned that Andrea's book release date has been pushed back. The new release date is unknown at this point, but hopefully we'll be enjoying The Key of Kilenya soon!)

Have you ever been to or participated in a rodeo? If you were to take part in a rodeo, what event would you sign up for?

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***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

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


  1. Sounds like a darling book. I have never participated in a rodeo. (I once dated a cowboy) If I did enter though, I would love to be the clown that hides in the barrel. It would be a fun ride :)

  2. I have never participated in a rodeo, but my aunt and cousin have. The own a big ranch with a lot of cows and horses. I would love to learn how to use the rope to catch animals.

  3. I've never participated, but I love going to them. My personal favorite event is called Muttin' Bustin'. When the little kids ride the sheep!:)

  4. I have been to several rodeos, but I have never participated. If I were to participate I would probably just want to be the announcer...

  5. I think it would be so much fun to be in a rodeo. I would probably just sit and watch. I would be to scared that I would get hurt.

  6. Does "Andrea is awesome" count as a comment? Well, it should and she is and i plan on buying her book one day.

    Anyway, I'm so glad it's summer. I finally get to take my family to our community pool again and work on making a fool of myself.

  7. I use to go to a few rodeo's when I was a kid, now they scare me. I hate seeing people getting hurt. I did grow up on a small farm and always wanted a horse. If I had a horse, & if I entered I'd probably do barrel racing.

  8. I've been to a few rodeos but never in one. I think I would do the mutton bustin'!