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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Abish: Daughter of God by K.C. Grant - Countdown to Summer 2010

19 days until the
first day of summer!

K.C. Grant was born in rural Idaho, but has made Utah her home for most of her life. After serving an LDS Spanish-speaking mission to Anaheim, California, USA, she returned and continued her studies at Weber State University, participating in a study abroad program that allowed her to study at the Centro Mexicano Internacional in Michoacan, Mexico. She has been a freelance writer for eight years. Much of her work appears in family-oriented magazines such as LDSLiving, Back Home, Parents & Kids, and Natural Life. She is currently the president of a local chapter of the League of Utah Writers and a member of the Association for Mormon Letters and LDSStorymakers.

Visit K.C. Grant on her website: www.kcgrant.com and her blog: Writer's Corner by KC Grant.

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

K.C.: I have a July birthday! So I've always been excited when the 4th of July comes around because it's usually becomes my birthday party as well. With most of my family gathering for the day, we watch the parade, have a bbq together, I get presents and then we see the fireworks! Hard to beat that.

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

K.C.: My favorite summer food/drink has to be lemonade. How can you go wrong with a drink that you can add just about any kind of fruit to and make it a refreshing treat. My favorite add-ins are strawberry, raspberry and peach purees--separate or together!

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

K.C.: My summer reading list will continue with Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games which Shanda got me interested in! I've got to finish editing the sequel to Abish by the end of June and then I'm ready for a little 'me' time.

LDSWBR: Thank you for sharing your summer plans with us, K.C.!

Abish: Daughter of God by K.C. Grant (Covenant Communications; Jan 2010) is available for purchase at Deseret Book.

During the months of June, July and August, we celebrate 10 family birthdays. Do you have a lot of summer birthdays in your family? If so, how do you celebrate them?

Tweet this today for an entry in the drawing:

Abish: Daughter of God by K.C. Grant - Enter the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest! http://bit.ly/a1SWJt @ldswbr #ldswbr2010

If you read and liked the book by this author, nominate it for a Whitney Award! Visit the LDS Publisher blog for a list of several fiction books published by LDS authors in 2010.

***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
  • 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
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  • 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. We only have a few summer birthdays. However, I have a summer birthday, July 6. I was supposed to be born on July 4th and as a little kid I would always get my birthday confused with the 4th of July festivities. Once we were at Disneyland for the 4th of July and my Dad told me the parade was to celebrate my birthday. I believed him because I was too young to know the difference. We also seemed to have a lot of my birthday parties outside at parks because the weather was nice.

  2. Wow, you guys know how to do a give away! Very cool.
    Sheila- if you decide to post about my book, A Future for Tomorrow, again I could give one of my books away for it.

  3. We don't have a lot of summer birthdays, although we do have a lot of April/May birthdays. When we celebrate our birthdays, all of us get together and have ice cream and cake and then usually play games.

  4. I think a summer birthday would be nice. I have 2 sisters with summer birthdays.

  5. Sorry I'm just getting into the loop about this contest...:P The only birthday we have in the summer is mine actually. Two days from today in fact!:) We usually just go to dinner for my birthday, and open presents.:)

  6. Only my sister's birthday is in the summer! :)