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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alma the Younger by Heather (H.B.) Moore - Countdown to Summer 2010

5 days until the
first day of summer!

Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of the Book of Mormon historical series, Out of Jerusalem, and writes under the pen name H.B. Moore. The next series begins with Abinadi, which won both the 2008 Whitney for Best Historical and the 2009 Best of State in Literary Arts; its sequel Alma was released in 2009, which was a Whitney finalist for Best Historical Fiction. The next in the series, Alma the Younger, will be released June 2010.

Her first non-fiction book,
Women of the Book of Mormon, came out in April 2010.

Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management—which has nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

Visit Heather’s website: www.hbmoore.com or if you’re an aspiring writer, she also manages the editing company: www.precisioneditinggroup.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?

HEATHER: My family likes to rent a boat and spend a couple of Saturdays each summer fishing at Strawberry Reservoir. We also love Flaming Gorge and Fish Lake area. This summer we went to Israel at the very beginning, so that took care of our travel plans for the year. The rest of the summer will be spent watching baseball and softball games my kids play in, and we might escape the heat to the mountains once in awhile.

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

HEATHER: I love cold slushy drinks when it's hot outside. I searched the internet, but none looked better than my mother's recipe:


2 c sugar
2 c water
Combine and boil 5 minutes
Add 2 c cold water
3/4 c lemon juice
2 pg frozen raspberries
1 c blueberries, drained
1 large can pineapple chunks
6 bananas sliced

Add all of the fruit juices except the blueberry juice. Freeze. When ready to serve let it sit out juts until you can chop it with a fork. You can add a little 7-Up or Sprite when serving.

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

HEATHER: Just a few from my stack:

Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris
Women at the Time of the Bible by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
The Silence of God by Gale Sears
The 13th Reality (#3) by James Dashner
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Key Lime Pie by Josi Kilpack (out in August)

LDSWBR: Thank you so much, Heather!

Alma the Younger by Heather (H.B.) Moore with cover art by Gary Kapp (Covenant Communications; June 2010) is available for purchase at Deseret Book.

I absolutely love Icees in the summertime. My favorite flavors are cherry and rootbeer. What is your favorite slushie/icee flavor?

Tweet this today for an entry into the drawing:

Alma the Younger by Heather (HB) Moore- Countdown to Summer 2010- Win a $25 Amazon gift card & books! http://bit.ly/9LC8xs #ldswbr2010

***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.
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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. Mine is Tiger's Blood! It's sort of a cherry mixed with coconut. Yummy!!

  2. Well, I love Tiger's Blood Snowcones, but my favorite slushie is the cherry flavor :)

  3. As a kid I loved the blue raspberry flavor slushy.

  4. I love Slushies & smoothies too. I have a smothie maker I use to use alot, but not lately. My favorite is pineapple orange, or any of the berry flovors.

  5. Raspberry slushie with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream swirled in. To die for! I love Heather's books- they are all so thought provoking and insightful:)

  6. I love Tigers blood!!! Delicious.

  7. My favorite icee or slushi flavor is anything fruti.