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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden - Countdown to Summer 2010

12 days left until the
first day of summer!

Sarah is the author of multiple Regency-era romances, including the 2008 Whitney Award Finalist Seeking Persephone and the acclaimed 2010 release Courting Miss Lancaster. Sarah spends enormous amounts of time avoiding responsible things like cooking dinner and doing laundry and making vital phone calls. Instead, she fills her days with making up stories, talking to voices in her head, and laughing hysterically at her own wit. In other words, Sarah is not normal. She is an author.

Visit Sarah's website & blog: www.sarahmeden.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?

SARAH: Every summer my children participate in The Great Summer Vacation Bickering Session. It begins within moments of school letting out for the summer and does not end until the day they return to school. While they are undertaking this annual tradition, I participate in my own yearly ritual: resisting the urge to sell them to the circus.

LDSWBR: A lot of moms can relate to that ritual. Do you have a favorite summer food or drink? If so, are you willing to share the recipe?

SARAH: Favorite food or drink...? I would have to say ice cream. The recipe is very, very simple.

Step 1: Gather loose change from couch cushions, car consoles, the children's dressers, etc.

Step 2: Take that loose change to the grocery store.

Step 3: Buy a carton of ice cream and take it back home.

Step 4: Eat ice cream in large quantities, possibly directly from the carton with a soup ladle.

Step 5: Feel guilty. But not that guilty.

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

SARAH: What books aren't on my summer reading list? I have a "to be read" stack that would give the Empire State Building a height complex. Among the titles are the latest by Annette Lyon, Janette Rallison, Josi Kilpack, etc., etc., etc. I also have a few old friends I want to revisit: Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, William Shakespeare. Dude. I need to get started.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Sarah!

Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden (Covenant Communications; March 2010) is available for purchase at Deseret Book and Seagull Book.

Do you have a favorite ice cream shop that you frequent during the summer? What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Tweet this today for an entry in the drawing:

Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden- Countdown to Summer 2010- Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card & books! http://bit.ly/9LC8xs #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
  • 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. What a fun contest, and what a generous way to promote authors! I hope you do this next year so I can be involved! I'll blog about it in the next few days and let you know. Thanks!

  2. I've already read AND nominated Courting Miss Lancaster for the Whitneys! It's almost as fantabulous as Sarah is.

    (I like her summer treat recipe. I'm tempted to go try it out. But I have kids around who will want to share.)

  3. I think Sarah is an awesome author. I don't have a favorite ice cream shop because I don't get it out that often. My favorite kind is probable Cookie dough.

  4. Mint chocolate chip...white chocolate raspberry cheesecake...maple pecan...mmm...Suddenly the carrots I'm munching don't taste so good.

    Dear Sarah,

    Yes, you really are as funny as you secretly hope you are.

    An Adoring-but-not-too-Creepy Fan

  5. We usually buy ice cream and cones from the store and popsicles too! I honestly love popsicles better than ice cream, but one of my favorite ice cream flavors is Cookie Dough and then Burnt Almond Fudge is another favorite :)

  6. I love ice-cream.
    I love Sarah. (not in a creepy kind of way)
    I love Sarah's books!!

    Nutty Coconut from Baskin Robbins is the best:)

  7. Loved the interview. My children are going to the regional championship vacation bickering games this year. I think I'll make a paper chain to countdown days 'til school is in again.

    My favorite ice cream shop is actually a frozen yogurt shop called Tutti-Frutti's. Yum!

  8. I am not a chocolate fan (gasp!) so I like all of the odd flavors like blueberry muffin and cotton candy.

  9. Once again, another fun interview!

    We love Blue Bunny ice cream, especially Bunny Tracks

  10. I love Sarah's books. Courting Miss Lancaster was wonderful. So was Seeking Persephone. (My copy is for sale at $10,000.)

    I love the sugar-free chocolate frozen yogurt at the Frozen Yogurt Junction in American Fork, UT.

  11. Okay, so I'm following you on Twitter now but it won't let me send you a direct message. Can this count until I figure it out...?

  12. I didn't know you were doing a 30 page critique! Awesome!
    My favorite ice cream is Rocky Road, or Brownies on the Moon. I'm a sucker for chocolate!:P

  13. We usually do the store bought ice cream, it's so much cheaper. I like Chocolate Brownie,(it has pieces of brownie in it.)