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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Leaning Into the Curves by Nancy Anderson and Carroll Hofeling Morris - Countdown to Summer 2010

9 days until the
first day of summer!

The daughter of an English teacher, Nancy Anderson was raised to appreciate the importance and beauty of words. Books were her best friends and the library one of her favorite places to be. As a mother of five and a stay at home mom, Nancy participated in her children's education as a volunteer by teaching motion through music at a kindergarten level, Great Books to upper elementary grades, and designing and building historical costumes for the music program at her local high school for 10 years.

Nancy and her husband Jim raised their family in Utah. They currently reside in Sandy, where Nancy spends her time in her gardening, painting with watercolors, and working on manuscripts when she is not involved in her favorite activity, spending time with her 11 grandchildren.

Writing The Company of Good Women trilogy with co-authors Carroll Hofeling Morris and Lael Littke was Nancy's first experience in novel writing and publication. Leaning into the Curves, her most recent release written with Carroll Hofeling Morris was inspired by the intriguing motorcycle adventures of Nancy's neighbors, Tom and Elaine Kenney, who are members of The Temple Rider's Association.

Carroll Hofeling Morris grew up in a storytelling family. She wrote her first short story in fifth grade—it was published in “The Puppy Dog’s Tale,” the newspaper for the grade school in her home town of Lovell, Wyoming. She is a graduate of BYU with a major in German and the University of Oklahoma with a MA in German. She and her husband, Gary, lived in a suburb of Minneapolis for thirty-three years before moving to the retirement community of Green Valley, Arizona. They lived in Germany two years (82-83, 88-89) when Gary was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher. They are the parents of four children.

Carroll wrote her debut novel,
The Broken Covenant, during the first teacher exchange. After writing several more novels and a non-fiction book (all published by Deseret Book), Carroll turned to copywriting to help put her children through college. Now back at doing what she loves most, Carroll has written a series, The Company of Good Women, with her sister, Nancy Anderson and her “almost sister,” Lael Littke. "It's about about three women who want to grow into being Crusty Old Broads (COBS) written by three women who are Crusty Old Broads”

She collaborated with her sister on her most recent novel,
Leaning into the Curves, a humorous and poignant look at how retirement can affect a marriage.

Learn more about Nancy and Carroll on the website: www.virtualsisters.net and the blogs: Crusty Old Broads and Counting COBs.

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?

NANCY: Our summers are scheduled around family, flowers, and vegetables! Grandkids and gardening. We started the season this year with a visit to our daughter and her family in Georgia, followed by a visit to our son and his family in Vegas. Now that the chili sauce garden (tomatoes and peppers) is planted and green beans are climbing the fence I can look forward to my adventure with Carroll in Boise with the Temple Rider's Association. That will be followed by a few days with Jim in Logan for the Utah Festival Opera in July. The rest of the summer will revolve around family get-togethers--lots--in the back yard and a retreat for Jim and me.

CARROLL: Gary and I live in the retirement community of Green Valley, Arizona, so our summers are very much like the rest of the year, only we drink a lot more water and stay out of the midday sun. We take advantage of the organized activities, swim almost every day, and entertain other year-rounders. We rarely get visitors during the summer—not even our kids want to come when the temps can hit 107 degrees.

As far as trips go, my sister, Nancy, and I will be driving to Boise the end of June to participate in the Temple Riders' rally! (That group figured prominently in our novel,
Leaning into the Curves.) We're looking forward to the camaraderie, motorcycle rides, great entertainment, and the temple/community service day.

In July, Gary and I will be back in that part of Idaho for a wedding, family reunions, and the 50th reunion of the Jerome High School class of 1960. Right after we get home, I'll be participating in the ANWA writer's retreat Clay Springs, AZ. After that, we'll be enjoying the monsoon season--hopefully it brings a lot of rain this year.

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

NANCY: My favorite summer drink is ice water. I always have a glass in hand. My favorite hot weather food is cold slices of watermelon--no recipe necessary. Other than that I favor anything I don't have to plan, shop for, or cook. Three cheers for Harmon's Deli.

CARROLL: My favorite summer drink is cold Crystal Lite lemonade that's been enhanced with a sprig of spearmint from the garden and a slice or two of lemon.

My favorite quick summer supper is cold tuna and macaroni salad:

Package of macaroni, cooked
Large can albacore tuna, drained
2/3 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 cups frozen peas
1 red or yellow pepper diced
Enough mayonnaise to moisten
Salt and pepper to taste

Chill thoroughly before serving.

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

NANCY: My summer reading list includes books by favorite new author James Lee Burke and YA novels recommended by my 17 year old grand daughter such as The Name of this Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch.

CARROLL: The Silence of God by Gale Sears & Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas.

LDSWBR: Nancy and Carroll, thank you so much!

Leaning into the Curves by Nancy Anderson and Carroll Hofeling Morris (Deseret Book; April 2010) is available for purchase at Deseret Book.

Have you ever been to the Utah Festival Opera, or any other musical or theatrical festival? If theater isn't your thing, tell us about the best macaroni or potato salad you ever tasted.

Tweet this today for an entry into the drawing:

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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
  • 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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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. My favorite is Macaroni salad. I don't have recipe for it. You just have to through all the right ingredients together and have elbow pasta and it is wonderful.

  2. I went to 'Mama Mia' when it came to SLC. Also been to Tuachan (sp??) in St. George.

    Love pasta and potato salads in the summer! Can't wait to eat them.

  3. I've been to the Tuachan, but not a festival... My favorite potato salad is my moms recipe. YUM!!

  4. I enjoy going to musical theater and appreciate the smaller productions that are so close by living in Utah. I do miss seeing the big Broadway productions, they are so amazing and dramatic.

  5. My husband & daughter like performing in Theatre. My teen daughter is now in the Play "Annie", at the Emprees Theatre in Magna.

  6. I have only been to Tuachan! My mom has the best potato salad.