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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Road Show by Braden Bell - Countdown to Summer 2010

3 days left until the
first day of summer!

Braden Bell grew up in Farmington, Utah, and graduated from Davis High School. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in theatre from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He and his wife live with their five children on a wooded lot outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches music and theatre at a private school. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog. He is available for book club discussions or other engagements and can be contacted through his website: www.bradenbell.com.

Learn more about Braden on his blog: BRADEN BELL.

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?

BRADEN: With 5 active kids in different phases of life (ages 3 up to 16), our family is so busy all year long, that we consciously do very little in the summers. We do a lot of calculated nothing, catch our collective breath and just spend time being together and regrouping. We are voracious readers and the main trip we take each year is to the library--a trip we repeat frequently.

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

BRADEN: At about 10-o-clock at night, we love sending the 16 year old to the local Sonic to get Sonic blasts. I also love gardening, and sometimes manage to get some fresh produce out of the garden before I kill the plants.

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

BRADEN: Secret Sisters, Miss Delacourte Speaks Her Mind, Imprint, The Third, The Help, The Book Thief--just to name a few!

LDSWBR: Thank you, Braden!

The Road Show by Braden Bell (Cedar Fort/Bonneville; June 2010) is available for purchase at Amazon.

Do you visit your local library more often in the summer? In our family, we go to the library on Tuesdays. Do you have a specific "library day" during the week?

Tweet this today for an entry into the drawing:

The Road Show by Braden Bell- Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest- 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. We actually go every Monday as a family, but I consistently cheat on my family and go at least one other day each week without their knowledge. (they think I have a reading problem- go figure)

  2. I love going to our little local library! It is small enough that when I put a book on hold I am only number 1 or 2 and I don't have to wait long for the book. I do visit it more often in the summer. And with all of these great books you are featuring I am going to add more to my list to read.

  3. I never went to the library when I was growing up. Later on after my teens, I found out I liked it,and has been a hobby ever since.
    When my kids were little, we went to the lirary at least once a week. Now, they're almost grown and one loves reading, and my other doesn't. I myself go just about once a month.

  4. I visit my library whenever I can. Usually once a week so my kids can check out books. I put the books I want to read on hold most of the time, so when the books come in, I head to the library and get them!:) It doesn't matter if it's summer or not.

  5. I definitely go to the library more often in the summer although I do go often even when it's not summer time. No set day of when to go. As for the rest of my family... they're not as big of readers as I am, but they go every now and then :)

  6. I love the Library. I am a huge reader. The problem is deciding the best library to go to.

  7. I try not to go during summer because my summer reading pile is HUGE and grows whenever I go. But I do take the kids on Tuesdays because there is a teens activity.

  8. I'm not a frequent visitor to the library because I mostly borrow books from friends and family, but every now and then I go and browse the books looking for something great to read