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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Silence of God by Gale Sears - Countdown to Summer 2010

4 days until the
first day of summer!

Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Christmas for a Dollar, The Route, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Sandy, Utah.

Visit Gale on her website: www.galesears.com and her blog: Stories Around the Kamp Fire.

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?

GALE: We have a little cabin where we try and spend as much time as possible during the summer. George and I also try and grow a garden (try is the operative word).

My birthday is July 24th and I think we’re celebrating by taking a non- strenuous hike to some beautiful Utah mountain spot.

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

GALE: I love grilling in the summer! No recipes. No fuss. Less clean up. My kind of cooking!

LDSWBR: What books are on your summer reading list?

GALE: Life and Death in Shanghai, Secret Sisters, The Federalist Papers (hahaha), The Essential Lewis and Clark, the newest Sue Grafton mystery.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Gale!

The Silence of God by Gale Sears (Deseret Book; June 2010) is available for purchase at Deseret Book, Seagull Book and Amazon.

Do you have a favorite hiking trail? If so, why is it your favorite? If not, where is your favorite place to reconnect with nature?

Tweet this today for an entry into the drawing:

The Silence of God by Gale Sears- 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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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. I'd love to pick up one of Gales books! They sound great.

  2. I don't really have a favorite hiking trail, but I do like to go biking on a trail near my house. It goes through several cities, and it's just nice to ride and get everything off my mind for a while.

  3. I think that any hiking trail that you can be with nature and apart from other things is the best.

  4. I use to love hiking, now my haelth problems are getting in the way of that. My favorite hiking trails are all the National Parks here in Utah.

  5. Last year we went to Capitol Reef National Park here in Utah. It is a smaller park, but we hiked some of the most amazing trails! I love Yosemite and Yellowstone. I also enjoy the trails in Northern Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge because it is so green there.

  6. I don't have a favorite hiking trail, but I absolutely love to go camping up in Island Park in Idaho by Yellowstone National Park :)

  7. We have one close to home that's about a mile to a raging waterfall. The kids like it because they can get wet from the spray, I like it because I'm out of shape and the hike is easy :)