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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cross My Heart by Julie Wright - Countdown to Christmas 2010

13 days until Christmas!

Julie Wright is the author of 11 books, and her sixth book will be published in March 2011. Her most recent release, Cross My Heart, was released in November 2010. Here is more about Cross My Heart:

"The first man is Geoffrey—in Boston, which is Jillian’s hometown. Hazel-eyed Geoffrey, the brilliant ad exec who Jillian would’ve married if he hadn’t stolen some of her best work (and gotten her promotion as a result).

The second man is Jack in Los Angeles. Insecure Jack, who signs Jillian up for a love study at a local university “just for fun” but secretly intends to find out if she still loves Geoffrey. Flaky Jack, who splits as soon as her brain neurons fire an emphatic yes.

The third man is Nathan on the airplane from L.A. to Boston, where Jillian’s boss has ordered her to investigate the underhanded dealings of a competing agency (and where Jillian’s crazy parents still live). Nathan, the electric-blue-eyed dentist who hates the advertising industry because his ex-girlfriend, Nicole, recently dumped him for some hotshot ad exec.

Head spinning yet? Just wait until Nathan’s nemesis, Nicole’s fiancĂ©, and Jillian’s target turn out to be the same guy: Geoffrey. Yes, that Geoffrey. Forget about love triangles— this is a full-blown love quadrangle that quickly becomes a high-stakes game with savvy players, snappy dialogue, and a plot that won’t stop twisting . . . until another love study delivers surprising results."

Visit with Julie on her website, blog, on Facebook and Twitter @scatteredjules.

LDSWBR: What author/book had the most impact on you this year?

JULIE: That’s *so* not a fair question. Several books and authors affected me this year. If I name one, I’d have to name a hundred. There are those who ALWAYS influence me for good . . . not just in what they write, but the friendship and support they offer me when I feel crummy about writing. I’ve read over 70 books this years and so many of them were simply awesome that I left a better writer because of them.

LDSWBR: What books are you giving/asking for this Christmas?

JULIE: Giving list so far:

Key Lime Pie--Josi Kilpack

Chocolate Never Faileth--Annette Lyon

The Fourth Nephite--Jeff Savage

Scorch Trials--James Dashner

My Double Life--Janette Rallison


Prepurchase of Elana Johnsons’s Possession

Janette Rallison’s My Unfair Godmother

Ammon—Heather Moore

And gift cards to bookstores

YAY for husbands in Santa clothing!

LDSWBR: If you could only participate in one Holiday activity or tradition this year, what would it be?

JULIE: Christmas Eve dinner with the family. I love the dinner. We always have Chinese food which is so not traditional, and yet super fun for us, and we bring out the china and crystal. The kids love drinking out of goblets by candlelight. And I love enjoying being all together. :)

LDSWBR: And one more just for fun- eggnog or warm apple cider?

JULIE: Mmmmm warm apple cider . . . sounds lovely. Or better yet, a caramel steamer from Starbucks—it’s like drinking a hug.

LDSWBR: Thank you so much, Julie. You are always so much fun!

Cross My Heart by Julie Wright (Deseret Book; Nov 2010) is available for purchase from Deseret Book and Amazon.

Do you have a holiday meal or other tradition that is distinctly nontraditional? If so, how did it begin? If not, share a way that you might like to break with tradition.

Find more gift ideas for the readers in your life in the sidebar of the blog under "More Great Books by LDS Authors."

***Countdown to Christmas 2010 Contest***

LDSWBR will hold a drawing on December 26, 2010 for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, as well as a variety of books being offered by some great LDS authors.

Book prizes generously donated by the authors:

  • Oh, Say Can You See? by Laurie (LC) Lewis
  • Backlash by Traci Hunter Abramson
  • Alma the Younger by Heather (HB) Moore
  • True Miracles with Genealogy by Anne Bradshaw
  • Dingo by Anne Bradshaw
  • Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer
  • Cross My Heart by Julie Wright
  • Cold As Ice by Stephanie Black
  • Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin
  • Save the Child by Margaret Turley
  • Anasazi Intrigue (ebook) by Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Mayan Intrigue (ebook) by Linda Weaver Clarke
  • The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards (and Walnut Springs Press)
  • A cute, handmade apron by Joan Sowards

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  • Post a thoughtful comment on the Countdown to Christmas 2010 posts. Comments can be added on any of the countdown posts at anytime during the contest period (December 1, 2010 through December 25, 2010). Only one comment per person per "Countdown to Christmas" 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:
  • Contest ends at 12:00 Midnight MST on December 25, 2010. Drawing winners will have until 12:00 Midnight MST on January 3, 2010 to claim their prize. After that time, another name will be drawn to receive the prize.
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Please join us in counting down to Christmas with some great reads!


  1. Ooh, I really want to read Cross My Heart!
    Our non-traditional food tradition is Chiles Rellenos for Christmas dinner. This year I'm making them smothered with shredded beef, because I CAN. MMMmmmmm . . . what was the question?

  2. Cross my Heart sounds like loads of fun.

  3. Our tradition is steak fondue every Christmas Eve. Yum!! With baked potatoes and shrimp. Lots of treats too. Hopefully we don't break it anytime soon! :)

  4. Cross my Heart Sound so amazing.
    A tradition I would like to break is every other year our extended family get together on Christmas eve. I would rather spend that time at home.

  5. We usually have a Southern Potato salad with our holiday meals, and I decided to break with tradition and didn't make any kind of potatoes! Mainly because I'm 9 months pregnant and didn't feel like it!

  6. I don't have anything that I would like to change. Cross my Heart sounds great.

  7. I like how we have the traditional ham on Christmas Eve. I would like to start a new tradition of Brazilian food for Christmas Day because that is where my husband is from. All of your great comments have got me thinking about what new things we could do.