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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Finding Rose by Stephanie Humphreys - Countdown to Christmas 2010

21 days until Christmas!

Stephanie Humphreys is a debut author. Her first book, Finding Rose, was published in August by Walnut Springs Press. You can visit Stephanie on her website: Stephanie Humphreys, her blog: Write Bravely and on Facebook.

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

STEPHANIE: Kathryn Stockett and her book The Help. It caused to really stop and think about the different roles women play in society and how those roles define us.

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

STEPHANIE: I always give my children books for Christmas. This year they are more practical than usual. My oldest daughter is getting a basic cookbook to take to university next fall and the Ariana trilogy by Rachel Nunes, my son is getting a book on weight training and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, and my youngest daughter is getting the Leven Thumps series. For my husband, I bought the President Monson biography. I'm hoping to get Annette Lyon's Chocolate Never Faileth and I'd love a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style.

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

STEPHANIE: Singing Christmas carols with my family. For me the music completes the holiday and fills my busy days with such peace.

LDSWBR: Eggnog or warm apple cider?

STEPHANIE: That is a hard one. I think I would say eggnog, but only if it is homemade.

LDSWBR: Thank you so much, Stephanie. Have a Merry Christmas!

Finding Rose by Stephanie Humphreys (Walnut Springs Press; Aug 2010) can purchased at Deseret Book and Amazon.

Did you read The Help by Kathryn Stockett this year? If so, do you feel the same way Stephanie does about it? How did the book affect you? If you haven't read The Help, do you plan to?

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
  • 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

How to enter:

  • 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.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @LDSWBR - then send us a direct message to let us know you want to be entered in the Countdown to Christmas 2010 Contest. If you are already a follower send a direct message telling us you want to be included in the contest.
  • Tweet this message each day (one entry per day). Just copy and paste into your twitter message window to send it (LDSWBR must be able to see the tweet): LDSWBR Countdown to Christmas 2010 at http://ldswbr.blogspot.com! Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card & 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 Christmas 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.
  • **BONUS +5 entries**- Blog about this contest on your blog in a post that includes a link back to the LDSWBR blog, then send us the link to your specific blog post.

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.
  • LDSWBR reserves the right to decide what determines a "thoughtful" comment.
  • Physical book prizes can only be shipped within the contiguous United States.
  • Authors taking part in the countdown are eligible to participate in the contest.
  • The drawing held on December 26, 2010 will be a raffle-type drawing. All entries will be combined and names drawn for the prizes.

Please join us in counting down to Christmas with some great reads!


  1. I can't believe it's time already! This contest is how I found LDSWBR! I can't wait until I can offer my own book as a prize.
    I did read The Help and felt the same way as Stephanie did. I loved the different voices! Great interview.
    Oh, and I follow you on Twitter!

  2. I'm on her Christmas list! (Or, something I wrote is!) Cool! :D

    LOVED The Help--amazing book. Cried my eyes out late at night. Could NOT go to bed w/out finishing it.


    And I already follow on Twitter!

  3. Oh my goodness, that's right! I can't believe it was only a year ago. I feel like I've known you so much longer than that! I am so looking forward to the day when we can add your book to the prize list!

    Shanda :)

  4. Annette - If I didn't already have your book, it would be on my Christmas list, too. :)

    Thank you!

  5. I think I would it sounds like such an awesome book.

  6. I'm actually reading it right now! I like it so far!

  7. I haven't heard of it! I'll have to add it to my list!

  8. I haven't read it. I will have to pick it up and read it. Thanks

  9. I plan to read it after my Mom does. She passes along all of her good books to me and has heard from friends that she needs to read it.