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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Growing Up Gracie by Maggie Fechner - Countdown to Christmas 2010

11 days until Christmas!

Maggie Fechner was born and raised in Wyoming. She wrote her first book in First Grade for the Young Author’s program. Maggie received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and has worked as a reporter for several newspapers. Maggie, her husband, and their four children make their home in Washington State. She enjoys writing and portrait photography.

Visit Maggie on her website & blog: Mommy's Always Write.

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

MAGGIE: Definitely Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman. It is the story of a young girl in Leningrad. It was beautiful and sad and filled with hope at the same time. It is not a new book, but I highly recommend it!

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

MAGGIE: I will be buying lots of children's books for Christmas. This is my favorite gift! Some books I am asking for are the Rhea Jensen series by Sheralyn Pratt, Divinely Designed by Rachael Renee Anderson, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

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

MAGGIE: Going on a real sleigh ride pulled by horses with my entire family.

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

MAGGIE: Yuck to both! Hot chocolate for sure!

LDSWBR: Good answer. :) Thank you very much, Maggie!

Growing up Gracie by Maggie Fechner (Bonneville; Nov 2010) is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Cedar Fort and Deseret Book.

Have you ever been on a real sleigh pulled by horses in the snow? If not, what's the closest you've been to it?

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

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.
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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.
  • 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've ridden in a little sled down a hill... does that count? ;)

  2. I think that would be so much fun. I have only had the privilege to ride on a sled behind a 4 wheeler.

  3. No, I haven't. I have ridden in a sled of sorts behind a Jeep on a snowy street!

  4. No sled pulled by horses, but I have been in a horse drawn carriage before. I just loved it!

  5. Yes - in our little town we used to ride around as a group before Christmas and sing carols. It was so much fun.

  6. The book she recommended, Alicia, is an excellent book. I was able to actually meet this author and listen to her speak to a group of us. That she was able to survive so much during the Holocaust is very inspiring.