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Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Gift to You by Lori Nawyn - Countdown to Christmas 2010

20 days until Christmas!

Lori Nawyn is the author of one novel, one illustrated picture book, one Christmas gift booklet, and short stories included in four seasonal anthologies. What Are You Thinking? is a full color children's picture book that deals with the power of postive thinking. It was published by ThoughtsAlive Publishing (Leslie Householder, New York Times best selling author of the Jack Rabbit Factor--the book is a children's version of the Jack Rabbit Factor), and a Christmas novel, My Gift to You. Watch the trailer for My Gift to You here.

Visit with Lori on her website: Lori Nawyn, her blog: Hearts and Hands, Facebook and Twitter @LoriNawyn.

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

LORI: Matt Baldwin's Snow Rising. Though I agree with reviews stating that the story could have been stronger in places and the overall message perhaps streamlined, I was inspired and gleaned the insight and courage I needed to cement changes I'm making in my life. I also came away with some very memorable quotes, definitely a book to keep on the shelf to refer to from time to time.

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

LORI: Mother Had a Secret by Tiffany Fletcher, Before My Heart Stops Beating by Paul Cardall, Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans, Annette Lyon's Chocolate Never Faileth, The Silence of God by Gale Sears, many others too numerous to list.

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

LORI: We love to snowmobile into the mountains near the Utah/Idaho border and cut our own Christmas tree. We were going to try something different this year and snow shoe in to get one on Thanksgiving but the weather didn't cooperate. Instead we snow shoed around a beautiful little lake near our home. It was only four degrees yet the stillness and beauty of the night made it a memorable trip. My youngest has been ill and so we're still hoping to get out and cut our tree... The tradition is important to me because it was passed down by my grandparents. Every year my grandfather would trek into the wilderness and selected just the right tree; my grandparents liked their Christmas trees full and bushy. In addition to the irreplacable scent of just cut pine, those Grandpa-cut trees possessed a magical quality never surpassed by artificial trees, or even those from tree lots.

LDSWBR: Do you prefer eggnog or warm apple cider?

LORI: Both, but not at the same time! ;)

LDSWBR: Lori, thank you, and we hope your little one will feel better soon so you can go get your tree.

My Gift to You by Lori Nawyn (Covenant; Oct 2010) is available for purchase at Deseret Book.

When it comes to Christmas trees, do you prefer fake or real trees? If you have a tradition of cutting down or purchasing a real tree, how far does your tradition go back?

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

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  • 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. A real tree hand down. I love the pine smell and you don't have to fluff it to make it look good.

  2. We have had a fake tree since we got married almost 8 years ago. My hubby really wants a real tree next year, since our fake tree is a little skimpy looking. :)

  3. We have a fake tree, because it's cheaper. Maybe someday we'll have a real tree, but if we do, I want it in a pot, so we can plant it!

  4. We grew our own trees and cut them down each year. They got too big so since then we have had a fake tree. Miss the smell of a live tree, but don't miss the mess.

  5. I like real trees, but we have a fake one right now. Maybe when the kids are older and they can help us pick one out we will start buying real ones.