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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Peasant Queen by Cheri Chesley - Countdown to Christmas 2010

17 days until Christmas!

Cheri Chesley believes in magic and miracles. When not writing she can be found reading the dictionary for fun or improving her photography. She lives with her husband and numerous children in Tooele, Utah. Look for updates on her latest works at www.cherichesley.com or check out her blog: From the Other Side of the Mirror. You can visit with Cheri on Facebook and Twitter @cheriwrites.

The launch party for Cheri Chesley's The Peasant Queen is tonight (Wed. Dec 8) at the Murray Borders store at 6:00 PM. Go, say hi, and celebrate the release of Cheri's very first novel with her!

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

CHERI: It may be because it's the most recent one I've read, but PERILOUS by Tamara Heiner really has me thinking, still. It's so intense. I also finally broke down and read the Hunger Games series. That was an interesting experience I won't soon forget.

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

CHERI: My own, lol. A bunch of my nieces are getting copies of THE PEASANT QUEEN this year. I'm asking for Julie Wright's new book. I've heard such great things about it, and I just love her writing.

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

CHERI: Definitely opening gifts with my kids Christmas eve. It's a tradition in my husband's family that we didn't do when I was growing up. At my house we had a really big HANDS OFF policy for all gifts until Christmas morning. Even though my husband has worked nights for a long time--and will be Christmas eve and Christmas day this year--we still always make time to do it.

LDSWBR: So, are you an eggnog or warm apple cider girl?

CHERI: Warm apple cider. With cinnamon. I am NOT an eggnog fan at all. :)

LDSWBR: Thank you, Cheri. Best wishes to you with your new book!

The Peasant Queen by Cheri Chesley (Cedar Fort; Dec 2010) is available for purchase at Amazon.

What is your family's present-opening policy? Do you open a gift (or gifts) on Christmas Eve? If so, can it be ANY present, or is it usually something specific, like PJs?

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.
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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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  • 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. We always open all presents on Christmas day. The one exception is the kids open a present from Santa at the extended family Christmas party.

    I can't wait to read the Peasant Queen. It Sounds like such a wonderful book.

  2. We open pajamas on Christmas Eve, and sibling gifts. I'm not sure why, but we've always done it that way. :)
    I've this book on my to-read list for a long time! It looks great!:)

  3. We usually open a present on Christmas Eve, but I don't think we're going to this year. Since we're technically celebrating Christmas with my husband's family this Saturday. If we did, it would be a family game!

  4. We go to my in-laws house on Christmas Eve and open presents from them. We don't open anything from home until Christmas morning.

  5. We don't open any presents until Christmas day. My parents were very strict about that growing up, and now I just keep it the same way. We spent Christmas Eve reading the story of baby Jesus and singing.