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Monday, December 6, 2010

Perilous by Tamara Heiner - Countdown to Christmas 2010

19 days until Christmas!

Tamara Hart Heiner lives in Arkansas with her husband and three children. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English. She teaches English in the mornings and spends the rest of the day avoiding the laundry and other chores, all in the name of parenting. Sometimes she gets to sit down in front of the computer and write for a few hours.

Perilous is Tamara's first novel. You can visit Tamara on her website: Tamara Hart Heiner, her blog: Chasing Dreams, on Facebook and on Twitter @tamaraheiner.

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

TAMARA: This year would have to be Suzanne Collins with

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

TAMARA: My list is very long but I have the feeling I'll be buying them for myself. To name a few: Fablehaven 5, The Peasant Queen, Paranormalcy, The Lost Saint.

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

TAMARA: Telling the Christmas story on Christmas Eve.

LDSWBR: Eggnog or warm apple cider?

TAMARA: Warm apple cider.

LDSWBR: Thank you, Tamara, for helping us countdown to Christmas.

Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner (WiDo Publishing; Nov 2010) is available for purchase through Amazon. The ebook is $4.99; paperback is $14.95.

Is reading the Christmas story a tradition for you like it is for Tamara? If so, is there a special place or time that you always read the Christmas story?

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. When the kids were smaller we would act out the Nativity on Christmas Eve. We love it when we can get together with extended family and everyone gets a part. If we don't act it out, we definitely make time to read it. It's just a good reminder of what Christmas is really about in the middle of a lot of secular fun. Hi, Tamara! *waves*

  2. My kids and their cousins act out the Nativity while grandma reads it. I love teaching the kids about the true meaning of Christmas. They have fun and get to hear the story at the same time. :)

  3. We always read the Polar Express sometime during the season.

  4. we always do it on Christmas Eve! I'm looking forward to it and hoping to have a new baby to be baby Jesus!

  5. We read the Christmas story at our Christmas Eve get together with my husbands family. Sometimes we have the kids act it out

  6. We always read it on Christmas Eve and then sing Christmas songs. It is always and nice and peaceful time.