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Friday, December 10, 2010

Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer - Countdown to Christmas 2010

15 days until Christmas!

"I was born and (for the most part) raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature. I currently live in Cleveland, Ohio with my husband, young son and a little girl on the way. Second Kiss is my first novel."

Visit with Natalie on her website/blog, on Facebook and Twitter @natapalmer.

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

NATALIE: Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story by Shane Barker. I was browsing through my mother-in-law’s book collection last Christmas when I came across it. It was written in 1994 and from the looks of the cover (a cartoon of a kid holding a fishing rod) it was obvious that it could be found at an LDS bookstore in the same section as John Bytheway’s books for young boys. But something about it caught this twenty-seven year old girl’s eye and I began to read. Not only did I finish the book in a day, I also found myself taking written and mental notes and falling asleep at night thinking about the suggestions given throughout the book. It taught me not only how to find success but more importantly how to desire success. It inspired me, it moved me to action. And it was just what I needed to read as I began the journey of publishing my first book.

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

NATALIE: I haven’t thought much about what I want this year but one of my favorite books of all time is The Wednesday Sister by Meg Waite Clayton so I’d love to receive something new of hers. As for books that I’m giving? My husband (who is in medical school) wants me to give him a psychiatry book with a really long title and of course my mom wants a signed copy of Second Kiss.

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

NATALIE: I really want to take my son to see the lights at Temple Square. He is two and SO into Christmas lights this year and I know he will get a kick out of it. Besides that, we live in Cleveland and the only image of the Salt Lake Temple he has seen is the one hanging on our living room wall. We just got our tickets to fly to Utah for the holidays and I can’t wait for him to see it in person!

LDSWBR: Eggnog or warm apple cider?

NATALIE: Hands down, warm apple cider. Love it!

LDSWBR: Natalie, thank you so much. Have a safe trip and a Merry Christmas!

Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer (Tate Publishing; Nov 2010) is available for purchase from Amazon, Borders, and Natalie's website.

Have you been to Salt Lake City to see the lights at Temple Square? Is there a place in your city that goes "all out" with Christmas lights?

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

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  • 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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  • 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. Natalie Palmer is a gifted author! I love her warm and approachable writing style. She has a great wit, and makes me feel like, rather than reading, I'm sitting down with a friend to hear a really great story. I love love love this book and would strongly recommend it to everyone. I can't wait to read what comes next!

    Congratulations to you, Natalie! I wish you great success!

  2. These interviews are wonderful. I think Temple Square has the best lights all around. They are so wonderful to see each year.

  3. When we lived at BYU, we went to see the Christmas lights in Temple Square! They're awesome! I hope to take my kids someday!

  4. Yes, we visit almost every year. It has become a tradition. I am enjoying reading about the authors. Thanks

  5. I will take my son to see the lights on temple square next year, he is a little too young this year to appreciate them. I need to drive around our neighborhood more to find the houses that go "all out". When I was a kids my parents would drive us around to see the houses with a ton of lights and it was a lot of fun!