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Friday, December 3, 2010

The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards - Countdown to Christmas 2010

22 days until Christmas!

Joan Sowards lives in Arizona with her husband and very eligible RM sons. Her life revolves around their five children and three grandchildren. Besides writing fiction, she is a family history addict, and composes a song each year based on the assigned YW scripture. (All available at joansowards.com)

Visit her blog at joansowards.blogspot.com and on Facebook.

Read her novels: Haunts Haven (an LDS ghost story) and Chocolate Roses (a Jane Eyre parody) as well as The Star Prophecy (Nephite young men set sail to Jerusalem in search of the Christ Child) all available at LDS bookstores and Amazon.com.

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

JOAN: I read the Old Testament this year and loved the experience and the better understanding of the gospel as a whole. Novel? As far as fiction, I’d have to say Save the Child by Margaret Turley. She addresses the lack of parental rights in choosing health treatment for their children who have cancer.

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

JOAN: I am giving The Star Prophecy, asking for LDS fiction.

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

JOAN: Sunday Christmas sacrament meeting program.

LDSWBR: I imagine that's because you are involved with the music in someway. Listen to a sample of Joan's beautiful music here. Okay, one last question: eggnog or warm apple cider?

JOAN: Cider!

LDSWBR: Joan, thank you so much!

The Star Prophecy by Joan Soward (Brigham Distributing; Nov 2010) is available for purchase in LDS stores including Deseret Book and Amazon.

Does your ward, stake or church put on a Christmas program? Do you participate?

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. Addendum: My children and their friends put on a Christmas concert every year in Mesa, and it is excellent. They reminded me that that is may favorite tradition! I stand corrected.

  2. The ward does put on a Christmas program. Usually the ward choir has several numbers and then some talks on Christmas.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  3. My ward does a Christmas program. This year is the first year I am participating.

  4. No, we don't have a Christmas program that I know of. But, I'm out of the loop in the Nursery!

  5. Our ward does a Christmas program. I don't participate. I don't do good at those things.

  6. We do have a Christmas program. We have entire families go and sing a verse of a song and that is always neat. We also had a song sung in Portugese.