Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Anniversary to YOU!

Today marks the third year of Mormon Mommy Writers blog. Three years ago my crazy friend, Jenni James had this great idea to start a blog. I went along with it because it sounded like a good idea. Jenni did all the technical parts like setting it up and well... pretty much everything. I watched and told her how great it looked (Hey, supervisors are very important!!) Then we wrote our very first blog post:

Throw away your crazy pills cuz you're not nuts and you're not alone.


We're Nikki & Jenni--

And we are starting this blog to reassure ourselves that we're not the only crazy ones out there. Okay, so we know we're crazy--lol! But it would be helpful to know there are other moms out there who wanna break into the publishing business too! So if you hear voices in your head begging you to tell their story while wiping faces and juggling Relief Society assignments, then we are the right blog for you!! Come along and enjoy our zany adventures as we take the publishing world by storm and still manage to get dinner on the table by ten.

Well, since that post, Jenni has taken the publishing world by storm. (She never does anything halfway! Oh, and did you notice that she even admits she's crazy??) Today we will be giving away THREE prizes!! Of course we have to give away a signed copy of "Pride and Popularity" by Jenni James! This book is wonderfully cute. My reluctant reader of a daughter read it in one day and didn't come up for air!!!

"Pride and Popularity" by Jenni James
Taylor always gets what he wants—until now.

Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems deter
mined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.

This modern high school adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a battle of wits
as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor.

Our next giveaway is from H.B. Moore. She was one of the first people to ever comment on our blog! I remember when I realized a real life author commented on our blog. I was so excited I emailed her right away and asked to interview her on the blog. She was MMW's first guest interview ever!! So I felt it only appropriate that one of our giveaways today be a signed copy of "Ammon" by H.B. Moore!! Watch the book trailer below to find out more!!

About the book:

Ammon received the 2011 Gold Award of Excellence by League of Utah Writers

Review in Deseret News by Sheryl C.S. Johnson

Heather B. Moore’s "Ammon" is a delightful combination of vibrant characters and epic drama. Moore seamlessly clothes historical giants like Ammon and King Lamoni in flesh and blood, making the story leap from the page and captivate readers.

Carrying nothing but hunting weapons and the promises of God, Ammon secures a position as King Lamoni’s servant in the land of Ishmael. Miracles come to life as Ammon faces the challenges of being a Nephite prince in a Lamanite land. Moore provides insights into the spiritual and physical realities of Ammon’s plight and mission, emphasizing the magnitude of his sacrifice and service.

Elena’s fair-skinned family of Nephite heritage struggles when Ammon’s message threatens the foundations of Lamanite culture. Torn between her growing affection for Ammon and her father’s insistence she marry a wealthy Lamanite, Elena weighs the expectations of her people against the promptings of her heart.

Moore’s genius with character development paints a Lamanite people rich in traditions and passionate in beliefs. She depicts the brutality of the time period without garish scenes of violence. This fictional retelling of factual accounts is enthralling, intense and unforgettable. The page-turning, adventurous pace of the book doesn’t ebb but is balanced by moments of reflection and compelling plot.

"Ammon" is the latest in a series of Heather B. Moore’s historical novels based on the Book of Mormon. However, "Ammon" more than stands on its own as a complete story in itself. Other books in this series are "Abinadi," "Alma" and "Alma the Younger."

The last giveaway today is our own e-book, "Totally Cliche"! We are working on making it come out in print as well! And when we do, you can bet on a blog post on why it's taking so long to do so!! For those of you new to our blog, here's a brief synopsis of the book we made from a short story contest held right here!

What do an escaped convict, a vampire, a zombie, and Prince Charming all have in common? They are only some of the characters to grace the pages of the short story collection that pays homage to cliches.
Mormon Mommy Writers presents "Totally Cliche", a collection of short stories including:
"Alice in Clicheland" by Kasey Tross - What's a writer to do when all she can think of is cliches? Perhaps visit Castle Cliche in Clicheland where all IS as it seems!
"Scared Stiff by Debra Erfert - Sammy is a girl that has never been scared her entire life despite her best efforts. Will that all change on a dark and stormy night?
"Mirage" by Cathy Witbeck - Leslie's mother was killed twenty years ago, yet when her mother's previous employer seeks Leslie as their newest employee, she may be headed for the same fate.
Be sure to read these and many more stories to get your cliche fix today!

So there you have it! THREE giveaways today!! That means there will be THREE winners!! Now, how do you win?

Entry Rules:

1. You can leave a comment about today's blog post.
2.You can earn an entry by being a follower or becoming a follower on MMW's blog/facebook page. Then leaving a comment on this post telling us.
3. You can earn an entry by advertising MMW's Blog Anniverary Giveaway Extravaganza on your blog or facebook page. Then leave a comment below letting us know you have done so.
4. You can earn an entry by following H. B. Moore at any of the following links

Author blog

Author Website

5. You can earn an entry by following Jenni James at any of the following links:

Author Blog

Author Facebook page

Come back throughout all of January for amazing giveaways or view our sidebar to see what is coming.


  1. I have wanted to read Pride and Popularity and Ammon for a long time now! They sound like books I'd love to have on my shelf for certain! I hope I win! I'll put something on Facebook and my blog. I'm already following here, and I will follow you wherever you may go...wait...breaking into song here. Must be a dearth of oxygen to my head from the seminary walk/run...;o)

  2. Yea for anniversaries! Pride and Popularity is such a cute book and I've been wanting to read Ammon for awhile now. I've not heard of the last one so I'm glad you featured it. It looks good. :)

  3. Happy Anniversary to you ladies! What an accomplishment. I am now following Heather and now I am also following Jenny and I am a follower of your blog also. 3 entries? Awesome. I hope I win all three! Love your website.

  4. Happy Anniversary! I've been wanting to read Pride and Popularity for a while. I'm a follower of the blog and Jenni's blog.

  5. I have Pride & Popularity in my to-read queue. Now adding Totally Cliche! Can't wait!

  6. Congrats on three years of zany fun, sisters!

  7. I remember hearing a lot about "Ammon" and really wanted to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. They all look like awesome books! What a great give-away.

  9. I can't believe I haven't bought this one yet.
    Looks SO much fun :D

  10. Love, love, love entering contests, especially when it's because people are celebrating. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary.
    I'm a follower of your blog--and now of Heather's, and now of Jennie's, and I posted about this on my blog, and announced that post (and your anniversary) on my Facebook page. Whew . . .

  11. What an exciting journey - and I love anniversaries! (of any type). I've added your blog to my list - I am definitely following this one!

  12. Happy anniversary! What a great achievement!

  13. I follow your blog

  14. I follow Jenni James blog

  15. I follow Jenni James on fb(Jessica Davis)

  16. So excited to join this fun and brilliant group of women. I've been writing stories, poems and articles for years now, but haven't had the courage to do anything more than share them with family and friends. You are all so inspiring. I'm hoping to absorb some of your courage.

  17. Happy Anniversary! I am interested in winning The Pride and Popularity book.



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