Monday, January 18, 2010

Yay a Giveaway!

I am super excited! Not only is this my first giveaway, but I get to give a book that I love! Yes, my mom co-wrote the book with Michael Landon Jr., but  I am not biased. I know a good read when I read it! The book is titled, The Silent Gift.

The summary on on the back of the book says: A story both bittersweet and heartwarming of a mother and her son...and of his unusual gift. The decade of the thirties was a time of enormous uncertainty-for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story os one of unyielding love and incredible sacrifices in the face of circumstances beyond belief.

But then The Gift appears...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who cannot communicate provide comfort and direction to seekers who learn of his special ability? Whatever the source, its presences brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved son, Jack....Will it be enough?

That truly doesn't do the book justice. Yes, in the beginning I read it because, my mom wrote it, but just a few pages into it, I couldn't put it down. My friend, Laura, read it and said the same thing. It is an amazing book.

Like I said earlier, my mom co-authored this book with Michael Landon Jr. They have been writing partners for a long time and have collaborated on many projects together. For example, they wrote (he directed) many of the Love Comes Softly movies on the Hallmark Channel and the movie Saving Sarah Cain on Lifetime. This past February their first project came to life in on the big screen, in select cities. The Velveteen Rabbit was released and we as a family went to the premiere in Fort Collins, Co. Truly great movies.

I thought that I would do a short interview with Cindy (mom) and Michael. Before I get into the questions I just want to say that these two people are truly talented. I have only met Michael once, but have talked to him numerous times on the phone- he monopolizes as much of my moms time as my dad! My mom is the mom that everyone would want. She is supportive and understanding and so fun to be around.

That being said, onto the interview! These questions are silly and ones that you may get on a forwarded email or on Facebook, but I always think that they are the most fun.

How did the two of you meet? 
Cindy (C): Through my brother, Rick, who attended the American Film Institute with Michael.

How long have you been writing partners?
For twelve years

What is your favorite color?  
Cindy – peach / Michael -- Forest green

What is your favorite movie? 
Cindy – Sleepless in Seattle / Michael - It’s A Wonderful Life

What is your favorite book? 
Cindy - Little Women / Michael -  The Great Gatsby

Sweet or salty?  
Cindy - Both at the same time / Michael -  salty

Drive or fly? 
Cindy – drive / Michael - fly

Coke or Pepsi?  
Cindy - Diet Coke / Michael -  Coke

Water: with or without lemon?  
Cindy - without / Michael - without

Ocean or Mountain?  
Cindy – Mountains / Michael – ocean

Paper or plastic?   
Cindy – paper / Michael - plastic

Morning or night?  
Cindy - Solid middle of the day! / Michael - morning

TV on or off while you sleep?  
Cindy – Off / Michael - off

Hot or cold?

Cindy – Hot / Michael - hot

What is your favorite part of the book?   
Cindy - The first ten pages… / Michael - The end

What is one surprising thing that you found out about each other?
Cindy – Michael has an incredible work ethic – he gives every project 110 percent. (And he likes Taco Bell.)
Michael – Cindy is the only woman I’ve ever met who truly doesn’t like to shop!  She could care less about – stuff. (And she likes Taco Bell.)

Fun stuff! I would love to giveaway a copy of this book! If you like to win one, please leave me a comment!! I will be choosing the winner based on the random winner selector(I am not sure how it works yet, but that's what I am gonna do!) I know you would love this book!!

In case you haven't seen Love Comes Softly, here's a montage for ya!


  1. Sounds like a great book Nicole! Love the blog!

  2. what a great giveaway! I just love your blog! I added your button to my blog!!

  3. How 'bout you randomly pick me? Because if I don't win, I am gonna have to go get the book now.

  4. Great giveaway! I would love a chance to win this book

  5. That is so cool that your mom co-wrote it! Yay for her!!

  6. I would love to read a great's been awhile. Is "Love Comes Softly" on DVD? Looks like a good movie.

  7. I'd love to read the book! what a great read! shabbychicmom01 (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. What an awesome post. Please tell your mom I said hi!

  9. I love to read. I would love to read this book. I am happy we got back in touch after all these years. I have many fond memories of us as little girls.

  10. I want it! I want it! Pick me! Pick me! I feel honored that I even KNOW your mom! She's like the most famous person I know in real life! :) I'm adding your button to my blog right now!

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  12. How cool is that!
    I just wish I had TIME to read a book...
    Maybe when the babies nap...

  13. This sounds like a great book. Having a child who doesn't speak I think this book would be a great read. I think it's great that your mom is a co-author on the book. The Velveteen Rabbit movie is great and all my kids love it.

  14. You should randomly pick me...ha ha...I love giveaways. I hope that you have other giveaways I love mine and they have brought me a lot of people. Anyhow..if I win my email is survivorjewels at gmai dot com


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