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New books from Ann Romney, John Stockton will arrive this fall

Published: Tuesday, June 4 2013 11:13 a.m. MDT

Ann Romney, the wife of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and John Stockton, the Hall of Fame Utah Jazz point guard, are both authoring books through Deseret Book’s Shadow Mountain imprint this October. Three other books from Shadow Mountain were also recently recognized by the Independent Book Publishers of America.

In “The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions,” Ann Romney shares stories about her family, their traditions and the food that goes with those traditions, said Gail Halladay, managing director of marketing at Deseret Book. The book, scheduled for release Oct. 1, will include more than 80 recipes and many photos, including some from a young Romney family.

“Many of these recipes were handed down to her from her grandmother and mother,” Halladay said.

Romney is also scheduled to speak at the Salt Lake Time Out for Women event, sponsored by Deseret Book, this November.

Meanwhile, Stockton’s autobiography, titled “Assisted," was co-authored by his high school coach, Kerry L. Pickett, and is scheduled to be released Oct. 29.

“Assisted” shares Stockton’s story from “him as a young boy to his professional years with the Jazz and goes into his family and his faith and his take on life and fun things that happened throughout the years,” Halladay said.

Both Romney and Stockton were at BookExpo America during the last week of May with Shadow Mountain officials. Halladay said that some attendees waited more than an hour in signing lines for Romney or Stockton.

Also at BEA were several of Shadow Mountain’s authors whose fantasy novels target younger readers, including J. Scott Savage, Tyler Whitesides and Brandon Mull. The response to their books was also positive, Halladay said.

Mull’s “The Candy Shop War: Arcade Catastrophe” was the gold winner for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award in the category for “Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years).” His picture book, “Pingo and the Playground Bully,” was a finalist in the “Children’s Picture Book” category. Camron Wright’s “The Rent Collector” was a finalist in the “Inspirational” category.

Also, Whitesides’ "Janitors" was one of 15 finalists in the Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award for grades 3-5. A third book in the series will be released in September.

Also, “The Christmas Train" picture book and the “A Proper Romance” titles — “Edenbrooke” by Julianne Donaldson and her upcoming book “Blackmoore,” along with Sarah Eden’s “Longing for Home,” both of which will be released this fall — also piqued the interest of many, Halladay said.

“It is about the ultimate meaning of Christmas that it is better to give than receive,” Halladay said of “The Christmas Train,” which shares the story of a young Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was recognized with a gold Mom's Choice award earlier this year. “And it’s beautifully portrayed in story and pictures. It is a powerful lesson.”

Halladay said that it's anticipated that more retailers nationwide will be carrying “The Christmas Train” this Christmastime.

With the response from the BookExpo America, Halladay expects these Shadow Mountain titles to be well-received this fall.

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