Father/Daughter Book Giveaway

I live pretty far from my dad, Gerald N. Lund. I’m in Michigan and he’s in Utah. That’s 1677 miles of a very long, very boring, very torturous I-80 drive through Nebraska and Wyoming. That’s a lot of Kum & Gos.

I love getting his advice on writing, books, and pretty much anything else (like how to survive 3 teenagers). But we aren’t able to do many book signings together because of the distance. So I thought it would be fun to do a book giveaway. I don’t remember my dad doing a giveaway like this in his forty years of writing, but when I asked him, he said, “That sounds fun. How many books do you want?” Love him!

He donated 5 signed books, and I’m donating 4.

Here’s the official info:

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LDS Authors Giveaway Hop


I’m participating in the LDS Authors Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer & American Night Writers Association.

I’m giving away an autographed, personalized copy of SADIE or AUGUSTINA (US only) They’re both LDS romantic suspense novels written by yours truly. You can get extra chances to win by sharing about the giveaway or following my facebook/twitter/blog, etc. 

The giveaway ends on my birthday, October 15th. How cool is that?! My readers give me so much, I love giving back to them/you. So this is perfect!



Sadie Dawson thinks she has the perfect life until accusations and misunderstandings throw her life into turmoil. Fleeing her boyfriend’s wrath in a blinding Montana snowstorm, she is rescued by four friends on their annual ski vacation. While she knows there is more to a perfect life than diamonds and dinner parties, she must discover who has her best interests at heart and who she can trust . . . before it’s too late. (more)


Against the odds, Sarah Augustina Dawson survived the wrath of Guillermo. But not without a price. Forced to leave her beloved Montana behind, she and Josh are on the run. Within the warmth of the South, she’s determined to find peace and conquer her past, even if only in her mind. But Guillermo can’t let go. He’s still orchestrating, hunting, and devising ways to exact his own kind of justice. When the law swings in his favor, he’s ready to end the feud that started the moment Josh walked into Sadie’s life.(more)

Once you enter, make sure to jump from link to link (see bottom of this post) to win tons of other books. There are 53 links down there. That’s a lot of chances to win!

BUT FIRST…I want to put in a quick plug for the Whitney Awards. I’m the secretary of LDStorymakers, and we’re trying to get the word out about the Whitneys. The Whitney Awards recognize the best novels written by LDS authors in a certain year. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Novel, Best Youth Novel, Best Novel by New Author, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Speculative, YA General, YA Speculative, Middle Grade. They are completely dependent on reader nominations. See the winners from last year here. Several were written by NYT Bestselling authors. So, if you win a novel and love it, or if you’ve already read and loved another novel written by an LDS author (published this year), please nominate it for a Whitney Award here. You can nominate as many books as you’d like.

Alright. Are you ready?  :)

Good luck!!!

Each of these blogs is hosting a giveaway as part of this hop:

Oh, How I Love Reviews!

I’ve been sick and feeling kinda bleh for the past little bit. Ugh. But there have been a few things which have cheered me up! :)

Augustina received 2 reviews that totally made my day. As part of one review, I shared 10 fun things about me. Plus, there’s another giveaway for Augustina! 

Shauna over at ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com said this about Augustina:

Only Rebecca Belliston can start off a story with the main character’s funeral and turn it into a happy ending. You will keep turning the pages of this book long into the night anxious to find out what happens next! LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT! Didn’t want it to end! (more here)

And Charissa Stastny from joyinthemoments.wordpress.com said this:

This sequel to Sadie is intense. Belliston did a good job taking the reader on a very emotional journey of guilt, grief, fear, want, rage, and ultimately redemption. Sadie’s a sweet character who’s been dragged through a lot of muck in both books, but she becomes strong…and it has been a wonderful journey with her. I couldn’t put the book down near the end–it got so tense and scary. Bravo!  (more here)

And then my friend Braden Bell over at bradenbell.com gave Augustina a nice shout-out here. I feel blessed to have such support for this project I love so dearly.

  • Win an autographed copy of Augustina here. The giveaway is only open until August 27, so don’t wait
  • Read 10 fun random things about me here
  • Buy Augustina here
  • Read the first two chapters here

Love you guys!

Last Day to Win Autographed Augustina

Augustina by Rebecca Belliston

Just a reminder:

Today is the last day to win one of two autographed copies of AUGUSTINA!

Go here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/aaae361/

or here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/60458-augustina

You can enter to win both copies, and you’re also able to get extra entries for sharing the giveaway. I hope you win!

And for an update:

Augustina should be coming available slowly this week. I think it will be out first on Kindle. The print book should be available the end of this week or first of next. As I get the links, I’ll post them here and on my website. So check back. :)

So, so, so excited!

Check out the rest of Countdown to Augustina:

A Winner & The Next Big Thing Bloghop

(giving and writing)

Last week was SADIE’s book birthday. I had a bunch of people enter to win an autographed copy, and today, right now, this very second I get to announce the winner.

The winner is:

SARA !!!

Congrats Sara! And thanks to everyone else who entered to win. You guys are awesome. I wish I could give books to all of you. But…

  • SADIE is 50% off right now at Deseret Book. It makes a great gift for Christmas for any fiction/suspense/romance lovers you know. Buy it here.

This week, I’m part of the NEXT BIG THING bloghop. 

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love–maybe even one that ends up being the next big thing. I was tagged by Charissa Stastny, who is an awesome author (and person). You can learn more about Charissa and her book Eyes of Light from her website or facebook page. This blog hop includes some questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress.


My Current Project: Augustina


1: Working title? 

AUGUSTINAIt’s the sequel to SADIE, and it’s almost, almost, almost done. Yipee!!!


2: What genre does this book fall under? 

Romantic Suspense.


3: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 

Oh, this is a dangerous question. First off, my books are already movies in my mind. The characters aren’t based on anyone. They have their own look and personalities. But . . . if I have to choose . . . if you absolutely make me (and don’t hate me for it), 

JOSH would be played by an early twenties Tom Welling. 


GUILLERMO would be

Enrique Iglesias Wallpapers -5


SADIE is so much harder. There isn’t one actress that is the Sadie I envision. Truth be told, though, my vision of her has morphed over the last year into the girl on the cover. So here’s a different picture of her. Although to me, my Sadie has a more Hispanic look, but this is close enough.  


4: What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?  

Against the odds, Sarah Augustina Dawson survived the wrath of her ex-boyfriend, Guillermo, but not without a price. Forced to leave her beloved Montana behind, she’s on the run. But Guillermo is out for revenge. He’s still orchestrating, hunting, and determined to exact his own kind of justice. When the law swings in his favor, he’s ready to end the feud that started the moment Josh walked into Sadie’s life.  

(I realize that was more than one sentence. I was tempted to make it a single, huge run-on sentence, but then I remembered something. This is my blog. I can have as many sentences as I want. :) )


5: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

Um…technically the first draft isn’t done yet. So…I guess that means I’ve been working on this three-ish years. Yikes. That sounds awful. I’ve been revising as I go, so parts have been polished for nearly that long. My goal is to finish the last holes in first draft this week and have it revised and done quickly after that.


6: Who or what  inspired you to write this book? 

After the first book, I knew Sadie’s story wasn’t done. Guillermo, the bad guy, got off Scott free, and I’m a huge believer in happy endings. So I suppose the first book inspired me to write the second. Is that a lame way to answer this question? Oh well. Sometimes the truth is lame. :) But this second book is set in Knoxville, Tennessee because I visited there awhile back with my family, and I fell in love with the Great Smoky Mountains.

I would love to live in Tennessee.


7. Tell us more about your work in progress.  

This second book is heavier than the first. Guillermo won’t get out of Sadie’s head. She has some serious wounds she has to deal with, both physical and emotional, plus he’s still threatening everyone she loves, especially Josh. All this combines to take Sadie to a very dark place in her mind. For a time, she even shuts down.

It was hard to let Sadie go there as an author. Someone said that to an author, characters are like their own children. I struggled to write a few scenes in this book. I wanted to protect Sadie and maker it ‘all better,’ but it wasn’t true to her or what she’d been through. Abuse is a very serious topic, and sadly, many women find themselves in abusive relationships. I didn’t want to treat the subject lightly. But it was very hard to write. So hard it’s taken me three years to finish.

And yet, now that I’m to the end of the book, I’m glad I didn’t jump in and try to save her. As crazy as it sounds, the scene where she shuts down is one of my favorites now because true heroes don’t let life beat them. Sadie couldn’t grow without going to that dark place. I can see her strength now. She pulled through it, and I’m proud of her for it.

  • Yes, I know she’s not real. Keep telling me that.

But isn’t that how real life is anyway? At some point, we all fall into life’s pits and hit rock bottom. We look up and can’t see any way out. And yet, we slowly climb and dig our way out with the help of loved ones, God above, and our own inner strength. When we reach the top and look back, we’re shocked by how far we’ve come. Sometimes, we’re even thankful for life’s pits as horrible as they can be, because they teach us that we’re stronger than we think. 

Hmmm. See what I mean?

Augustina is definitely heavier than the first book, but don’t worry. There are a lot of fun parts too. There’s hiking, music, religion, goofy boys, and even some good ole neon green to remind Sadie of the happy things in her life.

Oh yeah, and there’s romance. Josh and Sadie are such a fun couple to write. :)

  • They’re still not real. I know. I know. I was sitting on the couch with the laptop Friday, typing away. My hubby looked at me and said, “What are you smiling at?” He thought I was watching some funny Youtube video or something. I wasn’t. I quickly said, “Nothing.” Unfortunately, he knows me too well. “Wait. Are you smiling at your own book?” Me: “No.” Hubby: “Yes you are. You’re smiling at your own story. You know it’s not real, right?” Me: “Can you go play with the kids now?” I don’t think readers have any idea what we authors go through for them. I’m pretty sure they don’t want to know. ;)

So…back to the bloghop.

A lot of my author friends have already participated in this NEXT BIG THING bloghop. So after you check out Charissa’s post here, check out some others. Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author! 

Happy reading, and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Comment here.


LDS Authors Giveaway Hop: Win Sadie or Golden Spiral



I’m excited to be part of the LDS Author’s Giveaway Hop. There are 95 blogs participating in this giveaway hosted by The Book Bug and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. That’s huge!

Here’s an explanation from their website: “My hope with this hop is to bring some of the wonderful LDS authors and their fabulous books on to your radar. You might be surprised by how many popular mainstream books are written by LDS/Mormon authors. Shannon Hale, Orson Scott Card, Janette Rallison, Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, Ally Condie, Stephenie Meyer, Bree Despain, Jessica Day George, Aprilynne Pike, Kiersten White, Robison Wells, Jason Wright, Heather Dixon, Obert Skye, Richard Paul Evans, Julie Berry, Mette Ivie Harrison, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lisa Mangum, Amber Argyle, Jennifer Laurens, Brodi Ashton… the list could go on and on.” 

I’ve read many of the authors in the list above (I bolded the ones I have). They are some of the best of the best in the national market right now. I’m thrilled to be a part of this giveaway.

What exactly am I giving away, you ask? Well . . . either:

1) My book, SADIE (autographed and all), 


2) THE GOLDEN SPIRAL, by Lisa Mangum (book #2 in her YA Hourglass Series).



Your choice between books (which means you only get one). I wanted to give you a choice since a lot of you already own SADIEor if not, you should! It’s a fun book!  ;)




1) Comment below, and let me know which of the two books you’d like. (US residents only please)

2) Get extra chances to win by tweeting or facebooking (is that a word?) about my giveaway. Just mention you’ve shared this below.

The giveaway is open until May 17th at midnight.

Good luck! After you’ve commented and shared the good news here, check out the other 95 blogs featuring LDS Authors below. And as always, have a great day!

PS (I know it’s Friday, which is normally when I do Friday Funnies and talk about funny things that happened to me during the week. With the move to the new blog and this giveaway, I didn’t have time to write a full post, but I had to share my favorite moment of the week anyway. As I was driving yesterday, I heard my 4yo son in the back of the van say to his sister, “When I was a baby, Mommy ate me and I was in her tummy.” Hahaha. I ate him. Gotta love kids!)

PPS (It’s Sadie’half birthday today–the book, not the girl. It was published 11-11-11. Yahoo!!!!)

PPPS (My 100 favorite writing things for my 100th post keeps getting delayed. It’s coming next week, I promise. It just might be post 104-ish.)

PPPPS (I think I’m done. I just wanted to type PPPPS)

Here’s the list of giveaways. That’s a lot of free books!