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Thursday, June 24, 2010

About LDSWBR - Mindy - Countdown to Summer 2010

Only two days left to enter the
LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest!

For those of you that are just finding out about the LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest, entries are still being accepted. The deadline for Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest entries is Midnight MDT on Friday, June 25, 2010. Comments on this blog post count as entries as well!

I was born and raised in Salt Lake. I am the oldest of three kids. I went to Brighton High School, went to the U for a year, then got married. I have three girls and love being a stay at home mom. I work at a pre-school during the school year. I'm a fantasy nut. What started it was my love for Star Wars. I also love Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. My life's ambition is to one day be a librarian or at least work in the library. I love books and I love being around them.

What activities do you and/or your family participate in every summer? Do you have plans to try something or go somewhere new this year?

We love going to Disneyland! Enough said right :). My grandparents pay for the whole family to stay on the beach for a week. We have been doing that about every other year since my oldest daughter was a baby. But this year, we had to put it on hold. My sweet grandpa had his hip replaced. On the year we aren't with my family, we do something with my husband's family. He has nine brothers and sisters, so when we all get together, it's an automatic reunion. Last year was the greatest, we went to Washington for a week. I even ran around Forks like a teenager. This year, we are going to hang around home, and hopefully spent time together at my aunt's cabin. Every August we head to Enterprise, UT for the Corn Fest. My dad-in-law is a farmer, and every year he raises the best sweet corn you could ever taste.

Do you have a favorite summer food or drink? If so, are you willing to share the recipe?

The best summer drink, or the best drink for anytime (especially breakfast), is homemade orange julius:

1/2 can of frozen OJ
1/4 c sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cap full vanilla
tray of ice cubs

Blend in blender and enjoy!

What books are on your summer reading list?

I will be reading Mockingjay, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, The Necromancer, Princess of Glass, the rest of the 39 Clues series, Red Pyramid, Tiger's Quest, and anything else I can get my hands on.

Have you ever been to a {insert fruit or vegetable of your choice here} festival, i.e., Corn Fest, Strawberry Days, etc.? If so, tell us about it. Did you sample any of the food?

***Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest***

LDSWBR will hold a drawing on June 26, 2010 for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, as well as a variety of books being offered by some of the LDS authors that will be featured on the blog.

Book prizes generously donated by the authors:

  • Abish: Daughter of God by K.C. Grant
  • TRAPPED by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
  • The Road Show by Braden Bell
  • Awakening Avery by Laurie Lewis
  • Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden
  • Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell
  • Hometown Girl by Michele Ashman Bell
  • Alma the Younger by Heather (H.B.) Moore
  • Queen in Exile OR The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch (winner's choice)
  • The Silence of God by Gale Sears (book or audio- winner's choice)
  • Dangerous Connections by Julie Coulter Bellon
  • Blink of an Eye by Gregg Luke
  • Critique of three chapters (up to 30 pages) from Nichole Giles

How to enter:

  • Post a thoughtful comment on the Countdown to Summer 2010 author posts. Comments can be added on any of the author posts anytime during the contest period (June 1, 2010 through June 21, 2010). Only one comment per person per "Countdown to Summer" author 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.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @LDSWBR - then send us a direct message to let us know you want to be entered in the Countdown to Summer 2010 Contest. If you are already a follower you need to send us a direct message telling us you want to be included in the contest.
  • Tweet about that day’s author post using the tweet message included in each author post. Send an email to ldswbr at gmail dot com with the link to your tweet. Only one tweet per day counts so no need to harass your friends :). LDSWBR must be able to see the tweet in order for you to get an entry into the contest.
  • Tweet this message each day (one entry per day). Just copy and paste into your twitter message window to send it: LDSWBR Countdown to Summer 2010 at http://ldswbr.blogspot.com! Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card & some great books! @ldswbr #ldswbr2010
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  • Blog about this contest on your blog in a post that includes the link to the LDSWBR blog, then send us the link to your specific blog post.

Here are the rules:

  • LDSWBR reserves the right to decide what determines a "thoughtful" comment.
  • Contest ends at 12:00 Midnight MDT on June 25, 2010. Drawing winners will have until 12:00 Midnight MDT on July 3, 2010 to claim their prize. After that time, another name will be drawn to receive the prize.
  • Book prizes can only be shipped within the contiguous United States.

Please join us in counting down to summer with some great reads!


  1. Raspberry days at Bear Lake is my favorite. (the world famous raspberry shake is the best)!

  2. I have never been to any festivals like that. They always sounds like lots of fun though.

  3. When we were younger we wnet to the Strawberry Days festival. Don't have anything close by like that. We sometmes go to the co. fair, but I think it's too crowded

  4. I have been to a strawberry days festival, but I didn't try any of the food. I want to go to the lavender days festival. I have never been and it sounds like an interesting place to visit.

  5. I just finished "See No Evil, My Pretty Lady," a Victorian mystery by Miss Mae, and have just started reading, "Chocolate Roses", an LDS parody of Jane Eyre, by Joan Sowards. After that...who knows where my reading fancy will take me?

  6. We went to Strawberry Days just last week!
    Went to Raspberry Days last year.

  7. Fav summer activity is reading at a park, under a shade tree.

    I just started Princes of Glass. Finished Bree Tanner (so-so). Also planning to read 2 & 3 of Hunger Games series.