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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

About LDSWBR- Shanda - Countdown to Summer 2010

It's summertime!

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 the suburbs of Salt Lake City, UT. I am wife to an incredibly patient man and mother to three daughters and one son, ages 12 years to 17 months. Some of my favorites are walking, reading, photography, scrapbooking, celtic music, dark mint chocolate and watching movies. I am founder and moderator of the LDS Women's Book Review Podcast. LDSWBR came about in December 2005, and these past four and a half years have been a lot of fun. Thank you to all of our blog followers and podcast listeners. We couldn't do it without you!

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?

The last few years we've taken the kids to Lagoon, an amusement park in Farmington, UT. That is usually the highlight of our summer, which tells me we are over due for a trip to Disneyland, lol.

At the end of June, my hubby and I will be flying to Florida for a couple of days so I can have surgery to remove a parathyroid gland tumor. I wish it was so we could go on a Disney cruise, though! We have never been to Florida before so it will be a bit of an adventure for us.

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

My hubby just got a new grill for Father's Day after two summers without one. Right now, my favorite summer food is anything I don't have to cook because he's grilling it. The family favorite so far: s'mores made with gigantic marshmallows.

What books are on your summer reading list?

My list is a lot longer now that I've added all the books I haven't read yet from the Countdown to Summer. I also look forward to reading Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes, Alma the Younger by Heather Moore, A Time to Die by Jeff Savage, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Key Lime Pie by Josi Kilpack, Fablehaven 5: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull, 13th Reality #3: Blade of Shattered Hope by James Dashner..... there are so many books on my list I simply can't name them all. Suffice it to say I will be reading as much as possible, with my cherry Icee, next to the vent where I can enjoy the cooling breeze of the central air.

Have you been to Lagoon? If so, what is your favorite ride? If not, what amusement park do you frequent and what is your favorite ride there?

***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. I haven't been to Lagoon for 6 years! I need to get back there... I don't remember my favorite ride when I was a teenager, but my favorite ride was Bulgy the Whale when I was little! ha ha

  2. I don't really go up there. I have only been once in my life. I can't remember any rides. I am so happy though that it is finally summer.

  3. I have still not been to Lagoon, even though I have lived in Utah for almost 10 year now. I grew up about 20 minutes from Disneyland, so it is my favorite park. My favorite ride is Big Thunder Mountain and Pirates.

  4. We love Lagoon at our house. A season pass is about the same as a day at Disneyland and my kids save all winter long to get their passes. The newer rides- the Samurai and Wicked are fabulous, but who doesn't love the Flying Aces?

  5. There are not any fun amusement parks in the Phoenix area, probably due to summer heat. I have not been to Lagoon for 15 years or so, but it is a lot of fun.

  6. I use to go to Lagoon about once a year when I was a kid, now the famolies fav is Disneyland.

  7. We went to Lagoon last year. Wicked is...well, WICKED! That ride made all other rides mediocre.

  8. Just finished A Time to Die. Good read. I love dark chocolate too, but I prefer raspberry flavor to mint.