Monday, December 30, 2013

Five Wishes

This post is inspired by New Years resolutions but I wanted to give it a fun twist. If you could have ANY five wishes come true this holiday season, what would you wish for? More money? A shopping spree in New York? Peace on Earth? An end to world hunger? A cure for cancer? Or maybe you'd just like to go see a loved one who lives across the country. Whatever is on your wish list, be it as simple as a new pair of gloves to keep your fingers warm and dry, to a new furry friend to read with on the couch, read on and see my wishes are anything like you wishes

1- I wish for the gift of time. A way to add minutes to the day. And have more time with my kids and loved ones. But since this is not possible, I'll settle on finding a way to make more of the time I do have. No more procrastinating. No more excessive facebook, Pinterest and twitter checks... I wish to prioritize. Enjoy every moment. And to get more done.

2- I wish to never spend another second worrying, stressing, or feeling upset. I will be silly. Smile more. Laugh more. Have more fun.

3-From time to time, I wish to disconnect from all things electronic and connect within the moment. Cherish the precious time I have with someone. It never fails when I see someone on their phone I must check mine. It's as contagious as a yawn! But by leaving my phone and iPad unattended to others in my presence will feel important and that they are a priority.

4-I wish to always say what I mean and mean what I say! Kudos' to Dr Seuss for this inspiring message. Its a good one. I will take the time to think before I speak. Often times when I am not equipped with my keyboard and no longer have access to spellcheck and backspace, I fumble allover conversations like a clumsy elephant trampling through a candle shop. But with this wish, I will only say what I mean and mean what I say.

5- My last but not least wish is to give thoughtful gifts. And not just at Christmas time, all throughout the year. I will say no the gift card and to cash. Instead I will pay attention to what someone mentions in casual conversation, I will listen for the clues. Because I know the second I come right out with, 'what do you want for Christmas/birthday?' If I ask this I better settle in for an awkward moment. A blank look is now veiled upon their face and all words elude them. Instead of  just asking, I wish to pick up what someone is into and find a way to give it to them.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my wish list with you!!

What's on your list the holiday season??

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Five Surefire Ways To Know That You Are Dead

Do you see things, specifically others who've already passed on, out the corner of your eye? Has a constant chill cloaked your body and left you wondering if you're standing under a vent? Are you being visited nightly by dreams of a already passed on loved one? 

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions there is a good chance that you may be dead. Before you read on, ask yourself this: Are you ready to free your mind? If so I'll show you the door and all you have to do is walk through knowing there is a difference between knowing the path and taking it.

1- Usually, but not always, when one realizes they're in fact dead, they're happy. 

They're fulfilled. Grateful. Living the life! 

Maybe you have a great career. Or you're blessed with an amazing and loving family. Maybe you've published a novel. Won the Superbowl. You get the idea. But here's the catch, you not only have these truly magical things occurring in your life, you also love and appreciate them. You cherish them with all your heart. And you never ever take them for granted. When you're this fulfilled you're ready to transcend into the next realm of existence. 

2-Do you sometimes wonder if you're if dead? Sometimes this alone can mean only one thing.

3- Can others speak to you without verbally speaking out loud? Do you somehow, just hear them in your mind? Or do you just somehow know they are thinking about you. Maybe wishing you'd call them. Or write them a letter or pay them a visit. 

Telepathy is a HUGE sign. Don't ignore it!

4- Are you able to change you clothes by thinking about it alone? Maybe you've spilled coffee on your favorite white shirt, and you think to yourself; dang! I wish I was wearing my plum colored polka dotted top! And immediately it magically appears on your body! Been walking too long and your feet throb in your high heels? Wish for those converses! If they appear on your aching feet, you might be dead. Oh no! It's raining. Need an umbrella? If one appears in your hand, that's right, you guessed it: you're dead.

5-The last and final surefire way to know that you're dead is that you've found yourself in the presence of a Master. He's tall. He's in an expensive suit. His hair is black and his eyes are even blacker. He knows you better than you know yourself. Try not to worry and just listen. Learn all you can. And be sure to follow the rules!

Alive or dead Best of luck to you on your continued journey!

**If more information is needed please don't hesitate to contact The Masters.

This Morning I Woke Up Dead Promo Blitz

Mindy Larson - This Morning I Woke Up Dead - 


What would you do? What rules would you break to be with your soul mate? 
This morning Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris woke up living their dream
 lives. They are engaged and each has promising career in the medical field. 
They are both happier and more fulfilled than they've ever been, and they're ready
 to begin their happily ever after.

Sadly, on her way to work, Hadley is in an accident.  Before taking her last breath, 
she realizes she is already dead- and everyone on Earth is too. Now Hadley and 
Dominic must find a way to live without  another. How do they continue when 
they are two parts of one flame?

Hadley is given permission by The Masters to contact Dominic in hopes he will realize he is already 
dead. If Dominic can open his mind to hear Hadley they can be together forever.
 Is Dominic ready to give up the life he knows?


PROMO Blitz - November 24th

Mindy Larson has always had a vivid imagination that has only improved with
 her love of reading and writing.  She spent much of her childhood entertaining her
 three younger brothers with her stories and today she is bringing her imagination to
 life in books. When not writing, Mindy enjoys spending time with the love of her life
and four children while playing disc golf, cooking, baking, traveling and exploring.

During the months of November & December - 1% of the gross sales of all novels with
 Lavish Publishing, LLC will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America.  
The donation will be made in May 2014 in honor of AA Pencil and National Lupus 
Awareness Month.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This Morning I Woke Up A Changed Person or Five New Things About Me

1- I am a married woman! I have officially begun my happily ever after!! Yep, we did it, Vegas style at the little white wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada! Elvis was even in attendance! Along with thirty three or so of our closest friends and family. Our kids. My parents. All my brothers, their wives, and kiddo's. My favorite aunt. My bestest cousin from Georgia and her girls and hubby. Troy's Dad and Uncle. Troy's best friends. What an amazing experience it was!! We've never felt so loved! Thank you all who came! To be in one of our favorite cities and with so many loved one supporting us was nothing short of pure awesomeness! There was a limo ride. My Dad walked me down the aisle. Ring's were exchanged. My handsome man kissed me tenderly to the hoots and hollers of our loved ones. We were pronounced man and wife. 

And did I mention, Elvis was there??

2-I am no longer in the Indie writer's club. I'm a signed author!  On November 11th- and no I don't feel it's bad luck at all, in fact I feel its great to have done something positive on that day- I signed with the great Lavish Publishing LLC I am so proud and very excited about working with them! I've loved, loved, loved everything about the experience! In fact, it's been nothing short of blissful! My book This Morning I Woke Up Dead has been revamped with a new cover, new scenes, and an extended ending! How exciting it all is! I begin an extensive book blog tour in the next few days, getting a book trailer later in the week and I am eager to see what very magical things happen next! I plan to stay in touch with all the wonderful indie author's friends, bloggers, and fans I've met. In fact I still consider myself to be part of the super supportive Indie family! Thank you all so much!

3-I am in the eco-friendly drivers club! My babe traded in his  beloved Toyota Tundra for a Honda CRV. Now let me explain why this is beyond cool and why I am so very ecstatic; I've been crushing on the CRV for four years. Yes, four years. When my babe took a new job two hours from our home in east idaho, he thought it would be best to trade in the gas guzzler for something with great miles per gallon. And I thought it was fantastic to be a proud owner of my dream car! We drove it to Vegas and were quite pleased with the experience. Thank you honey for making yet another one of my dreams coming true!

4- My laptop who was recently under the weather and hung in for years after I expected has passed on to a better place. Sad but true. On November 9th she wouldn't boot up. She would no longer charge. We had good times together. We wrote three and half novels together. Thousands of emails. Hundreds of Facebook updates. Handfuls of blog posts. Surfed the web for countless hours. And also traveled all over California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming, and Utah numerous times together. How am I able to write?? A writer must write. Everyone knows this. Well, my very generous sixteen year old daughter has so graciously loaned me her beloved laptop until I get a new one. This has totally kept me from stressing out beyond belief!  

Love you, Ashtyn!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

5- We have a duel residency. We have a home in Idaho and one in Utah as well. Crazy, huh? Crazy but it's our life. And I love our life. 

Why two residencies you ask? 

Is it so we can ski in the most amazing mountains that are in Utah? 

Um, yeah, but not really exactly. 

Is it because we love that Idaho has the lottery and plan to win the Powerball one day? 

This is also true but it's not our main concern. 

Is it because we can't seem to sit to stilI? 

Again, this is also true. Troy and I love to travel but that's not why we live in two residencies. 

Is because you have family in both places? 


As I mentioned earlier, my hubby who works in medical sales, took a job two hours north. It was the closest place he was able to find work with his mad skills and expertise. And in order to be a part of our four kids lives as much as possible, who are in school in Idaho, we live in two places. Depending on the week is where I am at. 

True love has once again has found a way.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful evening!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Liebster Award nomination

This Morning I Woke Up, honored, grateful, and excited. 

Why you ask? M.C Lavocat, the author of Control has come into my life for a second time. The first time we met was when I saw her post on Goodreads about her project called, Write it forward, and I asked to participate. She happily agreed and interviewed me about my novel, This Morning I Woke Up Dead for her blog, soulofvoodoo. And now, the second time, she’s nominated me for the Liebster award. What a cool chick! Hopefully, someday, I will have the privilege to meet and thank her in person for both of these great opportunities!

How thrilling!! How cool!! What an honor!!

But wait a sec. . .  What does is the Liebster award? I feel like the dad on A Christmas Story, and I am REALLY excited but have no idea what my 'major award' is. After checking things out a little, I found out that the Liebster award is a way to bring virtual attention to new up and coming bloggers. I am totally new to blogging, my blog is just a seedling and took barely root in January. If you could see my face right now, you’d see that it’s the color of over-ripened tomato. Although I feel unworthy to be a part of this opportunity, I couldn't be more pleased! Thank you M.C! Thank you! 

There are rules to be followed in order to accept the award. To be honest, usually, I would frown at this. Having rules can be a real drag. Being somewhat of a rebellious spirit, I like to do things my way, color outside of the lines, and I can get easily agitated when being told what to do. However, at this point, I am happy there is some kind of structure involved to keep me in order and on topic. Who knows what would happen if there wasn't?

Anyhow back to the rules

I must give eleven facts about myself
I must answer eleven questions provided by the blogger who nominated me
I must nominate eleven bloggers with fewer than 200 followers
I must provide my nominees eleven new questions

Part one: Eleven Useless, Yet Amusing Facts

1.    From the year 2007 until 2012 I hardly watched TV. Ever. Like not at all. Instead, I was a nerd girl, and reading at least four or five hours a day was my norm. My total of books read is over 500 novels. Through the magic and power of enthralling reads, I traveled back in time to the 1800’s and met Lizzie Bennett and her obnoxious sisters. Visited and ate in Italy, prayed in India, and fell in love in Thailand, all through the generosity of the novel Eat, Pray, Love. Embarrassingly I fell in love with an infamous vampire in, Forks, Washington. Journeyed on a train with a traveling circus, calledLe Cirque des RĂªves where I witnessed a couple of headstrong magicians duel to their untimely death. And just to round it all out, I learned witchcraft and little about love from a spunky intelligent lady called, Diana Bishop and her dark and mysterious vampire lover, Mathew Clairmont.

2.    Over the years, I have had lots of different hair colors. I've been an overly-highlighted blonde, a fiery red head, and now, and for the last three years, a reddish brown brunette. 
What is my real hair color??
 I shall never tell. 

3.    I used to be a vegetarian. Yes. It’s true. For six months, I went without meat. Honestly, at the time, I didn't miss it. I love veggies, and love spicy black bean veggie burgers! Although I adore a great steak, I still order veggies burgers and even make my own from time to time.

4.    When I was five years old, a couple of inches of the tip of my fourth finger was cut off in the hinges of bathroom door at a pizza parlor. It was mended and placed back on with over a hundred stitches. It’s a tad shorter than the rest of my fingers. To this day, I will likely faint if I am confronted with blood.

5.    I have a shoe fetish. I love shoes. I really love them. They make me happy. I have a ton of them. Heels. Boots. Sandals. Running shoes. Converse’s. I have an entire Pinterest  board dedicated just to shoes. Each year or so, I’ll box some up and donate them or sell them. Soon enough I will replace whatever I parted with when I inevitably fall in love with a new pair. 

Vicious cycle, I know. 

6.    I am on my way to becoming a professional disc golfer. Not really. But I’d like to be. My boyfriend, Troy and I LOVE to play disc golf! He’s great at it. He’s a great teacher. Great coach. And he’s taught me so much. We've played in a little in Wyoming, and all over Idaho. Some favorite places to play include, Sun Valley, Victor, Driggs, Massacre Rocks, Idaho Falls, McCall, Boise, Blackfoot, and in our own town of Pocatello. We love, the not for wimps course, here in Pocatello, called Bengal Ridge. Feeling inspired by the movie, The Big Year with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson, I too want to do a Big Year. But not a Big Year bird watching, I want to do a Big Year with Disc Golf. We will play ALL of the courses all across the US. I’d blog about it, take photos, and discuss the best discs to play at each course. 

Anyone want to sponsor us??


7.    Bragging is not something I feel comfortable doing, but, what the hell, this is kind of cool. I feel somewhat responsible for the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series last year, in 2012. Before last year, I had never watched a single game, but when Troy introduced me to one of his passions, baseball, and the San Francisco Giants, I was instantly hooked! Rarely do we miss a game. By using a little magical mojo and the power of believing, I helped them win the series and become the champs. Woot! Here's to becoming the 2013 champs!

8.    A few years back, every single night me and my kids would eat a bowl of microwave popcorn. This went on for a good six months. Hey, I am not a quitter! I need to mention it was the so called 'healthy' low-calorie kettle corn tasteless crap. Now I can hardly bare the sight or smell of the stuff.

9.The movie Poltergeist did a number on me. At five, I convinced my dad I was old enough, brave enough and man enough to handle it. Afterwards, I truly believed there was a ghost living in my bedroom. It hung out in the closet in the day and at night it was always under my bed but sleeping with the covers over my head protected me from any harm. As an adult, I am completely drawn to anything paranormal I love all all ghost related books, movies, and TV shows. 

10.  My mind never stops. I constantly analyze, plan out scenes in my head for my novels, and just think about things. My kids. Loved ones. Life. What I should do next. What I should write about next. If I’m overly quiet at times, that’s why. 

11. My  favorite place to go is without a doubt, the beach. Any of them. It's soul soothing, tranquil, and stunningly beautiful. However I rarely get in the water past my ankles, instead I love to walk along the cool waters edge as the waves roll in and out across my toes. Other times I enjoy sitting in the sand and taking it all in. The people. The salty air. Birds swooping in. The gentle majestic waves. It's all just pure bliss.

Part Two: Eleven Questions from a readers point of view

1.    If you had to pick one song to be your personal theme song what would it be?

At this very moment in time, I’d have to say, The Times they are A-Changin’ by, Bob Dylan. In the last year and half, I’ve had a TON of changes occur in my life, and I still feel like I am on the brink of even more new things unfolding.

2.    If you could choose one person to beat the crap out of, who would you choose and why?

I hate to waste the rare opportunity but I am at peace with all of the demons, bullies, and negative Nelly’s that have come and gone in my life and I can’t think of anyone.

3.    If you could give one person a non-sexual hug, who would it be and why?

Anyone in the Cullen family. Because I’d like to see what it would be like to hug a rock.

4.    If you could create the perfect ice cream sundae, what ice cream and toppings would you use? 

Mocha coffee flavored ice cream, dark chocolate syrup, and a cherry on top.

5.    What is the funniest movie you've ever seen?


6.    If you were a character from the Outsiders, who would you be and why?

 Right off the top of my head, I’d be Cherry, because she’s chick and I couldn't fathom being a dude and what that would be like. Just like me, she can get along with anyone.

7.    Do you prefer to pull the toilet paper over the roll or under the roll? 

Over. Under always breaks before I am ready.

8.     What is the last book you read and what is your opinion of it in one word?

I am currently rereading The Secret Garden by Kate Morton. Enthralling.

9.    How do you take your coffee or tea?

If I am ordering from a coffeehouse, I get lots of splenda and nonfat milk. At home, I use a keurig single cup coffee maker; I adore hazelnut coffee with lots of caramel macchiato creamer.

10. Boxers or briefs?

11. What is the best holiday/vacation you've ever taken?

Last June, in 2012, I went with my four kids and my parents to Disneyland and the beach. We had a great time.

Part Three: My Nominee’s

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Part Four: Questions for my nominee’s

1.   If you could pick one album to listen to every day for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
2.    If you were stranded on a desert island what one thing would you bring and why?
3.    If you could live inside of a book which one would you choose and why?
4.    What three foods could you not live without out?
5.    Are you a morning person or night owl?
6.    What animal would you be and why?
7.    What is your all time favorite drink?
8.    Knowing what you know now, and you could somehow go back in time and change one thing about your past, what would it be and why?
9.    If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be, and why?
10.  What makes you the happiest?
11.  If you had a dinner party and able to invite ANY three people, alive or deceased, who would you choose and why?

Thanks again to M.C Lavocat for the nomination and your friendship! To those of you I've nominated, thanks for your time and I hope you participate and have as much fun as I did! Cheers and have a great day!