July 20, 2016

The Conscious Entrepreneur ~ Author Guestpost ~Giveaway

Book Description:

In this profound introduction to conscious entrepreneurship, author and business coach Laura C. Cannon teaches you how to harness your unique gifts and the power of your own consciousness to maximize your satisfaction - and deepen your enjoyment - of your business and your life. Grounded in research from the fields of modern psychology, eastern philosophy, and personal development, this book explains six core principles necessary for radical, transformational change - personally and professionally.

By teaching you to use your business as the vehicle for your personal growth, The Conscious Entrepreneur delivers timeless wisdom and practical exercises to help you think, act, and live the path to your highest potential - without adding to your already-packed schedule. Forget work-life balance, get ready to shift into work-life integration for more happiness, stronger relationships, and a higher return on your investment in every sense of the word.

Get Laura C. Cannon's free new video and workbook.

Buy the Book: Amazon  ~  Author Website

About the Author

Laura C. Cannon is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and coach with a deep passion for bridging the worlds of spirituality and business. In her new book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, Laura showcases a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and business-people to change their relationship with their working life.

​A member of the prestigious National Speaker's Association with more than 15 years of experience as a professional public speaker, Laura has a knack for delivering engaging and informative presentations. She's spoken to groups ranging from 12 to 1200 on a wide range of topics, from office productivity to motivation and empowerment to mindfulness and meditation. Her true passion as an author and speaker lies in bridging the gap between business and spirituality, finding practical, down-to-earth applications for timeless universal wisdom. She has been a guest speaker for colleges, civic organizations, businesses, and associations.

Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  ​Instagram

Three Books That Inspired Me On My Path to Writing The Conscious Entrepreneur: A Guide to Maximizing Your Potential for Success, Freedom and Happiness by Laura C. Cannon

Becoming a Writer by Dorthea Brande:  First written in 1934 and reissued several times, author Dorthea Brande who died in 1948, was a writer and writing instructor who captured her most important lessons in this book.  This must read for writers was one of the first books to address how the writing habits of authors are critical to their success.  Written almost 90 years ago and still selling today!

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield:  Probably the single best book I have ever read about the struggle of creating art and the resistance that all of us face when we try to create art in the world.  Author Steven Pressfield is a best selling novelist who wrote this book to help others overcome to resistance to creativity.  It is written in a very engaging style that makes it a fast, easy, and quick read.  This is my go to book whenever I need a kick in the butt to remind me to stop complaining and just make great art.  It reads like a great pep talk from a wise friend.

The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Englightment. by Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual classic that has sold over two million copies worldwide!  Like a fish who doesn’t recognize the water in which he swims, we forget to recognize that it is always now and that there is real power in learning to live fully in that space of the present moment.  I go back to this book time and time again to remind myself to be here fully in this present moment. 

Two winners will get a copy of The Conscious Entrepreneur and a $10 Amazon Gift Card (Open to USA & CAN)

Giveaway ends Aug 6, 2016

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July 13, 2016

Interview with Catherine F. Olen, Author of The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt & a Giveaway

If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney

The above quote is one of my absolute favorites.  I have it framed and hanging over my desk, to keep me inspired.  So of course I love all things Disney (who doesn't?) and jumped at the chance to participate in this tour and welcome Catherine F. Olen to Psychotic State Book Reviews!

Let's get to it.

 What made you decide to write The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

I have always believed that seeing the world from a new perspective can give added joy to any experience. As a Disneyland annual pass holder for over twenty-five years, I decided to share my passion for Disneyland by letting guests see the parks through my eyes.
Walt Disney had a vision to create a park where parents and children could interact together. The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt pays respect to his vision by showing guests all the loving details Walt brought to his theme parks.

What makes The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt different from other books published about Disneyland?

This book, unlike many of the Disney trivia books currently on the market, takes guests on a step by step journey through the different lands to see all of the loving details created by Walt Disney and the Imagineering team. From the park d├ęcor to the attraction lines, guests will see things they have missed on past visits to the parks or discover new treasures they never saw previously.
·         See the nod to Sleeping Beauty Castle within the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction.
·         Discover the secrets hidden within the queue for Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.
·         Which of the stores in Carsland contain a nod to the Pixar short Knick Knack?

Can you give some examples of the things people can discover in The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

While I do not want to give away any answers, here are just a few of the questions guests can find within the pages.
·         Do you know how many cemeteries there are within Disneyland resort?
·         What is the name of the suit of armor in the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction?
·         What does the warning sign state on the side of the boiler within the queue for Tower of Terror?

If Walt Disney could read your book, do you think he would be pleased?

Walt Disney was a story teller. He loved to take people on a journey through the stories he grew up with. I have done something similar with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by taking guest on journey through the lands of Disneyland. No matter where you are in the parks, you can turn to that page and find something new no matter how many times you have visited Disney parks. I would like to think Walt Disney would be pleased with my work and give his approval.

Your company is called Mouse Hangover, can you tell us why you chose that name?

Over the years I have heard so many guests talk about needing a vacation from their vacation after visiting theme parks in general. Mouse Hangover is that feeling people have when they are tired after their vacation and need to take a few days to recover. Just a little tongue in cheek humor to anyone who has had this feeling.

What final word would you like to leave our readers with regarding The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

This book has been the product of two years of my life. I hope that I have done justice to the wonders within the gates of Disneyland resort. If guests learn something new or find a new joy from reading my book, then it has been a great success. 

See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt. From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.

See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.

If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt.

About the Author

Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Instagram

Tour Wide Giveaway

Win a Disney Prize Pack which consists of a print copy of The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, a “Mickey” or “Minnie” Disney plush toy and a $10 Disney gift card (10 winners total, open to USA & Canada)

Ends July 30

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With thanks to Laura Fabiani and iRead Book Tours for including me on this tour!