Flake-out Friday–Inspiring Blog Award

Aparna Nair, a treasured colleague and uber-talented photographer (she shot my author photo, yay!!) bestowed me with the Inspiring Blog Award.


Check out her blog to see some of her FAB photo art.

Now, I’m supposed to share 7 facts about myself…

1) My favorite color is midnight blue. I liked how the crayon itself looked so much different from the color on paper.

2) I enjoy watching British comedies on Saturday night.

3) My screened-in porch is like a vacation and since moving into my house a year ago, I’ve really lost my desire to “get away.”

4) I own a cow pillow pal.

5) I’m terrible with names and often forget the names of my characters.

6) I’m very grumpy when I’m tired. And I’m frequently tired, LOL!

7) Though I don’t really “believe” in astrology, I’m often struck by how accurate my sign describes me. (I’m a Libra.)

I’m also supposed to pass this on to 15 other bloggers, but I just can’t pick–I LOVE EVERYONE’S BLOGS!!!!

Flake-out Friday–Versatile Blogger Award

I’d like to give a big THANKS to Doreen Cox for passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to me. She published a memoir, ADVENTURES IN MOTHER SITTING. It chronicles Doreen’s and her mother’s lives while Doreen’s mom suffers through dementia. Doreen was her mom’s primary caregiver and she documented the experience and put it in book form to share with others.

So, I’m supposed to share 7 things about myself. BUT, Doreen had a fun idea of having one of my characters share 7 things about herself. Last week, you learned about Nickie’s big secret. (She’s my MC from SHIFTING PRIDE, a YA Paranormal.) Today, I’ll share facts about her “human side.” 😉 (It’s okay, she won’t mind.)

1) Nickie hopes to be Lady MacBeth in the next Drama Club production.

2) Nickie really hates skateboarders. They interrupt her practicing lines all the time when she walks home from school.

3) Nickie HATES tuna fish. Well, she hated it BEFORE she started to change…

4) Nickie’s room is full of old Drama Club props from previous plays she’s been in.

5) Nickie’s mom insists they have Game Night every week. So Nickie gets to have quality time with her brother. Yay. (not)

6) Nickie’s favorite band is Breaking Benjamin.

7) Nickie desperately misses her dad; she’s the only one who believes he’s still alive.

Poor Nickie, right?

Also, I’m supposed to nominate 10 other Versatile bloggers…BUT THERE’S SO MANY OF YOU!!! SO, please do share something about yourself and feel free to post the Versatile Blogger Award on your blog, okay? Okay.

Flake-out Friday–Blog Award

A couple weeks ago, Amie Borst honored me with a blog award! Thanks, Amie–you’re super sweet!!!

Now to pass on the lurve!

Elisa Jeglin–Where’s My Pencil (the title alone is sooo cool, but for real, Elisa’s off to a great start in the blogosphere!)

AJ & Charli Bite Back–I found this site while trolling the Blog Announcements on QueryTracker Forum! The bloggers have an interesting take on the writerly life–check it out!

Shevi Arnold–If you have any questions at all about Inception, check out her post…erm, and if you haven’t seen it yet, she has plenty other interesting topics. 😉

Flake-out Friday–Award Celebration!

Hey gang! My flake-out for the week is taking so long to acknowledge a blog award…yeah, I’m lame.


I’d like to give a big THANKS to Amparo Ortiz for honoring me with the “One Lovely Blog Award.” How sweet, Amparo! Much appreciated!

Since I hit the interwebz, I’ve really enjoyed meeting all y’all and getting to know ya’s! The writerly community is super supportive and everybody I’ve come in contact with has been so eager to help me that I can’t say, “Thanks!” enough.

And because I’m super cheesy, I’m commemorating this with a Family Guy song. That’s right.

Blog Award

A big thanks to Amparo Ortiz for nominating me for the awesomsauce award! *grin* Check out her blog here for her take on the writerly journey.

Now, I’m gonna “cheat” and name one awesome blogger because I first heard the term awesomesauce from her!

Elana Johnson

Part two of “cheating”

I’ve been nominated by VB Tremper for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thanks VB!

VB is a middle-grade and young adult fiction writer and a humanitarian. Check out her blog here for fantastic writerly information, book reviews, and contest announcements.

Beautiful Blogger Award

I’m supposed to give 7 truths about myself and pass on the award to 15 other bloggers. Well, I’ve shared much about myself here and here. 😀

Instead of nominating specific blogs, I want you–yes YOU–to post a link to your blog or website in the comments section and nominate a person whom you think has a cool blog. Let’s share the love people. Cuz we’re all awesome in our own way. 😀

C’mon. Don’t be shy. You know you wanna do it.


For those of you who are just dying to know the truth from last week’s list:

4) I went hot air ballooning with the United States Hot Air Balloon Team!

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Blog Awards

I’m super stoked and honored to receive a blog award from both Zoe Courtman, a fellow member of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog AND Jeanne Lyet Gassman, writer and QT bud.

Check out Zoe’s blog here.

And Jeanne’s blog here.

Thanks Zoe!

Thanks Jeanne!


The rules: Tell six lies and one truth and pass it on to seven lucky bloggers.

Which of the following statements is true?

1) I’m related to Louis XVI.

2) I’m allergic to my cat, but I don’t care.

3) I own a Harley.

4) I went hot air ballooning with the US Hot Air Balloon Team.

5) My favorite song is Black Hole Sun.

6) I have 6 tattoos.

7) I own property in New Zealand.

Seven lucky bloggers:

1) Danyelle Leafty

2) Lydia Kang

3) Stephanie McGee

4) Stina Lindblatt

5) Cole Gibsen

6) Shooting Stars

7) Steph Bowe

Blog Award

I’ve had the pleasure and honor of receiving a the Sugar Doll blog award from Magic Seeker and Mantua Maker, Deb Salisbury!

Check out her blog and website! Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker (her log of blog posts for writers) http://blog.debsalisbury.com/ , her website, Deb Salisbury, Writer, http://www.debsalisbury.com/ and The Mantua-Maker website http://www.mantua-maker.com/.

I frequent Deb’s blog often because it contains a daily list of FANTASTIC writerly resources. For real.

Really, Deb, I can’t say thanks enough for your posts and links! 😉


The rules of this award include sharing ten things about myself and passing the award on to five sugary sweet bloggers. *I smell writing cookies!*

Ten Things About Me:

1) My mind frequently goes blank when someone says, “Tell me about yourself.” Not helpful in job interviews.

2) My frame of reference for humor is Family Guy and South Park. I’ve gotten odd stares.

3) I’ve been writing seriously for about two years.

4) I don’t remember what I did with my time before that. Apparently, nothing.

5) I wish Hogwart’s actually existed. I’m not kidding.

6) I own a didgeridoo, but I don’t know how to play it.

7) I would love to travel to outer space.

8) My favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells.

9) I went to Africa on a mission trip. It was really hot. But totally worth it.

10) I want to see the pyramids.

Now, to announce five lucky bloggers (imagine horns and drum rolls please):

1) Danyelle Leafty (Catch the cookie reference? Totally sugar-related! Thanks for sharing your imagination and wonderful recipies!): http://danyelleleafty.com/

2) Elana Johnson (Thanks for your perpetual go-get-’em attitude and kick-in-the-pants pep talks!) http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/

3) Lydia Kang (Thanks for your fantastic beta comments and for your spearheading Medical and Mental Health Mondays!) http://lydiakang.blogspot.com/

4) Zoe Courtman (Wampa! LOL! Thanks for your thought provoking posts!) http://zoecourtman.blogspot.com/

5) Hilary Wagner (Cuz rats ARE cute! And smart! Congrats on your debut novel, Nightshade City! OMG, I can’t wait to read it!) http://www.hilarywagner.blogspot.com/

Blog Award #3

Looks like I’m on a roll! Wow, thank you to everyone who has thought well enough of me to offer me an award.

This week, I’ve been given two awards by Cheree Smith, an Australian writer of Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Horror. Check out her blog, Justified Lunacy: http://justifiedlunacy.blogspot.com/

Thanks, Cheree!

The first award is titled, “The Silver Lining Award.” Its only rule is to pass it on to five other bloggers.

1. Weronika Janczuk, writer: http://www.weronikajanczuk.com/

2. Lisa Amowitz, young adult writer: http://lisa-amowitzya.blogspot.com/

3. Cynthia Occelli, memoir writer: http://cynthiaoccelli.blogspot.com/

4. Kat Harris, writer: http://thelongroad2heaven.blogspot.com/

5. Shooting Stars, the blog of sisters Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins: http://suzettesaxton.blogspot.com/

The second award is titled, “Honest Scrap.” Here, I must tell 10 truths about myself and pass it on to another 5 bloggers.

Truth #1: I’ve traveled to four continents.

Truth #2: I wish I could play an instrument.

Truth #3: I am terrified of eternity, but love vampires (who live forever). Go figure.

Truth #4: I can’t swim.

Truth #5: I LOVE my car, but wouldn’t know the first thing about how to fix anything that broke.

Truth #6: I love and hate The Twilight Saga. (It’s my blog, I’m allowed to contradict myself.)

Truth #7: I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a week.

Truth #8: I have a replica of Aragorn’s sword.

Truth #9: I learned how to horseback ride on Thoroughbreds from the local race track.

Truth #10: I sleep in late on the weekends.

1. Alison Beightol: http://adventuresofthecautionarytale.blogspot.com/

2. Lisa and Laura Roecker: http://lisa-laura.blogspot.com/

3. Michelle McLean: http://www.michellemclean.blogspot.com/

4. Stephanie McGee: http://novicewriterchronicles.blogspot.com/

5. Cole Gibsen: http://www.colegibsen.blogspot.com/

Blog Award #2

I’m super excited and totally honored to be the recipient of another blog award. Much thanks to Danyelle Leafty, YA author and master blogger of: http://myth-takes.blogspot.com/ where she offers a Fairy Tale Survival Guide, Writing Cookie Recipies, and some tips on how to “harness the occasional dragon.” Be sure to check out her * NEW * website: http://danyelleleafty.com/ too!


Now, to name six more lucky bloggers who represent what it means to be writers:

Philangelus at: http://philangelus.wordpress.com/

Cipherqueen at: http://www.cipherqueen.blogspot.com/

Christine Fonseca: http://christinefonseca.wordpress.com/

Lizzy Mason at: http://lizzymason.blogspot.com/

Marva Dasef at: http://mgddasef.blogspot.com/

VB Tremper at: http://vbtremper.wordpress.com/

Here are the rules as pasted from Danyelle’s blog: Please accept the ‘Creative Writer Award’ with no strings attached. You can post it within an awards page, sidebar, or new post; you can link it to me and pass it on to writers you know who host writing blogs, or you can simply read this note with my thanks attached and do nothing further. This is just intended as a gesture to further the premise ‘writer’ within ‘blogger.’ I’d love to see more writers acknowledged for the craft! Because we all are writers!