The Versatile Blogger Award!

Happy Friday!

I am thrilled to say that I have been nominated by Angelina for The Versatile Blogger Award!


Thank you, Angelina from Where Dragons Reside, for nominating me! It was a surprise and an honor. If you have not been to her blog, you should. You can learn more about her book Deity’s Soulmate, her other writing and her lovely book reviews.

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The Entertainer Blogger Award


I was notified by Trina at itsgoodtobecrazysometimes that she had nominated me for the Entertainer Blogger Award. I really was happy and a bit shocked  (happy shocked) to see this notification.  I of course  hope that my blog is somewhat entertaining.  I say silly things and some serious things and then there is that little habit of mine about writing book reviews and short stories. So that she thought of me enough to nominate me really made me feel good.  You need to check out her blog while you are looking around the blogosphere. She has such great posts on there. Trina links to other blogs giving us a chance to see what all is out there.  I love clicking through her links so much. She also posts uplifting, humorous and sweet posts. Check her out, I know you will enjoy her blog.

There are rules to this award, they are as follows:

The Rules:

  • Write a post with the award picture.

  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!

  • Also, answer the 5 questions.

When I think about entertainment, it encompasses a range of implications…

…. Did I laugh?

…. Did I cry?

…. Did I learn?

The following people have made me do one of those three things. I’m sure they’d do the same for you as well.

So I nominate these 12 bloggers:



The Four eyed Poet@

The Photographer@

The Hook@




The Librarian@



Here are the 5 questions and my best attempt to answer them.

Why did you start the blog in the first place?

A few years ago, I became ill. When that illness hit, it took away all the joy and concentration needed to read.  I started reading a book on a flight home after visiting  my sister.  She had given me a set of readers and they allowed me to see the letters again. I had aged in the last 4 years and couldn’t read the print any more.  Suddenly, I was reading and really enjoying it. So I started writing reviews on Goodreads. Then I decided to try my hand at more in depth posts on this blog. And here I am , trying to stay focused and healthy, writing and reading.

What is your favorite book? 

I can read Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux over and over again. I believe I have read it five time now.  I can also read The Secret Garden non stop. I am on about my tenth reading of that classic.  So I will put them as a tie.

What do you dislike the most?

Dishonesty, plain and simple.  Be honest with me.  I can take it.

What is your favorite food item from the mall?

Panda Express Orange Chicken

What is your favorite past time activity?

Organizing things, like my blogs book review index pages, my Goodreads shelves, my bookcases in my room.  Organizing relaxes me!  You should seriously take a look at my shelves on Goodreads.  They are organized to the hilt.

I hope you enjoy doing this Entertainer Blogger Award. You all deserve it!  You have made my blogosphere a better place! If you are not interested in doing it, I will not be upset. Just know you were nominated because you entertain  me so well.




The Respect Award!


What did I find when I first came onto my blog this morning?  A notification that the sweet and sunshiny Brooke over at the I was so touched that she would nominate me for such a really amazing award. If you have not been to her blog, then you are missing out. She sends out the most wonderful sunrises that make my day so happy once I see them.  She also shares amazing quotes and sayings that lift my spirits. Brooke is a life coach and a psychologist and I feel better just having known her. 

The Rules:-

Place the award on your blog

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the three questions

Nominate three blogger

What does respect mean to you ?

Respect means that you have presented yourself in a manner that leads others to trust you and appreciate your position on this planet.  To respect someone means that they have value and they are known to be a good person that will not intentionally hurt anyone.  I respect people that I know are not mean spirited and have only good intentions.

Who do you respect the most?

 I respect the leaders of the Nation, the community, the teachers and academics. I also respect pastors of all faiths and worshippers of all faiths. I respect the people that go to war to protect the rights and freedoms and safety of others. I respect people that have knowledge on subjects that I do not know about.  I respect intelligent, thoughtful, hardworking, and kind people.

What do I respect the most about myself ?

I suppose I respect the fact that I raised three very kind, considerate, law abiding children that have grown to be loving parents through my example.  I respect myself for being a good example of a loving, kind, and intelligent woman.

My three nominees are:




You do not have to accept this award of course, but it would be so great if you did. Then you can pass along respect to our fellow bloggers. I am sure you can share this with three other bloggers that you believe deserve respect.  I hope that they will take great pleasure in receiving and passing it on.

Thank you.



Nomination for The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you:

I was so surprised and happy when I got notification of this nomination from Monique.  I want to thank Monique at That Wild Soul!  Her blog is such a great blog. Her reviews are  in depth and enjoyable. You really should go over to her blog and check her out.

The rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select up to 10 other blogs you want to give the award to.

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How I started my blog:


I write and have most of my life.  I got sick in 2010 and for some reason, I was unable to focus enough to write anything more than a quick Facebook status or a quick email to friends.Even those were few and far between. For almost five years I struggled with the desire to read and write and the inability to either one. My sister gave me a pair of reading glasses and suddenly I was able to read.  I read enough in 2015 to make up for the last few years. I read over 500 books during that year.  It felt good, but I was still unable to write. The words refused to come out onto paper or the computer. Total frustration until I started writing simple little reviews on Goodreads. Just a few words on each book as I finished it. Then I started writing more, and it felt good. It felt really good to be able to share what a book meant to me, to make someone want to read and find the wonder that I had found. All it took was a few likes, and I became more careful with my reviews. Then I got a simple email from WordPress reminding me that I had a blog I signed up for years before and had never even written one post. I headed over there and I posted a short story and a poem that I had written a while back. Then I decided to share and enhance my review from Goodreads.  After a few posts, I was just hooked. Now you know more about me than you ever wanted to know.

 Advice for new bloggers:


Write about what you know. I love books, music and stories, so I write about them.  The more I write, the more I want to write.  Just like the more I read, the more I want to read. So write what you know and write about what makes you happy. It isn’t all about the numbers, those are just icing on the cake. So write and write often.

My nominees:

If you’ve completed this tag or just don’t feel like it, I promise it will not bother me. I tried to find people that have not already received this.  Have fun!

  1. Candice @ Migacandice
  2. Caleb @ Caleb’s Pen
  3. Nikki @ A kinder Way
  4. Angel @ Wicked Girl
  5. Chloe @ Over Analysing Literature
  6. Tookii @ Tookii Join the Cub
  7. Gama @ Pritamode
  8. Rachel @ three Chatty Cats
  9. Jo Watson @ The Naughty Author
  10. Sparky Jen @Sparky Jen



The Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Fatima @ Notable Pad for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you, Thank you!

I was slow to respond because I had too many irons in the fire.  Sorry it meant a lot to me, I just wanted to do it right and not rush. I hope you understand.

Here is a picture of the lovely award!


Here are The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you .
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award.
  • Write 11 new questions for them to answer.

Here are my answers to some very tricky questions!

  1. Would you choose to live forever even if that meant losing  your loved ones?   I would rather live my life to its natural completion and share it with my children and grandchildren. 
  2. Do you have any famous relatives?   I have a sister that is a very successful Travel writer for travel magazines. 
  3. What book have you reread the most?    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  4. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?    I am not too adventurous with food, so I would say a fried green tomato.
  5. Do you have a favourite word?    As silly as it sounds, I would say it is the word Awesome
  6. What was the last thing you laughed at?    My two dogs getting a shower today in the people shower.
  7. If you could swap bodies with anyone in the world, who would that be?    Reese Witherspoon. We are already about the same height. I refuse to discuss the rest of what I would want to exchange with her.  🙂  
  8. Are you an only child, or do you have siblings? And how has this affected your life?   I have an older sister and a younger brother, I love them both and have always been the peacemaker in my family. 
  9. What is a personality trait you wish you had?     Confidence  
  10. Where do you see yourself in a year from now?   Writing more, writing better, and reading more. 
  11. If you could freeze time so you could live in a moment forever, would you do it?      No way, I couldn’t choose just one moment.  There are too many delicious moments in life. 

If you have been nominated before or you just do not wish to participate, there is no pressure.  If you choose to do it! Have fun. 

My nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award are :

The Moscato Mommy

Book Haunt

Leggy Peggy



Choppy Schooner and Sarah



Grace Anne


Tookii the Cub


My Questions for the Nominees are:


What is your favorite book that you personally own?


Have you forced yourself to read that you really thought deserved a DNF?


Where is your dream vacation location, and have you made it there yet?


If you could own any pet, what would it be?


What hero would you call on to save you of all the books you’ve read?


Have you published a book?


Rainy days or snowy day?


Cats or Dogs?


Do you believe in love at first sight?


What makes you laugh?


Which character do you most associate with in your own life?


I hope you enjoy playing as much as I did!  Thanks again Fatima!








Blogger Recognition Award




I want to thank  Paula  from Moonlight for nominating me for this award. I am really honored to have a blogger that I respect name me as a nominee.  I always enjoy going to the Moonlight Psychology blog and slowly translate the posts. The blog is about dealing with and removing the stigma about mental illness.  There is much work needed on that front and it is a powerful blog. Awesome job on the fully English post!

The Rules:

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two advice to new bloggers.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and prove a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

What caused me to start my blog:

I had been unable to write for pleasure for several years. I needed to write. There were characters and stories in my head. I was not able to put them down in writing.  I started sharing my personal book reviews in order to spark the creative juices that were being stifled. My logic was that if I can write an interesting book review, then perhaps I can once again write creatively.  I hope that I can make one person at least smile or even laugh. I also want others to know the joy reading gives me.  Perhaps it  is a selfish pleasure that I am compelled to share. 

Two pieces of advice on Blogging: 

  • If  you find something that appeals to you, post it or write about it. Share that joy. 
  • The more you post the easier it becomes.

My Nominees:

  1. America On Coffee
  2. SparkyJen
  3. Alternate Dimension
  4. My Random Blog
  5. Randoms by a Random
  6. The Wine Wankers
  7. The Orang-utan Librarian
  8. My Crazy Life
  9. Looking Out My Window
  10. Motivation with Dehan
  11. A Bibliophile’s Obsession
  12. Junior Chills
  13. Bikurgurl
  14. Words We Women Write
  15. Imagalaxygirl




I am just so excited that I was nominated for this award. Thank you again Moonlight Psychology.  I have only been blogging since October yet in that short amount of time  I have found some of the most wonderful people in the blogosphere. I had a very hard time picking just 15 to Nominate.  Enjoy the rest of your day!. 



A Liebster Award Nomination


I was nominated by the amazing 15 year old  Blogger from  My Random Blog to do the Liebster Award. Thank you for including me!  I am so excited to fill this out and pass it along to others.

This is an award given to small bloggers to help them gain some more views and get recognized. 

The rules for the award are:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.


Questions by My Random Blog are as follows:

1. Your favorite food?

Lasagna (with garlic bread of course) .


2. Do you have pets?

I have 2 Aussies named Beau and Arrow (get it?) This is when they were babies!

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3. Favorite book series?

That is so hard, I love so many. But the Violet Chain series was amazing.

Violet Chain


4.Which place do you want to visit before you die?

Scotland, I want to actually walk into a castle.



5. Favorite TV-series?

Criminal Minds, I just love the whole team.
6. The latest movie you have watched?

The BBC’s version of  North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

7. What do you do in your free time?

I read and I write. I love to write while everyone else is asleep. I also play with my dogs and talk with them.  They love for me to do different voices for them. 🙂


8. Favorite superhero?

I would have to go with Thor.



9. Do you like to cook or bake?


I do not enjoy either. I find them both tedious.

I cooked more when my children were little. But not a huge variety.


10. Favorite colour?

My favorite color is Blue except when it is Pink.  It varies.



11. Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to start writing again and I liked giving book reviews so I decided to combine the two. It also was to give my creativity a jump start, I had been struggling to write for a while.


Some random facts about me
1.   I went to Alaska last summer.
2.  I read all the time, usually on 3 different readers every day.
3.   I  have been known to take unplanned road trips.
4.  I love music, all kinds of music.
5.   I have the best sister and brother in the world.
6.   I tend to get obsessed with books and song.
7.   I have 2 Australian shepherds.
8.   I love Airplanes so much that I did a training flight in a Cessna Skyhawk.
9.   I get the shakes from 2 cups of coffee yet I still go back for the 3rd.
10. I love the gulf coast and am ready to go to the beach.
11.  I am addicted to Goodreads and spend most of my waking hours there.

My questions to you
1. What is your best memory?
2. Are you part of a fandom?
3. What singer do you endlessly listen to?
4.What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
5. Who is your favorite author?
6. What movie can you watch over and over again?
7. What motivates and inspires you?
8. Do you have any pets?
9.  What is your favorite book series?
10. Where is your dream vacation spot?
11. Why did you start your blog?

I nominate:

Casey @DixiYooper

Cezane @The Cavaliers Cove

Matthew @ SaintsWest

Colin @  The Watson Letters

Millie @ Coffee, Chocolate & Writing

The Versatile Blogger Award!

I am so excited that I can barely speak.  I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Sophie from Book Wish. Thank you Sophie, you made my day!  This is my first blog award and I am so honored to receive it.  I write this blog to pass along great books and original stories.  It is an effort of love and I am glad to have friends and other writer and readers come to it. All I can say is YAY!


Here are the rules:

  1. Show the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person that nominated you
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

7 fun facts about me:

  1. I am a huge BBC North and South fan.


2. I am a huge fan of Richard Armitage.


3.I am addicted to Goodreads. 


4. I have 3 children and 13 grandchildren.


5. I live with 2 dogs and 3 cats.


6. I love to watch Criminal Minds!


7. I love Monet!



Here is the list of amazing blogs I am nominating:

Jade from Scatterbooker

Millie from Coffee, chocolate & writing

Adriana from Cozy Corner

Miri and Jake from A Short Conversation

Rebecca from A Word Of Substance

Tony and Tetiana from Unbolt

Kathy Lauren from A View To A Book

Abbie from Cafe Book Bean

David from David Snape and Friends

Joslin from Joescribe

Brenda Scruggs

Klinta from Book Owly

Susana from Susana’s Parlour

Steve from Life in Russia

Billy and the team from The Whitechapel Whelk


Enjoy your nomination you all deserve it!

I wish the list could have been longer because I absolutely  love all the blogs I follow.  

Thank you again Sophie,