Blogger Recognition Award

 

Blogger recognition award

Award Plaque by Sally Cronin

Thank you to D.G. Kaye at dgkayewriter  for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.

With each award there are rules of courtesy to follow. Here are the rules:

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

How my blog got started

This was one of my first posts on a blog I named A Girl Called Brenda.

Posted on July 24, 2010

Writer: A Profession Like No Other

Brenda had just completed all the revisions on her novel. She’d been working steadily on it for three and a half years and now it was finished. She had sent her synopsis to a publishing house and the editor now asked to see her manuscript. She felt elated.
The next morning her sister called. “I’m having a bar-b-q for the family,” she said. “Do you want to come?”
“Guess what?” Brenda said, “I’ve finished my novel.”

“That’s nice,” her sister said. “What do you want to bring?”
“I’ve got a publisher and I’m sending it this morning to the editor.”
“Bring potato salad. Our mother’s recipe.”
At the bar-b-q Brenda placed her potato salad on the table and took off the plastic wrap over it. Her aunt who was standing next to her said, “How have you been, dear?’
“I’ve just sent out a manuscript to a publisher.”
“It’s nice to have a hobby,” her aunt said. “Your potato salad looks good. Is that your mother’s recipe?”
Then a cousin whom she hadn’t seen in a long time spotted her. “Hey,” he said, “How it do, Brendy? Long time no see.”
There were reasons for that, Brenda thought but was keeping them to herself. No sense ruining her sister’s bar-b-q. “Yeah, well, I’ve been busy writing my crime novel. I sent it out yesterday.”
“No shit, Sherlock. I always thought I could write a novel. Can’t be too difficult. I’ve got a few crazy tales up here myself,” he said pointing to his head.
“I bet,” Brenda said. “Excuse me,” she told her cousin, “I have to talk to grandma.”
“I heard you say that you finished your manuscript,” her grandmother told her.
At last, someone in her family was taking an interest in her writing.
“I did, grandma,” Brenda said glowing. “Three and a half years and I finally sent it out.”
“Oh my, how many pages is it?” her grandmother asked her.
“Five hundred and thirty,” Brenda said. “Double spaced.”
Her grandmother’s face lit up. “Do you have any ruined sheets?”
“What do you mean?”
“I just thought that maybe if you had any extra pages that didn’t come out you can give them to me to line my budgie’s cage. Newspaper is so messy.”

It was also on this blog that I posted my Ten Great First Dates series which I eventually migrated to my current blog and shut down A Girl Called Brenda.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:

  1. Check out all the WordPress Tutorials for beginners on YouTube. There’s lots of easy to follow advice.
  2.  Remember that you are not the only one who bloggers are reading so be efficient. Avoid Anna Karenina length posts on your blog. Short and sweet is better than seemingly endless.

I’ve chosen to nominate some new bloggers I’ve discovered whose blogs are inspiring, positive and beautiful.

Lost in Nowhere  

Pups&Prose

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Ideal Inspiration

Aria-Bela Rises  

Debby

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Sally Cronin’s What’s In a Name? Vol. 2

I like to read in bed to get drowsy. Short stories are gratifying in this way because they allow me to hold my eyes open long enough to reach the end of the story. However, in reading Sally’s stories I found her endings reeling me in for just one more story as I fought sleep.

What’s In a Name Vol. 2 contains 16 stories.  Sally Cronin writes honest fiction that reaches the depth of real life, yet her stories are like bubble bath in a warm tub.
It was D.J. Kaye’s post that got me to read Sally’s book:

Cronin’s writing has a way of taking us into the character’s emotions, evoking an emotion in us in return, be it angst, fear, passion or grief. 

The characters in these stories – fortune tellers, con artists, arrogant narcissists, lovers – display courage, revenge, disappointments, romance and sacrifice. Some of the stories are bittersweet, some with surprising endings, many imaginative and all with just enough to satisfy.

Like D.G. Kaye, my favourite story was also about two beloved Xenias -a tender love story among three generations set in a lovely Greek garden.

If you feel like a little luxury treat read this book  – maybe while soaking in a bath.

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Available:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whats-Name-Volumes-1-2/dp/1905597797

Visit Sally’ blog at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

Annika Perry’s The Storyteller Speaks

 

I have been following Annika’s blog for some time now and am always eager to hear what she has to say. Whether she writes about her reflections on the extraordinary-ness of life; providing tips for writers; reviewing books; or writing about journeys taken, Annika writes with a sense of profoundness mixed in with whimsy. 
Such is also the case in her collection The Storyteller Speaks.

 

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Her descriptions shine. Take as example where, in Biding Her Time a young girl  “…smiled sweetly, shaking her head, her long pigtails waving apologetically, the red bows catching the sunlight.” Or her humorous side in Chillies in My Handbag where she “feel(s) the reassuring caress of soft leather – my red Hermes handbag. Subconsciously I bend over and stroke it, with a final pat on the side. My surrogate pet.”
Then there are her stories of death. In A Bouquet of White: “First when they were young its reality as remote as the planets they gazed upon, with the unflagging belief in their own invincibility.” And her most touching and loving piece in memory of her grandfather in Loss of a Patriarch – “A farewell hug to last a lifetime.”

Perry’s stories are emotional pieces. Moving and honest. Filled with love and beautiful imagination.

The Storyteller Speaks Available at:

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/STORYTELLER-SPEAKS-Powerful-Stories-Heart-ebook/dp/B0789KZVF8/

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/STORYTELLER-SPEAKS-Powerful-Stories-Heart-ebook/dp/B0789KZVF8/

Jacqui Murray’s Blog Hop

I am extremely proud to be part of Jacqui Murray’s amazing Blog Hop for  Twenty-four Days, the latest in her Rowe-Delamagente tech-thriller series.

I first got to know Jacqui through her tips for writers on her blog – which, btw, I am envious of its clean and easy to navigate interface. https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

Jacqui Murray, as far as I can tell, is a techy and – dare I say – a little bit of a geek?

 So, it’s no surprise that her novel is heavily heavenly sprinkled with – in her own words – “edgy science.”

In this novel you’ll encounter a robot that’s capable of self-awareness and expressing emotions. You’ll get a front row seat to invisible warships and dive into the inner workings of the warship cruiser, the USS Bunker Hill ( a cruiser which Jacqui’s daughter served on as an officer – talk about having a great research connection!).

I have a lot of admiration for Jacqui’s accomplishment in writing this series, not only because of the authenticity of the technology detailed in the novel but also because of her talent in putting together believable characters in an intriguing plot about a subject reflective of our times.

Synopsis of Twenty-four Days:

A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don’t know what it is, where it is, or who’s involved.

Twenty-four Days

 

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The Writing Job Description

It’s been ages since I’ve posted and it feels great to flex these muscles again. But, like any activity, it’s best to go easy at the beginning of a routine. So, I’m going to start off by re-blogging Belinda Williams’ witty and spot-on article on The Writing Job Description.
See if you have what it takes to be a writer.
Please leave all comments on Belinda’s blog. I’m still not 100% back!

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Whether you’re a writer or not, you’ve probably come across one of these memes:

What writers do

While you chuckle, there is an element of truth to some of these. And that truth is:

Writing is about a hell of a lot more than just writing.

When I started writing, I had a vague idea of what I was getting myself in for. With the release of my latest contemporary romance, The Pitch, later this month, I’ve got a much clearer idea. It’s the third book I’ve released (with two more due for release late this year and next).

A writing job description (Or, if only someone had told me all this earlier . . .)

Here’s all those things I’ve discovered are part of the job description for ‘writing’ but are not actually writing:

  • Editing. That’s writing, you say! Huh. To a writer, editing is not writing. Editing is the…

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DATING EDITION SUMMIT: Get Your Access Pass

 

 

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I am both honored and excited to be alongside top experts in Heather Debreceni’s Empowered Divorce Summit, the Dating Edition.

“Here you will find tips and strategies on how to maintain a healthy relationship with your children while intentionally creating the life & loving romantic relationship that you crave.”

The summit begins September 7. Get your all access pass to this ground breaking online summit here:

http://bit.ly/1Euq24N

 

My experiences in dating after a divorce were transposed into a series of novellas and a novel where I write about mid-life dating (and some not so mid-life dating) experiences and other womanly concerns. The silver lining. 🙂

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Check out these amazing women who will be there alongside little ole me. 🙂

http://www.empowereddivorcesummit.com/experts/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Through Blogland

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Meet Ellie Marrandette.

She is one of the busiest and nicest persons I’ve meet online.

As a certified nutritional counselor, she blogs and gives seminars on “…how to use practical Biblical applications to overcome temptations and become your healthiest mental, physical and spiritual self.”

If you are a chocolate lover, as I am, you will be happy to learn of the amazing benefits of chocolate, including strengthening teeth enamel. Click here for more on this post.

She recently published her delightful debut novel Sometimes Marriage is a Real Crime and is writing a sequel to it.

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If that is not enough, she has just released a new book titled Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese. What a fantastic title!

Ellie has asked me to participate in this Tour Through Blogland. Thank you Ellie for thinking of me and for all the wonderful things you said about me on your tour.

 

 Describing my creative process

 What are you working on at the moment?
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These days I am editing my second crime novel and working on  a revised edition of Missi’s Dating Adventures.

In this second edition I am inserting lessons Missi has learned from each unsuitable date.

 

How does my work differ from others in my genre

My contemporary women’s fiction is about middle aged women who find themselves single again. In my novel Getting To Mr. Right I explore the effects of father abandonment on a woman’s relationships with men.

As for my crime novels I stay away from gore or explicit violence. I have often wondered how the wives, children and other relatives cope when they find out that their husband/father/brother/son is a serial killer. In it I tackle this theme where Annie, a nineteen year old woman falls for Niko not knowing how disturbed he is. I like to write about what drives people to commit a crime and I especially like to dwell into the effects crime has on its victims. I’m not too certain if that makes me different.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I write so that I might inspire, encourage, and entertain.  I write because I like doing so.

How does my writing/creative process work?

It’s a mystery and magical as well. The greatest skill I have is trust. I never force anything. I try to be as organic as possible. If I’m stuck, I’ll give my brain the problem to solve. I need to be patient for the solution to come. I think creativity works like this.

I’ve learned that solutions can come anywhere and anytime. Maybe during a yoga class (that happens) while listening to a podcast or overhearing someone in line at the grocery store. It’s a matter of being awake and making the connections.

As Ellie featured me on Tour Through Blogland, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Ann Fields, a wonderful storyteller, author and co-founder of the Writers Block a non-profit organization that supports African American writers.

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Ann Fields

Ann’s books have received national coverage in various media outlets and nominations for industry awards, including the Romance Writer’s of America’s Best Multi-Cultural Romance Award.

Before retirement from corporate, Ann Fields was a staff writer for an international ministry; a public relations and marketing professional for a sports management firm; a technical writer in the transportation field; an analyst in the telecommunications industry; and a manager in the regulatory arena. She values her nearly 20 years of varied corporate experience as it provides much fodder for stories and characters.

Now, as a full-time writer, Fields focuses on writing novels, short stories, and screenplays.

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Keep your eyes on Ann Fields. Not only is her writing vivid and engaging but she’s also a writer with a mission:

Through my writings, I choose to be part of the mass movement aimed at advancing this world in a positive way and aimed at helping humanity truly embrace “all that is good, noble, pure, and right.” If, through my writings, I touch people emotionally, or move people to think about long-held beliefs, or force people to engage in positive legacy work, then I consider myself a successful writer.

Ann, I wish you all the luck and success with your writing and your bucket list. And I am truly honored to have you as part of my blogging community.

For more on Ann please visit:

Thank you Ann for for accepting the nomination to Tour Through Blogland. 

Here are the simple rules:

1. Pass the tour to another blogger (up to 4 others).

2.Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post. (Ann has chosen March 23)

3. Answer those 4 questions about your creative process (allowing other bloggers  and visitors to know what inspires you).

 Feel free to choose your Tour Through Blogland Photo

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