Inspiration, Saying Thank You


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Add the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” logo to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers who inspire you.
  • Include the set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees by posting a comment on his/her blog.

Thanks to Hattie from Books Make Me Happy for nominating me.  Normally, I don’t pass on these awards because I haven’t the time to, but I’m making time today.

7 Things:

  1. I write poems, short stories, and have 3 unfinished novels.
  2. I love big cities.
  3. I love to read books — all kinds, though lately a lot of historical fiction.
  4. I’m finally in a book club that has lasted more than 3 months.
  5. I love my family, and my little girls is getting so tall!
  6. I want to inspire others to read more poetry.
  7. It’s the little things that make me happiest — a bouquet of sunflowers, orchids, etc., putting away the dishes before I get to them, watching my little girl laugh, hanging out with friends over good coffee or wine and dessert (anything chocolate, really).

Bloggers Who Inspire Me; I’m limiting myself to 7:

  1. Rhapsody in Books because she challenges me to read more YA and nonfiction
  2. Bermudaonion because she’s always so kind and comments on everyone’s blogs
  3. Book Chatter because she loves those dark stories that I love.
  4. Diary of an Eccentric because she’s as passionate as I am about Jane Austen and war-related fiction — nevermind I’ve known her in real life for more than a decade.
  5. Unabridged Chick because she’s passionate about historical fiction and has great taste.
  6. Caribousmom because she’s always so kind, utterly talented at quilting, and a dog lover.
  7. Under My Apple Tree because she has a great eye for birds, nature, and photography.

And the Award Goes To. . .

Earlier this month, Chocolate & Croissants bestowed upon me the Heartfelt Award. Thank you very much.

Here are my awardees:

1. It’s All About Books
2. She Is Too Fond of Books
3. Diary of an Eccentric
4. Maw Books
5. Peeking Between the Pages
6. Book Chick City
7. Literaturely Speaking
8. Beth’s Book Review Blog
9. A Bibliophile’s Bookshelf

I received this award from Beth Fish Reads and Books and Movies. Thanks! This award comes with a meme in which you’re supposed to list 7 of your favorite things, and pass this award along to 7 other bloggers.

1. Charlee, my Keeshond
2. Bookmarks of all shapes and sizes
3. Books that make me laugh out loud in public
4. Creative writing
5. Photography
6. Lounging on the couch
7. Summer

Here are my 7 bloggers:

1. S. Krishna’s Books
2. J. Kaye’s Book Blog
3. West of Mars
4. Booking Mama
5. BookFan
6. Life in the Thumb
7. Presenting Lenore

I received the Zombie Chicken Award from Rebecca at Lost in Books, which says:

The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.

So, here are my five awardees:

1. My Friend Amy
2. Angieville
3. Literary Escapism
4. The Bookworm
5. Bookgirl’s Nightstand

I received the Super Comments Award from Book Chick City. I’m glad that she enjoys my comments because I love leaving them.

Here are my five selections:

1. Bermuda Onion
2. You’ve Gotta Read This!!
3. Find Your Next Book Here
4. The Literate Housewife Review
5. The Eclectic Reader

I also recently received the Honest Scrap Award from Missy’s Book Nook. This award requires me to pass it along to seven bloggers and then list 10 honest things about myself. Here are my awardees:

1. The Book Smugglers
2. Reading Adventures
3. The Trillionth Page
4. Debbie’s World of Books
5. Luxury Reading
6. Trish’s Reading Nook
7. Ramya’s Bookshelf

Ten honest things about me:

1. I’m very passionate about politics and debate.
2. I love when people take my advice about reading great books.
3. I hate when my husband leaves his clothes on the bedroom floor when the hamper is just a few more steps.
4. Because I have high standards for myself, I expect everyone to follow them.
5. I still have a hot temper, but I’ve learned to tame it some.
6. I’m very protective of my purse and prefer people ask permission before they touch it.
7. I hate wearing reading glasses because they make me feel old.
8. Sometimes I wish my reading habits would rub off on my husband.
9. I tend to bite off more than I can chew, but still manage to finish it all.
10. I really hate wearing shoes and socks.

I think that’s all the awards I’ve received recently. Enjoy them and continue to celebrate book bloggers.

Come on Down. . .

This is the first time I’ve received the Heartfelt Award; Thank you Lost in Books‘ Rebecca.

Who meets these qualifications:

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when your relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and freinds? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy? That is what the Hearthfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside. Rules: Put the logo on your blog/post. Nominate up to to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside. Be sure to link your nominees within your post. Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are my 9 winners:

1. Diary of an Eccentric
2. Dreadlock Girl
3. The Burton Review
4. A Novel Menagerie
5. S. Krishna’s Books
6. My Friend Amy
7. Drey’s Library
8. Book Chick City
9. Well Read Reviews

Meanwhile, I’ve also received the Queen of all Things Awe-Summm Award from Jo-Jo Loves to Read!!!

Now I have to share 7 Awe-Summm things about me:

1. I’m fiercely loyal to friends and family.
2. I love to read.
3. I love to write.
4. I love to debate politics. (which could be good or bad depending on who you are talking to)
5. I’m open-minded, most of the time.
6. I love my online book blogging buddies
7. I adore my dog, Charlee

Ok, here are my 7 winners:

1. Jenn’s Bookshelf
2. Booking Mama
3. Beth Fish Reads
4. GalleySmith
5. Bermudaonion
6. West of Mars
7. Fizzy Thoughts

Have you visited these blogs? Well if not, you better get started because you are missing out on great content.

And the Nominees Are…

I received this Lovely Blog award from DeSeRt RoSe BoOkLoGue back in May and have been remiss in accepting it. Unfortunately, like many others, but I will eventually get around to them!

Anyway, without further ado, here are my nominees (those new blogs or blogging friends) for the award:

1. 1morechapter
2. Black-Eyed Susan’s
3. Damned Scribbling Women
4. Today’s Adventure
5. Ticket to Anywhere
6. The Novel Bookworm
7. The Bookkitten
8. Reading One Mile at a Time
9. Never Without a Book
10. Life in So Many Words

If you haven’t checked out these blogs, you better get cracking!

Another Awards Ceremony

I recently received some more awards. This time it was the Kreative Blogger Award from Rebecca at Just One More Page and Carolyn at Book Chick City. Thanks gals!

Rules for accepting the Kreative Blogger Award require me to list seven of my favorite things and nominate seven other fabulous blogs!

Since I received this award twice, I think I’ll list 14 things that are my favorites and nominate 14 other blogs.

Some of my favorite things:

1. My new Blood Ties Season 1 DVD

2. My Moonlight Full Series DVD

3. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (stay tuned for my review)

4. 25th Anniversary Thriller by Michael Jackson CD/DVD

5. L.L. Bean Heatwave Messenger Bag

6. Vampire fiction

7. Blogging

8. my husband and family

9. my friends

10. writing fiction and poetry

11. hiking in the mountains

12. Photography

Charlee Atop Canyon Overlook...Pooped

13. My Keeshond, Charlee

14. Reading Challenges– WWII Reading Challenge, Sookie Stackhouse Challenge, and the Everything Austen Challenge.

And here are the blogs I nominate:

1. Naida
2. Iliana
3. Kristi
4. Dar
5. Dawn
6. Jackie
7. Amy
8. Kathy
9. Stephanie
10. Susan
11. Marg
12. Jill
13. Toni
14. Sheri

Award Time, Let’s Pass It Along

The Maiden’s Court bestowed upon Savvy Verse & Wit the Lemonade Award back in May. I’ve been remiss in writing an acceptance speech. I want to say thank you for the award and for introducing me to yet another new-to-me blog! If you haven’t been to The Maiden’s Court I suggest you check out the reviews of historical fiction, romance, paranormal, and other books.

I also received this award from Zia at My Life in Not so Many Words. I can’t comment much on her blog with the dreaded embedded comment box, since the work computer where I do most of my blog reading hates that function, BUT she has an awesome black cat and cute dog and wonderful reviews, of course. If you haven’t checked out My Life in Not so Many Words, you should.

The Lemonade Award is given to those who show great attitude and gratitude in their blogging. So, without further ado, allow me to pass these on to the following blogs:


I think that’s 20! Since I was supposed to nominate 10 per award. Whew!

Award Time!

Naida at The Bookworm must be tickled that her little award is continuing to make it around the blogosphere.

I recently received this one from Anna at Diary of an Eccentric, and I wanted to tell her THANKS! And, of course, to pass it on to some of you!

1. Natalie of Book, Line, and Sinker

2. Carrie at Books and Movies

3. Lisa, Julie, Jenn at Girls Just Reading

4. Rebecca at Just One More Page

5. Liviania at In Bed With Books

6. Lady Vampire’s Lair

7. Jackie at Literary Escapism

8. Jill at The Magic Lasso

9. Violet Crush

10. Heather at Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books

11. Iliana at Bookgirl’s Nightstand

Also, given that I have two blog tours coming up at the end of this week, I wanted to let everyone know that my big 2-year blogiversary giveaway will be up tomorrow instead and run through the end of the month.

Check out this giveaway:

1 copy of Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham, here; Deadline is June 10, 2009, 11:59 PM EST

True Fairy Tale Award & More

I recently received The True Fairy Tale Award from Readaholic. The award is for the hopes that one day all your dreams will come true!! Because we all are still Cinderella’s at heart!

I would like to pass it on to the following bloggers:

Anna of Diary of an Eccentric
Dar of Peeking Between the Pages
Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books
Bonnie from Redlady’s Reading Room
Gautami of Everything Distils into Reading
Toni at A Circle of Books
Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog
Wendi of Wendi’s Book Corner

I also received the Diego Award from Naida at the bookworm, which she created using a photo of her new dog, Diego.

Medieval Bookworm
You’ve Gotta Read This
Violet Crush
Janel’s Jumble
The Book Resort
Fizzy Thoughts
Book Chatter and Other Stuff
Jo-Jo Loves to Read

***Giveaway Reminders***

Giveaway for Eleanor Bluestein’s Tea & Other Ayama Na Tales short story collection, here; Deadline is May 6, 2009, 11:59 PM EST.

1 copy of Rubber Side Down Edited by Jose Gouveia, here; Deadline is May 15 at 11:59 PM EST

Lovely, Savvy Verse & Wit

Karen Beth at The Pink Bookmark recently awarded me One Lovely Blog Award, here. Karen Beth’s blog is new to me, and I hope you will all check it out too.

Here are the Rules…

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3) Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

You’re gonna love this; Here are my Awardees: (They are all new-to-me, thanks to that darn 24-hour read-a-thon)

1. All About {n}
2. A Comfy Chair and a Good Book
3. A Bookish Mom
4. Art & Literature
5. Brooke Reviews
6. Library Girl Reads
7. Never Without a Book
8. Passages to the Past
9. Pudgy penguin Perusals
10. Readaholic
11. Reading Extravaganza
12. Book Kitten
13. Burton Review
14. The Eclectic Reader
15. Today’s Adventure

Who are some new-to-you bloggers?

*** Giveaway Reminders***

Don’t forget to enter the Keeper of Light and Dust giveaway, here and here. Deadline is April 28 at 11:59 PM EST.

There’s a giveaway for 5 copies of Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch, here; deadline is April 29, 2009, 11:59 PM EST.

A giveaway of The Mechanics of Falling by Catherine Brady, here; Deadline is May 1 11:59 PM EST

5 Joanna Scott, author of Follow Me, books giveaway, here; Deadline May 4, 11:59 PM EST.

2009 Friendly Blogger Award

Socrates’ Book Reviews bestowed upon me this award, here. I am tickled pink by these awards, and love to pass them along to some of my favorite bloggers. I really would love to bestow this award on all of you, though I do feel like I should single out some exceptionally friendly bloggers.

Here’s my list:

1. My Friend Amy
2. Peeking Between the Pages
3. You’ve GOTTA Read This
4. Book girl of Mur-y-Castell
5. A Novel Menagerie
6. Janel’s Jumble
7. Jo-Jo Loves to Read!!!
8. At Home With Books
9. In Bed With Books
10. Kittling: Books
11. Literate Housewife
12. Diary of an Eccentric
13. Maw Books
14. Musings of a Bookish Kitty
15. Out of the Blue
16. Presenting Lenore
17. Reading Room
18. Redlady’s Reading Room
19. She Is Too Fond of Books
20. Things Mean A Lot
21. Wendi’s Book Corner

Phew! That was a long list. If you’re not on the list, do not fret. I agree that you should have the award…so snag it and display it proudly.

***Giveaway Reminder***

Don’t forget to enter The Traitor’s Wife giveaway, here and here. Deadline is Tonight at 5pm.

Don’t forget to enter the Keeper of Light and Dust giveaway, here and here. Deadline is April 28 at 11:59 PM EST.

Enchanted Blog!

Savvy Verse & Wit is Enchanted, you’ve heard it here first. Mari over at MariReads bestowed upon me this cute little award!

This is what the award is about:

The only requirement for this award is that you share it with whomever you like, sharing the love is always a good thing. The blog has to show only one characteristic, caring. So, start sharing this enchanted award with five other bloggers. Let your bloggers know they have received this enchanted award. (Remember, fairies are fickle wee things, don’t incur their displeasure by ignoring their gift.)

Here are the blogs that I find enchanting:

1. Bethany’s B&B Ex Libris (I’m happy that someone else is doing the NaPoWriMo/PAD Challenge besides me–and she writes poems in two languages! Check out the quitter, lo feo de la noche, and favourites.)

2. Anna at Diary of an Eccentric (How could I forget my buddy of 14 years?! Impossible–Even if she is eccentric with a capital E! LOL)

3. Alyce of At Home With Books (who is always commenting on my posts and lurking in the shadows)

4. Iliana of Bookgirl’s Nightstand (She’s talented in more than one way, and she’s been offering National Poetry Month posts: Selecting a Poetry Book, Journaling Poem, and Book Festival.)

5. Bermudaonion (I literally think she comments on every one of my posts; I smile when I see her pop up and enter contests.)

6. Black Eyed-Susan (A new-to-me blog, and she too is participating in NaPoWriMo/PAD Challenge! Check out her short poem, I Come from a Long Line, Friday.)

7. Dar of Peeking Between the Pages (Another of those great bloggers who is always supportive, comments a lot, and I wish I could emulate her and Bermudaonion–at least on the commenting front)

There are so many other blogs out there, which ones do you find enchanting?

***Giveaway Reminder***

Don’t forget to enter The Traitor’s Wife giveaway, here and here.

Aw, I Had No Idea!

I want to acknowledge this award I received from Sheri at A Novel Menagerie and Up Close & Personal With LadyTink. Thanks, Sheri & LadyTink!

I had not idea that I commented as much as I did. I’ve tried to keep up with everyone and I don’t feel like a great commenter most of the time. I’m happy to be among the great recipients of this award.

Someday, when I have more time, I will be happy to pass this along to my commenters. But for now, you know who you are and you can proudly display this on your blog.