Tagged!! Now to Face the Music.

Last week Darlene Foster caught up to me in a game of tag.

Now, I’m going to post the rules just because I intend to break them. Not only that, making up eleven questions and tagging eleven unsuspecting bloggers seems like too much work for this gal, and hey, I’ve got a novel idea in my head. You read about it in my last post….Letting go. Remember?

The Tag rules:

1. You must post the rules!

2. Answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.

3. Tag eleven people and link to them.

4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

I thought I’d answer Darlene’s questions just to be a good sport, plus it gave me something to blog about.

So here goes:

Do you use a bookmark or will any old bit of paper do? I should be saying bookmarks because I have oodles of Bitter, Sweet bookmarks given to me by my publisher at the time of the launch, but truth be told, more times than not I grab anything for a bookmark, bits of paper a piece of yarn. Heck I’d use a twist tie if I had to.

What new books are you most excited to read this year? A few book I’m looking forward to reading this year are: Revenge of the Lobster Lover by facebook friend Hilary MacLoud and Buried but not Dead by BC writer/blogger Joylene Butler. I’m also anxious to get at Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood.

Favourite season? Fall has to be my favourite. I love the coloured leaves and the crispness in the air. If ever a season inspired me to write I’d say it was fall. Not only that, it’s the only season with an alias. Fall a.k.a. autumn but don’t tell the other seasons.

If money were not an issue, what present would you give yourself? A maid. Of course to go along with this maid I’d be looking for a much larger home. I mean, why not? Money’s no object, right? If someone else is doing the cleaning I’m all for it and as for the bigger house I wouldn’t want one of my employees to become bored while under my roof.

Do you buy second-hand books, new books or both? If it has a cover and pages, heck if it has pages, I’ll buy it. I’m a book packrat. Still, there are worse things in this world. At least I’m not hoarding something totally useless like plastic shopping bags or empty toilet paper tubes.

Early bird or night owl? I think I have a split birdsonality. I tend to be consistently inconsistent when it comes to sleep. If I had things my way I wouldn’t sleep at all. I mean what a waste of eight hours. Think of all the images I could be pinning, all the status updates I could be writing, and all the blogs I could be commenting on.

Do you like to read a specific genre? If so, what genre is it? I just like reading. I do read a lot of books for kids. Makes sense since I write books for kids, but if I’m reading big people books I tend to gravitate towards literary novels.

Who is your favourite literary character of all time? My favourite literary character of all time? I’ve got to go with my gut here and say Goldie Locks. Maybe it’s the golden locks, maybe because she barged into a bear’s house without giving a care, or maybe, just maybe it’s because I dressed up like Goldie Locks when I was a kid and hauled my teddy bears in a little wagon in the East Dalhousie parade on fair day.

Physical books, E-books or audio books? Are you kidding? I’m so old fashion I’d be reading tablets if they were still around.

If your life was made into a movie, who would you like to play you? I thought about this for awhile and decided on Danny DeVito of course he’d have to put on a wig and maybe lose a little weight, but he’s funny (and I like funny) and he’s just the right height. On second thought if he’s unable or unwilling to lose weight I’d be willing to increase my consumption of Mars bar to at least meet him half way cause I’m fair like that.

Cat person or dog person? Cat. I miss our kitty who disappeared last summer. Sometimes I imagine he’ll show up out of the blue to surprise me. Not sure we’ll replace him. He wasn’t a very smart kitty, but he was really loveable.

So there ya go. Eleven things about me that will make your life so much richer. Now because I’m sparing you the agony of being tagged and following the rules I think it’s only fair that you answer one of these questions. How about this one: if your life was made into a movie, who would you like to play you?

The Stylish Blogger Award

Okay, so I messed up earlier and some of you received an unfinished blog post. My mind said preview but my fingers hit publish. Brain farts–What can I say? They do happen. Don’t they?

Everyone likes winning awards or at least I hope they do. It always fun to receive some recognition for what we’re doing. A few days back, over on Joylene Butler’s blog, I discovered I’d been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award. I’m not 100% sure what the Stylish Blogger Award means, but I’m willing to accept any award that come my way.. Thanks so much Joylene!

By accepting this award I’m to tell five of my favourite things and then pick five people to pass the award on to.

Here are my five favourite things: I’m going to steer way from the obvious like family, and friends. I couldn’t possible choose a favourite friend or a favourite kid. You all know you’re top of the heap for me so I’m going to dig down little deeper.

1.I’m a sucker for a red sunset. I never tire of watching the sun set, seeing the colours bleed into the western sky at night. There’s something hopeful about a red sunset, the promise of a glorious day ahead.

2.My laplop. Not only is there a great story behind how I got my laptop when the whole family chipped in to buy me one for Christmas one year, but I do nearly all my writing on it now. Just love it!

3.Mars Bars.. If you are one of my FaceBook friends I don’t need to offer much explanation. You already know this. To everyone else trust me when I say that some days you just need a Mars Bar to get you through. Try it!

4.Lavender. I’m a lavender kind of gal! I just love the smell and hope to one day grow some in my presently non-existing flower garden.

5.Wayne Dyer. I know, I know. But I’m a huge big fan of this man. I can’t help it. I own many of his books and I’m on his facebook fanpage.

So there ya go! Five of my favourite things. Much more interesting than say, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Don’t ya think?

Here are the five bloggers I’m going to pass this award along to.

1. Carol Ann Hoel –If you want a bit of a spiritual pick me up check out Carol Ann’s blog.

2. Duke1959 — I don’t know anyone who posts more often than Mike. If anyone deserves an award for blogging it’s got to be Mike.

3.Pauline —Brightest Blue. Pauline’s a blogger in the Ottawa area. Check out her other blog as well, Art in the Capital. You’ll find some great stuff there too.

4.Diane Lynn Tibert —Diane’s articles are in news papers and magazines. I’ve been reading her column in the Bridgewater Bulletin for a few years now. We both like history and genealogy and her posts are always interesting to read. She’s also a fellow Nova Scotia writer. Yay!

5.Ciara Knight — Caira writes fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. You’ll find a lot of neat things on her blog too.

I hope you have time to check these blogs out. And thanks once again to Joylene. It’s always nice to receive a little love and recognition.

Dead Witness

“I think you’ll like it. Well, I know you’ll like it…. You just want to keep reading to see what’s going to happen next.”

This is what my mother had to say about Dead Witness a suspense thriller written by blogger friend, Joylene Butler. What you need to know about my mom is that when she’s knee-deep into a book that she’s really enjoying, #1 I don’t hear from her so often #2 She finds it difficult not to talk about the book and blow the whole ending. After Mum gave Dead Witness her seal of approval it was my turn to tackle it. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed with Mum’s review. She hit the nail right on the head. So Mum’s review of Joylene’s book gets two thumbs up from me. Great job Mum. You really know a good book when you read it. You also did well to not blow the ending for me even though I caught you a few times in mid-sentence about to spill the beans. I wouldn’t blame you if you had, some reads are hard to keep to yourself and we have Joylene to blame for that.

Joylene’s book can be purchased through Chapters.ca and Amazon.com

What’s The Book About?

Valerie McCormick is a wife and mother from small town Canada. While visiting Seattle, she becomes the only witness to the brutal seaside murder of two FBI agents. When she flees to the nearest police station to report the crime, she becomes caught up in a web of international intrigue and danger. Suddenly, she and her family are in the sights of ruthless criminals bent on preventing her from testifying against the murderer. Even with FBI protection, Valerie is not safe. Whisked away from her family and all that is familiar to her, Valerie fights back against the well intentioned FBI to ultimately take control over her life with every ounce of fury a mother can possess.

Good news for Dead Witness: Joylene just announced yesterday on her blog that MuseItUp Publishing has just purchased the e-publishing rights to Dead Witness And as if this isn’t enough, Joylene’s next novel, Broken But Not Dead is to be released this summer. Check out Joylene’s site for details. Way to go, Joylene! Congrats! You deserve it.

Stormy Weather

No snow for Christmas this year in Nova Scotia, and yet it didn’t make it feel any less like Christmas. My children were all able to make it home because of the good travelling conditions, and we’re having a glorious week so far with Miss Charlotte and Mel.

When I was growing up, no snow for Christmas would have been totally unheard of. I can’t seem to recall a single Christmas when weren’t buried in tons of snow.

But, as you can see, here it is three days later and it’s a totally different story. Oh we’ve got snow all right. No worries about that. The older I become the less fond I am of snow. I’ll agree it’s pretty to look at, and I’ll even admit there’s something appealing about sitting inside the house while a snowstorm is raging outside. There is this feeling of closeness that makes me feel safe and content. It’s a great time to curl up with a book or work on a story. I find storms—snow, rain, and wind— to be rather inspiring. The thought of people travelling out on the snowy, icy roads is the real reason why I don’t like the snow.

As I watch the snow still accumulating outside, I realize how anxious I am to get back to reading and writing in the New Year. I have some books to read by some friends I met online this year. One is a suspense thriller by Joylene Butler (Mum is reading it right now and she’s been raving about it!) another is a MG by Darlene Foster, a fellow contributor to the Country Roads Anthology. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning these books on my blog later in January.

The receipt of a gift certificate for the local bookstore will ensure that I’ll be making a book purchase sometime very soon in the New Year. Any suggestions of what book I should buy?

So while there’s nothing I can do about the winter weather outside, there’s plenty I can do to enjoy these cold, dark days of winter.

Anything exciting on your to be read list for the New Year?

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