Oh, heavens, I almost forgot…

The lovely Kourtney Heintz awarded me the Liebster Blog Award a few days back, which caught me by surprise.  She’s an awesome person and I’ve learned a lot from her blog.  She recently hit up the writer’s conference in NY and has posted some valuable information.  You should really hop over and take a look.

The guidelines for the Liebster Blog Award are:

1.  Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2.  Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving them a comment on their blog.

3.  Post the award on your blog.

4.  Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.

5.  Most of all – have fun and spread the karma.

So, my top 5 blogs in no particular order are:

Jennifer Eaton 

Kristen Lamb


Shannon Messenger 

Lori Freeland

Thanks to all of you for posting your thoughts, reviews, opinions, etc.  I have met some fantastically, amazing people through my blog.  Cheers and big  hugs to all of you for taking the time to make the rest of our lives richer.

I’ve broken a rule: I’ve been swayed by a cover to read a book

I vowed a long time ago to never judge a book by its cover.  In fact I’ve read tons of books that have had mediocre covers.  But when I saw this one, I HAD to add it to my ‘to-read’ list before I even read the back cover.

Isn’t it beautiful!  And then I read the back cover:

“A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can.

When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.

As she heals, Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Her family is gone, the boy she loves is missing, and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy. In order to rediscover the truth about love, hope, and magic, she must venture away from her home, collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart’s desire.”

Sounds like a fantasy right up my alley.

It makes me all that much more determined to get my novels published.  I can’t wait to see what the artists come up with for my covers.  It sends tingles up my spine just thinking about it!