I’ve been running pretty hard lately trying to complete a novel, keep up with book marketing and a dozen daily tasks. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day or the needed energy to complete my activities. But just as I began to feel slightly burned out, I received two awards—“The Versatile Blogger” and “The Liebster Blog” (which I’m told originated in Germany and means ‘favorite’ or ‘dearest’.)
“First, I want to thank the Academy…” Oh, sorry. That’s the opening of my speech when I receive the Oscar for ‘Best Book Developed into a Movie’ award. (Okay, so I made the award up…like you haven’t either?) Now, returning to reality:
To be thought of by your peers is quite uplifting to one’s soul, but to be recognized by a fellow writer in any form is truly an honor. Sandra Valente, host of the international SSBookFanatics website, ( www.SSBookFanatics.blogspot.com ) did so with her nomination of me.
Sandra is well known by so many of us. She is a beautiful, thoughtful, and caring person. Her reviews of our books are intriguing novels within themselves. Absorbing the stories as every author hopes a reader will she then presents her honest opinions with such narration that you, as the author, are left stupefied by the grace of her words. The writing of a review—a review worthy of being read—is no easy task. Anyone can write, “…it’s a page turner, a must read…” but when you serve meat and potatoes along with it for the reader to chew on for days, you have accomplished a monumental feat!
To know she looked at my writings, my blog, as having the versatility to garner readers’ interest was quite uplifting, and to realize she considered me as a ‘favorite’ or ‘dearest’ means much more.
Now comes my time to select 5 authors and award them the recognition they so rightly deserve. (Sorry, but I chose 6…) What are the rules? Quite simple:
- Recognize the person who awarded you.
- Consider all the people you know.
- Select five nominees who you feel display an abundance of qualities and versatility.
- Let them know they have been selected.
- Post the award on your blog.
- And last but not least, bask in the pleasure of recognizing fellow authors, their talents, and spreading good karma to them.
Without further ado, here are my nominees and recipients.
These fine authors were chosen after reading their blogs and enjoying the content, observing how they so freely assist their fellow authors on social networks, and taking note of their excellent writing skills. There are many fine authors to choose from but today I cannot list them all.
- Kirkus MacGowan, @KirkusMacGowan.
- Eri Nelson, @Dearharts.
- Virginia Lee, @Dagonsblood.
- Patti Roberts, @PattiRoberts7.
- Jeff Bennington, @TweetTheBook.
- Belinda Witzenhausen, @BWitzenhausen
Visit each of these fine authors. See for yourself why I have chosen them. Learn more about their projects and review their blogs. It is through this process we learn from one another.
Wishing everyone the best in their endeavors!