Blog Of The Year!!

Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpegHello once again, Readers!!!! How was your holiday? Santa snuck in and ate the cookies my kids baked. He even took the note my son left for him! This is the only time of year we promote breaking-and-entering as acceptable…lol

But really, we are very fortunate and grateful for our family and friends and the love that is shared between everyone. I couldn’t ask for better people to share these special moments in time with.

But enough about all the boring-ness of my life…:)

I am still in the first year of starting this blog and I can’t believe all that has changed for me. My book was finally published in September with the second on the way, I’ve had over 8K views, and I’m one subscriber away from 500! What!?

The sad thing is, I have severely slacked on my posts in the last few months (something I am making a new years resolution about). But even with all the craziness and my late absence, I have still been nominated for Blog of the Year 2012! Not once, but twice!! I know right! AWESOMENESS!!

I was nominated by the lovely Andrew Toynbee who wrote ‘A Construct of Angels’ which I read and loved and also did an interview for, and the magnificent Pat who has always been kind and has a great talent for writing. She also loves to cook! You MUST check them out and say hello!

Any who, let me give my nominations before I explain the rules:

  1. Sonya Loveday - Because she is my very best bestie and I love her!
  2. 40 is the new 13 – Because you always have a neat outlook on life that makes me think and laugh.
  3. Phillip McCollum - Because he is extremely talented and awesome!
  4. Cassandra Giovanni - Because we are in the same boat in the world of being published!
  5. Cramped Writing - Because you are going places and I enjoy your posts!
  6. Ignore the Buckles on My Jacket - Because you are hilarious!
  7. Patricia Awapara - Because she can paint like the Greats. She inspires me!
  8. James Calbraith - Because his books are AWESOME and he is a talented writer!
  9. ZB’s Blog of Awesomeness - Because she is a good friend and fellow author of 48fourteen!
  10. The Bishop Review - Because if you ever need the “know” on what to watch-he’s your guy!
  11. Jason Alan - Because you are kind and talented!!

I know…that’s a lot of people. There are so many more that are great and talented and keep up with their blogs better than I ever could! I am very grateful to everyone that I have met and learned from since being on here.

But I digress. It’s rule time!

Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   

and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group 

and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

 

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Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award!

Thanks everyone!!!

Echelon out ♥

I’m on Goodreads! Yay!

Hello once again Readers!!! Long time no talk! Except for when I’m held up in a phone booth in the wilds of Canada like I am to your left. Then it’s long time long talk…? And fine, so I wasn’t “technically” in Canada. I was at the Canada in Epcot. Close enough for me!

I digress.

It’s been a few days since I’ve even been on here…so sad *shakes head*. A lot can happen in a few days. You could be abducted by aliens, you could win the lottery and live out your dreams, you could put your author profile up on Goodreads…wait…back up a sec, what was the last thing you said? Something about Goodreads?

That’s right people! I’ve finally got off my arse and set up my author profile on Goodreads. My novel has been added and can be shelved as to-read! What!!!! I know!!!

So many exclamation points!!!

I know it’s not published yet, but this is so exciting for me! It’s one step closer to being official. And to top that, I now have over 200 followers and I was nominated for two awards! The Beautiful Blogger and the Reader Appreciation Award. I am so grateful and on cloud nine (whatever that means)!!

The only thing that could top this would be finally receiving the email from my publisher that we are ready to go live with Born in Flames. Hopefully soon (sending subliminal messages to her now…).

I know this isn’t a very helpful blog (more like a journal entry…kind of), but I just have to share it with you because I am that excited about it. Literally. I’m grinning as I type this. (I know…I’m strange.) But I can’t help it. Seeing my cover online just sends little happy chills down my spine and makes me want to do 15 cartwheels in a row!

So to make this a helpful blog, I won’t bore you with another seven interesting facts about myself, but I will however pass on these lovely awards to some blogs I’ve recently started following. Love to pass the joy around!

Matt Knox * The Pittsburgh Housewife * Tamara Morning * Million Happy Endings * English as a Foreign Language * Dan Thompson * Words on the Page

May we all stay beautiful and appreciated, Bloggers.

Now to leave you with a question: What was the happiest moment in your life?

Until next time (most likely tomorrow), Echelon out ♥

♥ The Liebster Blog Award ♥

I’ve been honored with a nomination for the Liebster Award by Shirley Sorbello!!! How exciting! I love the awards that are passed around our community. It gives us all a chance to get to know one another all the while promoting each other. So go team! This award is especially special for a number of reasons. Read further to understand why…(muhahaha).

The following information was copied from: A Writer’s Journey

What is the Liebster Award?

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

Umm…they left something out. The most important adjective to describe us Liebster receivers! Can you guess what I’m about to say? AWESOME!!! I’m just kidding (not really). So to my nominees listed below, please be sure to add awesome to your description because you surely are!

Now for the rules: 

  1. If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Then you answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you & make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
  3. Tag 11 more Bloggers.
  4. Tell the people you tagged that you did.
  5. No tagging back.
  6. The person you tag must have less than 200 followers.

So let us begin!

11 more things you should probably know about me…

  1. I just dyed my hair magenta. Boo-ya.
  2. I am afraid of the dark. Big time.
  3. I’ve been stung by jellyfish before. It hurts.
  4. I own and love my Heelys. (And I’m damn good at it)
  5. I sometimes speak in Yoda. Awesome I am!
  6. I can be a pushover. Bad habit.
  7. I can do the Shake-down Shimmy like Adam Richman. It works.
  8. I love Ikea.
  9. I love to travel. Now if only I could afford to…
  10. I used to love Barney.
  11. I danced in an off-broadway production of the Nutcracker when I was younger. I was a toy-soldier and waltzing flower.

Here are the answers to Shirley’s 11 wonderful questions!

  1.     What is your favorite childhood memory? Hmm…it would have to be performing on a cruise ship while on the way to Cozumel, Mexico. It was fun trying to accommodate my routines to the swaying of the boat. Plus, I was of the legal age to drink beer! (14 I think I was). I tried it on a bus (my mother actually let me!) and hated it.
  2.     What is your favorite color? It would have to be blue. A greenish-blue to be precise.
  3.     What is your favorite place on Earth?  In my husband’s arms (Awwwww). I know.
  4.     What has been your proudest moment? That’s difficult. Of course having two healthy, beautiful children would be it, but signing a publishing contract has been my ultimate proud moment. I’m showing my children that you can go for your dreams and achieve them if you work hard enough.
  5.     What makes you happiest? Feeling like I’ve left my mark, one way or another.
  6.     What are you afraid to do? Even though I have, I’m afraid to put myself out there (speaking of Born in Flames) and receive nothing but negative feedback. I’m afraid of not interesting anyone. You know, the normal writer’s self-doubt.
  7.     What do you want the world to remember most about you? That I loved passionately, I gave my all to everything I touched, I dreamed, I danced, I wrote, I lived my life to the fullest, and I could do a cart-wheel.
  8.     Why do you write and/or blog? It started off as a way of putting myself out there as an author. A contact for my future readers. But in the past few months, it’s become much more. I blog because it makes me happy. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out that I’m not alone in my dreams and doubts.
  9.     What famous person do you admire the most? Sheesh. Umm…Jared Leto I guess. He’s a Capricorn like me so I know he’s a hard worker. His lyrics are beautiful and relatable. And he’s persevered through all the struggles his band was put through.  
  10.     What is you favorite kind of music? Indie Pop, Alternative, Punk, Rock, 80’s, the list could go on and on…
  11.     What do you know for sure? I know for sure that I will go to bed with pink hair. :)

    Magenta baby!

My Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your biggest dream?
  2. What inspires you the most?
  3. What is your favorite kind of music?
  4. How did you wind up with a blog?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. What is your favorite genre of reading?
  7.  The ocean or the mountains?
  8. Are you a hopeless romantic?
  9.  What is your current WIP about?
  10.  What is your top five favorite movies?
  11.  What is your favorite thing about yourself?

That’s it! Now remember nominees, you are AWESOME! So let’s list them:

Sonya Loveday * Veganchopnchat (not sure how many followers you have but oh well) * Mymagicalescape * James M Davis * Em Types * Ignore the Buckles on My Jacket * Michelle Proulx * Andrew Toynbee * Austin Bishop * James Calbraith * Sean’s World

So that about wraps it up!

Until tomorrow Little Flames… Echelon out ♥

A Nomination and a Book Trailer ♥

 Hello once again Readers!!! Exciting news for this blogger/writer!

First thing’s first, that’s me over there <–, in case you were wondering.  And that’s what my morning usually consists of. My faithful dog, Lily, snuggled up against me, and my Kindle Fire allowing me to read other fellow bloggers (and an occassional book or two). All while falling into the sink hole of my couch.

But I digress.

So, what’s the exciting news?  Let’s start with the nomination and save the really good stuff for last…(muhahaha). Andrew Toynbee, a very excellent blogger, has been nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award.

Round of applause, please!!!

And like a lot of these awards, you are to pass on what you have been bestowed. Sharing is caring. That being said, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the 15! Woohoo!

Onward to the rules!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the site.
2. Write seven things about yourself that other bloggers don’t know
3. Nominate fifteen other deserving blogs.

Okay, once again, thank you oh so much Andrew for the mention. It really means a lot!! Readers, you should check him out!  Now for the seven things…

1. I enjoy sweeping. It’s a form of zen.

2. Drink of choice, whiskey and coke. Nothing more nothing less.

3. At my old job, I had to park in the same row every day, otherwise I felt my whole day would be screwed. Grrr.

4. I tend to snort when I laugh, and in extreme cases, if the joke is really funny, I fall to the ground.

5. I danced for a good 15 years of my life.

6. Both my children were born via C-section. Why? Because my son (first-born) was a whopping 9lb 6oz. Yeah, I know.

7. I have a huge heart and always try to see the best in people. Sometimes it backfires, but there’s never a regret. (Awwww)

Now for nominations:

Sonya Loveday (Welcome to the blog-o-sphere Bestie!) * Michelle Proulx (because I think you’re awesome) * James Calbraith (because your interview and book are awesome) * Elizabeth Guizzetti (Have faith, people will see your genius) * Austin Bishop (your topics are always interesting and insightful) * K.L Shwengel (because you make me laugh) * Debbie ( because I LOVE astrology).

I lost count…that’s all I have until I get to know more peeps. And I think I went a bit overkill on the use of AWESOME, but hey, it’s a fantastic and AWESOME word…:)

Now to wrap things up because this is taking a heck of a lot longer than I had planned and I’m sure you’re probably like, “Oh my gosh, really? Hurry up!” Or you’ve just skimmed through. Either way, thanks for stopping in.

I digress.

So starting tomorrow I will be taping my very own book trailer! I’m so excited about this! I have the scenes and music all scripted out, as well as the people playing my characters, so I’m ready to go! My cousin has a small production company in New Hampshire and they’ve agreed to help me with all the editing. So fingers crossed that it will all turn out the way I envision it! That’s it. That’s my other big news. I’ll keep you updated on how the whole process goes. It should be interesting to say the least…

Oh, and here I am dying of heat exhaustion earlier today while out for a jog.

Scary stuff…hehehe…

Now for a question: If you were on the brink of death by dehydration, hanging on by a mere thread, underneath the sweltering sun, what would you do for a glass of water?

Hmmmm…

As always, Echelon out ♥

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello once again Readers!!!

A fellow author of 48fourteen has nominated me for this fun facts award. She is the author of Other Systems and her name is Elizabeth Guizzetti. Click on her name to check out her blog and click on the book to purchase a copy!

The rules of this fun award are to tell seven things about yourself and then pass on the good fortune to other bloggers. I think it’s an excellent way to learn things about fellow writers that you hadn’t expected.

So let’s begin:

1) I have two children, a five-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl. I recently quit my job to stay at home with them and haven’t regretted one minute of it!

2) I married my high school sweetheart. We met when I was 15 and he was 16 in 2002, and have been together ever since. He’s the love of my life!

3) I’ve written two novels, one of which is being published by 48fourteen sometime in the near future, and the other is in the process of editing. It will be a trilogy. You can check out my page up top for more information on Born in Flames.

4) I love spanish food! I think I could eat it every day even though it’s not the best for a girl’s figure. It’s my go-to for mealtime.

5) I randomly dance throughout the day, even when there’s no music playing. I also make up silly songs to go along with whatever I’m doing. Don’t ask me why lol.

6) I don’t feel uncomfortable with silence. Words aren’t always necessary.

7) I believe in Fairies. If you say you don’t then you better start clapping!!!

So bam! Seven things you may or may not have known about me. Now to pass on the fun!

Michelle Proulx

Andie K

Zencherry

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to share seven things about yourself in the comments below! I’d love to get to know you!

Echelon out!

My first nomination!!!

Hello once again Readers!!!!

 So how was your Father’s Day weekend? Our’s was pretty relaxing. I made a breakfasty feast for my husband yesterday, which was delicious, and then we went to lunch with my mother and grandmother. The sun was out and the breeze was slight, normal for Florida weather. My two kiddies enjoyed their time with their dad and I enjoyed his smile. He spent the majority of the day smiling, so I feel my mission to make him feel appreciated was fully accomplished.

For some other happy news…I was tagged for the Lucky 7 MeMe Award by a fellow blogger and writer Michelle Proulx. Check out her blog, she’s really funny.  I never thought I’d be nominated for anything, especially my blog, but I guess it’s my lucky day. So what does this mean? Well, for me it means a heaping ball of excitement because it’s gives me a reason to share a blip of my WIP, Embracing the Flames, the second book to my Trilogy. Yay!

First off, here are the rules:

  1. Go to the 7th or 77th page of your Work in progress.
  2. Go to the 7th line of the page.
  3. Copy the next 7 sentences or paragraphs. Remember, they must be as they are typed.
  4. Tag 7 authors.
  5. Let them know they’re it!

Okay, so since it’s the Lucky 7, I will choose page seven. This is actually from the chapter that I just added for Aurora’s magic and shifting training. The 7th line in, is when Aurora is in the midst of a fight scene with Fenn, both of them practicing their new skills. Aurora is having trouble controlling her dragon side and has found herself not only battling with Fenn, but with her self-control as well. Here goes nothing:

     The dragon spirit in me pushed forward, refusing to take anymore of this beating. No! I said internally, trying everything I could to remain in control. The confines of the artificial whirlwind had finally died down. I felt Astral’s strength pouring into me, waiting for me to tap into, but I refused. I was going to do this on my own or else. Fenn released me from the silencing spell, so I swooped down, grazing his face with the claws of my feet. “Protectio!” I shouted as a bubble of protection surrounded me.

Those are the seven sentence starting at the seventh line. Still a WIP, but everyday I grow closer to being finished. Now for the next rule. To tag or not to tag. I’m still new to following other’s blogs, so I have to actually search a few in order to find seven that I don’t know and who hasn’t been nominated (to my knowledge) yet. Here are the seven I chose:

1. http://olshepp.wordpress.com/ – Check her out.

2.http://zencherry.wordpress.com/ – Pretty awesome.

3.http://susanmacatee.wordpress.com/ – if you like reading romance novels.

4.http://mobyjoecafe.com/- made me laugh.

5.http://journeytoatlantis.wordpress.com/ – a fellow fantasy lover.

6.http://verado.wordpress.com/ – Just because she loves 30 Seconds to Mars too!

And finally,

7.http://drinkteaanddream.wordpress.com/ – interesting.

Okay so I’ve done it. Phew. Now I must take the kiddos for a walk. I’ve dedicated the past two hours to searching for others to nominate. I am tired. Fresh air screams my name! Then onto editing my second novel. What did you think about my excerpt? Boring? Interesting? Indulge me in your thoughts :)

Echelon out ♥