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Q&A 7 Deadly sins of books

March 12, 2015

I couldn’t resist having a go at this writerly ‘tag’ post. Thank you to:  for allowing me to snag it.

7 sins tag



Defined as: An intense and selfish desire for something.

 What is your most expensive book?

This depends on how you define ‘expensive’. I treasure the book I received for an art contest when I was in primary school – The Story of Hiawatha. Not only did I want to win the contest but in particular this first prize. The book is slightly worn but I will never let it go – it is my treasure and irreplaceable.



Defined as: Extreme anger.

 What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

A difficult question as I accept most writers as we approach, create and write in our own unique way. However, poorly written, constructed and badly edited books really upset me. Obviously there are the ‘Grey’ books, which are awful but also hastily published ebooks and some paperback books that you know were not given the proper time and effort to edit, revise and review. Poor craftsmanship reflects badly on the author and alienates your readership.


Defined as: Intense over-indulgence.

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

One that stirs my imagination every time I read it. Ferney by James Long. It is exquisitely written and I re-read it often.



Defined as: a reluctance to work or make an effort.

What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

A couple of freelancer guide books are awaiting completion on my shelves due to not having a block of time to study them in detail and take copious notes!


Defined as: satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

To be honest I can’t think of one in particular. It depends on the situation and the theme of the discussion. I will refer to a book that would inspire others, help define or make my point.


Defined as: a strong sexual desire.

What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

I do not genre prefer characters in narratives. If a character is strong, capable (or even especially wicked) I enjoy their personality and mission.



Defined as: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

A signed copy of the first edition of Carrie by Stephen King. He is the ultimate storyteller and this edition would be placed underneath the personal letter I received from Stephen.

I’m tagging:

adrienne morris

Why don’t you take the quiz?

A Nice Surprise for Wednesday – A Lovely Blog Award

October 8, 2014

one-lovely-blog-awardIt’s been a while since my last blog award – so it was lovely to receive this one from Ileandra.

And the rules are:

Thank and link to the person who nominated you – done and a pleasure.
List the Rules, and display the award image – done.

Follow the blogger who nominated you – already follow.
Include 7 facts about yourself –

1. My second children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, will be launched at Words in the Park – 25th  October.   Book cover

2. I have lived on three continents.

3. I am the secretary of my local writing group – Writers Foundation of Strathcona County

4. My writing style is free flow – I tried plotting once and failed miserably.

5. Rome, Italy is my soul’s home – I will return

6. I miss the ocean – it’s sight, sound and feel

7. Fall (Autumn) is my favorite month due to the colors mainly

Nominate an additional 6 blogs, and notify them by leaving a comment on one of their posts – here is my list:

Have fun with your award and pay it forward.

On a side note this is my 660 post! Wow….

Best Moment Award…

October 22, 2013

Virtuous – definition: conforming to good moral and ethical principals; also, chaste

It is my great pleasure to accept and thank Steph at for awarding me this lovely award. It always makes me feel good to share them. As these awards require there are rules. Firstly, I have to disclose seven things about myself, and then pass along nominations.


Seven Random Things About Me:

My first interview as a published author was on West Edmonton Mall’s pirate ship. See link at the bottom of the page.

I found my soul’s home when I honeymooned in Italy.  I yearn to go back for an extended stay and write. (Or if possible to live there).

Writing came late in my creative life – now I am trying to catch up. Thanks to a wonderful group of writers I have found my passion.

I am full of love for my two children. They are special individuals and I am proud to be their mother.

When I emigrated to Canada I had no idea how it would change my life. It has been a delightful and enlightening journey. Long may it continue.

My New Year’s resolution to write a blog post a day has given me a writing discipline I did not envisage.

This November will see me participate in my fourth National Novel Writing Month. My story is a cowboy romance – a new genre for me. Wish me luck.

Now the nominations:

And for those of you who would like to see my interview  with Bill Roberts – Arts Talk Online – 7th December 2011  Go to 8.23 on time bar.

An Award…

September 29, 2012

I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Lynn Thompson Books – Thank you for the award, I love connecting and spreading the ‘words’. Now for the pay it forward part…and sharing random facts about myself as well as nominating bloggers I think are awesome…

1. I love the changing seasons – each has a gift to give
2. I love the fellowship of my writers circle
3. I’m a sensation junkie – so fast motor bikes, fair rides and flight take offs.
4. Given the choice of a scorching day or a cool one I’ll always choose the cool one.
5. I was a real tom boy as a child.
6. I’m convinced I lived in Italy in a past life – the country feels like home.
7. The moon tonight was extra large, full and beautiful – I took photos.
Now for my pay it forward :
Sky –
Melissa –
Tina –
Lori –
Kristen –
You will find these blog’s to be fun and enlightening. Have fun paying your award forward.
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