Liebster Award🌟2017

Okay, so Author J.W. Martin nominated me for the 2017 Liebster Award, and since he pointed out that I don’t do this kind of thing, I’m totally going to do it. It’s been years since I’ve done something like this, but it’s not going to stop me now. Thanks for the opportunity, JW!  Without further ado… let’s get to it.


1. Thank the person who nominated you. Boom, done.

2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.

3. Nominate 11 blogs.

4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

J.W.’s Questions:

If you could have lunch with any author, who would you pick?

Stephen King. He fascinates me. I’ve read his book On Writing and I know he credits a lot of his success to persistence and life experience and pure dumb luck, but just to sit in his presence would be an honour.

What made you start blogging in the first place?

I wrote a book–a trilogy actually. Can you believe that was my first step?!  When I started to consider my publishing options, I read a few blogs that caught my interest. I was in the process of absorbing knowledge on WordPress and I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be cool to document my progess? That’s how I got started with blogging back in 2012.

What’s the best post you’ve ever written? (in your humble opinion)

Oh jeez. I don’t know. I know which posts get the most traffic on my blog. I’d say the best posts I’ve written have not been published. Is that a fair answer? I have hundreds of posts I’ve written about the writing process, publishing and marketing, that I never get around to editing or posting.

Favorite stand-up comedian.

I can’t say I really have one. It’s not the type of thing I frequently watch, although I really enjoy comedy. I always get nervous going to comedy shows in person though, because I hate having the spotlight shining on me and I’m afraid the comedian is going to ask me a dumb question and I’ll have the perfect comeback come to me about five minutes after the opportunity has arisen. So, yeah. Comedy, I love. Stand-up comedy, not a super fan.

Name a hyped author you’ve never read and don’t plan on reading.

Hmm. When there’s a hyped author, I like to give them a chance and see what it is that’s got everyone’s panties in a twist. Having said that, sometimes I have to put books down. That’s a new skill I picked up a year or two ago, and I’ve been a much happier reader since.

So, to answer the question…

I guess there’s no author I would blackball in that way. I have read Fifty Shades of Grey and, while the writing was sub par, E.L. James’ storytelling skills blew me out of the water. I also read The Hunger Games for the same reason. It was written in present tense and that intrigued me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Most recently I read The Air He Breathes by Brittany C. Cherry. Click the title if you’re interested in reading my review. The first few chapters had me seriously doubting all the reviews I had read, but a little farther in and the characters hooked me in a bad way. Character-driven novels are my favourite and I’m glad I gave that story a second chance. I might have cried–and I don’t even like crying–but it was that good.

Best movie you saw in 2017

I haven’t really went to the movies much this year–except for kids shows, haha–but I have watched A LOT of Netflix. To be honest, I don’t play favourites much… just ask my kids. I prefer to watch episodes rather than full-on movies. They fit my life better.

Best book you read in 2017

This is a crazy answer, because the book I’m going to give the honour to had started out as a book I was going to have to put down, as I pointed out above, but it turned into an emotional rollercoaster that I couldn’t get off. I’d have to say, The Air He Breathes by Brittany C. Cherry has been my favourite this year.

Shoes or sandals?

Sandals. If I could live on the beach and survive the tropical climate, I would. Unfortunately, my pale skin would never allow it. I struggle through my southern holiday burns as it is, but I do it because I love to absorb the sun and spend time in the heat, the pool, at the ocean. It’s true; I yearn to be there. Lol.

How much introvert and how much extrovert are you?

80% introvert. 20% extrovert. No kidding! In my adulthood I’ve trained myself to be an extrovert from time to time, and it can be fun, but I still prefer to keep to myself, worry about my immediate family, and mind my own business. Drama is a thing I like to read about in books or watch on tv. I don’t want it in my real life.

Do you have any strange addictions?

Strange, no, I don’t think so. My addictions are purely ordinary. Dr. Pepper. Binge watching Netflix.

A 2018 book you’re really looking forward to.

Not applicable. Haha. I play it by ear. I work full time. One of my daughters dances competitively. I devote my time to that and distracting the other kid from the computer long enough to shove some food in her mouth. The leftover time gets divided between riding my motorcycle, writing/publishing, reading and Netflix. So yeah, I don’t cling to new releases the way some others might.

However, I can’t read a certain book in the Merry Gentry Series until this next one comes out–because my sister gave me a spoiler saying that I’ll be disappointed for a year until the next one comes out if I read book 9–and so I guess you could say I’m looking forward to catching up on that series. For the record, Frost was my favourite.

To wind things up…

I made an open call for eleven bloggers who might want to be included in this post, since I’m not an active blogger anymore and I know time is money, and then I went and left a broken link. So yeah. Instead of waiting for responses, I’m posting this now and asking you (if you’re a writer or book blogger) to answer my questions and leave a link to your post in the comments. I hereby nominate you!

If I don’t do this now, I’ll never get this post published! I’ll add writers/bloggers as I go.

Violet Haze –

Author R.D. Coast –

More tba soon!

My questions for you:

(Yeah, I stole some of J.W.’s questions. It’s allowed.)

1. If you could have lunch with any author, who would you pick?

2. What made you start blogging in the first place?

3. What’s the best post you’ve ever written? (in your humble opinion)

4. Name an author you admire because of his or her social skill or amazing marketing habits.

5. The best book I read in 2017 was…

6. If you could choose one food or drink to have no calories, what would it be?

7. Sand or snow and why?

8. What does your typical Saturday involve? Share what a day in your shoes would be like!

9. How much introvert and how much extrovert are you?

10. What is your favourite inspirational quote?

11. What are you working on now, or what/when are you planning to release next?

Thanks in advance for participating!!!

I love this journal I found at the bookstore today and wanted to share it with you.

Hah! I love how “stay weird” snuck in the photo. I’m just noticing that now!

I hope to see your link in the comments. If you have any others questions for me, ask away. 

Thanks again for the nomination, J.W. Martin.


  1. Questions answered! Here’s the link to the post:

    Thanks. again, Christa!

    Also, I can attest to stand-up comedy shows being hilariously entertaining. Just don’t sit anywhere near the front.

    There are also great stand-up comic specials on Netflix. I rarely watched his show, but the Dave Chappelle specials on Netflix are incredible and demonstrate just how talented the guy is at guiding his audience through a set that is amazingly crafted from start to finish.

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    1. Thank you. It’s an honour. I actually published my trilogy in 2013/2014 and I’ve published five more books since! I have two more books on the way–one is in the editing phase and the other is nearly complete in first draft thanks to NaNoWriMo. Are you published as well?

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      1. That is amazing. That’s great to hear that Nanowrimo was helpful for your new novel. No I am not published yet. Right now I am just writing for enjoyment. In the future when I am a better writer, I might be looking at publishing.

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      2. That’s great. Writing for enjoyment is how I got started. It wasn’t until I let a friend read my first story in the trilogy that I decided to consider my publishing options. Good luck on your journey!

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