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I was honoured when my blogging friend, Marcia Strykowski, gave me a spirit animal award some time ago. This is a special award for me as choosing a First Nations totem or spirit animal was an activity I used when I taught job finding skills. It was a good way for individuals to discover their attributes, which could then be put on resumes and used in interviews to answer questions like, What are your strengths? or Why would you be successful in this job? It also helped build confidence which job seekers need. The question, If you could be an animal, what would it be? is one some employers ask so it is always wise for job seekers to have a good answer. So thank you very much Marcia and I am sorry I took so long to respond. But as my dad would say, better late than never!
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Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page.

Thank you so much, Marcia, for including me. Please check out her wonderful blog full of  gorgeous pictures, interesting libraries and book lists. 

2.) Post the award on your blog.

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

I began my blog 6 years ago and like many others I was not sure what to write about. My slogan is dreamer of dreams, teller of tales. Ever since a young girl, my dreams have been to travel to interesting places, meet amazing people and write books. So I decided to blog about my travels, my family, books (mine and others) and the amazing people I have met. Through blogging, I have met some incredible people and I am so glad I have kept it up. I have the best followers ever!

4.) If you could be an animal, what would it be?

As a facilitator, I  did most of the activities along with the participants. For this activity, I would usually choose a hummingbird as I felt it best described me.

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Despite its small size, this fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats such as travelling great distances. The hummingbird is adaptable and resilient and has a playful and optimistic outlook. Words that describe the hummingbird are messenger, timelessness, healing, warrior, energy, vitality, infinity, affection, playfulness. In First Nations culture, hummingbirds are considered messengers of peace, healing ones body and soul and guiding one through life’s challenges. Hummingbirds are very independent and seem to have an unlimited energy supply, symbolizing wonder and joy. I like to think this is me.

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees.

It is difficult to choose ten nominees from all the wonderful blogs out there, but here goes off the top of my head and in no particular order. There is absolutely no obligation to participate. I just like spreading the word about your awesome blogs!

Beth Ann Chiles at It´s Just Life

Marian Beaman at Plain & Fancy 

Pam Wight at Rough Writing

Sally Cronin at Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life

Patti Jarrett at A New Day Dawns

Christa Polkinhorn at Bookworm Press

Laura Best at My Little Corner of the Web

Lynn Davidson at Polilla Writes

Sue Slaght at Travel Tales of Life

Patricia Tilton at Children´s Books Heal

Lorna McInnes at Lorna´s Blog

Barbara Fisher at March of Time Books

Okay, so I picked twelve. What can I say? I´ve never been good at following the rules exactly! Please check out these amazing blogs filled with great information, stories, pictures, books and laughs.

I would love to hear what your spirit animal would be in the comments.

For a list of totem animals and their meaning check out this site.

 

A Winner!

Posted on: May 25, 2015

This was in my email box earlier today:

Darlene,

Congratulations ! ! ! Your book won Cover Wars and is now our Book Of The Week. We have begun sharing the wonderful news. Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Author Shout

Thank you so much for your votes! I have an amazing support group. This was a fun contest and the competition was close. Amanda in Alberta is now Book of The Week!

http://authorshout.com/

I have entered a competition called Cover Wars. If I get the most votes, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone will be featured as Book of The Week. Please vote for Amanda. You can vote once a day until next Sunday, May 24. Thanks heaps!!
http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

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Click here to vote  http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

First of all, I want to thank everyone for your support yesterday in helping me tie for First Prize in the Long and Short Review contest.  The voting time was short so don’t worry if you got to the post too late. This prize will give me some free marketing for the next month. All my followers Rock!

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If that wasn’t wonderful enough, today I am the featured author on Suzanne’s Thoughts For The Day This is what she had to say:

How Could A Girl Get Herself in so Much Trouble?

I met Darlene Foster at a marketing seminar a few months back and was very interested to hear about her books. Darlene’s character, Amanda, has made her a bestseller! 
Read the rest here and make a comment:

http://suzannesthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.ca/2013/09/how-could-girl-get-herself-in-so-much.html

Suzanne is giving away an e-copy of one of my books to a lucky commenter.

Life is good for this children’s writer!

 

 

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I was pleased to recieve a wonderful 5 star review for Amanda in England – The Missing Novel at Long and Short Reviews

Here is what they said:

Amanda in England: The Missing Novel is a delightful romp through modern-day London. I highly recommend it for readers in late elementary school or for anyone who loves solving playful mysteries that do not reveal their secrets easily.  You can read the rest here http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/amanda-in-england-the-missing-novel-by-darlene-foster/

For September 1 and 2 only, Long and Short Reviews  is offering a monthly poll  to decide which book or story sounds like the best read based on their reviews.  The winning author gets a nifty button and the privilege of having their book or story featured at the top of the Long and Short Reviews home page the entire next month, as well as getting a custom made animated banner from Goddess Fish Promotions to publicize their review and the win!

If you haven’t already voted for Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, could you please take a moment to so. It is very easy, you don’t have to log in or anything. Here is the link http://wp.me/p2ZcT9-5yC

It would be so cool if my book won.  But you have to hurry as it’s only open until the end of MOnday, September 2, EST

Thanks so much!

 

Toward the end of last year I was bestowed a number of blogging awards that I am ashamed to say, I have not as of yet acknowledged. Excuses abound and I won’t bore you with them. Instead I will dedicate this post to all the wonderful blogging friends who have given me these awards. My Dad always said, “Better late than never”

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This incredibly lovely award was given to me by Jennifer at The Secret Keeper. Jennifer’s blog is an eclectic collection of poetry, art, music, essays and observations written from the heart.  I become more aware and enlightened every time I read a post.  She also takes us down memory lane with amazing video clips from the past.  I am honoured that she has given me this award to display on my blog site and delighted that she has chosen me to be a friend. Pay her a visit, you won’t be disappointed.

 

I received a number of nominations for the Blog of The Year Award.  Now I realize I am very late in acknowledging these awards as 2012 is long gone and 2013 into its second month already.  But I do wish to thank Lada Ray, a brilliant, international spy adventure author, for granting me this award.  Check out her blog http://ladaray.wordpress.com She has just launched her latest book The Earth Shifter which I am currently reading and will review soon.

If that was not honour enough, I was also granted this award by Pat Wood a wonderful British blogging friend with a great sense of humour and great writing tips. She even shares snippets of her writing every now and then. Check out her blog http://patwoodblogging.wordpress.com/

I was also given this auspicious award by Niamh Clune at On The Plum Tree. Niamh is the multi-talented creator of Plum Tree Books, a poet, author, musician and humanitarian.  We worked together on a special project a couple of years ago and I am proud to be considered a friend. Here is a sample of what you will find on her blog  http://ontheplumtree.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/longing/

I was supposed to collect stars so I guess I got three as I was granted the award three times.

 

Malla Duncan, a blogging friend from South Africa granted me the Next Big Thing Award.   I had already been given this award but I was so pleased she thought of me I wish to mention it. Malla is an accomplished author who never stops. She is so busy but always takes time to make a comment on my blog. Read about her Next Big Thing here http://malladuncan.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop-my-wip/

The rules are to pass these awards along. So I am passing them along to all my blog followers because you are all amazing! Feel free to pass any of these awards along and/or to post the awards on your blog site if you wish.  Thanks for following my blog and making my day.


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