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I am thrilled to announce that my story, The Bright Lights of Christmas, won the Stevie Turner Christmas short story award. What a wonderful Christmas gift! Pop over and read the other entries. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2019/12/24/share-your-christmas-short-story-winner/

Thanks also to Stevie Turner for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award:

Here are the Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

How My Blog Started:

When I eventually found a publisher for my Amanda Travels books, she suggested I start a blog as part of my social media presence. That was almost 10 years ago. I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I checked out the blogs of other writers to get ideas. Since my tag line is, dreamer of dreams, teller of tales, I decided to make dreams the theme of the blog. On June 19th, 2010 I published my first post and this is what I wrote: “This blog is for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers and other interesting people of all ages.  I hope you enjoy my blog and I welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas.” You can read the rest of the short post about a hotair balloon ride here.  I had three likes and three comments. After writing a couple of posts, I found it was fun and I soon gained great followers, many who have become good friends.  

Give Two Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers:

  1. Have fun with it. Don’t get too serious, people can get serious stuff from TV and newspapers. The world needs positive, funny and uplifting things to read online.
  2. Include pictures and write lean. People are busy and there is only so much time to read blogs. If the post is too wordy, they won’t read it. And always engage with those who comment. 

Select up to 15 Bloggers:

It was difficult to pick but I have chosen these bloggers because they are good writers, have interesting blogs and have supported my blog and writing endeavours. Some have already been nominated for this award, but that’s OK. Do check out their blogs if they are new to you.

  1. Sue Vincent https://scvincent.com/
  2. Annika Perry https://annikaperry.com/
  3. Pamela Wight https://roughwighting.net/
  4. Marcia Meara https://marciamearawrites.com/
  5. Mary Smith https://marysmithsplace.wordpress.com/
  6. Jacqui Murray https://worddreams.wordpress.com/
  7. Teri Polen https://teripolen.com/
  8. Joy Lennik https://joylennick.wordpress.com/
  9. Jacquie Biggar https://jacqbiggar.com/
  10. Bette Stevens https://4writersandreaders.com/
  11. D. G. Kaye https://dgkayewriter.com/
  12. Colleen Chesbro https://colleenchesebro.com/
  13. Barb Taub https://barbtaub.com/
  14. Diane Peach https://mythsofthemirror.com/
  15. Marian Beaman https://marianbeaman.com/
  16. Robbie Cheadle https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
  17. Ritu Bhathal https://butismileanyway.com/

OK, I have 17 but I could have had 30.

I feel very lucky these days. I have been awarded not one but two blogger awards. I want to thank Lynn Davidson, for the Versatile Blogger Award

and Bridges Burning for the Genuine Blogger Award






According to the rules you need to share seven things about yourself and pass these awards on to 15 other bloggers you feel worthy of receiving them.

Here are seven things about me you may or may not know:

1. I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and love it!
2. I collect shoes like some people collect stamps
3. I have traveled around North America, England and Wales on the back of a motorcycle which was a fabulous way to see the world
4. I have had the pleasure of going up in a hot air balloon, a life long dream
5. I am happiest when I am reading a book (preferably on a beach, but anywhere is fine)
6. I like hot weather and love the sun; my husband says I am solar powered
7. I have worked as a retail manager, recruiter/personal consultant, ESL Teacher and Employment Counsellor; I have loved all my jobs as they have been enjoyable and rewarding

15 bloggers to share the award with:

1. Violet’s Muse, Ellen Ekstrom a lovely lady and a great writer

2. Dean Mayes,  a talented writer friend from Australia

3. Donna McBroom-Theriot, writes great reviews and amusing posts of her daily (but not boring) life

4. Darlene’s Book Nook This blogger reads a lot of books and writes dynamic reviews

5. Carol Garvin Inspirational posts and wonderful photographs
6. Steven Gomez an up and coming writer who writes excellent reviews on well loved classics and movies

7. Kai Strand posts interesting author interviews (including one you may know)

8. Stuart Aken  great posts on writing, in a clever , witty English style

9. Shilpa at Dreams Galore  a writer who interviews other writers

10. Serenity Writer successful Canadian writer with thought provoking posts

11. Molly Ringle  a writer who writes with a great sense of humour and fun
12. Jan Coates another successful Canadian writer with interesting things to say

13. Clarbojahn reviews children’s books and interviews authors

14. Linda Howard Urbach If you wish to be amused, read this blog which comes with fabulous pictures of well dressed women

15. Alison a delightful travel writer from England

This is a great assortment of international bloggers and writers with interesting things to say and great reviews of a variety of books. Please do check them out, you may add a few new bloggers to your list.

Today I also won a copy of Lorna Suzuki’s book Imago Chronicles: Book One, A Warrior’s Tale.   No wonder I am feel so lucky!

Hope you all have a lucky week ahead!

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