Blog Schedule

I post on Monday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Random Thought Thursday - Awards and Wins!

It’s time to acknowledge a few people.

First, Judy Croome in South Africa, has gifted me her book, DANCING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE. Don’t you just love the title and the cover artwork? Check it out at here. Judy is a really sweet friend and I’m deeply appreciative of this gift.

Dancing in the Shadows of LoveIn the haunting "Dancing in the Shadows of Love," three emotionally adrift women fight to heal their fractured worlds. Not everyone can be a hero. Or can they? After a decade in prison for a murder she did not commit, Lulu begins a new life at the court of St Jerome in the Old Sea City. An albino, abandoned as a young child at a Holding Camp for unwanted children, she has always been ostracized, for her difference to other makes her an easy victim of prejudice.

Once, she believed, she had a friend to love her. Then that friend betrayed her and Lulu learned that hate is safer than love. But, from Jamila to Granny Zahra, the people of St. Jerome's appear to accept her into their fold. AGainst a backdrop of never-ending war, the women of the court fight their personal demons: hatred, ambition and greed. As Lulu shares their victories and their losses, she learns to trust again, perhaps ever to love.

Nothing however, is as it seems and Lulu discovers that love does not always wear the face of the one you call beloved.

Because of Danyelle Leafty and an interview with Shana Norris, I won a copy of Shana’s new book, THE BOYFRIEND THEIF. Thanks Danyelle and Shana! You can find Shana's book here.

Avery James has her life planned out: this summer she'll work with a humanitarian program in Costa Rica, next year she'll graduate at the top of her class, and after that, college and medical school. Perfect, planned total order.

The only problem: getting the rest of the money she needs for the trip before the deadline. Hannah Cohen, her biggest competition for the valedictorian title, makes an unexpected offer: If Avery can win over Zac Greeley and make him break up with Hannah before the end of the school year, a check for five hundred dollars is all hers. Faced with the prospect of spending yet another summer working as a giant hot dog, it's an offer Avery can't refuse. Zac is nothing like Avery expected. Within his chaotic world of midnight slushie runs and spontaneous dance parties, her total order is quickly falling apart while Hannah seems poised to get everything she wants. But just how much is Avery willing to give up for the perfect, planned life?


Kelly Polark has new blog promoting literacy called BOOK RECS OF THE ROCK AND FAMOUS. Here she will tell us all about what the stars are reading. I hope you’ll go check it out.

Mel, over at M. G. Higgins, as given me the Appreciated Follower Award. THANKS MEL!

I have to:
*thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it.
*reveal my top five and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
*copy and past the award onto my blog.
*have faith that my bloggers will spread the love to other bloggers.
*and most of all, have a BLOGGITY-BLOG good time!

It was hard to choose just five Random Followers, but here they are in no particular order.

And lastly, but not leastly, I was given this award from C. Lee McKenzie over at The Write Game.

She didn't say to passed it on, but I would like to give this to some bloggers I think you should follow, if you aren't already, which is what this award is all about. Blogs YOU my fellow bloggers should go check out.

Matt at The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment. Matt is really good at critiquing query letters along with giving wonderful support to our writing community.
Tabitha at Through My Eyes writes from her heart and therefore writes about all of us.
Lisa at Middle Passages shares her life and stories about food.
Marcia Hoehne, an ICL instructor and author offers the occasional free critique and writes book reviews.
Agela Felsted shows us who we are through poetry.

Happy blogging to all of you!


  1. Some new books, and some new blogs to check out :-)

  2. You are one busy (and well deserved) winner! :)
    I love the cover of The Boyfriend Thief. It's very sweet.
    And THANK YOU so much for mentioning my new blog!! :)

  3. Congrats on your win! And thanks so much for the mention! JUST replaced my computer and am not so sure it and I are friends yet. :)But slowly getting back online.

  4. Wow so much going on. This is usually such a quiet little blog. Books, Awards, New Blogs. Looks like Christmas in August. Woo-hoo!
    And thanks for the award. That's awfully sweet.

  5. Enjoy Sarah.

    You're welcome Kelly.

    Thanks Marcia, good luck with the new computer.

    Anne, "quiet little blog" I take that as a wonderful comment! And how I got so busy is beyond me.

  6. Looks like you've got some great reading ahead of you. Enjoy! (I just read about big wildfires in Texas; hope they're not close to you.)

  7. Thank you so much for this, Bish! It means a lot to me that people read what I write.

  8. Wow! You're really rocking the blogosphere! You go girl. those books sound awesome!

    I've been away from blogging for the summer, but I'm happy to be back. I'll see you around more! :0)

  9. Thanks for appreciating me, Bish! I sure appreciate you and your blog with all the interesting history and cultural posts you come up with.

  10. Wow. Lots of stuff going on. Great book recs too. I get most of my reading piles from books that I've seen online so thank you!

  11. The Boyfriend Thief looks awesome. You had me at 'giant hot dog'.

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

  12. I didn't know Kelly (that rocker!) had a new blog ... I'll definitely go check that one out. And I'll have to check out Matt's QQQQ blog. Sounds very interesting!

  13. Gosh, yesterday was busier than I thought! So busy I didn't even notice this little post. I'm pleased my book arrived safe and sound, and when you get to it in your fascinating TBR pile, I hope you enjoy it! And thanks for the mention!

    Congrats on all the well-deserved awards - your blog is like a mountain stream, quiet and deep, so I can see why people heap lovely awards on you!

    Judy, South Africa

  14. Congrads on your awards. And thank you for so honoring me, Bish. You are truly a most wonderful blogger friend of mine and I'm so thankful to have found you.

    Thanks for the appreciation. I will always appreciate you. (^_^)

  15. Great reviews! And I love that you plugged Kelly's new blog. It's a great way to promote reading!


Your Random Thoughts are most welcome!