Thank you to Irish author, Joanne Clancy, for awarding me this. Joanne is the author of The Unfaithful Series; Unfaithfully Yours and Revenge, The Secrets and Lies Trilogy; Secrets and Lies, Aftermath, Redemption and The Wedding Day, Unforgettable Embrace and My Love. The third book in her Unfaithful series, Web of Deceit, will be available in January 2013. You can visit her amazon author page here.
The Liebster Award is an award for up and coming bloggers with less than two hundred followers so you can imagine how chuffed I was when Joanne nominated me.
Instructions for Nominees:
Post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Pass the award onto 11 other blogs and notify each blogger that you have nominated them.
Write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees. (Do not nominate the blog who nominated you!)
Paste the award picture into your blog.
Random facts about me:
- I love to travel, especially to Scotland.
- I’m not a huge fan of chocolate.
- I’m an avid reader and am happiest when I have my face stuck in a book – physical or e-book.
- My debut novel, A Shadow in the Past, was released in September 2012.
- I love to nap on the sofa.
- My Scottish heritage is extremely important to me.
- I’ve been writing off and on since I was a teenager (although lately, more on than off).
- I love my morning coffee.
- I’m addicted to Coronation Street.
- After fighting it for a long time, I finally got on Facebook earlier this year.
- I collect stuffed animals.
Joanne’s questions for me:
- What’s your favourite book and why? My all time favourite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The conflicts between the races in the deep south during the time before desegregation were coming to an end when I was born, but the idea of a white lawyer defending a black man back in those days was unheard of. I applaud Harper Lee for writing a novel on such a controversial subject.
- Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares? Not so much anymore but when I was younger, I used to dream about a road that disappeared over a hill behind a house. It terrified me back then.
- Do you believe in life after death? Yes.
- What do you like or dislike most about Christmas? Dislike – Shopping and the hassles that go along with it. Like – all the classic Christmas movies and spending time with family.
- Why do you blog? I love to talk about my Scottish heritage, my writing and showcase up and coming authors.
- What inspires you? Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River that I love so close to.
- What is your top health tip? Don’t stay glued to your desk and chair all day. Get up and move around. Your eyes, wrists and butt will thank you for it – not to mention your heart.
- What is your top beauty tip? Be yourself and be comfortable with who you are. Real beauty is below the surface.
- What’s the best book you’ve read in 2012 and why? I’ve read a lot of books in 2012 so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. I would have to say it was Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugton. I loved the lengths the mother went to in order to prove her autistic son is innocent of murder. There were also elements in the story that rang really close to home.
- What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? Coming out of the ladies with my skirt tucked up inside my pulled up pantyhose.
- What’s your guilty pleasure? Guilty implies that I sneak it but I do love red wine – but I’m very open about it.
My questions for my nominees:
- Who is your favourite author?
- What is the best book you’ve ever read?
- What is your favourite travel destination?
- If you had a choice to visit any country in the world that you’ve never visited before, which one would it be?
- Books or movies – which do you prefer?
- What is your favourite food?
- Do you have a favourite hobby?
- Sitcoms or dramas? Which do you prefer?
- Do you have an all-time favourite movie?
- iPhone or Blackberry?
- What are you most afraid of?
And finally – drum roll, please – my list of nominees:
Pauline Barclay’s Scribbles blog
Jontybabe’s Brook Cottage Books blog
Jo Lambert – Writer
Rosemary Gemmell’s Reading and Writing blog
Gilli Allan’s Writer Cramped blog