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Friday, January 2, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Thanks to Paula Mowery for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the one who nominated you.
2. Put up the award.
3. Answer the questions you have been sent.
4. Make up ten new questions for nominees to answer.

Here are my questions and answers.

1. What is something you would count as a “success” from this past year?

In writing, getting out a revised edition of my book, Stopped Cold; writing and publishing the novella, Mountain of Love and Danger, fifth in a series with four other authors; having a new novel, Barely above Water, accepted by Prism Book Group and signing a contract with Prism Book Group to write a novella for their new series about love.

2. Who has had the biggest influence on your life? My mother, who prayed with me, read Bible stories and literature to me, listened to me, offered guidance and supported me.

3. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Make sure everything’s right between you and the Lord. Nothing else matters. It was given by my father.

4. If you could have a week to retreat, where would you go and what would you do? Hawaii. I’d sightsee, swim, go to a luau, sit back, relax and soak in God’s beauty.

5. Looking back on this year, what are five things you are especially thankful for? God’s blessings, my husband, my daughter, other family and friends on and off line and inspirational moments that touched my life.

6. What is one lesson you feel you learned this past year? Unfortunately, sadly, I must be very careful who I trust.

7. If there were no limits, what is one goal you would like to achieve this year? Successfully writing to God’s glory to touch many.

8. What is one Bible verse that is special to you and why? There are three. Matthew 22:  37 - 39, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s special to me because it sums up Jesus’s Gospel in a few words.

9. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not? Not in the traditional way, for a couple of reasons. Usually New Year's has come and gone before I've had time to reflect on what my resolution should be. I tend to make them throughout the year as situations arise. Say, I trip over something in my closet, I'll resolve to straighten it. LOL

10. Do you set goals for yourself in your spiritual life? Give an example. I’m constantly setting spiritual goals. For example, if there’s something about a person that rubs me the wrong way, I try to get to know the person better until I find the good things. By then I've usually forgotten about the thing that irritated me.

My nominees are Danielle Thorne, Lisa Lickel, Miss Mae and her character I.B. Nosey, Anne Patrick, Regina Andrews, Emilie Hendryx, Carole Brown, Sandy Ardoin, Linda Weaver Clarke, Deborah Malone

Here are their questions:

1. What was something that brought you lots of joy this year?
2. What is your hope for 2015?
3. What is your favorite leisure time activity?
4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Have you ever written a blog about that place or set a book there? 
5. Who has had the biggest influence on you?
6. Have your learned something new this year about life, people, or writing?
7. Do you have a favorite genre to read? Do you write in that genre?
8. Please share a Bible verse or insightful quote with us.
9. What helps you shut out the busyness of the world when you write?
10. Tell us about one of your blogs or books and what you just love about it.

God's blessings on all for 2015!

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