Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunshine Award! Woohoo!!

First, I have to apologize. This blog is way overdue. I was given this award several months ago by my amazingly talented friend and fellow author Roberta J. Gordon. She is always so generous when it comes to handing out blog love, and I am so thankful that she often thinks of me and my random, sometimes bizarre blogging. The feeling is mutual because I love her blog as well. Congrats to her for recently publishing her first novel called Gemini Witching: Elements 101.

Here are the rules for this award:

1.   Include the award logo in a post or on your blog.

2.   Answer 10 questions about yourself.

3.   Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.

4.   Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog letting them know they are nominated.

5.   Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

Favorite color: Dark blue

Favorite animal: Dog (if I have to choose)

Favorite number: My lucky number is 2

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee or Diet Dr. Pepper (preferably with cherry and vanilla YUM)

Prefer Facebook or Twitter: Definitely Facebook

My Passion: My family and writing

Prefer giving or getting presents: Giving!

Favorite pattern: Plaid…lol

Favorite day of the week: Saturday

Favorite flower: Roses

There are so many blogs I follow that make me smile. It was hard to narrow it down. That’s a good problem to have J Keep up the good work!

Rev. Ron Swanson: Ron is a comedian and has the most hilarious movie reviews. I have my coffee with me, but I know better than to take a drink while I am reading his blog. His picture captions are priceless.

Matthew W. Turcotte: Matthew has a great blog about pop culture that always brings back the best memories.

Dionne Lister: Dionne has great writing tips, reviews, and other good stuff. She is also one half of the awesome Tweep Nation podcast duo along with Amber Norrgard. She recently released her first novel Shadows ofthe Realm.

Amber Jerome-Norrgard: The other half of the hilarious Tweep Nation crew, Amber is a no holds barred blogger. Love the variety and Amber’s honestly about life, family, and writing. You can check out her books here.

Amberr Meadows: Until I have the time and money to travel, I live vicariously through Amberr’s beyond fabulous travel blog. Sigh. Yes, I did make the link to her blog the specific one about Walt Disney World (my dream vacation!).

Ciara Ballintyne: How can you not love a blog called Flight of the Dragon? Ciara has another blog called Somebody Has To Say It – check out that one too as well as her books.

Ingrid Michaels: If you love romance, Ingrid’s blog is the place to be. She also has some super cool vegetarian recipes. Check out her beautiful book trailers and her novels while you’re there.

Catherine Bramkamp: I don’t even know where to start. There is too much awesome stuff to even attempt to classify or summarize it. Trust me. Just go there.

Justin Bog (for short): Justin’s blog is not only cool to look at, it is full of information on books, authors, music, movies, television, and his awesome animals. Check out his recently released book Sandcastles and Other Stories.

Jane Isaac: Jane’s blog is also one of my favorites. She has wonderful guest posts and is so generous with her fellow writers. She released a thriller that I recently added to my Kindle called An UnfamiliarMurder.

James Garcia Jr.: Besides being an all around amazing person, Jimmy has an awesome blog full of reviews, teasers, music and vlogs!  Love that! J Check out his novel Dance on Fire.

Daniel Nest: This is not the first time you have seen Daniel on my blog. He recently did an amazing guest post for me. I love Daniel’s sense of humor and his posts never fail to crack me up!

Many thanks again to Roberta and to all the bloggers who bring sunshine into my day!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Adventures with Paperback

When I hit the publish button on Where Will You Run? uploading my baby to Amazon, I waited impatiently for the page to go live. When it did, I just stared at it. It was so surreal. I was a published author! Even though that was one of the most incredible moments in my life, it didn't compare to the arrival of my first paperback copy. To actually see my name in print on a book...there are no words to describe that feeling. I'll admit it; I was giddy. I jumped around and danced in my living room holding my paperback high in the air. I hugged it. I cried on it. Then...I just got silly. I took a picture of me and my paperback drinking coffee together. I got so much positive feedback from people that I started taking more pictures in what I like to call "Adventures with Paperback." Hope they give you a giggle too.

Paperback and I sharing coffee and a joke.

Having drinks by the pool and working on our tans.

Wine tasting :)

Romantic Ferris Wheel Ride

Trying to win a teddy bear at the carnival

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Talk Dirty To Me?

          I was a huge Harlequin romance fan growing up where the couple shared a passionate kiss at the end. The more intimate details were left up to the reader’s imagination. That was fine with me because we never talked about sex at my house. My mother wouldn’t even joke about it. Girls had a “lily” and boys had a “ding-a-ling.” That was the extent of my sex education at home other than “Don’t do it.” When I moved on to adult fiction, I found myself blushing and grimacing at the vivid descriptions of sex I found. I didn’t need an imagination. Every minute of intimacy was explained in great detail.

So when I decided to write in the paranormal romance genre, I knew at some point I was going to have to write about sex. Drawing from my Harlequin roots in Where Will You Run?, I had some passionate kissing and then hinted that they were headed off to the bedroom for some love making. I proudly handed it off to my beta readers who read it and promptly handed it back saying unanimously that it needed to be “spicier.”

          I knew they were right, but I agonized about it because I am not comfortable writing love scenes. No one wants to read “She slowly unsnapped his tight pants; her lily tingling as she reached inside and wrapped her hand around his ding-a ling.” You see my dilemma. I’m a grown woman, I told myself. I can do this. With that, I started writing the infamous chapter 33. I still left the actual sex part up to the imagination. I don’t want to talk about ding-a-ling sizes. I know people say size doesn’t matter, but you will never find a line in any romance novel that says “She searched around until she found his dainty erection. Secretly she was relieved it was so cute and small.”

          When I was done, the beta readers loved it. I did it. I had finally finished a book after trying for so many years. What an accomplishment. I was going to be a published author. I hadn’t given much thought to anything after that. I know it sounds odd, but I only thought about strangers buying my book; people who didn’t know me. I never thought about people close to me reading it. Of course they would want to support me. I don’t why I didn’t see that coming. What I didn’t expect was how incredibly exposed I would feel when my family members and friends started buying it - my niece, my sister-in-laws, cousins and even a girl I knew as a small child in church (that was a whole new level of guilt). People I had to look at and eat meals with. Ew. Suddenly I felt yucky. Naked.

Also from the “I should have seen this coming” file are the creepers I have had to deal with who started stalking me on social network sites. I am happily married thank you very much. Keep your ding-a-lings to yourself. I am not interested.

          Now I’m almost finished with my second book, Where Will You Hide? The romantic character relationship from the first book is developing, and the new characters are pushing me waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone. Knowing what I know now, I have to ask myself if I am brave enough to write the story the characters want and what my audience expects or will I take the easy way out?

Stay tuned…

Thursday, May 17, 2012

When Fictional Characters Attack!

For those of you have read my blog before, I have mentioned that I am not smooth when it comes to the whole man/woman flirting thing. One would think that a confident, well educated, well spoken woman like myself would tear it up at social functions. Nope. You will usually find me in a corner sweating and hoping the look on my face will discourage anyone from starting a conversation with me – especially men. The more attractive a man is, the more nervous I get. I’m always afraid I am going to say something stupid, and I usually do. If my husband hadn’t found my social awkwardness endearing, I might still be single.

Flash forward to my post a few weeks ago for the Chael’s Luck blog tour (here). I responded to Mireille Chester’s invitation thinking I could do a review, author interview or something. I had told her before that I had a mad crush on her hot male character, Ian Murphy. She asked me if I wanted to interview him. Now that set off alarm bells for me; but c’mon, it’s a fictional character. It’s just Mireille pretending to Ian. How bad could it be? I got brave (strike one). I even asked her to do a live interview via Facebook messaging (strike two). We set a date and time, and I decided to approach the interview as a smooth and sexy fan girl ready to charm his pants off (strike three - aaaaaand I’m out). Who was I kidding? I can’t even charm my own pants off.

Everything was going well until I decided to be smooth and offered to hug him. I expected him to be shy and uncomfortable. What I got was “I can always use a hug. Especially from a beautiful woman. <grins> Your husband won’t mind?” And with that, he went from fictional character to hot, charming guy…my kryptonite. It was all downhill from there. I started to sweat, my cheeks were flaming, and my mouth got dry as I stared at the screen. My fingers frozen on the keyboard as I struggled to come up with something witty. My carefully planned notes and questions went out the window. It quickly went from fictional character interview to Case Study: Social Awkwardness. Logically, I knew I was being ridiculous, but it was similar to the reaction I have to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland. It’s some guy or girl in a suit, but I still yell “Mickey!” and get a little misty. Ian had become real.

I finally ended it abruptly to stop my pain and embarrassment. My sweaty pits becoming uncomfortable. Here is some of the conversation between Mireille and myself immediately following the interview.

Me: Ok, have to say that did not go the way I thought! LOL, I did not expect him to flirt back. That totally threw me off  hahahahahaha

Mireille: LMFAO

Me: Couldn’t get my questions in because he didn’t answer the way I thought. So frickin funny! I actually blushed!

Mireille: Shit!! Sorry.

Me: No! That was hilarious!

Mireille: Hahaha he’s a sexy man. He loves “his woman” but he knows he’s hot.

Me: I know, and I should have known better!

Mireille: What other questions did you have? Do you want to try to work them in? LOL

Me: I am not smooth. I should have known he would easily out-smooth me LOL

Mireille: omg I am laughing so hard right now… I actually just snorted
Me: Dude I am cracking up! I just got upstaged by a fictional character Bwahahahahaha! That was awesome! I am actually sweating!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Guest Post: Daniel Nest - Writing for a Blog: 5 Tips

If you are not reading Daniel Nest's blog, Nest Expressed, you are missing out. It is one of my favorites. He posts fairly regularly, and I absolutely LOVE his sense of humor. I was so excited when he agreed to do a guest blog for me. He is sharing some of his secret blog tips - so take notes! :) The link to his blog and where to connect with him are at the end of his post. 

Writing for a Blog: 5 tips

Alright, listen up ladies and those who aren't. I'm about to tell you something that will blow your mind. Here goes: writing for a blog is different from writing stuff for offline use. Crazy, right? I'll just give you a moment to wrap your head around that visionary statement.

Jokes aside, I'm sure most of you know that reading a book and reading a blog aren't the same experience. Having said that, it can be difficult to keep this fact in mind while blogging. Trust me, I know. I can't look at my very first blog posts without cringing. And that's not only because of my undiagnosed tic disorder.

So today I'm going to give you a few tips for writing on a blog. I'll focus only on presentation and readability, not on content. I assume you're all competent writers with an important message to share.
 Maybe not all of you

A disclaimer: I haven't graduated from a blog-writing school or received a fancy diploma in "Online Blogging 101". I'm just a guy with a blog. So take everything I say with a grain of salt (or a cupful of salt, if that's your thing - weirdo). The following tips work quite well for me. And if it works for me, it will automatically work for everyone else, right? Right?

5. Make your post easy to skim
Let’s face it. Most of us, when online, have the attention span of a Chihuahua on amphetamine. We want to be able to skim an article and get the gist of it quickly.

Why not help your readers do just that? You could add descriptive headlines to your post’s sections. You could try to make your key points stand out by making them visually different from the rest of the text.

Alternatively, list-style posts can help your readers get the main idea behind an article before committing to reading it. For an example of a list-style post, please refer to the text you’re currently reading. I try to do list posts often. And that’s not only because of my undiagnosed OCD.

4. Write shorter paragraphs
There's nothing scarier than an endless wall of text. Ok, zombies are scarier, but I've been informed they don't actually exist. Long walls of text are pretty much the reason the acronym TL;DR was invented.

“Meh, too long, didn’t read”

So try to write shorter paragraphs to avoid scaring readers away. I try to keep each paragraph to 3-5 sentences. Also, don’t forget to add that sacred line break after each paragraph.

3. Keep the text area relatively narrow
For some reason people absolutely refuse to turn their head left or right when reading a web page (a fact I just made up based purely on personal observations).Logically though, it is much easier to absorb text when it fits into a narrow column. Going from one edge of the screen to the other can be tiring for the eyes.

So confine your text to a smaller section of the screen. Anyone wearing a neck-brace will love you for it! You can also split your text into several columns to achieve the same effect.

2. Use images and other media
The Internet loves pictures and videos, because the age of an average online user is exactly 6.2 years. How else can you explain the fascination with endless pictures of kittens and videos of people falling off things?

Use those tools to help you keep the reader’s attention. Embed some videos that illustrate your content into your article. Break every few paragraphs with a relevant picture.If done right this will also add to the points you were trying to make in the first place.

OK, so this has nothing to do with anything, but it’s a damn kitten, so…

1. Keep it clean
I don’t mean the language. Take it easy. Nobody’s trying to censor your f-bombs here! I’m talking about keeping unnecessary clutter on your blog to a minimum.Seriously, if you only follow one tip from this post, make it this one!

I know it can be tempting to “spice things up”. There are so many cool things you can do; flashing backgrounds, unicorns galloping across the screen and stars following the reader’s cursor. Where do you draw the line…?

…At “flashing backgrounds”, that’s where you draw the line. Don’t do any of the above! Unless you’re researching the best way to cause epileptic seizures, don’t do it. It’s the surest way to make someone click that “close window” button.

While you’re at it, keep your text and background colours neutral. Black text on a light background works best. Most can live with white text against a dark background. But please, whatever you do, don’t make me read yellow text on a purple background. Those might be your two favourite colours, but my eyes feel like they’ve been set on fire right now. Please spare my eyes

Daniel Nest has a blog and would love for you to follow him on Twitter or Facebook. And that's not only because of his undiagnosed depression and chronic loneliness.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Death Penalty - Touched by Violence

          Disclaimer: This is not like any blog I have posted before. I am breaking one of my sacred rules. I never talk about politics. Politics piss me off, and I have never seen any political conversations that actually sway someone's opinion when people believe so strongly one way or the other. So I avoid them at all costs. However, this is personal. This blog contains my personal experience with violent crime and my personal beliefs about the death penalty. I am warning you ahead of time; this blog is raw, violent, and controversial. Read at your own risk.

          "Mom wants you to walk me over to my friend's house," my little brother came into my room interrupting my reading.
          "Why can't you go by yourself?"
          "Because mom said you have to go with me."
          I sighed and put my book down knowing it would be useless to argue with him. I was a sophomore in high school and he was in the sixth grade, and my mom had never liked either of us to be outside alone. As we walked, he told me that he had met a new friend at school who lived on the street behind us, and they had agreed to meet and play after school that day. When we got there, my brother rang the bell, and I was surprised to see a girl from my high school open the door. It wasn't just any girl. It was Terri Lynn Winchell. She was one of the most popular girls at our school. She wasn't just beautiful to look at, but she had a reputation for being incredibly nice as well.

          Terri smiled and said "You must be Brian's friend. Come in." She looked at me and asked me if I wanted to come in too. I told her I was just dropping my brother off. She thought I looked familiar, and I told her we went to the same high school. She said, "Why don't you come in. We can talk while our brothers play." I was a little nervous, but I joined her in the kitchen where we sat at the small dining room table and spent the afternoon chatting away. We laughed and talked about teachers, classes, brothers, and boyfriends. We found out that we both liked to sing at church and we were both altos. We also liked to play tennis. When it was time to go, she asked me if I wanted to meet that weekend to play tennis at our neighborhood park. I told her I would love to. She also told me to come back anytime. I left thinking I had just found a new friend too.

          At school the next day, I saw her and wondered whether or not I should say anything. Seniors often teased each other for talking to lower classmen. That wasn't Terri though. She waved and said "Hi Michelle! See you this weekend for tennis!" I smiled and waved back. I looked for her at school on Friday, but I didn't see her. On Saturday, I put on some shorts and a t-shirt and got my tennis racquet ready while my brother called to see if Terri and her brother were ready to go to the park. He came in to tell me that they weren't going to be able to go with us. When I pressed him for details, he said he didn't know why just that they weren't going to be able to go with us to the park. I was so disappointed. I couldn't imagine Terri doing anything that would get her in trouble. Maybe she was sick since I didn't see her at school on Friday. I tried not to think about it and decided I would ask her about it at school. On Monday, I got to first period and we were told there was going to be a special assembly in the gym. All the students were trying to guess what the reason for the assembly could be. After we were all seated, the principal told us that Terri Lynn Winchell had been murdered and counselors were available to talk to us if we needed. My body went cold and my mouth was dry. It became difficult to breathe. I could hear many of her friends screaming and crying, but I was too shocked to do anything. Most of the students just stared off into space trying to process what they had just heard. Over the next few weeks, we learned Terri's fate, and our lives would never be the same.

Terri was dating "Steve," a young man who was attending the local junior college. She was introduced to him by her best friend, "Charlene" who was dating one of "Steve's" friends, 19-year-old Ricky Ortega. She thought it would be fun for them to double date, but Ricky was often mean to Terri and didn't like when she was included in their activities. Terri tried everything she could think of to get along with Ricky for "Charlene's" and "Steve's" sake. What Terri and "Charlene" didn't know is that Ricky and "Steve" were having a homosexual relationship and Ricky was becoming increasingly more jealous of "Steve's" relationship with Terri. "Steve" had tried to break off his relationship with Ricky, but Ricky had threatened him including breaking his windows at 1:00am one morning. Steve was afraid and didn't know how to tell Terri or end his relationship with Ricky.

Ricky's jealousy grew, and he decided that the only way he could be happy was if Terri were dead. He didn't want to kill her himself, so he called his cousin, Michael Morales. Michael was a known gang member and no stranger to violence. He agreed to help Ricky and started to formulate a plan. Michael decided that he would strangle Terri and started practicing with a belt. When he believed he had mastered his strangulation technique, Ricky and Michael put their plan into action. Ricky called Terri and told her that he wanted to try to improve their relationship because they both cared about "Charlene." Ricky asked Terri to help him pick out a gift for "Charlene." Terri was eager to mend fences and agreed to go with Ricky to get a gift for her best friend. On Thursday, January 8,1981, Ricky arrived at Terri's house with Michael in the backseat. He had the belt he had been practicing with, a claw hammer and a 7 inch kitchen knife. Terri got in the car and the trio set off. While Ricky drove to a rural area a few miles from town, Michael attacked wrapping the belt around Terri's neck. She screamed for Ricky to help her, but he ignored her pleas as Morales told him to keep driving. She fought for her life. Her fingernails gouging chunks of flesh out of her own neck and tearing patches of hair from her head. She fought so hard, the belt broke. Michael picked up the claw hammer and hit Terri in the head, not once, not  twice, but 23 times crushing the base of her skull and causing defensive wounds to her arms and hands as she tried to ward off the blows. The cousins pulled off the road where Michael dragged Terri's unconscious body from the car and into a nearby vineyard. Michael told his cousin that is was a shame to waste "a good piece of ass." He told Ricky to leave them alone and come back in 15 minutes. Morales turned Terri over, stripped off her pants, pushed her shirt and bra up around her neck and raped her in the dirt. When he was finished, he stabbed her in the chest four times to make sure she was dead. Terri Lynn Winchell had lost the fight for her life. Ricky Ortega and Michael Morales left her naked and bloody in that vineyard. Ricky drove Michael home where he got drunk on the beer and wine he had bought with the $11.00 from Terri's purse. Ricky picked up "Steve" and had sex with him in the car.

Terri's mother was able to direct the police to Ricky when Terri didn't come home. He quickly confessed, and they went to Michael's apartment where they found the broken belt with Terri's blood on it hidden under his mattress. The blood splattered floor mats from the car were in the trash and the bloody hammer was in the refrigerator vegetable crisper. He still had Terri's purse and credit card with him. Two years later, Morales was found guilty of murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait, or planning the killing in advance, and murder by torture. He was sent to death row. Ricky received life without parole.

In 2006, executions in California came to a halt when the lawyers for the next death row inmate to get a lethal injection were able to get it stopped based on the fact that having 3 separate injections was cruel and unusual punishment. What if the inmate woke up? What if he felt pain? Executions are still on hold to this day because of that. Who was the death row inmate who has been able to put his death off another six years? Michael Morales. Twenty five years after he brutally murdered Terri Lynn Winchell, he has been able to extend his life another six years with the "cruel and unusual punishment" of the lethal injection argument. The irony is so thick you can choke on it. It would be funny if it weren't so ridiculous.

This November, they have pushed to have the death penalty back on the California ballot again having the balls to call it SAFE California. It is mostly fueled by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Their reasoning? It will save money because of all the court costs for appeals. What they don't want to tell you is that the ACLU is the one mostly responsible for clogging the courts with appeals and driving up the costs. Don't believe me? Look it up. They also don't want people to know that commuting the current 725 death row inmates' sentences to life without parole is going to cost taxpayers approximately $34,147,210 a year using the latest estimate of the cost to care for a prisoner in California. They are trying to lull people into a false sense of security by saying that the death row inmates will not be eligible for parole. However, that is not always the case. Former California governor Edmund "Pat" Brown commuted the sentences of 23 death row inmates changing their sentences to life without parole. At least 2 of those prisoners, Eddie Wein and Norman Whitehorn, did eventually get parole anyway. Both were longtime violent sexual predators and murderers. Within months of their parole, Norman Whitehorn raped and murdered Donna Jean Hooker, and Eddie Wein had raped and murdered Dorothy George by strangling her and dumping her body in a bathtub.

The death penalty in this state is only sought after in extreme circumstances. The prosecution has to prove that the murder was premeditated. Some notable death sentences with adjudicated special circumstances:

Lawrence Bittaker - raped, tortured and killed five teenage girls.

Richard "the Nightstalker" Ramirez - murdered 13 people in Los Angeles, sexually assaulting, torturing and mutilating many of his victims.

Richard Allen Davis - kidnapped, raped, and strangled 12-year-old Polly Klaas.

Robert Rhoades - serial killer who kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered 8-year-old Michael Lyons as he walked home from school.

These are the types of violent criminals the ACLU wants to save. Many of the death penalty opponents hold up signs saying that all life is sacred, and I agree with that. Terri was a straight A student who sang in her church and  Michael Morales was a gang member living a life of drugs and violence. Before he killed her, if you had asked me if Terri's life was more important than Michael's, I would have said no. However, I believe that if you plan to kill another human being and you carry out that plan, you forfeit your right to live in a civilized society, and those offenders should be shown the same mercy they allotted to their victims. The impact of his actions has also had a devastating effect on Terri's family. Her mother has never recovered and her brothers continue to fight in court long after they should have been able to have some peace and try to somehow move on.

 Michael Morales has the ACLU and a bunch of anti death penalty people waving signs who haven't even bothered to find out why he was given that sentence in the first place. So who is going to stand up for Terri and the other victims of these violent (and in some cases repeat) offenders?


Monday, May 7, 2012

Still Here: Guest Post by River Jordan

I am a big fan of the amazingly talented River Jordan. In
addition to her published stories, she is an incredible poet. I
was so happy when she agreed to do a guest post here and
share one of her poems with us. Check out the links at the
end of this post to connect with River and check out her
published work.

Hello friends, I am honored to be a guest here on M.E.
Franco, Author!  I would like to thank my very talented and
creative friend, blogista and author Michelle Franco, for
graciously allowing me to showcase a bit of my poetry on her

Like Michelle, I am a published author.  I write science
fiction/adventure stories under the name K.R. Jordan.  Who
knew that after all these years this vivid imagination of mine
would manifest itself into the written word?  I most certainly
did not. 

Recently, my sweet little netbook died and so I have had to
actually write…you know, with a pen or pencil.  I hear your
collective gasp, but I’m enjoying it all in the extreme!  I love
the feel of the pen…tangible, grasped lightly in my hand.  My
mind enjoys the sleek smooth feel of the rolling ball against
the paper as I write. A ballet of movement as my hand forms
the letters, grouping them together to form words, sentences
and paragraphs; the eloquent strokes communicating
meaning to my brain and then to yours!

I must say, though writing stories is my passion, I have had a
long standing love affair with poetry.  My current “affair” is
with the sonnet, a form of poetry made popular by William
Shakespeare.  Please enjoy!

Still Here by K.R. Jordan
The early morning silence fills the dark;
A star filled sky, horizon stretching wide;

Zephyric winds blow steady as I walk;

Each step closer tortures, crumbles my pride.

Shore before me now, Matagorda Bay;

Thoughts bombard…you sit there, reading L’Amour;

The jetties beneath, dawns’ horizon gray;

Moonprints, forgotten tears across the shore.

Memory’s the villain here, stop and breathe;

I see you in my mind, there mending shrimp nets;

Brick walls rise, refusing my right to grieve;

Killing inch by inch with sadness, regrets.

Delfinare break the surface, soul sings.
Sunrise’s secret…purple smile, hope brings.

Connect with K.R. Jordan (River Jordan) here:
You can find her published work here:

Friday, May 4, 2012

I Got the Liebster Blog Award!

When I came back from vacation, I was surprised to find out that I had been given the Liebster Blog award by the fabulous Ingrid Michaels. I was so excited! Ingrid is a romance author who has several books available including her newest release Bahdria: A Love Story. Check out her blog and books here and be sure to watch her awesome book trailers. Thanks Ingrid!! :)

I never miss a chance to share blog love - Here are the wonderful authors I would like to pass this award on to.

Michael K. Rose - He is the author of a whole lotta books. Check them out on his blog.

Matthew W. Turcotte - Great blog on pop culture.

Roberta J. Gordon - Watch for the release of her book Gemini Witching: Elements 101 later this month!

Dianne Solberg - Sci-fi, Fantasy, Humor, and Life in general.

Damien Boath - A great place for writers. Don't forget to check out the featured podcasts!

To accept the award, please follow these rules:

1. Show thanks to the blogger who awarded you by linking back to their blog.

2. Pick 5 blogs with less than 200 followers and let them know about your nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Post the award on your blog.

Ta da! That's all there is to it.