Monday, May 27, 2013

Eww! Awards! Part 1

I mean, Yay! Awards!
During the A to Z challenge last month, I received some fun awards. I am finally getting around to thanking the bestowers and passing them on... (This post got to be too long so I only got half of the awards done and will continue the award ceremony in another post. Good grief, there were a lot of questions!)

But first, let me pause. It's Memorial Day. Please remember that freedom is not free. Many have sacrificed for us to have what we have. Thank you, Military!
And now, on with the show!
Eww was my reaction to this first award from Mark and Heather - the Zombie Rabbit... It's cool and hip, but Eww! Thanks, guys!

For this award, we are supposed to list our top ten blogs from the A to Z challenge (or now that it's over, I'm resurrecting the award and pronouncing that you can promote any ten or so favorites!)

I met some great new bloggers during A to Z and this is the perfect time to highlight those I clicked with most (and was able to find again, some disappeared or didn't link back to their blogs...)

Carol Z          Connie B Dowell          Ayjay
Barbara White Daille       Hannah Brooker       Rob-Bear
Lady Jai        Clarissa Draper - daily puzzles
(and these last two are long time friends that had great themes, hard to pick just 2!)
J.A. Bennett - blogging tips           Elizabeth Seckman - easy, fun trivia!
The Next Big Thing was passed on to me by Brinda. Thanks, lady! I am going to answer questions about my next big WIP!
  1. what is the working title? SIMULATION
  2. where did the idea come from? An offshoot of POP TRAVEL
  3. what genre is it? techno thriller
  4. what actors would you pick for a movie rendition? I think I'm changing from Leonardo DiCaprio to Chris Hemsworth...
  5. what's a one sentence synopsis? Cooper must stop an infamous, crazed campaign manager and his clone android candidate from taking over with their army of droids.
  6. how long did it take to write the first draft? TBD, outline is done, hopefully will write first draft during camp nano...
  7. will it be self-published or represented? hoping Curiosity Quills will keep me going!
  8. what other books would you compare it to in your genre? I don't compare in quality, but in genre, with I, Robot and in this case, the movie Trading Places
And I'm tagging Julie Flanders, Cassie Mae, Donna Weaver, David P King, and Candilynn Fite - I'm curious what they are working on next!

Lastly today, thanks to sweet Jenn for giving me the Happy Tag. I am to list 5 things that make me happy (other than the given family & friends):
1) It didn't have a button to go with it. Making one made me happy!
2) Having so many friends volunteer to help me with my blog tour - Ecstatic!
3) My little guy's team won some games this weekend after a long losing streak - Incredible!
4) Finishing my edits! Wahoo!
5) School is out in a week. Happy, for the most part =)

I am tagging five bloggers who always make me happy (there are so many, it was hard to pick!)
Dana          Rhonda          Madeline          Laura M          LD Masterson

So one more award post coming soon...
And don't forget to sign up for Heather's & my
The Thrill of It All blogfest!
It's good practice to write a thrilling hook or capture a thrilling scene
or tell us about a thrilling adventure you've been on so we can live vicariously through you!


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on all your awards!

And thank you for The Happiness Award - it's so nice to know my blog makes you happy. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. it's wonderful when we receive awards .. and congratulations on all those.

It is memorial day - my thoughts to .. to all those who serve and have served, as well as the families .. with thoughts Hilary

Dana said...

Congrats on all your awards, Tara!

Thanks for the giving me the Happy Tag. You're so sweet. I'm honored. :)

Have a lovely Memorial Day.

mshatch said...

Congrats on the awards!

Rena said...

Congrats on your awards. I really enjoy the community that comes with A to Z (Someday, I'll even participate).

Unknown said...

Always fun to get accolades from fellow bloggers-- congrats!

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats on all the awards Tara, and Happy Memorial Day. :)

Mark Means said...

Congrats on all the accolades...they're very well deserved...even if a Zombie Rabbit is a bit...icky! :)

Have a great Memorial Day!

Sheena-kay Graham said...


Christine Rains said...

Congrats on all the awards! Hope you had a great long weekend. :)

Suzi said...

What exactly is a techno thriller. I get the idea of your stories, but is there somehow you can define it?

Feel free to just tell me to Google it. :)

dolorah said...

And its a really cute button too!


Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on all the awards! I've also gotten a backlog of awards and am just now starting to claim/post them.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on everything! Your WIP sounds cool, and that zombie rabbit does look kind of eww!

Weaver said...

Thanks, Tara! Fun learning about your techno thriller.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Well deserved awards and great answers!

I hope your Memorial weekend was a good one!


David P. King said...

Holy awards! That's a lot of blogging love, right there. And thank you for the mention! I'll be sure to answer these questions this week sometime. :)

Nicki Elson said...

The happiness one was the perfect award to end on - you've got me all revved up for the day now. :) Cuuuute baby too.

Rhonda Albom said...

Thanks Tara! You make me happy too :) I need to do a post like this soon.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Good job on receiving all those wonderful awards. And I love Leonardo DiCaprio, but I tend to agree with your choice change of Chris Hemsworth, a real dream!!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, Tara.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the trivia! It was fun to do.

I don;t know where you find all the energy! Blogging, touring, make it look easy!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on all your awards! Love the Happy Button :)

Unknown said...

Hi Tara. I just found your site through Cherie Reich's blog. I really like Pop Travel's book cover. Congrats on all the awards :)


Romance Book Haven said...

Congratulations on the awards!

Hope you ahd a happy Memorial Day!


Anonymous said...

Congrats! What a lot of awards.

Thanks for remembering me with the Zombie Rabbit. :)

Jennie Bennett said...

Thanks for thinking of me, I'm glad you like me theme and yes, my reaction is the same as you, ew! :D

Brinda said...

Chris Hemsworth, eh? I like the sound of this one. Thanks for playing along on the tag. :)

Unknown said...

Congrats on all of your awards! And a BIG thank you for awarding me. :D I just posted about five mins ago, but I'll be sure to include the N.B.T. award next week on Wed. You're so sweet to think of me!

Buttercup said...

Thanks! Much appreciated. I'll be stopping back. You've got some great bloghops going on.

Julie Flanders said...

Thank you so much for tagging me, Tara! I will post about this award later this week. I really appreciate it, thanks again!

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