Very Inspiring Blogger


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you to the wonderful Sahara Roberts for nominating me for this award!  It’s a cool award that’s awarded by bloggers to bloggers. Please be on the lookout for Sahara’s debut romantic suspense novel, DESIRE & DECEPTION,  from Entangled Publishing. It releases today May 27!

The rules for the award are simple:

  • Link back to the person nominating you for the award.
  • Display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo
  • Reveal 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate others to receive the award

So here we go:

1. I live in the southern United States.  A sixth generation G.R.I.T.S. girl! (Girls Raised In The South)

southern us map region

2. I love R&B music from the ’70’s and ’80’s and Country music. Seventies and eighties bands/singers like Journey, Duran Duran, The Isley Brothers, Tony Terry, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Elton John.  Also Country music singers like Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Shania Twain and George Strait. For some reason, and I don’t know why; I like opera. The rich clear voices of  the three tenors Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti as well as Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman are to die for!

3. There’s nothing like tea.  Hot or cold it’s my favorite beverage.  English Breakfast tea served hot to start the day with toast,  jam and sausage.  Hot Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea  in the afternoons with lunch for a quick pick me up, cold Green tea with the evening meal and a cup of hot Green tea before bed for a peaceful sleep. I love it!


4. My favorite TV channels of the moment:














5. This brings me to the pastime of the moment: DIY.  I’m so into DIY right now that I’ve looked into getting a tool belt and steel toed shoes to go with all my shiny new tool kit and drill. I’m making repairs on my house-exchanging the old faucets in the kitchen and bathroom with  new faucets; replacing worn out curtains with new curtains and blinds in my office. I’m also putting up shelves.

diy6. In the mountains at Christmas time is the place to be.  All that crisp clean air and cold crunchy snow…One of my favorite places to enjoy the beauty and serenity of winter is Gatlinburg TN in the Great Smoky Mountains.

smoky mountains in gatlinburg

7. My all time favorite vacation spot is French Quarter New Orleans, LA. The French Market, the festivals, the buggy rides down Decatur street, the Riverwalk, steamboat rides on the Mississippi,  the massive crowds and the food…awesome!

French Quarter New Orleans

That just a little bit about me.  Now here are some really exciting and wonderful writers/bloggers.  I nominate the following:

Mae Clair

Jane Wakely

Christy Olesen

Venice Kennedy

Meda White

Ali Hubbard

I hope you enjoy finding out great things about these super cool writers/bloggers.

books, challenges, writing

Alicia Coleman: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’m truly honored to be nominated to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.  I was nominated by not one but two fantastic authors: Mae Clair, author of the romantic suspense novel, WEATHERING ROCK and Christy Olesen, author of the contemporary romance novel,  HER SCOTTISH CEO.   Thank you very much, Ladies!

In The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, writers answer a series of questions about their current WIP.  Several other authors  are then tagged to join the hop.  On to the questions:

What is the working title of your book?


Where did the idea of the book come from?  

I sometimes watch Rodeo on channel GAC.   The event I watched was Bull Riding.

What genre does you book fall under? 

Contemporary Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in movie renditions? 

I don’t watch much television.  When I do, it’s Animal Planet or Travel Channel or as I mentioned earlier, GAC. I’m not familiar with any of the new actors/actresses.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?  

Retired Rodeo star, Seth Morgan, operates a guest ranch along with his working cattle ranch to make ends meet  has issues with Tamsyn Jordan who  runs to his ranch to make decisions about her love life.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  

My plan is to self-publish.

How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your project?   

I’m not finished with this first draft yet, but it usually takes me four or five months to finish a first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

No specific books come to mind or I am aware of that I can compare my story to at this time.

Who or what inspired you to write this story?

What inspired this story was family interactions, relationships and how they sometimes fall apart.  I wanted the setting of the story to be of a western nature to build on my interest in Rodeos and western life.

What else about your book may pique readers’ interest? 

Family secrets, trust issues, blackmail and kidnapping.


I nominate/tag the following authors/bloggers to continue The Next Big Thing Blog Hop:

Lynne Kensington

Venice Kennedy

Sahara Roberts