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.

family, Places, Seasons

A Favorite Winter Spot by Alicia Coleman

One of my favorite winter spots is Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It’s one of the most beautiful I’ve visited.Gatlinburg winter magic

When my family first approached me about visiting there, I refused.  I told them that was a place for honeymooners as several of my friends and their friends chose Gatlinburg to celebrate their marriages.  A few even married there in the various wedding chapels interspersed around the city.  Nope, that city was not for me.  I didn’t want to see starry-eyed couples holding hands or huddled together floating down the street with dreamy smiles on their faces.  My family finally wore me down and I consented to go.  I’m glad I did. Gatlinburg winter magic.jpg2

I found Gatlinburg to be a quaint little town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains.  Turns out, not only honeymooners go there, but families as well.  I was surprised to see the streets packed with people checking out the stores, going into restaurants, visiting museums and milling around breathing in the crisp, clean mountain air.  There’s even a night life. When it was time to go home, I didn’t want to leave.  I grudgingly told them I liked it while being secretly thrilled I came.  I even nonchalantly suggested making a return visit.

What about you? What are some of your favorite places to visit?