I Am Spoiled by Awards

…and rubbish at properly thanking and receiving them.  But I do love you all, honest.

I will try and do proper posts soon, but I must thank everyone as follows:

I do appreciate every single one I promise.

I am however busy enough to make my brain explode and that wouldn’t look very pretty here, so I’ll try and do proper posts on each very soon.  I bet Lady Fury would like that though!

In Which I Have Been Remiss, A Liebster Award

Liebster AwardDear Lady Fury, I’m sorry I took so long to respond to your lovely Liebster Award…since you were kind enough to steal acquire it from Shehanne for me.

When I received it I was delighted at the though of a Lobster Award also, but we’ll come back to that one.

Now there’s all sorts of rules involved – so I have to link back to the person that awarded it (check), then answer 10 questions set from that blog (to follow) and then set my own questions and nominate bloggers to answer them.  Hmm, well we’ll see about that one as the awards fairy has been kind lately.

So questions first:

1. Which fictional character would you most fancy having a fling with and why?

Um, there’s probably quite a few actually…Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books, Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (of course) though maybe he wouldn’t do flings, and let’s face it I wouldn’t pick Flint – I don’t steal from my friends m’dear!

2. You’ve been shipwrecked on a desert island, what man ..sorry book can’t you be without?

Much as I love so, so many books – the one I reach for when I need cheering up is almost always Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer.  I wouldn’t want THAT man though, he’s far too much trouble.

3. What inspires you? Places or people?

Both!  As well as objects, rooms etc…

4. What little tome are you working on right now?

I have two WIPs, same as usual in the last few questions I’ve done on the blog lately!

5. Who would you like to see in the movie version?

David Gandy for the hero if he can act  😉 not sure on the heroine yet.

6. In your own books do you have a favourite character and why?

The hero I was just referring too.  I find him so compelling he’s off and doing the talking (and what ever else he’s up to) without any help from me.

7. What do you think is the best book movie?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

8. Roughly how long does it take you to write a book?

I haven’t finished one yet, so really how long is a piece of string?

9. Favorite food?

I love to try food from different countries/cultures – but when it’s all going wrong chocolate never disappoints.

10. Any bits in your book you are embarrassed to show your family?

Ha, now that would be telling…

Now as a result of this I have not one but two Jolly Lobster Awards from Lady F and the lovely Incy Black.  Answers to these to follow after some book reviews.  Thanks ladies!

I’ll see about questions/nominations later on.

Awesome Blog Content Award

Awesome Blog Award

A big belated thank you to the lovely Lindsay J. Pryor for nominating me for an Awesome Blog Content Award.  I have been very remiss  not posting about this, sorry!

The rules: post the logo, link back to he/she who nominated, provide an A-Z guide to your soul and then nominate forward.

– You know I don’t nominate forward right?  Ok then…

I’m not sure this is entirely soul-like, but I’ll have a go.


A is for me actually!  Handy since we’re talking about me…

B is for books.  Any of them – they are the stuff of life for me.

C is for chocolate, necessary at times downright sinful at others – oh well.

D is for devilment.  I do have a rather wicked sense of humour.

E is for Essex, the home of my ancestors – the history of which is also dear to me.

F is for finery.  I love costume, jewellery and accessories of many eras.  Part of my art I suppose.

G is for genealogist – another of my many beloved roles.

H is for History of Art and History, my twin passions which tie into many parts of my life.

I is for irritating.  I can have a short fuse, and dislike people who hurt others for no reason.

J is for junket.  Anywhere fun you care to say – charging through fields looking for ruins, up and down stairs at castles, films at the cinema etc.  Things I wish I had more time to do.

K is for kismet – what you do to others will come back to you.

L is for Leopard and my first article!  Watch this space…

M is for music, something that I’ve always had a gift for and constantly listen to.

N is for no.  I never used to use it enough, now I’ve learned to and to tune others out when needed.

O is for original.  Yes sirree, that’s me and proud!

P is for my pets.  I’ve always had lots of them – cats, dogs, rats and guinea pigs are a few current ones.

Q is for quiet.  I like my space and am often accused of being too quiet.

R is for rock concerts – my favourite kinds – see also M.

S is for study.  As a student as well as holding a job and attempting to write it can be hard, but is so important to me.

T is for travel, part of my soul belongs to other countries and special places in the world.

U is for uncomfortable.  Don’t put me on the spot please.

V is for vilify.  I try, but don’t always succeed to see the best in everything.

W is for writer, aspiring one mind you.

Y is for yellow and orange the colour of the sun.  I wish I saw it more.

Z is for zillions.  I don’t wish I had them but sometimes they’re useful – I do appreciate ambition and dreams and the ability to grab hold of them and achieve them!  I certainly have zillions of dreams!

A Summer Sun Award, Or Two

Summer Sun Award

I must thank both the lovely (and terrible) Lady Fury and Incy for giving me this award.  Apparently you have to have brightened the day of others in some way as a blogger in order to receive it.  So thank you ladies!

Apparently I must now answer the following sunny questions:

Favourite song with summer in the title or the lyrics (give the line): ‘Summertime and the living is easy.’  Yes I know that’s a slight cheat and I don’t care, it’s an awesome song – go and listen to it in full.  Immediately.

Favourite book about summer: I never have favourite books, you may as well ask me if I have favourite children.  However, this Summer I have been reading an anthology called Summer With Love by Sarah Morgan, which is the fab reissue of the stories of triplets Katy, Libby and Alex – plus I am part way through reading Sinfully Summer by Aimee Duffy, which I have been a fan of since I read part of the first draft several years ago.

Favourite hot summer film: Um, I can’t actually think of a ‘hot summer film.’  Does this make me a bad person?  I loved the whole summer blockbuster thing as a child though.  I remember seeing at the cinema and loving Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  I believe that came out in the summer right?

Favourite summer memory: Probably too many to mention, but I loved being at my Grandfather’s house and charging around the gardens all day and finding tadpoles in the river.  Often I’d be found charging around my parents’ garden too – or in the fort my Mum invariably had to make for me involving old furniture and the washing line.

Favourite summer holiday destination: Austria, but as an adult it’s fast becoming Italy.  I’m a European kinda girl.

What books will be in your suitcase this summer? Well I was good this year and took my Kindle, so I had rather endless possibilities.  Do books I bought on holiday and brought back count?  Anyhow, there’s many more I’m going to be buying yet.

What’s your likely destination this summer?  Italy, I’ve already been to Tuscany!

What hottie would you most like to be sharing the hot days and long nights with his summer?  Now that would be telling.  Na na na na na!


1.  Display Summer Sun Award logo and link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions as listed above.
3. Nominate a further lucky eight recipients – one for each sun-ray on the picture.

Here are my eight lucky recipients:

  1. Michelle Smart
  2. Aimee Duffy
  3. Lindsay J. Pryor
  4. Tracey Rogers
  5. Rae Rivers
  6. Jane Hunt
  7. Fiona Chapman
  8. 8. …and I’m re-awarding it to Incy Black and Shehanne Moore (Lady Fury) because I wanted to! xx

The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award

I have to thank both the lovely Shehanne and Lindsay for gifting me this latest award.  More excellent writery peeps – please do go visit their blogs and not to mention that – go and buy their books!

The Sunshine Award is a sunny flower that bloggers give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.  Apparently.  Well, it’s not very sunny here – so every little helps! ;-)

‘The Sunshine Award’ comes with a few simple rules:

(1) Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.

(2) Do the Q&A below.

(3) Pass on the award to 10 – 12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

Well cool, I am already ahead of myself with the thanking part.  Now on to the questions…

Favourite Colour:

I have two – purple and turquoise and usually end up buying clothes and or decorating in both colours!

Favourite Animal:

Oh, I’m a total zoo keeper (though not in Incy’s league) and love all animals – but am deeply fond of rats.  Had fancy rats as pets for years, and have 3 currently.

Favourite Number:

4.  Just because, ok?

Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink:

Diet Coke – more correctly it is probably my poison and is doubtless very bad for me, as it is my own personal rocket fuel despite having no sugar.  Can’t drink the sugary stuff after giving it up about 25 years ago.  When I’m at the Castle though, tea is my tipple.  At the day job I have Peppermint tea every day.

Facebook or Twitter:

Twitter all the way!  I’m just not as keen on Facebook, and chat far more with so many diverse people over on Twitter.  Plus there’s the #TVD Tuesday gang!

Your Passion:

I cannot claim just one – books, writing, history, art, people…pretty, shiny distracting things.  You’ll have to come over and check out my bookshelves to get some idea of my passions.  Or possibly my Pinterest.

Getting Or Giving Presents:

Both, really.  I love surprises more than presents – the last surprise I got was an art postcard of Judith Beheading Holofernes by Lucas Cranach the Elder from a Gallery in Glasgow I haven’t been to yet – and I was thrilled.

Judith Beheading Holofernes

I love to find usual/special things to give people too.  Really hate it when people say, I just want some money for my birthday/Christmas etc.  Meh.

Favourite Day:

Any day that makes me happy, and the world seems to be turning ok.  Especially days that have historic houses and art in them.

Favourite Flowers:

I do have a bit of a thing for old fashioned roses, but love any flowers that are scented.

I know I’m supposed to pass this award on, but a) most of the people that would do it have already been tagged and b) the rest of them would probably hunt me down with flaming torches and pitchforks if I tried.  But I do love you all, honest.


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve been cursed honoured to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by not one, but two lovely bloggers – Incy Black and Michelle Smart.  Thank you ladies!  Please check out their blogs folks.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Rules

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.

Now I’m going to be a tad revolutionary here and not tag anyone new, simply because I don’t think I could think up anyone.  If you want to take this on, please feel free – leave me a comment about your post and I’ll link back to it.

But on to the 7 things about me.  Sorry about that.

  1. I’m an aspiring writer – my main focus is on writing historical novels, but I also intend to write non-fiction history books.  I mention this first as it goes some way to explain why Incy and Michelle know of me and tagged me – they both being writers, but with contracts already.  Not that I’m bitter or anything… :twisted:
  2. I’m a bit of a bad blogger these days due to having a lot of commitments.  Not only do I attempt to write, I also study History of Art and manage that around a full time job.  Did I mention I do photography too?  I just got my first DSLR camera back in July 2012 and am attempting to become more professional.  Whether that translates into my doing it professionally is another thing entirely!
  3. Most people think I’m insane to take on the work for items 1-2.  It’s ok, I have chocolate.  I may also option Gin.
  4. I haunt historical houses, castles, ruins and any other old things – including museums.  I am a history/history of art anorak – which helps when you write about it, it has to be said.  See – Pinterest (obsession).
  5. Two different people have randomly told be that I have a) Pre-Raphaelite hair and b) Victorian hands.  I do not see this as A Bad Thing.
  6. Hmm, er… did I mention I get very attached to the historical figures I research?  Prince Rupert I salute you, to name but one.  Hot history guys are your friends people.
  7. Did I mention that the 7 things about me would be random?  Oh well, now you know.

See – bet you wished you hadn’t asked now…

Normal blog service [intermittent] will now resume. /ends

Award Thanks!

A quick post to thank John for two awards for this blog.  They are always much appreciated.  If you are on my blogroll, then of course you deserve to take the awards too.

I also like the way that John traces the origins of the awards.

Thanks again for the Sunshine and Beautiful Blogger Awards :smile:

Eleanor’s Latest Awards

Eleanor and I have lately been given two lovely, shiny new awards!

Thank you to The Daily Reviewer (click on the link below for the site) for naming us as one of the top 100 genealogy blogs.  Thanks must also go to John who nominated us for the Zombie Chicken Award, and saying lovely things about the blog.

I will be posting some updates, and some important news over the next few days.  As usual, a big thank you to everyone who visits, reads and comments here.  Do say hello if you haven’t already.