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Davis now available in paperback!

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on August 21, 2013

Davis

Yep. It’s finally ready. You can find it on Amazon OR, by next week, if you just happen to be close to NE Texas or find yourself traveling through that area, you could always stop by:

Barbara’s Books & Treasures, 208 N. East Street, Atlanta, TX

For those who are keeping up, Atlanta is where this series gets its start. What cooler place could you possibly purchase your own copy?

I hope you enjoy Davis and Dusty’s story. And now… man, just wait ’til you read MICHAEL! LOL… I know, that’s just mean.

Happy Reading to all!

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Well this just sucks…

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on July 19, 2013

Sad-dog-faceLast week I probably felt better than I have in at least six months, almost like my old self except for having to drag oxygen tubing around everywhere I go. And then it went downhill all week. I only got to work one day. Missed the whole week of rehab. And I feel just about as good as I did when I first woke up in the hospital back in February.

And the reason that seriously sucks besides just feeling so sick is that two of my sisters came to see me a few weeks back. At that time I was still struggling with the anxiety in the worst way and spent most of the time standing up behind the couch in a spot that somehow seemed to be my “safe spot”. And they are coming back this weekend. With the anxiety completely under control now I so wanted the “old me” to be with them this time.

I hate this friggin’ disease!

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How it is…

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on July 2, 2013

sick2So…I’m pretty sure you probably all thought I died or something. I apologize for not being around. I am still breathing…most of the time. I’m not sure I’ve ever specifically spelled it out before, but I have severe COPD with very little lung function left. This whole process of learning to cope with the disease, the side effects of the medication, the treatments, tests, depression, and an overwhelming anxiety has been just more than I could bear and truly interact with all of you. I cannot promise you that it is going to get any better although the doctors seem to at least for now have a handle on the anxiety to the point that it’s not just completely debilitating anymore. But I face many struggles coming soon and as I reach each one, I can’t tell you what will happen then. There are many tests yet to be done and we have already taken the first step of many towards the recommended lung transplant. And if that happens, that’s a whole different road to go down once the surgery is done.

I am not a fan of sharing too much personal information either on the web or even in person. Some things just seem to be better kept private. The state of my health has always been one of those things, but I think my readers should know what is happening. I’m hoping that posting a few updates here will not only update you but could be therapeutic for me. I can’t promise you that I’ll update it every day. In fact I can almost guarantee you that I won’t. And I can’t promise you that I’ll update it every time something happens. Each setback tends to push me farther inside myself and it is usually days or even weeks before I can discuss it with anyone. I still want to respond to each of you individually when you post here or on FB, but it just might not be possible or may be a while coming.

I’m not doing this for everyone to try to cheer me up or send me ‘be strong’ quotes for the day or anything like that. I’m doing this for me. Although there is no cure for COPD, I want to get better. And if writing things out helps me mentally or emotionally then that is a positive step. And if it keeps you updated on the progress of the books then that’s another benefit.

I’ve tried so hard to get back into my writing. I only have a little bit left to do on the final pass-through of Davis before it will be ready to go, but I have had so little interest in anything at all that it is very difficult to get myself to sit down and get started. I’ve been trying to write this post for over a month now and finally managed it. Maybe that’s a good sign that I’m ready to start back.

If I can just get a little healthier I just know that all the things that used to interest me will start to come back. I have to get my weight back up again. I weighed 97 pounds when they first put me in the hospital and I had gained up to 107 at one point. But I’m back to 97 now. It’s so difficult to force food down your throat that just tastes burned. Some of the medications have killed my taste buds and there are only a few things that I can taste at all. So I have no appetite but have to eat and drink nutritional supplements to try to get my weight back up. And then my physical ability has waned again since I’ve missed so much of my pulmonary rehab while we were struggling to control the anxiety. Bottom line is that I don’t weigh enough and I’m not strong enough for a lung transplant now, so that is the number one priority at this point.

On the up side, I am breathing better right now than I have in months as long as I’m not engaging in any physical activity. (Update…I was until another exacerbation sent me back to the ER on Saturday…doing fair now.) I know that sounds sort of stupid, but when you can’t even breathe freely while sitting in a chair for several months and now you can, it’s a big deal even if a weather front comes through or some other trigger crops up and messes it up again tomorrow. I’m lying down to sleep again and I’m turning the TV and lights off at night again. That was mostly a side effect of the anxiety.  I still haven’t been back on the bike but once since the last setback, but to ride again anytime, anywhere is one of my goals.

If you are inclined to follow these sparse update posts, I can promise you a lot of bitching, whining, and just generally feeling sorry for myself. Hopefully those days will be balanced with ones where I can express that I really do know how lucky I am to still be here and remember to see the good things along with the bad.

While you are so patiently waiting on the rest of The Seven Brothers of Elko, remember there are so many gifted authors out there. Some are established and some are brand new. Yes, there are some that are not so great, but keep searching. There are diamonds in the rough. Happy Reading!.

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So….that light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on March 5, 2013

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Until this year, I had not been in the hospital since 1990. Now, two hospital stays in one month. A myriad of life-style changes. Trying to learn to handle that what your life was is not what your life is now. The whole emotional side of this has been harder for me to cope with than the physical side…well if you don’t count the whole not able to get any air part, I mean. The anxiety level and panic attacks have been near record highs even with the medication I didn’t want to take to keep that under control.

I’ve learned there are triggers for the anxiety rise. I can’t tell you why they’re triggers. And I can’t tell you why they are a trigger one minute and the exact same situation, circumstance, or thought will not be a trigger the next. There’s no rhyme or reason to them. But, I can tell you this much. If you tell a child long enough that he’s stupid, he’s eventually going to believe you.

If you, as a physician (the PCP), continually present a dismal picture to a patient then exactly what reason do they have to even try? Especially when what you are saying is not in conjunction when the specialist who is handling the main illness. So I sit in your office and listen to you tell me that they are giving me every possible medication already and that I’m maxed out there so the only bright spot in my future is to look forward to turning up the liter flow on my oxygen until I max that out, too. Am I supposed to feel so empowered by your “truthfulness” that I should run right out and buy a power chair since I’m obviously going to be too feeble to come back to your office without it for more uplifting messages? It irritates me to no end that even knowing that you have no clue who I am or what I am capable of accomplishing by spending 10 minutes per visit with me on two visits I still let you ramp up my anxiety to the point that I couldn’t even sit down for hours and it’s still not under control. Buddy, I walked into your office under my own power. I walked out of your office under my own power. I can walk from the front of WalMart’s to the back, I’ve been on the Harley, and I will be again. So excuse me while I go see my specialist instead of you then search for yet another new PCP that can at least say “way to go” or “you’re doing good today” or any friggin’ kind of encouragement at all.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to work on getting the emotional rollercoaster leveled out some so that I can get back to work on the books and maybe things can get back to whatever the new normal is around here.

I hope you are all having a good week. Happy Reading!

~Reaann

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Girly Book Blog Hop – Location, Location, Location

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on January 16, 2013

Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Campfires

I admit it. I love Montana and I am convinced that I was born there in a previous life. There is a connection of spirit that I feel every time I cross that state line. My books will often take you there with some of them being either entirely or partially set there. Those settings are usually in and around Bozeman, including a side trip down to the fictitious “Crooked Creek” in Jake. I have to say that some of the books centered in Montana were written prior to my having visited the state. I did some extensive research regarding the environment, etc. Of course, the day did come when I put my foot down and insisted that I simply must visit to ensure that I had everything correct.

2331_1086872179173_1591_nOne somewhat eerie highlight of the very first trip was the discovery (quite by accident) of this establishment. The Seven Brothers of Elko series was actually in process at the time we made the first trip and I was right in the middle of the 5th book. If you have read the first book, you know it’s titled Jake and that Jake gentles and trains horses. Although ‘my’ Jake’s ranch is outside of Elko, Nevada, there is that connection to Montana that I mentioned before. How surreal it was to be driving down 191 from Bozeman to West Yellowstone and about 3 miles south of Big Sky, I swear this sign jumped right up and started waving at me. “Jake’s Horses!” Really??? To me, that coupled with the deep connection I felt to days and events long past was an affirmation that my writing was on track and I needed to keep going. (One of the “guides” wasn’t bad for inspiration, either! Why funny you should ask…yes, yes I did get a quick snapshot. You can find it below!)

Vacation 2009_3 947Few words evoke vivid images of days long gone as the name ‘Montana.’ Montana’s history is as rich and diverse as its topography which is roughly defined by the Continental Divide that runs on an approximate diagonal line through the state from northwest to south-central, splitting it into two distinct eastern and western regions. The fourth largest state and the largest landlocked U.S. state is home to the prairie lands of the Northern Great Plains on the east and the mountainous western region, most of which is geologically and geographically part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The individual ranges that blend together as part of the Rockies have colorful names that add to the imagery for the perpetually imaginative among us. Names like the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges, the Cabinet Mountains, the Anaconda Mountains, the Missions, the Garnet Range, Sapphire Mountains, and Flint Creek Range bring sights and sound of mountain men and work-hardened cowboys carving out their existence in a hostile and unforgiving environment. To really find Montana, get off the Interstate. Find a quiet (not tourist-heavy) time to drive down and visit one of those ghost towns like Virginia City. Walk around and view the pieces of the past. Then close your eyes and listen. Can you hear them? There’s a big herd bedded down just outside of town in preparation for a big trail drive. The tinny sound of the old piano is playing inside the saloon over there. The laughter flows out past the swinging doors as easily as the beer flows from the taps. The hands from that herd are headed into town for their last chance to spend a little money from their pockets and a little time in the company of the women over there. They won’t have such a rich chance for a while and they don’t want to miss this opportunity. The unlucky ones who had to stay behind are either out watching the herd or gathered around a campfire, fingers wrapped around metal cups that hold hot, strong coffee to help ward off the chill in the air. The sights, sounds, and smells of Montana are all around you with the creaking of saddle leather, the clip-clop of the horse going by, the smell of… a diesel tour bus pulling up. Sigh!

Yes, it can be difficult to find a place where the tourists don’t roam more freely than the antelope. Along with the scenery, people from across the nation flock to Montana for blue-ribbon trout fishing, white powder skiing, hunting and wildlife viewing, the pristine lakes, and numerous national parks. And then you have the artists. Montana is to artists what Hollywood is to aspiring actors. If there is a medium in which any type of art can be crafted, there are artists in Montana who can make it happen. If you are there, don’t miss the “downtown” places around the state. Walk through any downtown street and you’ll find shops that carry a veritable treasure chest of the creations by those artists. You can find everything from paintings to handcrafted home décor, from exquisite jewelry pieces to sculptures fashioned from every imaginable material. Don’t miss the chainsaw sculptures, too.

Vacation 2009_3 909And once you have bought the t-shirts and all of your souvenirs, get out of town. Leave the tourist traps behind, head out on the back roads and set your imagination free if you want to see the real beauty of Montana. Travel Highway 83 up through the Flathead National Forest past Seely Lake and Swan Lake on your way up to Kalispell and Whitefish. You will find stunning and unspoiled majesty there.

If you get the opportunity to visit, don’t drive through it 70 MPH down the Interstate. Slow down. Look around. That’s thousands of years of history right out there on the other side of the window. And if you take the time and open the window to your imagination, you can hear it, you can see it, and you can feel it.

To celebrate Montana, I am giving away a few items that I would want to receive from the Montana Gift Corral, my favorite touristy souvenir shop in downtown Bozeman. Each of the three prizes will include 2 mini-“book cover” bookmarks for Jake and Davis, the first two books in The Seven Brothers of Elko series.

  • Huckleberry Votive Gift Pack
  • Gift pack of a Mooseberry Tea Tin, a Wild Huckleberry Boxed Votive, and Mooseberry Jam
  • Super gift pack of an Inspiration Bear Track Mug, Cowboy Cafe Ground Coffee, and Huckleberry Cocoa Mix

To enter for these prizes, just leave a comment on this post and don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact the winners. (Winners will be drawn at random.)

And if you get ready to take a trip to Montana, Taming Clay and Red Says I Love You are both set there, so drop by for a vist with Clay and Hailey or Josh and Cass. And, even though they’re officially in Nevada, find out how Jake and Brinley wind up in “Crooked Creek” in Jake (The Seven Brothers of Elko: Book One). And here’s a little teaser. The whole gang winds up back in Bozeman in Davis: Book Two. If you haven’t read them, pick up your copies today. If you already have yours, snuggle up and visit them again.

Thanks for stopping by to check out The Girly Book Blog Hop! Click Here to enter the blog hop’s Grand Prize and continue “hopping” to other sites for their posts and individual prizes. Scroll down below the”The Ultimate Girly Books Goodie Package” entry form to find the links for all of the participating blogs. Let us take you away to new destinations where it’s all about “Location, Location, Location.”

Happy Reading!

~Raeann

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What’s Coming In 2013?

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on January 1, 2013

New-Year-in_3_1As most of you know, I work full-time and write, rewrite, edit, publish, and promote on nights and weekends. During at least the latter part of 2012, I have spent much more of those “author-time” hours promoting than any other activity. This includes promoting not only my work, but other authors as well. As a new author, I felt this was necessary and I don’t regret that. It has been successful beyond what I ever imagined and I have a great group of loyal readers who helped to make it so.  As happy as I am with that success and as happy as it makes me to help other authors in any way I can, I am not happy with the lack of progress on the remaining books that are still sitting there waiting to be polished and published. Consequently, I’m making a shift in my priorities for 2013.

In terms of the time I have to spend on writing activities, in 2012 I have been spending approximately 70% of my time promoting and only 30% on the other things that need to be done. The 70% includes time on my Facebook page, blogging, tweeting and re-tweeting other authors, participating in Facebook author groups, parties, giveaways, free promotions (which includes submitting the books to other sites and a boat-load of other FB pages), etc., etc., etc. For 2013, I’m turning the tables. My plan is to spend no more than 20% of my free time on those activities and 80% on the books themselves. I certainly don’t want to lose the symbiotic relationships that I have developed with fellow authors, but at this point I feel my primary focus needs to be on the books rather than sales. I will have to leave the heavy work of spreading the word to my awesome readers for now.

I get so many RT’s of my work on Twitter and I usually seek out and RT other authors’ works to the tune of at least 100 RT’s a day. That’s going way down. I will work out how much time I can spend on each site, but I will probably not even visit Twitter more than a couple of times a week and only for a limited time then. For the groups, parties, etc., they will probably be much less frequent. I will try to drop by the Facebook page at least once a day. I enjoy connecting with my readers. You keep me grounded and you keep me motivated so I doubt that I will decrease my time there.

I won’t abandon the blog, but I won’t be doing as many of those things that make the author circles. I have already completed and have ready to go 2 posts for this month and that will be it for those types of blogs for a while. I have a “The Next Big Thing” post that will be up on the 4th about the 3rd book in the series, Michael. And then one more for a blog hop called “The Girly Book Blog Hop” that will go up around the middle of the month. That one will have some prizes that I’ve selected from my all-time favorite Montana souvenir store, the Montana Gift Corral so watch for that one. These posts are complete so they won’t take any time away from my new focus and I’m not scheduling any more like it for a while.

I know you are all anxious for the rest of the books in the SEVEN BROTHERS series and hopefully this shift in focus will get those out to you sooner. I’m anxious to get them out as well. I have the rest of the series (6 more books) plus two more single novels that are complete and ready for their own little touch of polish before they can reach you. I really want all of these to see the light of day sooner rather than later because my fingers are itching to get back to a couple of others that are partially completed and waiting in the wings.

While 2012 has been a super-awesome-stupendous blast and satisfying beyond all dreams, 2013 will be more what I will call reader-focused. The best way I can be reader-focused is to get the books out there to all of you. And that’s what I plan to do.

Thank you for wonderful 2012 and I hope you’ll hang with me for 2013!

Wishing you a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year!

Raeann

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Wishing You a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on December 24, 2012

blueornaments2Christmas is here. Such a wonderful time of year. A time when we gather family and friends together that can sometimes only be close in our hearts for the rest of the year. A time to reflect on holidays past and dream of those to come while taking every moment to savor the present. I won’t preach, but for me it’s also a time to remember the Reason for the Season.

This is the time we take a look back at the year that has passed and plan for the New Year to come. The year 2012 has been such a wonderful year. So many unbelievable and surprising things have happened this year. Not only do I have the most loving husband who pampers me and supports me at every turn. I also have an incredible family that surrounds me with love and keeps a strong foundation under me, always working on it to keep it solid and sturdy.

It has been a year in which I embarked, with much help, on a journey I never envisioned I would be able to take. I published the first of my novels in April and even though I made a lot of mistakes along the way, it has still turned into a much bigger success than I could have ever dreamed. No, I can’t quit my day job, but I never expected anyone to ever read any of the books. I could see a few family members buying a copy just out of love, but it has turned into so much more. It’s frustrating at times and always exhausting. But it is also the wildest, most exhilarating ride I have ever had the good fortune to enjoy. And I have John and Misty to thank for buying my first ticket and everybody else in my family along with all of my readers and fellow author friends for strapping me in, handing me a pillow to make the ride more comfortable, food and drinks (especially coffee) to sustain me along the way, feathers to land on when the few negative reviews brought me down, and wings to let me fly but not forgetting to include those weights for my feet to keep my head out of the clouds.

My family keeps me going. My fellow author friends from Facebook and Twitter give me strength and invaluable insights. A huge network of book lovers and other authors around the world take so much time out of their busy days to promote so many of us simply for the love of books and using that as their was to give back. And the most awesome readers and fans in the world give me hope and faith! My most humble thanks to each and every one of you. You will never be able to understand the depths of my appreciation for what you have given me.

I started this journey pretty late in life considering the number of books I already have written that need to be released before the day comes that I won’t be able to do this anymore. The best way I can think of to repay all of you is to make it my mission to ensure that all of the remaining books are published and available for your enjoyment. And if I should be so fortunate as to be able to still write by that time, finish the other ones that I have partially written that are waiting in the wings, then hopefully start on some new ones from the long list of ideas I have been saving all these years. My resolution for 2013 is to do everything I can to release as many of them as possible so I hope Sharon and Amy are ready for editing and proofreading at warp speed. 🙂

I have an extended family in all of you now that spans the globe and I wish each of you a very happy holiday season (insert appropriate holiday greeting based on your religion and/or beliefs here since I don’t know them all but wish it to you anyway.) As for me and my house, we wish you a joyous Holiday Season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year! I wish you each the very best and look forward to all of us being together for 2013.

Happy Reading!

Raeann

P.S. REMEMBER: When enjoying those holiday parties and get-togethers, if you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink. We want to see your shiny face right back here when the holidays are over.

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Project Blue Light

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on December 4, 2012

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We remember. We know you’re out there. We care.
And we thank you!

Anyone who has read or will read any of my books will discover that there is not a single one that does not have a law enforcement official, either past or present, in there somewhere. Big role or small, you will find at least one in every book. This stems from my personal high regard for any man or woman who has the courage to get up every day and pin a shield on their chest to go out and do their job in the protection of people they do not know. They are disrespected, they are ridiculed and in many cases hated. And yet they get up and pin on that badge every day anyway. I always find it particularly infuriating that the people who complain about law enforcement the loudest are the first ones to call them for help when trouble arises. And they will come. And when it’s over…you guessed it. They weren’t fast enough, good enough or smart enough. In any book, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you what I think about that, but I do try to watch my language on this blog. So I will refrain other than to say that I have zero tolerance for those who do not respect or even attempt to understand what kind of courage it takes to go around corners, through doors, or walk up beside that car never knowing what is waiting for you.

What I will tell you is that a few years back (under another name) I wrote and worked with a non-profit Cause on Facebook entitled “A Tribute To Those Who Wear The Shield” that pays tribute to and honors these brave men and women. The Cause was started and headed by John A. Pasko, a Police Officer with the Melbourne, Florida Police Department and it benefits the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, Florida. As time has passed, the Cause itself has waned as those of us who have worked on it are forced to spend more and more time on other pursuits. But my respect and admiration for these men and women will never diminish.

So where is this going? Well, I’m going to ask you do something. Among the numerous blog posts that I wrote for them, there was a very short one regarding Project Blue Light. We wanted to extend that further and called it Project Blue Light and More. Those who don’t keep up with the statistics may be surprised to know that 113 law enforcement officers have been lost in the line of duty so far this year alone, which is thankfully down significantly from the 174 who were killed last year. Think about that. Even at this lower rate, that’s an average of 10 men and women who were protecting all of us killed every month this year. Project Blue Light and More is a simple way for us to pay respect to all of our first responders, especially during this time of the year, to let them know that we know they are out there for us and that we appreciate what they do. It’s also to honor the memory of those we have lost.

I hope you will join us by placing a candle in the window in memory of the law enforcement, fire, and emergency workers who have given their lives in the line of duty and to send a message to those who remain. “We remember. We know you’re out there. We care. And we thank you.”

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LIEBSTER AWARD

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on November 18, 2012

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the talented author Constance Masters.

The Rules

  • When one receives the award, one posts 11 random facts about oneself and answers the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure one notifies the blogger that one nominated them!)
  • One writes up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
  • One is not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated one’s own blog!
  • One pastes the award picture into ones blog. (You can google the image, there are plenty of them!)

11 Random facts about Raeann Blake

  1. I have not read ’50 Shades’ of anything.
  2. I grew up wanting to be a Physical Education teacher.
  3. I play the piano.
  4. I simply LOATHE shopping.
  5. While I know people who have entire closets to house their massive collection of shoes, I own exactly 6 pairs: 2 pairs of dress shoes (1 dark, 1 light), 1 pair of cowboy boots, 1 pair of motorcycle boots, 1 pair of tennis shoes, and 1 pair of house shoes.
  6. I bought my very first cell phone in 2009.
  7. I love snow ice cream.
  8. I played volleyball in high school.
  9. I am one of those people who will spend hours searching for the one penny that I’m off when balancing my bank account.
  10. I am the baby of my family with 3 older sisters.
  11. I make lists for just about everything.

Questions from Constance

  1. What was the subject of your first blog? It was entitled “Show Some Love” and was encouraging readers to like, tag, and review the works of their favorite authors.
  2. What was your favourite subject in school? Algebra
  3. Have you ever done anything in your life you’re truly ashamed of? Absolutely. (What? You thought I would tell you what it was? Ummmmm….no!)
  4. What’s your proudest moment in life so far? I don’t know how I would pick just one. The births of my kids, the realization that they have grown into the kind of people any parent would be proud of, the minute the love of my life placed a ring on my finger…there are far too many to pick one.
  5. What did you type into the search box when you surfed the internet for the first time? Are you kidding? Do you know how many years ago that was? I barely remember what I ate yesterday and you want me to remember that? I have no earthly idea.
  6. What’s the worst thing you ever got in trouble for when you were at school? I was setting up my exhibit for a Science Fair and instead of going right back to class I stayed to wander through the other exhibits to see what was there. I missed the rest of the class and that teacher was not known for her sense of humor or patience. She was not pleased. She basically considered it as skipping class and reported it as such.
  7. What’s your favourite holiday? Christmas
  8. What is your favourite genre of book to read? Westerns (both contemporary and historical)
  9. Favourite TV show? How It’s Made on the Science Channel
  10. Favourite season of the year? Fall. The beautiful palette of God’s paintbrush makes everything seem just right in my world.
  11. What was the last book you read and who wrote it? The Rancher Takes A Bride (The Burnett Brides Book 1) by Sylvia McDaniel

Questions for my nominees

  1. If money was not an issue and you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
  2. Dogs or cats?
  3. Log cabin in the mountains or expansive luxury house on an ocean shore?
  4. Have you ever traveled to any destination that required the use of a passport?
  5. What is your dream vacation destination?
  6. What is your favorite type of music?
  7. What is your favorite spot and/or activity for relaxing?
  8. In school, were you a teacher’s pet, the class clown, or __________?
  9. Do you prefer clear blue skies or rolling thunderstorms?
  10. What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?
  11. What is the next book you plan to read?

My Nominees

I know everyone is extremely busy. I’m nominating 11 great folks from my Twitter buddies, but know that they will not be crucified or have their nails pulled out one by one if they do not participate. I nominated people I would like to know more about, but do not wish for them to feel obligated to respond. (Sorry if you have been previously nominated, too.) And for those nominated, whether they participate or not, go check out their blogs. You will find some real gems there!

  1. Cynthia Woolf
  2. Elizabeth Marx
  3. Isabella Louise Anderson
  4. Craig McGray
  5. Sammy Sutton
  6. A.J. Burton
  7. Thomas Wilson
  8. Patricia Obermeier Neuman and Rosalind Burgess
  9. Nikki Mahood
  10. James Paddock
  11. Gae-Lynn Woods

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The Booker Award

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on November 14, 2012

I received this award from a wonderful writing duo of Roz and Patty, aka Burgess and Neuman (@RozPattyWriters), at Roz and Patty Write . This award is passed among authors and bloggers to showcase their five all-time favorite books.

Now I love books. There’s no doubt that I love to write. And I love to read. My history covers everything from westerns, true crime, mystery, suspense, romance, both true and fictional air disasters, and everything in between. About the only thing I don’t read is paranormal and horror. Not that there is anything wrong with those, I just know better than to feed my overactive imagination and encourage the incubation of an always lurking anxiety attack just waiting to happen.

I’ll confess right now. I’m cheating a bit on this list. It’s not the first time I have run afoul of the rules, nor will it be the last. You will see my list includes a couple of collections in lieu of a single book. These were collections that can’t be defined by single book. While each book within the collection is outstanding alone, as a group they will stay forever in my mind and heart.

So with that said, here is my list of my Top 5 Favorite (or at least Memorable) Books of all time.

  1. Call of the Wild by Jack London. This was my first “adult” book that was shoved into my hands by my daddy in response to that ever-present lament of children everywhere. “I’m bored.” London was the first of many to spirit me away to a world I had never imagined with his vivid descriptions of the sweeping frozen landscapes and introduced me to the concept of “people you love to hate”. I honestly believe that along with my parents, this book helped to develop my deeply ingrained sense of right and wrong. It, along with London’s White Fang, also jump-started my long-standing love affair with the majestic creatures of the wild, the legendary wolf. This one book started me down the path of being forever book-poor. Thank God for libraries.
  2. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. Really I could have picked any of Zane Grey’s books. I grew up with a whole collection on our bookshelves. The first one carried me to another place and time. Once I read one, there was no stopping me. It takes a special talent to be able to transport a reader to another world. Zane Grey exploited that talent well.
  3. The Sacketts collection by Louis L’Amour. There is no possible way to single out just one of the many Louis L’Amour books. The closest I could come was to choose the group that covers the many branches of the Sackett family. Besides wanting to be there instead of merely living that day and time vicariously through the members of this family, they embodied the very definition of my own personal sense of what family means. “Mess with one…you get us all.”
  4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I don’t know if I would classify this under the category of a favorite book. But it definitely falls into the list of the most memorable. Why? Because it scared the hell out of me. I went through an extended period of reading nothing but true crime novels and this was one of them. This true story scared me silly to the point that I heard things go bump in the night for a very long time.
  5. The Calder series by Janet Dailey. I stumbled across Janet Daily after I had already moved into the recent romance/romantic suspense books by the likes of Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard. Then I found the Calders. Oh my! Without giving anything away, I will say that in the later stages of this series I encountered the first instance where an author left me heartbroken and so angry that I put the book down and swore I would never read anything by her again. Of course I did eventually finish the book and the series, but I still haven’t completely forgiven her to this day.

So there you have it. As I said, I can’t classify them all as favorites but at least memorable in that they have stayed with me long after the reading. And I have read all of them more than once…well except In Cold Blood. That one will sit on the shelf for an eon before I’m brave enough to pick it up again.

What are your favorites?

My task at the end of this post was to pass The Booker Award along to 5 more authors and bloggers. Unfortunately, despite a number of requests sent out through both Twitter and FB to fellow authors, I have been unable to gather 5 who currently have the time or inclination to accept. However, I did have one special author who accepted and I am pleased to present her with The Booker Award.

The fabulous Flick Merauld is the author of such immensely popular and highly-rated novels as “The Aunt Sally Team” and “The Sacred Marriage“. Keep watching her blog where she will share her favorite reads with all of us. And watch for her new release, “Aunt Sally and More“, coming in December. I can’t wait to read her list and appreciate her pulling out some of her proverbial time in a bottle to use for our reading pleasure.

Flick Merauld (@FlickM3) – cats dogs & eBooks: life love & having a novel published

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