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Cool Book Nomination!

Hi, readers! I’m so excited because Directions of the Heart, my romantic drama collection, was just nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards!

Please vote for it at You can find DoH listed in #7, the Romance Category. Scroll down the page to find the book cover. Feel free to skip through to get to the right category, or vote for each one!

Have an awesome holiday season! 🙂

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Liebster Award

I have exciting news, which also works very well for ILRB’s 300th post! The I Love Romance Blog  was nominated by the It’s Good to Be Crazy Sometimes blog for the Liebster Award.


Thank you so much! ♥♥♥ Please go check out that blog:

Here are the rules.

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who gave you this award and link back to their blog.
  3. Answer 11 questions given by your presenter.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award.

My Answers:


  1. Hide up a tree or in a bush? Probably a bush. I’m a little afraid of heights.
  2. Favorite Cartoon? I assume an animated film counts? Let’s try Beauty and the Beast.
  3. Do you like splashing in puddles? Sure, when the mood hits me.
  4. How loud could you scream? This one is hard. I can’t force a scream; I never could. Even when I was a kid, when my cousins and I would play a ‘screaming game’, I tried, but it was almost impossible. Now, in the bedroom… that’s a different story! But, I’ll keep this answer clean. LOL. 😉 I have screamed pretty loud when I was in pain before, in the midst of an injury. I still often wonder if I really could scream if I were being chased or something.
  5. How close are you to your parents? Pretty close. We have a tight-knit family.
  6. Do you have siblings? Yes, I have an older brother and sister. I’m the youngest.
  7. Are you stubborn? Good Lord, yes! It’s sometimes a flaw of mine.
  8. Best Childhood memory: There are so many! I guess the best ones were when we visited my grandparents’ house. We there so often, it was like a second home. Now, the memories are bittersweet because they are gone and I miss them a lot.
  9. Favorite snack: Um…chocolate, of course! Is there any other kind of snack? LOL.
  10. Are you Pink or Blue? Definitely pink! I love hot pink!
  11. Can you guess the sort of theme? Something to do with childhood, perhaps?

My nominees:

My questions for other bloggers:

  1. If money wasn’t an option, where in the world would you visit?
  2. Describe yourself using three words.
  3. As a child, how did you answer that age old question: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’
  4. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you need with you to survive or remain sane?
  5. Do you have any pets? Children? Plants?
  6. What do you do outside of your job for fun?
  7. What was the last book you read? What types do you usually read?
  8. What is your favorite meal, either at a restaurant or at home?
  9. Do you often listen to music? What kind?
  10. If you could describe it succinctly, what would your life motto be?
  11. Give us one fact your blog readers might not know about you.

Well, it’s that simple! Thank you for the nomination, and I hope the other bloggers get a chance to participate! As always, it’s been a pleasure! 😀


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Great news for Second Nature!

I just received some awesome news! Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series, was nominated to compete in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards  for Winter 2015. Yay! Thank you, TRR! 😀

SecondNature-final cover

Second Nature is now in the next round, where readers must vote for it!

In the Nomination Round, Second Nature has to garner at least 50 nominations within the time period in order to qualify for the next and final round. The nomination will start on September 11 and end on September 30. Please feel free to nominate the book here:

OR you can vote here at

You’ll find Second Nature listed in the Paranormal Romance category about three-fourths the way down the page.

Anyway, this is quite an honor! So, don’t forget to vote for Second Nature, as well as your other favorite books! 🙂

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Versatile Blogger Award: Thanks and Nominations!

Many thanks to


About Carol


Carol Balawyder was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec and now lives in Montreal. She taught ESL and criminology for many years. Now, retired, she concentrates her time on writing crime novels, memoirs (see Mourning Has Broken under C.A. Balawyder)and women’s fiction. She is the author of Open for Business, Windows on Sci-Tech and her stories have appeared in Room Magazine, The Anthology of Canadian Writers and
You can visit her at


The Versatile Blogger Award is given in recognition for the great commitment, diverse talents and generosity shown by bloggers here in our community. There is so much creativity on show that it is difficult to reduce a list to only a few but for those nominated it is hoped that it will motivate them as well as celebrate their work to date.

Here are the rules:

– Show the award on your blog

– Thank the person who nominated you

– Share seven facts about yourself

– Nominate up to fifteen blogs

– Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know

Seven facts about me:

1. I am a bit of a perfectionist at times. If something isn’t right, it really bugs me and I have to find a way to fix it.

2. I just received Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards.

3. My first published book was a literary fiction and poetry anthology.

4. I was once a copy editor for an online student journal in college.

5. I tend to put my characters through a lot of trouble in my books.

6. I love writing, and I can’t imagine doing anything else!

7. When I am working on a project, my calico cat Emma often tries to steal my snacks. LOL.


Some of the bloggers I’ve chosen are new to my blog, while others have visited before. But, all of them are talented, wonderful ladies!

Celia Kennedy –


About Celia

Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on a military base. Her parent’s penchant for traveling has stuck with her, she’s lived in and traveled through several countries.

The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Art History, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture. Her thirteen year career at UW in Seattle ended in 1996. Not wanting to be homeless, she left the academic world and worked as a Landscape Architect, married the love of her life, became a mom, has been PTA President, Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader.

The unimaginable wealth in her life is the most fascinating thing to her.

Her love of travel, the designed and natural world, friendship, self-discovery, wine, chocolate, AND love are the foundation of her books.

Celia published her first book, Charlotte’s Restrained, The Accidental Stalker in December 2012, Venus Rising in August of 2013, Sugar It’s Cold Outside, Cupid on the Loose Anthology, April’s Fool, Fool’s Rush In Anthology, 2015 AND Kathleen’s Undressed, The Accidental Enigma on February 23, 2015. Three other works are in progress.

Devika Fernando –

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About Devika

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

Having always loved to read and write, Devika made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The Amazon bestselling author has published several eBooks in the genres contemporary romance, paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her German and Sri Lankan roots influence her writing.

Beverly Ovalle –






About Beverly

Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. She decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back.

Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. On the other hand she’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event her world ended.

An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share.

A Navy Veteran, Beverly’s traveled around the world and the United States to be able to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.

Sue M. Van (aka Haven Malone) – (Love her Gravatar! So magickal!)


About Sue

I am a 61 year old grandmother of 5 and mother of 3 beautiful daughters. I am trying to be an author as well. This blog is dedicated to Indie Authors who need a bit of assistance getting their books noticed.

A.B. Funkhauser –


About A.B.

A.B. Funkhauser is a funeral director, classic car nut and wildlife enthusiast living in Ontario, Canada. Like most funeral directors, she is governed by a strong sense of altruism fueled by the belief that life chooses us and we not it.

“Were it not for the calling, I would have just as likely remained an office assistant shuffling files around, and would have been happy doing so.”

Life had another plan. After a long day at the funeral home in the waning months of winter 2010, she looked down the long hall joining the director’s office to the back door leading three steps up and out. At that moment a thought occurred: What if a slightly life-challenged mortician tripped over her man shoes and landed squarely on her posterior, only to learn that someone she once knew and cared about had died, and that she was next on the staff roster to care for his remains?
Like funeral directing, the writing called, and four years and several drafts later, Heuer Lost and Found was born.

Andreia –


About Andreia

Welcome! My name is Andreia. I’m 31 and live in a beautiful small town. I have a lot of passions but books were my first passion, my first love. This blog is all about books and a good cup of coffee. I read, recommend and review them.

Please follow these wonderful bloggers and share the post so that others can too.

And finally, as Sally from smorgasbordinvitation suggests, if you do not have the time to repost and share your award with others, simply accept this box of chocolates she has offered up on her own blog instead.  Yum! 😀




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Reminder to Vote for the BTS Red Carpet Book Awards!

As I mentioned not too long ago, the Heiresses in Love Series and M&M were nominated for this award, the 2014 Red Carpet Book Awards .  You can vote now for each category.

The Heiresses In Love Series (book three is in progress now)

UponYourReturn_E-bookCover     Upon Your Honor

Here is the link to vote for these romance novels in the historical category.

The Magick Series (book two is written and almost ready to be published)

Magick and Moonlight

Here is the link to vote for this novella in the paranormal category.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite authors in the other categories here.  You can also learn more about the BTS Red Carpet Awards at this link.

Thanks so much for following my work!  🙂


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Made the TOP 25 on Authors Database!

I just found out that I made it on this week’s TOP 25 on Authors Database! Exciting! 🙂

Here is my profile link there.  I just thought I’d drop in and tell you about this major achievement.




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Big Surprise!

Lions and tigers and bears…oh, my!  I just found out that Magick & Moonlight has a spot in the nominations for the paranormal category of Red Carpet Book Awards!  Yay!  It is up there with such greats as Paige Tyler and Dianne Duvall!  🙂

Voting has begun.  If you loved M&M, my love story with fantasy elements, cast your vote here!  And don’t forget to vote for your other favorite authors in the additional categories!

Magick and Moonlight

Start voting and let the paranormal games begin…;)

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Vote for the ‪Heiresses in Love Series in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards!

I am so excited to announce that voting has finally begun for the BTS Red Carpet Book Awards!  The Heiresses in Love Series was nominated for this award not too long ago.  I am thrilled to see these books alongside such greats as Grace Burrowes, Katie MacAlister, Shana Galen and Samantha Grace!

Voting has started. If you love UYR and UYH (Upon Your Return and Upon Your Honor), vote for them here in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards!

As always, happy reading!  🙂

UponYourReturn_E-bookCover       Upon Your Honor

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BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee!

I am in the running for the BTS Red Carpet Review Award!  I just received an email informing me about the nomination.  Based on my 5 Star Review for UPON YOUR RETURN and my 4 Star Review for UPON YOUR HONOR with BTS eMag, I was nominated for this award.  How exciting!


So, how about them apples?  What an honor!

Anyway, just thought I’d drop in to let you all know.  Have a great weekend!  🙂