Friday, January 13, 2012

Awards and a Giveaway of Beth Revis' A MILLION SUNS

 Last week, Lisa Ann Chickos over at Kicked, Cornered, Bitten and Chased presented me with the Versatile Blogger award.
I thought that was quite an honor coming from the queen of versatility herself.  This award comes with a few rules, but unlike a chain letter, if you don't have the time to follow the steps or consider it a burden, you will not blow up in a puff of smoke or die a horrible, mangled death. But if you do want to play, it's a fun way to let folks know trivia about yourself.  So here are the rules:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.(or 5 like me - you will not be smited.)
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

So, in honor of Lisa Ann Chickos' writing and animal blog I am giving you seven random animal facts from my life.

1. My first horse was named Josephine. I thought she was fabulous. I even had an outfit to match.
2. I took my first riding lessons at Bit & Spur Stables. One day I was so excited to get there, I opened the car door and got out before my mother had stopped the car. I scared the heck out of her as I rolled across the dirt lot.

3. Once, when vacationing in the Boston area, we ate at a restaurant and Lassie and her handler were there. Because she was a celebrity (the actor dog was a she portraying a he), she was allowed in. I don't think I ate a bite and my parent's had to drag me away from her so her handler could enjoy his meal. I remember getting a paw print autographed trading card. Don't know whatever happened to it.

4. In about 4th grade, we had a class hamster. Each weekend one student had the honor of bringing him home. The weekend it was my turn, my big yellow Labrador, Ryan, grew curious. I still have the scars of being responsible for murdering the class pet. My mother even called our cardiologist neighbor to try and revive him.

5. My grandmother in New York state raised a fawn. Baby Doe, as she was called, slept on my great grandmother's porch until she grew into a doe and eventually was called back to the wild. I think I'm thirteen or fourteen in this photo. My grandfather is at the table.
6. I have rescued 3 horses, countless dogs, and countless cats. I had a litter of five female beagle pups born in my bathroom on St. Patrick's Day (the shelter had Parvo and couldn't take in the very pregnant mother). The mother beagle, Bitsy, is in my Marks of a Horsekeeper manuscript. They all found homes, one pup as far away as Massachusetts. 

7. I honestly believe I have a dog that continues to come into my life over, and over, again. First he was Clyde, then he was Peanut, now Hazel. You decide.

So now for the recipients of the Versatile Blogger Award:
  1. The girls at Live to Write, Edit when Necessary - Their blog is always interesting, never dull and with two bloggers, they are indeed versatile.
  2. Anne Stampler at Novel in the Oven, because her posts inspire me and I think we are of the same generation.
  3. Jenna Cooper at Finding the Write Way because of her youth and enthusiasm. She makes me smile.
  4. To Meradeth at Write Stuff because of overall awesomeness and soon-to-be world travels!
  5. To Linda Benson at her blog of the same name - because she's a horse girl like me.

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  1. I'd love to win this book! I read her first one last winter, which was awesome. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm glad I found you.

  2. Thank you so much for the award! I'm honored, and now have to come up with a post as good as yours!

    Also, I'd love to win A Million Suns, because Across the Universe was a great book!

  3. Congrats on your award and thanks for the giveaway opportunity. My grandparents used to feed the deer in their backyard. They were like their pets. They could pet them and whenever they called to them, the deer would happily come over.

  4. Love this post--especially the photos. Poor hamster. I took care of the classroom fishtank and always was afraid I might kill something.

    I'm going to back out of the contest. I need to knock a few books off my TBR pile before I add anything new--though this contest is more than tempting :)

  5. Thanks so much for nominating me! Love the animal stories--too fun!

  6. Thank you for the award! And congratulations on getting it yourself!
    Poor hamster...that must have been awful.

  7. Congrats on your award ;)

    Ah ha! So you were the one who let the pet hamster kick the bucket. Poor JRo... scars run deep.

    I think you're right and that dog will keep coming back and back.

    And yay for your first giveaway! "A Million Suns" - I've been wanting to read this one.

  8. And how am I getting you in my reader if I'm not a follower?? *shrug* Corrected.

  9. Oh, your little doggies remind me of the miniature terrier I had as a kid. Now I have kitties.

    Awesome book choice for your first giveaway! I've been waiting to read this one!

  10. Wonderful stories! And thanks for all the new blogs to track down. Thanks for visiting my blog, too!

  11. Love the animal stories. My dog killed someone's pet guinea pig when I was six. I know how that hurts.

  12. Okay, I'll enter, though I will feel guilty if I win.

  13. I only rescued one pet but I'm still young. Nobody wanted her because she looks like pet bull and she's like only a quarter of pet bull. The pound was going to put her down but I bought her. She is really loving and likes a lot of attention. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. My dog used to kill squirrels in the back yard all the time. They made a mess of the patio, always throwing plums. I used to egg the dog on by saying, "Go get the squirrel." Once I said that and heard a terrible racket. It ended up NOT being a squirrel, but my brothers cat. I still haven't told him, and that was 20 years ago.

    Congrats on your award!

  15. Apparently guilt works Pam! You won!


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