Sprinkling a Little Sunshine

As I’ve said before, I’m not great with blog awards. However, my great Tweep friend (and super talented writer) @MEFranco1 generously nominated me for the Sunshine Award, and we could really use some sunshine in the UK at present. Oh, I’m not rain bashing – two months ago we were officially in drought and we desperately need some juice. But a little respite would be nice, so we can get out with our families this summer and enjoy the beautiful British countryside. Maybe this will be a good omen?

Here are the rules:

1.   Include the award logo in a post or on your blog.

2.   Answer 10 questions about yourself.

3.   Nominate 10 other fabulous bloggers.

4.   Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog letting them know they are nominated.

5.   Share the love and link the person who nominated you.


I thought I’d follow Michelle’s lead and share ten of my favourites:

1.  Children’s’ book – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

2.  Adult book – 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

3.  Film – Cemetery Junction

4.  European destination – Venice

5.  Food – Anything Italian

6.  Opera – Madame Butterfly

7.  Colour – Blue

8.  Fresh flowers – White lilies

9.  Passion – Travel (apart from family, of course)

10. Tipple – Pimms (it is Wimbledon fortnight, after all)


Once again, it’s tricky to narrow down ten nominations. I’ve tried to pick out some really great blogs that have caught and engaged my attention recently:

@Amberrisme  On Like a Bump on a Blog  Amberr blogs about everything, from general lifestyle to parenting. Her travel blogs are a jewel on a rainy UK day; perfect armchair exploration.

@IsabelCostello  An avid reader, at On the Literary Sofa  Isabel blogs about books and writing. Her reviews alone are a wonderful read and her book recommendations never disappoint.

@Animaasity  Fellow Rainstorm Press author,Tammy Maas, writes about her life and work on AniMAASity and gives me a wonderful a belly laugh every day. Her book ‘A Complicated Life in a Small Town’ is available on Amazon.com.

@ZoeHarrington_  I recently guested on Zoe’s Corner which is a wonderful resource for writers and readers. Zoe reads, reviews, discusses her own writing and has recently launched the WriCha short story writing challenge. Hop over and check it out.

@RebeccaJBradley  A fellow crime writer, I’ve enjoyed Rebecca’s posts for some time now and with her new look blog Murder Down To A Tea they can only get better and better .

@V3RONICADHALL  Veronica combines a mix of travel, music, books, writing and lifestyle in her blog Totally challenging the writer within .

@newbiewriters  Very close to my heart (I’ve been a member since 2007) newbie writers blog includes a range of new and established bloggers on a wide variety of topics and is home to the wonderful Newbie Writers Podcast  and Tweep Nation Podcast .

@moonduster  Rebecca has just completed the Author Blog Challenge on her blog Imagine! Create! Write! and written some very interesting and informative posts on being a writer.

@THamiltonWriter  Teresa is author of the wonderful book Choices which has just been released in paperback and is a great read. Her blog is an honest account of her family’s move from London to Lewes and is a great read.

@AmberNorrgard   At The Be Better Project Amber blogs about her life, family and writing from the heart. She is a very busy writer with numerous books recently published and is co-host of the wonderful Tweep Nation Podcast with Dionne Lister.


Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.


Also, do check out Michelle’s blog M. E. Franco, Author and her book – Where Will You Run?  It’s on my Kindle and I understand the sequel will be out soon!


14 thoughts on “Sprinkling a Little Sunshine

  1. Don’t know if I’m breaking your rules, but did want to post a comment. Your blog site is lovely (mine should be so lovely), and I must do a more professional job on my own…could be my eyes but I did find the ‘red’ on black a bit difficult to read (not being critical, but thought you should know) — all in all, it really is a great site! My starkly simple blog sites are on Goodreads and WordPress…and, frankly, the digital world keeps me in a dither most of the time (another way of saying I don’t know what I’m doing).

    My family roots are in Chetwode, N of London, a small beautiful hamlet in the countryside. By chance, do you know of it? Visited Chetwode in 2006 and it was my first trip: quite an experience, kneeling in the graveyard next to the Priory, scraping away the grit of time to find a date and name — brought watery eyes and atavistic chills.

    Much good luck with your writing, and it’s an honor being in your group.

    Billy Ray (on the Sea of Cortez)

    • Hey Billy! Thanks for stopping by, & for the comments on my website & blog – feedback always helpful.
      I don’t know Chedwode, but my father lives in North London, so can’t be too far away. Glad you enjoyed your trip.
      Best of luck with your writing:)

  2. Thank you so much for thinking of me for the award! It was lovely to find myself mentioned here. I will check out the other blogs you have awarded the Sunshine award to.

    I love Lilies. I had Arum lilies as my bridal flowers. Beautiful flowers. Pimms in the summer as well – perfect choice! 🙂

    I will put my award post up next week.

  3. I was trying to catch up on some of my blog reading and SURPRISE! I didn’t know you posted this. Thank you so much for your kind words. Just wanted you to know that your blog always fills my day with sunshine 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for the nomination on your beautiful blog Miss Jane! I’m honored to be on your list. Here in the states we are being held captive by the sunshine right now and can’t seen to escape it. Here’s to sending some of our sunshine for you to enjoy : )

  5. Hey Jane!

    Thanks for the award. You are too kind. Even though you are no longer a newbie I still look forward to blog posts you put up for us!


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