Blog of the Year Award

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegSo the lovely Candace Knoebel gave me a Blog of the Year award a few days ago – just in time before the end of 2012. At first I had no idea what it was – which just shows you how “in” I am with this whole internet malarky 😉 – but thankfully she explained it all on her own blog, so now I’m that little bit smarter 🙂

I’m supposed to nominate a few people in turn, so here’s the list of who’s and why’s:

1. Nominating-back Candace Knoebel herself, for launching a full-scale marketing campaign of her book which puts my sorry efforts to shame. Seriously, she’s everywhere! 🙂

2. Saffron Strands, a food blogger from London, whose passion for seasonal produce and Maltby Street Market is inspiring.

3. Collette J. Ellis, a brilliant Welsh artist who paints dragons for a living. I’m working with her on a few projects now, and I’m expecting great things to come from it!

4. Chris Stocking’s Write to Perfect – 1800 followers and counting, a fellow steampunk writer and a prolific blogger.

5. YA Book Bridges – a teacher who reviews YA books from the point of view of teachers and parents. What a brilliant idea!

And now, for those who are as in dark as I was, them’s the rules:

Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

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Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award


‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

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Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 6 – “Born in Flames” Gift-away








Today is the gift of giving, in the spirit of Yalda 🙂

There have been a few people who helped me early on in my career. Candace Knoebel was one of them – I did one of my first interviews for her blog – you can read it here – and she was one of the first to review The Shadow of Black Wings.

She is now a published author in her own right, and her first book, “Born in Flames” is doing great; it’s being nominated to literary awards left and right, and it’s one of the most popular Young Adult books on Goodreads. So to repay the favor given me all those months ago, I’m going to sponsor a copy of “Born in Flames” today.

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:

Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?