Liebster, Sunshine Blog Award, and Super Sweet Blogging Awards!

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First let me start this post with a big, “Whoop whoop! Party over here-ere….” So you’ve probably guessed; Several bloggers have been kind enough to nominate me for some blogging awards! This is my first time being nominated for blogging awards but you know what they say; good things come in threes!

Liz Blocker nominated me for the Liebster Award, Chrys Fey nominated me for the Sunshine Blog Award, and Natasha Hanova nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Awards.

First I’d like to thank each of these wonderful ladies for thinking of me! When I started blogging I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that I wanted to meet other authors and if I could, encourage someone. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet so many terrific bloggers and authors along the way who have given me so much support! I am truly blessed!

First up? The Liebster.


I had to answer the 10 questions below  and also list 11 random things about myself. So here we go!

  1. What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point?
    Oooh! Philosophical! Well, aside from drinking as much coffee as you can (along with eating chocolate donuts) I think the point of life is to find out what you’re good at, perfect it as much as you can, and use that gift to inspire others.
  2. What are you best at?
    I’d have to say writing. Although, being confused about football comes in a close second.
  3. If you were captured by aliens and put into an arena and they used their power of divination to determine your greatest fear or the one creature/animal/monster fake or real—what would appear out of the shadows to face you?
    Ha! Well, the greatest fear would be running out of coffee (and I guess the real or fake monster would be running away with my cup of Starbucks….)
  4. Favorite gig of all time?
    (I’m writing this from the future): The gig where I had to write that script for that big Hollywood studio:)
  5. How do you boil an egg?
    When I’m writing I just put it on top of my head and let the heat from all that creating boil that baby up!
  6. If you could magic your mind into the body of any living human being on planet Earth, who would it be? (Keep in mind there’s no going back.)
    This is so obviously a trick. The moment I name someone I’m going to be zapped through time and into the body of ________so I think I’ll stay mum on this one.
  7. If a clown jumped out of a van in the street while you were minding your own business and handed you a big pot of pink paint and a big crush, and said, “You must paint that house over there pink, if you do then you’ll get this,” he shows you the biggest diamond you’ve ever seen in your life, what would you do?
    First I’d ask who did his makeup, then I’d ask where the hidden cameras were, and if there were no hidden cameras I’d distract him, take the diamond, and run to the nearest pawn shop. I mean police station.
  8. Favorite food?
    Part of me is saying that I should write something healthy so that my blogger friends will think better of me, but honestly? Dude. A cheeseburger. A big one. With bacon. Okay, I’m getting hungry.
  9. If you were suddenly transformed or transmogrified into a great bowl along with your equivalent selves from every country in the world, and you were asked by God to compete against each other in a variety of sports and test, what self from what country would win and why?
    None of us. I’d bet all of my money that all of my “selves” are just as nonathletic as I am.
  10. The best thing you’ve done for another human being?
    Not telling.
  11. What are your long term life goals?
    To be a famous writer:)

The randomness:

1. I’ve never seen ET
2. I’m so clumsy that I trip getting inside my own car.
3. I’m addicted to reality television (the shows that require absolutely no brain cells to understand what’s going on).
4. I get up at 5:00 am to write.
5. I was student of the year in fifth grade.
6. My next novel is called The New Mrs. Collins.
7. I want a dog but I’m not sure if I want a Jack Russel Terrier or a Bichon Frise.
8. I want to have my own movie production company someday.
9. I was in a rap group in high school.
10. I can’t touch my toes.
11. I make pecan pralines.

Now for some Sunshine!


The Sunshine Blog Award is passed on by bloggers to other bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”

There are a few rules that every blogger nominated for this award have to follow:
1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger with a link and post about your award.
2. Share 10 random facts by answering the questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
3. Pass on the Sunshine Blog Award to other bloggers (up to 10) of your choice and let them know you nominated them.
4. Post 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer on their blog.

Here are the questions Chrys chose for her nominees:

1. When/why did you create your blog?
It’s been about a year now. I created the blog to meet other writers and to hopefully inspire some too.
2. What is the one blog post you feel is the best you’ve ever posted?
The best? Gosh, that’s hard. Well, I guess I’ll have to say this one.
3. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
See below.
4. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A rapping psychologist (don’t ask).
5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Writing my novels!
6. Do you have any pets?
I have a pet-in-law named Blue. But he thinks his name is “No, Blue.”
7. Where do you live?
In the corners of my mind…
8. Favorite books?
Sula and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
9. Favorite movies?
Sometimes that depends on the day! But Brown Sugar, Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, The Departed, Fallen, 28 Days Later, the list goes on…
10. Favorite TV shows?
Right now my favorite shows is Suits.

My questions for my nominees:

1. When did you start your blog and why?
2. Was there ever a time you thought about giving your blog up? Why or why not?
3. If you could give any word of advice to writers/bloggers, what would it be?
4. What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
5. If you lived your life without fear what’s the one thing you would do?
6. What advice would you give to a younger you?
7. Let’s say your life is a movie and you had to write the log line. What would it be?
8. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
9. What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
10. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

And now, for something Sweet! Man, that picture makes me want a cookie!



Here are the questions for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:)

1. Cookies or Cake?

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate (with nuts, sprinkles, and whipped cream:)

3. Favorite Sweet Treat?
Paradise Pie.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?
On days that end in Y.

5. Sweet nickname?
Quanie is my nickname.

And (drumroll please!) here are my nominees:

Dahlia Savage
Gina Stoneheart

Sunshine Blogging Awards:
Faith Simone
CeCe Harbor

Supersweet Blogging Awards:
Michelle Wallace

That’s it! Thanks again to Liz Blocker, Chrys Fey, and Natasha Hanover for nominating me!

#IWSG – Stay Positive

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It’s the first Wednesday of November (almost the end of the year already!) and it’s time for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Today I’m feeling particularly thankful and blessed so instead of talking about what I’m insecure about I’d like to offer some encouragement to my fellow writers. I’ll start by sharing one of my favorite quotes. It’s on a framed poster that hangs on the wall at my job. I pass it everyday and feel like it’s talking directly to me:

No one can determine the heights to which you can soar. And even you won’t know until you spread your wings.

Want to write that novel but afraid? Do it anyway.

Sitting on a perfectly good novel because you’re afraid to publish it? Do it anyway.

Instead of imagining the worst that could happen, think of the opposite: what if, by confronting your fears, something truly amazing happens? Like all of your dreams coming true? Stay positive, stay focused, and don’t let fear keep you from pursuing your dreams.

You can find a list of other IWSG participants here.

The Cursed Existence of Jessalyn Bell by Katie Lynn Johnson – Author Feature

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Today is the release day for Katie Lynn Johnson’s novel The Cursed Existence of Jessalyn Bell! Don’t you just love that title?

Today I’m helping her celebrate by posting her book cover,  blurb, and an excerpt.

Check it out!



Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right?

Well, every day is like that for Jessalyn Bell. Falling victim to a streak of extremely bad luck, Jessalyn can rarely go a day without encountering a disastrous occurrence. Her parents’ divorce, her inability to meet quota at her sales job, and the incident in which she’s mistakenly arrested are just the beginning. There’s also the fact that every single date with her boyfriend Kyle goes wrong. Unpleasant surprises wait around every corner, but through her various misadventures Jessalyn comes to realize that every cloud has a silver lining, that friendships can develop in the most unlikely places, and that love and romance are every bit as spontaneous and unpredictable as a bout of bad luck.


When I wake up, I’m feeling slightly hung-over. There must have been more alcohol in those Long Island Iced Teas than I thought. Because it’s Sunday, I stay in my pajamas and spend the majority of my day watching TV. By mid-afternoon I have accomplished nothing except to fall asleep again on the loveseat. A knock at my door wakes me up and, glancing at my pay-as-you-go phone, I see that it’s four thirty. I don’t get a lot of visitors so I’m confused about who’s here. Maybe a salesman of some sort.
Groggily I stand up from the loveseat, make my way to the door, and peer through the peephole. My jaw drops. Officer Blue Eyes is standing on my doorstep, his expression politely curious. My first thought is that I’m in some sort of trouble, but then I realize he’s wearing regular clothes.
As quickly as I can, I change into a clean outfit and run a brush through my tangled hair as I call toward the door, “Just a minute!”
I pull the door open and Officer Blue Eyes holds out my phone. “You left your cell phone at the station,” he states unnecessarily.
“I know,” I reply blankly, taken aback by how different he looks when he isn’t in uniform.
I take my phone from him, completely bemused as I utter my thanks. He’s only about three inches taller than I am, and his startling blue eyes are almost level with mine. His arms are muscular, a six pack of hard abs are visible beneath his crisp white t-shirt, and his cropped blond hair gleams in the light from the sun.
“No problem,” he replies as I take my phone from him. He flashes me a wide grin of perfect teeth and I’m momentarily startled. Wow. He’s really attractive. Why didn’t I notice before? Oh yeah. Because he was arresting me. Right.
“My name’s Kyle, by the way. Kyle Daniels,” he adds cordially as I shake his hand. Looking around my apartment, he adds casually, “Nice place you’ve got.”
“Yeah,” I agree halfheartedly, wishing now that I had done the dishes which are piled high in the sink. “It’s small but it works for me.”
For some reason, he appears uncomfortable as he says, “So, listen. I feel really bad about what happened at the station. We don’t normally make mistakes like that.”
Though somewhat doubtful of his claim, I reply, “That’s okay. Accidents happen.”
“Anyway,” he continues hesitantly, “I was wondering if I could make it up to you.”
I blink. “Sorry?”
He clears his throat and says, “Well, I just thought since last night was such a hassle for you, maybe I could take you out for coffee or something.”
I stare at him, wondering if this is standard protocol for making a mistake on the job.
Officer Blue Eyes―Kyle―looks more uncomfortable than ever.
“I, ah, don’t normally do this,” he tells me with a bashful grin. “Give me a call sometime if you’re interested.”
He leaves and I stare after him for several seconds, completely bewildered. Did he just ask me out?
Frowning in confusion, I retreat inside my apartment and stare at the cell phone in my hand. Instinctively I scroll through the short contact list on my phone, knowing before I see it that a new contact has been added.
Halfway down the list, there it is. Kyle Daniels, followed by a phone number. Well, I’ll be damned. Officer Blue Eyes has a crush on me.


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Katie Lynn Johnson was an Air Force brat growing up, and has lived in California, Germany, New Mexico, Texas, and Idaho. In college she studied fine art and marketing, all the while taking far more English classes than were necessary for her degree. By day, she works as a writer, editor, and graphic designer for a magazine publisher, and by night she writes novels just for kicks. Katie lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two children.