Friday, February 15, 2013

Liebster, Mein Liebster Award!

To my surprise and delight, I have been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by Lara Lacombe!  (I don't speak German and had to look up what "liebster" means...for anyone else who doesn't know, it translates as "darling."  I don't know if that actually has anything to do with the origin or purpose of the award...but there it is.)
There are a few rules for this award:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself ,and create 11 questions for your own nominees/awardees to answer.
3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs (with 200 followers or less) whom you feel deserve to be noticed—and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Thank You

So, first things first...THANK YOU to Lara Lacombe, fellow Forumite and now BookEnds agency sister, also represented by awesome agent Jessica Alvarez!  And she has a book deal with Harlequin Romantic Suspense!  She rocks.

11 Questions from My Nominator

1. What's your favorite writing/reading snack?

Chocolate-covered raisins…or Chex mix.  Depends on whether I need sweet or salty.  Sometimes chocolate-covered pretzels when I need both simultaneously.

2. Where have you always wanted to visit?

Great Britain in general but especially London.  Given my academic background and my writing, it's hard for me to believe I haven't been there yet.  But someday...

3. What's your favorite accent?

Considering #2 above, it’s probably not a surprise when I say British…like “Emma Thompson in a Merchant/Ivory film” British.

4. What movie do you always watch when you find it on TV?

Oh, there are so many.  I’m a sucker for Meg Ryan romantic comedies (standards like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail…but also Joe vs. the Volcano).  And, while completing these questions, I got sucked into The English Patient for the zillionth time.

5. What's your favorite hobby?

Hmm…in recent years, knitting.  And yoga.  Not that I have much free time to do either during the academic year.

6. Say you can quit your day job and do whatever you want. What would you do?

Ooh, what wouldn’t I do? I LOVE my day job, but if I could do whatever I want?

If money weren’t a factor, I’d travel extensively (starting with Great Britain and several European countries), write full-time, probably get another graduate degree or two, homeschool the Kid…so many possibilities.

7. What made you want to start writing?

Such as difficult question! I suppose it was reading unconventional writers who made me see that I could try writing without fear of judgment or failure.  Frankly, if I sucked at it, no one else would ever have to know. That was a big mental block for me...having the confidence to try.  And I'm still learning to be a better writer. I'm always learning.

8. What is your favorite genre?

Historical fiction

9. Where is your writing/reading nook?

My writing nook is in our living room, which we almost never use as a living room.  That's the home of the antique writing desk my husband gave me. It's an inspiration in itself. Above my desk are framed 19th-century news articles about the Great Exhibition of the Works of All Nations in 1851, featuring illustrations of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.

10. What book do you wish you had written?

Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot. It's not historical fiction, but, for heaven's sake, the heroine's senior thesis interrogates the marriage plot that is at the core of classic 19th-century novels by Jane Austen, the Brontes, and George Eliot! And Derrida and deconstruction? Hello!  It's not just a book I wish I'd written...It's a book I kind of, sort of feel like I *should have* written. 

11. Early bird, night owl, or something in between?

Usually a night owl.  But it’s a vicious cycle.  The later I stay up, the more impossible it is for me to be an early bird. 

11 Random Facts about Me

1. I’m rather pedantic so I’m almost incapable of giving simple yes/no answers without some kind of explanation or preamble or disclaimer.  It’s always “Yes, but…” or “No, and…” or “It’s more complicated than that…”

2. I hate coconut.

3. My favorite restaurant is the California Grill, atop the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.  The cuisine is magnificient, and so is the view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.  It's also a great location for watching the Magic Kingdom's nightly Wishes fireworks show.

4. Whenever I travel, I buy at least one magnet as a memento.  I used to buy a t-shirt at every stop, but I don’t wear t-shirts often enough!                                                                    

5. Two kittens joined our family last year, and they make an appearance in my book Never Too Late.

6. I’m an INFJ.

7. I wear shawls/pashminas almost all the time. They're just so versatile and convenient, and I find them comforting in ways I can't fully explain. I've seen some antique Victorian paisley ones that I adore too.

8. I like wearing glasses. I tried contacts and never got used to them.

9. I’m a community college English professor.

10.  I had so much trouble thinking of questions to ask my nominees that I looked up common job interview questions. Yes, really. 

11. Professionally and academically, I tend to seem outgoing, but I’m really very shy. 
Seriously, I’m generally very shy and uncomfortable with self-disclosure so even these responses have been a big step for me. 

11 Questions for My Nominees:
1)     Are you a dog person or a cat person?
2)     Name one thing that inspires you.
3)     When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
4)     What’s your favorite place on earth?
5)     What’s one of your “desert island” books?
6)     What achievement are you most proud of?
7)     What is the last book you read?
8)     If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
9)     What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
10) What are three words do you think a friend (or family member or coworker) would use to describe you?
11) If time, money, and education weren’t factors, what would be your dream job?

My 11 Nominees

Note: The rules say they should be bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  I couldn't tell how many followers some of my nominees had (and I'm almost certain a few of them must have over 200 followers, even if I can't see them).  I nominated them anyway, just because I wanted to.  So there!  They're all lovely bloggers and writers of various genres--contemporary romance, historical romance, historical fiction, mainstream, inspirational, sci-fi/fantasy--all worth visiting!
If you made it this far, thanks very much for reading! And, even if I didn't tag you, please feel free to play along! If you do, comment to let me know where to find you!


  1. Thanks so much Amara for the nomination!! I appreciate the shout out and attention, but I stopped blogging in December. In fact, I need to post that on my site. I just don't have the time anymore to keep it up, and I got tired of feeling guilty about it. LOL. I shoot out a daily FB note from my author page instead, and I'm on a group blog that I only have to come up with material for once every 3 weeks, and I do guest blogging here and there. Thank you though, for thinking of me!

  2. Sharla--Thanks for the update! :) Ah, yes, blogger guilt! No problem!

    Jeffe--You're welcome! Can't wait to see your answers!

  3. Such great responses!

    Don't worry about being pedantic--it's a job hazard when you're a professor (CC professors, unite!). [g]

  4. Thanks, Amara! I'll have to look into my planned posts and see if I can squeeze it in. ; )

  5. Lara--Heck, yeah! CC profs unite!

    Zan Marie--No worries. It's just for fun. If you can't, you can't. :)

  6. Hey Amara,

    congrats on your award :).

    And "Liebster" can mean "darling", but here it means "favorite".

  7. Sarah:

    "Favorite" makes so much more sense in this context! :) Thanks!


  8. Thanks for nominating me! :) I'm going to have to decline; I'm insanely busy with deadlines and promo duties right now. But have fun! :)

  9. Amara, you´re welcome.

    If you ever have anything else in German or need anything, just ask :)

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