Overwhelmed with gratitude on receiving my first blog nomination!!!

I’ve recently discovered that Blog Hop awards are pretty popular. It’s an excellent way to ‘pay it forward’ and promote other bloggers in their endeavors. Many blog hop awards exist like One Lovely Blog Award, The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, The Versatile Blogger Award and the Reader Appreciation Award, to name a few. I just might make up one of my own!

But first, I’d like to humbly thank my nominator and handsome gentleman of The Living Notebook for so kindly adding me to his 5 choices for The Next Big Thing Blog Award. Although, I don’t think there’s an actual award. So as they say, “It is simply an honor to be nominated.”  I can live with that!

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Note to all nominees: When receiving a nomination, you therefore must nominate 5 blogs that you believe are the “Next Big Thing” and then answer questions about a your own work-in-progress.      And the nominees are………

Ashley’s Tiny Crumbs – Ashley Wilkinson was finally ready to speak out in June 2012 and has now had over 100,000 hits. Her blog takes you on her personal journey of being in a mixed-orientation marriage in the Mormon church. She passionately conveys all her hardships on being married to a gay man, the pain and frustrations of living a lie and the disillusionment of the LDS church. She takes you through her depression, suicidal thoughts, the chaos of having 4 children, her numerous experiences at church and the love and acceptance she still has for her gay ex-husband. The best part is that she’ll have you almost pissing your pants in laughter with her humor and wit! She is also my sister.

Lost in Rural America: The Dope Cook Chronicles Meth. It’s bad news and we all know it. Breaking Bad reminds us of that. Well, this guy is giving the critically acclaimed t.v. show a run for it’s money. My most excellent friend, Jerome Panozzo, tells the true story of his once life-controlling addiction and all it’s encompassing dangers in these short chapters. It’s dark, raw and gritty with edge-of-your-seat intensity…and more chapters are added weekly. Last I heard he is in negotiations for a book deal!!

The Better Man Project – Evan Sanders is a lover of life. He blogs about his dreams and his transformation. Evan is bound to be the next inspirational individual, if not already, who encourages others to take a spiritual journey of their own. His much anticipated book is set to be released in a few short months. The book will be a compilation of all his adventures, the people he met and how he is continuously growing into a better man. “The world needs better men. This blog is simply about my journey to become a better man and the things I run into along the way.

Whet Your Woman – On a sexier note… This sensual God of a man calls himself Renaissan. He has “rebirthed” himself from the ‘lonely, shy clueless guy in the corner’ having no skills with the ladies to the ‘chivalrous alpha male warrior’ who has ladies flocking to HIM. His bold and sexy blog is intended to give men the knowledge they so desperately need. “How to pick up women and keep them coming back.” Yes, keeping them coming back in the key. After reading only a few of his posts….I asked him, “Where have you been all my life?”  He is an up-an-coming (pun intended) guru for teaching men self-confidence and how to attract and satisfy the woman of your dreams.

The Hungry Lesbian – Are you a woman slowly creeping your way out of the closet? Well, you are not alone. After living a heterosexual life with a husband and kids, “Sue Summers” has made a life-changing decision. She has chosen to be true to herself and allow happiness into her life. In a perfect world, everyone would be accepting of homosexuality and no one would have to hide. Sue is taking it one day at a time and one blog at a time. Her hunger to love a woman has lied dormant for too long and now she is ravenous. This anonymous blog gives her an outlet for her own self-discovery. One day she hopes to be OUT AND PROUD!! Kudos to you, lady.

And there you have it! My 5 choices for The Next Best Thing Blog Award!

My personal work-in-progress Q & A are as follows…..

1)  What is the working title of your novel?

The Birth of the Courtesan. This will be a trilogy. Book 2 will be The Strength of the Courtesan. Book 3: The Fall of the Courtesan.

2)  Where did the idea for the novel come from?

The idea to write about a Parisian courtesan in the early 1900’s came to me while flying in the sky – on an airplane.

3)  What genre does your novel fall under?

Erotic Fiction. It has a few dark elements to it.  Murder, nightmares, premonitions.

4)  Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh my. This is too much to think about. I’ll need 4 redheads. One in her 50’s, one in her 30’s, one in her teens and a 9 yr old.  A blonde teenage girl with large breasts. A sweet & handsome teenage boy with brown hair. And a creepy sexy looking guy in his 20’s. 

5)  What is the one sentence synopsis of your novel?

Charlotte was the best courtesan in Paris and she loved her life.

6)  Will your novel be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published! Amazon, Smashwords, and all those other little book sites.

7)  How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

5 weeks for the first draft. 3 weeks for the second. Which means I did nothing but work on it day in and day out.

8)  What other novels would you compare this book to within your genre?

Memoirs of a Courtesan, Memoirs of a Geisha, etc. 

9)  Who or what inspired you to write this novel?

My own sexual growth inspired me. My philosophy on sex and how it should be celebrated. I also took a hard look at others making their dreams come true and I thought, “Well, here I go.”

10)  What else about your novel might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s hot shit. Fiction but believable. Women will love it. You’ll be crying in a few chapters, nervous in others and horny throughout! Get out your tissue boxes, wine, chocolate, vibrators or your lover on stand-by.

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