Blog Awards Special and ROW80 Update

I’ve been given three blog awards in the last week so I thought it was about time I said thank you to the lovely bloggers who nominated me for the awards and then pass on the love.

Firstly a big thank you to my friend Elaine Jeremiah who gave me the Seed of Light award on Wednesday. As you can see it’s a very lovely looking award and the rules for accepting it are simple. If you receive this award, simply pass it on to another blogger who inspires you through the beauty of their words/images as well as any blog which brings joyful awareness to nature and our connection to each other.

I’d like to pass this Seed of Light award to Raewyn Hewitt and Alana Terry for their inspiring posts and their wonderful way with words.


Yesterday both ReGi McClain and Emily Witt nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Award. The rules of this award are as follows:

  1. Display the logo.
  2. Nominate 14 readers you appreciate.
  3. Announce the nominees, either all at once or over seven days.


Emily also very kindly nominated me for the Shine On Award. For this award I need to tell you seven facts about myself but as it’s Sunday and I really should be doing a ROW80 update as I missed last Sunday’s check in, I thought I’d use my seven facts to go through how I’ve been doing with my ROW80 goals.

  1. I have spent very little time working on my new WIP, The House of Stone, and definitely not the 30 minutes a day I had set myself at the beginning of April.
  2. I have, however, decided on the name for my main character… Poppy Stone.
  3. The cover for The Butterfly Storm is finished and I revealed it two weeks ago.
  4. I have the beginnings of a blog tour sorted for when The Butterfly Storm is launched on the 12th June, kicking off with a visit to Joanne Phillips’ fabulous blog on the 14th June.
  5. I’ve been busy planning launch day for The Butterfly Storm and deciding on giveaways and how to celebrate the novel being published after nine long years!
  6. I have finally joined Pinterest and Goodreads, both of which will hopefully be good ways of promoting The Butterfly Storm.
  7. I’m well into Alana Terry’s beautifully written novel, The Beloved Daughter and I’m loving it. I also interviewed her earlier on in the week so if you fancy finding out more about what she’s written and currently working on you can read it here.

So, down to business – I’m going to nominate the following five people for both the Wonderful Team Member Award and the Shine On Award, simply because they’re 1) wonderful, 2) talented and 3) supportive:

I will announce the rest of my nominations for the Wonderful Team Member Award in my WIPpet Wednesday and Thursday’s Children posts.

Phew! That’s a lot of nominations and probably a lot of duplications as there are a huge amount of awards doing the rounds at the moment. Everyone I’ve nominated please don’t feel obliged to accept the awards – I just wanted to pass them on to fellow bloggers and writers who I’ve found to be both lovely and supportive and whose own blogs I very much enjoy reading.

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  1. Such lovely awards! Congratulations! :) And good luck with your book launch and WIP!

  2. Congrats on the awards :) Hope you have a great writing week!

  3. Aw, thanks for passing on the love! And I love the name Poppy Stone! It strikes me as someone playful (Poppy) but also somewhat refined and sophisticated (Stone). Hope you’re having a great weekend. So excited about launch day!! Maybe we can do your interview then!

    • Ooh there’s an idea doing the interview on launch day. :-) Glad you like the name Poppy Stone – it just seemed to slot into place. Playful, refined and sophisticated are good character traits I think!

  4. This must be the check-in on awards–I did mine on them too. You definitely deserve the honors, Kate.

    I also love your way of answering the questions in the form of a ROW80 check-in. Is that WIPpet math finding its way over here… 😉

    Poppy Stone…. I’m with Alana on that. Great name!

    • Thanks Eden, and yes, WIPpet maths I find is a very useful thing! I also thought answering the questions as a ROW80 check-in would save me from having to think of seven facts about myself!

  5. Ah Kate – you have made my day. I am well behind on my awards at the moment, (a good reason to throw a big award bash I think) but appreciate your thinking of me!

    I am so excited that The Butterfly Storm is so close to publication. As someone who has now spent years (and years and years) working on a trilogy and working to learn the craft – I am hugely encouraged. I’m totally looking forward to getting my own copy and celebrating with you!

    • Hey, it’s always good to make someone’s day. :-)

      Good things come to those who wait so all those years writing and perfecting your craft will most certainly be worth it. And I’ll be first in the queue to get a copy of The Fall of the Kings.

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