Monday, June 25, 2012

What an amazing day!

Wow.  So I went to vote this morning for my favorite authors/books for the awards ceremony at the Utop Ya convention and was completely amazed to find The Dark Gifts series had been nominated for Best Paranormal YA Series of the year!

I sat here looking at it thinking I couldn't possibly be reading it right.  It had to be a mistake.  Typo?  It seriously took about 3 minutes to sink in that enough people liked it well enough to actually get it on the ballet.

Now at first I was really excited.  Then terror set in.  Then peace, because I realized there would be no need at all for any speech because I'm up against some very big deal authors and I'm just a little fish.  (Not complaining.  I'm seriously thankful to even be a fish. lol)

Anyhow the point of this post (yes I promise there is a point) is to record for posterity what exactly this feels like.  It may not happen again....ever.  So I intend to keep this post to remind myself how humbling it is to find out that a group of people enjoys your writing well enough to nominate you for something.  To remember that there is a reason I work so hard and spend so much energy doing this.  It's not for awards, it's for those wonderful, amazing people who like to read my stories.  It's to get the voices out of my head! LOL  But most importantly, it's because I need to do this.

I am wholeheartedly honored to have even garnered a mention.  Thanks so very much to those of you who thought enough of my babies to nominate them!  You guys rock!!!! :D

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Interview with the fabulous Leeny Moon

Today we have a very special guest on the blog.  Please give a warm welcome to Leeny Moon, the star of KB Miller's (Kymberlee Burks-Miller) Haunted Moon!!!

Hello, and thank you for having me here on this, what's it called again? Oh, that's right, dear...A Blog. Sorry, I'm not used to this new fangled electronic stuff. Anyhow, my creator Kymberlee told me that you would like to ask me a few questions, and I would be more than happy to, as long as you don't ask me anything that could get my grandbabies hurt. You understand, I'm sure.

• What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My family- I have beautiful children, and grandchildren

• What is your current state of mind?
Honey, I'm a ghost. My state of mind is transparent. Ha-ha!

• What is your favorite occupation?
I always wanted to be a Bingo attendant, it looks mighty fun.

• What is your most treasured possession?
Love, it's the greatest gift in the world. Never squander it.

• What is your favorite journey?
The journey that I'm taking on the other side, guiding my granddaughter, Lilyann. She's awful pretty.

• What is your most marked characteristic?
Well, I believe that honesty is only policy

• When and where were you the happiest?
When I was with my family.

• What is your greatest fear?
That something bad is going to happen to one of my kin, and I won't be able to stop it.

• Which living person do you most despise?
Those damn Kardashian sisters. They're some pretty girls with great hair!

• What is your greatest regret?
That I wasn't there when the little family secret came out.

• Whose are your heroes in real life?
Hmm, I'd have to say every stay at home parent, that's a hard job!

• Which living person do you most admire?
Everyone of our service men and women!

• If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Erm...Willow, dear... I am dead. I don't want to come back.

• What is your motto?
If it's got red eyes....KILL IT!

Hey gang, this is Kymberlee, author of the Moon Coven Series. I wanted to personally thank each of you for joining Leeny and I here today! We would love for y'all to stop by any of these pages and pay us a visit.
Love, Hugs, and Twitchy-Witchy Kisses

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

Good morning!!!

I've searched all over the internet this morning looking for the picture that said exactly what I'd like to say this morning...unfortunately, I'm too wordy and of course couldn't find one.  So, I'll just write a longggg post and say what I want. LOL

Father’s Day is very special to me because I had a very special father!!!  Dad had three children, then adopted 3 more, and then....because he took being a father so seriously...he took on five more foster children.  Now of course my Mother played an integral part in that, but nonetheless, he took his role in our lives to heart.

My Dad had a special knack of making each of us think we were his favorites.  Although he constantly stated he had no favorites, we were all pretty certain we were the one.  He’s been gone nearly a decade and I’d bet money that if my siblings and myself ever had a real conversation about who his favorite was, we’d probably argue. LOL 

He taught me to love, laugh, and engage in critical thinking.  I can remember many times throughout my life, I’d walk in the house and he’d be sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee.  Mom would be scurrying around doing one chore or another, and he’d be sitting quietly by himself.  When I’d ask what he was doing, he’d say, “Just mulling things over, honey.”  And then quick as a whip, he’d be all smiles and conversation.

Here are some wise words from my Father I’d like to share with you:

1.  Always check the oil in your car.  If you do it twice a week it’s not too much.  (I didn’t listen and had two different engines seize up before I turned 20.)

2.  If you meet a man in a bar, leave him there.

3.  A young man that doesn’t want to meet your family can’t have any good intentions.

4.  Never set yourself up for failure.  If you’re making a house payment that’s more than a quarter of your monthly income, you’ll end up doing without necessities.

5.  If someone won’t love you the way you are, they don’t love you period.  Why would you want someone that doesn’t love you to start with?

6.  Remember everything you did as a teenager and then expect your children will do worse.  Then try like the blazes to keep them from doing it!

7.  Your children don’t need friends, they need parents.  They have tons of friends, but only two parents.

There are many many more, but you get the gist.  I’m very thankful to have grown up in a home with a Dad like mine.  I know many are not that lucky.  I’m also thankful to know that there are many Dads out there who take their role in their children’s lives just a seriously!!!
Happy Father’s Day!!!!