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The Liebster Award

July 17, 2016

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Denise Covey at, a romance writer fuelled by coffee, dreams and Paris, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.

What is a Liebster Award?

Well, it is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with our fellow bloggers from different domains. This is a peer nominated award, which acts as a chain blog post. And it is mainly intended to connect with new bloggers while building your email list.

So, thank you so much, Denise.

Who is Denise Covey?

That is a good question to start with. I met Denise by accident while searching through the web. I came upon W.E.P and wondered what in the world does that mean. W.E.P (Write, Edit, Publish) is actually a partnered blog by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee to showcase writers through a blog hop and it is an excellent way to meet some fantastic writers from all over the world.

If you do not know Denise I’ve posted her link here: Denise Covey

And if you are interested in joining the next publication of Write, Edit, Publish, I’ve also posted the link. Write, Edit, Publish

The next edition starts August first.

So now to the questions that Denise has chosen for me to answer:

  1. What is your burning motivation in life?

To share what I have learned and to give to others. I love paying it forward.

2. If you are published, quickly outline your journey for us.

I am on of the journey to be published, stuck somewhere on the path and cannot say how far I am away from my goal, so I will have to wait to give you an answer on this one. I have to get there first.

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?

Italy. That where I plan to live out the rest of my life.

4. What writing ‘secret’ can you share with us?

I love bitter chocolate and with a glass of extremely dry red wine, preferably Italian Chianti and a bitter chocolate bar, I can write until the late morning hours when I am in my flow.

5, What author inspires you more than any other? Why?

Catherine Marshall. When I moved to Europe, I was alone. I was a scared woman searching for who I am, and I came across Catherine Marshall’s book, A Man Called Peter. I had seen the movie on television when I was a child. I bought it and began to read it, and by the next morning, I had finished it. She had so influenced me that I checked to see if she had other books and I have read them all, at least twelve times or more. Her books gave me courage and strengthened my resolve that I could overcome any difficulty while living in Europe, and especially in countries where I had to learn to speak the language in order to communicate. Thus, I am permanently learning  new languages and that is exhilarating.  I also wrote Catherine Marshall and she was kind enough to send me a personal letter that encouraged me in my writing. I still have that letter. It is framed and on my desk.

6. What/Who means the most to you?

To be true to myself. I try my very best not to be a people pleaser. To walk the uncomfortable or difficult way of standing up for what I believe and loving those people whom others consider as challenging and undesirable. It means a lot to me to be able to say NO and not feel guilty. I believe people become overburdened and stressed out because they are seeking the approval of others and  are afraid to say NO. One of the worst killers on earth is not being true to yourself.

7.  What is your favorite season? Describe something about that season to  appeal to our senses.

Summer. I was born and raised in Georgia. The summers in my part of Georgia were brutally hot but I loved it.  Especially, the evenings as the sun went down. The adults sat on their porches, we children  played in the streets and the sound of music could be heard everywhere, because people sang.

8.  What do you like to write? Novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir –if you write more than one, tell us.

I write all of them, novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and memoir.

9.  Share with us a sentence or a paragraph from a current piece of your writing.

Here are three paragraphs from my WIP that I am revising:

Her frayed nerves pulsated in rhythm with her

heartbeat; the noise was demolishing her calmness; her

head began to throb. When the stage lamp crashed to the wooden stage

floor, she sprang and through her hands up in the air


‘‘Please, help me. They’re driving me mad.’’ And she

reached into her jeans to remove the two small pieces of cotton, she had brought and placed them in her ears.

10. What blogger has inspired you the most?

The IWSG, Insecure Writer’s Support, started by Alex Cavanaugh. I know it is not a blogger but as a group they are one blogger, and I have grown through them. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made concerning my writing, and I have met fantastic bloggers. We are one.

11. Do you think social media is important in the life of a writer? Why/Why not?

It is extremely important. In fact, I think it is critical.  No writer who wants to touch hearts can do it by living a solitary life. The writers that I know want to make a difference and making a difference means exposing ourselves and that mean interacting on social media.


The Liebster Blog Award rules are:

  • Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  • Thank the person who nominated you that includes a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  • Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  • List these rules in your blog post.



I have nominated eleven people for the Liebster Award:

Gwynn Rogers

Samantha Mozart

Susan Scott

Micki Peluso

Tamara Narayan

Debbie D

Darla Sands

Mildred Holmes

Jennifer Williams-Fields

Murees Dupe

Nicola Burggraf



My eleven questions to answer on your blog if you accept the award.


  1. What does writing mean to you?
  2. Where do you get your inspiration?
  3. Do you write fiction or non-fiction or both?
  4. Do you blog and if so, how often?
  5. Where is your favorite place or room to write?
  6. Do you have a regular routine, like writing in the morning or evenings? Or do you write whenever it hits you?
  7. Who is your favourite author? What kind of influence have they had upon your writing or upon you personally?
  8. Do current events in the world have an effect upon what you write?
  9. How often do you read? Do you read books in different genres?
  10. Please share a paragraph or two of what you are currently working on.
  1. Where and what do you see yourself as within the next ten years? Will you have relocated? Will you have become the writer person that you have dreamed of being?

Shalom aleichem,







Pat Garcia




From → Books

  1. Very nice to read, Patti! What a great post! – And of course congratulations to the award – and congrats to all the nominees as well.


  2. Thank you so much, Pat. I feel grateful and honored. I enjoyed getting to know you better.


    • Thank you, Murees. It is a pleasure to read your blog. I look forward to getting to know you better.
      Shalom aleichem,


  3. It was fun to learn more about you, Pat. Denise and Yolanda sure have a great thing going with “Write-Edit-Publish”. I’m so glad we met during the AtoZ Challenge. Thank you for the nomination! 🙂 Wine and chocolate go so well together.


    • Thank you, Debbie. It is a pleasure getting to know you also. Especially your BOTB posts are postings that I look forward to reading and voting.
      Oh and a nice dry, dry bottle of Chianti with a dark, dark bitter chocolate, with a book on my iPad puts me in another world. It is wonderful.
      Shalom aleichem,


  4. Congrats, Pat! So many interesting insights into you.


    • Thank you, Jacqui. I’ll be posting your book cover the first week of August if that is okay with you. Let me know if you have a special date that you would like to see it appear and I will schedule it for that date.
      Shalom aleichem,


  5. Hello Pat! Thanks for accepting the award (many don’t these days!) and sharing about yourself. I loved your answers, especially to No 6. Many of us would like to have that answer, but many are too insecure to own it. Good for you. I love how you’ve moved to Europe and made your way there–and learning new languages means your brain stays super active. Ah Italy to spend your days. Awesome. And I loved your extract from your WIP. Thank you too for your shout out to WEP. I hope you plan to join us for the GARDENS challenge!!

    Thanks for letting us into your private thoughts/life

    Shalom aleichem

    Denise 🙂


  6. darlamsands permalink

    I am so honored that you thought of me! I hope I do the award justice. You inspire me. And it’s so amazing that you communicated with Catherine Marshall! I have been a humble part of her wonderful project, Breakthrough Intercessors, for almost twenty years. Time sure flies. How blessed I am to have found you. Be well!


  7. darlamsands permalink

    Well, I finally got it posted. Thank you again!


    • Thank you so much Darla for letting me know. I will visit you.
      Have a great week.
      Shalom aleichem,


  8. Thank you for dropping by Debbie and letting me know the stand of things. Wow, you’re a popular lady. So proud of you.
    Have a great week.
    Shalom aleichem,


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