Quirky Books Has 500 WordPress Followers – Personal Message Of Thanks

Hi Everyone

Wow! I now have over 500 WordPress.com followers of this blog! This last year has been so amazing for me. I have gone from 100 Follows on 29th of March last year, to 500 on the 17th of December this year. I couldn’t have done this without you, so here is my personal message of thanks to you.

500 Followers Of This Quirky Books Blog
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Quirky Books 100 Followers, March 29th 2013


Blog of the Year 2013 – Twice more

Hi everyone

I know I said I would most likely not be making any more award nominations until February next year, but since this is a 2013 award, I feel I must do this post.

I have been nominated twice by Al from http://kattermonran.com for Blog of the Year 2013. Taking my total up to 3 stars. Thanks Al.

Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg


Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpeg


The blogs that I have nominated for the first Blog of the Year Award are:

  1. http://suewestwood.wordpress.com
  2. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  5. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  6. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  7. http://marthareynoldswrites.com

The blogs I have nominated for the second Blog of the Year Award are:

  1. http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com
  2. http://mischez2001.wordpress.com
  3. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com
  4. http://playfulkitty.wordpress.com

The instructions for this award are simple:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!


Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Enjoy your award.

Please note, that any other type of awards I may gratefully receive, I will not be able to make my nominations for, until February next year, due to having to finish my book.

Write as soon as I am able to.


The Versatile Blogger Award – Final nominations for this year

Hi everyone

I am pleased to announce that on the 3rd of December 2013, I received The Versatile Blogger award from http://playfulkitty.wordpress.com. Check out her blog, especially if you love cats.

After this award, I am up-to-date with my blog nominations.

Unfortunately, although I can accept awards, any new awards I may get nominated for after today, I will most likely not be able to make my nominations for, until February next year. I realise that this may seem a bit strange but my illustrator needs me to finish work on my “Break through the Barriers of Redundancy” book by no later than 20th of January. This is to get the correct sizing for the printed version of the book to put on Amazon. If I don’t meet this deadline, I will have to look for another illustrator and I don’t want to do that as she has done a great job of the e-Book cover and I need consistency.

I still haven’t finished typing the book up and I need to re-work it and re-edit it. Therefore, this is going to take a lot of my time up from now until then.

In the meantime, I may be posting less posts and not commenting as much as I would like to. I am not at this point, going to take a complete break from blogging because I love it too much. I will apologise in advance, if I do not visit your blog as much or make as many comments, if my posts are very short and not necessarily about writing. I hope you understand.


The Rules

This award actually has its own site with the official rules listed (The Versatile Blogger Award). The rules are:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site.  
    I did this above the award. Just in case you missed it,  thank you to Simplyilka
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • List 7 things about yourself. 

My 15 Nominees

  1. http://letsreachsuccess.com
  2. http://richweatherly.com
  3. http://peterblacksbooks.wordpress.com
  4. http://syl101.com
  5. http://hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  6. http://thepublicblogger.com
  7. http://yellingrosa.wordpress.com
  8. http://justmadstuff.wordpress.com
  9. http://steverebus.com
  10. http://detectingblackpool.wordpress.com
  11. http://rarasaur.wordpress.com
  12. http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com
  13. http://walterkittysdiary.com
  14. http://nyparrot.wordpress.com
  15. http://throughharoldslens.com

 7 Facts About Me

  1. I have multiple food allergies, my worst is sugar. I can only have natural sugar in juice and fruit.
  2. My guilty pleasure in terms of a song, used to be The Chicken Song from Spitting Image. Now, it is probably the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  3. I used to have a budgie called Bertie.
  4. I like sparkly things.
  5. I have a big bag made of silver sequins.
  6. I enjoy eating at Nandos but have to ask for plain chicken.
  7. I prefer to receive a birthday greeting in a card, rather than a text or Facebook message. Although any greeting is welcomed.

Enjoy your award and thanks to everyone who follows my blog. You are all superstars.

Write as soon as I am able to



Today is a lovely day

Hi everyoneOne Lovely Blog

I was honoured to be given another One Lovely Blog award on November 13th 2013. This time my award was from Sherri Matthews at http://sherrimatthewsblog.com.

When Sherri made her nominations for this award, this is what she had to say:

“My nominees for this award are lovely blogging friends that I’ve met fairly recently whose blogs have greatly inspired and blessed me very much.  Please do visit them. I’m so happy that we met and for the wonderful conversations which I hope will continue for a long time to come”.

What beautiful words from Sherri. I have to say, that since talking with Sherri via this blog, I have found her to be an extremely supportive, kind and welcoming person. She seems to have a lot of love in her heart and time for other people. She is a joy to know. Please visit her blog, I am sure you will be given a warm welcome.


1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

7 Things about me:

  1. I like wearing Disney PJs.
  2. I feel warmer wearing PJs than ordinary clothes – quirky I know.
  3. I love being called quirky.
  4. I recently bought the domain names quirky-books.com and quirky-books.co.uk. It will be several months before I build websites for these, due to other project that I am working on.
  5. I love eating salted popcorn whenever I go to the cinema.
  6. I have an Odeon Premiere Club card to get discount off cinema tickets on a certain day of the week.
  7. I can get discount cinema tickets to Vue cinemas through work. They can’t be used on 3D movies or in certain cinema venues.

My nominations:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  3. http://syl101.com
  4. http://madelinescribes.wordpress.com
  5. http://writingstraight.com
  6. http://hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  7. http://shras789.wordpress.com
  8. http://photographyofnia.com
  9. http://paulaacton.com
  10. http://scullyspeaks.wordpress.com
  11. http://goodguyswag.com
  12. http://canadianwritersabroad.com
  13. http://kindnessblog.com
  14. http://emiliajordan.com
  15. http://diedreblake.wordpress.com

Congratulation and have a lovely day.

Write soon



Grab a little Sunshine and Shine On!

Hi everyone

I am still wading through the wonderful amount of awards I have been fortunate enough to receive.

These next two awards were given to me by Sharla Shults on 5th July 2013, from http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com. Check out her amazing blog.


The RULES that apply here are the usual question/answer typical questions.

I have answered some of these questions before.

Favourite colour? In clothes, Black and white or blue.

Favourite animal? My 4 guineapigs and Peaches who I sadly lost this year.

Favourite number? 6 but lucky number is 8.

Favourite non-alcoholic drink? In terms of tea, peppermint is my favourite.

My passion? Writing, writing and more writing.

Prefer getting or giving presents? I like both equally.

Favourite days of the week? Any days that I have off from my day job so I can spend more time writing.

Favourite flower? A rose – Red is my favourite colour.


The Shine On Award.


1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 (more or less) other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

7 Things About Me

  1. When I look back at photos of when I was a little girl, my hair appeared to be almost white in colour.
  2. My mum would not let me grow my hair long when I was young.
  3. I love having long hair now.
  4. I enjoy writing poems in greetings cards for my family and friends.
  5. I have two identical glittery santa decorations that hand on my Christmas Tree.
  6. I love hanging tinsel around each room in my flat at Christmas time.
  7. I have a Winnie the Pooh and Piglet bedside table lamp.

Blogs I Am Nominating for both awards are as follows:

  1. http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com 
  2. http://eyedancers.wordpress.com
  3. http://kindnessblog.com
  4. http://simplyilka.com
  5. http://inigobautista.wordpress.com
  6. http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com
  7. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com
  8. http://turquoisecompass.com
  9. http://propelsteps.wordpress.com
  10. http://reconstructingchristina.com
  11. http://writingstraight.com
  12. http://marthareynoldswrites.com
  13. http://liveblissful.wordpress.com
  14. http://simplymejustbe.wordpress.com
  15. http://stuffitellmysister.me

I hope you embrace your awards with open arms because you deserve them both. I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon


Double awards – Dragon’s Loyalty Award and The WordPress Family Award

Hi everyone

I am catching up with my blog award nominations.

On the 2nd of June 2013, I was awarded The WordPress Family Award for a second time and a new award to add to my collection,  the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, both from Sheri at sheridegrom.com. Please check out her awesome blog.

Wordpress Family Award X2

The rules for the Word Press Family Award are:

1. Display the logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others who have had an impact on your Word Press experience and family.

4. Let the 10 family members know you have awarded them.

My nominations are:

1. http://bluefishway.com

2. http://hutchagoodlife.wordpress.com

3. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com

4. http://blessedwithastarontheforehead.wordpress.com

5. http://mikesfilmtalk.com

6. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com

7. http://bookmust.wordpress.com

8. http://utesmile.wordpress.com

9. http://mischez2001.wordpress.com

10. http://friendlyfairytales.com

Thanks to all I’ve nominated for the Word Press Family Award for making my time on WordPress.com amazing. Thanks to every one who follows and comments on my blog, I appreciate all of you.

The rules for the Dragon Loyalty Award are:

  1. Display the award certificate on your website.
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  3. Present the award to 15 deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My 15 nominations are the 10 bloggers I listed above and the 5 new ones I list below.                                               DRAGON AWARD

  1. http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com
  2. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  3. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  4. http://turquoisecompass.com
  5. http://eyedancers.wordpress.com

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I played the recorder whilst in primary school but stopped because I couldn’t keep up with the group.
  2. I like listening to Floorfillers albums, morning and night.
  3. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue were my favourite singers when I was a little girl.
  4. When I was a little girl, my favourite actor used was Fred Savage from The Wonder Years.
  5. I have kept a dressing gown that I used to wear when I was about 15 years old – Why? Because I like the fact I can still fit into it.
  6. Yeas ago, I was given a dog called Pepi by a man my dad did work for. His wife was not too happy.
  7. My favourite flower is a rose.

Congratulations to all of my nominees, enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon



Sunshine and Versatile Blog Awards

Hi everyone
Well, it isn’t Snuggles this time, but me, that has been a naughty little girl.
Fortunately I have received a number of blog awards in the last week but unfortunately I haven’t made my nominations for other blog awards I received a long time ago.
Please don’t laugh. When I say a long time ago, I mean a long time ago. Okay – June 2013. ( Well, at least I said 2013.)
I am going to start with the Sunshine and Versatile Blog awards that I received from Gabriel Lucatero on 2nd of June 2013. His blog is inspirational so check it out.
Sunshine Blog Award
Sunshine Blog Award
Versatile Blogger Award
Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules:

  1. Post the logo above
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

I accept these nominations and would also like to pass both of them on to the list of bloggers below:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  5. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  6. http://darlenecraviotto.com
  7. http://jlroeder.wordpress.com
  8. http://thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  9. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  10. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com

Congratulations to all of you and don’t forget to put both awards on your blog, you deserve them.

Favorite color: Orange, although not in clothes.

Favorite animal: Guineapig – I have four.

Favorite number(s): 6 – Lucky number is 8.

Favorite (non-alcoholic drink): Pineapple Juice.

Favorite (alcoholic drink): I don’t drink any alcohol. If I am in a pub I have orange or pineapple juice or Appletiser.

Facebook or Twitter: I use both but have more followers on Twitter.

My passions: Writing, helping people, guineapigs, family, friends and films. I love visiting aquariums and zoos.

Giving or receiving gifts: I enjoy both equally.

Favorite city: London and Exeter.

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch much TV but like watching soaps. Neighbours, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I watch Eastenders sometimes too. I like the X-Factor.

For the second award, apart from making my nominations, I need to share seven things about myself.

Seven facts about me:

1. I believe people can achieve their dreams, if they take action.

2. I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog for the Recovery Learning Community on a self-employed basis.

3. I work full-time as the Fitted Bedroom Specialist in John Lewis.

4. I have visited London 4 times this year.

5. I met HM the Queen at St James’s Palace In July this year.

6. I am a night owl and prefer to write at night as I can focus more.

7. I love going on courses to improve myself.

Enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon


Honoured To Be Front Page News

Hi everyone

I recently received a Good Citizenship Award from the police.

The Exeter based Express & Echo newspaper has covered the story of why I got the award. I am on the front page and page 8.

I took some photos of the newspaper so you can catch a glimpse.




I feel honoured to be given the award and doubly honoured to be featured as front page news.

Write soon


Good Citizenship Award

Hi everyone

On Thursday 27th of July, I attended a ceremony by the Devon and Cornwall Police. I was very pleased and honoured to have received a Good Citizenship Award.

On the 3rd of January I saw someone who looked like they were about to jump off a bridge. When I spoke to them they were sitting over the rock face of the bridge edging their way down. To cut what seemed a long time, short. By the time I had talked to her around to thinking maybe not going to do it, she was too far down the side of the bridge to get back up and I couldn’t lift her back up. There was no one else nearby. I hung on to her by one arm, with my phone in my other hand holding the phone to her ear, whilst a police lady spoke to her. With only her back gripping the rock, she wasn’t able to hold on any longer and she fell head first in the mud and water. I managed to get her head out of the water before the police and ambulance came.

She was told she wouldn’t be able to walk for 6 months but by April she could.

She has a wicked sense of humour and I am now friends with both her and the police officer.

I was keeping quiet about this but receiving my award is something to shout about. Not because of what I did but because of the life it represents. Also my photo is going to be in the local paper called the Express & Echo.

At the time I wished I could have stopped her from falling but I would have gone over too and then we would have both been in the water and who knows what else. I am just glad she is alive and happy she is my friend.


Write soon


beatredundancyblues.co.uk Coming Soon

Hi Everyone

I am mega busy at the moment creating my beatredundancyblues.co.uk website, it will be very similar to beatredundancyblues.com with all of your favourite information pages but with a blog added for much more interaction with you. This way you can let me know what you like and what you don’t and what other help and support you need in your quest to find employment.

I realise not all of you will have been made redundant but when it’s officially launched and no longer under construction, I would still appreciate your feedback on the content.

Watch this space for the official launch of beatredundancyblues.co.uk

My web host who hosts beatredundancyblues.com has decided to stop people from using RVSiteBuilder  to build any new website by removing it from their system. As my site is built using this, I now have to get access to my site admin panel through a link. I was informed that eventually the RVSiteBuilder will be dis-continued completely. beatredundancyblues.co.uk was due to be launched at the end of this year but in light of this new challenge, I am creating it now and transferring it’s valuable information over to beatredundancyblues.co.uk. I have to do this manually and re-format it before adding it to the new WordPress.Org site for beatredundancyblues.co.uk

For those of you who are not familiar with beatredundancyblues.com and what is is about, here is an except from it:

This website is designed to give you easy access to a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills needed to survive redundancy and get back into work. No longer do you have to trawl through website after website trying to find the information you want, you can get it all here at the click of a button.

Make your job search easier by getting instant access to these sites at the click of a button. Find an area that interests you and get right to it.
This website is essential for anyone who is:

  1. Redundant
  2. Unemployed
  3. Changing Career
  4. Job Hunting
  5. Lacking In Direction
  6. Wanting Motivation
  7. Needing Help
  8. Looking For Support

I have to say that using WordPress.org compared to the .com version has been far more challenging than I thought it would be. What experience have you had with the .org version compared to the .com? Have you got any advice or hints and tips on how to get the best out of using the .org version?

To those of you who have given me blog awards recently, I will officially acknowledge them in the future but it will be at a later date that I had originally planned. Thanks in advance, I very much appreciate your support.

On thursday this week, I am going to an awards ceremony by the police to be awarded a Good Citizens Award. I feel honoured and humbled to be getting the award and thought I would let you know.

Write soon