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A visit from the bossy muse, a free book, and a couple of awards – Diana Wallace Peach

Original post from Diana Wallace Peach https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/11/12/a-visit-from-the-bossy-muse-a-free-book-and-a-couple-of-awards

Please visit her post, congratulate her and grab your free copy of Catling’s Bane.


A visit from the bossy muse, a free book, and a couple of awards

Way too early in the morning, my muse drops down beside me on my couch and tosses her hat onto the coffee table. The howler monkey that’s been riding her shoulder for a year leaps onto my kitchen counter, curls back its rubbery lips, and flashes a yellow-toothed grin. The muse hands me a latte. “Nice progress on the draft… finally.”

“Thanks.” I’m still leering at the monkey but manage to sip my latte. Yum. “So, why the visit?  You know I’m under NaNo pressure.” I somehow forget to mention that yesterday I logged zero words.

She arches an eyebrow but for once shrugs off her annoyance. “I’m running a promotion for a couple of days. Catling’s Bane is free today and Wednesday. Your sales blah blah blah…” I’m not listening. The howler’s opened my refrigerator and taken a bite from a head of lettuce. He’s going for the orange juice.

I bolt up. “Hey! Out of there!” The beast roars at me, a sound capable of bursting eardrums. He grabs a tuna sandwich I made for my husband’s lunch, darts across the cabin’s single room, and climbs halfway up the stairs. Suspended from the banister, he gobbles and spills bits of sandwich on the furniture below. UGH. I sink back onto the couch and glower, afraid any further intervention will make it worse.

“What else,” I ask, wanting to get this over with as quickly as I can.

She smiles at me. My muse never smiles. “Two of your books were semi-finalists in the 2019 Kindle Book Awards.”

“What?” I’ve now forgotten all about the howler and the globs of tuna sprinkling my floor. I’d also forgotten that I submitted books. “Both of them?”

Sunweilder and Soul Swallowers.” She tips back her latte, stands, and snaps her fingers at the monkey. Not two seconds later, the creature swings from the banister onto her shoulder. My muse heads for the door, her familiar bossy ill-humor sliding onto her face. “Get to work.”

“I plan on it. After I clean up this mess.” As she walks out the door and into the forest, I call after her, “Hey, if I finish my first draft, can we lose the monkey?”

She glances back and slips me an evil smile.


I guess the muse’s visit could have gone a lot worse.

Click on the cover if you’re interested in a free kindle of Catling’s Bane:



And here are those semi-finalists:









Happy Writing!




2019 New Apple Summer eBook Awards Solo “Medalist Winner” – Songs of Heartstrings

It is with great honor and humility to announce that my book ‘Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude‘ was chosen as the solo “Medalist Winner” in the Poetry category of the 2019 New Apple Summer eBook Awards!







About New Apple – Literary Services for Independent Authors

New Apple was born in 2010 to help the growing number of independent authors in the southern Ohio area find their voice. Initially the venture was a support structure of authors, educators and readers pooling their efforts to share their resources and create local grassroots campaigns. Over the last nine years New Apple has grown and is now offering comprehensive marketing solutions to the world of independent authors.
The New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing were created in 2013 to provide self-published and independent authors with a chance to showcase their work. New Apple’s Annual Book Awards were established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the publishing world. Medals and Official Selections are awarded to winners in fiction and non-fiction categories as well as E-Book categories and one designation for Audiobooks.
New Apple continues to provide resources for independent authors attempting to navigate the waters of self-publishing. In 2014, New Apple added Book Reviews and editing services as well as the introduction of tweet blasting book announcements and giveaways. In 2015, New Apple launched their summer book awards program specifically targeted toward digital books.






Nomination for the 2017 Bloggers Bash Awards Are Now Alive

This is the time of the year for you to nominate your favorite bloggers. The nomination party will be held in London, but the nomination is for every blogger anywhere in the world. If you have not participated before. Please jump in for fun. This is my first time, so I had to do some study about the rules.

Basically, there are 9 categories of Bloggers Bash Awards. You may nominate one blogger per category. If you want to nominate more than one blogger, you fill out the form several times.

Nominees receive only one category award. If you are nominated for more than one categories, you will be contacted to choose one of them.

Some bloggers seem not to be able to find the nominees’ email addresses. I’m posting some info on the original hosting blog.

You’ll see “purchase ticket,” that is for bloggers who are in London and would like to join the party.

Nominations close on May 8th, then the voting will commence soon after!!!

Sample information:



Blogger Recognition Award

Hi, this is my 5th Blog Award. MY DEAR READERS AND FELLOW BLOGGERS. I can’t thank you all enough for all the love and support. You made me feel so loved by liking, commenting my posts consistently. You get me going and without a day that I don’t think of blogging (I don’t like to read or write double negative but I go for this one!)!


I want to express my special and sincere thanks to Eddaz at https://eddaz.com  for nominating for the Blogger Recognition Award. She has a lovely blog, and a basketful of awards. Please visit her blog.


The Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select other blogs you want to give the award to them.


I posted my first blog in 2011, then made 13 posts in three years, because I was not sure which direction I wanted to go as far as blogging. At the end of July (July 29th), 2016, I decided to return blogging. This time around, I started writing poems and posted photos. My love for blogging just started to grow and grow. My poems reflect my Christian journey which I was gladly to share. I have been taking photos since I was a teenager. All the photo challengers gave me chances to post my favorite photos. My writing is honest and personal which reflect my thankfulness and gratitude of all the blessings God has bestowed on me and my family.


I discovered that the “About” page is very important. It tells about yourself as well as the presentation of your blog.

You may have a lot of wonderful ideas to share with other fellow bloggers. They can’t find you in this international blog world. You have to go find them, read their blog, like, comment on their posts and follow. Then you invite them to visit you by leaving a link to your blog. I regularly visit new bloggers from blog parties, other posts from Daily Prompt, or Weekly Photo Challenge. By doing so regularly, you will have many of them come to visit you and follow you.

With pleasure this is my nomination:

Follow Him


Akkshara Kiran Shetty



Frédéric G. Martin

Me Raw

Jen Gary

Please feel free to accept or decline the nomination. Either way is well respected. If you do accept the nomination, enjoy and have fun with it.

Eddaz’s Nomination Link

Mystery Blogger Award

This is my fourth blogger award and I want to thank all my followers and the people who support me all the time for me and my blog to grow.


“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.                        – Okoto Enigma 

The award was created by Okoto Enigma@ https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com

I want to express my appreciation to Sasha at https://sasha1010blog.wordpress.com for nominating me for “The Mystery Blogger Award”.  Please visit her blog full of happiness and inspiration.

Rules for the nominees:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comment” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share the link(s) to your best post(s)

Three random facts about me:

  1. I am the first Christian in my family.
  2. I am the first one, in my family, who came to US.
  3. I am retired but still working part time, in charge of an after-school program.

Questions asked by Anna

  1. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

It would depend on my schedule of the day. I look at myself in the mirror from 2 to 5 times a day. I only look into the mirror once in the morning and once at night when I wash my face. The number of times would increase when I have any appointment, classes, or meeting which requires me to be with people.

  1. What is your greatest strength and weakness?

My greatest strength is my endurance. No matter how difficult the situation is, I have the trust I God and the endurance to go through the process and walk through my journey.  My greatest weakness is that, I have no patience to listen to people’s on and on gossips.

  1. If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do? (weird question)

I would be the greatest father, change my baby girl’s diapers, and dressed her up as princess for Halloween.

  1. Name three things in nature you find most beautiful!

My three preferences are: Majestic Mountains, beautiful sunset, and waterfall with double rainbows above

  1. What’s your profession and why did you choose this? Have you chosen this on your own or you have to do it by fate?

I am retired. My profession was education. I taught Chinese as a second language. My students were adults who wanted to learn Chinese. After I came to US, I taught preschool, kindergarten through 4th grade. In the middle of the 4th grade year, I was promoted to be the school district administrator. I worked as an administrator until retired.

My first love was music. But the time I chose a career, there were not too many music jobs. I went with the job that paid me.

My nominees are the following:

following Him







Robin Baldwin


msw blog

Five questions to the nominees:

  1. Have you had a crush on your teacher as a teenager?
  2. If you had the power to change one thing in your past, what would that be?
  3. Which country is your next dream vacation, and what made you want to go there?
  4. Do you think it is okay to keep secrets even between best friends?
  5. If you could be transformed into something else, what would be your preference, and why?(weird)

Please feel free to accept or decline the nomination. It is my privilege to nominate you. I also understand you may have limited amount of time, and that you must set your priorities.

To match with the name of the Blogger Award, I link of one of my many favorite posts: https://theshowerofblessings.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/mystic-night/

Sasha’s Nomination Link

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #2

3 Days, 3 Quotes – Quote #1

This is my third time participating in this Challenge.

I want to thank Sasha at https://sasha1010blog.wordpress.com for nominating me to participate in the “3 Day 3 Quotes Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me. Please visit her lively and colorful blog.


Rules of the challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Quote Day #2



Day #2 Nominees:



Spard Hak

These are great blogs. Please visit them. Have fun!!!!



The Versatile Blogger Award #2

This award came to me as a surprise.  I want to express my super big appreciation to Anna at https://comeinsitdown.wordpress.com, for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! Please visit her versatile blog.



Award rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share the award on your blog
  3. Share seven random facts about yourself
  4. Tag 15 follow bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated.

The Random Facts about me…

  1. This is my third award!
  2. My first Beatle album was a single; the song was “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
  3. The first classical music piece I heard was the prelude of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It was long before I fell in love with opera.
  4. I published four children’s books in Chinese when I was twenty-six years old.
  5. I have kept all of my pocket calendars since 1994.
  6. I feel free to cry. One time when I watched a movie with my daughter, before the next scene came on, my daughter said, “Mom, you’re going to cry.” I did.
  7. I also like to laugh. A friend whom I had not seen for years, I called him and asked him to guess who I was. He waited for a long time, still couldn’t guess it. I couldn’t help but laughed. Then he said, “Now I know, I recognize your laugh.” So my laugh gave away my secret identity!

The Fifteen Blogs I’m Nominating, in no particular order:

  1. Christopher
  2. Nicole Alexandra Chua
  3. Thriti Das
  4. Patricia
  5. Sasha
  6. Taryn
  7. Vihasi Shah
  8. Mari Green Dog
  9. Mugilan Raju
  10. Lacie Sheldon Winters
  11. Z3ng33kgr7
  12. Little Miss Traveller
  13. Indah Susanti
  14. Georgie Moon
  15. Vicky

Dear nominees, please feel free to accept or decline the award; but if you do decide to accept, have fun, and I look forward to reading your post!!

Last Day of 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #3


This is my second 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.

I want to thank Natalia https://caboosemama.com for nominating me to participate in the “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me.

Rules of the challenge:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Three quotes for three days
  3. Three nominees each day (no repetition)
  4. Inform the nominees

Quote – Day #3



Day #3 Nominees:

Sue Ranscht


Rita Iyer


These are great blogs. Please visit them

Natalia’s Nomination Link


3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #2

This is my second 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.

I want to thank Natalia https://caboosemama.com for nominating me to participate in the “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me.

Rules of the challenge:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Three quotes for three days
  3. Three nominees each day (no repetition)
  4. Inform the nominees

Quote – Day #2



Day #2 Nominees:

Kim Blades

Stephanie Romero


These are great blogs. Please visit them

Natalia’s Nomination Link

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

I want to thank Varchswata from https://sparklingpoems.wordpress.com/

for nominating me for the THE BLACK CAT BLUE SEA AWARD.

Please visit her wonderful blog full of sparkling poems.



  1. Thank the nominator who nominated you.
  2. Answer 3 questions asked by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 8 fellow bloggers.
  4. Ask 3 questions to the nominees

The following are the 3 questions Varchswata asked me, and my answers are in italic:

  1. Name of your favorite book.

I have many favorite books. One of my favorite books is DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS compiled and edited by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith. It’s a collection of more than 50 writers on devotional literature.

  1. Do you believe in yourself?

I believe in myself because of my faith in God. With Him, nothing is impossible. Even when I am not able to do anything, He becomes my strength.

  1. Your favorite past time is….

My favorite pastime is listening music. I like mostly classical music.

My nominees are:

Aika. S


Joyously Hopeful

Nezel Yurong

Delyn Merce

DawnLiz Jones

Pavani Bharathula




My three questions for the nominees:

  1. What is your most memorable moment?
  2. When was your last time of having tears of joy?
  3. What do you like the best about blogging?

My dear Nominees, have fun!! 🙂

Nomination Link  from Varchswata







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