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Academic Curveball – Won the 2018 Critters Award

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Academic Curveball was nominated for a 2018 Critters award in the ‘Other Novels’ category. There were ~15 different categories and hundreds of submissions. Voting was held over the last few weeks…

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I’m grateful for the nomination and the support… especially since it led to my book winning this year’s award for Best Other Novel! I am so excited that the first book in my Braxton Campus Mysteries series won. You can see current standings here.

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Thank you to everyone who voted!!!

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VOTE for Academic Curveball – Critters Award

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Friends,

Academic Curveball has been nominated for a Critters Workshop award in the ‘Other Novels’ category. I’m grateful for the nomination and the support. The polls are opened through January 14th. I’d love your help if you want to promote the first book in my Braxton Campus Mysteries series. You can see current standings here.

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To vote, go to this page. You will scroll down, find ‘Academic Curveball’ and click the radio button. It will be under “Other Novels” if you can’t find it. You will need to enter your email address and then click “Confirm” in the email once it arrives in order to complete the voting process. If you don’t want to create an account, you can skip that process and opt out of any emails once done. This is to ensure voters aren’t able to vote multiple times.

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If you’re up for voting in other categories, check out my friend, Brian L. Porter’s, two books which are also up for awards in different categories: (1) Last Train to Lime Street (Mystery) and (2) Cassie’s Tale (Non-Fiction) . Thanks!

Book Review: Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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As part of a children’s book readathon on my blog in August 2018, voters chose Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne as one of our award-winning books to read this week. I was very excited to pick up this classic again as I haven’t read it in over thirty years. I’ve seen several shows and cartoons with nieces, nephews, and cousins, but reading the wonderfully illustrated picture books was a fresh experience. I adore the world Milne has created with all the amazing characters in the woods. It’s a bit of fantasy and magic combined with reality and lessons. I’d forgotten how ‘mischievous’ Pooh and his friends could be.

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When we picked this classic, I never specified which of the books to read — silly of me, actually, as Pooh might think or say! I left it up to each reader. I borrowed the book from the library, and it seems to be books 1 and 2, so I read more than I’d planned. At about 150 pages, it has some illustrations but way more text than I remembered. It was still adorable to read. There were ~10 stories introducing different characters and scenarios ranging from an encounter with bumble bees (where Pooh classically steals the honey — or tries to!) to poor Eeyore losing his tail.

If you’ve never sampled Winnie the Pooh, get to the library now and read one of the stories. At the very least, tempt yourself by watching a cartoon version. At least now I know where Christopher Robin comes from… who the bear family is and what a pooh actually means! I definitely want to check out the movie that came out earlier this year (last year?) on Christopher Robin!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

AWARDS: Gratitude for Multiple Nominations – Part 5 of 5

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Yes! I’m all caught up and just finished my last 50 tags / nominations / awards. I’m so grateful that I now have a clean slate and can hopefully stay on top of them… woo-hoo! If I missed a tag or award where you nominated me, I’m so sorry. I had been bookmarking them, but while I was on vacation last year, I may have missed a few. Feel free to let me know and I will fix it!

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~50 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 6 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Growing Self Blogger Award

  • Invisible-No-More
  • Thank you to Dee for this wonderful nomination. Dee was part of my first book blog tour last year, and we have shared an immense connection in the last 6 months. From all her amazing posts and challenges, to her wisdom and advice, I cherish the time we have to connect. We’re both so busy, it’s not easy to keep up every day… but at least once a week, we’re catching up on each other’s posts, getting surprised by the extent of each other’s journeys, and learning how to be better people. It was an honor to have her as part of my April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon!
  • This award was created by Roda @ Growing Self… who many of you know as my Big Sis. She visited me from Michigan here in NYC for a few days earlier this year and we had the best time ever. I can’t even begin to imagine if Dee had been here with us… the trouble we’d have gotten into. Two wonderful women here that I’m very glad to know!

Tell the Darkness to Get Lost Award

  • Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50
  • Thank you to LA (she shall remain nameless to everyone!) for being one of only 3 bloggers I’ve met in person this year. We’ve had coffee here in NYC and have so much fun talking about life, books, tv shows, NYC, and how to be a good person! She’s got pneumonia right now, so I hope she heals quickly as we all miss her daily posts!
  • No questions on this award, but her post talks about “love at first sight” which we have all heard of… Who here’s experienced it? Share away!

Awesome Blogger #2 Award

  • Misty’s Book Space
  • Thank you to Misty for nominating me here… she’s fantastic, and I’ve mentioned her a few times this week on the tags and awards. You’ve had lots of opportunity to check out her blog, so don’t make me remind you again. Go now! 🙂 PLEASE!
  • Two Favorite Colors
    • Black and Grey

Miranda Sings Award

  • 5171 Miles Book Blog
  • Thank you to Sabrina and Ashley who were part of my first book blog tour last year… but they also provide such amazing book reviews — what a team! I’m privileged to be part of their blogging world. It’s always a guess… will I see their Goodreads review or their WP post on a book first? 🙂
  • Something you love about yourself
    • I am determined, hard-working, persistent and motivated when it comes to achieving my goals. I don’t forget when someone helps me out. I try to give back wherever I can. And I truly feel honored to have made such great friends through my blogging adventures. I love that I recognize this and try to always make it a priority to connect with other people.

Quill Commander’s Award

  • Ravenclaw Pride
  • Thank you to Matt for nominating me. We only connected earlier this year, but I look forward to building a relationship with him. I am trying to catch up on awards, so I’m only doing one piece of his, but please check out his site via the link above. It’s a very honored award and all about our patriotism — something we should all find in our hearts.
  • Quote:
    • “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This is only part of the quote, but who knows where it’s from??? 🙂

Blogger Recognition Award

  • TV Addicted Bookworm
  • Thank you to Sheri for always introducing me to new books and television shows. We have connected on other social media platforms more than WordPress, but it’s always fun to see what she’s reviewing!
  • Advice to New Bloggers
    • Don’t just follow someone without building a relationship. Read a few posts. Comment. Check out their other social media profiles. Interact. If not, it’s just a game in trying to increase your numbers. Find a balance between interacting and building a network of friends and followers. It’s supposed to be fun, too, so you want to learn a little bit about everyone!

Nominations

 

Intro to Author & Blogger: Vote on RONE Awards for T. A. Henry’s Book ‘Ostrich Mentality’

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The life of authors and readers–besides being amazing fun–are ultra-busy and complex. With the market having tons of books that are easily accessible and full of fantastic content, how do you know which ones to choose? One option is to check out books being nominated for and/or winning various book awards… like RONE. If you’re unfamiliar, click this link to learn more about these cool awards for small and self-published authors. It’s free to subscribe and vote for the authors and books that you love.

Today, I’m highlighting a fellow author I’ve come to know in the last few months, T. A. Henry. You might recognize her from participating in the Agatha Christie Readathon the last few weeks. Or you might already being following her blog where she refers to herself as the Authoress (how cool is that!). I’ve got a copy of one of her books, Scripting the Truth, which I will be reading next month. Take a look… maybe you’ll join me!

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But today… I’m also sharing this post about Tara because she’s been nominated for a RONE award for her most recent novel, Ostrich Mentality. Click the blurb below to read a summary and see a review about the book that helped nominate it:

“An interesting take on a time period in the not so distant past, “Ostrich Mentality” is an eye-opening tale with a colorful cast. Despite being 316 pages, the reader will fly through this fast-paced novel, immersed in its intelligent suspense. The fact that this novel is not far from the truth gives the story a sinister feel. Overall, “Ostrich Mentality” is an engaging work of espionage and biological warfare.” 

If that’s enticed you, you can purchase it via Amazon. It’s important to support our fellow authors and bloggers when they’ve produced a fantastic novel and have been nominated for a very cool award. So… if you’ve got a few free moments, head over to the RONE Suspense/Thriller category and click the little button next to T. A. Henry’s name to vote for the Ostrich Mentality. I’ll be doing it when this week as the awards are open 4/23 thru 4/29.

CLICK to VOTE here for OSTRICH MENTALITY

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About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

AWARD: Mystery Blogger

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I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by caterpillars2butterfliesblog and angiedokos. Many thanks to both of them, I’m honored. Please check out their blogs. Between books and inspirational advice, they’ve got fantastic content and voices.

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The Rules

  • Put the logo on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate a few people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice. One weird and one funny one.
  • Share a link to your best post

Here are three things about myself:

  1. I have hazel eyes.
  2. I am an awful singer.
  3. I miss winter already.

Questions to Me:

  • What is your favorite pastime, besides reading?
    • Genealogy
  • What is at least one thing you feel that you are really good at?
    • Cooking
  • If you could be an animal, which animal would you pick? Why?
    • Owls because they are wise!
  • What is your worst fear?
    • Being sick
  • What would the title of your life story be?
    • The Average Man Who Sees All Sides
  • If you could go back to any year in your past, when would it be?
    • 1998
  • What is your favorite Christmas song?
    • Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
  • What would be your number 1 piece of advice to yourself at 18?
    • Be confident to try anything you want to try.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    • African safari

My Nominees:

Questions for Nominees:

  1. How many countries and/or states have you lived in? Least and most favorite?
  2. What author whose last name begins with an M comes to mind and why?
  3. What charity do you most support or believe in?
  4. Where is your go to spot to be alone and think?
  5. What’s a great unsolved mystery you wonder about sometimes?

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

AWARD: Liebster

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I was nominated by seven wonderful bloggers over the last few months for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much for all their wonderful posts, friendship, and votes. I’m combining these together and picking the 11 best questions so I can to cover all the bases on this fun award tag. I was nominated by:

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meltingpotsandothercalamities

dothething

annthebookmaster

aspentreesbookreviews

brizzlelassbooks

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The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Indicate 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I wear contact lenses because I am worse than a bat.
  2. I’m the fourth male directly in my line with this exact name, hence the “IV” after my name. Please bow before me. Just teasing. A curtsy is sufficient.
  3. I prefer spelling things the British way. I’m American. They seem better lately.
  4. I have been to Cambodia. I saw the best life has to offer. I saw the worst life has to offer. Don’t ask for details. I am not at liberty to reveal due to a… never mind.
  5. I am a reader and writer, yet I always test nearly perfect on mathematics. Took so many advanced calculus courses, I think I plotted every angle possible. I know the exact angle to send a sling shot towards… whomever deserves it.
  6. The calla lily is my favorite flower. I’d like them at my funeral please. You’re all tasked with making sure this happens or I’ll haunt you.
  7. I was a good gymnast as a kid. I could climb to the top of the rope, walk the balance beam, jump the horse and use the rings to turn myself in every direction. After puberty hit, my balance was so off, I could barely walk a straight line. A few drinks make it much better now.
  8. I used to ride horses, but it’s been almost two decades since I’ve been on one. I love it, but I see no reason to feel like I’m constantly vibrating (in a bad way, to clarify) while the wind is whipping in my face.
  9. My nickname in high school was Tooshie. You can decide why or what it means.
  10. I can’t smell tequila anymore or it will make me sick. Bad college incident. It’s okay in a mixed drink, but a shot will induce projectile, something fierce along the lines of what happened to me in question #8 below (you’re in for a treat!).
  11. I have no self control when it comes to dark chocolate or champagne. None. I will do anything for it.

Questions to Me

  • What’s your favourite drink?
    • Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale
  • If a bear and a shark had a fight, who would win?
    • Shark… I think one bite and the bear couldn’t get loose
  • Is there a sound or a word you absolutely cannot stand?
    • Anything at the dentist’s office
  • Would you rather have to say every thought out loud or hear everyone else’s thoughts?
    • Say every thought out loud. I already have too many people’s voices in my heads. Characters just won’t behave anymore.
  • What household chore do you actually kind of enjoy doing?
    • Mopping
  • What are you reading right now? Are you enjoying it?
    • Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire. And YES!
  • Harry Potter or Twilight?
    • Harry Potter all the way.
  • How long do you think it takes you to read a book? (on average, of course)
    • I generally read 1 page per minute, and that’s an average of a light cozy (2 pages per minute) compared to a heavy historical fiction novel (about 3/4 page every minute)
  • What is the number one book on your TBR now?
    • I really want to read Kate Morton’s The Lake House
  • What do you like least about blogging?
    • Formatting posts… it takes forever!
  • Do you consider blogging a hobby, a marketing tool, or a way to make a living?
    • It could be anything. For me, it’s both a hobby and a marketing tool.

Nominees

Question to You

  1. Which body part would you exchange if you could?
  2. What do you like least about blogging?
  3. If you could inhabit someone else’s body for a day, who would it be?
  4. If you could have someone else’s personality and intelligence, who would it be?
  5. Where are you taking me to dinner tomorrow night? Or if that’s not gonna work for you, what gift are you sending in lieu of canceling last minute on me? Seems appropriate.
  6. Have you ever tried to count the licks to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop?
  7. Did I share too much above? If yes, which item. If not, you’re my new best friend.
  8. If you could hide in someone’s pocket for a day just to see what they really do when you’re not around, who would it be?
  9. If you have an entire cake to yourself, and you know for certain that no one else will eat it nor see you eat it, would you still cut it up and serve it on a plate? Or would you dig in with a shovel? (Assume nothing bad happens to your body as a result of consuming said healthy cake)
  10. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “bite me” ? Good or bad, let it rip.
  11. Have you met Liebster? If Yes, please describe. If No, please contribute $25 to the charity of your choice in order to successfully have completed this easy and fun quiz. Failure to do so results in an automatic replication of 10 more quizzes a day from me to you as a loving gesture of support.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.