Monday, November 4, 2013

I've been Tagged / The Sweetest Blogger Award / Diamonds and Dust Cover Reveal

Rachna Chhabria at Rachna's Scriptorium awarded me with the Sweetest Blogger Award. Her touching words charmed me out of my blog meditation.

Since I'm a bit anxious for reasons you'll know on Wednesday, I thought this might be a sweet break so I'll play along.

The rules of the Super Sweet Blogging Award are: Answer the following questions and Nominate Five Bloggers.
Questions:
1. Cookies or Cake? Both, as long as they don't have any chocolate on them.
2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Anything but chocolate. I  belong to the Anti-chocolate Special Forces.
3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Ice-cream. Yes, I know, a fire dragon and ice-cream? I'm not right in the head, but you knew that since question number 1.
4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When my blood pressure is going down. It's a pretty good indicator since I usually crave for salty things.
5. Sweet nickname? That's classified. If I tell you I would have to kill you. Do not try to bribe the dwarves. They signed a confidentiality agreement. You may come up with one, though.

My nominees would be lot more than five but since I am honoring all of them on November 24th, I'll nominate here those who have sweetened my life recently:

1. Tammy Theriault. I asked people for help to organize my studies and a technique to learn Anatomy. She didn't just offer ideas, she also went through the muscle group of the arm and wrote a sentence I could relate to each muscle, so I could learn the names easier and faster. I mean, how sweeter can one get?

2. Robin @ Your Daily Dose and 3. Melissa Maygrove. I am 98% sure these two girls have an informant among my dwarves. I've been struggling with a matter for a while, but each time I take a resolution, either girl, or both drop by the cave and leave me a message that makes my resolution go to the gutter. Soon you'll understand what I'm talking about. For now, I have to acknowledge these ladies' sweet intent in making the dragon come out and play.

4. Jo Wake @ Jo on Food, my Travels and a Scent of Chocolate.  I could adopt Jo as my grandmother if she would take a fire dragon as family. She's thoughtful, sweet and she makes me feel she's always keeping an eye on what happens to Father Dragon.

5. Elephant's Child. She's a parrot lover, just like me. A flower lover, just like grandmother dragon. And I have no doubt she's a dragon lover too because her loyalty to this blog doesn't cease to amaze me.

You are all sweethearts, ladies. Dragon hugs for you.


Melissa Maygrove  tagged  me on this meme. I'm not precisely writing right now but I can't say no to this lady. She's very persuasive. I still suspect she bribes my dwarves with cotton candy.

Questions:

What are you working on right now? Learn something new and not die in the attempt. A paranormal thriller.

How does it differ from other works in its genre? It is written by a fire dragon. Seriously, it is written by a dragon.

How does your writing process work? I'm not writing it, I'm painting it. Well, first I try to connect with the Higher Source of Inspiration, then I listen to inspiring music, I take the pencil and I hit the pages. After banging my head enough times on the desk, I start seeing the scenes in my mind. Or that might be the brain cells regrouping. I go to the treadmill and plenty of ideas start flowing; scenes, dialogues, plots. Oh yes! It will be a great successful story... once I get out of my head a book written by somebody else. :)


And now, special fireworks for DIAMONDS AND DUST COVER REVEAL!


Magic is real. So is betrayal.

Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.
Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.

Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.

David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

Diamonds & Dust is available for pre-order here:
 Apple - Kobo - Barnes & Noble

Best of lucks to River and her book!!

42 comments:

  1. Oh. Oh. Oh.
    I came to cheer the lovely River - and am doing so. Loudly.
    And then you left me gob and smacked, flabber and ghasted. Of course I am a dragon lover - who could not love wisdom, power and beauty. You are a dragon with a heart which is warmer than your flames, and bigger than the universe. AND you will leave all the chocolate for me.
    Thank you - I am honoured and privileged to be included in your list

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha, surprised? Dragon Hugs tou you!

      Delete
    2. Sorry, you can't have all the chocolate.

      Delete
  2. I didn't know dragons didn't like chocolate! Congrats on the awards and what a lovely cover reveal, River.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This dragon doesn't. I leave it to you. :d

      Delete
    2. That was meant to be a smile. :D

      Delete
  3. YOU LOVE ME! YOU REALLY LOVE ME!! - sorry. phew, i'm okay. Wow! Thanks so much Al!! It was pretty fun, and like i said, for a few days, i was actually able to look at someone's arm and know the exact terminology of the muscle area!! hahaha...
    and congrats to the other recipients and awesome looking cover by River!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What! Was my love in doubt? Hahaha. Doubt my dwarves' diet but not my love forr you. :)

      Delete
  4. Congratulations!
    Are you sure you're a fire dragon?
    And are you sure the dwarves can't be bribed?
    Very happy for River! New book, new beginning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dragon and nothing but a dragon, at least till this morning

      Delete
  5. You certainly ARE one of the sweetest bloggers I know, FD—congrats.

    Guess what? I saw this cover ages ago. Yep. Part of the Inner Sanctum. I twisted her arm and held Jezebel captive until she showed it to me.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So not showing you anything new? Then see my previous post. There might be something new there for you. ;)

      Delete
    2. Fantastic post, Al. My mom was born on All Saint's (Soul's) Day. What a beautiful tradition (and photos). I had already heard of the celebration, but didn't know the specifics. How nice. And I got a big chuckle out of your grandmother "lending" you some dead.

      Take care, my friend.

      Delete
    3. On Saturday I was thinking on her too. Hug!

      Delete
  6. You are simply the sweetest thing, Al. Those kind things you said had me grabbing a tissue. You deserve the sugary award most of all. Hugs right back at you, my little Reptile Flambe'. LOL (That'll teach you to leave #5 blank. :P)

    Lovely cover, River! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha, well now that is the first nichname. Thanks for the laugh, Melissa!

      Delete
  7. Who's the most popular dragon is town? That's right, it's you, sir! I didn't even know dragons could eat ice cream. Fancy that! Congrats on the awards and tag. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Learning something new everyday, hahaha. It is special icecream for dragons. :)

      Delete
  8. Now you see I never thought of a anti-chocolate dragon before today. You are not only very sweet, you are a constant surprise. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But as they say, there is more chocolate left in the world for you all. :D

      Delete
  9. Now that's one sweet reward. And Tammy is VERY sweet with a side of sass.

    Ms. River's cover is beautiful. So sparkly!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha, very sweet, Jay, very sweet.

      Delete
  10. Thank you Father Dragon I really appreciate the award, but "grandmother"???? I suppose I am old enough but really!!!! Not very flattering Al.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I forgot to say I have already read this story? Not quite sure but certainly as a Kindle book.

    ReplyDelete
  12. My dearest Jo, you are young and sweet and beautiful. I guess I loved my grandparents so madly that comparing someone with them is a compliment. They were pure light in my life. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you kind sir, kind sir dragon I guess I mean.

      Delete
  13. I suppose your disdain of chocolate just leaves more available for me, so I still think we can be besties.

    Great picks! Tammy is an awesome friend to know!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can have it all, Elizabeth. I'll tell the dwarves to send you what comes this way. :) Dragon Hugs!

      Delete
  14. Well what a truly sweet group of recipients-- you included. It's always so nice to get a little virtual hug in these awards. Congratulations to you and the folks you passed it along to.

    And yes a huge WHOOP WHOOP to River and her book. It's very good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Julie. You're right, that's a perfect way to describe an award. It's a nice virtual hug. Who can say no to hugs? Not me. SH. :D

      Delete
  15. Diamonds and Dust is a pretty cover.

    You don't do chocolate either? I haven't eaten it in over 11 years.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I dropped it centuries ago, after a bad encounter with one. Cannot stand them ever since.

      Delete
  16. You are sweeter than any cookie, Al. :)
    Thanks so much for showing off my cover!
    EC is a very special person in my life too!
    You look good in the stockade. And M.L. did twist my arm...only it was Jezebel who held HIM captive...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha, I think he must have enjoyed that since Jezebel can still be so charming! Congratulations on the rebirth. ;)

      Delete
  17. OMG; people think I'm weird as I'm not a chocolate fan either! But yes, Ice Cream break, like, now please. LOL. You should visit my day job on a Friday - or any other day - when we're all wondering who will go out and get us ice cream. We're all willing to buy, nobody willing to fly :) A gov't job clips your wings.

    And, don't reciprocate a visit today (the post is totally trashy), unless your today is my Wed Nov 6. I mention you at the very end of my IWSG post. It is OK if you roar against the posted video :) I will be keeping an eye on your posts through my break.

    .......dhole

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome to my club, Donna!!! I knew I was not the only one, but I also know the feeling that everyone sees you like you're crazy because you don't like chocolate. Let's have an ice-cream party instead! :D
      I'll make sure to pay you a visit tomorrow then. Thank you very much, my friend. Dragon Hugs for you!

      Delete
  18. Yay for River! This cover is wonderful.
    I have to admit I'm already working on bribing the dwarves so I can find out that nickname. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll make sure to have a serious talk with my staff, since temptation levels since to be raising. :) Dragon Hugs!

      Delete
  19. Its too bad that Father Dragon does not like chocolates. But we share a love for ice-creams, that is good. Congrats to your sweet awardees.

    Love the cover and blurb of Diamond and Dust.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Who cannot like ice-cream? Sessin is working on a type of hot ice-cream specially made for dragons. ;) I'll invite you to my ice-cream party too. Dragon Hugs!

      Delete
    2. Hot Ice-cream, I am curious as well as quite eager to try it out. And I can never resist an Ice-cream party. Hugs.

      Delete
  20. I have something for you on my blog today. ;)

    http://melissamaygrove.blogspot.com/2013/11/someone-thinks-im-sweet.html

    ReplyDelete