The Awards Are Piling Up

I’ve won another blog award! The Fabulous Blog Ribbon! This great honor was given to me by Karen at . Please check out Karen’s blog and books. She does reviews, interviews, brings in great guest blogger and is so supportive!

For this award I am to tell 5 Fabulous moments, 5 things I love, 5 things I hate and then nominate 5 more Fabulous friends! 5 is one of my many lucky numbers so here goes:


  1. Finding out love-at-first-sight is real. I can honestly say that seeing my future wife for the first time was a real soul-mate kind of love. We could barely speak to one another. She’s from Thailand and when I walked into her little shop in Bangkok… well, it was all over for me. After 36 years of marriage, I think she’s finally coming around to loving me back.
  2. I’ll combine three into one: Seeing my children for the first time, each time, scared the crap out of me because they put their trust in me to be a good dad. I hope I did okay.
  3. Stepping off the plane after returning from war and seeing my family waiting and so happy to see me.
  4. Finding out that the Social Media was not a thing to fear and meeting so many wonderful people I now call friends—real friends!
  5. Publishing my novels and watching as readers bought and actually liked what I wrote was a piece of apple pie(with cream on top) for my soul.

Things I love:

  1. The moments I mentioned above.
  2. People. As a self-proclaimed recluse you make it hard for me to stay in hiding.
  3. The Sea. I lived in the Marshall Islands, on a very small island, for 2 years and the sea was everywhere I looked and I’m pretty sure some of the salt is still in my blood.
  4. Writing puts me in a place that allows me to be someone else and live lives I could only dream of. It also keeps me sane—an important fact for my family.
  5. Reading—for the same reason as above.

Things I hate:

  1. This is a tough one. I’ve found through living that hate is an emotion that only sucks the life out of the hater. So maybe hating hate—does that make sense?
  2. I used to have a great dislike for other drivers, but living in Thailand has taught me to join in and have fun. It’s also taught me patience.
  3. Politics. In today’s world it’s all about popularity. We can get trodden down and still turn around a vote for the person because of the magic lies that come out or how they look or even because we afraid to voice an opinion that doesn’t run with the crowd. No matter where you live.
  4. Narrow-minded thought.
  5. Stubbing my toe!


This is hard because I could nominate so many great bloggers. So if I pick you don’t get mad—just be happy like the people I didn’t pick! And I’m going international because the world deserves this award. Please take the time to check these great people out—you’ll find new friends!

  1. Sandra Valente Sandra is a book reviewer living in South Africa. She is so supportive of writers. I’ve also gotten to know Sandra on a personal level—with the approval of her black belt husband. She is funny, caring and has a great family!
  2. Suletta.  She is a South African living with her family in Zanzibar, operating a dairy farm. Frist, just reading about someone living in Zanzibar—I mean come on! I have childhood memories of strange, magical places and just saying the name gives me a thrill. But the best part is Suletta’s blog about life and views from this incredible place. I’ve only been following her for a short time but have already found out how much she and her family love and care about the people in beautiful Zanzibar—had to say it one more time.
  3. Eden Baylee from Canada Now, Eden is really a special friend and I feel so lucky to have met her. She’s also one of the busiest people I know, but only a little of her efforts are for her. She is the most supportive person I know; helping independent authors, friends in need and just doing all she can to see things through. She’s also an erotic writer! She has opened my eyes to the world of writers in this genre. She is a world class writer!
  4. Virginia Lee Virginia is from the States and is another person I consider amazing—as a writer and friend. She writes Historical Romances and her words take me to long ago Scotland and I love it there. She too is supportive and caring. Do you see a theme developing?
  5. Robert (Sharky) Pruneda I threw Sharky in so you wouldn’t think all I thought about are women—did it work? Just kidding. Rob is at the top of my list of bloggers who writes novels, great blogs and supports others in so many ways! Find him on Twitter and have a laugh or two with him. He’s almost too witty for me.
  6. Lisa M. Stull (LM Stull)  Okay, I’m adding one more just because I’m so impressed that this talented writer talks to me once in a while and she happens to be another beautiful lady. And the very fact that I know what the M stands for in her name! Honestly, when I first started reading Lisa’s blog I was in awe of her talent and not a little afraid of her. I would comment and Tweet with trepidation in the hopes she wouldn’t see me—she’s that powerful. As it turns out she is also so sweet and kind and it thrills me when see turns her eyes my way. Her books, poetry and blog are treats to behold. Did I mention her support is amazing.

I hope you’ll check all of the great people and their sites out. For all the people that I left off this list, please keep your thank you emails to 500 words—I’m a busy guy, lol!

20 responses to “The Awards Are Piling Up

  1. Danny, what an honour to be bestowed an award by an author with some published material!!! I am humbled. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I wish you many more happy writing hours and successful publications. And sailing of course. (I did Cape to Rio last year, and we won the cruising class on handicap and line honours – just bragging a bit – it was awesome.

    • You are very welcome, Suletta. I really enjoy your blog and reading about the place you live. Cape to Rio is not bragging– it’s a dream for me. I’ve been land-locked for a few years, but there is nothing like sailing the seas at night following the stars! I will do it again soon, I hope. If you ever get a chance to read my sailing adventure I know you will like it– this is not a marketing attempt, lol

    • For those that don’t know, Linda is my beautiful sister who lives in a dreamland called New Zealand.
      It does my heart good when family reads my books! Thank you darling.

  2. Oooh, Dannie, I’m happy to represent the Canadian wing of your harem (heh), Sharky notwithstanding! I love all the things you revealed about yourself, and to answer your question – you can certainly hate ‘hate.’

    I love the story about ‘love at first sight’ and I don’t believe for one second that your wife has not been in love with you from the very beginning, just as you’ve been with her. Thailand is magical for that.

    Thanks so much for your mention of me, lovely man. Your words are extremely kind, and always appreciated,

    Big hugs,

    • Well, you’ve made my day, again, Eden! Thailand is magical in that it has let me meet so any wonderful, talented, beautiful women writers. Of course watching the Thai ladies glide along with their great smiles isn’t bad either, lol

      Julee is the one woman who can put up with a crazy man like me. I am lucky!

      Thank you, dear.

  3. Dannie, I’m humbled and honoured not only because of the award, but to have been included amongst your friends! Thank you. Like Eden, I don’t believe for one second either that your wife hasn’t loved you from the very beginning! Tsk tsk. And, from getting to know you on a personal level, I know you have not only been a loving and supportive husband, but that you’ve been an amazing father as well. Simply, you care, about everyone and everything. You got one of the good hearts, that’s for sure!

    I’ll always wish you well, Dannie, with all your endeavours, life and family. Again, thank you.

    • Yes, Sandra. We are friends and that makes me very happy! Okay, I’ll admit, Julee loved me from the start. She took a real chance on a young, bumbling guy and left her country, family and friends to go with me. I am a lucky man.

      Thank you, pretty lady, for your kind words and I bet if some my old friends read these comments they will wonder who you are talking about, ha! I’ve learned so much from kind people like you. You and others are teaching an old dog new tricks– and I like it.

  4. Oh, Dannie, what an honor to be mentioned here with such amazing talented people (yourself included!). Getting to know you has been nothing but a treat, my dear!

    • Thank you, Lisa! It’s been a thrill for me to get to know you and all the people I’ve listed. If I could get you(ya’ll) all in the same room and survive my wife’s wicked right hook, it would be like our own writers convention. Now that might make a great short story– if I wrote it, lol.

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