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Preening with Pride

Some of you may not know that in addition to writing, I am also a book reviewer for indieBRAG Medallion. I have been with BRAG for many years and I was honoured recently by having my debut novel, Time’s Tempest, receive an indieBRAG Medallion for excellence in self-publishing (not, I was not allowed to read my own book 😉 ).

BRAG Medallion is taking the time to highlight many of its dedicated reader/reviewers this year in an effort to show the humanity behind the award process and share what drives their readers. I have believed in the mandate of indieBRAG from day one, and I’m honoured to be interviewed about what it’s like being a reader.

Here is a brief excerpt:

One Reader’s Voice Out Loud with Melissa

Our readers are the foundation of what makes indieBRAG unique.  They not only select the books to become the next B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree but give feedback to our authors. This feedback is important not only to the authors but to the reader as well. Readers carry a lot of weight in what we regard as quality in self-publishing. Not only that but how readers see author’s platforms and performance on social media. Today, Melissa is sharing her thoughts about promoting books on social media and much more!

indieBRAG: How do you find books and what do you think of social media and books?

I usually find my print books by visiting my local book stores and browsing the shelves. I tend to find my ebooks by browsing Goodreads. Social media and books isn’t something I’ve grown accustomed to yet, but that’s probably because I spend so much time on my computer for work that I’d rather get out of the house and explore.

indieBRAG: Do you go to an author’s website or social media when looking for a book or do you usually pick a book based on a search, on sites such as Amazon?

I don’t actually search Amazon for books. I will go in with a title in mind (if I can’t find it locally) and then make my purchase. I do look at Goodreads recommendations though. I enjoy visiting websites for authors I’ve discovered the old-fashioned way (and just so you know, I’m not even 40 yet!) or checking out authors who’ve found me via my review blog to delve deeper into who they are and what they’re writing.

Click HERE for the full Interview.

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Nominated for the Liebster Award

liebster-award-logoThis week I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. It’s a writing and content award for bloggers by bloggers who acknowledge great content and good writers who are just beginning their blogging career.

I’d like to thank Renee Scattergood for the nomination and I graciously accept this award. In doing so, it is now my obligation to answer 11 question, state 11 random facts, nominate 11 more wonderful new bloggers and ask them 11 questions of my own.

You may be wondering, “Why 11?” – So did I 😉

Symbolic Meaning of the Number Eleven

The spiritual meaning of number eleven is quite diverse. The number eleven is thought of as a “master” number in numerology because it is a double digit of the same number. When this occurs – the vibrational frequency of the prime number doubles in power. Meaning, the attributes of the Number One are doubled.

Therefore, the very basic and primary understanding of the Number One is that of new beginnings and purity. When we see this digit doubled as with the eleven – then these attributes double in strength.

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Renee’s Liebster Award questions for me:

How many books (on average) do you read each year?

I read approximately 12-16 fiction books of my own choosing, 4-6 fiction books for virtual book tours visiting my editing site Infinite Pathways Press, 4-6 non-fiction books related to the writing/publishing industry & 5-8 manuscripts for my editing clients (which, technically, are books!)… and that brings me to a total of 25-36 books a year!

What’s your zodiac sign?

I’m a Virgo with Leo tendencies since my birthday falls within the first week of the transition between Leo and Virgo – and it’s all true!

What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in life?

Wow, that’s a hard one… the mom in me want’s to say, “My son, of course.” But I don’t think that’s fair. I’d have to say it’s getting married less than a month after my 21st birthday and being committed to making it work for the last 15 years… you see, I’m not an easy person to live with – I’m terribly stubborn!

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

The British Isles… On my mother’s side my Grandmother’s family was from Ireland and my Grandfather’s family from England; on my father’s side my Grandmother was from Malta and my Grandfather from England. While I’d like to visit Malta some day, it’s not on my ‘bucket list’ like the Isles. That and I’m a sucker for castles!

What do you enjoy more, watching TV, watching movies or reading? Why?

Reading. I can get the same experiences of TV and movies that I can get with a book. I’m lucky enough to have the kind of imagination where I no longer see the words on the page but become one with the story; and there’s so much more you can get from that then just sitting like a lump on a log watching what someone else’s imagination wants you to see – but don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoy watching TV and going to the movies 😀

Have you ever won anything? If so, what was it and how did you win it?

I’ve won dance competitions, track & field races, writing competitions, basket ball games (with my team), books from giveaways, awards of excellence in school, door prizes, karaoke nights… I am most proud of winning my racing medals though – I used to have that “running” dream as a pre-teen/teen where you’re never quite sure if you’ll be fast enough to get away… the awards helped me through that period in my life.

What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?

I’ve been in car crashes as a child, fallen out of trees, been in close proximity to huge spiders (and I’m not exaggerating here) and even ridden an old wooden roller coaster I was sure was going to launch me out of my seat. But of everything, I’d say the scariest was watching my mother in a bad relationship when I was a child.

Would you want to be famous? Why or why not?

I think I could handle fame as an author but maybe not as a Hollywood celebrity – I’m very “in your face” and I have a tendency to do things I’m told are impossible to be done… just to prove it can be done. So, take from that what you will.

Have you ever read a book that once you were done you had to read it again right away? What was it? What made it so great for you that you had to read it a second (third, fourth…) time?

I have two of these books – LOL! The first is Green Rider by Kristen Britain and the second is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. The magic in these new lands and the strong female characters make my heart sing, swoon and shatter. I can only hope that my own writing affects someone in this way 😀

What is your favorite beverage?

Icy chocolate milk. I’m a choco-holic and I drink hot chocolate the way most people drink coffee or tea (the herbal stuff is okay but too mild for me on average). I stopped liking the flavour of white milk in my mid-teens and instead latched onto chocolate milk… the colder and icier the better.

Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Why?

Neither. I’m not a fan of summer or winter. My favourite temperature is warm and I relish in the break that spring brings from the frigid and that autumn brings from the heat! I’d be most content living in New Zealand for the rest of my life as long as I could bring my entire extended family with me!

11 Random Facts about M.J. Moores

1) I tried out for the first ever Canadian Idol, made it through 3 rounds of judging with the TV producers then got rejected before I could sing for the stars. I now no longer watch any of the Idols.

2) It was (and still is) a huge dream of mine to sing for an animated Disney movie.

3) My two eye-teeth are crooked. In elementary/public school my mother asked me if I wanted braces and I said, “No. I don’t want to be like everyone else.”

4) You will not win an argument against me if I think I’m right (LOL!)

5) I love to eat. I have one of those pallets that allows me to savour good food and now I’m battling with my weight because my metabolism is no longer what it was when I was younger!

6) I hate the colour yellow in decor but find it truly inspiring out in nature.

7) My favourite colour is blue… electric blue.

8) I love to laugh but I’m not a ‘funny’ person 😉

9) I will go stir-crazy if I do not get to read on a regular basis.

10) I did acrobatic/dance and jazz as a pre-teen and then took it up again in my late 20s and early 30s until I pulled a groin muscle and felt like a fork with no tines.

11) I love, love, love music from the late 80s & early 90s – Rock On my friends!

My Nominees for the Liebster Award

Andrea N. Carr

Patricia Miller

Kat Ryder

R. Clint Peters

Alexandru Constantin

Alex Lound

Rob Rinne

Brittany Zedalis


Matt of Suffolk – shadowmatty

Kelly Anne Rist

Questions for my Nominees

Who or what inspires you as a writer and as a human being?

What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?

If you could change one thing in your past, what would it be and why?

If you were a superhero, what would be your power(s) and why?

What’s a moment in your past you are now able to laugh at but couldn’t at the time?

If you could live anywhere on Earth, where would you choose and why?

What’s your biggest worry right now?

What is your best physical attribute?

What is your best characteristic?

What is your worst characteristic?

Do you remember your dreams? How does that affect you (or not)?



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