Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Presenting: Barbara from Serenity Gate...


Hi Y'all (yawwwllllll)....Isn't that a lovely face? Barbara from Serenity Gate - what a light inside she carries- and look at her sparkling eyes.

Before I brag on Barbara, I guest blogged at J. Kaye's Book Blog. Had a fun ole time, too. Still having fun - reading comments and answering questions. Teehee. She's having a contest there, too- for a signed copy of Tender Graces - This is her contest, and the contest rules are outlined there (my apologies to my friends outside of US and Canada who may go there to try to win a copy ...dang....!)

Now, there are so many of you who have taken the time to write up a praise blurb, or post about Tender Graces, or write up a review, or email me your thoughts, et-cetera. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. So, I'm going to spend some time bragging and talking up all of you! My first "brag" was on Deb Leblanc.

Today, I want to talk about Barbara at the Serenity Gate.
From Barbara's sidebar: "WELCOME TO MY SERENITY GATE. I CREATED THIS QUIET SPACE SO THAT MYSELF AND OTHERS MIGHT FIND PEACE, INSPIRATION, AND JOY HERE. I HOPE YOU WILL STAY TO READ MY THOUGHTS AND ENJOY THE MUSIC AND ART."

And I do find peace, inspiration, and joy there. And lovely music. And lyrical poetic musings. Barbara's blog is a lovely breath of air. There is always something upbeat to read, to feel, to ponder over.
When Barbara won books from my book give-aways, I sent her a bonus book. I never expected anything in return. But one day a package came. Inside was a layer of cloud! Barbara sent me the most beautiful pashima - it is the softest wrap I've ever had. Stop by her Fatimas Treasures!

Barbara wrote this about Tender Graces- I am overwhelmed by her words (and Barbara - I saw your review on Amazon reviews - *laughing!* yes - I went by there...but just for a second, only a teeny second!):
I didn't realize just how gifted she really is until I read her new book! How did I love it? Let me count the ways: 1. Poetic 2. Imaginative 3. Clever 4. Unique 5. Exciting 6. Haunting 7. It made me laugh/it made me cry 8. It's one I'll never forget. The story is beautifully written, haunting, profound, and develops the characters in a way that makes the reader feel personally connected. It should be in Oprah's book club (for the complete post, you can click here)
Thank you, Barbara, for your words, and for your Serenity Gate.
Now, I need to Git to Work (yes GIT!....said like mean old Aunt Ruby!)

9 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

A much-deserved toast to Barbara! She is one of my favorites here among the blogging world, and her kindnesses have been extended to me beyond the cyber realm more than once.

We love ya, Barbara!

Cindy said...

Congratulations to Barbara! Her blog is wonderful and I really enjoy my visits there.

suZen said...

Love this blog and love Barbara! Another great connection in the blogosphere - thanks to you both!

Terri Tiffany said...

I love Barbara and have won a wonderful valentine pkg from her as well:) Glad you did this on her--she's great!

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Barbara is a darling lady. Tlhanks for honoring her.

Literary Nut said...

I love visiting Barbara's page and she is a very lovely woman. Congrats Barbara!

Barbara said...

Kathryn, my heart just sings for you..that you are living your dream. What a gifted writer, you are!!

Debbie said...

I love Barbara too. She is just so kind and sweet.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Blogland goes way beyond mere social networking. It's a beautiful tapestry of supportive, loving friends geographically separated. :)