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Haiku Friday – Short & Sexy

17 Nov

Hi everyone! Welcome to another segment of ‘Haiku Friday’! I hope you are all having a wonderful day, so far.

Thanksgiving Day is a great reminder that we should be living a life of gratitude. No matter how bad you may think you have it, there are always others that have it far worse, so be grateful for the little things. Celebrate all your little victories, as well as the big ones. If someone shows you a kindness say, ‘thank you’. It doesn’t cost a cent to show gratitude.

Of course, there are some that mistake kindness for weakness and feel that thanking someone is beneath them. I honestly feel sorry for people like this, because this is such a negative and sad way of thinking and living.

Being grateful reminds us of the positive things in our lives. Be thankful for everything you have and say thank you often––you will be happier for it. Living a life of gratitude takes strength of character and a positive attitude. With this in mind, I’m going to list several things I’m grateful for today. You can list the things you’re thankful for in the comment section. I’d love to read what you’re grateful for this day.

  1. I’m grateful for my family and the fact that everyone seems healthy and in a good place right now.
  2. I’m grateful for my little writing buddy, Scribbles (my Pomeranian). He awoke one day, a couple of weeks ago, vomiting blood! I thought he was going to die. My husband and I rushed him to the vet and it turned out that he must have swallowed a tiny jagged rock or glass while licking one of his paws that cut and irritated his esophagus. He’s going to be okay, but it was heart-wrenching and terrifying to see him like that. I now check and clean his paws every time we come home after a walk.
  3. I’m grateful, because my niece, Natasha and nephew, Joshua will be coming home from college in a few hours and will be spending Thanksgiving week with us! I’m very excited and can’t wait to see them and spend time with them.
  4. I’m grateful that more and more readers are discovering my fantasy novel, The Fall of Lilith and are reading and reviewing it. I’m thrilled and humbled by all the great reviews, including a 5 star review I received recently from Readers’ Favorite!

5star-Readers Favorite-book_review-The Fall of Lilith-Vashti Quiroz Vega-Vashti Q-Fantasy Angels Series-Novel-Readers Favorite6. I’m grateful to the talented designers at Damonza who helped bring the concept of my book cover to life. The cover of The Fall of Lilith has won two awards: A Gold Star from The Book Designer and a Silver badge from AUTHORSdb Cover Contest.

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This list could go on and on, so lets move on to this week’s poetry.


Short and Sexy are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Whipped Shortbread Cookies (Recipe)

Holiday Baking

Surely you’ll relate

to my never-failing love

for shortbread cookies

The ambrosial fragrance

drifts into my nose from plate

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Vanilla Spritz Shortbread Cookies (Recipe)

The excitement grows,

as I savor one and all

before I know it

They’re all gone! What have I done?

The ‘Cookie Monster’ left none

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Lavender Shortbread Biscuits (cookies) Recipe

Have a great weekend, everyone!







Super Sweet Blogging Award

4 Jul


Jo Robinson has presented me with the Super Sweet Blogging Award. I thankfully accept the Sweetness! Jo Robinson is a talented and respected writer, and I feel honored to have been awarded by her. I also enjoy her blog and recommend that everyone stop by and check it out. Jo Robinson’s Blog

The Rules:

Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that awarded you.

Answer five Super Sweet questions.

Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.

Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.

Notify your nominees on their blog.

The Five Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake?
 Cake. I love French vanilla buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant.


2. Favorite Sweet Treat? 
Chocolate covered strawberries and red velvet cupcakes.

chocolate covered strawberries

3. Sweet Nick Name? 
Titi. It’s what my nieces and nephews call me.


4. What is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for you? There are so many, by so many wonderful people I couldn’t say.


5. What is your sweetest memory? My sweetest memory is of  my niece Vanessa when she was almost a year old. We were involved in a fender bender, and terrified that she could be hurt I carried her, and began to weep. She looked at me with this look of compassion and sweetness (yes, compassion) and placed her little hand on my face and smiled. It was like a miracle for a baby to behave this way. Her gesture completely calmed me because I knew she was okay.


Now the best part of receiving this award. Announcing my nominees. Truthfully, I have loads of dulcet blogging friends I’d love to add, but thirteen is the magic number on this one, so here goes.

My Nominated Sweeties (and these guys are Sweethearts indeed) Are:

Jennifer Kirk

Alana Munro

Michelle B

Katherine Vucicevic

Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin

Kathryn Jenkins

Rebekka Ford

Urvashi Vasishtha

Mak Lind

Kamalika Jayathilaka

Christine Campbell

Kat Biggie

Jasveena Prabhagaran