picture of palomino horse



The lovely Jennifer Jensen blessed me with the Sunshine Award. (She mistakenly said that I blog at Writers in the Storm. I wish I were part of that wonderful group of writers, but alas I am not.)

But I’m not giving the award back! It’s mine!

Before I answer the questions, etc. for this fun little meme I’d like to be serious for a moment. A blogger/writer friend, Susie Lindau (The Wild Ride) is always passing along positive energy. Today she needs some of ours. She’s in surgery. If you check out her latest post you’ll see why.

So a bunch of us decided to post this message: Susie Strong, we’re thinking of you! {{{HUGS}}}

Now on to spreading sunshine!

The rules of the Sunshine Award are:
•    Include the award’s logo in a post on your blog. (DONE)
•    Link to the person who nominated you. (DONE)
•    Answer the 10 questions below. (About to do so.)
•    Pass the award on to ten (or however many you want) “Sunshine inspiring” bloggers. (Thrilled to do so.)

Favorite color: It’s always been blue, any and every shade of blue. A close second is peach. In this case, other shades won’t do. It can’t be orange. It has to be peach!

picture of palomino horse

This was taken the day I bought her. Isn’t she gorgeous!

Favorite animal: Horses. I don’t ride much now but I had a small horse farm for twelve years. I had a palomino, Ardilla, who was the sweetest creature. She and I were like one when I was on her back. But she got old and eventually died, and somehow riding wasn’t the same anymore. She’s been dead for a decade and I still carry her picture in my wallet.

Favorite number: At the moment it’s five, for sure. Because I’m about to release my fifth book! Yay!

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: I live in the South now so it’s gotta be iced tea!! But I can’t quite develop a taste for sweet tea. My tea is more “not tart” tea.

Favorite alcoholic drink: Pinot Grigio, very cold, in a very large glass! (Prefer Barefoot brand; it’s got a little effervescence. A few tiny little bubbles that tingle on your tongue.)

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, definitely. I like Kristen Lamb’s analogy (no relation to me, btw) that Twitter is a giant cocktail party. I like cocktail parties; they’re fun! But Facebook is more like one long, on-going visit with friends and family and my writer buddies.

Passions: Besides writing and psychology, my friends are my passion. I consider friendship to be the most important thing in life! I feel guilty a lot these days because my writing and helping to run misterio press take up so much time that I’m neglecting my friends.

I’m really not the right personality to be a writer. I’m working on developing my inner introvert more. 😀

Prefer Getting or Giving Gifts: Giving now. I used to love getting them too, and I still enjoy receiving gifts. But now I’m old and I have so much stuff (I’m a bit of a pack-rat) that I don’t get off like I once did on getting more stuff.

But I love to shop! Same dilemma though. Why should I buy more stuff to cram into my house? So buying gifts for others gives me a perfect excuse to shop. And I really enjoy their look of pleasure when the gift hits the mark!!

street scene in Colmar, France

A typical street in Colmar, France.

Favorite City: I’m not a big city girl. I like smaller cities. I think my favorite would be Colmar, Alsace, France. We stayed in an apartment there for a week as our home base while visiting other parts of Eastern France. It is a delightful little city!!

The Alsace region is on the border with Germany. You can really see the German influence in the architecture.

our Colmar apartment

Our Colmar apartment. It was great; much better than a hotel room.

Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds. Hubs and I are addicted to it. He likes it because he used to work for the government. He says the way the BAU team interacts is very realistic. I like trying to figure out the psychological aspects. And I love the characters!

And now to bestow the Sunshine Award on others! Jennifer already tagged some of my favorite bloggers but here are some others I love to bits! If I duplicate anybody else’s picks, well that just means you’re extra popular, I guess. You all (the bloggers) don’t have to feel obligated to do the favorites list but I hope everybody reading this checks out these awesome blogs!

Not in any particular order:

Rhonda HopkinsWhere Reality and Fiction Collide ~ I’m particularly fond of her awesome Authors Give Back series.

Stacy Green’s Get Twisted. Her true crime posts will make the hair stand up on your neck.

Reneé A Schuls-Jacobson has the best sense of humor. Her posts always leave me howling!

K.B. Owen has an adorable blog where she chases the cozy thrill. She writes about history, mysteries, and all kinds of other fun stuff. I love her sense of humor too.

Beverly Diehl‘s Writing in the Flow.  She’s not afraid to take on some tough topics.

Amber West’s A Day Without Sushi is another great blog. She writes about a bunch of different stuff and does so very, very well.

Catie Rhodes just redid her site, Long Roads and Dark Ends, recently. It is spooky and beyond awesome!

Ginger Calem‘s Writers’ Butt Wednesdays are full of good advice, great recipes and lots of laughs.

August McLaughlin’s another blogger who’s not afraid to tackle the tough issues on Savor the Storm, and she’s a great champion of women developing healthier self-images and sexuality. (Her latest post was on female Viagra!)

Marcy Kennedy is not only a writer but she is a fantastic editor (she edited my latest book) and she writes great posts on writerly things.

Aw, gee, do I have to stop at ten? I could list about twenty more. But I’ll leave the others for these folks to tag.

What are some of your favorite things? Come on, don’t be shy. Tell us about them.

Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She writes the Kate Huntington mystery series.

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  • Reply
    August McLaughlin
    May 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Such a fun post, Kassandra! I love the way you describe your favorite wine (agreed :)), and am not at all surprised that you value friendships above most else. I’m honored by the lovely shout out and award. Thank you!

    I feel the Susie love in the air—a beautiful thing.

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

    You are very welcome, August! And I agree about the Susie love. She’s gotta be picking up the vibes for sure!

    I didn’t know when I posted this last night that there is a Twitter party going on in her honor today at #SusieStrong. Heading over there now.

  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    May 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    What a nice surprise, Kassandra! Thanks so much for tagging me, and bringing sunshine to my day. I love the pic of your horse. She’s a real beauty!


    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! She was so gorgeous and so sweet. You don’t always find those two traits in the same creature. LOL

  • Reply
    Kirsten Weiss
    May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Congratulations, Kass! Well-deserved!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks, Kirsten!!

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    shannon esposito
    May 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Although I share your love for friends and pinot grigio, I’m sorry to say that horses and I do not get along. I love all animals, but for some reason when I get on a horse, they just don’t respect my authority and take over the driving…lol! Five is a great number though, congrats on your fifth novel! *pouring a second glass in your honor* 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      LOL The horses probably sense that you’re a softie so they take advantage. 😉 I wish I could have put you up on Ardilla. She was great with beginners. If her rider gave her confusing signals, she would just stop and wait for them to figure out what they wanted. My son used to ride her when he was just a little shaver.

      Re: wine and friends. I will raise a glass to you tonight, my friend!!

  • Reply
    Beverly Diehl
    May 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks, Kassandra, so sweet (like barefoot wine, I love the bubbles, too).

    Staying in apartments for long-term travel is really the way to go, IMO. That place looks like fun.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      You are very welcome, Beverly! I love your blog, and how delightful that you are also a fan of Barefoot bubbly wine. 😀

  • Reply
    Jennifer Jensen (@jenjensen2)
    May 31, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    So fun to read your favorites, Kassandra. And I’m sorry about getting mixed up – Jenny Hansen is at WITS and you’re at Mysterio. Oops! You’re both great bloggers, tho, so it’s understandable, right? Right? And I love that you still carry the picture of your horse after all this time!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      LOL No problem, Jennifer. I was quite honored that you mistook me for one of those great bloggers over at WITS.

      Yup, my golden sweetie went right back into my wallet after I finished scanning her photo for the post. She was one of a kind.

  • Reply
    Rhonda Hopkins
    May 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Congrats on the much deserved award, Kass! And thank you so much for nominating my blog. I’m honored.

    I loved the way you answered the questions and those pics of the town in France. It looks so quaint. I would love to be able to walk along those streets. 🙂

    And I hear Susie is doing well. Yay! 😀

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Phew, that’s a relief! Now we just need to keep sending her #SusieStrong love to help her heal quickly.

    If you’re ever in eastern France, I definitely recommend Colmar. It is beyond quaint, and there’s a little canal reminiscent of Venice, and such great food!!

  • Reply
    Marcy Kennedy
    May 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I loved learning a little more about you, and thank you for passing the award along to me! I’ll give my answers in my post, but I will say that I related to what you said about horses and riding. I had horses (I maxed out at 5) from the time I was 10 until just a couple years ago. I haven’t ridden since because it’s just not the same on a horse that isn’t mine, but I do miss it a lot!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Ah, another horse lover! How cool! And I so know what you mean about when it’s not your own horse. Although it can be fun, never quite the same as with the animal you know and love.

  • Reply
    Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson
    May 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Awwww! Thanks for having me over to your place, Kass! And such good company, too. I think I know everyone except Beverly! (How is she off my radar? Hmmmm.) I needed a bit of sunshine today. So thank you for the award. I’m rather terrible able doing these things, so bear with me. I promise I’ll get to it. Eventually. 😉

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Renee, do not feel obligated to do the meme. I definitely do not want to add to your stress level, but I couldn’t not put you on this list when you are such an extraordinary blogger!!

      And do check Beverly’s blog out. She does not pull any punches! But she also puts up some really good funny posts at times.

  • Reply
    Catie Rhodes
    May 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I loved learning more about you. Some things didn’t surprise me; some did. Loved hearing about your horse. I bet she was great. (Having never really been horse riding myself, the activity itself sounds mildly scary. But I think horses are so beautiful.)

    Thanks for the award. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      June 1, 2013 at 1:23 am

      You are very welcome, Catie. I love your new site!

      It is a long way down when you’re on a horse! Fortunately I learned to ride in my early teens when I still thought I was invincible. 😀

  • Reply
    Eden Mabee
    June 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Great choices in all directions! The warmth is filling the air (or at least the Web), 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      June 1, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Good vibes, as we used to say in the 70’s (yes, I really am that old 🙂 ) lol… thanks for stopping by, Eden!

  • Reply
    Kristy K. James
    June 1, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Congratulations on the award! AND on your fifth book! That’s quite an accomplishment. 🙂

    I would never be able to get used to sweet tea either. I got hold of some by mistake once and…it still makes me shiver to remember. And I’m with you on Facebook. I’ve tried to get into Twitter, but I just can’t. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      June 1, 2013 at 2:13 am

      Thank you, Kristy! Yeah, some things are an acquired taste. And some of us can acquire them and others, uh, not!

  • Reply
    June 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Kassandra! Thank you so much for the warm and sunshiney shout! I felt all those positive “rays” and your support!
    I really appreciate the inclusion since I believe it is why I have such a great prognosis. I think the Susie Strong army rose up in force and creamed cancer that day. It is amazing what prayer and positive vibes can do!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      June 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Susie, if I ever doubted that prayer works, I don’t any more. I’m so happy you’re not going to need chemo!

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