Awards and Challenges



The Mystery Blogger Award - May 2017

16 May 2017

Well, would you imagine it? C.D. Gallant King nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, and I’m so excited! It’s been such a long time since last I received a nomination from a fellow blogger, which is always such great reward.

Mystery Blogger Award - July 2017

21 July 2017

Thanks, Debs, for thinking about me for this awards. It’s so exciting! And sorry it took me this long to write an acceptance post, but here I am. I would have never skipped this!
I ‘met’ Debs during the AtoZ Challenge. She blogged about jazz this year and, I mean, it was kind of serendipity that we would meet.


Liebster Award - June 2017

30 June 2017

My thanks to my fellow blogger Andrea Lundgren for thinking about me as worthy of the Liebster Award. It’s always a great honour to receive an award from a fellow blogger. It’s a thrill that I always feel I should acknowledge by accepting the award.

Liebster Award - July 2016 - The LIebster is awarded by bloggers to bloggers in acknowledgement of their efforts. It's a very nice award to receive. And a good way to get to know bloggers a bit better through the questions you are supposed to answer when accepting the awards. Here are mine

Liebster Award - July 2016

23 July 2016

Barb of the Gallimaufry nominated me for the Liebster Award soon after the AtoZ Challenge.

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Liebster Award - A Reader's Life

23 December 2016

Yes true, JA Goodsell from The Course of Events Blog nominated me for this award ages ago, but I really wanted to respond the call before the year ends.

The Liebster Award

 Liebster Award - Sharing the love

4 May 2016

Nasim from nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is the second time that a fellow blogger nominates me for this award and I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I am

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Liebster Award

8 Septermber 2015

Sara Letourneau nominated me for the Libster Award and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it! 

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

9 March 2015

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award was the very first award I've received from a fello blogger and it was a real surprise fo me. At the time, I didn't know anything about blogger awards, but I've come to appreciate them immensely. It's an award from a peer, a priceless acknowledgement.

The award was give to me by mystery author Sue Coletta.

The Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Tag - The Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Tag was originally known as Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, but someone wanted to make the tag more inclusive and changed the name.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

9 February 2016

This was originally known as Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, but someone wanted to make the tag more inclusive and changed the name.I’ll say the truth, I wasn’t really tagged for this challenge. Sara over at Sara Letourneau’s Official Website & Blog left it open to anyone to grab, but I liked the idea and Sara’s questions so much I thought I’d give it a go.


You have to know this about me: I will never resist a challenge. And there are a lot of challenges floating around the blogosphere, and when one ends up on my desk, I'm very unlikely not to take it up.

Here is what a few fellow bloggers threw at me.

Coffee Book Tag Dieselpunk Style


The Coffee Book Tag - Dieselpunk Style

Recently, I came across a book tag on Book Amino, the Coffee Book Tag, and since I'm a reader and a coffee drinker, I couldn't resist!

So, here's my take at it. Welcome to the Coffee Book Tag - Dieselpunk Style


Try It You'll Like It Blogathon 2015Underworld (Try It, You'll Like It! Blogathon)

6 December 2015

This post is part of the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon, hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently, where we write about “gateway films” that might bring non-classic-film lovers into the fold! For all the entries, click here!



777 Challenge banner777 Challenge - A small smile on her small mouth

17 November 2015

Last summer Lucy Flinch passed me on the 777 Challenge. I know I’ve already done one, but I really enjoyed it, and anyway, I’m working on a new story now and can sure post seven different sentences.


Tagathlon 2015Tagathlon

8 August 2015

It's all about how you feel about book and reading.

I was tagged by Ali Isaac.



Love/Hate Challenge

14 July 2015

Celine of the Down the Rabbit Hole blog was the one who got me. You can read her hilarious post here. As you can see, the challenge is actually about what you love/hate in general, but since this is an author’s blog, I’ve decided going with what I love/hate as a author/reader.


777777 Challenge – Ice crept into her voice

27 June 2015

Good for you that a couple of weeks ago, Melissa tagged me for the 777 Challenge. I declined her invitation on account that I already post snippets of eight sentences every other Sunday for the 8 Sentence Sunday on Dieselpunks, but then Sue also tagged me for the same challenge, so gals… grand, you’ve talked me into it!


10 Favourite Screen Characters

18 May 2015

Back in March, Crispian Thurlborn tagged me for this challenge to list my 10 favourite screen characters. Because I was already very busy with the AtoZ Challenge, I couldn’t do it right away, but now here I am ready to oblige. Thanks Crispian for being this patient.


AtoZ Challenge

The AtoZ Blogging Chellenge happens in April every year. Bloggers are challenge to post everyday, following the letters of the alphabet. It it possible - not mandatory - to choose a theme that will lace together all of the posts of the month. Adding challenge to challenge, the best of fun!

ROARING TWENTIES AtoZ by Sarah Zama - The Roaring Twenties is a fascinating time where so many things we now take for granted first came into existence. It was both a time of change for so many people (women, but also minorities, especially African Americans) and of ideas still stubbornly clinging to the past (the Scope Trial, for example, and to some extent, Prohibition itself). These contradictions are the heart of this era.

AtoZ Challenge 2015 - The Roaring Twenties

Aprile 2015

2015 was the first year I took part in the challenge and of course my first choose what the 1920s in their entirety. I enjoyed it a lot. It was exiting to see people read my articles and commenting it, and I discovered I really loved talking about the 1920s and sharing my discoveries.

Jazz Age Jazz - Born in shady places in the South of the US, inside the African American community, jazz finds its roots in blues and the hardship it expresses, but also looks with hope to the future. In the 1920s, it spoke of the freedom a prosperous society can offer and the change working on the minds of people even when that freedom isn’t achieved

AtoZ Challenge 2016 - Jazz Age Jazz

April 2016

Jazz is a big part of my research for my american stories and it's a fascinating subject in and of itself. So it's no surprise that for my second year in the AtoZ Chalelnge I chose this stopic. 
It was very intersting because having a stronger focus made the challenge mor erewarding and I realy learned from my partecipating to it. 

1940s Film Noir - The Femme Fatale and the Damage Hero fight on the ring of postwar America

1940s Film Noir

April 2016

For 2016 AtoZ Challenge I wandered away from my usula 1920s subjects to delve into another era just as fascinating, post WWII America and one of its more charing expressions: film noir. 
While I was already quite informed abotu the 1920s when I took up the challenge in past years, I had to learn basically everything for this year. It was scaring, challenging and extremely satisfying.


National Novel Writing Month is a challenge happening every year in November. Authors are challenged to write a novel of at least 50k words during the 30 days of November. 

I've been taking part in NaNoWriMo since 2005 and I've always enjoyed it a lot. Ghost Trilogy was born during NaNoWriMo 2010, and I worked to the trilogy for most of the subsequent years, expect the last view, where I worked on many differenet projects. It's always lots of fun, and so motivanting.  

30 Days NaNoWriMo Meme

November 2014

A few days before I started NaNo this year, I discovered a challenge to talk about my challenge for NaNo during NaNo. Couldn’t resist. I had a gret time with it.

As for the challenge itself, I've been revising Ghostly Smell Around, the first novel in my Ghost Trilogy. I managed to revised about half of the novel, which was a great achievement. I'm happy with how the challenge went.

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NaNoWriMo 2015

November 2015

I wasn't even going to partecipate this year, because I didn't have a project that would produce 50k words. But then I thought, well, I may not have a project that long, but I do have many shorter projects that can have me reach that amount of words.
So with this NaNo I wrote so many different things. I revised Give in o the Feeling completely, and wrote many blog posts, including the conclusion of the New Woman's New Look Series and the launch of my book, together with the Characters' Speak series.
It was a good challenge.

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NaNoWriMo 2016

November 2016

For the first time since I've taken part in NaNoWriMo I've decided to quit the challenge halfway through. It was a hard decision fo rme, but in the end I think it was the right one to take. I knew from the beginning that my historical preparation wasn't good enough for taking up the challenge, but I hoped the plot would carry me. 

Unfortunately, it didnt' happen and a conversation with an historian made me realise that to take up the challenge of an historical novel, I do need a certain amount of historial info, or I'll just make a big mess. Here are my reflections on how it went.