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Good Day Sunshine

I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about.
I feel good, in a special way.
I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.

— John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Kimberly A. Bettes at Here’s what I’m thinking and Honoré Dupuis at Of Glass & Paper have nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thanks! You’ve brightened my day. Kimberly is a horror novelist living in the Ozarks who insists she doesn’t run moonshine. Do we believe her? You’ll find intriguing titles on her book list. Honoré is a writer, runner, metaverse-explorer, and all-around good guy. He also wrote a doll story that I find very disturbing.


The Sunshine Award is presented to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” I’m not certain I deserve that recognition, but I’ll take it.

Here’s how it works (and feel free to adjust as necessary):

1. Announce your win and link back to the person who nominated you.

2. Display the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the list of questions. (You have two choices here: Kimberly’s questions or Honoré’s. Or feel free to mix and match.)

4. Nominate ten bloggers for the award and link to them.

5. Let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them.

Kimberly’s Questions

What inspired you to start blogging?

Like many writers, I started blogging because it seemed like a good way to get my name out there. Making friends through blogging was an unexpected bonus.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I kept it simple and went with my pen name.

What is your favorite blog that you like to read?

I like to read blog posts that provide tips for writing or indie publishing. I also enjoy reading interesting pieces of writing. So, on any given day, I could have a couple of favorite posts among the many blogs I follow.

What is your dream job?

Writing is my dream job, although I don’t know if I’d ever want to put all of my eggs in that basket. It’s nice to take a break from writing from time to time. Right now, I have it pretty good, balancing my freelance work and my writing.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half full. I appreciate what I have, and if something isn’t going my way, I figure out how to turn it around.

If you could go anywhere on a week’s vacation, where would you go?

That’s a good question. I love mountains and forests, but those are fairly close by, and I can get to them whenever I want. I’d say a tropical island in the Pacific. I’ve had a good time in Hawaii, so someplace like that would be great.

What food can you absolutely not eat?

Eggs and raspberries. I have many food allergies, but those are the biggies.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Depends on the day. Milk chocolate mainly, but I do opt for dark from time to time.

How much time do you spend blogging? In other words, are you one of those lucky people who can dash off a blog post in no time, or do you take forever on one post to get it just right?

I’m a little slow on the blogging front. I tend to rethink what I want to say, and I’ve tossed out several ideas I’d already put some effort into. Writing fiction is faster and easier for me.

Do you watch TV? If so, what are some of your favorite shows?

I’ve always liked TV. Some of my current favorites are Breaking Bad, Justified, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, House Hunters International, Survivor, the Amazing Race, Top Chef, and the NBC Nightly News.

Shows I like that are no longer in production include Battlestar Galactica, Rome, Deadwood, the Tudors, Seinfeld, Veronica Mars, and Buffy.

Honoré’s Questions

Favorite color: I like shades of yellow orange and various reds with purple tones.

Favorite animal: I’m a cat devotee. The felines with whom we share our property wouldn’t have it any other way.

Favorite number: 8

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: It’s a toss-up between tea and Reed’s Ginger Brew.

Facebook or Twitter: I’m not on Facebook, so I’d have to say Twitter.

Your passion: I’m passionate about understanding behavior, human and animal.

Giving or getting presents: I enjoy both equally. Once in a while, I’ll buy myself a birthday present. Then I tell my husband he’s off the hook.

Favorite day: The days when everything falls into place are rare and special.

Favorite flowers: I never met a flower I didn’t adore. I’m visualizing zinnias, snapdragons, and sunflowers in my flower beds this year, with marigolds, lavender, nasturtium, and fuchsia on the deck.


Drum roll, please. My nominations for the Sunshine Award are:

Sherry at Fundinmental

Seyi Sandra

Phillip McCollum

Christoph Fischer

Kira at Wrestling Life


Coyotero at Human Writes

Gpcox at Pacific Paratrooper

Angel Manna

M. Latimer-Ridley

Please accept the nomination in the spirit in which it was given. Some prefer not to post awards on their blog or have already received this award. No problem! I’m simply happy to share your website with others.



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Author of Freeblood, Marny Copal

Hey, folks! Vickie McKeehan interviewed me on her blog. She is the author of eight books and likes gardening and chocolate—my kind of gal! Now, if only we could grow chocolate bars . . .

Romance, suspense, & chocolate

Marny, first of all I’m so impressed you have a background in anthropology and archaeology, two of my favorite subjects. I once considered archaeology as a major because I loved to dig in the dirt. Seriously though, tell us what exactly drew you to these two fields of study? And were you ever on an excavation dig? If so, we’d love to hear what you were looking for?

Who doesn’t like digging in dirt? I remember actually eating dirt as a very small child. (I guess Mom couldn’t watch me every minute.) Plus, my mud pie collection was the envy of the neighborhood.

In the United States, anthropology is typically divided into four fields: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. My first true love was cultural anthropology. Various customs, religions, mythologies, folklores, social structures, attitudes, and healing practices have always been intriguing to me, and those interests went…

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Three Cheers for Versatility!

John Howell at Fiction Favorites has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks, John! His blog covers a variety of topics, including stories that have made a difference in people’s lives. He has completed two novels and is working on a third.


Here’s how it works (and feel free to adjust as necessary):

1. Announce your win and link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Display the award logo on your blog.
3. Post seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate fifteen bloggers for the award and link to them.
5. Let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them.

Seven things about me:

I like reading books and blogs about writing.

I’ve ridden a cow.

My novel, Freeblood, won Second Prize in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (young adult category, although I consider it a crossover novel). I’m currently working on the sequel, Fastblood.

I once trimmed my bangs too short before my husband’s holiday office party. Ridiculously short. Embarrassingly short. (Take note, people: naturally curly hair springs up when it dries.) Several attendees commented on my new hairstyle. I thanked them and pretended like it was intentional. Gah!

I love flowers of all colors and sizes, and usually plant a big random variety in my summer beds.

My husband receives a refreshing shower if he walks by while I’m watering my flowers.

A favorite summer pastime is floating the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon.

Cool glide on the Deschutes

Cool glide on the Deschutes

My nominations:

Stacy Verdick Case

Salman Alvi

Vickie McKeehan

Tebogo Ndlovu

Kimberly A. Bettes

Ron Herron

Please accept the nomination in the spirit in which it was given. Some prefer not to post awards on their blog. No problem! I’m simply happy to share your website with others.

Other News

Freeblood: The price will remain 99¢ until the end of the month, and then it goes back up to $2.99.

Coming up: More wordplay and the Sunshine Blogger Award, presented to me by Kimberly Bettes. Stay tuned!


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Inspired by You

I’m pleased to announce that Melissa Robitille nominated me for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. She is a writer and editor with two published books under her belt: In One Year’s Time and Blackstone Gate. Her current project is Smuggler’s Justice, a science fiction novel she wrote during NaNoWriMo 2012. Now that’s inspiring!

Here’s how it works (and feel free to adjust as necessary):

Link back to the person who nominated you.
Display the award logo on your blog.
State seven things about yourself.
Nominate fifteen bloggers for this award and link to them.
Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.


Seven things about me:

I’m American and my husband is Canadian. The pronunciation of the letter Z is a constant source of friction.

The first car I drove was a tractor.

When I was three or four, I ate one small bite of a banana and promptly threw up. I still hate the smell and taste of bananas (even diluted in banana nut bread) and can barely stand to look at them.

I participated in many parades as a kid, first with our dressed-up dogs in Fourth of July pet parades, then on horseback for the same event a few years later. In high school, I performed in Christmas parades with the marching band. (I played flute.)

I enjoy a variety of teas, both caffeinated and herbal. Japanese genmaicha (green tea with roasted rice) is my favorite.

Freeblood, my first novel, is an urban fantasy set in Portland, Oregon. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, Fastblood.

Crowds and noise drive me nuts (except for the occasional parade). My idea of a great getaway is a remote yurt on the Oregon Coast.

A remote yurt on the Oregon Coast

A remote yurt on the Oregon Coast

My nominations:

If I selected you for the Liebster Award, I didn’t pick you for this one. This doesn’t mean I don’t find you inspirational. I just didn’t want to name you twice in a row.

T. W. Dittmer

John w Howell


Ash N. Finn

Stephen Edger

Laura Thomas

Thomas Rydder

Please accept the nomination in the spirit in which it was given. Some prefer not to post awards on their blog. No problem! I’m simply happy to share your inspirational site with others.


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I’ve Been Liebstered!

Exciting! Insane! Unfathomable!

John Dolan at Galericulate has nominated me for a Liebster Award ( Much obliged, sir. A native of northeast England, John prefers the name “Scoundrel” and openly admits to ham acting. (Or is it Hamlet?) He is available for witty repartee and blackmail on Twitter at @JohnDolanAuthor.


What exactly is a Liebster Award? Good question. Near as I can tell, bloggers present this award to other bloggers to help spread the word about their blogs. Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, beloved, or dearest.

Here’s how it works. When you accept the award, you follow up by:

  1. Pasting the award picture into your blog. Several different styles are available online. Use the one you like best.
  2. Linking back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Posting eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Answering the eleven questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  5. Writing eleven new questions for your nominees.
  6. Passing the award on to eleven other blogs, and notifying the bloggers that you nominated them.

I’ve found several variations of this award online, so feel free to switch things up to suit your preferences.

Oh, and one more thing: You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.

Eleven random facts about Marny:

  1. I live in western Oregon, and I like the rain.
  2. A feral cat enters our house through the cat window, sleeps on our furniture, eats our cat food, and plays with our cat toys . . . but we can’t get near her. We call her our feral house cat. (No need to worry about cat overpopulation. She was trapped and spayed earlier in life, before she wandered over to our house.)
  3. I prefer taking the alternate route to most destinations.
  4. The United States has 58 national parks. I would like to visit them all.
  5. I have a number of food sensitivities, including wheat, eggs, milk products, soy, peanuts, almonds, beans, citrus fruits, cherries, peaches, raspberries, sesame, and coffee. I also can’t drink alcohol.
  6. I used to spend my summers employed in archaeological fieldwork.
  7. My husband blogs at a much faster rate than I do. Hey, I thought I was supposed to be the writer!
  8. I follow my hunches. A strange feeling led me to a feral cat I rescued, who is now one of our house cats. (Not the same one I mentioned above.)
  9. My mom’s family homesteaded in Oregon in 1876. An ancestor on my dad’s side arrived here even earlier, in the 1840s. He was a fur trapper.
  10. A cow chased me up a tree when I was a kid. She didn’t like the way I mooed at her.
  11. I’m a night owl. A great deal of my writing takes place after 11 p.m.

Answers to the eleven questions from John:

1. What is the worst present you have ever received?

When I was a little kid, maybe three or four, I received a doll from my aunt and uncle, who were visiting for Christmas. I burst into tears when I opened the gift. I have an extreme aversion to dolls. Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a long crying jag on Christmas Eve.

2. If you were going to throw someone out of an aeroplane who would it be?

The terrorist.

3. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever worn?

Excruciatingly ugly, homemade hand-me-downs in sixth grade. All year.

4. If you could have been the writer of any song, which song would it be?

This one is tough. I like a variety of music, including Gregorian chant, classical, folk, Celtic, bluegrass, country, rock, gospel, reggae, pop, and hip hop. I have a special appreciation for folk music, so my pick (if I could decide on one) would be in that field.

5. If you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

I would be doing something with plants, like herbalism or ethnobotany.

6. How long can you hold your breath for?

Forty seconds.

7. If you had to have a tattoo what would it be and where would it be on your body?

A cat on my shoulder.

8. Apple or Microsoft?


9. If you could remove one country from the planet which one would it be?

I prefer to target individuals, not countries.

10. Which extinct animal would you like to see not-extinct?

I wish we could have back all the animals that became extinct in the last hundred years (

11. Which movie is most likely to make you blub?

Anything with a doll in it. (See item 1 above.)

Eleven new questions for my nominees:

  1. When did you first realize you liked to write?
  2. Who is your favorite villain from a book or movie?
  3. Can you name one item from your bucket list?
  4. Do you have a muse? If so, what is it?
  5. What book excited you the most when you were a kid?
  6. Do you write in a linear fashion, or do you jump around?
  7. Do you live with animals? If so, can you read their expressions?
  8. Do you have a personal motto?
  9. Are you dying to know the answer to any mysteries?
  10. If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?
  11. Do you like dolls? If so, why?

My nominees for the Liebster Award:

Honoré Dupuis, @Sisyphus47,

K. D. Rush, @KD_Rush,

Jo-Anne Teal, @jtvancouver,

Randy Nishimura, @sworegonarch,

Carlie M. A. Cullen, @carlie2011c,

Melissa Robitille, @mahrial,

Ev Bishop, @Ev_Bishop,

J. J. Anderson, @TPJ13,

Kenny C, @KennyC313,

Armand Rosamilia, @ArmandAuthor,


There you have it. Good luck and have fun!




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February Deals: Giveaway Hop and 99 Cents

The Follower Love Giveaway Hop continues through February 14. Featuring almost 300 blogs and tons of goodies, this hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rachel Renee Anderson. Hop on board at Unabridged Bookshelf (, where two paperback Freeblood ARCs are up for grabs.

A Sweetheart of a Deal

Didn’t win the giveaway? Don’t walk away empty-handed. From February 15 to 29, the Freeblood e-book for Kindle is available on Amazon for 99 cents.

More Sweet News

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow Freeblood for free.


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Congratulations and Thank You!

I’d like to congratulate the winners of my Goodreads giveaway, Roxy and Amanda! Each won a copy of my novel, Freeblood. I’ll get those books in the mail to you on Tuesday, January 17. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your winnings.

I’d also like to express my gratitude to the 578 participants of the contest, to the 100 individuals who have put my novel on their to-read list, and to Goodreads for hosting this shindig. Thank you so much!


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