One Lovely Blog Award

I love my blog, and try to make it look as lovely as possible for my readers, so thank you Ronovan for nominating me for the Lovely Blog Award. I feel proud and honoured to receive it.



Bloggers have to make an effort to be lovely and care about our blog entries and our readers, and that’s what Ronovan does. He spoils us all with poems, tips, and insightful reflections, which he generously offers us almost every day, please take the time to look up his blog, Ronovan Writes. You will not be disappointed.


These are the guidelines that come with accepting this award.

1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award. (Yes)

2. Display the One Lovely Blog Award on your Blog. (Yes)

3. Share seven things about yourself. (Yes)

4. Nominate fifteen Bloggers you admire. (Yes) Inform them by commenting on their Blog (in the process…).


Seven Things About Me

  1. Luccia Gray is my pen name. I chose it to reinvent myself as a writer. It is an anagram of my ‘real’ name, Lucy Garcia, which isn’t my real name either, because it’s my nickname and my first surname only, and I have a middle name and two surnames of my own, because I have never used my husband’s surname, which would be my third surname. But what’s in a name anyway? As Juliet so rightly asked Romeo.
  2. I am writing a neo-Victorian trilogy called, The Eyre Hall Trilogy. I have already published the first volume, All Hallows at Eyre Hall, and I am writing the second volume, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall.
  3. I was born and brought up in London, but I live in the south of Spain.
  4. I have three wonderful children and three fantastic grandchildren.
  5. I love reading. I combine reading and rereading the classics, especially 19th and 20th century literature, with contemporary fiction by established novelists and new or independent authors.
  6. I love writing. It is what keeps (and has kept) me sane. I would have given up on myself (and everyone else) if I didn’t write.
  7. My three favourite novels are Persuasion, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca. I reread them regularly, and every time I do so, I feel differently about them.

I am nominating the following blogs because I think they’re lovely.

I’m not sure whether they are willing to accept or have time to accept, but in any case, they are lovely blogs, so please check them out!












Rosie Susan



Thank you for being part of this wonderful blogging universe, and I’m looking forward to reading your posts!



I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award!

Fellow writer, Fran Clark has been kind enough to nominate me for this lovely award!

‘Liebster’ is a German word which means ‘beloved’ or ‘dearest’.  It is awarded to bloggers whose blogs we love.

Thank you, Fran for thinking of me to receive this award.


It is always a pleasure to introduce a fellow writer, and on this occasion, I am pleased to focus the spotlight on a talented author, Fran Clark who is also a musician.

Fran has a wonderful blog which includes ‘Thursday Shorts’. Poignant short stories full of twists and turns, which will keep you on the edge of your seat, emotionally, to the unexpected end.

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Fran has also written a powerful debut novel, Holding Paradise, about two women, Josephine, who brought up her family in London in the 1960s, and has returned to her native Caribbean island, and her daughter, Angelica, who flies out there from London, in 2008, because she is convinced that her mother’s wisdom can help her turn her life around.

As with other awards, once you have been nominated, you should post the badge on your blog, thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog. In this case you should answer the questions proposed and write 10 questions for those you nominate to answer in turn. 

These are my answers to Fran’s questions:

1. What subject do you most like to blog about?

I started blogging about Jane Eyre and Victorian Literature, but right now, I blog about anything and everything. I know that sounds arbitrary, and even, chaotic, so I’ve learnt to use ‘menus’ in my header which neatly package my entries into: Jane Eyre and Victorian Literature; About me and my novel, Author Teamwork, which includes Blog Hops, Awards, and posts I’ve ‘reblogged’, Challenges which I take part in regularly, and Book Reviews, and I’ve added an ‘Etc’ page for everything that doesn’t fit in anywhere else!

2. Other than writing do you have any other artistic talents?

Well, I learnt to play the piano, and reached Grade V, when I was 17, but unfortunately, I no longer play regularly, so it’s ‘almost’ lost. I ‘recover’ my rusty talent in summer sometimes and play short classical pieces, but I’m not musically creative, I’m afraid.

3. Is there a part of the world you would like to write about?

Actually, I’d love to visit and write about Jamaica. It’s a key place in both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Rochester’s first wife, Bertha Antoinette Mason, was Jamaican, and her daughter, Annette Mason, one of my main characters, has lived there all her life, until she arrives at Eyre Hall, at the beginning of my novel. I am thinking of setting some scenes of the final part of the trilogy in Jamaica.
Jane Eyre in Jamaica with Bertha Mason’s daughter!  Not an easy scene to write, but I’m giving it a go!

4. How would you describe The Eyre Hall Trilogy to someone you met at a party?

People at parties don’t want to hear about ‘writing back’ or ‘patriarchy’, or ‘reading between the lines’, or ‘multiple narrators and points of view’, so I’d say:

The first novel in the series, All Hallows at Eyre Hall, is a great read. It’s an intriguing and exciting neo Victorian, gothic novel, set in an imposing mansion, frequented by villains, heroes, lovers, and ghosts. Read chapter one, and you won’t be able to put it down!’

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6. Have you ever taken any courses in writing and how helpful do you think they are to writers?

I’m an English teacher, so I’ve taken and taught on language and literature courses, in general, or from an educational perspective, but I’ve never taken part in courses specifically or exclusively for writers. It’s something I look forward to taking part in.

7. At what stage in your life did you start to call yourself a writer?

Two months ago when I published my first novel. I didn’t dare call myself a writer before, but I’m sure I’ve always been a writer 🙂

8. What do you do for relaxation?

I take long walks by the beach as often as I can (I live an hour and a half inland). I read romantic, no stress, HEA novels, and scribble nostalgic poems. I love preparing meals for friends and family, and playing with my grandchildren. If I’m very stressed, shopping may be on the list, too!

9. What are you working on at the moment (Doesn’t have to be book related)?

I’m looking forward to my summer holidays, which start next Tuesday, and I’m planning to finish Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall, the second book in the trilogy, which will be published before the end of 2014. It’s my absolute priority right now.

10. What would you best like to be known for?

I’d like to be remembered with love and affection by my family, friends, colleagues, and students.

11. I wish that my life was like a black and white musical, a la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – any secret or strange desires of your own?

I wish I found a time machine which would enable me to walk through the streets of Victorian London for a day, say, the inauguration of the Great Exhibition, in 1851, where I’d have tea with Charlotte Bronte and Christina Rossetti, at Crystal Palace. In the evening, I’d walk across London Bridge, and along the south bank of the Thames to Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, with Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

These are the blogs I’m nominating because I love reading their inspiring posts, so they are dear to me, and they deserve to have this beautiful badge on their wall. Check them out!
Congratulations on your award. Here are your questions. The answers can be as long or short as you like.

1. What motivates you to blog?
2. Choose a post you’d like us to (re)read.
3. What do you feel strongly enough about to discuss for hours?
4. Write the first line of a novel.
5. Write the last line of a poem.
6. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
7. Which book(s) would you take with you to a desert island?
8. Which historical person would you like to have lunch with?
9. Which book would you have liked to write?
10. Which is the next book you’re planning to read?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers and checking out your nominees!


Most Influential Blogger Award: ‘Like a Room Without a Roof’! But ‘Slow’

A Very Musical Award

I am very honoured and surprised that such an influential blogger as Ronovan  should nominate me for the Most Influential Blogger Award! Check out his blog! You’ll find reflections on life, short stories, poems, and much more to inspire you to think and write…

Here are the guidelines for acceptance.

To accept this award, the awardees must do the following:

1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
5. Include an embedded video of your current favorite song (YouTube has almost everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.

My Favourite Song(s)

First I’d like to include my favourite song at the moment, ‘Happy’, because it makes me feel ‘like a room without a roof’. I often forget that I can be my own worst enemy by defining my limits and being my most ferocious critic. I need to break free creatively, and this song reminds me that there are no limits: if I can imagine it happening, it can happen…


I know it’s only one song, but I’m not very good at following rules, I’m afraid!

The second song is ‘Slow’ by a great young artist, Rumer. I love this song. When I’m stuck for inspiration, I close my eyes and listen (sometimes I sing, too!), sometimes it works, other times, I’m still lost for words, but at least I feel better, at ease with myself, which is often all I need…



I’d like to nominate the following inspirational blogs, please check them out!

As this is the second Award I’m offering this month to Inspiring Blogs, and as it’s limited to 10, I haven’t included bloggers I’ve nominated earlier this month, although you know you all deserve it!

I’m not sure that all the nominees like receiving Awards. I hope you can accept, but if you can’t accept, that’s fine. I just want you to know you are inspiring!



John Mark Miller
Days and Months
Miscellaneous Inanities
Tempest Rose
S. K. Nicholls


“Very Inspiring Blogger Award” and Nominations!

Fellow blogger Angela at Angela’s Accurate Administrative Services’ Blog  has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thank you for reading my blog and finding me inspiring. What a responsibility! I’ll have to live up to that from now on. Check Angela out! She really is inspiring!


These are some ‘rules’ that go along with being a nominee. I will share them now and then follow suit immediately after:

1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. (DONE)
2. List the rules and display the award. (DONE)
3. Share seven facts about yourself. (BELOW)
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs (DONE) and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (DONE)
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. (DONE)

Seven Facts About Me:

1. Duality. I am Gemini. Since the day I was born, everything I do is mirrored or comes in pairs, at least. It took me some time to figure this out, but once I got used to myselves, everything else fell into place.

2. I am a hybrid. I am partly real and partly virtual. That means I have a ‘traditional’ life during which I physically interact with others, and another life in which I interact with people who are not part of my ‘real’ life.

3. I am bicultural and bilingual.  I was brought up in two cultures and languages: Spanish and English. I also speak French and Italian, and I understand some Latin, Old English and German…

4. Virtual Luccia has two occupations, she’s a writer and a blogger. She writes neo-Victorian fiction, and blogs about Jane Eyre, Victorian Literature, life, and anything that inspires her. She also takes part in Blog Hops and Challenges, because she loves meeting other bloggers.

5. Real Lucy also has two occupations, school teacher and college professor. She teaches English Language at an Adult Education Centre and English Literature to undergraduates, at college. She’s been doing so for so long that she is currently looking forward to early retirement, in the next few years…

6. Lucy is older, so she lives in the past, while Luccia is younger, so she lives in the atemporal www. Lucy’s future slips into the present which dissolves into the past, so the past is her only reality, the rest is a projected past. Luccia is ageless and timeless. Her time depends on the location of the speaker, the time the post was written, or read, or replied, or liked, or thought about, or the way she feels, which has nothing to do with age or time…

7. Lucy loves walking by the beachfront, an occasional glass of Chardonnay, shopping, and going out for meals and trips with her family and friends, while Luccia loves writing, surfing the web, meeting new people, and discovering the beauty of planet Earth through other people’s eyes…

8. Finally, and I’m breaking all the rules here with number 8, there’s something we both enjoy doing. I think it’s what keeps us together, in harmony. We both love reading paper and ebooks, of all genres, styles and eras. We love poetry, prose and theatre, from Anglo-Saxon to Spanglish… If given the choice, we prefer Victorian, 20th Century, romance, suspense, mystery, detective… almost everything, preferably character driven, with a solid, albeit twisting plot.

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful bloggers over the last few months, and I’m proud to introduce you to 15 bloggers who have inspired me in some way. I’m nominating these ‘Inspirational Blogs’ in no particular order, and each for a very special reason. I would have liked to include more, but fifteen’s the limit, and I’ve already ‘cheated’ by adding nineteen! (I’m a bit of a rule-bender I’m afraid!)

1. Noelle because I love reading her inspirational childhood memories.
2. Katerina because her photos and comments on Facebook inspire me (and I love her books, too!)
3. Fran Clark because I love her inspirational Thursday stories.
4. Roberta because her meticulous and economic writing is inspirational (as is her advice).
5. Elizabeth because she inspires by writing sensibly and advising wisely.
6. Deb Stanton for inspiring me in my short fiction twice every week!
7. Irene Waters because she takes inspirational photos of the sky (and her inspiring words…)
8. Mishka Jenkins, Harliqueen, because her youth and enthusiasm inspires me.
9. Kev because he introduces us to new inspiring authors.
10. Lisa because she inspires me to remember every week .
11. Love and happy notes because her beautiful pictures inspire her words and mine.
12. Amie for her inspiring comments on Writing 101.

13. TanGental for his inspirational reminder of the ‘War Poets’, and for being inspired by me for a ‘Test Writing’!
14. Helen because her comment inspired me to improve my post.
15. Urbandementria for her enthusiasm and beautiful writing.
16. Ramblingconotations for inspiring us to visit a spicy oriental culture.
17. Bluchikenninja for her inspiring 52 books a year (and she still has time to read Writing 101!)
18. Ronovan, beause his words and writing inspires me to write, too.
19. Lovehappynotes for inspiring pictures and writing.

I hope that you have time to check out this list of inspiring bloggers.They all have wonderful stories to tell.

I’m looking forward to the answers to your questions and your lists of inspiring bloggers!