First and foremost, I want to thank Christine and Ethan Rose, authors of Rowan of the Wood for giving me the opportunity to host a virtual book tour on my blog. I had a great time doing the interview and everything for this blog tour and I hope everyone enjoyed reading it.

Christine is giving away a signed, limited edition print of Christine's Green Man II painting to one lucky winner who has left a comment during the tour and I have randomly picked a winner from my comment box.

Congratulations to Iliana from Bookgirl's Nightstand!
(Please email me your address so I can forward it to Christine. Thank you!)

And that's not all, the authors are also giving away autographed books and over $600 in other prizes so do check them out through their website. If you wish to follow Christine and Ethan Rose's blog tour, please click here where I had listed down the dates at the end of my post.

I have a wonderful surprise when I visited Alice's blog this morning and found out that she has presented me with a Great Buddy Award.

Like family members, friends means a lot to me. After I started this blog, it has opened a new world to me and I am glad to befriend a lot of bookbloggers and call them as friends. They have became part of my life even though I have not met them in person. I want to thank them for their comments, their encouragement, their patience for hearing me rave or ramble, their kind gesture (Thank you, Wendy, for offering to send me the book!), and of course their friendship!

Alice, Julia, Wendy, Iliana, Nymeth, Debi, Naida, Trish and Shana ~ This buddy award is for you!

Before I end this post, I want to dedicate this poem to ALL my blogging friends who never fails to read my blog:

"Portrait of a Friend"

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.
~ Unknown

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8 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    congratulations Melody!!!

    That is a really nice poem.
    Amd that award is really pretty.

  2. Alice Says:

    Congratulations to Iliana!

    I love the poem, Melody! Have a good weekend!

  3. Julia Says:

    Thanks so much for the award and considering me as your buddy, Melody! You already know that you are a special friend in my life. I pass the same award to you. Will post it soon! And that is a lovely poem!

    Congrats to lliana on your winning prize! Enjoy it!

  4. Thank you so much, Melody, for the award. I am glad we are able to be friends. If it weren't for the internet, we never would have met most likely. I feel so lucky! The poem is beautiful.

    Congratulations to Iliana on her win!

  5. Thank you thank you, Melody! With Dewey's passing I've been thinking a lot about Internet friendships and I feel lucky and blessed to have "met" you a few months ago. I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. The Bookworm Says:

    congratulations to Iliana, thats a great prize :)

    And thanks Melody for the award and poem. I'm very glad we met online and are blogging friends (((hugs)))

  7. Ana S. Says:

    Aww Melody. I cannot thank you enough. You're a lovely person and a great friend. Thank you so much.

  8. Melody Says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments! Your friendship means a lot to me! {{Hugs}} :)

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