Liebster Duce is as Liebster Duce Does


Yes it is true, I have been nominated by the kingfisher of all kingfisher’s in the blogging world for my second Liebster Award. I am speaking of non-other  than..wait for it…Seumas Gallacher.  If you have never visited his blog you must do so today. You see, he has this wonderful way of telling a story (he is a Scot and all Scots take the time to learn to tell a story). He was born in Glasgow but has lived in the Middle East for the last 33 years, He is the author of two knock out  Jack Calder intrigue novels: THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK both are available on Amazon. He is currently working on another; SAVAGE PAYBACK which will be out..well…when he is finished. Seumas is also the founding father of The Backscratchers Union (#TBSU on Twitter). This is a way to recognize those bloggers who you truly enjoy. On his blog Seumas publishes a number of blogs with a follow recommendation. In short he is a good man to know.  Thank you Mr. Gallacher for nominating me.

The rules of the award:

  1. List eleven random facts about yourself
  2. Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebster Award
  3. Notify these bloggers
  4. Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebster Awar
  5. Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated

So here we go:

Eleven random facts about myself

  1. I love lemon curd especially at high tea
  2. The best high tea I ever had was at the Koele Lodge on Lanai
  3. I am restoring a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser and today I got the wipers working
  4. With the wipers working I can now pass the State safety inspection
  5. The diagnosis of the wiper problem took two weeks and went from a potential cost of $285 (First opinion) for a new motor to zero (my opinion) because of the innate intelligence of my mechanic (me)
  6. In addition I personally fixed the headlights, tail lights, running lights, stop lights, back-up lights, radio, clutch master cylinder and all grounds (don’t ask)
  7. I was not allowed to enroll in auto shop in high school since my mom thought the college prep course of study was more meaningful
  8. Had I enrolled in auto shop I would be using those skills now instead of the deep understanding that I have of Statistical Analysis which is lying idle
  9. I wear latex gloves to keep the grease out from under my fingernails
  10. My wife hates when I have grease under my fingernails
  11. I love margaritas and have a great recipe

My eleven Nominees (I could have listed about 200 here, but short of taking the easy way out and making an omnibus award; I am doing the Sophie’s choice thing. Everyone else has my choice in the heart)

  1. misssamanthajill
  2. Allison
  3. Punky Coletta
  4. Charlotte Hoather
  5. Dom DiFrancesco
  6. words4jp
  7. helenvalentina
  8. Katie
  9. 1WriteWay
  10. Julian Froment
  11. Katie Sullivan

Questions from Seumas Gallacher

1. What was the funniest movie you have seen? It becomes a matter of time I suppose but I have to say the funniest to me was; The Gods Must be Crazy.

2.What’s your earliest memory? My earliest memory was not a good one, I fell down the stairs when I was three and broke my hip. I had to stay in the hospital for what seemed like forever.

3. What was your favourite school subject? If you mean favorite (I love to tease the British Islanders) it was geometry.

4. Have you EVER had a need to use algebra away from a school environment? (No, seriously!) I used to use algebra almost every day when I was working in business.

5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up?) I was married to an art history major once and I must confess I like art, but don’t want to hear about it let alone understand it. If it looks good to me I am in.BTW she took all the good art with her.

6. Most enjoyable book? Has to be Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.

7. Ever spent money to buy something you really wanted, although you could hardly afford it at the time? I bought a pair of Ferragamos loafers (that I still have) for $500. This was my whole take home pay for a month.

8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain? I was at a wedding under a tent on the shore of Lake Michigan one summer and it started to rain. I had been over served with Champaign and caviar and continued to dance even though the tent had blown down. Had the Champaign not run out I would still be dancing there.

9. What country would you like to visit that you have not yet been to? I think I would like to go to one of the South American countries like Ecuador.

10. What makes you grumpy? When my espresso maker needs to be descaled. (You must admit if this is the only thing, I have it pretty good)

11. What’s your  ‘Go To’ switch to make you feel better on a gray day? I always have my writing. I can instantly forget every trouble while I am at the keyboard. For example; right now my Boxer is lying on my foot and both she and the foot are fast asleep. I don’t care because I am answering these questions. (Oh no the questions have ended) Lucy get up!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Do you want to be rich and famous?
  2. If yes why and if no why?
  3. What is the most important day of the week for you?
  4. What is your favorite dessert?
  5. How long did it take you to feel good about writing?
  6. What is your favorite time of day
  7. Who do you depend upon?
  8. Has anyone ever let you down?
  9. Where on Earth do you think is closest to heaven?
  10. What was the most valuable advice anyone ever gave you?
  11. What is the most indulgent gift you ever received or given

Thank you all. Have a great weekend


  1. Congratulations John, and lemon curd? Knew you were a sweet person to stick to. ., and of course Margarita’s to wash it down. purrfect!! Hic!! xx

    1. Now that’s livin’

  2. Thank you for the nomination, John and fellow margarita lover 😉

  3. I was just at a store that has quite a few imported british foods, and I nearly bought the lemon curd, but since my ability to have a decent scone is curtailed thanks to gluten/grain sensitivity, I passed. One day, I will perfect the coconut flour scone and indulge! Congratulations on your awards, John and thank you so much for the nomination.

    (Now to find my Friday Margarita!!)

    1. one part tequila, one part orange liqueur, one part fresh key line juice and 1/2 part agave nectar. Shake well serve over ice. Yummmmm (the parts are up to you, I generally use 1/4 cup

      1. That sounds really yummy! Thanks, John!

  4. Congratuations, John. I am glad to meet a fellow lover of lemon curd. (Note: it is very good as a glaze for fish before baking in the oven, if you’re interested in trying it outside of tea time.)

    1. You bet I would. Sounds delightful.

  5. Congratulations John, very well deserved! And thank you for thinking of me! 🙂 🙂

  6. Congratulations John!

  7. Excellent nominations. Who is this Julian person? He looks interesting.

    1. He is actually someone I picked up hitchhiking.

      1. Remind him to pick up potatoes on his way home from work.

      2. I already dropped him off with his brown bag. I hope it was potatoes but didn’t look big enough.

      3. Wait…did you pick him up in Whitechapel?

      4. Hey! The contents of a mans brown bag are his own business

      5. You don’t think there might be anything…untoward…in that peddler’s bag, do you John?

      6. Stop snooping. It is just some liver, kidney and heart I picked up

      7. The lambs have all gone silent.

      8. Good. Their bleating was disturbing my butchery.

      9. You have a little something right…

      10. Right where… oh so sorry, I just had a snack

      11. As long as you are well fed.

      12. I have room for a little something more perhaps…

      13. Hey you guys!!!!I step out of my office for a few and y’all have a ball. The lambs are back

      14. I know right. Jiggers it’s the lamb

      15. Where’s the mint?

      16. Was on my pillow from turn down, but I suspect it is smashed on the back of my head. Let me check. Yup there it is. Damn Margaritas and all those people I passed today

  8. […] First, many thanks to John W. Howell at Fiction Favorites , Briana Vested at When I became an Author  and Olivia Socum at the Claymore and the Surcoat  for […]

  9. Congratulations John and thanks so much for the nomination.

    1. You are more than welcome.

  10. Congrats John! I was going to say you can’t just say you have a great margarita recipe and not share but I see you’ve listed it in the comments so I’ll cut you some slack 🙂

  11. Congratulations on the nomination and good luck getting the car finished

  12. Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    …Master Howell has lived up to my ultra-high expectations of his response to the Leibster Award nomination (he HAS done this before, ye’ll note)… apart from getting my tenure in the Middle East incorrect at 33 years (it’s 25 years in Asia, 10 years in the Middle East ) and ‘TBSU’ stands for ‘THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION’, but I s’pose his interpretation of ‘Backscratchers’ fits the bill just as readily… HOWEVER, he DID spell both my names properly, so he will be allowed to go to the ball after all… enjoy his post …:)))

  13. Congratulations John, great responses. I often visit Seumas’s blog. He is indeed very amusing and a big football (soccer) fan too.

    1. Thanks. I always enjoy his stuff. My grandparents were from Scotland

  14. I reached back through the links of the Liebster blog award and found your blog. I wonder who started this thing…

    1. Not sure. Could be a little old German who wanted to play tricks on writers. Thanks for the comment and question. Might be a subject for additional research.

  15. Congratz John! You deserve it!
    Lots of love to you

    1. Thank you so much. Love back to you

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