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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Five strategies for getting book reviews

By Carol / 08 September 2014 / 9 Comments

Getting book reviews that would be posted on Amazon and Goodreads at launch was one of the marketing strategies I pursued prior to publishing my novel Go Away Home. In April, I blogged my intent. Now,…

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The value of a blog tour?

By Carol / 29 July 2014 / 4 Comments

While I was running fast on the ground to launch my historical novel Go Away Home in Iowa, I was also zipping through cyberspace on a virtual book tour that included 15 blog visits. In…

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Feeling the love – Making the most of local book launch events

By Carol / 24 July 2014 / 16 Comments

As I prepared for the launch of my historical novel Go Away Home, I wondered how much the world had changed. Since publishing my memoir as a paperback in 2008, ebooks have proliferated, social media connects…

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What is Go Away Home about? Readers weigh in.

By Carol / 16 July 2014 / 2 Comments

One of my college professors spent much of a semester dissecting T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” I must admit, I left the classroom on most days shaking my head in dismay.…

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Networking to promote online? Six tips

By Carol / 10 July 2014 / 0 Comments

My Go Away Home virtual tour continues with a stop at Closed The Cover where I’m sharing networking tips for online book promotion. Special thanks to Ashley LaMar for inviting me to share these thoughts. Since…

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Go Away Home – Blog Tour

By Carol / 08 July 2014 / 0 Comments

I’m thrilled to announce the participants in a blog tour for Go Away Home taking place from July 8 – July 25, 2014. Please join me from the comfort of your own chair as I…

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Tips for being in two places at once

By Carol / 01 July 2014 / 6 Comments

The magic of a modern-day book launch. I’m not in the habit of defying the time/space continuum, but this month I’ll be giving it my best shot. July is the official launch of my World…

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"Wonderful debut novel" – A Writer of History

By Carol / 24 June 2014 / 6 Comments

M.K. Tod started my week off right when she published her review of Go Away Home on her blog A Writer of History. Mary was one of my advance reviewers and I was particularly interested…

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Go Away Home – New historical fiction

By Carol / 17 June 2014 / 6 Comments

Start spreading the news! Go Away Home is now available on Amazon and through bookstores. I’m excited because of what reviewers are saying: “The perfect story of coming home.” – Samantha Rivera, Readers’ Favorite 5 Star…

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Is there serendipity in my geraniums?

By Carol / 19 May 2014 / 4 Comments

My gardens tend toward shade plants with one exception, a pot that sits on the one consistently sunny point of our deck. That pot is planted with geraniums. Always geraniums. They like sun. They’re easy.…

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