The value of a blog tour?

Running

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 the course of the tour, I participated in two author interviews, … [Continue reading]

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

Connecting with friends at a launch party for "Go Away Home"

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 the world. Would local launches even be … [Continue reading]

What is Go Away Home about? Readers weigh in.

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. I saw NONE of what the professor talked … [Continue reading]

Networking to promote online? Six tips

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 I'm learning something new every day, … [Continue reading]

What were your growing up lessons?

"Tuck in your shirt or you look look like a bum." That's a lesson my husband learned from his mom. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." That's something my mother taught me. We all carry life lessons we learned as we were … [Continue reading]

Go Away Home – Blog Tour

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 travel through cyberspace. Tuesday, July 8 - Amy Bruno at Passages to the … [Continue reading]

Tips for being in two places at once

exit sign

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 War One-era novel Go Away Home, and the month is packed. My … [Continue reading]

“Wonderful debut novel” – A Writer of History

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 in her opinion since she also writes about the World War One … [Continue reading]

Go Away Home – New historical fiction

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 review "Go Away Home … [Continue reading]

It’s magic. Spring prairie emerges as old growth melts away

Golden Alexander

I tend to take fewer prairie pictures in the early spring. What's to see? It's brown. Tall fronts of dried prairie grasses wave in muted contrast to the new green of surrounding trees and grass. The seed heads of purple cone flowers and black eyed … [Continue reading]