A few of my favorite blogs – One Lovely Blog Award

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When I began blogging in 2009, I posted my writing for a full year before telling anyone I was doing it. I was trying out my voice, learning the "rules" of blogging, and seeing if I would stick to it. Five years later, I'm still at it, my topics as … [Continue reading]

They did me wrong! Now what?

Someone cut you off in traffic. Cheated you out of a promotion. Stole your big idea. Or worse for us writers - Reviewed our books with words that stung. Then gave us a One Star rating. They'd have given us zero stars if Amazon let them. Ouch! How … [Continue reading]

The Invention of Wings – Review – Historical Fiction

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

I've been a fan of Sue Monk Kidd since I read The Secret Life of Bees. So when Kidd released her newest novel The Invention of Wings, historical fiction set in the early 19th century, I was eager to read. The book did not disappoint. The Invention … [Continue reading]

Five strategies for getting book reviews

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, I'll share the results. The bottom line first … [Continue reading]

Are you aging like the prairie?

Subtle color in a mature prairie.

As I walk my prairie this year, I'm struck by how it's maturing. I was aware that flowers predominate in a newly established prairie while grasses take over in later years. This year, I'm seeing that reality. The contrast between new and mature … [Continue reading]

How do you hold on to first-time awe?

She lost her first tooth!

My granddaughter started kindergarten this past week. When she told her dad about her first day in school, she could barely contain herself. "Guess what? We played in the gym!" "Guess what? We had music class!" "Guess what? I met new … [Continue reading]

Peppers – vegetable or fruit?

Vegetables of fruits?

There are NO vegetables. Everything we call a vegetable is actually a fruit. So said the host of the TV show On The Spot this past weekend. What? I'm a farm kid. I grew up around agriculture and spent most of my professional career in public … [Continue reading]

A prairie reminder: Patience

Six years ago, I prepared the soil and sowed the seeds for a native Iowa prairie. The seed mix I chose from Ion Exchange contained 37 different varieties of prairie wildflowers and grasses. I was so eager for my new prairie to take root and grow, I … [Continue reading]

The value of a blog tour?

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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]