Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Bloggers

After finishing my 3rd book in The Basket Series, THE BRIDE'S BASKET, plus almost finishing a bonus novella to go with it, I'm on a tremendous learning curve.

At this writing, I've downloaded any number of Social Media ebooks. Thunderstorms are frequent and if I'm not editing, writing, or reading, I'll watch lightning bolts/ground strikes, the weather people say.

Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers by Barb Drozowich is on my reading list. I opened the sample reading and loved her copyright notice.

I've been blogging since around 2006 and did my share of promoting, reviewing other author's books. (Not my primary purpose.:)) So watch for this one. I read somewhere else that if you're promoting your book, do it on a book blogger's tour. Drozowich's book will tell me all, I'm sure.

Promotion today is very different from yesteryear's formula Traditionally published book . SEOs, Search Engine Optimization still eludes me, but I'm learning. I'm more comfortable on Twitter's short format and Facebook is a learning experience in itself, ever evolving.

Writer chums are sharing tips. Stuff moves on and changes minute to minute, but Social Media is uberlly important. Did I tell you that is my university for almost everything?

I'm scheduling a hand edit of November's THE BRIDE'S BASKET. The cover is gorgeous. Not showing off right now, but a match to:


I estimate that a good half or over of a writer's time is spent on promotion and/or social media. If you are Indie, it could be more-- Unless you have a fabulous promo team at your disposal.

Some of the best advice I've gotten re: Social Media was: Pick one and work hard on it, then expand.

Mm. Donna Fasano's link-tip may be at the top. Do visit her blog? She's wonderful! So is Joanna Penn's podcasts at The Creative Penn

E-Mail lists are at the top of promotion recommendations and if you haven't subscribed to mine, CLICK HERE. I'm lining up beta readers, ARC stuff, giveaways, ad work, etc. Plus have a neat little novella giveaway going until 9/30, currently available nowhere else--Sam's Story.

I do like how the book bloggers post their notices on Twitter. Good PR. But right now, I'm printing out THE BRIDE'S BASKET for hand editing, and reading more about book bloggers--though I only intend to do mine. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2016



I've just typed The End to THE BRIDE'S BASKET, a Nov 2016 release.

To celebrate The End and other good stuff happening for me now, subscribers to my Enewsletter will receive SAM'S STORY, A Nice Guy Short Story.

Sam Knight is just a nice guy, a divorced remodeler and not looking for love. But on his way home one day, he sees this redhead....

 Jon Knight is next in the series, but right now, I'm celebrating the finish of THE BRIDE'S BASKET first draft. Very happy. The cover for THE BRIDE'S BASKET is waiting, in ebook and in gorgeous paper to join:


Please celebrate with me by subscribing to my Enewsletter? Download your free copy of SAM'S STORY, currently available nowhere else.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Maiden Mother Crone

I'm writing hard and pulling into the very last part of long project, The Basket Series.

The cover artist just sent me a gorgeous rough draft of THE BRIDE'S BASKET, November 2016 release. I'm really excited about this 3rd book in the trilogy. It is a super cover for the last book of my Basket Series basic trilogy.

This Rose picture symbolizes the basic premise  or Celtic theme I used: The Maiden, The Mother, The Crone. These are the different stages of a woman's life.

(These roses should probably be organized differently. But my rosebush did not cooperate.)

The Basket Series is a blend of Women's Fiction, romance and a dab of intuitive.

The Basket Maker's Wife 5-Star Reviews:
 "Wonderful story about the bonds shared by women, mother's love and friendship. A great example of the deep strength in every woman."

"This book kept me up all night! I love to read about women who defy the odds, we are survivors !"

The Egg Basket 5-Star Reviews:
"This has to be one of the most fabulous series I have ever read! I adore them . The was so much raw emotion placed in these books that I cried, laughed was mad and wanted to protect everyone also."

"I liked this book because the characters are so belonging to each other and help each other grow stronger. There is stress, but also magic."

 I am so pleased with the reception of this trilogy. It's an unusual project and something I've waited to do. The journey has been fulfilling, interesting, and a learning project.

 I am so loving these characters, and so attached to them. Soon I will have to undertake a new project  (and can't wait to start that either), but it will be difficult to separate myself from this #BasketSeries.

I've already started a series of short stories for the Basket Series peripheral characters.

Info Tidbit: I read a lot of epic sagas, ancient history, mythology etc. and am noted in college papers as a writer who uses these themes.

If you haven't tried either one of these first books, note that they are in e-book and in paper. Gorgeous paper, may I add. They are best read in order:

Well, back to finishing THE BRIDE'S BASKET!