Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Touching Story

Some authors have the ability to make people and situations come alive...and Sinéad Moriarty is one of them.
  I bought In My Sister’s Shoes a few weeks ago. Yes, it’s a physical book; I didn’t want to forget how they feel.
  In this delightful story, Kate is emotionally blackmailed into giving up her shiny new presenter job in London to go home to Dublin and take care of her sister’s two children, while her sister undergoes chemotherapy treatments.
  By the time I’d read just a few chapters, I knew these characters. I could hear them talking, and I often had a good idea what they’d say next.
  It’s funny, it’s sad, and it’s utterly delightful. I won’t give away any more of the story, but what I will do is buy more books by this author.

Day Two...

I’m now on tour with my romance novel Then Came Love. I’ll be giving away a total of 10 e-copies, plus a chance to win a FREE KINDLE FIRE, or the equivalent cash value.  For easy reference, here are the next few stops. See you there, and good luck.

If you can't locate the Rafflecopter form, here's a link:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba112f216/
February 26 Spotlight

February 27 Interview
Creatively Green

February 28 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair 

Monday, February 25, 2013

...and We're Off!

Today is the first day of my book blog tour.

As I mentioned before, we’ll be giving away e-copies of Then Came Love at selected sites, plus a FREE KINDLE FIRE, or the equivalent cash value.

Today's stop:
Catherine Bybee

To increase your chances of winning, you are invited to do the following:

Leave a Blog Post Comment
Follow @MonaIngram1 on Twitter
Follow @RoxanneRhoads on Twitter
Like bewitchingbooktours on Facebook

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Going On Tour...

I’m going to be on virtual tour for the next couple of weeks with my romance novel Then Came Love. I’ll be giving away a total of 10 e-copies, plus enter to win a FREE KINDLE FIRE, or the equivalent cash value.  For easy reference, here's the entire list...
See you there!

Here's a link to the Rafflecopter Form:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba112f216/
- or -
Enter to Win a Free Kindle Fire at any or all of these tour stops:
February 25 - Interview
Catherine Bybee

February 25 review
Secret Southern Couture, 

February 26 Spotlight

February 27 Interview
Creatively Green

February 28 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair 

March 1 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

March 2  Interview
Books Books The Magical Fruit

March 3 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm

March 4 Guest blog

March 5 Spotlight and review
Readaholic's Reviews 

March 6 Spotlight
Regina May Ross's Blog

March 7 Spotlight
The Library at the End of the Universe

March 9 Spotlight
Reviewing in Chaos    

March 10 Spotlight
Bex 'n' Books

March 10 review
Bookish Things and More. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

What's Your Ideal Day?

We’ve all sat around with our friends at one time or another and talked about who we’d choose for company on a deserted island. Or who we’d like to invite for dinner.
I heard some high school kids in the mall the other day having their own unique version of this conversation, and it started me thinking.
If I only had one more day, what would I do? I suppose the question is similar to the bucket list question...but different.
In the movie The Bucket List, they had some amazing adventures. But that was fiction, and just for now, let’s set fiction aside.
So what would I do? What do I love?
Besides my family, I love the outdoors. I love to see cottonwood seeds floating on the air during hot summer days and I love the way they gather in windrows at the side of the road. I love the funky smell of rain on hot pavement. I love the sight of sun streaming through the trees at the end of the day. We’re usually at the park, and when the sun drops low in the sky, the potato salad and the rest of the picnic isn’t far behind. And then, when my heart is full, an Osprey soars overhead, searching the depths of the lake for a fish.
So, if I had one more day, I’d spend most of it outside with my family, but I’d also spend some of it writing. Writing is a joy to me, and no, I never tire of it. Where else can you control events, make dreams come true, and make people happy when they read your stories?
It’s not much, to be true, but for me these things represent true happiness. Perhaps that’s why many of my stories end with a family scene that takes place outside.
What’s your ideal day?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Dubious Distinction

I belong to an online group of authors who previously wrote for Avalon books, the company that was purchased by Amazon. My former Avalon books are now offered under Amazon's Montlake imprint and are available in soft cover, hard cover and e-book format. Okay...that was the commercial.
   Avalon was fairly accommodating in that they always asked the authors for input as to cover design. We'd tell them the story highlights that might make a good cover. In my case, they failed miserably, and I soon learned that I wasn't alone in my disappointment.
   Recently the members of the group started comparing notes on who had the worst cover, and one of the group members - Beate Boeker - had the idea to make a little contest out of it, and invite the public to vote on worst cover. Prize, randomly chosen, is a hardcover of the book. Here's the image of The Gift.
   So join us in poking fun at ourselves. You might win a book. Contest ends 14 Feb.
Here's the link: http://www.avalonauthors.blogspot.ca/2013/02/covers-that-make-you-cry-and-not-in.html

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's about the ghost

I recently decided to take a cold, hard look at my books. It's easy to see which ones are the most popular; the ones with the most reviews, for which I'm always thankful.
   But tucked in there among the other more popular books is a gem of a book. At least I've always felt that way. It's entitled Moonlight Dancer.
  Moonlight Dancer features a handsome ghost who was killed in a rodeo accident. The woman he was about to marry died shortly after of a broken heart and he refuses to 'pass over' until he connects with her. It's also a contemporary romance between a woman named Charlie who befriends the ghost and Jason, the rancher next door, whose practical side won't allow him to believe in ghosts.
  Two parallel love stories with gentle, ghostly elements.
  What's the point of this blog, you ask? The point is, I stepped back and allowed myself to look at the book critically. If it's such a great story, why weren't people buying it with the same enthusiasm they've shown my other books?
  The answer was simple. I hadn't told them enough about the ghosts; about the enduring love story.
  So I wrote a prologue, letting the reader experience what had happened all those years ago. It is, after all, the balance point upon which the story rests.
  I hope you like the new and improved Moonlight Dancer. I do. And oh, yes, I changed the categories at Amazon so that people who like ghosts and paranormal could find it more readily. It's working. Enjoy, and if you like it, I'd appreciate a review.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thanks, Nick!

I'm in heady company today. Well-known author Nick Russell has posted an interview with me on his blog.
Check it out: 

Nick's Big Lake series is one of my favourites, and well worth a read.