Reviews and Blogs

Blog Tour

The Blog Tour wrapped up this week and some guest posts were out there, as well as a few positive reviews. One site we had planned for a review broke just before the scheduled date (and I commented out the link as soon as I heard) and one other blogger just never published anything.

I updated the links on the Launch Day post, August 18.

So it goes. Still there was some activity and the book is selling in ebook and print. There is still one giveaway active on Goodreads and that closes on September 18. We’ll send two lucky folks signed paperbacks of Sudden Mission.

Goodreads Giveaway

So, make sure you are entered.


For new and unknown writers, attention for their work from readers and other writers (like reviews and recommendations) is critical. Reviews help other readers decide if a particular book is interesting or right for them. Amazon five-star reviews are often suspect, especially early in the release cycle. Just so you know, the two early reviews of Sudden Mission were not paid for or begged for. The reviewers are friends and professionals, but would not give me more credit than is due.

You can find them here:

Amazon Reviews

Honest reviews and feedback are best. What matters is what is important to the reader. If there is something you don’t like about the book, you should say something. Another reader may like what you don’t, so a two- or three-star review may bring someone to the work who might otherwise have passed on it.

I want to thank those of you who did get the book and are reading it. Any feedback you can give will be much appreciated.

Keep writing.


It Is Launch Day!

Sudden Mission CoverToday, August 18, is Sudden Mission launch day! The novel is released. Officially.

I say officially because Sudden Mission has been available at Amazon, Nook and Apple iBook for a few days. Yesterday, I had the pleasant surprise of finding the book ranked number one in its category on Amazon. And the day before, it got its first five star review! So, things are already moving along and the book is about to ride a wave of momentum.

Sudden Mission hit #1!
Sudden Mission hit #1!


Get Your Copy!

You can purchase your copy in ebook or print from these links on the Sudden Mission page.


Still, this is launch day and we have some fun things going on. We have a Rafflecopter giveaway! This is for a $25 Amazon gift card.

If you are on Goodreads, we are giving away two signed paperback copies. This is being set up by my wonderful book manager. I don’t know the specific details, other than they are paperback copies, I sign them, and they are free to whoever wins. That contest ends on September 18, 2015. You need to have a free Goodreads account to enter.

The giveaway on Goodreads is here.

Blog Tour

Then there is the blog tour:

Blog Tour – August 18th to August 21, 2015

August 19 – Seraphina Reads – Guest Post

August 21 – 2 More Than Just Coffee – Review

August 24 – The Teacher’s Friend – Review (This link is currently broken. It will be restored when the site is repaired.)

August 26 – 4 Amusing Musings (this one never showed)– Review

August 27 – Whispering Winds – Guest Post

August 28 – Kids Read Too! – Site got hacked. Sorry.

The guest posts are little guest blog entries I’ve offered up. The reviews are, I hope, glowing and positive.

If you check the Events Page, you’ll see I’m planning to sell and sign at WordCon here in Spokane. I’m also scheduled for the Montana Book Festival September 10-12.

Keep writing.


Blog Tour Begins

Today I got the word on the blog tour. It includes two guest blog posts on August 19 and 27, and reviews on blogs from August 21 through 28. That’s what we scheduled so far, according to my book manager.

So, my first assigned topic for the blog tour is:

What motivated you to become a children’s author?

A children’s author. Hmmm … I think I had an identity crisis for a moment.

Granted, Sudden Mission’s main characters are fourteen. That puts the novel at a middle grade category (ages about ten to fourteen). So, I guess by definition I’m a children’s author. Being the cooperative, responsible, wonderful person I am, I immediately hammered out a 500 word answer to the question and gave it to my book manager. All those years of newspaper work paid off, you see. I can do 500 words standing on my head.

I also made arrangements for a promotional card to hand out. Here are the two sides of it:

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My cover designer, Scott Deyett, via his business InHouse Graphics, LLC created this. I think it rocks.

I should have these in time for the WordCon author table I set up on August 20. Just in case I don’t have printed books. The final cover upload is done, the final layout is done–everything is done that needs to be done to get the book out now. There is just a bit more lead time before print copies are available. We’re hoping we can get 25 copies shipped to me before the 20th.

We will still release on August 18, and there will be fun and games involved with that. Stay tuned for more information on the release events.

Keep writing.