Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Fun Time Bloggin' It!

I had a great time with the book blog tour for Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes -- a Lilly M Mystery. And I'm glad I took the chance to see if there would be better success this time than my previous venture ... and it was fantastic! Great reviews that posted right on time with little to no glitches. Over all, I think it gave me the comfort in knowing I'll do it again, and again, and ...

Anyway, here are some review highlights and the links to the blogs. Check 'em out!

I highly recommend this book to all cozy fans.  Kathy Long has a winner on her hands.  I am definitely looking forward to more from this author!!

Ms. Long also does a good job developing the mystery, there are several twists and turns throughout the story and I wasn’t sure about the “villain” until almost the end.

The thing that I liked the most about this book was the characters … The mystery was well-written and I liked how everything wrapped up nicely at the end.  Looking forward to reading more about these characters in future installments of the series.

This is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series and it's off to a great start! It’s filled with some of the most eccentric characters I’ve seen in awhile.

The storyline was fun and the characters engaging (and quirky!)

This is a very funny book and I did enjoy it. A lot. It has all the elements of a good cozy; mystery, romance and humor.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tidbits and Tidings ... Ho, Ho!

It's been awhile since I've posted. Shame on me :-( I can't say there's been less time on my hands. After all, I've retired and that frees up forty plus hours a week. Of course it means I've slowed down with self-reflecting moments, indecisive thinking, and thumb twiddling. You know, the things retired people do. (grin) Seriously, I have been writing more, promoting more, and just plain enjoying life more. No regrets. So, that brings me back to posting, or the lack there of.  I warn you though, what follows might be recognized as rambling.

What's current: I'm touring "virtually" this week with various blog hosts in promoting Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes, my first Lilly M cozy mystery. It's been such fun hearing what bloggers have to say about the book. I've loved it and absolutely recommend the experience with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours . There's even a special offer for those authors who write cozy mysteries.

What's ongoing: I've been writing a third Lilly M mystery for the past several months. It's going well ... sort of. Just the usual hiccups, which drive me crazy! Lilly has a new setting, temporary of course. She's in Florida, along the Panhandle, solving another mystery. I'm sure folks back in Barton, Ohio miss her. Especially Kooky Colonel Crockett who must be standing watch up in his balcony with his trusty musket Old Betsy at his side! If you're curious, you can read all about him in Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes :-)

What's coming: I'm knee deep in edits with my latest book, a romantic suspense, entitled A Deadly Deed Grows. My editor at The Wild Rose Press, Johanna, is a real peach! She's so easy to work with and soooo very helpful. I've learned a lot and it's helped me grow as a writer. Thanks, Johanna! I can't wait for the story to be published. Who knows? Maybe early next year? Like February or March? I'll put it on my Christmas Wish List!

What's brewing: In my head, that is. I've been thinking about the book market. I know authors are obligated to self-promote. If they want to get noticed and sell books, obviously! And I can't help but wonder how promoting in the future will be. With all the technology changes in the works, the possibilities are virtually endless. For instance, what if you create mini promo videos and instead of posting them online, they can be delivered other ways ... maybe even by the Amazon drones! (haha) Or little robotic creatures may arrive on doorsteps to sing the praises of your work! I know one thing for sure, getting noticed when your work is one of millions out there is probably tougher than winning the lottery. Well, close enough. It goes without saying, authors and everyone else wanting to promote a product will have to think outside the box and be on the cutting edge, if they want to rise above the masses.