Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Audio Book for #BetweeTwoFires

The audio book version of Between Two Fires comes out at the end of this month! Before I elaborate on that, I'm chilling over at Stephanie Dray's fantastic blog today! She's a bestseller in her own right and every page she's written is worth the read.

And as far as the audio version of my novel goes, I couldn't be happier with it! Click the above link/image to give a listen to the first chapter. Barrie Kreinik gives a powerful performance as the narrator...I think I'll go give it another listen now:)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First Official Book Signing!

I had my first official book launch and book signing event last Saturday, and it surpassed all my expectations! But before I get into that, I'm over at Deborah Swift's blog today! Stop on by:)

At my book launch event, we had over a hundred attendees, and by the time I was done signing books we were only two copies shy of a complete sellout from my distributor (Books, Inc.). My writing hand is a little tired, but it was all for a good cause, and I definitely had a blast! I can't wait for my next book signing event this coming weekend!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Inside the Pocket

Lots of great stuff to discuss today! Firstly, I'm over at Christine Rain's blog today, one of my many favorite haunts in the blogosphere. Stop on by:)

Also, I'm being featured in the latest magazine edition of Inside the Pocket in Sacramento, CA. The incomparable Jessica Laskey interviewed me about my book along with all the ins and outs of my journey to getting published. It's available in print and e-versions. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Book Signing Saturday!

My first official book launch event and book signing is this Saturday! But before I get into that, I'm also over at Elizabeth Varadan's awesome blog today. She's been a blogging buddy of mine for a long time, and a fantastic author in her own right!

As for the book signing this Saturday at 2pm, it will be held in the Burlingame Main Library (Lane Room), courtesy of Books, Inc. My novel will be available for sale at the event as well. We should have a pretty decent-sized crowd, so I'm super looking forward to it! Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Heroes & Heartbreakers

I'm chilling with one of my favorite people today at Kristin's blog. She's a fantastic writer, and Kristin has her own novel, Catalyst, coming out soon. I've gotten to read an early copy and it's awesome!

I was also fortunate enough to get to guest post on the Heroes and Heartbreakers blog. You can checkout my article there about "Love and Survival in Medieval Wales." Hope you enjoy it! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Day Two of My Book

It's day two of my book being released into the wild, so to speak, and I couldn't be happier! Today I'm visiting Crystal and Donna's blogs, so feel free to stop on by and say 'hi.' It feels kind of strange to be in uncharted territory, all this build up and now the book is finally available for people to read!

On another bright note, my Thunderclap campaign was a resounding success! We surpassed our goal of over a 100 contributors, and reached over 300,000 people on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts. Not bad for a single morning. :) 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today's the Big Day!!!!!

Today is the big day! My debut historical fiction novel Between Two Fires hits bookstores today! Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooksMacmillan, you name, it's available! So pumped!

And to kickoff this big day, I've got quite a few volunteers who have generously posted info on my new book release. Here are their blogs below, where I'll be spending a good portion of my day today! Thanks to everyone for your generous and heartfelt support!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ninja Time!

I'm over at the master ninja's blog today, the incomparable Alex Cavanaugh! His blog's always a busy one, so I'm thrilled to have a shout out there. Enjoy!

Just one more day until my book officially comes out! The last few years of work will finally culminate in the the ebook and hardcover version of an idea that came to me and refused to let me rest until I wrote it out. Here's to dreams taking shape! :) 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hanging at Nick's Today!

Hi everyone! I'm over at Nick's Wilford's blog today. Come on over and take a look:)

Also, to anyone who has received an early copy of my novel, please leave a review on Goodreads when you get a chance. Every review, good or bad helps! Although good reviews are of course most welcome:) Thanks again everyone!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Moving On Up

I'm over at Cryssa's blog and Cathrina's blog today as part of my ongoing online book blog tour! I'm only about a third of the way through my blog tour and have already been warmly overwhelmed by people's kind responses. It's been a thrilling experience to say the least!

In addition, guess who's on the top of two Goodreads lists for best new Historical fiction covers? I guess it's sometimes okay to judge a book by its cover ;) If you haven't already, please checkout my book and vote for it on Goodreads Lists! Thanks!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Viva Between Two Fires!

Viva Between Two Fires! Today I'm chilling at V. R. Barkowski's rocking blog. Viva always has such thoughtful posts, so go give it a peek. :)

Just for fun, a couple friends of mine called up some bookstores to inquire about whether they could come in to get my novel the day it debuts. To our happy surprise, every single one of them already said they'll be carrying it on their shelves on release day. I guess I shouldn't second guess my publisher when they said that my novel will literally be in bookstore nationwide next Tuesday. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Tour Dates!

Whew! The online book blog portion of my tour is going strong with a stopover at Cherie Reich's awesome blog today! Give it a look:)

Also, my initial book launch event and author signing is just a week-and-a-half away, scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at the Burlingame Library (Lane Room) at 2pm. We've already got a pretty big crowd attending, but there's always room for a couple more. If you're in the area, please stop on by. I'd love to see you and hang out!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

T-Minus One Week!

It's one week and counting until my novel debuts on bookshelves with St. Martin's Press! Today I'm celebrating over at Peggy Eddleman's blog. Come on by and say 'hello.'

I also conducted a verification test on my Twitter accounting using an app that determines whether or not any of your follower might be fake or from spam accounts. I was glad to find out that of my over 10,000 followers, over 99% tested positive as good accounts with regular traffic belonging to real people. Always a good thing in my book! :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

At C. Lee McKenzie's Today

I'm over at C. Lee McKenzie's blog today where she's posted about my upcoming novel, Between Two Fires! I'm into my second week of my online blog tour and going strong. Head on over and see Lee's post about the book!

I'm actually going to get to meet Lee face to face when she comes to my book launch event and book signing on the 27th! It's so awesome to finally meet folks in person that I've spoken to for years via blogs and emails. Definitely looking forward to it!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Author Q&A

Today I'm chilling over at Elaine Moxon's terrific blog where she's interviewing me about my debut novel. She's super sweet and always asks intriguing questions when it comes to literature. Hope you enjoy it!

I'm also steadily getting more reviews on Goodreads, which is awesome especially since my novel has yet to come out. My publisher has been really good about giving out NetGalley e-versions of my novel to readers, and if you're one of the lucky ones to have received a copy, please consider leaving a review for Between Two Fires. Even bad reviews are helpful, as it boosts my novel's reach online. Of course, 5-star reads and reviews are most welcome, thanks!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Moving Right Along!

On today's stop of my book blog tour, I'm hanging out over at Nicola Burggraf's blog. Check out her post on Between Two Fires! She's given me plenty of encouraging advice along the way, which I super appreciate.

I'm also knee-deep into my summer rereading program. Actually , it's nothing official, I just like to make sure to reread some of my favorite books ever summer so that I can enjoy them again and again, and plumb the depths of their awesomeness! Right now I'm midway through my favorite series by Lawrence Durrell, the Alexandrian Quartet. Hope your summer reading is going well!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Two Weeks and Counting...

With my debut novel's release less than two weeks away now, I'm ramping up my book blog tour with another stop. Today I'm at Shannon Lawrence's superb The Warrior Muse blog! See the cool blurb here!

On a similar note, I'm getting more folks who have read my book to leave reviews on Goodreads. The more the merrier, even if it's a low star review, I'm just happy to get folks reading my book. Fortunately, there have been plenty of 5 star reviews from people who have gotten early copies of Between Two Fires. Here's to the momentum keeping up:)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tour De Mark

Day three of my book blog tour marches on with an appearance at Stina Lindenblatt's blog today! Check out her awesome Romance blog and her shout out for my book. Only a short two weeks until my debut novel hits bookshelves worldwide!

On another thrilling note, I hit my 100 person goal for my Thunderclap campaign! A big thanks to all my pals who helped out! And there's always room for a few more to sign up, because even though we've met our goal, Thunderclap will still allow people to join the movement. Looking forward to when it comes out on August 23rd!

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Tour Continues!

Hey everyone! My book blog tour for Between Two Fires continues today with a stop over at Carrie Butler's awesome blog. Check it out:)

With my book release only a few weeks out, I've noticed a substantial uptick in web traffic to my site and blog. I'm getting close to 2,000 hits a day, with more than 40,000 unique views a month, and it's still rising. I guess somebody likes what they're reading:) 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Blog Tour Kickoff!

Today marks the start of my month-long blog tour! And helping me kickoff the beginning of this online tour today is Elizabeth Seckman! I'll be hanging out at her blog today, so please give it a browse:)

Between Two Fires officially comes out in only a few short weeks! My publisher is also gearing up for some nice giveaways and goodies for later this month as well, so I'll keep you posted. Thanks everyone!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Thunderclap Update & Shout Out!

The outpouring of support for my Thunderclap campaign so far has been awesome to say the least! Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far! We're already over 75% of the way toward reaching our goal!

But I still need your help to make it the rest of the way before this month's deadline of August 23rd. If you haven't signed up yet or you'd like to share the link with friends, please join my Thunderclap campaign here.

Today, I'd also like to give a shout out to C. Lee McKenzie for mentioning me and Between Two Fires on her blog today! She'll have a full post on my book in a couple weeks as well. Thanks for getting the word out, Lee:)

Thunderclap Campaign: