The Importance of Promotion

Everyone knows I’ve been promoting my new release, but I wonder if I should have been doing more. And a lot sooner. I didn’t seriously start promoting the book until its release day and from what I’ve seen on TWRP author loop, a lot of people start getting the word out much earlier. They do blog tours for up to 2 weeks before the release date, they send the book out to reviewers not on TWRP reviewer distribution list, they have A LOT of give-a-ways, do blog hops (where there are several other authors involved), and the list goes on.

I feel like I’ve been doing pretty well locally. After all, I’ve talked about my writing for years wherever I go. All my doctor’s offices, the dentist, chiropractor, etc. But once all of these folks have bought the book, then what? Who will I sell it to then?

I guess my question is, what should I have done differently? I think this question is pretty relevant as I think there are several others in our group that are on the cusp of selling. This info can prove helpful to them, too. Or they may already know how to promote their book much better than I’ve done.

Using the internet is a given. You can set up Events on Facebook and invite everyone that you think can make it there. Like signings. Why invite someone who lives hundreds of miles away when you know they won’t drive all that distance? But then again, you never know. One gentleman and his wife drove 225 miles to come to my first signing and I didn’t even know him. We were both from the same small town, but that’s it. I was SO amazed that he’d do that.

I really don’t want all of these posts to be self-serving, but like I said earlier, others can benefit.

My question is: if you’re close to publishing, do you have a ‘Battle Plan’ in place to promote/sell your book? Where did you get your advice or idea, and are you willing to share?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Speaking of promotion, here’s the bottom line from The Romance Studio review, which gave me a 5 Heart rating.

“Overall, this author has done an exceptional job of penning this novel, of which I want to read again and again because it showed that no mother should give up hope of finding their child alive after they’ve been abducted.”

Is that cool or what? {big stupid grin}

If you want to check out my book, here’s a link: The Wild Rose Press

The Party Continues

I’ve got a couple of things to talk about today. First, I’ve received my first book review from Alberta at Manic Reviews. She said:

Grave Secrets is a ripping mystery, lots of action, and all in all, a good mystery for a dark night.

To top it off, she gave me 5 out of 5 Stars!! Woot!!! (Can you see me jumping up and down, doing a little jig? hehe) I’m kinda happy right now. 🙂

Also, I’m still partying. This time with my writing sisters at one of their homes. And guess what? They put my book cover on a cake! How cool is that?!

Our hostess told me while we were eating lunch that she’d tripped and dropped the cake. She was SO sorry! Maybe we could all get spoons and eat the cake that way. Silly woman. I know her too well and knew she was doing her best to pull my leg. But they did make me cover my eyes as they walked me to the table after they’d brought the cake in. Didn’t want me to be too shocked at the jumbled mess, I suppose.

The cake was gorgeous! Tasted pretty darned good, too. There was more than enough to go around.  Guess we needed more guys there to help us eat it. Marilyn’s hubby didn’t eat enough. Hehe

I also had a book signing.  Just like the previous weekend, we just kinda did it whenever someone arrived, or felt like coming and getting a book. I got a cute card and beautiful plant (that you almost can’t see) from dear, sweet Ashlynn. It was SO good seeing her again!

This is what it’s all about. Close friends who cry with you and celebrate with you. I love each and every one of them.

Now, where’s the last of that cake? I need another sugar high. 😉

Linda Trout

Grave Secrets




The Frugal Frigate

One of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems is There Is No Frigate Like a Book

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

And recently I’ve taken some real cheap vacations with George R. Martin, Morgan Llywelyn, Leon Uris, and Tolkien. (Wouldn’t you love to achieve such writing fame that people just refer to you by your last name, like Tolkien, and everyone knows who you are?)

George R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice, including Game of Thrones, has been out for awhile. Yet, somehow I managed to overlook them. Then I stumbled upon a couple of episodes from the HBO series, Game of Thrones, and got hooked. I’ve downloaded all the books to my Kindle, and have been gobbling them up.

While reading Martin’s series, I re-discovered my love of period fiction and fantasy, in particular novels by Morgan Llywelyn such as Bard, the Odyssey of the Irish, and Lion of Ireland. Those led me back to a couple of tattered books by Leon Uris and my battered copies of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Reading these books, I’ve been taking notes of how the authors handle world-building and character development.  But mostly, and more importanly, I’ve just been swept away.

Friday Book Reviews by Robyn Daniels: Quinn, Carr and Macomber

Full Contact

Tara Taylor Quinn


This August 2011 Super Romance returns us to Shelter Valley, updating us on Shelley Moore’s life story. Shelley helped break a prostitution ring when car trouble and a poor choice led her to attempt hitchhiking in safe Shelter Valley. A high dollar john mistook her for his designated trick and brutally raped her.

She married her childhood sweetheart, but mere physical touch still unnerves her. The couple divorced and her ex has remarried. Things are so bad she barely tolerates spontaneous hugs from her young son. Her therapist suggests she try noninvasive healing touch through massage, a method commonly used on sexual abuse victims.

This visit to Shelter Valley, once again, provides a satisfying nuanced read. It gives a more realistic outcome for a virgin who suffers brutal rape than to go forward living a normal life without years of therapy. Realistically, times have changed since the first book and people are now more open to noninvasive massage to help rape victims recover. Excellent way to pass the word to damaged people everywhere. Thank you, Tara Taylor Quinn.

Forbidden Falls

Robyn Carr


Readers ,this reviewer just started reading Robyn Carr. Virgin River series is slated to be nineteen books and novellas by May. Forbidden Falls is about midway through the series. My ninety-one year old father is devouring this series at the rate of a book a day.

The main characters in this book are new to Virgin River. Noah Kincaid is a Presbyterian minister who purchased the local church on e-Bay. He needs an assistant who can multi-task and finds one in Ellie Baldwin. She needs an upstanding job to regain custody of her two children from her ex-husband. I will not spoil the plot because in this read, especially, most of the fun is the twists and turns which unfold about Noah, Ellie, and local citizens. This book is a romance for romance lovers. Pick up your copy today.

Hannah’s List

Debbie Macomber

 Part of the Blossom Street series, Hannah’s List has intrigued me on the best seller lists. The premise is interesting. A dying young wife writes a letter to be given to her husband one year later. She suggests three possible women for him to consider for his next marriage. The first two women are available but in love with another, so it gets ‘kinda’ sticky.

The third choice entertained everyone but the widower. Consider the source of her first name, Macy. She feels lucky her mom was not in Neiman-Marcus when she went into labor. Macomber writes likeable characters. In this read you’ll find laughter and tears.

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Friday Book Reviews by Robyn Daniels: Bond, Pappano and Morsi

Our Husband



 Stephanie Bond’s first book has long been a favorite which holds up well over time. This wild romp came from the author of the successful Body Movers series. Bond’s hook is a traveling salesman has three wives scattered along his route. His three wives vary in age, education, and backgrounds. His first wife, Beatrix he married for money. His second wife, Natalie could be his daughter. His third wife, Ruby could be his granddaughter with Beatrix. Their personalities are different but they share the common thread of accepting superficial marriages without much communication because his force of personality gives each woman the feeling that she is special.

 The women each give him a gift. Beatrix provides status. Natalie allows him access to her medical earnings. Ruby renews his passion and builds an aging man’s ego.

When these women become the prime suspects in his murder they unite to solve the mystery. Their road trip is the stuff of family legends.

Because Bond is such a good writer, by the last page you will come to see all three as quite likeable.

Copper Lake Secrets

Marilyn Pappano


Marilyn Pappano takes her readers along the reading experience like the consummate professional she is. Her books engage you. Believable and well-crafted characters become your friends, neighbors, or people you have heard about—Irish travelers.

The way the suspense grows with her main characters is refreshing as they are not at odds like the often written pair who instantly hate each other and then fall in love. Both seek answers to personal demons finding the answer in Copper Lake. They work together and grow to love one another while the suspense builds through more deadly threats.

The descriptive is rich, encompassing the reader in things as simple as childhood swims and as complicated as survival of our main characters. With Marilyn Pappano layering the plot, it is just so fascinating to read beyond the first layer. An awesome romantic suspense. I loved the Copper Lake estate where the action takes place. I enjoyed touching base with a familiar character or two. Pappano’s storytelling in this book is among some of her best. She had an earlier work turned into a movie for Hallmark. This one would translate easily to the big screen and is scary enough to draw in a wide audience of both sexes. Undoubtedly one of the best reads over over 360 books for me last year. Pick up your copy and feast on the work of a gifted writer.

Red’s Hot Honky-Tonk Bar

Pamela Morsi


One of the best books I read last year is Morsi’s tale of Emmaline (Red) Cullens who has worked from homeless unwed teenage mother to proprietress of her own bar in a little locals’ hangout beyond the upscale River Walk of San Antonio, TX. While both are bound by the river, her piece of Heaven is definitely low rent.

Red is proud of her adult daughter serving in Afghanistan. Currently as a cougar to fiddler, Cam, she has good lovin’ and is not yet ready to kick him to the curb. One call from Bridge, her daughter, endangers this good life. Bridge’s ex-husband is deployed in S. Korea and out of the picture. His mother providing care for the grandchildren suffered a stroke. Red must take care of two grandchildren she barely knows.

I’m sure readers will enjoy Cam’s skills with children and helping Red grow. The two grandchildren are just incredible. Cam’s aunt adds another dimension to the story, enhancing the reader’s experience. Red learns to navigate PTA, its dragon lady, and a no show cupcake booth worker who ensnarls her in working the politically correct cupcake booth from hell. If ever a booth needed two workers it’s this one. Poignant and at times funny beyond belief, savor the read.

The quotable dialogue is laugh out loud funny. Once you meet Red you will understand the phrase: “A heart as big as Texas.”

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Reviewed by Robyn Daniels

Robyn Daniels’ Friday Book Reviews: Meier, McCoy and Bashi




An uplifting tale serves a well-liked woman floundering in her personal life, but highly effective at her job. A blizzard sends the potential buyer for her family’s business with his young Diva Christmas-hating daughter to her door for shelter.

Our attractive heroine, one of the most maternal and intuitive mother figures ever written, quickly helps the Diva fade and a Christmas-loving child spring forth. The hero is well written as both a good man and a caring father. He is, also, a bit of a handsome charmer used to getting further with a good body and nice manners. Our heroine makes him re-evaluate these gifts and what might win her over.

A nice holiday read with many holiday trimmings.


Shirlee McCoy

(Love Inspired Suspense 9/11)

This offering from the Heroes for Hire provided me a new experience. It offered an uplifting read without seeming to be at a tent revival. Skylar Grady is a private investigator abducted to the Arizona desert where she wakes up without survival skills except a strong will to live. She has been on a case tracking a deadbeat dad so she can’t figure out why the stakes grew so high.

It is a suspenseful, fun, romantic, and spiritually uplifting read. The hero is wounded but such a great match for our heroine’s Happy Ever after (HEA).

If you shy away from overly preachy books but are a Believer, see faith in daily life as portrayed by McCoy.


Parsua Bashi

This true graphic coming of age memoir tells the story of Bashi, an Iranian born in 1966. Pre-revolution, her parents enjoyed a certain lifestyle and political voice. Both disappeared with growing food scarcity.

The illustrations produce a fluidity I have not seen in other graphic novels. Admittedly, I have not read more than a dozen, but I encourage you to look at the artwork.

Bashi tracks her passage from pre-revolutionary politically active pre-teen to teen years under the Khomeini era. She loyally resisted chances to migrate from her homeland to stay with her parents.

She details restraints on Muslim Iranian women, which unfold at times a touch brutal but realistic.

The book encourages introspection. “I learned that not knowing is not a sin. Not knowing and yet being prejudged is where the problem starts.” P.79

Her knowledge of other cultures helps human understanding. Her book’s message is more encompassing than just human understanding and worth the read.


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Reviewed by Robyn Daniels


Friday Book Reviews: Thomson, Thayer and Osborne



H.D. Thomson 

A friend suggested I read this paranormal suspense. Boy, I’m glad I did for its impressive prose and word choices selected to enhance tension. The story unfolds with edge of the seat suspense which caused me to jump more than once as I read (I admit to being a “weinie” about scary things). Thomson writes romance to engage the senses with sizzling love scenes. (an e-book)



Patricia Thayer

Thayer’s (Harlequin Romance 7/09) rancher Trace McKane has an infertile wife, Kira. Both likeable characters have ruined their happiness and marriage trying to build a family. In this realistic book Kira speaks ten words to each verbal movement of her husband’s lips. Just as it is in real life, this simple explanation of the delicate verbal communications outside the bedroom offers realistic dialogue should anyone want to study how couples speak. Nicely done.



Kristen Osbourne 

A fun premise for what proved a too short book (e-book). A former college roommate, now a minister’s wife, sets up her thirty-two year old single tall friend in Texas with an even taller dairy farmer in Wisconsin. After a month exchanging texts, he proposes sight unseen. They trade pictures. Their first face to face contact is at the altar. Jason makes it clear to Amanda they will consummate the wedding on the first night of their brief honeymoon. A nice ‘baby story at 66 pages’ which could have grown into a good romance novel. It made a pleasant afternoon diversion.


Remember: If you want a particular book reviewed, please contact me. If you wish to review a book, we ask that it not be your own work. Make reviews between 20 and 300 words. Scale between 1-5 hearts with one being the worst book you ever read. Five is for a best ever read. We reserve the right to edit reviews for length and content. The reviews are based on recent reads, NOT NECESSARILY NEW RELEASES.

Reviewed by Robyn Daniels