So what is a blog tour? In the “olden days” before the Internet, authors did book tours. They traveled from city to city, smiling, speaking, talking to readers and signing books in bookstores and libraries. It meant lots of time on the road, away from their desks where they could be writing their next book, and (just as importantly!) away from family and their own beds. The big guys still do it. You see them on Good Morning America or the late night shows, talking about their soon-to-be bestseller. Most of us don’t have the money to get there or the name recognition to get the interviews or draw a crowd if we did.
This has been a tough week for getting anything done on my current work-in-progress. Temps my daughter would find normal for Tennessee are breaking records here in the north. My office over the garage is not air-conditioned and a ceiling fan can only accomplish so much. So I am working in the house on the couch with my feet propped on the coffee table and my laptop on my lap. Why not the table? It’s fine for checking Facebook, but not the right height for typing. My arms soon begin to ache and I create problems for the future.
I’m have a blog tour going on this week for Glastonbury Tor. (See my last entry for an explanation of what a blog tour is all about.) The first two days were very exciting. Here's an update:
Minnesotans aren’t Canadians, but they’re still known for being nice. Except Minnesota N.I.C.E. is not about being soft-spoken or polite. It stands for Novelists Inspiring Christian Excellence. Minnesota N.I.C.E. is the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). In recent years the organization has grown way beyond it’s origins in inspirational romance writing. So I joined.
I have been surveying readers to find out what they would like more of on this blog. This is for all those who like book reviews and for those who want to hear more spiritual thoughts relevant to travel, justice, etc. It also falls under “other people’s ministries with children at risk” because, although she is fictional, Jeanette Windle’s character, Amy, in Freedom's Stand works with women who have been imprisoned in Afghanistan and their children. (That is, children who have been growing up in prison with their mothers. You can’t get more at-risk than that.) Some of the “women” are hardly more than children themselves—children running away from forced marriages to older men who abused them.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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