Coming soon to a bookstore near you! Well, probably not, but Amazon is close to everyone!
Birch Island Books is proud to announce
Glastonbury Grail, book 2
By LeAnne Hardy
I started blogging in August 2007. Every writer is supposed to have a blog. “It’s how you maintain contact with your readers,” someone had told me at the Cape Town Book Fair a couple weeks before. “You write about little things that strike you during the day.” I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to read about “little things that strike me during the day.” Besides, I was too busy writing a novel.
This week is my big Crossovers Blog Tour! The book is available on Kindle. The teaser is up on YouTube. Print copies were sent to reviewers, and this week several will post their comments. I hope you will check them out and encourage the bloggers (and me!) with your comments.
The $0.99 Kindle price will only last through this week, so tell your friends. You don't need to own a Kindle to read the e-book. A free app is available for your computer or your phone, which is where I read most of my e-books. Print copies, signed by the author, are also available from me.
I did it. I finally posted the book trailer for my YA novel Crossovers on YouTube. Haven't heard of a book trailer? It's kind of like a movie trailer--a short video designed to make you want to read the book. Some of them are major productions from big-budget publishing houses that dramatize short scenes. Others are low key, made with stock photos and public domain music.
It’s not the first time I bit off more than I could chew or got enthusiastic about a revolutionary idea that didn’t work. It turns out that neither Kindle nor Nook is designed to be a web browser. Duh. I should have known that, but since a lot of my e-book reading has been on my laptop, the fact was not obvious to me. A laptop IS a good web browser.
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.
Many of you know that when I am not writing at my computer or doing story times for orphans and vulnerable children at after-school programs, my favorite activity is ice skating. Believe it or not Africa has rinks in Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Cairo. There may be more, but those are the ones I know about. Addicts like me check out places on the Internet.
The suitcases are unpacked; the blisters turned to callus and my body is back on Central Daylight time, but Wales is not forgotten. I told you about hiking the hills with my friend Liz and the time we spent in Pembrokeshire with the Langham leadership team, but I skipped one very important afternoon.
In 2003 shortly after my second book, Between Two Worlds, came out, Gladys Hunt asked me to accompany her to a conference and help to manage her book table. In exchange, I could display my books with hers. My books along side those of Gladys Hunt? Wow!
I have actually typed the last scene of The Empty Cup, working title for the sequel to Glastonbury Tor. I was elated. I could hardly feel the ground beneath my feet as I floated from my cozy office over the garage into the house to share the news with my husband.
“Let’s go for a walk!” I said, and fairly skipped down the street. He was hard pressed to keep up with me.
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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