Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Blog Tour: Part 3

Photo courtesy of metalwarrior8 at Photobucket)

I know the picture really has nothing to do with my blog tour, except that it's a wolf and my book has wolves in it. I just thought it was really cool and wanted an excuse to share it. :)

The countdown is nearly over! Can you believe it? Only six more days and I'll be signing books and seeing this life-long dream come to fruition. It blows my mind and alternately thrills and terrifies me. Either way, it's nearly upon me and life will never be the same.

Just a reminder, if you want to enter my contests, I'll be doing drawings every Saturday this month (well, for the remaining three Saturdays), and a BIG drawing on the 31st, so if you want to get in on the action and get a chance at some really great prizes, follow the instructions HERE, and if you've done some of these things, but not all, remember, you get extra entries for each thing you do, and if you come up with other ways to spread the word about The Sapphire Flute, let me know in the comment trails and I'll give you even more entries.

I've had some really great reviews over the last few days and wanted to share those links with you. The first was Craig Everett. I found his view to be very well thought out and fascinating in comparing high fantasy written with male protagonists verses female. The next day was Josi Kilpack, who said some very nice things about me personally, and then for a unique twist interviewed her daughter about my book. On the 9th I had a delightful interview with Sheila where I shared a few things I don't normally talk about in regards to my book, not to mention I just enjoyed visiting with her. She's a delightful woman. Today's review comes via Cindy Bezas, and I must admit, when I read it last night it made me cry. My greatest dream in writing has been to reach peeople. Even in fantasy, I wanted these stories to be loved so much that the characters are like family members you come to care about and want to be with all the time. Cindy showed that dream being fulfilled and it made me feel so humbled and grateful to be able to live this dream of writing.

Now, back to the contest. If you have read The Sapphire Flute in any of its drafts and want to review it, I'll give you another entry into my drawings. Just because you're not officially on the blog tour doesn't mean you can't participate. And if you read the book AFTER it comes out, you can still do a review as well. Remember, you have until March 31st, which gives you over two weeks after the book launches to still be a part of the drawings.

If you're interested in comming to one of the book launches, the dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, March 16 from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Barnes and Noble at The Gateway
6 N Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1184

Saturday, March 20th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Purple Cow Book Store
992 N Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074-1616

There will be music (Shaun "Hammer Hands" Barrowes.), food, signings, visiting with the authors, and in the case of the Saturday launch for sure, a reading from The Sapphire Flute, and a flute/harp duet with my friend Paulette on my Sapphire Flute.

That's it for now! I'm off to get some words written on book 2 before my editor starts kicking down my door. ;)

Quote of the Day: "There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence-an overwhelming determination to succeed."

Sophy Burnham


Cathy Witbeck said...

I can't wait to read your book, Karen. See you at the big party!

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm thrilled for your great reviews and what a beautiful moment to witness. Congratulations, Karen!

Carolyn V. said...

That's a great quote! Congrats on the awesome book reviews! =)

elizabeth mueller said...

Luv you, Kay! :)

Sheila said...

Wow! You make me so happy to be your friend! I am so thrilled to be part of this wonderful time for you. Did you read the comment by my daughter on my review of your book? You need to go read it. I just smiled.

Karen Hoover said...

Thanks, everybody!

And Sheila, YES, I saw that lovely comment by your daughter! She warmed my heart, let me tell you. :)