Monday, December 31, 2018

Looking Back

   Six years ago, I published my first book. I'll admit, holding that smooth paperback copy in my hands, thumbing through the printed pages, was a thrilling experience. I could hardly keep from smiling knowing that every word comprised my own original story. 

     At that same time, I introduced myself on social media. I felt a burst of excitement with every new follower, and I learned to appreciate the slow and steady increase in book sales and internet posts and interviews and every other small event that helped me as a poet and novelist.  

Sometimes it is fun to look back and see how far you've come. Today, on the brink of a new year, it seems like the perfect time for such personal reflection. So here goes.

Six years ago, 40 people "liked" my most popular book quote on Goodreads. Two years ago that number reached 237 "likes." Today, my most popular book quote on Goodreads has 310 "likes."

Six years ago, 8 people considered my writing good enough to call themselves a fan or follower on Goodreads. Two years ago, the number reached 149. Today, 206 people follow me on Goodreads.

Six years ago, I started out with 3 followers on Twitter. Two years ago, that number increased to 887. Today, 1849 people follow me on Twitter.

Other accomplishments include 13,552 visits people have made to my author website, 441 followers on my Facebook author page, 397 followers on my Instagram page, and 122 followers on my Tumblr page. 

From that first book published in April of 2012, nine others have followed. 

I am grateful to all who have supported me as a poet and author. Thank you for purchasing my books. Thank you for leaving kind comments and reviews at Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites where books are sold. Thank you for telling your friends and acquaintences about my works. 

2019 promises to be a good year for writing. Slowly but steadily, I am moving closer to my goal of finding real success as a poet and novelist. Sometimes it is consoling to look back and clearly see that.

Happy New Year, all!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book Giveaway!

It's the season of giving, so what better way to celebrate than by giving someone a special gift? That's why I am doing a book giveaway! These books are very special to me. They certainly took a great deal of time and effort to write.

So how do you enter to win a signed copy of one of my books? Glad you asked. Just visit my author Facebook page here: 
Then scroll down to the ENTER TO WIN post. "Like" the post and comment which of the six pictured books you're interested in. You can read summaries of my books either on Amazon (just search my name) or on my official author website: 

A winner will be drawn on December 20th, 2018. I will post the winner on my author Facebook page that day. 
Good luck! 
Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!

Update: 12/20/2018
And the winner of my book giveaway is DeAnn Smith! Congratulations, DeAnn, you won a signed copy of Smile Anyway!

How about a second winner since it is the season of giving? Okay! And the second winner is... Colm Boyle! Congratulations, Colm, you won a signed copy of Eena, The Dawn and Rescue!

And thanks to my amazing son with the Christmas llama for drawing the names out of a hat!