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Contemplating a #New Year #Book Blog Tour

Desiccation ebook_image(300 pixels)Publication Day for my Urban fantasy novel Desiccation in mid-December came and went without much panoply on my part. This was mainly because I was suffering from post-flu exhaustion and felt in no mood to uncork the champagne, let alone shout from the rooftops. Despite this, a modest number of wonderful people — some of them my fellow bloggers — purchased my book and, to my absolute surprise, I’ve sold paperback and kindle editions in equal quantities.

So a big thank you to all you early birds. And an especially huge thank you to Dave Farmer, who read my book over a course of a few evenings and found the time to review it on Amazon and on Goodreads before Christmas, giving it 5 stars.

Indeed, most of the world seemed distracted by the pre-Christmas rush, followed by post-Christmas malaise, plus the stagger on into New Year with no time for reading and little money left for buying books. And would you believe it, about a week before Christmas I caught a cold on top of the flu? — albeit not a bad one, but enough to drain me of any energy to market my book and enough to make me lose my singing voice just when I needed it most.

Anyway, enough of that. I’m feeling like my old self today and raring to jump into the driving seat of my virtual convertible to vroom around the blogosphere on a tour.

All invitations most welcome!

As a little post script, I’d like to add that Jamie Noble Frier, the super-talented artist who produced my book cover, now has his blog interview questions to hand and should be guesting here soon.

And yet another post script — I’ve just revised my Publication Updates page to include links to all the places around the world that my book is available to buy!

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33 thoughts on “Contemplating a #New Year #Book Blog Tour

  1. I was going to quickly buy the Kindle version, but I’ve decided to wait until the end of the month to get the paperback – that cover is too good to miss out on!

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  2. What a gorgeous cover, Sarah. Exciting times ahead for you by the sound of it. 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on the success of the book so far Sarah! I’ve sent you an email.

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  4. I’ve missed out on a lot not being around the blogosphere for a few months. I will never catch up and don’t intend to try but…some things need to be taken care of, one being purchasing your book. It is now downloaded on my Kindle.

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    • Excellent. Thank you so much, Joss, for purchasing my book 🙂 I was fairly intermittent with blogging over November and December, as was concentrating on editing and formatting. I probably missed some fabulous posts as a consequence, and would need a whole month of dedicating myself to blogging and nothing else to catch up. This isn’t practicable, so instead I’ll have to resign myself to a hangover of guilt over my neglect of people and try to do better in 2016.

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  5. Oh, no. I’m so sorry to hear you temporarily lost your voice, Sarah. I hope it’s returned and you are feeling much more on the mend now that 2016’s really in swing. I’ll do all I can to help, if you want, you market the book. It’s a really good one, in my honest opinion! I’ll try to research some ‘markets’ for that later today. There’s at least a couple SF/F/SPECF pubs that I can think of that might accept reviews; I guess I can do a review, even as a previous beta-reader of Desiccation. What do you think? Does that violate any (spoken, unspoken) writerly etiquette or ethics that you can think of (there’s none that I can, esp. if I disclose my beta-reader status, which I would definitely do)? Oh, and a “good on you” to Dave Farmer, if he reads this comment, for helping get the good word out!

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    • That would be great if you could do a review in one of those publications, Leigh. I’d greatly appreciate that. I think you probably missed my comment about sending you a complimentary paperback copy as a thank you for beta-reading. Email me with your address if you want a copy and, hopefully, I can get one sent direct to you from Create Space. And, yes, Dave Farmer is a trooper!

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      • I’ll look into it later today. Retrieved DD from camp; it is -12 degrees (Fahrenheit; I’m not good translating to C just yet) here today with the wind, so I will be house-bound today for sure. So, tonight I hope to have some more free time to do writing-related tasks. Yes, sheepishly have to admit, I did see that comment; I’ve just been swamped with things to do, really the last month, with all the holidays, back-to-school, the flooding here (everyday, I’m re-packing things), and just the day-to-day. I sound like a complainer there, but I don’t mean to. Everybody has lots to do, I know! I’ll e-mail you in the next couple days! (And I’m still hoping to interview or have you guest-post on my blog about Desiccation, too.)

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      • Moan as much as you like. I’d be a hypocrite to suggest otherwise! Every week I resolve to give up moaning, but it’s so hard. I stopped trying to be a saint long ago. It was bad for my blood pressure. Better to slowly vent that let the pressure build up and BOOM goes the volcano! My dog is a good listener, which helps. Go and moan to your ducks. I’m sure they’ll quack back and have you laughing in less than a minute. Hee, hee.

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      • Yeah, the drake also bows to me. I take that as a signal, or it seems to be, “feed me, human.” It’s fun to watch them run, definitely, which they actually like to do, being flightless domestic ducks. (And they are surprisingly fast.) You should see them after a rain . . . mmm, (earth)worms and beetles, etc.

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    • I’m all for championing good books from good writers!

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  6. Good morning Sarah or afternoon 🙂 Your book is next on my long list of read. I am participating on a 3day share a quote thing. I am required to pass it on to 3 other bloggers I choose you. I hope it’s okay. It will be published on January 10. Here’s a link I don’t know if you’ll be able to view it but it’s worth a try.http://wp.me/p28tjX-1If

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  7. I hope you are feeling much better now, Sarah. Having a cold and the flu at anytime of the year is horrible, but more so during the Christmas holidays.

    Congratulations on the launch of the book. I wish you every success with it.
    Best wishes,
    Hugh

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    • Thank you, Hugh, I am feeling much better, especially as the sun is shining at long last today!
      I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed re success with my book. Your good wishes most happily received 🙂
      All the best
      Sarah

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  8. Sarah, I will need to compile another list of authors. I posted on 12/30/15 a list of fellow bloggers who write books. I am sure I missed some fine authors!
    I am slightly disorganized when it comes to juggling blog with still having 5 nine hour days some weeks. Just happy to reconnect and start over.
    A sincere Congratulations ☆☆☆☆and hope the year proceeds better for your health and fantastic for your book! 🙂

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    • Thank you, dear Robin. I remember working long shifts — sometimes 12 hour ones. I’d never have had time for blogging or writing in those days (not that blogs existed in then). That makes me sound so old, though feeling much fitter today. Just want some sunshine now, instead of all the endless rain we’ve been having in the UK.

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  9. So glad you are feeling better at long last dearest Sarah having been in touch since this post. And of course we’ll be talking about your guest post over at the Summerhouse 🙂 Big hugs as you enter the world of marketing…but you’re not alone 🙂 xxxx

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    • Am in a mood about marketing today. It’s all a bit overwhelming. Must cultivate a more positive attitude towards it. Creating stuff … fine. Selling it … not fine. But your hugs and good wishes always cheer me up. Thank you, dearest Sherri 🙂 xxxx

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      • Oh Sarah…so sorry to hear this. I’m in a mood today too, over my car (have emailed, reading for later, ha!). We cheer one another up with hugs and good wishes. Take heart dear friend…got your flyers today 🙂 xxxx

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  10. Wow you are out there! Sorry I have missed this news. I will look you up on Amazon. How exciting!

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