Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Tomorrow's Guest

June Shaw will be here to talk about humorous mysteries and to promote her new mystery release, Deadly Reunion. I hope you'll join us.

September 2011 Blog Book Tours Class

Dani Greer is giving this great online class again, and this time it's free. Here's what she says:

"It looks like the drill sergeant has a job to do for the month of September. We have enough people for a class, and there's still room to invite friends who have a published book they need to promote. Have them sign up for this one-month-long boot camp! We start on September 5th. I'll post what we're covering in the next post, but one thing I'd like to mention that's important:

You must have a blog and know how to use it. We don't actually teach you the ins and outs of blogging. There are plenty of how-tos online for the different blogging platforms. Just Google. We will critique a few blogs and rearrange and add elements to make your blogs more use-friendly. Once you know what a good blog looks like, you'll be prepared to find good blogs to host tour stops. Makes sense, right?

Okay, go sign up!"

You'll receive a response to your registration closer to the class start date of September 5th.

For blog book tour tips and other bloggie information, visit the Blog Book Tours blog.

The Ledge

When Jim Davidson and his friend Mike Price climbed Mt. Ranier in 1992, it was the adventure of their lives...until Jim slid into a deep crevasse in the ice and pulled Mike in behind him. Mike did not survive the fall.

The Ledge tells the hair-raising story of how Jim made it out alive. If you watch the "I Shouldn't Be Alive" series on Animal Planet, you'll remember the story from the segment called "Killer Crevasse."

This book by Northern Colorado Writers member Jim Davidson and his journalist co-author Kevin Vaughan is getting great reviews.

My Next 30-Day Challenge

Yay! I successfully completed my first 30-day challenge . . . as long as you don't count the four extra biscotti I consumed in place of the scones I gave up.

My next 30-day challenge starts today (and will end on the first day of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference). This one says I need to spend a minimum of 30 minutes every single day of the week toward cleaning and sprucing up my office. Wish me luck. I've been trying to find the time to do this for months.

What I'm Reading

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. This is the story of the many Americans who traveled to Paris during the period 1830 to 1900 and how their travels affected their lives. From authors to painters to medical students to statesmen, the names are familiar and the stories fascinating.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Such an info-packed post - thank you :-). The workshop sounds useful and The Ledge sounds riveting. Looking forward to June's visit tomorrow.

Jan Morrison said...

Oh what a fun post - something for everybody. I like the idea of your thirty day challenges. I'm running my old Friday Challenges on my site -for a month of Friday's because I'm going to finish my revision in thirty days. I was so inspired by your task!
Thanks, dolly.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Margot, I can't wait to start The Ledge, but I want to finish the Paris book first since it's from the library.

Jan -- I'm so glad I helped get you going on those revisions. It feels good to finally make some progress, doesn't it? I'm relieved I finally solved my plot problems and can now just rewrite the messy parts.

Dorte H said...

Dear me, I think my own challenges are more interesting than yours ;)

I *should* do something about my office, but...

What a brilliant cover The Ledge has. Clean, crisp and sooo appealing. Talking about covers, I also love the green and brown cover of The Prairie Grass.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I plugged Dani's class today as well!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Dorte, that green and brown cover was designed by a college student from University of Colorado -- her mom is an author friend. I thought she did a great job.

Alex, if folks only knew how great Dani's class is, she'd be beating them away with a stick. :)

Marlena Cassidy said...

Is the kitten going to let you clean your office, Patricia? I sense you might be receiving some 'help.' And thanks for all the link to the Blog Book Tours blog. I should really check it out.