Thank you for inviting me to Romance Book Haven – I am very happy to be here. I come stumbling in from a grueling blog tour and will try my best to be a good guest!
Over the last couple of months I’ve worked very hard to get the word out about two of my books released in March. (See covers and blurbs below) In order to do this, I have spent time on the road (cyber-road) talking about everything from character point of view to who is more romantic - men or women, to research on hot air balloon rides, to why I love RN protagonists, to my top five favorite romance book story hooks. On and on and on…
What else can I possibly talk about?
Well, today I’d like to spread the word about how valuable a blog tour is. Yes, they really are worth it. Here are a few reasons why:
- I have met some wonderful readers and aspiring authors along the way.
- I’ve developed a few new and hopefully lasting relationships with both readers and reviewers.
- I’ve spent hours at each blog stop being entertained by the wonderful comments left by participants.
- I’ve found out about fantastic new blogs all over the world that I didn’t know existed until Nas Dean set me up for this blog tour.
- And, yes, I’ve sold a few books along the way, too.
I consider my good fortune of touring cyberspace a win-win for myself and for those blog homes where I’ve been a guest. Here’s why:
- I bring traffic to their blogs and I meet people from those blogs I’ve never met before.
- I get to share the books that I am so proud of with potential new readers.
- My world opens up more with each guest appearance, as I make new acquaintances from all over the globe.
- I get to share the behind scene stories and give extra information about my books with visitors to those blogs.
- I’ve replied to each and every comment left by someone kind enough to leave one, and have developed a relationship, though brief, in the process. Often those people follow the blog tour.
- I learn things!
- Keep the blogs short, entertaining, and upbeat.
- Post pictures when you can
- Honor those who leave comments by replying to them
- Respect differences in opinion – in other words – be diplomatic
- Tell your friends where you are blogging
- Visit blogs where your friends are blogging (In other words, what goes around comes around) J
- Don’t feel compelled to leave long excerpts after a long blog post
- Interviews may be fun once in a while, but short creative blogs are more entertaining for the readers. (My opinion)
- Giveaways are not necessary at every blog stop
- Do not let your tour interrupt your writing any more than absolutely necessary. (This is the most challenging part of all!)
Have realistic expectations about what your blog tour will do for you.
Newsflash – when it’s all over, you may have picked up a few new newsletter subscribers, a few more people may know your name, you may have more Facebook or Goodreads friend requests, and you may have added a few book sales and reader fans to your roster, but life will go back to normal. Thank goodness!
When all is blogged and done – it’s time to write that next good book.
Lynne Marshall writes contemporary and Medical Romance for Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press. The first book in the Grady family trilogy, Courting His Favorite Nurse, is a March 2012 Harlequin Special Edition. Also just released in March in e-book only is, An Indiscretion, a contemporary romance with strong medical elements, from The Wild Rose Press.
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COURTING HIS FAVORITE NURSE Harlequin Special Edition, March 2012 #2178, US
Anne Grady knew better than anyone that love was complicated. When she’d left her hometown, she thought she was leaving her past heartbreak behind for good, as well. But practically the moment she returned to care for her injured parents, she stumbled headlong into their confidant—her first love, Jack Lightfoot.
Jack had been unable to deny his feelings for Annie when he was a teenager dating her best friend, and he certainly couldn’t muffle the spark twisting between them now—even if memories of the past kept threatening to push them apart. This time Jack wasn’t going to let history repeat itself—he was going to show Annie that the two of them were meant to be much more than best friends!
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A doctor... A nurse... An indiscretion...
Paul Valverde is stretched to the limit, caring for an elderly relative while running a business and maintaining a full-time medical practice at St. Stephen's Hospital--with no time for a relationship.
RN Carrington Hanover leaves her money-hungry fiance at the altar and moves on to a new job at St. Stephen's Hospital in Los Angeles. The next man in her life must love her, not her money.
All work and no play has made Paul an unfulfilled man, and the resurrected redheaded crush from his youth is driving him to distraction. Can their complicated past become untangled by their newfound attraction--or will their love be doomed by mistrust and long-held resentment?
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Thank you Lynne for sharing about your experiences around the Blogosphere. You have some very valuable advice here.