Sunday, April 3, 2011

My First Blog Tour

So what am I reading now?  Depths of Deceit (Betty Briggs)
Annnd. . . what do I think about it so far? Stephanie Saunders is just starting her legal career. She wants credibility and respect in her profession, but fears her clients and coworkers only see a beautiful woman and not a competent lawyer. Her escape is training horses, and her heart and soul renew from the time she spends with them.
            Unexpectedly, she finds she’s pregnant and her boyfriend proposes. Stephanie reevaluates her life and the choices she has to make. Does she love her boyfriend in a yes-I’ll-marry-you sort of way? Why has one of the partners in the firm taken special interest in her personal life? While the other partner only seems interested in how she looks? Is her new client, Josh Durrant, stalking her? Finally—How can she keep her pregnancy a secret until she decides what she needs for her future?
            One wish I would have had for the book is that the main character develop more personal strength over the story. What I really liked was the authenticity of her knowledge about horses and the legal system. It's a quick read for a good afternoon escape.

            Here’s a link to where you can purchase the book, and you can visit the author's website here.

My first blog tour: So, what's a blog tour?

•Why would an author want a blog tour?
            It's a quick way to travel around and reach a lot of potential readers. Imagine that one day you are in Utah, the next day in California, the day after that in Texas and the next day in North Dakota. Whew! Can you say jet-lag? It would be hard to keep that up for a month or more. But with a blog tour, you can be virtually there. 

•How do they get set up?
            Sometimes the author asks other writing friends to help spread the word. Publishers also help arrange online marketing. Or the author might contact a private marketing consultant to help make the arrangements.

•Are the bloggers paid to participate?
            No. I got a copy of the book, but no check with loads of zeros after a modest numeral. 

•What are the benefits?
            Seems like a risk to put your book out there and hope the reviews will be positive--oh wait--that's what authors do. They write stories and put them out there. The blog tour is kind of like speed dating for new releases. The author wants to make a connection with new readers, get them to visit their website and check out their books, maybe even start up a relationship. ;)


kbrebes said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks, Canda!

Gail said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to keep in it mind.