Last year, around this time, I learned that authors are expected to do a lot of their own marketing. As a shy person, this went against the grain, but I discovered I could learn how to promote myself by finding other authors whom I was equally passionate about and sharing their works. By promoting them, I have come to learn what will be expected of me when my turn comes, and I get to organize a book blog tour for my fiction or poetry.
Among these books that I love as much as my own is Blackmoore.
My interview with the author, Julianne Donaldson, is published on You Read It Here First.
My reviews were published at:
[Reprint] Seattle PI.
[Reprint] The Compulsive Reader
(Ms. Donaldson’s debut novel Edenbrooke is also lovely, in the event people read Blackmoore and want more.)
If, in a paragraph, I had to summarize what I specifically love about Blackmoore enough to organize a mini-book blog tour*, I would say that Ms. Donaldson writes a romance that has everything I want in a love story, and she keeps it clean–no language, no violence, no bedroom scenes. The language is rich, the world alive in the regency era, and I connected with the characters in a deep way. I could see their choices, and I understood the pull of what we want versus what is dictated before we are born (not that I’ve had to deal with arranged marriages, or the trouble of inheriting what is due with conditions). My favorite stories, the ones that inspire me to write, are the ones that speak to me on an almost spiritual level, and that are so beautiful no matter what else is going on, I am swept away and, in my own way, happy. Even when I’m crying, it’s a communion of sorts and in understanding someone else, I understand something new about myself. I find friends I never knew I could have.
*For the purposes of clarity, the publisher’s publicist organized a 100-blog book tour, and I coordinated with her on this. I proposed where I would post my reviews and interview, and I organized my own portion, but the author had a seriously awesome book blog tour from her publisher already and I just joined the party.