Ten Small Nuggets to Make an Author’s Day Special

When you finish reading a good book, the curtain comes down but there’s no applause for the entertainer. The author doesn’t see your smile or hear your sigh. He or she will never know you appreciate the time, effort, and imagination that created the hours of reading pleasure… Unless you say so. The best way, to express your appreciation and encourage the author, is to leave a review or reader comment at an online book stores.

It looks a little scary when you glance at the other reviewer comments and see three paragraph book reports. Lengthy reports are appreciated and treasured by the author and readers (unless they give away too much of the plot). But, two sentence comments that tell other readers what you liked about the book are like gold nuggets. A few words of encouragement make any author’s day special.

Don’t save your review comments for the best book you ever read, that’s a once in a life-time experience. Comment on the ones you enjoy. Kindle Fire makes it easy to post your review comment when you finish the book, but you still have to think of the words to write. It’s not that hard, once you get started.  Here are ten phrases you might mix and match to make your own review comment about a book you’ve read and liked:

1.  Kept me up past my bedtime

2. Romance (mystery or suspense) with twists and turns

3. Very well written

4. Loved the characters

5. Hated the villain

6. Kept my interest from start to finish

7. The characters seemed so real I thought of them as friends

8. I just couldn’t quit reading until I found out what happened next

9. My kind of book; had it all —  romance, mystery, and suspense.

10. I highly recommend this book

Let these phrases start you thinking. Write a few kind words from your reader heart, we don’t expect perfection. 🙂



Mother’s Day 2013

Dan, Tim, Joy, and Randy made my Mother’s Day so special.


May 10, 2013 – My Mother’s Day gift is shipping soon and scheduled to arrive about 2:00 am tomorrow morning. I’ll be waiting at the door, bleary eyed and open armed. Our daughter is bringing her boyfriend to meet her parents. And boyfriend is flying her here to spend Mother’s Day with me. A wonderful gift for us both.

What a guy! I like him already.

Times are different; society has changed. And this is no ordinary Mother’s Day celebration. Our daughter is a grandmother. I’m a great-grandmother and her boyfriend is entertaining their friends by telling them that as his age, he’s going to meet her parents.

May 20, 2013 – Mother’s Day flowers arrived before I finished writing this blog and a wonderful weekend began. I had my two children with me for the weekend. We met our daughter’s boyfriend and found him to be a really nice guy who seems to adore our daughter. (What more could we ask, that even tops flying her from California to Oklahoma for Mother’s Day.) And, our house rocked with love and laughter – what a Mother’s Day celebration!

I basked in the afterglow long after the weekend ended…

Some days are so special and this was no ordinary Mother’s Day. I’ll cherish the memory for years to come. Thank you Joy, Tim, Randy, and Dan.

(Now I have to shake off the shimmer and get back to work – more Ordinary Days and the next chapter in LUCY’S MANSION top my to-do list.)


No More Rabbit Trails

I’ve been away from Ordinary Days way too long. When I started this blog I planned to post at least once a week. But… here’s the reality of the past few months.

After publishing ROGUE’S TRUST and WREN’S NEST, I needed to know what to do next. The marketing departments of my publishers handled the promotion of my traditionally published books. Those books were displayed in publishers’ catalogues that were sent to bookstores and libraries, and review copies went to reviewers while I wrote another book. But I’m on my own with these two indie Kindle releases.

So I Googled and followed a few rabbit trails. While learning to Tweet, acquiring likes for my Facebook author page, and creating an Excel spreadsheet for Hootsuite bulk upload I had an incredible learning experience.

The first thing I learned is: Don’t forget your background. I’m an experienced researcher (22 nonfiction books) and in my admiration for those who have successfully marketed their indie fiction eBooks, I temporarily forgot that anyone can call themselves an expert. And marketing methods that successfully promoted a specific eBook back then, probably won’t apply to my book in this time and place.

The second is: I’m a country gal who should know that rabbits dart here and here, the purpose of their trail is not to reach a goal, it’s to avoid prey.

The conclusion is: I’ve created my own meandering rabbit trail without reaching my goal. Hours of blood, sweat, tears, and a couple of hissie fits haven’t increased my eBook sales. .

I learned to Tweet, I know how to get “likes” for my Facebook page, and I created that blasted spreadsheet. Hours, and hours, and hours of non-enjoyable tasks that left no time for the thing I love most… writing.  No chapters added to Lucy’s Mansion, and no posts to Ordinary Days.


So, big decision. I budget for two writer’s conferences every year. Some years I only attend one. But, for now, the writer’s conference money is tagged for book promotion. I’m looking for a new trail with a goal to find the appropriate promotion strategy for my book. I have to stop behaving like there’s a coyote on my heels, focus on my goal, and let someone else do the work I’m not equipped to do.

I’m a writer. I sit at my computer in my pajamas, dream up scenes, and create characters to carry them out. Uh… That’s not exactly how it happens. I loose the imaginary characters in my mind, they tell me their stories, and I write the chapters. They are calling me and I’m returning.