Monday, May 20, 2013

Character Interview: Ella Blake

If you follow the Rivershore Books blog, you will recognize the character interviews from there. Since this is my author blog, and that is for business, I feel they fit in better here.

Name: Ella Blake

Age: 43

What book/s are you in? Forgotten Memories, Shrouded Jewels, and As Fairydust Settles

Where do you work? I used to work in the diner. When we moved to the Twin Cities, I stopped working.

Where do you live? In a suburb of Minneapolis, with my husband Joe and son Robbie. Sometimes our other son, Davey, comes to visit.

Favorite place to relax? In a cemetery. Don't judge.

Have you read any of Jane Austen's books? Of course. I introduced my granddaughter to them, as well.

Do you like soda or water? Soda? We call it pop here. It depends on my mood, but mostly I drink water.

If someone was to design a cake for you, what would it look like? A notebook. That's possible, right?

You're being attacked by zombies...what is your weapon of choice? I have no idea.

What is the worst mistake you have ever made? Almost letting pride keep me from the beauty of love.

Are random questions fun to answer? Sometimes.

Questions courtesy of Megan and Kateri. Thank you!

Do you have questions for any of my characters? I'd love to hear them, and my characters would love to answer. Email me at or visit the Rivershore Books writing forum to ask them!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Social Media Marketing: Facebook

As you know if you subscribe to the Rivershore Books newsletter (click here if you’d like the monthly emails), I’ve been focusing on social media this month. Thanks to books like Kathryn Elizabeth Jones’ Marketing Your Book on a Budget, I’ve learned how to actually use these sites.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting the tips I've found.

Today’s focus is Facebook. 

On here, a post every few days is best. More, and the audience becomes overwhelmed; less, and they forget you exist. (Okay, maybe not to that extreme, but you get my point.)

I usually use the scheduling option within Facebook, so when I’m too busy to post, I don’t have to worry.

This works with any type of post.

Twitterfeed (more than just Twitter) helps as well; I link my blog posts to my Facebook pages. (High five if you found this one via Facebook!)

Still, I log into Facebook daily and use the mobile app to respond to any comments or messages. Social media is…well…social and interactive. Scheduling posts and walking away just isn’t enough.

I run both an author page and a business one:
Want to give me something to celebrate? Like and share them both. I appreciate it!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rivershore Books: I Thirst by Gina Marinello-Sweeney

I am delighted to announce Rivershore Book's newest published novel, I Thirst by Gina Marinello-Sweeney! (You may remember the interview we had with Gina earlier this year.)

The characters in this book are fun, random, and silly, yet have deeper sides to them. I found myself relating to each of them in different ways, and thoroughly enjoyed following their journeys as they dealt with the complexities of friendship and life. This is the first in a series of three, and I can't wait to read the rest! (Yes, that's a hint to the author...)

From the back cover:
When Rebecca receives a mysterious note from an unknown source, she has no idea how it will change her life. Twenty-year-old Rebecca Veritas is used to being different, but has never felt extraordinary. She is a Dreamer, living in a world of poetry intermixed with the antics of her unique family and eccentric best friend Adriana. When she meets Peter, a young student from Canada who seems somehow to understand her from the start, her perception changes. With "Intermission", the single word in that mysterious note, as inspiration, the two writers embark on an incredible journey to a new world in the form of a story that will ultimately parallel their own lives. Yet, as the story progresses, events remain ever more shrouded in mystery. When unexpected circumstances in the real world throw their lives in disarray, it will be up to Rebecca to find the true meaning of "Intermission" before the curtain closes on the final act.

This engaging story is available in paperback on Amazon for $12.99!

Learn more about the book and the author at, and feel free to "Like" her on Facebook!