Some updates and a poem! #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #poetry #tanka #updates #bookrelease #rafflecopter #giveaways #blogtours

dirt path in forest
Tribute Trail in Nevada City CA


It’s been busy around here releasing my new book! Tomorrow is the last blog stop for this tour. Thank you to everyone who followed along and a huge thanks go out to all the blog post hosts. I kept it small this time, so I didn’t put my usual call out for hosts.

Positive reviews have been coming in, so I can stop holding my breath now. I’m thrilled people are enjoying meeting Charlie, Jane, Ben, and, of course, Drea.

  • I’m trying something I haven’t done in a while thanks to Jan’s post on Story Empire I’m running a giveaway on Rafflecopter for the release. I’m giving away Amazon Gift Cards. It’s been a while, but I think I remembered how to do it 🙂 This runs from June 23rd to July 7th.


  • I am also going to try a paid blog tour on July 29th for a day blitz and see how that goes.  More on that later. This was another idea from one of Jan’s marketing posts on Story Empire. 
  • Yesterday I joined my daughter for our first book signing at a local art show in Sacramento.  I have been avoiding this for as long as I could—my daughter doesn’t take no for an answer 🙂 It was a wonderful time and I was blessed to meet a lot of amazing people. A little girl bought Tree Fairies, and when her mom explained to her I wrote it, her eyes grew so big! Those are moments you can’t get from behind a computer. All the good advice from fellow authors helped! That candy dish full of See’s lollipops was a hit. Thank you!

  • I was going through my books and found a stack of indie paperbacks I’d hadn’t read yet. So, I have been catching up with them. Some of them had been in the stack for a long time.

Now for the poem.

I entered a poerty contest over on Word Craft Poetry Blog. I wrote 12 poems with the “Dreams” theme in mind, and narrowed it down to one for my tanka prose entry. Here was one of the poems I wrote that day but didn’t use in the contest:

golden sun rises

nightmares darkness dissipates

the light shines on dreams

healing beams caress my soul

heavenly message of hope


Embrace your inner child by reading a good book! D. L. Finn



34 thoughts on “Some updates and a poem! #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #poetry #tanka #updates #bookrelease #rafflecopter #giveaways #blogtours”

  1. Wow! You are very busy, but highley creative and not stoppable, Denise! 🙂 A great poem, and a lot of tasks. Best wishes, and find time to relax. xx Michael

    1. Thank you, Michael 🙂 It has been a busy period, but I do find time to relax. Have a great week xo

    1. It was so sweet and I managed to not tear up. Thank you, Harmony, I’m so lucky to have so wonderful advice surrounding me! It was fun to take a Poetry break in all the busy. Xo

  2. I really enjoyed your tour (and your book). And what a great day you had with your daughter. I love those smiles! Wishing you all the best, Denise.

    1. Thank you, Staci. All your support is appreciated. It was a day I’ll hold dear in my memories.

  3. Oh, I am so glad my marketing posts inspired you to try something different, Denise! You have been a very busy lady, but launching a book requires that. I enjoyed each stop on your tour. Best wishes for tons of success! Now, I’m off to enter the Rafflecopter!

    1. Your posts reminded me I needed to out a bit more marketing effort into my releases. Rafflecopter I used years ago with good success, I’m hoping for the same results. And I’m looking forward to doing a book tour with a one say blitz 🙂 Thanks, Jan!

  4. Jan inspired me, also, so I think I’m going to try some of her suggestions. Tell us how Rafflecopter went for building up your mailing list!

    BTW, I am reviewing A Voice in the Silence this Friday (July 1) on my blog. Extending your celebration! Really, I couldn’t keep it the excitement to myself any longer.

    1. I used Rafflecopter when I first started out. It did build up my mailing list. It’s been a few years. I will see if I have the same results. Jan had so many good suggestions and a reminder that I need to put more effort into my releases.
      Thank you, Jacqui! You can’t imagine how happy I am you enjoyed the story 🙂 I love review extended celebrations…yay! Xo

  5. It sounds like things are going well for you. I love that you did a book signing with your daughter. The little girl with the wide eyes is precious. Children always make your day, don’t they?

    1. Thank you, Darlene, it has been going well on the writing end. It was a lot of fun and tugs on the heart to see their sweet faces and smiles. Children defintely do make our days much brighter.

  6. Congrats on the blog tour and implementing so many great promotional strategies. If we want people to read our books, they have to know we write, right? 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jacquie 🙂 They do need to know but sometimes my introvert fights that…lol

    1. Thank you, Yvette 🙂 It was a special day to finally get out there and with my daughter for her first time too. xo

  7. I love meeting readers face to face and chatting them up, Denise. I’m so glad you had fun and got to see those big eyes! Good for you for trying the rafflecopter giveaway and the one-day blitz. Please share your results. Jan’s posts have been loaded with good ideas and I’ve favorited a bunch of them. One of these days, I’ll make the time to follow though. 😀 And a gorgeous poem. You wrote 12? Lol. You’re amazing.

    1. It was a lot of fun and that little girl I won’t ever forget, Diana. Jan wrote a good series and I know I need to get out there more and promote. I will update on how I did after 🙂 Thank you, poems come easy lately, while stories are hiding…lol

    1. Thank you Teagan for the amazing support! Much appreciated and Happy Birthday. I’m 19 days after you. xo

  8. Wow! You have been busy. I like the poem you shared. Good luck with the one you submitted. The story of the little girl got to me. That must have been a sweet moment. I hope you have a nice easy weekend.

  9. Congratulations, Denise, on your blog tour, I’ve enjoyed seeing you pop up in different places. A lovely poem. It is wonderful that you and your daughter could attend a book signing together.

    1. Thank you, Robbie 🙂 I so happy you came along on the tour! Much appreciated! It was a wonderful moment with my daughter for sure.

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