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Just in time for holiday gifts, A Promise of Home will release on November 21, 2014.  The electronic version is available for pre-order now on Amazon.  I’m also finalizing an event in Fallon to kick-off the latest book where print copies will be available for purchase and it might happen before the release date!

I absolutely love the cover for the new book!  My cover designer, Kari at Cover to Cover Designs, does a fabulous job.  I am especially fond of the cute puppy with the Santa hat.  This book has some twists and surprises to keep the reader entertained.  I love Christmas and releasing a book with a touch of a holiday theme is rewarding. 

I’ve also updated my website with book club discussion questions for all three books.  Look for the page titled “Books and Resources”.  SPOILER ALERT~Don’t read them until you’ve read the books!

Please help pass the word about my books to your friends and family.  If you’re on Facebook, please “Like” and share my page at https://www.facebook.com/tammylgrace.books. As always, I’d appreciate positive reviews on Amazon.

I’ll post more as soon as I have the details about my book signing in Fallon and also be on the lookout for discount e-books at Amazon to celebrate the release of A Promise of Home.  The first two e-books will be on a sale for a few days starting November 20th.


 
 
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I’m sharing another photo from my trip to Napa~they’re just too pretty to keep to myself!  I’m thrilled to report I finished up the third book in the Hometown Harbor Series this past week.  A PROMISE OF HOME will be released in November and it has a touch of Christmas, so it’ll be a perfect read for the holiday season.

I’ll be in Minden at the Douglas County Library on October 15th.  They’re hosting an Author Day and I’ll be joining about fifteen other authors.  Minden is gorgeous this time of year, so if you’re looking for something fun to do, drive over to meet some Nevada authors.  The event runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  I’ve conned my mom into coming with me and she’s excited to meet author Todd Borg from Lake Tahoe.

Look for another fun local event to celebrate the launch of A Promise of Home.  I’ll have more details soon.  My cover should be done in the next week or two and I’m excited to share it with you.

I heard from a reader from New York this week and she made my day.  She told me how much she liked my books and was happy to know about the third one coming out soon.  She’s putting it on her Christmas list. 

I’m always looking to build my platform, so please share my Facebook, Twitter, and website with your friends.  The weather is gorgeous here, so get out and enjoy it this week!


 
 
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I took a trip to Napa Valley recently and was able to watch some of the harvest activities.  The weather was gorgeous, as was the scenery.  I’ve also been picking berries and making jam and doing all those fun fall activities.

I’m especially excited to have something new to watch on television.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of some of my favorites and the launch of some interesting new shows.  So, this week I’ve been recording LOTS! 

So far, my favorite new show is Forever.  The main character reminds me a little of Sherlock Holmes.  The biggest disappointment of the week has been NCIS:  New Orleans.  I’ve always liked Scott Bakula, but as much as I wanted to like the new show, it just isn’t doing it for me.  New Orleans is not a locale I’m excited about and it seems the show is trying too hard to showcase the city instead of the storyline.  I’ll keep watching a few more times, but it needs to get better before I allocate precious DVR time and space.

I enjoyed the premier of The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Nashville this week and can’t wait to see what happens on Revenge and Castle.  It’s going to be a good couple of weeks where all the cliffhangers are resolved.

In between all my television viewing, I’m wrapping up my third book in the Hometown Harbor Series~A Promise of Home.  My cover designer plans to have my cover done in early October, so watch for the reveal.  The book will launch in November this year~just in time for holiday shopping.

Enjoy the first weeks of fall and let me know what shows you’re watching~I don’t want to miss anything good.


 
 
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Summer is winding down and I was able to sneak in a few days at Lake Tahoe.  The cool air was a welcome respite from the summer heat.   There’s nothing like the trees and crystal blue water.  Sadly, the lake is noticeably low; I hope we get lots of snow this winter!  I also had fun playing miniature golf and enjoyed some of the best ice cream at the lake~Mourelato’s Cable Car. 

So, with summer almost a wrap, my favorite season will be upon us.  I love fall for many reasons~the start of school, cooler weather, gorgeous leaf colors, and of course Fantasy Football.  Our draft party is coming up and I need to study the rankings to get my picks ready.  If you have any tips, please send them along.

My plan for the next week is to buckle down and produce more chapters for A Promise of Home.  I’m also planning a blog tour after the release of the third book.  I’ve got another event in the works for October and will be brainstorming more for the fall and winter. 

I could use your help in the form of positive reviews, especially for the second book, Home Blooms.  The importance of dozens of positive reviews on Amazon is always emphasized, especially when it comes to promoting my books.  So, if you’ve enjoyed the books and haven’t yet left a review, please consider doing so. 

If you follow football, be sure and comment with your top picks for a winning Fantasy Team.


 
 
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What’s perfect with my Hometown Harbor Series?  Fresh local veggies, of course!

I’ll be at the Maine Street Market next to the library in Fallon on Saturday morning, August 16th.  Judy Carlson, another local author, will be joining me, so please stop by and visit with us.  We’ll be signing (and selling) books from 8-noon.  If you don’t yet have the first two books, Saturday will be a great day to purchase~special pricing for the market!

I enjoyed our few rainy days and was able to get ten chapters done on Book 3 of the Hometown Harbor Series.  My cover designer is excited to start work on a cover for A Promise of Home (working title).  My goal is to have it available by the end of November.

For those of you who have read the first two books, this one focuses on Regi.  Her story unfolds and readers will get to see what transpires in her life and the outcome of the promise she made twenty years ago.

For Fallonites, Saturday is also the 1st Annual Community Reunion at Oats Park, beginning at 4:30 p.m.  I'll be working a registration table~hope to see you at the market and the park!


 
 
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I’ve been busy the last month.  I had my high school reunion, bought a new car, and have been volunteering more than usual.  As far as my reunion goes, it was much more fun than I thought it would be.  I served on the organizational committee and was worried since not many classmates were planning to attend.  While I wish more of my old friends could have made the trip, it was a great weekend of visiting.

When I retired, I wanted to incorporate some volunteer work into my now flexible schedule.  I chose our local senior center.  I’m basically a waitress and serve lunch, usually consisting of four courses, to the seniors in the dining room.  I also fill in as a recording secretary for their meetings.  It seems summer is a time when volunteers are not as available.  If you have any free time in your schedule, I encourage you to check into volunteer opportunities in your town.  I know for a fact our senior center needs more volunteers, so if you are local, please consider them.

On the writing front, I’m having fun with the third book in the Hometown Harbor Series.  I’ve been working on a detective novel for the past couple of months, but mulling around the plot for the third book.  The inspiration suddenly hit me and I was able to outline the book last week and now just have to write all those pesky scenes and words to make it all a reality.  If you’ve read the second book, Home Blooms, you’ve met Regi.  She’s the focus of my third book and I’d enjoy hearing your ideas about her character.  I’ve hammered out the storyline, but always like to hear from readers, especially those with a definite opinion about a character.

I posted this gorgeous shot of Lake Tahoe because I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip before summer is over.  Stay cool and enjoy the freedom of summer~I’m going to get back to my old friends in Friday Harbor.


 
 
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Happy 4th of July!  The weather is heating up where I live, with the next two weeks close to 100 degrees.  A favorite summer activity of mine is going to a movie.  A dark cool movie theater offers a brief respite from the intense heat and a chance to see a good flick.

I’ve been looking at the upcoming releases for summer and there are a few that look promising.  Here’s my list of possibilities:

  • Blended~saw this one not long ago and it was cute and entertaining.  The two stars are enjoyable together.
  • The Fault in our Stars~for a day I want to be sad, which may not be anytime soon.
  • The Edge of Tomorrow~heard it described by a friend as Groundhog Day on steroids.
  • 22 Jump Street~the preview was hilarious, but it could be one all the funny parts were in the clip.
  • Jersey Boys~have heard great things and it’s from Clint Eastwood.
  • Earth to Echo~the preview reminds me of E.T.  Plus it looks like a nice family film with a good message.
  • Tammy~I’m not happy about my name being the title of a movie and depicting an unladylike loser, but I’ll probably have to see it.
  • When the Game Stands Tall~I love Jim Caviezel and it’s based on a true story.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey~Helen Mirren, need I say more?

I’m also thrilled about a couple of the summer series on television.   Mondays are now one of my favorite TV nights, thanks to TNT.  Rizzoli and Isles and Major Crimes are two of my choice programs.  I also think I’m hooked on The Last Ship, a new drama, with a far-out, but compelling storyline. 

Enough about me…write back and tell me some of your top summer movie picks or if I’ve missed any must-see films. 


 
 
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Today I spent a few hours at my local library and participated in a conversation about books and writing.  I was joined by Anne Pershing, who is a current columnist at the Reno Gazette-Journal and a former editor of the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Star Press.  We had a great audience who were treated to Anne’s fabulous sense of humor.  I discussed my two books, FINDING HOME and HOME BLOOMS, and how I came up with the ideas.  We discussed the options available for publishing and I explained why I chose self-publishing through Amazon.

One important point I forgot to mention during the conversation was how vital positive reviews are for authors, especially independent authors.  Reviews on Amazon or Goodreads help authors promote their work elsewhere and expand their readership.  Many promotion services require or strongly suggest that authors have a certain number of reviews on Amazon before they will consider promoting their book.

So, if you enjoy my books, please take a few minutes and leave a review on Amazon.  I know it isn’t something we always think about, but it is a powerful and free way to help authors like me.  If you find it hard to come up with the words, just think about something you enjoyed about the book and leave a sentence or two.  Maybe you like the setting or the characters.  Was the book entertaining or an escape for you?  If so, tell others.

Many thanks to those who attended the event today~it was great to visit with you.  A special thanks to Anne Pershing for joining me.  And for all you readers out there~I'm grateful for the reviews you have submitted.  If you haven't yet posted a review, please consider it.


 
 
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May has flown by and summer is peaking around the corner.  I enjoyed doing my blog tour and the opportunity to meet new readers online.  During the last week of the tour I received several great reviews; one even compared FINDING HOME to Debbie Macomber books. 

I also did a book signing at the Red Zinnia, which turned out to be busy and fun.  I had the chance to visit with many old friends and meet some new readers. 

Coming up on June 5th is another event at the Churchill County Library.  I’ll be joined by award-winning journalist, Anne Pershing.  She’ll be conducting a casual interview with me and discussing books and writing.  She’s always entertaining and I’m looking forward to her visit.

As a reminder, I have a Facebook page, so please LIKE it and share it with your friends.  I hope to see you at library next week.


 
 
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I'll be at the Red Zinnia in Fallon this Wednesday, May 21, for a book signing event.  I'm joining two local authors, Judy Carlson and Dan Quinley, for a fun evening of books and music.  I hope you'll be able to stop by and visit for a few minutes.  It starts at 5:00 p.m. and we'll be there until 8:00 p.m.  Thanks to Susan for hosting us!

I have four more book tour stops in the coming week.  I've enjoyed the opportunity to connect with new readers and authors.  I'm looking forward to some more reviews and posts from dedicated book bloggers.  My largest stop this week is at Jersey Girl Book Reviews on Friday and the last stop is at Melina's Book Blog on Memorial Day.

If you've read either FINDING HOME or HOME BLOOMS and enjoyed the story, please take a minute and leave a review on Amazon.  Positive reviews help authors promote their books on other sites.


Have a nice Memorial Day and hope to see you at the Red Zinnia on Wednesday!