Monday, September 01, 2014

And the winner is....

I have two winners for the Feel The Love Contest and they are:

Mary Preston
Cody Smith-Candelaria

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated. These two winners will each receive a $25 gift card to their favorite lunch place. Unless they live in the Salt Lake City valley, then I will take them to lunch.

I have the best fans ever! Again thank you for participating.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lunch, anyone want to have it with Mary?

Feel the Love Contest!
Win lunch with Mary. She wants to show the love to her many fans so here's what she's going to do:  One lucky fan who comments on her blog, contacts her via her web site, Follows her on Twitter, Friends her on Facebook, adds her to Your circle on Google +, Friends and/or Follows on Goodreads or signs up for her newsletter, will receive lunch with Mary. If you're outside the state, Mary will give you a $25 Gift Card for your favorite lunch spot! (If you're already connected, then comment or tweet. Or if you have one of her wonderful books, review it.) Let her show you her love. Contest runs from May 1, 2014, through the summer to August 31 and the winner of the drawing will be announced September 1st.
***No purchase necessary

I thought I had the most amazing friends, fans, and family ever. And then my son had a fire and lost everything. He and the kids are healthy and safe, but their family dog wasn't as fortunate. We'll all miss Duchess, such a sweet friend to my grandkids. I'm so thankful for everyone and how people stepped up and really helped. The love and support was... I'm not sure I have words to describe how I felt. Now more than ever I would love to thank my friends and/or fans with lunch on me. So instead of just one winner, there will be two!
Thanks again

Monday, August 11, 2014

Marketing materials

Welcome everyone, you know the drill, fill your plate with goodies, grab a drink, and then find a seat. It's very nice in the garden this time of year, so relax and enjoy!

I'd like to start a discussion on what you use as marketing materials to pass out. I've already discussed the promotion via social media, etc. I'd like to know what you leave around town. Do you still make book marks? Do you use pens, business cards, or magnets.

Since so many people use tablets I have stopped doing book marks. I have placed magnet business cards and post cards around in coffee shops and restaurants. I find the bookstores will not set them out unless you're having a book signing. However, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to set up book signings in bookstores, major chain or indie bookstores. I also donate baskets to charities or fundraisers. I will put one or two of my books in a basket along with some other goodies, coffee mug, and coffee, or wine and a wine glass. I figure it's a tax write off, and you get your name out there.

I use Vistaprint for my business cards, coffee mugs, postcards, and I've even purchased a bag with my books on them. Not to mention a tee shirt...

Business Cards

What works for you? Where do you buy your promotional items?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Hi, everyone, my big book release is over. And it's time to talk about it. Everyone grab your plates, fill up with goodies, and pour your favorite beverage. Now that you've got the good stuff. Let's get down to business.

Promotion. Now there is a word that is fast becoming a dirty four letter word for me. I know it's more like nine, but I really hate it right now. I've decided that I'm just not good at promotion. This doesn't really make sense to me because I majored in Marketing. I know the concepts, the trends, the demographics, and all the etc. etc. etc. there is. Yet, I plan a release party and did I do awesome? No. I did have a few people really participate, but when it came down to book sales, not much at all.

I went all out this time. I had the release party on four sites. Twitter, Facebook, Mary's Garden Blog, and Google+. Most people checked in at Facebook and my blog. If they did on Twitter, they didn't use the hashtag and I didn't see answers to the trivia. Google+, was a bit better with one person. In the past I've done a release on my blog for a day. Or just the same post for a week and people had to post for a prize. I was hoping that going all out I'd draw in readers and generate interest in my Four Sisters. Nope. I think people enjoyed the trivia, but it didn't generate into sales.

I've done blog tours, several in fact. And none of them have generated into sales either. I'd say maybe my books suck. BUT people have to actually read them and then not buy them in the future for that to be true. And the very FEW people who have read my Four Sisters have given outstanding reviews. So now what?

What have your experiences been with promotion? Is more better? Or less better?

I'd love to have a discussion about what has worked for you. Please share what you do for your books. What you've found works and what you've found does not.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finally the winners!

Here is how the points worked:
Each correct answer two points.
A partially correct answer one point.
And a wrong answer .5 point.

Anyone who shared a 1960's story on the blog received 2 bonus points.

There was a possibility of 50 points. That's if someone answered all four questions, correctly, each day and posted a 1960's story for two bonus points. Without further ado, our winner with 34.5 points is:
Diane Lockard

We had a three-way tie, each person had 14 points. I put their names in a hat (literally) and had my husband draw the name. The three names that when in the hat are:
Mary Preston
Bn100 (what her blog ID is)
Brandy Umphreys-Blake
And the winner is:
Mary Preston

Again, thank you for participating. I hope you had fun checking out the 1960's. And I apologize for taking so long on the winners.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Answers and Winners!

Thank all of you for participating!
Here is how the points worked:
Each correct answer will be two points.
A partially correct answer will be one point.
And a wrong answer is a .5 point.
(Answer on all sites for more chances for points!)

Anyone who shares a 1960's story (can be yours, parents, friends, etc.) on the blog will receive 2 bonus points.

It is taking me longer to tally the points than I thought. I will have the winners posted shortly. For now, here are the questions and the answers for each of the sites:

Mary's Garden Blog
1. Who Delivered the well-known speech “I Have A Dream” in August of 1963?
a. Martin Luther King

2. One of the first known computer video games was invented in 1962. What was it called?
a. Spacewar

3. In what year were Touch-Tone telephones introduced?
a. 1963

4. What years of birth would qualify you as being a baby boomer?
a. Inclusive years 1946-1964

5. In July of 1966 The Lovin’ Spoonful topped the charts with what song?
a. Summer in the City

6. In what year was the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers downed and captured in Russia?
a. 1960

1. What President of the United States was assassinated in November of 1963?
a. President John F. Kennedy.

2. What famous band arrived from England at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in February of 1964?
a. The Beatles

3. Where were the 1964 Summer Olympics held?
a. Tokyo, Japan

4. Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic seventh-game home run and gives the Pittsburgh pirates an unforgettable World Series triumph over what team?
a. New York Yankees

5. In 1960 Butterfield 8 won The Best Actress Academy Award. Who was the Actress?
a. Elizabeth Taylor

6. In what year did East Germany erect the Berlin Wall?
a. 1961

1. The American actress Norma Jeane Baker died of a barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36. By what name is she better known?
a. Marilyn Monroe

2. What event took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in January 1967?
a. The Human Be-In.

3. What science fiction TV series created by Gene Roddenberry made its debut in 1966?
a. Star Trek

4. What film made from a Broadway hit won the best movie of the year Academy Award in 1961?
a. West Side Story

5. Who became the first American to orbit the earth?
a. John Glenn

6. In 1962 what baseball player from the Dodgers broke Ty Cobb’s single-season stolen base record?
a. Maury Wills

1. Who wrote and published the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960?
a. Harper Lee

2. What well-known board game made its modern day version debut in 1960?
a. The Game of Life – Based on the 1860’s game – The Checkered Game of Life

3. What music festival was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in 1969?
a. Woodstock

4. On what TV show did The Beatles appear to kick off their first U.S. Tour in 1964?
a. The Ed Sullivan Show

5. What was the name of the first James Bond Movie?
a. Dr. No

6. In what year was Black Nationalist leader, Malcom X shot to death?
a. 1965

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thank you!

The big release party is over, sadly. But stay tuned and check on Saturday for all of the answers to the questions from all four sites. And let's not forget the winners.

Thank you to everyone for participating. I feel bad that I did not play as much as I wanted. I ended up sick. UGH. Yes, I even missed the day job. But I still had fun reading the answers.

See you on Saturday!
Kindle, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.