Monday, February 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 7

 

Happy Leap Day!  Today marks the last day of the blog tour.  I'd like to thank Bewitching Book Tours, all of the blog owners who hosted my book on their sites, and all of the readers who stopped by, commented, and entered the drawing. 

It's been a fun week.  However, all things eventually come to an end.  Before we head home, there are three more stops on the tour:  an interview by Booklover Sue, a review by Apocalipstick, and a top-ten list written by yours truly on Fang-tastic Books.

Booklover Sue
Interview
 
Review
Top Ten List
 
Thanks to everyone for a great time and checking me out on social media.  Make sure you get in on the drawing before it's too late.  I'm excited to find out where I'll be mailing signed copies of When in Gnome.
 
TTFN
 
en
 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Winding Down the Blog Tour: Day 6

Today, the blog tour takes us to Goodreads.com, actually all the way across the pond, where Naturalbri has posted her review of the book. Curious what she had to say?  Go check it out.

I also added some other books to my list while I was there, and I'll be stalking her future reviews for something to read.

Tomorrow is the last day of the tour, and I'm strangely pleased that it fell on Leap Day.  Don't ask me why. It just made the tour seem a little extra special.

BTW, if you haven't already, there is still time to enter the giveaway.

TTFN

en

Friday, February 26, 2016

Reviews for Blog Tour: Day 5

Happy Friday, y'all!  I know you're as excited as I am about the weekend.  I've got some writing to do, and I'm working my way through A Game of Thrones.

Today's tour stops have something special.  We have reviews, an interview, and a guest post!  If you haven't peeked at the book yet, take a lot at what these blogs have to say about it.  Music to my ears...


Splashes into Books describes When in Gnome as an "enthralling page turner". 

Happy Tails and Tales gives When in Gnome FIVE PAWS!  HT&T also includes an interview.

I Smell Sheep features a guest post written by me. :)  There MIGHT be a clue in there about the next book...

Don't forget to enter the drawing!

TTFN

en

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 4

It's been a crazy day.  I was away from the computer most of the day, so I'm late notifying everyone about the blog tour stops today.  (Here in Central Time Zone, it's still Thursday!)  However, it's late, and my brain is not able to come up with any clever blog titles or intros at the moment.  ;)

The new Thursday postings consisted of spotlights on two blogs:

T's Stuff

and

3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, & Sissy

Check out their blogs, read about other good books, and enter the drawing if you haven't already!  Your odds of winning aren't really that bad.  :)

TTFN

en


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 3

Hello!  On the road with the virtual book tour!  Here are the two stops today:

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

Ramblings of a Book Nerd

Check them out, and don't forget to enter the drawing!

TTFN!

en

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 2

Greetings!

Here are the next stops on the blog tour today:

Rose Shababy

Around the World in Books

Be sure to check out the link to enter the drawing for a signed copy!

Enjoy.  TTFN.

en

Monday, February 22, 2016

Have Blog, Will Travel

Today is the very first day of the virtual book tour and a week of shameless self-promotion, and I'm inviting you to check out other blogs along the way. (You might find something new and interesting.)

Here are the first two stops on the tour:

ParaYourNormal

The Cubicle Escapee

If you hurry, you can catch up!

TTFN

Em

PS... Forgot to mention... there's a giveaway!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Case of the Missing Serial Comma

Today, I'm going to show you my inner editor and rant about a peeve of mine, the absent serial comma.

I have long been a huge fan of the serial comma.  In this modern age, when it has been decided that "literally" can mean "not literally", we seem to be getting away from the "old ways".  There are those who believe that just because it's always been that way doesn't mean it's the best way, and then there are those who believe in change for the sake of change.  In most recent publications I've read, the serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma, has been left out.  Here's why I believe it's wrong.

A serial comma is used in what we call "items in a series".  It is the last comma before the "and" and the last item in the series.  The new way of thinking is that it is not always needed.  As a person who has to interpret and edit manuals on technical subjects and systems that I am not always familiar with written by people who may not have been grammatical experts by any stretch of the imagination, it's not always clear exactly what the original author meant when they left out the comma.  For example, if you were to say that "the departments in the company include administration, operations and learning and development", it's difficult for me to know if you mean three departments or four.

The argument in favor of omitting the series comma is contingent, at best.  In this article, Lynn Gaertner-Johnston discusses a study she did of 11 current style guides.  Nine of the 11 guides supported the use of the serial comma, and the other two said that it would be okay to omit if it didn't cause confusion.  The reasoning is very subjective because most people aren't very skilled in grammar.  If they were, they would be able to recognize the need for the serial comma.  So, what happens?  It gets left out across the board, which means that, most of the time, omitting the comma causes confusion.

The bottom line is simple logic:  it is better to ALWAYS include the serial comma and be RIGHT all of the time than to ALWAYS omit it and be WRONG most of the time.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Night Owl Review Booklover Magazine

Just a quick note to let you know....

The newest edition of Booklover Magazine by Night Owl Reviews is out.  This is a free online magazine with lots of articles by authors.  You can also access past issues.

Inside, you'll also find a quick interview that Roxanne Rhoads did with me.  Check out the interview here.



Friday, February 12, 2016

Blog Tour with Bewitching Book Tours

 
Monday, February 22, is the start date of my virtual book tour with Bewitching Book Tours, and it runs through Leap Day.  Fifteen blogs in eight days!  I'm posting the entire schedule below:
Feb 22-29

February 22 Guest blog
ParaYourNormal 

February 22 Guest blog
I Smell Sheep

February 22 Review
The Cubicle Escapee 

February 23 Spotlight
Rose Shababy

February 23 Spotlight
Around the World in Books  

February 24 Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Nerd

February 24 Spotlight
Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

February 25 Spotlight
T's Stuff  

February 25 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy,Too!

February 26 Interview and Review
happy tails and tales

February 26 Review
Splashes Into Books

February 28 Review

February 29 Interview
Booklover Sue

February 29 Review
Apocalipstick

February 29 Top Ten List
Fang-tastic Books

Sunday, February 7, 2016

All Things Must Come to an End...

The Goodreads giveaway has ended, but the three winners will soon be receiving their free copies of When in Gnome.  The books have been ordered.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

There are a lot of good things going on in February.  On the 22nd, I kick off my first virtual book tour via Bewitching Book Tours. Check back here soon for more information on dates, locations, and exclusive content, including reviews, interviews, guests posts, and more.  TTFN!