ReadCon was promoted as an invitation to "party at the library." The best part about the event was seeing teenagers, parents, and children enjoying the library on a Saturday evening.
Firestone Colorado is a long haul from Colorado Springs. The trip was made easier when I met friend and fellow Five Star author Liesa Malik http://liesamalik.com/wp_lmalik/ at her home. She drove the rest of the trip, cutting my drive in half.
Neither of us knew what to expect. This was a new event for us, a trip into the unknown. We spotted the library at last, rising from an expanse of prairie. Friendly library staff and volunteers met us at the door. The facility is only 8 years old, and had a crisp, fresh feel. After we arranged our tables, Liesa and I wandered around meeting other authors, and chatting with friends from Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America.
I love libraries. This Saturday, I am attending Read Con at the High Plains Library in Firestone, Colorado.
Today is the final blog tour stop for Stone Cold Case. The past two weeks have been a wild ride. Additional stops and reviews may trickle in. I will include them on Tuesdays with my regular blog posts.
I received a review on the Manic Readers blog:
"In addition to giving readers thought processes a good work out, there’s an entry level course on mineral, gems, etc…The way the two combine is quite interesting... For readers who enjoy learning side knowledge as well as solving puzzles, STONE COLD CASE should be highly appealing."
Don't miss a stop! The Stone Cold Case blog tour ends this Wednesday. Next week, I return to my regular posting with a report on the Colorado Gold conference.
Monday, September 21:
I received these kind words on the J Bronder Book Reviews blog:
"Although this is the second book in the series, you can easily read it as a stand-alone. If you like mysteries, look no further. The Rock Shop Mystery series is one that you have to check out."
On my Dab of Darkness interview, I talk about minions, the worst job I ever had, an interesting gross fact, and my writer's den: http://dabofdarkness.com/2015/09/21/giveaway-interview-catherine-dilts-author-of-stone-cold-case/
I am glad my book tour is virtual, taking place via the Internet on a variety of reader and reviewer blogs. I am reminded of the movie If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, where a group of American tourists wreak havoc on a whirlwind tour of Europe. I won't say it's easy keeping track of where my tour is at any given moment, but if it's Sunday, September 20, this must be my busiest day on tour!
Friday, September 18
On Friday, the blog tour took me to A TiffyFit's Reading Corner, where Tiffany gave me a nice review:
"This is a wonderful mystery with a lot of stories going on underneath the main storyline. I loved getting to know the characters and the little intricacies that made them stand out as real people."
Also on Friday was a stop at Simple Wyrdings.
Saturday, September 19
I enjoyed being in the Blog Tour Spotlight on A Writer's Dream Saturday:
Sunday, September 20
Sunday is a busy day on the Stone Cold Case blog tour.
1) First up is my post "A Day in the Life of Morgan Iverson" on the very popular blog dru's book musings.
2) Next, you can read my article on "Living the Literary Life" at PJ Nunn's blog bookbrowsing:
3) Stone Cold Case makes a Sunday appearance on Gina's Library of Reviews:
Today is a busy day on tour as I appear on three blogs. First up is an amazingly detailed review on Book Reader's Heaven by Glenda Bixler. Reviewer Bixler even includes photos of key items in my novel!
"If you enjoy playing amateur sleuth, I highly recommend you consider Stone Cold Case. It is intriguing enough to hold your attention, yet, light enough to not get too deep into dangerous situations...at least it was until the climactic ending! Enjoy!"
One of the objectives of an author blog tour is to garner book reviews. Why is this important? I'll quote author and friend Liesa Malik: "You know those book reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble? They're written by people just like you! It's easy to do and helps your local author A LOT!" https://liesamalik.wordpress.com/
My blog tour is generating some nice reviews, but I can always use more. If you don't have time to write a review, even rating my book will help.
Even though this is release day for book two in my Rock Shop Mystery series, I went to work. I did take plates of cookies and bookmarks to share with my coworkers. Folks know that I, and another coworker, write fiction in our "spare" time. They like to hear how we're progressing with our books.
While I was at work, I received a nice review on Angie's Angle. http://angiesangle.com/2015/09/stone-cold-case-book-review/
Excited. Nervous. Relieved. These are my emotions this morning as Stone Cold Case hits the virtual bookshelves. I continue the blog tour hoping to entice new readers to give book two in my series a try.
Omnimystery News is a website devoted to mystery in any form - book, film, television, or games. I was fortunate to be interviewed by Lance Wright today, who asks about my novel, what I read as a child, where I most like to write, and many other interesting questions.
You can read my answers here:
Stone Cold Case is now available for order from the Tattered Cover and Amazon.
Tattered Cover - http://www.tatteredcover.com/search/site/catherine%20dilts
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Cold-Case-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1432830996/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436965039&sr=1-3&keywords=Catherine+Dilts
The Kindle e-book version should be available soon.
Today's blog stop is on Carstairs Considers. Mark Baker was the first person to post a review of my debut novel. He kindly agreed to review book two, Stone Cold Case. I was nervous, as he is an honest reviewer. Here's what he had to say about my second novel:
"The mystery was interesting and compelling with many twists and turns before we reached the exciting climax. I was actually intending to stop reading for the night so I could get some other things done, but when I hit the climax, I couldn’t stop. I had to see how everything was going to work out."
I spent this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers annual writers conference Colorado Gold. I will be blogging later about this friendly gathering, all I learned, and the friends, reviewers, librarians, agents, editors, and aspiring authors I had the pleasure to meet.
I received a wonderful review from blogger Angela Rogers on her Misadventures of a First Time Mom blog.
"This was my first time reading one of Mrs. Dilts’s books, and I really enjoyed it. Once I got going, I wasn’t able to put it down. The action starts from the very first chapter, and stays pretty constant through the whole book. All of the characters are very well written & developed. The plot is also very good, and tosses out a few curve balls. Also, you don’t need to read the first book to know what’s going on. Anything you need to know from it is referred back to with all the info you need, and it’s quick and to the point."
I am so excited that Angela liked Stone Cold Case! You can read the entire review here: http://misadvmom.com/2015/09/book-review-stone-cold-case-by-catherine-dilts/
I also made an appearance on Night Owl Reviews, where I wrote an author letter.
Today's blog tour stop is on the Celtic Lady's Reviews site where Stone Cold Case is in the Virtual Tour Spotlight. (Scroll down - I am listed second.)
I am heading out soon to attend the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers annual conference Colorado Gold. This is my first time attending the conference. I look forward to hanging out with my author friends, and Five Star editors Deni Dietz and Tiffany Schofield. I hope to learn new things about writing and the publishing business.
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