In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.

In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.

Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January: Time to set some goals

Goals! Of course. It's the start of the year and yep, I do have a list of things in mind to help guide myself along my writer's course in 2016. You'll note that I'm only talking about writing goals. I could put a lot of other goals in here but that would lead to chaos. Let's just stick to the writing goals.

1. Goal: Start an author interview post on my website for 2X per month.
            Note: I began this process in November when I put out a call for authors who'd like to be interviewed. I posted the first interview on January 13th, one of our own Forward Motion authors, B. C. Mathews. I loved how she answered the interview questions. You can see that interview here.

2. Goal: Submit stories to newspapers/magazines about my appearances before and after each appearance.
            The thinking here is that this goal is one of several to help me increase my readers. It's hard for most readers to find new authors. This is one way I can help increase my visibility.

3. Goal: Publish 6 books in 2016: See the rest here.

            How about you? Do you have a few goals for 2016? What's driving them? I'd love to hear your comments.

Mystery at the Fair released July 15th! I'm pretty excited about it. You can buy it and my other books at: Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Smashwords today! You can also see all of my books on, Books tab. If you've read any of my books, please drop a review on the site where you bought it. It's a big help to me in the book rankings each vendor uses to promote the books on their sites. Thanks in advance.

The Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour is sponsored by the website Forward Motion ( The tour is you, the reader, traveling the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. There are all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s always something new and different to enjoy. If you want to get to know the nearly twenty other writers check out the rest of the tour at!  Up next: Jean Schara. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Goals to Start the New Year: 2016 Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour

2016 Merry Go Round Blog TourGoals are interesting things with a mutable nature. When I first set out goals for myself each year, it was easy. Whether I made them or not, I had something to strive for and I could always tweak them as needed.

All that changed when I gained readers.

Trust me, I'm not complaining one bit. I love having readers. Knowing someone is waiting for the next in each series is better motivation than a random, mutable goal.

However, it also means my goals have more weight, and I have to think about them a lot more. I can't just toss some ideas into the air and run with it. My goals have to line up with the expectations of my readers and my long-term plans as an indie author.

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