Friday, February 19, 2010

First Stop: Sarasota, Florida--Sort Of

I'm sitting here in a gorgeous home in Sarasota, Florida looking out at the bay and watching the birds dive into the water and the occasional boat go by. I could get used to writing from this view.

I've started my "Advocate Across America" tour here in Sarasota, but I say "sort of" because I'm not participating in any public events on this trip. I have one private meeting here. I plan to return later on and attend a number of events including Sarasota Woman's Club, book clubs, and bookstores. I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I'm visiting with friends, working on the third book, and getting some much needed R&R before I move on to Columbia, South Carolina for the South Carolina Book Festival. So if you're in the area, please come out to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on February 27th or 28th and stop at the Echelon Press booth and say hello. I'd love to meet you.

Since I just got here I don't have much to report, but I'll try to report in from South Carolina and let you know how this part of the trip went.

And if you've been to Florida I'd love to hear about your experience. Just comment below.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Advocate Across America

I finally completed my A to Z blog and it's time to start a new one. So, I decided to "Advocate Across America." My plan is to tour all fifty states with my novel, THE ADVOCATE, and blog as I go. As new books in the series are published, they'll go with me as well. I know this tour will not be an easy task or be completed any time soon, but I'm up for the challenge and I'm excited about seeing my book in every state.

My plan is to have an event such as a Meet and Greet in a bookstore, or a speaking event at a service organization or library, a discussion with a book club, or a radio or television interview...whatever happens to fit into the schedule. At the same time I'm hoping to help build an awareness about child abuse in America.

This is my call to action. If you're interested in having me speak in your city, please send me an email to I'll do everything I can to try and make it happen. I'll also give notice on this blog when I schedule a city so if you're in the area you can attend or schedule another event with your book club, bookstore, or organization.

First stop is Sarasota, FL the last week of February. Next, I'll be in Columbia, SC on February 27th and 28th for the South Carolina Book Festival. In June, I'll be in Chicago, IL and Bay City, MI. July, August, and September I'll be covering quite a few states. I'll keep you posted.

Where would you like to see THE ADVOCATE?