- So after ten years of having a do-it-yourself website, I hired a professional design company to give it a makeover. My new website was created by Mike at KTF Design. KTF specializes in "intelligent web design for writers." I loved working with Mike and am thrilled with the finished results. The old version is gone forever and can only be seen where it belongs--on the Wayback Machine.
- Here's a cool thing for readers of YA novels. Help your favorite book make it onto the Amazon.com Essential Books for Young Adults List by nominating your selection and entering to win a prize! If your choice happens to be Favorite or Life On Hold, that would be great, but as always, it's best to vote from the heart.
- Another new thing? I did my first Skype interview ever and you can find it at Taleist, a site for writers who are interested in self-publishing. Interviewer Steven Lewis was in Australia, I was in Hartland, WI, we talked, and now our conversation is available for anyone online to see and hear. This crazy, wonderful world of technology never ceases to amaze me. If I could go back in time and tell my teenage self this would happen someday it would have blown my mind.
- I want to take a moment to recognize all the book bloggers in the world. The ones who've reviewed my books are my favorites, of course, but I have admiration for all of them. Week after week, book bloggers do hours of work for free (and the few who get paid don't make nearly enough), because they don't consider it to be work. They read and review books for the sheer love of reading and sharing. Authors and publishers can hire publicity people, but there's no substitute for sincere and enthusiastic word of mouth.
I've been the lucky recipient of several reviews and blog interviews. These are the most recent. My thanks to all:
Mrs. Melissa - A Wisconsin bookworm who loves Wisconsin books and Wisconsin authors (and other books too)! at Eating cheese curds in the library gave my novel, Easily Amused, high marks. She also gave A Scattered Life a touching review on Goodreads.
Laura at A Novel Review did a lovely review of A Scattered Life, and went to the time and trouble to ask me a few questions as well.
Teens Read and Write gave Favorite a positive write-up, and asked me some great interview questions too. The last one is a must read--I think it may qualify as the best interview question ever.
Night Owl Reviews did a wonderful job summarizing and reviewing Favorite and Life On Hold. I also noticed that they're open to new reviewers, if anyone is interested in checking that out.
Jessica at Cracking the Cover says, "Take a chance on McQuestion's Favorite." Yay!
Mostly Reading YA had good things to say about Favorite as well. Much appreciated. :)
At BookRoom Reviews, Christina Zawadiwsky wrote a detailed, thoughtful review of Easily Amused. She really, really liked it!
And last, but certainly not least, Barbara Sissel at Boxing the Octopus reviewed A Scattered Life and had some wonderful things to say about the characters and the story. She finished her review by saying, "A Scattered Life was an altogether warm and thoughtful read." Thanks so much, Barbara.
If I've forgotten anyone, my apologies. Please know that I read and appreciate every blog review.
Have a great weekend!