Happy Dance

In the immortal words of Mrs. Doubtfire, Heelloo. I’m so glad you’re here for a visit. Let me get you a cuppa. No, I’m not British and we will have coffee not tea. I just thought it would be fun to say it that way. Son has left for work, the dishes are done, and the laundry is on. Now we may catch up.


I am realistically doing really well. I do feel like I am teetering on the edge of doing too many things again. I shall prevail though. At present, Son is home keeping me company in the evenings bouncing plot and scene ideas for our books. Yes! He is writing a book too. His is a fantasy Youth fiction, I believe. He is so great to listen to me work out cowboy scenes.

I did attend my second book sale and signing here in our local county. I feel like I did pretty well, sold a few books, and met some new people. Probably the best part of the event was getting to hang out with fellow writers. I found that there are things I enjoy to talk about related to the art of writing that my family just doesn’t get it. My author friends truly are kindred spirits and have the same quirky ideas.

For example, I mentioned that I wanted my son to take me around in the area where my book takes place so that I can visit the local cemeteries and check out the churches. Now, what sounds weirder than just checking out a cemetery just for the fun or looking for random inspiration? As the conversation unfolded, to my surprise — two of them, my author friends had already done the very thing. They reassured me that it’s great reconnaissance for writing.

If you know me well, you know that sometimes I am not a fine details person.  I am a skim the headline get the overall picture person. We did have this conversation about the markets to which our books are available. I’d known my book to be available only at Amazon.  However, I do pay for other markets. A friend suggested, Did you google it?  Ok, that’s really elementary – considering we are in an age of “Googling” just about everything.  And realistically, I thought I had.  UHM…. wait for it….   I hadn’t !   What did I find upon this crazy simple form of research?

You try it… open a browser and go to google. Mine on my cell phone looks like this.

Type in,  Long Journey Home Easterling

Watch the magic….. It looks like this…

It asks you if you like this book.  Click the thumb up! (You may have to sign in to your google account)

Next, tap on the Google Books highlighted in blue.

Then the page looks like this…. and you can go a step further and tap Write a Review! It will probably want you to sign into you google account to do that.

Or…. tap on All Sellers!

BAMM!  I’m still in shock.

How cool is that! 

I had to show you, so you’d believe me. I think it’s pretty epic. I’m at Barnes and Nobles- the book store of all book stores.  If you already have my book, I say Thank YOU!  If you read it and liked it- even though the first editions were still not perfect.  Be kind. It’s my first. It has been revised and boo boos corrected. Leave me a review somewhere, at any of the book sites, Google, Amazon, or even Facebook. It really helps a ton!

So, a big thanks to my girl Darla Williams pointing me in the right direction.  She is also the author/ illustrator of a really fun children’s book if you have grandkids (hint hint). The link is right here to find out all about Casey . It is available in several different formats and at many different book stores.

Did you hear that… yep, I did? Back to reality- time to go switch the laundry at least for a few minutes.

Until next time!

~ Lena

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