Celebrate Lit’s Baggage Claim Blog Tour
Baggage Claim is being featured in an online book tour until April 10th. I’ve been blessed by several kind reviews from experienced book reviewers. It’s interesting to read other people’s perspectives on my story. Some people found it suspenseful, others not so much. Most of them liked the children. Some readers thought the book is very romantic, some found it not very romantic at all. A few people were surprised by the romance!
(Note: I am not good at writing romance. My editor laughed at my first attempt at the kissing scene. I spent two hours rewriting those two lines and then realized I hadn’t actually described the kiss – just the lead-up to it. That’s how I left it.)
The Grand Prize
Celebrate Lit, the organizer of the blog tour, is hosting a giveaway for readers. I enjoyed putting together a grand prize package that reflects my own interests and – hopefully – appeals to readers. I included:
A decorative suitcase
Suitcase… baggage… get it?? I collect beautiful chipboard boxes. Well, not “collect”, exactly. I just keep buying them because they are beautiful. I usually get them on sale at Michaels and then try to find things to store in them so I can justify my purchases. Michaels also has inexpensive, pretty photo/shoe boxes, too, and I use them to store crafting supplies, projects, and all sorts of other things. Sometimes, I even use them for photos and shoes. (Cathe takes a deep breath and curbs her enthusiasm) This suitcase has metal clasps and a leather handle. Isn’t it pretty?
A paperback copy of Baggage Claim
I will sign it if you want me to. 🙂
An assortment of handmade cards
I love making cards. It’s like scrapbooking for the person with a short attention span. Instant gratification. Besides, in this digital age, getting real mail is a treat. I have included 14 assorted cards: birthdays, babies, weddings, get well, thinking of you, sympathy, congratulations and a couple that are blank inside. They were fun to make, knowing they would be going to a reader!
A box of Earl Grey tea and a pretty cup
Tazo teas are nice. I like most kinds of tea, but I usually drink coffee, so I decided a full-size coffee mug would be preferable to a dainty teacup.
A handmade quilted mug rug
I have been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years. My website, GloryQuilts, has more information about that side of me. Mug rugs seemed remarkably silly when I first saw them, but I use them every day. They’re like an oversized coaster or snack mat. I also use one for a mouse pad sometimes. When I give them as a gift or sell them, I include this poem on a tag:
This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.
It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.
How to enter the contest
Visit the Celebrate Lit website or any of the blogs listed there to enter the contest. No purchase is necessary. You can earn bonus entries, too!
I’m interested in your opinions. Do you enter many giveaways? What kind of prizes appeal to you? A free Kindle? Books? Gift cards? Packages like this one? Leave a comment and let me know.