Many Thanks + What’s to Come


Thank Yous

A big thank you to JM McDowell for featuring Six Train on her blog! It made my week when I saw my book there. Thanks so much JM!

And a “wow I made it” thank you to Carrie Rubin for featuring me in her everchanging blog roll of spectacular blogs she follows!

And a thank you to Johnnie over at The Place for Ebooks Blog for  featuring The Six Train to Wisconsin as one of the best in new ebooks from tomorrow’s literary stars! Thanks Johnnie, *blushing* that’s such a huge compliment! 🙂

I also want to say thank you to every one of my blog followers. You guys were there every step of the way with me. Cheering me on and propping me up. I wouldn’t be at this point without you! 🙂


What’s to Come

I have a giveaway going on over at Goodreads for 10 paperback copies of The Six Train to Wisconsin. The giveaway will run from now until May 20th.

Since the publication date moved up, there are things in motion that aren’t quite here yet. Still a lot going on behind the magic curtain. 😉

I will be selling a limited number of autographed paperbacks through Paypal. The link isn’t set up yet, but my web designer is on it.

As you all know, I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. So how else would I thank my readers than with a giveaway of two free tickets to see Taylor Swift July 6th in Pittsburgh, PA? This will be Six Train’s Biggest Fan Giveaway running from May 15-31. You will get points for tweeting, liking, and purchasing The Six Train to Wisconsin.

My Facebook release party is still scheduled for 5/28/13–planning is underway.

I just taped a radio show “Everything Internet” that will air Sunday May 12th on 660 KSKY Radio in Dallas Fort Worth, WCRA in Decatur, IL, and FamilyNet Radio hosted by Ed Frazier and Lisa McKibben. I should get a link next week if anyone wants to check it out.

And there will be a guest blog tour kicking off in mid-May and a book tour starting May 30th.

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32 Responses to Many Thanks + What’s to Come

  1. I’ve almost finished reading it, it’s awesome Kourtney. Digging your wonderful metaphors. :0)

  2. Gwen says:

    Lots of exciting stuff! My copy of the Six Train arrived yesterday. Hoping to dive in this weekend. Still slogging through Gatsby…

    Congrats again!

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    You’re very welcome, Kourtney! 🙂 The TV interview was awesome, and I love that you’re getting cross-country press on the book release! My Kindle says I’m 89 percent through the book I’m reading for a review, so I’m getting closer to being able to start Six Train. Life decided to get very busy this month. Grrr. 😉

    • Aw thank you! I had no idea any of this media stuff could happen. My publicist set my expectations very low and so I focused on the blog tour, the book tour, and giveaways and all the other ways to get people’s attention. 😉 Hopefully it will all build on the media. 🙂 Oh cool! I love the percentage count down. It gives me the oomph to power through to the end of a book. 😉 Aw, I totally understand. And the book is out 3 weeks ahead of schedule too. Hopefully life will calm down in the summer.

  4. You’re on a roll – great to see so much excitement and energy! YEA!

  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    “But hope is a tricky thing. Too much and you don’t see the catastrophe coming. Too little and you surrender to the inevitability.”—Recognize that? I know it has nothing to do with your post today, but I had to tell you I loved that line from your book. I had to highlight it.

    Thanks for the mention! You’ve got this marketing thing down. I wish I could hire you. 😉

    I have something fun planned for Monday. I hope Grandma H won’t throw rotten tomatoes at me… 😉

    • I do! One of my favorite lines in Six Train. I love that you quoted it back to me too! 🙂 Aw thank you!

      Of course–you have a killer blog so being featured in your blog roll is high praise. 🙂

      LOL. Months of studying and research. And I am still learning new things everyday and retooling things. 😉

      Awesome, can’t wait to read it. LOL. No worries, She’s not on the internet. She doesn’t really know how to turn on a computer and she proudly proclaims that. ;P

  6. klynwurth says:

    Wow! I have to admit it’s fun, just watching you shine. I’m well into the book, impressed and engaged. Great writing!

    • Aw. *Looks at tips of toes* Thank you. 🙂 It’s been a long time being tarnished and sitting in the basement. So so wonderful to hear that. It’s everything I hoped for. 🙂

  7. EllaDee says:

    I’m so glad you e-published The Six Train To Wisconsin… and that I was around to hear about it. I can’t give it enough praise. I read a lot, and it’s right up there with, and better than a lot of stuff from established authors. I have 20% to go, so I hope you are thinking about writing or publishing something else soon. You did good to publish it, and I hope anyone who didn’t support you now realise what idiots they are.

    • Thanks EllaDee! I’m so so happy to hear you’re enjoying it. That is the best compliment ever. And it makes the hours of proofreading on a screen worth it. 🙂 LOL. I have an idea for a follow up book but I don’t have plans to work on it yet. I’ve got to promote the heck out of this one, then start revising my YA. But hopefully, I’ll be able to start drafting in the fall in my spare time.

      I really took my time revising and polishing. And Kat Bender was a terrific editor helping me get it publication ready. LOL. Aw, eventually they might. But just hearing you say that is enough for me. 🙂

      • EllaDee says:

        I’m done 🙂 You are going to have a lot of happy readers. I just put my review on Goodreads, and the same on Amazon.

        • Wow that was so fast! 🙂 Yay! Oh thank you–I hope so! And 1000 thank yous for the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon!! Did you read the acknowledgements? You’re listed in the last paragraph. 🙂

          • EllaDee says:

            Oh, I did, which put a huge smile on my face… very kind of you… I feel special 🙂 But, I was so excited to finish the book and put up the review by the time I’d done that it slipped my mind… I cannot express sufficiently how happy I am for you.

          • Awesome! 🙂 Aw, I just wanted to thank you for all your support. I couldn’t have stuck with it in the face of all those setbacks without you encouraging me and believing in me. 🙂 That’s so great to hear! Thank you for the review it was so lovely to hear how you connected with the novel. Truly touched me. Aw, thank you EllaDee! 🙂

  8. You are busy busy! Good work with promotions and glad the book is doing so well 🙂

  9. Pete Denton says:

    You are finding the odd hour to sleep and stuff aren’t you? You are doing a great professional job of marketing and promoting your book. Well done 🙂

    • Sleep is cut back to 6-7 hours. Not my usual 8-9. LOL. But it’s go time! Aw thank you–I am trying so hard to be spreading the word and promoting without being obnoxious. 🙂 Please let me know if I ever cross that line. 🙂

  10. 4amWriter says:

    Holy cats, you are on a promotion roll! I don’t think I have ever seen anyone go to as much trouble as you do for their book. And that’s the way it should be, of course, but it’s hard for authors to do that leg of the job I think. You seem to be a natural!

    • Trying. We had a whole promotional campaign around the 5/28 release date, but then we were gifted (seriously lucky) with media coverage and had to take advantage. So things are a bit more haphazard than I originally planned. But the best plans require flexibility. 🙂 I had a long talk with myself when I started the indie process. And I said, this whole introvert thing won’t work for an indie author. So you better learn how to turn it on. Just don’t be obnoxious. And I realized I had to figure out how to promote and market and reach out and sell this book. I wouldn’t have been able to do it for myself, but for the book I’m willing to do anything. 🙂

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