Welcome to Day 1 of the “HELP FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDKIDS” Blog Tour! @Healthmn1 #4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA

     I’m delighted to host Rochester, Minnesota resident Harriet Hodgson today. She has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 36 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and additional graduate training.
     Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the
Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). She is a contributing writer for the Open
to Hope Foundation, The Grief Toolbox, and The Caregiver Space websites. Visit
www.thecaregiverspace.org/authors/hhodgson to read her articles.
     Hodgson has appeared on more than 185 talk radio shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of television stations, including CNN, and dozens of blog talk radio
programs. A popular guest, she has given presentations at public health,
Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences. Her recent work is based on Hodgson’s 21 years as a family caregiver. She was her mother’s family caregiver for nine years, her twin grandchildren’s guardian and caregiver for seven years, and is in her fifth year as her disabled husband’s caregiver. Visit www.harriethodgson.com for more information about this busy wife, grandmother, caregiver, and author.


Harriet offers some invaluable Marketing Tips for Indie and Print-on-Demand Authors:

  • Create a website and keep it current.
  • Arrange for your book to be sold in conference stores.
  • Always carry a book with you.
  • Send or deliver press release to radio/television stations.
  • Create a blog or become a guest blogger.
  • Appear on blog talk radio.
  • Ask friends to post reviews on Amazon.
  • Tap the power of social media.
  • Get a graphic designer to create a bookmark that advertises your book.
  • Use article marketing to get the word out about your book.
  • Write free articles for national and regional magazines.
  • Notify your alumni office about your book.
  • Pay a professional reviewer or review service for a write-up.
  • Plan and give workshops related to your book.
  • Give free talks that expand your book.
  • Autograph books and put “Autographed Copy” stickers to the covers.
To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  
Lastly, Harriet is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB #RRBC! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!
Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  


Soul-Hearted Living

I’m honored to introduce Dr. Debra Reble’s beautiful book,  #SoulHeartedLiving. You can create a soul-inspiring 2019 by reading her daily reflections. It’s a perfect gift for friends and family. Several writers are featured through quotes from their books. I’m humbled to be one of those included. ♥  http://www.debrareble.com/shl-book-launch-page/

Gratitude for the little things of life

This is the first day of Advent and as well, the beginning of Hanukkah. Holiday songs and colorful lights abound independent of our religious beliefs. For all of us, it is a time of remembrance and celebration, a time we focus on family and friends. During these December days, we remember those we love and often through a gift we say, thank you for being you.

While children excitedly enjoy the magic, most of us wander through stores looking for gifts or delicacies for the family gatherings. Sometimes in the midst of our activity we forget that the season is really about thanksgiving. Why would we not?

When weather threatens us, fires surround us, and elected officials leave us gasping, why would any of us feel gratitude?

If we can step back from our troubled world, we can be overwhelmed by gratitude evoked by a kind word, a helpful hand, a warm embrace, or even unexpected laughter. The little things of life come alive, when we pause long enough to listen to our hearts. Aren’t these little things what is most important in life?  

Sometimes life’s challenges help us value the little things. This year, I’ve been dealing with an ailment requiring a lot of bed rest. It’s been an adventure that I would not have chosen, but I can honestly say that I’m grateful for the experience. I’ve learned so much about love, about life, and about our collective and individual journeys. Most of that learning has come through seeing the little things of life that often go unnoticed.  

Even with the health handicap, much was accomplished. Author John W. Howell and I published The Contract, and to our astonishment, we are ready to send its sequel to the editor. Amazing, right?

Through one challenge or another, life goes on. So it is that I share that I’ve a medical hurdle to tackle over the next couple of weeks. Because of that, I may be absent from social media for a bit. I look forward to wholeheartedly rejoining you in the New Year. Till then, thank you for accompanying me. You have become family and from you, I have learned so much.

I close with a brief but beautiful message from Br. David Steindl-Rast

November 11

Veterans Day is fast approaching, and in the little town I call home (Branson, MO), that means a full week of thank you celebrations for the thousands of veterans who come for this homecoming event. Shows are discounted or free, as are meals and housing. Additionally, there’s a huge parade and a veterans’ village to connect with friends and to learn about available services.

This seven-day celebration is an emotional time for most, certainly for me. Though I did not serve, my dad, my husband, my brother, and many relatives all served or are currently serving in the military. During WWII, my mom and her twin joined thousands of other young women to work as a Rosie the Riveter in San Diego. It was the “patriotic thing to do,” mom would say, “they needed our help.” 

I grew up knowing that each of us has a responsibility to serve our country in the ways that we can. And, on November 11th, we pause to remember those who wore a uniform on our behalf. 

To all the veterans, my heartfelt thank you for your service. You gave your youth that we might have the freedoms we enjoy today. I wish I could repair the hearts of mourners, the minds of the traumatized, the bodies of the broken. But, I cannot. I can only honor your courage and your efforts by how I choose to live today. 

Our common goal of liberty and justice for all is a weighty aspiration, but together, there is the possibility that it can become a reality. That is my hope, that is my dream. 

Thank you

This week author John W. Howell and I learned that The Contract between heaven and earth was selected as a Finalist in three categories by the Independent Author Network’s 2018 IAN Book of the Year Awards. The three categories were Thriller/Suspense,  Paranormal/Supernatural, and Romance.

This is an honor of no small measure, because John and I attempted to co-author a story having not met each other or having partnered with anyone else on such a project. We literally epitomized the concept of the blind leading the blind. We stumbled, we got up, and somehow, we found our way. One of the reasons we reached our goal was the helpful advice of beta readers. Another great assist was the patience of our spouses.

I’m ever so grateful for those who have read our book and especially grateful to those who have offered their thoughts, either in a review or in an email. You are the reason we writers write. Thank you!