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!  

 

He Said, She Said

Author Colleen Chesebro offers a weekly poetry challenge, using the 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure.  The words for this week are Cold and Storm. By her rules, a participant cannot use these two words but must use synonyms.

This is my first attempt at writing Tanka, and I’ve chosen to use Tempest and Chill. Thank you, author Jan Sikes for your encouragement and inspiration.

Question and Answer

This week author Ronovan Hester challenges writers to use QUESTION and ANSWER in a Haiku poem. My thoughts quickly went to politicians whose disingenuous questions often elicit reactions that divide and demoralize. I can’t help but believe that the internal walls that we construct are graver than the exterior walls we might consider.   

If you’d like to try your hand at this art form, just click on Ronovan’s name, and you’ll be taken to his site, where there is helpful information on writing Haiku. 

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/

Sage and Vine

This week author Ronovan Hester challenges writers to use SAGE and VINE in a Haiku poem.  I live in a verdant area, and I dearly love seeing cottages covered with vines. Perhaps you think similarly. My poem attempts to capture the wonder of nature’s beauty.  ♥ 

If you’d like to try your hand at this art form, just click on Ronovan’s name, and you’ll be taken to his site, where there is helpful information on writing Haiku. This pinterest photo delights my soul, how about you?

Mourning dove

This week author Ronovan Hester challenges writers to use GRASS and DOVE in a Haiku poem.  I live in a wooded area and love the song of doves. Their simple coos bring quiet to my soul. Perhaps you experience the same. ♥ 

If you’d like to try your hand at this art form, just click on Ronovan’s name, and you’ll be taken to his site, where there is helpful information on writing Haiku. 

Discovery

This weekend I finished reading Discovery by Rick and Jan Sikes. It is a quiet book, one that you turn the pages slowly and carefully. It elicits that kind of respect, because each poem is a piece of the writer. I felt as though I was sitting with Rick and Jan, feeling their sorrows, knowing their love, and tenderness overwhelmed me.  

My 5-Star review on Amazon follows: 

Life presents us with challenges none of us would have chosen, and yet, it is through these unwanted hurdles that we can become more fully human. Discovery by Jan and Rick Sikes is a powerful testimony of the human spirit. It is crafted such that the reader accompanies the writers not as a spectator but as a partner. Who hasn’t felt despair, who hasn’t longed for understanding, for truth, for freedom? Each poem walks through the reader’s heart and takes hold of these lonely or fearful parts and brings them to life. Rick and Jan Sikes’ pain becomes your own and the journey very real.

This book lingers and creates vulnerability. Wherever hardness resides, it melts as one poem after another open the doors of the heart. I highly recommend Discovery. It is a journey of the soul. 

Seek and Find

This week author Ronovan Hester challenges writers to use SEEK and FIND in a Haiku poem.  I couldn’t help but reflect upon the fact that most of us search for answers to life’s mysteries. Sometimes when we least expect it, we are surprised by an answer.

If you’d like to try your hand at this art form, just click on Ronovan’s name, and you’ll be taken to his site, where there is helpful information on writing Haiku.

the miracle

This week author Ronovan Hester challenges writers to use BLUSH and CHASTE in a Haiku poem.  With winter upon us, I am often in awe of its seasonal beauty and respectful of its force. Sometimes it is silence that greets us. 

If you’d like to try your hand at this art form, just click on Ronovan’s name, and you’ll be taken to his site, where there is helpful information on writing Haiku.