Gratefulness, a Winner, and an Autumn Reading Challenge

Gratefulness

The brakes on the goblin railship squeal. The crystal-powered engine rolls into Ka Radiff in the Borderland. I clomp down the stairs to the dusty platform, the first to disembark. It’s the end of the tour through the known world beneath the Veil.

I wait at the bottom of the steps, smiling, grateful, so amazed at your kindness and enthusiasm. From beginning to end, I had a wonderful time. Thank you to all those who traveled with me, hosted the parties along the way, and stopped by to cheer my book on. As you descend to the station, I smile and wish you amazing adventures ahead.

A Winner

As part of hosting my official tour, I offered to draw a name from a hat (plastic container). The winner would receive my very best effort at a book or blog trailer. My husband did the honors. These terrible blurry photos are:

Randy’s hand in the container

Randy opening the crinkled paper

And the winner is:

Miriam Hurdle

I’m so excited to work with Miriam and create a trailer for her book Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude. Yay! Congrats to Miriam.

 

 

An Autumn Reading Challenge

My kindle overfloweth. One of the surprising results of a book tour is how many books I purchased from hosts and visitors. OMG! A clear consequence of unquenchable book-enthusiasm. Lol. To whittle down my pile, I’m challenging myself to read 60 books this season. No writing, no silly games on my phone, no mindless TV. Just lots of reading on the treadmill while trying not to trip! Wish me luck!

Thanks again to all my tour hosts, to everyone who visited and commented and visited and commented and visited. Lol. I’m so grateful all the readers who picked up a book and to the generous souls who provide the world with reviews. Happy Reading!

 

208 thoughts on “Gratefulness, a Winner, and an Autumn Reading Challenge

  1. Sarah says:

    So happy for you that you had a great time touring your book, Diana – and picking up lots of others on the way! Happy reading! πŸ˜€β€

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    • She’s going to post the trailer next week and I’ll reblog. It came out so nice, and she was wonderful to collaborate with. I was delighted to do it for her. The whole blogging community was wonderful, HRR. I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

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  2. markbierman says:

    Congratulations, Miriam!

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  3. Miriam is a lucky woman! πŸ™‚

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  4. Love this thoughtful post, and congrats to Miriam!
    60 books is a LOT of pages read. I hope you have good lighting 😊

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  5. Loved the post and the initiative. Wish I could have been there…. But alas!

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    It was a fun tour:) Congrats Miriam!

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  7. What a wonderful way to close the tour, Diana. I thought I was starting on a new story, loved that it was first person, and then realized what you were doing. Brilliant! And congratulations to Miriam. She is wonderful.

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  8. Jennie says:

    Your steam train prologue was just wonderful, Diana!!

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  9. That’s brilliant, Diana! Congratulations to Miriam. ❀️

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  10. dgkaye says:

    Oh Diana, it was a lovely tour. I give you so much kudos for getting that all organized. I was as delighted as my readers to have you over. And huge congrats to Miriam, she is one lucky gal to have won such a wonderful prize. (Ya, okay, maybe a tad envious, lol). But seriously, I look so forward to seeing what you come up with. Congrats again to both you and Miriam. Hugs xox

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  11. Ocean Bream says:

    Wow i did no know about this, it sounds so interesting! Congratulations to Miriam πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing the trailer that is created. Also, READING on a treadmill?! I am impressed!

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  12. Vashti Q says:

    It’s time to take a breakation and reap the benefits of your labor. Congratulations to Miriam on winning the book trailer. I can’t wait to see how it comes out. ❀

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  13. Jan Sikes says:

    It was so much fun hosting you, Diana! Congrats to Miriam! And happy reading to you!

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  14. judeitakali says:

    Such a beautiful idea, love this.

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  15. Teri Polen says:

    It was a pleasure to host you, Diana – happy reading! And congrats to Miriam!

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  16. Time to breathe deep, find your zen, and chill out for a while. At least until the muse tickles again πŸ˜‰

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  17. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m happy for Miriam. She is one of the kindest and most supportive bloggers I’ve met. Great job on your Liars and Thieves book tour, Diana. It was fabulous to see your book getting so much attention. It’s no coincidence that you had so many people willing to help.

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    • Thanks so much for helping with my tour, Pete. This blogging community is something wonderfu,l and you’re right about Miriam. I was just tickled to see her name pop up and look forward to working with her. Have a happy, healthy weekend, my friend.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind word, Pete! I had so much fun touring Diana’s book and super excited for her. Diana is a great example of being supportive. I agree that it was no coincidence she got a trainful of supporters.

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  18. Welcome home from your whistle stop tour, Diana! And congratulations to Miriam for winning the book trailer! I look foward to seeing what you come up with for Songs of Heartstrings. Happy reading!

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  19. You and Miriam rock, Diana! It sounds like fun was had by all (even Randy!).

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  20. You personify generosity in our blogging community, Diana! Bully for you!

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    • Goodness, Sean. I feel like the Recipient of generosity! I had a great tour and couldn’t have done that without this community. So many people reblogged, shared, read, and reviewed. I’m paying it back and paying it forward. And its easy to do. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday and weekend. πŸ™‚

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  21. What a great poest Diana. Loved hearing your description and seeing your pictures. Congratulations to Miriam and good luck on all of the reading… so cool of you!!! ❀️ cindy

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  22. Congrats to Miriam! Her book trailer is bound to be a lovely as her poetry in Songs of the Heartstrings! ❀ You've had an amazing tour with Liars and Thieves, dear Diana… Congrats to you all around–book and beautiful trailer you designed for it! ❀ xo

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  23. cagedunn says:

    Here’s hoping the series goes on to continued sales with captivated readers!
    Is that 60 books in a season meant to be 3 months? 5 books a week?
    It’s definitely possible, especially if the telly’s off (such terrible stuff on there, anyway).
    Good luck, but I know it will do well.

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    • Yes. 5 a week. I think I can do that, and if I can’t, oh well. It will still me more than I usually read. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to double-dip and get some much needed exercise while I read. Thanks so much fore being a part of the tour. Happy Writing!

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  24. V.M.Sang says:

    Congratulations to Miriam. I’m sure the trailer will be amazing.
    You have given yourself quite a challenge. 60 books in a season? Wow. Good luck with it. Chill!

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  25. balroop2013 says:

    Congratulations Diana, the tour has been great fun and what a lovely gesture of lucky draw! Congratulations to Miriam, she is an awesome supporter. Happy reading dear friend. You need some relaxation.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Balroop, and for stopping by along the tour. I’m excited to make a trailer for Miriam. The first that I’ve tried to make for someone else. πŸ™‚ My reading challenge will actually be very relaxing and I’m already enjoying it. Have a wonderful afternoon, my friend. ❀

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    • I agree with you on all counts, Balroop. Diana must relax for a while after the exciting tour. It was a lovely gesture from Diana. I look forward to her creation of the trailer.

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  26. Meg says:

    That’s a great way to do your reading – I’ll have to try it!

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  27. J.D. Riso says:

    You have such a huge heart, Diana. I wish you a fabulous time reading all of those books. Yes, turn off that TV. πŸ˜‰

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    • The TV is awful. Last night I watched the news for 15 minutes and couldn’t fall asleep until 2 am. It breaks my heart to see what’s happening to my country. The only good thing about the lack of sleep is that I finished reading another book! Lo.l Thanks for the visit. Be well, my friend.

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  28. Diana, that’s a terrific idea. I can’t wait to see the trailer. Congrats to Miriam — she’s a gem.
    The tour was amazing. Kudos, my friend. Hugs on the wing.

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  29. A great time was had by all Diana and having read the book I am sure that you have made many readers very happy.. Congratulations to Miriam and looking forward to book two…β™₯β™₯

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  30. mydangblog says:

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to participate in the launch but I’ve read some other friends’ posts and I’m glad it went so well!

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  31. I am so pleased that Miriam won, Diana, such a lovely person. I look forward to seeing the video you two create.

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  32. I hope your Liars & Thieves soars high, far and wide, Diana. I will get through my TBR hill. Congratulations to lovely Miriam. ❀

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  33. Congratulations to dear Miriam and to you too dear Diana. All the best of luck for all your books. Thanks for the beautiful review

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  34. Kudos on your book tour and successful book launch Diana. And congratulations to Miriam. Enjoy your reading marathon!

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  35. Yes, please be safe on that treadmill, Diana! I did my poor treadmill in this week. Thankfully, I didn’t fly off when it stopped working. 😦 Thanks for the terrific post! Liars and Thieves deserves great recognition. Congratulations to Miriam!

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Jill. I’m sorry to hear about your treadmill. Oh no. My poor machine has been neglected for months. I’ve been sitting and sitting which is terribly unhealthy, so the reading challenge will be huge for my health and well-being. Have an amazing day and stay tuned for Miriam’s trailer. πŸ™‚ Happy Reading.

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    • Oh, sorry to hear what happened to your treadmill, Jill. Good thing you were okay. I’m so thrill for the surprised present from Diana.

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  36. Mae Clair says:

    What a great post, Diana! I really enjoyed following your tour, and I’m looking forward to reading Liars and Thieves (I’m getting closer on the mountain that is my TBR)!

    Congratulations to Miriam. I’m sure her. book trailer will be wonderful.

    As for reading 60 books in a single season–WOW! My Goodreads challenge is to read 70 books in an entire year. I’m mind boggled at what you’re undertaking, but I wish you HAPPY READING!

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  37. Tessa says:

    Good luck! That’s a lot of books (and from me that’s saying something). Happy reading!

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    • I don’t know if I’ll make it, Tessa, but I’m going to try. Some of the books I picked up are actually short stories and novellas, so that helps. I might have to throw in a few picture books with the grandson. Lol. Thanks for the visit! Happy Reading!

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  38. acflory says:

    Congratulations, Miriam! And congratulations to you too, Diana. The Liars blog tour was a heck of a lot of fun. Only question is…what are you going to do celebrate book 2? -nudge nudge wink wink-

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  39. Congratulations to the winner and happy reading!

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  40. Diana, you are great. It was a real pleasure to host you.
    Sending love
    Gabriela

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