Pump Up Your Book Promotion Introduces Historical Romance Novelist Kathye Quick
We’re happy to announce Kathye Quick, author of the historical romance novel, Cynthia and Constantine (Bonjour Publishing), will be joining us in May for her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
Kathye will be on virtual book tour in May ‘09, but I’d like to take the time to introduce her before she starts her month-long tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours.
Kathye Quick has been writing since the sisters in Catholic School gave her a #2 pencil and some paper with ruled lines.
From stories about her family for Writing Week in fifth grade, to becoming editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper, The Blueprint, to 1999 when she realized her dream of being published, Kathye’s love of the written word span numerous genres.
She writes contemporary and career romances for Avalon Books, romantic comedy and historicals for Wings Press, urban fantasy for Cerridwen Press, and most recently medieval historical romances for Wild Rose Press.
Kathye is one of the founders of Liberty States Fiction Writers, a group launched in January 2009 to help writers of all fiction genres in their journey to publication. She had been a member of New Jersey Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America since 1988 and considered it an honor to have been NJRW President in 1992 and 2001.
Kathye’s fifth hardcover romance for Avalon books, ‘Tis the Season, a holiday romance complete with Santa Claus, a sleigh ride and a New England snowfall earned a 2006 HOLT Medallion nomination.
Her debut historical romance, Daughters of the Moon, from Wings e-Press has been heralded as a flawless glimpse into the world of the ancient Greeks.
Writing as P. K. Eden with writing partner, Patt Mihailoff, Firebrand, an urban fantasy based on the fall of the Garden of Eden, has won two Reviews Choice Awards and many five-star ratings.
In August 2009, Avalon Books will publish her three-book contemporary romance series entitled Grandmother’s Rings. The books, Amethyst (August 2009), Sapphire (December 2009) and Citrine (early 2010) follow the Archer family siblings in their quest to find their soul mates using rings given to them by their Grandmother. Kathye used the birthstones from her family for her inspiration for this series.
While writing romances has been her dream for many years, the book of Kathye’s heart, is a non-fiction work entitled, Hi Mom, How Are Things in Heaven, a book that developed after the death of her mother and deals with coping with grief though humor. She is currently still working on the concept for this book.
In her “other” life, Kathye works for Somerset County government. She is married with three sons.
You can visit Kathye online at www.kathyequick.com.
About the Book:
Lady Cynthia of Abertaine is trapped. Not only has her fiancé, Sir William Leyborne, not been back to the castle for over ten years, but she’s also not a titled Lady. Lord Simon of Cowell, a renegade warlord aligned with Mordred against Arthur and his Knights, has declared himself sovereign over Leybourne Castle and everything that once belonged to Sir William– including Cynthia.
Sir Constantine, Knight of the Round Table, has come to the shire to give Cynthia the news that her fiancé has fallen in battle. With him is William’s oral will giving all he owns to Cynthia as though they had been wed. But when he finds Cynthia and discovers the shire under the control of an evil warlord, he knows he cannot leave without first driving Simon and his soldiers from the land.
Drawn together by an attraction older than time, Cynthia and Constantine soon discover that though a vow made by a knight’s honor has brought them together, it may just also cost them their lives.
For fun, we asked Kathye a few questions to find out why she chose a virtual book tour to promote her book:
Why did you decide on a virtual book tour to promote your book?
CYNTHIA AND CONSTANTINE is both a digital book and a Print on Demand Book, so it fits perfectly into a virtual book tour setting. The Internet and eBooks are exploding into a new era of publishing and a virtual book tour takes advantage of the technology available.
Bloggers and eBook Readers are fiercely loyal to the boundless regions of the internet and all it has to offer. You can be in your pj’s at night or after work and reach thousands of people with similar interest who, before the wireless era, would not know about you or the story you were so anxious to tell.
There are print purists and ebook purists, and in between there are people like me who like both. I think a virtual book tour will reach that middle ground.
How did you find us?
I was fortunate to read a post on the Wild Rose Authors loop about Pump Up Your Book Promotion. It sounded like just the concept I needed to take my books to the next level.
Then I discovered that a great friend, Caridad Pienero, also uses Pump Up Your Book Promotion and has done a few virtual tours.
The accolades from both sources were enough to convince me that this is the way to go. I am so excited about my first virtual tour coming up in May.
What are your expectations on what you believe a virtual book tour can do for you?
I think my virtual book tour will help me reach an untapped audience that I otherwise could not reach. As I said earlier, bloggers and ebook readers are fiercely loyal, their numbers growing everyday. I truly believe I can find a lot a people with the same interests as me and with the same enjoyment for the stories I can tell them.
Do you have friends who have toured online and are you familiar with the process?
I am not familiar with the process and have not had the time or opportunity to check with Caridad about it.
But I am the adventuresome type and am learning by the seat of my pants – enjoying it too!
How much do you know about online book promotion?
Beyond websites and posting book trailers to a few sites such as You Tube and Facebook, I am a novice at online promoting.
Do you have a blog or a website and do you update frequently?
I update my website with any new books or reviews as they come in and check in with Facebook when I can.
I am in the process of setting up a Blog which I will get on a schedule to update at least a few times a week.
Yesterday I got stuck in a carwash under the soap for fifteen minutes before the owners had to back out five cars so I could get free. Now that will make both a pretty funny scene in a book and an entry on a blog because I KNOW I am not the only one in the world to have that happen!
Do you understand how important it is to be an active participant while you are touring by commenting on your blog stops?
I certainly am learning that. The more I find out, the more I want to keep the momentum going.
How are you planning on promoting your tour?
I have to admit that I am learning by doing. I will take any an all suggestions on how to do this and probably will check in with the Wild Rose Authors and Caridad on the best way.
I want this tour to be successful and will follow through will all the suggestions I get.
Currently, I am visiting other blogs and leaving comments. I find that is helping me with name recognition and new avenues of promotion.
So it seems I am staring with a slow pace getting ready to pick up speed!
Thank you and we wish you well on your virtual book tour!
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