MBM: Unique Tips to Set Up a Successful Blog Tour by Danyelle Ferguson

March Book Madness hosted by Rebecca Belliston

Welcome to the third day of March Book Madness! (For a complete schedule and explanation, see below this post.)

Today I have my author friend, Danyelle Ferguson, here as a guest presenter. Not only is she an amazingly talented author and blogger, but I’ve been able to work with Danyelle on the Storymakers Midwest Conference committee. She puts a lot of time and loving into the writing community, and I’m excited she took some time out of her schedule to visit with us today about some fun tips for blog tours.

So here she is.

Unique Tips to Set Up Blog Tour by Danyelle Ferguson

Unique Tips to Set Up Successful Blog Tours – by Danyelle Ferguson

Most authors – no matter if they are traditionally or self published – set up their own blog tours. Some authors band together with peers who write in the same genre, then do a big blog tour or contest together (like the Massive Romance Reader Squee Moment Ahead contest). Other authors send a “Call to Review” on their blogs, social media or newsletters.

But what if you want to hit a broader market? Or to target certain niche readers? A great blog tour has reviewers with both small (100+) and big (1000+) follower counts, reviewers who have relationships with the author & those who don’t know the author, as well as covers a variety of geographical locations.

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Countdown to Augustina: COVER

Alright, my friends. I’ve been uploading Augustina‘s cover on my website and here on the blog, trying to get everything updated, but I haven’t officially shared Augustina’s new cover.

So are you ready?

I’m so excited!

Here it is. Let me know what you think.

Augustina by Rebecca Belliston

Against the odds, Sarah Augustina Dawson (Sadie) survived the wrath of Guillermo. But not without a price. Forced to leave her beloved Montana behind, she and Josh are on the run. Within the warmth of the South, she’s determined to find peace and conquer her past, even if only in her mind. But Guillermo can’t let go. He’s still orchestrating, hunting, and devising ways to exact his own kind of justice. When the law swings in his favor, he’s ready to end the feud that started the moment Josh walked into Sadie’s life. 

Countdown to AUGUSTINA: Names


Day 3 of the countdown to Augustina.

Josh’s siblings play a bigger role in Book 2. He has five younger brothers and sisters. I happen to have five kids, so…his siblings’ names are based on the names of my kids. :)

My kids love this.

I do, too.

My dad, Gerald N. Lund, sometimes wrote us into his stories, too. If you’ve read the Work and the Glory series, you might notice the youngest daughter is named Rebecca Steed. And in the Alliance, Eric’s little sister is named Becky. :)

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So…I kinda did the same.

Josh’s siblings are named Jake, Lauren, Mike, Drew, and Katie, all versions of my kids’ names.

Fun, fun, fun.

Josh Wright Concert, Classical Pianist


I wasn’t planning to post today, but I had to drop a quick note about the concert/fireside I went to last night by Josh Wright, classical pianist.


I’ve been blessed to know many talented people in my life. I’ve known people who can create things out of nothing and turn the seemingly boring into a masterpiece. They’re crazy talented. And then…

There’s the next level up.


I’ve been drawn to music since I was little

My mom is a composer and hymn arranger, as well as a piano teacher. My dad is a huge classical music fan and knows the classics better than most. Since the time I was born — in the womb even — I was exposed to all that music.

I started playing the piano before I can remember. I formally started lessons at five. I can play most songs. I sight-read fairly well. I love playing classical music best. I’ve taught piano for twenty years now. I write music, both religious and classical-style piano. I have perfect pitch and so does my husband. I feel somewhat confident in my musical abilities.

Until I go to a concert like that.



In an hour’s time, Josh Wright played — and this is just a guess — twenty million notes

At least it seemed like it.

He was all over that piano, but he played effortlessly. I’ve been to other classical piano concerts and was almost tensed up because I could feel their strain to get it right. But Josh’s music was peaceful and soothing. My favorites were his arrangements that combined classical songs with other familiar songs, like the hymns.

I appreciate Josh’s abilities so much more because I’ve attempted to play a few of the classical pieces he played. I get about three measures in before I’m whipped.

Kind of like when you watch the Olympic figure skaters, and you think to yourself, “Man, I haven’t been skating in a while. I should go.” And then you take that first step on the ice. That’s when you appreciate the magnitude of their talent.

Take this song…

I can play the first few measures. You know, all the easy octaves. :) But after that it’s over my head, or fingers, or whatever.

Crazy Liszt.

My kids loved the concert, too. (Hopefully I won’t have to beg them to practice this week.) My daughter nailed it when she said he plays with so much expression, but he doesn’t overplay. Their favorite song was the Water Song by Ravel.

Now we’re all jazzed and ready to up our musical abilities.

We’re ready to walk out onto that ice.

What’s even better is Josh is a super nice guy. Same with his wife, Lindsey, who is also a classical pianist and treated us with some beautiful Chopin. Both of them were down-to-earth and humble. Josh didn’t shy away from the spiritual either and spent some time talking about his LDS mission.


Get the CD

So, although I hadn’t planned a post today, I had to tell you to get Josh Wright’s CD if you don’t have it already. It’s beautiful. It hit #1 on Billboards Classical Music chart in just two weeks. His music takes classical music and adds the religious to it, my two favorite genres. I’ll be listening to it all day as I write my novel and work on my seminary lesson.

Good stuff!

(Also, you can pre-order his next CD, My Favorite Things. You can buy his sheet music, too, if you’re feeling daring. I know I am. Check it all out here. Or find his website here.)

Thank you, Josh, for sharing your talent!!!


Speaking of super-talented people, come back tomorrow for more MARCH BOOK MADNESS, with Whitney-Award nominee, A. L. Sowards.

See you then!


PS) You know that little notice in the front of books about how all characters are fictional and any likeness to real people is just a crazy coincidence. Yeah. I wrote Sadie a LONG time ago. Don’t think I’m creepy. Apparently people named Josh just really love to play classical music. :)

I Geek Being an Author


The White Lake Library in Michigan hosted a local author event last weekend, and they were nice enough to let me join the other 17 authors from Southeast Michigan.

Like other events, I met some amazing people, both authors and readers.  I have to say, this is a perk of being an author I didn’t anticipate. I’ve have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and talking about books, books, and more books.

It’s awesome!

During the event, the library filmed each author talking about their book(s).

Here’s my video:

Let me just say, there’s a reason I’m an author, not an actress. Okay, there are several reasons, some more obvious than others. But one of the main reasons is I am a million times more comfortable behind a computer screen than a camera. Heck, it took me nine months to get comfortable explaining my books to complete strangers. Doing it on camera was like…well…like taking a final exam with people you respect, adore, and want to speak to you again watching you the whole time.

You think you can talk about your own book? Prove it. Under duress. 

I’m being a little silly. I wasn’t under duress. It’s the nerves talking.


As part of the GEEK THE LIBRARY campaign, the library gave me two cool pictures to thank me for coming. They now hang on my fridge because I truly geek being an author. 

Love it!

Btw, THANKS!!!! friends and readers who came out to support me at the library. You guys are the best!

Side note: After hearing my stunning description of SADIE, I’m sure you want to give it to everyone you know for Christmas, right?  Well, you’re in luck!

SADIE is 50% off at Deseret Book right now!

While I might be the tiniest bit biased, it’s a great read for Christmas. It’s set over Christmas break and has fun stuff like skiing, roasting marshmallows, and cozy fires.  Get it 50% off here.

If you live anywhere near me, email me and I’d be happy to sign it for you or your friends. If you don’t live near me and don’t mind shipping it to me, the same thing applies. Just drop me a note. My email is on my bio page.


Have a good one!

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SADIE is 65% off!


Looking for a cool read on a hot summer day?

SADIE is 65% off at Deseret Book for a limited time.


SADIE is a fun, fast, clean read with a little bit of suspense and a lot of romance. There’s roasting marshmallows, learning to snowboard, and lime green snow beasts (sort of). There’s everything from a bowl of Lucky Charms at four in the afternoon, to a beautiful meal of hallaca. It also has some Rachmaninoff, so you can’t go wrong.

Get it for you, a friend, a daughter or a mom.

Check it out here.



Ditto on Edenbrooke (and clean reads)



I recently read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, published by Shadow Mountain in March. This is a regency romance (think Jane Austen) and was a lot of fun. I loved the book. (Check out my full review here). I’m not the only one who loves this book either. It has an average 4.5 rating on goodreads, with 650+ votes, which if you’re familiar with goodreads, you’ll know is a great rating. 

The author, Julianne Donaldson, was just interviewed on USAToday and her interview said exactly what I feel about clean romances and the need for less smut in the book market. I applaud her for making a public stand on it. Since I’m turning into a huge proponent of clean reads, I had to share her interview with you guys and remind you to read the book if you haven’t. You won’t be disappointed. The USAToday interview is here. Let me know what you think.

(If you missed my earlier rant about clean romances, check it out here.)

Now you won’t be surprised why Julianne Donaldson is making my list of favorite authors on tomorrow’s 100th post, even though this is her first book. (Speaking of tomorrow’s post, if you have a second and want to answer some questions to help me with this HUGE post, go here and scroll to the bottom.)

That’s it for me. (Sorry for all the parenthesis in this post.) I’m going to work on my clean romance now before the rest of the kiddies wake up. :)

Have a great one.

Have you read any good, clean romances lately? I’m always looking for books to read so let me know.