Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

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"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

House of Diamonds moving to the front burner

My husband is such a sexist. He will say things to me like, "Ok, let me explain it to you in cooking terms...." This cracks me up and I always make fun of him for it. But I do the same thing. Such as the above post title, hehe, which is clearly a cooking term that has to do with something simmering on the back burner until it's nearly ready, when you move it to the front burner to keep an eye on it as it finishes up. Did I really have to explain that?

I don't have a cover yet. There is a concept, which is way cool and I love it, but since it's not complete I can't show it to you. Oh darn!

It has gone out to advance reviewers, those published authors whose responses will be gleaned for back of the cover blurbs. Crossing my fingers until those come back! Hoping they don't hate it! Hoping they love it!

I am excited about my blog tour which will be in October. For the tour, I'm seeking bloggers interested in doing reviews, guest posts or interviews. Anyone who would like to help me out, please let me know and I will contact you with details!

Yay for the front burner! Hoping I don't get burned!


  1. Hi Karen,

    I'm sure you'll handle the front burner just fine :)

    I'd love to help out with the blog tour - I'm not the world's greatest reviewer though, so a guest post or an interview would probably work best. If you're interested, let me know which you'd prefer - my email address is ellen.brickley @ gmail . com

  2. Huge congratulations with your book!! Can't wait to see the front cover design!! Good luck with your upcoming tour too!!

    And I just know the reviews will be glowing!! Take care

  3. Best of luck with the last stages!

    I'd be happy to help out with a guest post or interview.

  4. Sign me up for your blog tour, Karen, anything I can do - just make it after 10/18!!!

  5. I'd love to help out too. Let me know what you need. anne.gallagher.writer@gmail dot com

  6. I only cook on the back burner, every time I try the front I spill something. :)

    Congrats on teasing us!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. Yay, good things going on! Can't wait to see the cover and if you need help give me a shout :)

  8. Hope you get the cover soon. Yay about the blog tour! Let me know if you need help. ;)

  9. Thanks for everyone who has offered to help! I'll be contacting you with the available days and such.

  10. Congratulations!! I can't wait to see the cover when it is finished. Looking forward to your blog tour as well, and would be happy to help!

  11. Ooh, a cover concept. How exciting!

    I'm a hopeless reviewer, but I'd love to host you on my blog. If you're interested, email me:

  12. Can't wait to see it. If you need a reader/reviewer, I could do it.

  13. Well done on the cooking tips.
    If you need a Bear's help with something, I could do something simple. (Simple is good for Bears.)
    Good luck; have fun.
    Blessings and Bear hugs in the process!

  14. That's great news, Karen! You know I'd be happy to host you. (Sense of humor required of course.)

  15. Every other Tuesday/Thursday I do a book review followed by an author interview on Bird's-eye View,, and I'd be delighted to host you, Karen. Would Oct. 11 and 13 be good dates for you? If not, we could look at other dates. My e-mail address is mefayard(at)yahoo(dot)com. I can't wait to see the cover, with a build up like this!

  16. I am unqualified at this point to host, review or guest blog so for now I will watch and read and learn (and make soap) but ONE DAY I'll be back to offer my services as well.

  17. You're always welcome to guest post at Thoughts in Progress.

    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

  18. Hi Karen .. I hope I can do one later on .. as I've a few books here I need to at least do posts on .. and have yet to read (eg Farm Girl!) .. but I'll be there supporting all and sundry - interviews, reviews etc .. Good luck - sounds fun .. cheers Hilary

  19. This is so exciting. Can't wait to see the cover. If you'd like to do a guest spot on my blog in October then you'd be very welcome. Let me know.

  20. Front burner. I love that. So great.

  21. Exciting times! Good luck with the book, and thanks for the front-burner explanation! I HAVE always wondered why we said that... :D <3