Favorite Readers, Author Friends, and Barnes and Noble

It’s hard to believe that my third novel, Waking Up Joy, has been out for two months! It’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with the readers of my first two books, Ruby Among Us and Rose House, and connecting with new readers who are just discovering my work. I always say I have the best readers, and I’m so grateful to all of you, old and new! I thought some of you might like to see some pictures from my book signing at Cheyenne Barnes and Noble.


The managers and employees at Cheyenne Barnes and Noble have been great to me over the years. They’ve hosted several book signings for me over the years and it was great to be signing books for them again. Enjoy these pics, and if you haven’t picked up your own copy of Waking Up Joy, you can purchase it here.


One of the first “readers” to show up at my signing was Joanne Kennedy, who is just a doll and has always been so supportive of me and my books. She’s a very accomplished romance novelist in her own right, and it was an honor to have her there. Learn about her books here!


The best part about book signing is definitely the readers.


Like I always say, I have the best readers, and my readers are my friends.


All of these ladies have supported me from book one all the way up to now, even when I went a few years without having a book out.


Speaking of friends, this girl has been to book signings for each and ever book (Okay, so there only 3 right now, but she has been there for every one of them). I’ve known her since I was eighteen and now we are about… twenty-eight, right Dardi? Let’s hear it for best friends!


Mary Gillgannon is another author friend. She is our Celtic princess. She has also been supportive from the beginning of my publishing career. Learn more about her books here!


And last, but definitely not the least, this is my hubby. He’s my inspiration to keep doing this, even though he doesn’t read fiction with heroines and relationships (He prefers books by our friends C.J. Box and Craig Johnson), but he reads mine.

Over all, I’d say it was the best book signing ever. Of course, I think I said that last time. At any rate, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Waking Up Joy, and if you do, let me know. I would be happy to send you a signed book-plate.


‘Waking Up Joy’ Blog Tour – Hosted by BookSparks

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I’m very excited that so many great bloggers have hopped onto the Blog Tour for Waking Up Joy.  Thanks to my publisher, Tule Publishing, BooksparksPR, and to all the great bloggers for putting this together. I will add more links as they come up. *I am including some links that are not part of the official tour, but that you might find interesting anyway. – Tina


Fresh Fiction – Guest Post: Reading is Sweet

Suite T Southern Writer’s Magazine – Guest Post: Going Back to Your Roots

5 Minutes for Books – Review

Marienela – Review

A Novel Review – Review

A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog – Review

Harlequin Junkie: Spotlight

Book Gannet Reviews – Review

5 Minutes for Books – On Reading: Dear Reader, You Matter to Authors

Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Story – Waking Up Joy Tells a Tale of a New Lease on Life

Genre Reviews – Review

Heather Day Gilbert’s Blog – An Interview

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Blog:Guest Post – Free Your Writing Soul and Write Better as a Result

Beth’s Book Reviews – Review

Novel Rocket: Guest Post – Moving on From Rejection

Chip MacGregor Blog: Guest Post – Being Open to Change in Your Writing Career

Alice J. Wisler’s Patchwork Quilt Blog: Spotlight – Cooking with Author Tina Ann Forkner – Includes Recipe!

Coffee & Criticism – Review


Mary’s Cup of Tea – Review

Autumn Blue Reviews – Review

WTF Are You Reading – Review

Karen Blue Reviews- Review

Back Porchervations

Cheryl’s Book Nook – Review

Book Enthralled -

Kritter’s Rambling

Crossroads Reviews

Cumberland University

Hanging Off the Wire

Western New Yorker

A Bookish Affair

Karma For Life Chick

Girl Seeks Place – Interview

Running N Reading – Review

Overstuffed Princess

Being Cheap is Easy

The Write Review

Like a Bump on a Log


Chick Lit Central

Writing Wyoming

Party of 5 and Counting

A Guest Post at Women’s Fiction Writers

dsc_0084One thing I love as an author is writing guest posts for other blogs. I’ve been invited to post at a variety of other blogs lately, even though I will get back to blogging here when some of this book launch biz settles down. Until then, I want to share this guest post at Amy Sue Nathan’s Women’s Fiction Writers blog. Head over there to hear about how I transitioned from La Rosaleda (the fictional small California town in my first two novels) to Spavinaw Junction (the fictional small Southern town in my new novel, Waking Up Joy.) Amy Sue Nathan also just happens to be my editor for Waking Up Joy (Tule Publishing), which makes the post, the book, and just everything surrounding “Joy” even more special. Hear more about it over at Amy’s blog. Amy and I gave away copies of our books last week, but you can purchase Waking Up Joy, Rose House, and Amy’s novel The Glass Wives online wherever books are sold.

Another thing I wanted to share with you is about reviews. With the publication of Waking Up Joy, I’m doing my best to be neutral about reviews. I’ve learned from my past novels that book reviews are based on just one person’s opinion and as an author, you have to respect where the reviewer is coming from and remember that reviews are written for readers, not authors. That said, I’d be lying if I claimed that a glowing review of my novels doesn’t make me a little weak in the knees. There isn’t much better than when someone really  “gets” your book. This Review of Waking Up Joy from Autumn Blues Reviews is one of those reviews.

Happy Reading!




Guest Blogging Around the Blogosphere About Publishing and Books

I’ve been guest blogging around the blogosphere! Here are a few places I visited this past week. Please stop by these great blogs and join in the conversation. One of them is a contest!:





How I didn’t let go of my “coma book”.







Embracing change can open new publishing doors.







Get the recipe for Strawberry-lemon cake and  learn more about my latest novel WAKING UP JOY.







Author Heather Day Gilbert asks me some great questions and is holding a giveaway for an eBook copy of WAKING UP        JOY until October 27th.

Guest Post at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers & a Giveaway at Heather’s Blog

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I have a guest post over at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers today all about slowing down and appreciating the writing journey I’ve had in the last past five years leading up to the release of Waking Up Joy. I hope you’ll visit and feel free to chime in!

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I also have an interview about my decision to join Tule Publishing Group after two novels with Random House over at the lovely Heather Day  Gilbert’s blog and she’s also hosting a Giveaway of my novel, Waking Up Joy, along with the interview. Please stop over and chime in here, as well.