Off the Beadin’ Path Blog Tour Itinerary

Time for a Blog Tour

I’m celebrating the launch of Off the Beadin’ Path with a blog tour and am thrilled to announce the list of stops on my Great Escapes Book Tour!

Please visit these sites each day to read reviews and more. I’m doing several guest posts on these blogs, both as myself and as Jax. Many of the bloggers are giving away sets of all three ebooks from the Glass Bead Mystery Series, plus a pewter and glass bead bookmark that I made. You’ll find instructions on how to enter the giveaways on the blogs. Please leave comments on the blogs, just to let me know that you stopped by.

I hope you enjoy the tour!

Here’s where I’ll be each day.

March 15 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 15 – My Journey Back – REVIEW

March 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

March 16 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

March 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

March 17 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT

March 18 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 18 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

March 19 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 21 – Varietats – REVIEW

March 21 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST

March 22 – Book Babble – REVIEW

March 22 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

March 23 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW

March 23 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

March 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

Off the Beadin’ Path – Release Day Reflections

A few years ago I had an idea for a book. I’d never written a novel, although I’d been a writer for most of my professional career.  I wrote—and still do from time to time— scintillating technical training material for the high-tech industry.  Well, not that scintillating.

The idea I had for the novel was to write a murder mystery that was set in a glassblowing studio, often called a “hot shop” by people who work in glass. As a glass beadmaker, I’d spent some time in hot shops, although making glass beads doesn’t require the large-scale furnaces required to create vases and sculptures.

The plot that developed in my mind just kept growing. These book ideas simply would not fade. Character names, humorous scenes, interesting settings, and even creative ways to kill fictional people all rattled around in my brain. Write fiction?  I’d never really considered it. Yes, I loved reading. Yes, I was a word geek. Who else but a word geek would get an advanced degree in Linguistics?

In the months before I wrote my first novel, several other plots all featuring the same quirky cast of characters, continued to form in my mind. I diligently wrote them all down. I still have those notes, and refer to them from time to time.

In the end, I decided to start with a different story than the one that takes place in the hot shop. In the fall of 2012, I wrote High Strung during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It takes place in a bead shop in Seattle. When I finished, I knew I was hooked. I loved the exhausting process of writing fiction. That same autumn, I wrote A Bead in the Hand, in which Jax and Tessa go to a bead bazaar at a funky old hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Today is the official release day for Off the Beadin’ Path, Book Three in the Glass Bead Mystery Series! I have finished writing the story that in my mind was the start of the series and my career as a novelist. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Off the Beadin’ Path. The links to the websites where you can purchase it are the bottom of the post.

And me?  I’m going to spend the day making glass beads. I could use a break from staring at words on my laptop screen.  And next month I’ll start working on To Bead or Not to Bead, Book Four in the Glass Bead Mystery Series.  It’s waiting for me and I’m ready for it.