Category Archives: Virtual Book Tours

Blog Tour #7 Novice Christian

Novice Christian logoThanks for joining me on the 2012 MARA-thon! This includes a national blog tour, as well as a physical book tour through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California. During the entire MARA-thon, please be sure to download your FREE prequel short story, When Whales Watch at http://www.MaraPurl.com/downloads. As of January 1, you’ll be able to find purchase links for all e-readers here: When Whales Watch.

This is posted from the road during my All-Indie-Bookstore book tour titled MAPPING THE JOURNEY OF YOUR HEART. Revisit the entire tour at any time by visiting http://www.MaraPurl.com/calendar where you’ll see event details, links to the bookstores, and soon, photo archives.… Read more

Posted in about issues of the heart, AHA Moments, Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Book Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, Authors, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blog Tours, Blogging, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, e-books by Mara Purl, Finding treasures of the heart in books, flow of life, Head & Heart, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart and head connection in books, inspiring through fiction novels, Intuition, life's purpose, Love of Books, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Nurturing the soul, Power of the universe, syncronicity between bloggers, Transformation, Virtual Book Tours, Where the Heart Lives, Women authors, Women's Fiction | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Blog Tour Visit #6 – Kathy Holmes California Girl Fiction

Mara Purl guests on Author Kathy Holmes' website where they discuss California Girl fiction, real women, and how true life experience evolves into transformative women's fiction.
Posted in about issues of the heart, Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Authors, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, California, community and transformation, Connecting through books, created by Baby Boomer women, E-Books, Finding treasures of the heart in books, Head & Heart, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, Intuition, Kathy Holmes, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Marketing, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, romantic novel storylines, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Virtual Book Tours, When Whales Watch, Where the Heart Lives, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Tour Visit #3 – All Things Fulfilling

Fulfillment means fulfilling orders in the book world, but in a larger sense means complete manifestation. Mara Purl blogs-back to Sue Leonard of All Things Fulfilling.
Posted in Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Book Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, Authors and Publishers Services, Blogging, Book Marketing, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Head & Heart, Innovative marketing, life's purpose, Live Your Best Life, Mara Purl, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, new methods of marketing books, Novel series, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Where the Heart Lives, Women authors | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Whose Mystery: Our Characters’ or Ours?

“Who done it?” Why do we get so caught up in solving mysteries? I have several readers—whose names I shall not divulge—who regularly e-mail me demanding to know who killed Chris, and whether she’s really dead, and when the crime will be solved! And I thought I was the only one who couldn’t sleep at night wondering about the characters of Milford-Haven!

My accomplished friend Margaret Coel  has equally marvelous stories about the obsessive nature of readers and how involved they become with her characters. At our event last weekend, she recounted some of the “helpful suggestions” she receives regarding her two protagonists, and how their life-dilemmas might be solved.… Read more

Posted in about issues of the heart, Art and Entertainment, Authentic selves, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, authors and entertainment world, Authors and Publishers Services, Authors on Talk Shows, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blog Tours, Book Marketing, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, book What the Heart Knows by Mara Purl, Books for Baby Boomers, Business, careers, Collaboration with other writers, Community, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Creativity, Current Event, Domestic Violence, E-Books, Editors, energy, Escapism through romance novels, family history and genealogy, Family values, Finding treasures of the heart in books, flow of life, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, for Baby Boomers, forgiveness, Gifts, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, heart of an artist, history, ideas for books, Innovative marketing, inspiring through fiction novels, Integrating lifes purpose through art, Intuition, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, Lady Killers, life's purpose, Love, Love of Books, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Metaphors, Milford Haven, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Motivation and inspiration for Baby Boomer careers, musician-singer-songwriter, Mystery Writers, Mystery Writers, Novel series, Novels for Romance Junkies, Nurturing the soul, Of Baby Boomer Women, of lives through books, Personal Essays, Personality traits of artists, physical and emotional process of creating art, plot and structure, Political history, Power of the universe, power of the universe, power of the universe, Power of Universe, Publishing, Re-Build your Life, relationships, Romance novel readers, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels for romance junkies, Romantic fiction, romantic novel storylines, Science, self-growth, Skill sets, Small Presses, Small Town Fiction, Soap Opera Fiction, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Transformation, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, What the Heart Knows, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women authors, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Women Gather

“Girls Night Out”—the phrase conjures images of everything from innocent fun to naughty pleasures. But the realities of what women do when they get together might be even more interesting.

Sometimes an evening with female colleagues is a rite of passage, a kind of test a woman can only pass by showing her authenticity. And sometimes a girlfriend-evening fulfills a basic need for time with those who share the same wiring.

Actually women have all kinds of ways of connecting. Sometimes the moments are brief—a quick lunch hour to catch up with a friend or get to know someone better. Other times it might be a special treat like afternoon tea—a chance to dress up and go someplace elegant, where the surroundings are inspiring enough to give us a fresh perspective.… Read more

Posted in about issues of the heart, Art and Entertainment, Authentic selves, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, authors and entertainment world, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blogging, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, book What the Heart Knows by Mara Purl, Books, Books for Baby Boomers, Business, California, Cambria, careers, Community, community and transformation, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Creativity, Current Event, current events, E-Books, energy, Family values, Fictitious town of Milford-Haven, Finding treasures of the heart in books, flow of life, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Gifts, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, inspiring through fiction novels, Intuition, investing time and money in books, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, joy, life's purpose, Logical Thinking, Love, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Milford Haven, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Motivation and inspiration for Baby Boomer careers, musician-singer-songwriter, new methods of marketing books, Novel series, Novels for Romance Junkies, Nurturing the soul, Of Baby Boomer Women, of lives through books, Personal Essays, Personality traits of artists, Power of the universe, power of the universe, power of the universe, Power of Universe, Publishing, Re-Build your Life, Reading Guide for What the Heart Knows, relationships, Romance novel readers, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels for romance junkies, Romantic fiction, romantic novel storylines, Science, self-growth, Skill sets, Small Town Fiction, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Teas with author Mara Purl, Transformation, Travel, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, What the Heart Knows, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women authors, Women Baby Boomers, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Discovering a New World

In our somewhat over-populated world (depending upon where we live), with centuries of human history behind us, it may seem that when it comes to the notion of discovering a new world, the ship sailed long ago. So if we want to experience something entirely new, get away to an undiscovered country and chart unknown waters, is our only option to pretend?

Since I write fiction, some might think I’d say yes. Yet there is both exterior and interior exploration, and my novel series explores both. On the external side—which we might also call a journey of the head—there’s plenty to engage the senses and challenge the mind.… Read more

Posted in about issues of the heart, Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, authors and entertainment world, Authors on Talk Shows, Bellekeep Books, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blog Tours, Blogging, Book Marketing, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, Books, Business, careers, Community, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Creativity, Current Event, current events, E-Books, e-books by Mara Purl, energy, Escapism through romance novels, Fictitious town of Milford-Haven, Finding treasures of the heart in books, flow of life, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, history, Innovative marketing, Innovative marketing, inspiring through fiction novels, Intuition, investing time and money in books, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, Journaling, joy, life's purpose, Love, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, Motivation and inspiration for Baby Boomer careers, new methods of marketing books, Novel series, Novels for Romance Junkies, Nurturing the soul, of lives through books, Opening up to New Worlds, Power of the universe, power of the universe, power of the universe, Power of Universe, Publishing, Reading Guide for What the Heart Knows, relationships, Romance novel readers, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels for romance junkies, Romantic fiction, romantic novel storylines, Science, self-growth, Small Presses, Small Town Fiction, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Transformation, Travel, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Virtual Book Tours, What the Heart Knows, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women authors, Women Baby Boomers, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Blog Therefore I Am

Those of you who followed my recently concluded blog tour know that I wrote 50,000 words in 44 blog posts over 31 days. Whew! It was nothing if not intense. It was a fantastic virtual journey that took me all over the country and across the Atlantic, into many different worlds, some aligned with my own: writers and authors, readers and book reviewers; and some more far-flung: gardeners, PR executives, shopping mavens and travel experts.

It’s surprising how quickly a routine can establish itself. My daily schedule became: research upcoming blog host to see what his/her followers will find useful; write blog post essay; submit; answer upcoming blog questions; submit; interview blog host; write my own blog post as a thanks to the blog host.… Read more

Posted in Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, authors and entertainment world, Bellekeep Books, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blogging, Book Marketing, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, Books, Business, careers, Collaboration with other writers, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Creativity, Current Event, e-books by Mara Purl, energy, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, heart of an artist, history, ideas for books, Innovative marketing, Innovative marketing, Journaling, life's purpose, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Milford Haven, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, new methods of marketing books, Newsletters, Novel series, Nurturing the soul, of lives through books, Personality traits of artists, physical and emotional process of creating art, Possibili-Teas in Colorado and New York, Publishing, Re-Build your Life, relationships, Romance novel readers, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romantic fiction, romantic novel storylines, self-growth, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Transformation, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Virtual Book Tours, What the Heart Knows, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women authors, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Blog Tour Visit #21: Unsinkable Western History

I like to think of myself as unsinkable. That’s probably a good thing, given my affinity for water. An ocean-lover at age three along the Connecticut coast, I became a competitive swimmer at my school in Tokyo (where I grew up), and always knew I’d live along the California coast someday. It sure came in handy to think of myself as “unsinkable” when I crewed on a Greenpeace voyage to save whales. And I’d say it’s been an even more useful quality during the heaving storms of a career in the entertainment business.

We can’t think of the word “unsinkable” without thinking of Margaret “Molly” Brown.… Read more

Posted in Acting, American West, Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, authors and entertainment world, Authors and Publishers Services, Bellekeep Books, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blog Tours, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, Books, Business, California, careers, Collaboration with other writers, Colorado, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Current Event, current events, family history and genealogy, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, history, Innovative marketing, Innovative marketing, inspiring through fiction novels, investing time and money in books, Love of Books, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Milford Haven, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, new methods of marketing books, of lives through books, Opening up to New Worlds, Power of Universe, Publishing, Re-Build your Life, relationships, Romance novel readers, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romantic fiction, Science, screenwriting and acting, self-growth, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, synchronicity, syncronicity between bloggers, Transformation, Travel, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Virtual Book Tours, Western Fiction, What the Heart Knows, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women authors, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Blog Tour Visit #19: Blood Red Pencil

Writers have a quasi glamorous reputation in the world. We’re seen by some as being eccentric but disciplined; reclusive but willing to take center stage when necessary. The comment I hear most often is how “creative” I am. It’s as though some sort of magic is involved by which we writers make prose and poetry flow through our fingertips onto keyboards or pads of paper.

The truth is probably as unglamorous as it can be. Why? Because half or two-thirds or three-quarters of what we do is edit and re-write. Believe me, it’s a ruthless process for most of us, one that leads to expressions like “kill your darlings” (your most perfectly wrought sentences).… Read more

Posted in Art and Entertainment, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, authors and entertainment world, Authors and Publishers Services, Bellekeep Books, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blog Tours, Blood Red Pencil, Book Editing, Book Marketing, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, Books, Business, careers, Collaboration with other writers, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, created by Baby Boomer women, Creativity, Current Event, e-books by Mara Purl, Editing manuscripts for good writing, Editors, Heart and head connection in books, history, Innovative marketing, Innovative marketing, inspiring through fiction novels, Love of Books, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Milford Haven, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, Mystery Writers, Mystery Writers, new methods of marketing books, Novels for Romance Junkies, plot and structure, Publishing, Romance novel readers, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romantic fiction, self-growth, Skill sets, Transformation, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Virtual Book Tours, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women authors, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Blog Tour Visit #18: Essential Garden

Most of the year I spend a fair amount of time on airplanes. I come well-equipped with a set of Bose headphones to tune out the noise of the world and enter a writer-world where I can hear what my characters are saying today. I adore these special times: views out the window to surpass those from the castles of Europe; precious hours when phones can’t ring; and someone even brings me cold water and hot coffee.

So now you know the secret of my introspective side, the side that gets a pretty big volume of writing done day by day.… Read more

Posted in air travel, Art and Entertainment, Authentic selves, Author Mara Purl on Blog Tour, Author Mara Purl on Virtual Tour, authors and entertainment world, Bellekeep Books, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, Blog tour of author Mara Purl, Blog Tours, Book Marketing, book marketing using websites enewsletters and blogs, Books, Business, careers, Collaboration with other writers, Connecting through blogs, Connecting through books, Creativity, Current Event, current events, E-Books, energy, Essential Garden Blog, flow of life, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Gratitude, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, history, Innovative marketing, Innovative marketing, inspiring through fiction novels, Integrating lifes purpose through art, Intuition, joy, Left and right side thinking, Life in Baby Boomer years for Women, life's purpose, Logical Thinking, Love of Books, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, Mara Purl using new marketing methods for Books, Marketing, Metaphors, Milford Haven, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Motivation and inspiration for Baby Boomer careers, new methods of marketing books, Nurturing the soul, of lives through books, Personality traits of artists, physical and emotional process of creating art, Power of the universe, power of the universe, power of the universe, Publishing, Re-Build your Life, relationships, Romance Novels by Mara Purl, Romantic fiction, romantic novel storylines, Science, self-growth, Skill sets, Small Town Fiction, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, synchronicity, Transformation, transformation through AHA moments, Travel, Uncategorized, Virtual Book Tours, Virtual Book Tours, What the Heart Knows, women and romance novels, Women and Romance Novels, Women Baby Boomers, Women's Fiction, womens literature, Writing, writing romance novels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment