Silver Dagger Book Tours is now 2 years old this month!
Believe it or not, Silver Dagger Book Tours was created and is mainly operated by just one person!
I used to be just an internet crawler looking for new books and giveaways and stumbled upon book tours. After indulging in many dozens of tours, I decided I'd like to try my hand at blogging in my spare time (with absolutely no blogging experience at all!) I was a book blogger for several companies (and still am) and stuck with it for over 3 years. In that time, I learned all the ropes and became a pretty efficient blogger, but there was still something missing- I wanted to make my posts stand out a bit! So, I started creating small graphics like “about the book” and the other standard graphics that you see in all my tours nowadays and started jazzing my posts up.
I became pregnant with my second child in the fall of 2015 and me and my hubby decided to try to purchase our first home finally, so I quit my waitressing job to pack up everything for the move and never looked back!
It took several months of trying to get the ball rolling and was quite difficult at first to get authors to tour with me. Thus, I had an idea to let everybody pay what they can comfortably afford instead of set rates as I thought what some other companies charged were just outrageous!
Since then, I have done over 1000 tours and worked with hundreds of amazing authors – many who come back for repeat tours! I have 2-3 tours kick off every weekday with occasional tours on the weekends and EVERY tour is required to have a giveaway so readers can gain a little something and have fun while they enjoy learning about new books.
I have an absolutely amazing group of bloggers that share my tours on their sites and really couldn't have gotten this far without their continued support and would like to thank each and every one of them! Ya'll are amazing! I also have two assistants that help me check links and keep up with blogger activity – Janet, who's been with me over a year, and Laurie, who is a new addition. Ya'll ladies are spectacular and I couldn't do it without you!
Absolutely everything else is completely run solely by me though and I really enjoy organizing tours and helping new authors get discovered. I don't discriminate and host ALL fictional genres in ALL age ranges as me and my bloggers have a broad range of readers that enjoy many different genres.
After two years of astronomical tours, I am going stronger than ever now and growing on a daily basis with plans to continue hosting tours for many many years!
If you are an author interested in booking a tour with me, you can see a general FAQ page and booking HERE!
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A third generation local of the historic town of Fredericksburg, TX, I was born and raised among the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country where the beauty of the landscape is breathtaking and town is famous for the Main Street historic shopping district, the best peaches in the world, wildflowers and wine. I really can't imagine living anywhere else!
A country girl through and through, I grew up hunting, fishing and digging for Indian artifacts, all the while enjoying the many rivers and swimming holes around town. I'm a stay at home mom with three beautiful boys, ages 9, 2, and 1 that encompass my entire world!
A bookaholic from birth, I have always had a deep passion for reading and spend many late nights devouring books into the wee hours of the morning. My “real” book collection numbers over 3000 books and take up an entire small room in our house with custom bookshelves built by my husband that I call my “book cave”. I've been building this collection since my childhood and will keep on adding to it for the rest of my life. Of course, I also have a similar collection of ebooks as well as I finally went digital a few years ago.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing with my kids, doing DIY renovation projects with my husband, cooking, and relaxing on my back porch with a good cup of coffee while I watch the massive axis deer herd come through the yard.
"A boy seeking adventure… A world that's dying… A war that may have no winners…"
Get ready for an amazing adventure by binge reading REMEON'S DESTINY. You can find out more about the author below.
Pen or typewriter or computer?
Computer! I can’t stand to think of the time I’d waste transcribing from paper.
Describe what is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I have a process of note taking – ideas mostly at first. I add to these notes over the period of weeks, sometimes months. From these notes I create a more organized outline and add to it, as with the notes, over a period of weeks or months layering in detail for individual scenes as I go. Using the detailed outline I begin writing. I set daily work count goals and goals for finishing chapters as well as a timeline for finishing my first draft. After the first draft is completed I do a round of editing then send to beta readers and finally my editor. Following incorporation of edits and beta feedback I make a listing of areas to revisit for plot strengthening, rework, more description etc. then research and make those changes. Last, I reread the entire manuscript before submission, tweaking and editing as I go.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I typically am writing one novel at a time, but on an ongoing basis I have other projects at various stages, i.e. note taking or outlining. Almost always I have several short stories in the works also.
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Remeon’s Destiny is a coming of age story with a focus on inner strength, overcoming and living with personal limitations and following one’s destiny. It has universal themes and a broad appeal to YA audiences, as well as cross-over appeal to the adult
REMEON'S DESTINY is available on Amazon for both digital and paperback!
Hometown Girl Again
Hometown Series Book 5
by Kirsten Fullmer
How did I end up so broken? It’s a question Katherine can’t answer. First, a surprise inheritance tipped her life upside-down, and now her new RV park is a muddy mess of half-restored trailers. To make matters worse, she’s falling for her first crush all over again. The only thing she’s sure of at this point is a full-blown identity crisis. Alex came home after a life-threatening wound ended his Army career. Now Katie is back too, and she’s building something called a glamping park? He feels like he let her down years ago, can he make it up to her now? Or are his own problems too much to handle? Fate brought Katherine and Alex back to Smithville, and the town-folk want to see them together again. Will the couple be able to cope with the locals well-intentioned meddling, or did their chance at love disappear a long time ago...
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Excerpt Hometown Girl Again
Relieved to have found all the items on her list, Katherine offered the clerk a shy smile and collected her bags. The place was really more of a small town mercantile than a hardware store, being the only store in town that offered more than groceries, and she was glad they saw fit to carry a bit of everything.
When she reached the door, lugging her supplies, she was surprised to see Alex through the glass. He was heading across the parking lot toward her, carrying a small black and white dog, and his characteristic swagger looked more like a limp as he wrestled with the puppy.
Jumping back, her head whipped from one side to the other, looking for a place to hide.
Alex marched into the store, and she ducked behind a rack of men’s overalls. Holding her breath, she crouched and peeked between the overall straps. The little black dog had an adorable smiling face, and her heart melted, but then she noticed Alex’s blustery expression. The puppy wriggled in his grip, and he turned her way.
Her arm shot out to grab a straw hat from the rack, and she plopped it on her head, hoping it would hide her sweaty, lopsided bun.
The dog barked and squirmed, and it was obvious that Alex needed help, but Katherine knew she was a sweaty mess, and she probably looked like she’d just rolled out of bed, since she had, not to mention she smelled like gasoline after spilling on her grubby pants when she filled her can at the gas station earlier.
She’d made a big enough fool of herself already, and she wasn’t eager to repeat the disgrace, so she hunched lower behind the rack, watching with only one eye showing from under the hat
Alex was far too busy wrestling the dog to notice her, so she stayed silent, watching as they passed. Before she could make her move toward the door, however, the dog escaped Alex’s arms and bound down the aisle. Alex reached out, scrambling for the puppy, but lost his balance and fell sideways into a rack of garden trowels that clattered and crashed to the floor.
Dropping her bags, Katherine hurried to his side to see if he was okay. When she reached him, his expression was dark as the devil, so she hesitated, pulling her hand back. “Want me to get the dog?” she asked timidly, and he nodded, so she turned away. Worried about Alex, she glanced nervously over her shoulder, but he was already back on his feet, righting the rack, so she hurried after the puppy.
The little dog hadn’t gone far when she spotted him assaulting a display of chips and other snacks. By the time she reached his side, the puppy had a package of jerky in his mouth.
She scooped up the dog, unable to keep from laughing at his antics. “You’re a naughty one, aren’t you!” she chided, watching the puppy chew on jerky. As cute as he was, she had to wonder why Alex had brought him to the store, and without a leash. “I didn’t take Alex for the dog type,” she mumbled to herself.
“I’m not,” Alex growled, from behind her, causing her to whirl around in surprise. He reached for the dog.
She handed over the puppy, appraising Alex’s face and mood. “Can I help?” she asked before her brain clicked into gear. Here she’d been relieved that he hadn’t seen her, and now she couldn’t help but jump square into his business.
“You don’t— need to do that,” he assured her, his words jarred and interrupted by the wriggling dog. Then over the dog, he eyed her in question with one brow raised.
She squared her shoulders. She knew she looked a sight, but he was being flat out rude. “Would he sit in a shopping cart?” she wondered out loud.
Alex glanced toward the front of the store, then back. “I don’t know.”
“I’ll grab you one,” she offered, then hurried away without waiting for his reply. By the time she returned, Alex looked ready to strangle the puppy with his bare hands, so Katherine reached out and took the dog, and put him in the cart.
At first, the little dog seemed confused and frightened, but once he got his bearings and put his front paws on the end of the cart, he seemed happy enough. His oversized ears perked with curiosity and his tongue lolled from the side of his mouth, accentuating his goofy grin.
Alex stared at the dog, obviously unhappy, then his gaze turned to her. “Nice hat.”
Horrified that she was still wearing the stupid straw hat, she yanked it off her head and tossed it onto a shelf. “How old is he?” she asked, motioning toward the dog, hoping to take Alex’s attention away from her.
“Hell if I know,” he grumbled, glaring down at the puppy.
Her questioning glance swung from the puppy back to his face.
“I just got him yesterday. From my nieces.”
“Oh,” she replied, wondering why someone would give a dog to a person who didn’t want one.
For a moment it looked as if Alex would explain, but his mouth clamped closed, and his brows lowered into a glower, so she left it alone. Taking a step back, she motioned toward the door. “I better get moving, but…” she hesitated, then continued. “Feel free to bring him out to the RV park if you need to. I’m sure we can find a place for him to play while you work.”
“I’m here to get him a leash and a play yard, but,” Alex ‘s gaze came to hers, and her discomfort caused his expression to soften, “I appreciate the offer. I wasn’t sure what to do with him, to be honest.”
She was relieved to see him calm down. “It’s not a problem; I’ll see you in a while then.” With a wave she turned away and headed toward the door, hoping he didn’t see her collect her things from behind the overalls.
About the Author
Kirsten grew up in the Western US and graduated from high school in 1984. She married soon there after and quickly built a family. With three young children and number four on the way, she returned to college in 1992. Her career as a draftsman included many settings ranging from a steel fabrication shops to prestigious engineering firms. Balancing family life with the workplace forced her to become the queen of multitasking. In 2001, bored with the cubical life, she moved on to teach drafting in technical college, then to opening her own consulting firm teaching 3D engineering software. Due to health problems, Kirsten retired in 2012 to travel with her husband for his job. She now works writing romance novels and enjoys spoiling her three grandchildren. Since 2017 Kirsten has lived and worked full time in a 40' travel trailer with her husband and her little dog Bingo.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Teresa Keefer is an indie romance author with an avid love of books. She started writing poetry in high school and after encouragement from a dear friend, wrote her first full length romance novel in 2007. Coming Home was finally released as a self-published book in 2011. Teresa holds an MBA in Human Resources and attended law school for two years. She lives in rural Indiana with a menagerie of animals and enjoys the peace of working in the garden and yard of her home. She has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys crafting, cooking, reading, and studying spirituality in her spare time when she's not writing or working at her day job. Her household includes a spoiled dog, three cats, two goats and a stubborn miniature horse.
What inspired you to write this book?
The Summers Sisters series is inspired by my love of magic and spiritualism. Each of the characters was inspired to a certain extent by each of my own daughters who are as different as night and day.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am presently working on a western romance set in Wyoming. I got the idea when I traveled to Wild Deadwood Reads the last two years and flew into Denver and drove through Colorado and Wyoming before reaching my final destination of Deadwood, SD.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Not necessarily a side story, but I will be doing a mature romance based on the mother of the Summers Sisters. It will be called Rowena’s Song and will take the reader on a trip to Ireland.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I googled them. I used each of my daughters’ first initial and looked for Celtic names beginning with the same letter. I have this affinity for everything Irish—perhaps because when I did my Ancestry DNA I discovered I’m predominately Norwegian and Irish—which explains why I have this deep desire to go spend at least a month exploring the cliffs, the castles, and the little pubs across the country.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Alana from Blessed Be is all about living in the present. Being peaceful, caring and nurturing. Teagan in Threefold comes across as being a snob, but she really isn’t. She has a secret that she didn’t have the courage to tell anyone about until she jumps in to save a woman who was the victim of domestic violence. Riana in Namaste is the free spirit of the three. She’s spent years traveling the country doing just about every job there is in an attempt to find herself.
Who designed your book covers?
My friend and best-selling author Jeana Mann has designed the majority of my covers. If you get a chance, go check out any one of her series, you won’t be disappointed!
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about the Wiccan religion.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love to interact with my readers! I will be starting a newsletter in the upcoming weeks and hope to share a lot of things that I enjoy such as recipes, books I’ve read, and will also be featuring other authors as well.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?
I’d like to spend a day gardening and crafting with Alana.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
No, but I do have several works in process!
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Blessed Be would be clean cotton, Threefold would be patchouli, and Namaste would be sunflowers.
What did you edit out of this book?
Some of the more explicit sex scenes because I wanted the series to appeal to a greater audience.
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A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
by Jen Castleberry
Genre: YA Fantasy
Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village. Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay. Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.
Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.
But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!
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About the Author
Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!
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