ONLY SIX DAYS BEFORE THE RELEASE OF THE SECOND SECRET VIDEO TRAILER!
are still coming in and so far they have all been great. Check out the PRESS AND REVIEW link. Honestly, I am NOT paying
these people to say all these nice things. Good grief, this latest review from Feathered Quill Book Reviews has just blown
me away. I couldn't have come up with such a powerful review if I had tried.
I am just 6 days away from releasing
the second video trailer. It is hard to keep it under wraps until April 1st, the date I had set to launch it, but at least
now, that's not too far away. This latest reviewer said that she liked my wolf dog Ruby, who lived a grand long life for a
big dog, but sadly Ruby is now gone. If she liked my white wolf dog, just wait until she sees my current "sled"
dog, Lucy. I have a feeling an awful lot of people are going to love that little munchkin. I made Lucy her own web
), and even before her video has launched, I got a request this weekend from an enterprising fellow who wants to sell advertising
on her site. I've checked out the doggie beds he sells on www.dogbedswarehouse.com
and they are pretty cool. Lucy would certainly like his "princess canopy" bed. Who knows? Maybe Lucy
will get her own career as a professional blogger.
I am all packed for the book tour. My suitcase has been loaded,
and re-packed, and re-packed again. I have rarely anticipated a trip so much.
Hope to meet lots of lovely people
on my book tour trip. If you want to schedule a Skpye with me for your book club, let me know.
As more reviews come in (all good so far -- check out the REVIEWS AND PRESS page on this website), we are preparing to
launch the book's upcoming release with a fabulous 5-week US book tour. I have an amazing PR team with Katrina Pearson coordinating
the book tour events, Mary Bisbe-Beek handling the local west coast publicity, and Maryglenn McCombs running the US nationwide
long-lead and short-lead PR assisted by her amazing sheepdog Major.
With the book tour less than a month away, the schedule
for those five weeks is filling up with a range of events and more being added each day. Here is the rough outline of
the schedule at this point.
April 2, 2012 Arrive in SAN FRANCISCO. The first book signing/presentation will be held
at The Booksmith on April 4th at 7:30 PM. The Booksmith in the heart of San Francisco's historic flower power counter-culture
near the corner of Haight and Ashbury is one of America's most iconic bookstores. Here they have hosted world class authors
and personalities, including Allen Ginsberg, Ray Bradbury, Niel Young, Annie Liebovitz, Gracie Slick, Nobel Prize winner poet
Czeslaw Milosz, members of the Grateful Dead, and The Doors. What a great start for the book tour.
On April 9th the
tour heads up to Seattle, then up to Bellingham on April 10 to Bellingham's Village Books (7 PM).
the tour goes to Ketchikan for a presenatation at the biggest public meeting hall in town, the Ketchikan Public Lands Center
on April 12th at 7 PM.
In Juneau I'll be speaking at Hearthside Books on April 15 from 1 - 3, followed with various speaking
engagements that week at the University of Alaska's creative writing classes.
Since southeast Alaska is all about ocean-side
communities, it makes sense that the tour takes to the water. On April 17th, I take the ferry up to Haines where I will be
doing an event at 7 PM with Babbling Book in partnership with the Haines Library.
Then back to Juneau for more UA speaking
I will be in Anchorage from April 22, with engagements at UAA and at the UAA bookstore on April 23rd (5
- 7 pm).
On April 24th I will be at Fireside Books in Palmer 4 - 5:30 PM, then back down to Anchorage for a writer's
craft talk later that evening sponsored by the fantastic 49Writers organization, to be held 7-9 PM April 24th at the Harvest
Bread Co on the topic of writing memoir.
From Anchorage the tour becomes a road tour with bookings along the way
to Fairbanks at various towns including Talkeetna (TBA).
It is only right that the tour winds up in Fairbanks,
where I spent so many unforgettable years. This homecoming grand finale leg of the tour in Fairbanks (April 26 - May 6th)
will kick off with a UAF reception the university is kindly hosting for me at Rasmuson Library on April 27th (2 PM), followed
by the annual UAF Author reception at 4 PM. Other Fairbanks engagements include UAF classroom visits and oral history
recording for the alumni association. We are trying to fit in events in Ester and Healy during that week as well.
those are the towns and the dates, with more events being fit into those dates every day. I hope to see as many of you there
at the events as can make it.
They say you can never go home again. With this tour about to commence, I think
that maybe you can.
Here's to coming home.