Friday, August 8, 2008

San Francisco, Oregon, and The Bob Harden Show

Wow, what a couple of weeks I've had! While attending the national conference of the Romance Writers of America at the Marriott in San Francisco, California, I did my first radio interview by phone with Bob Harden on WGUF 98.9 FM back in Naples, Florida, the city in which I reside. The interview, which I did at 5:30 a.m. Pacific to air at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, went very well. Bob Harden was genuine and nice asked interesting questions, and I answered them without becoming tongue-tied. I really appreciate his having me on The Bob Harden Show. In fact, I enjoyed the experience and hope to do many more radio interviews in the future. Meanwhile, the RWA conference was impressive, and I networked with a number of fellow writers, including Debra Maher (, who kindly posted info about ACTSY on her blog (please see her comment on my previous post). San Fracisco was fascinating, if startling. I did as much touristy stuff as I could cram into a few days. I rode the trolley car over Nob Hill, and I walked across the Golden Gate bridge and back. The weather changed three times during the course of my walk. From SF, I headed north to Southern Oregon to distribute book promotion materials while visiting a close friend, Tivo, who was very hospitable. We had a fine time, and I visited with his son and his family on the way back to the SF airport. I also met a number of interesting passengers on my airplane flights, and I solicited airport bookstores in Charlotte, North Carolina, during my lay-over betwen SF and Fort Myers, Florida. When I returned to Naples, I hopped right back into promoting A Chance to Say Yes. Dona Lee Gould of Bradenton will be selling copies of A Chance to Say Yes at her bookstore in Bradenton, Florida, Village Voices and Eclectic Art Emporium (, which is appropriate because ACTSY revolves around art. My debut-author ad for ACTSY will appear in the October edition of the Romantic Times BOOKreview, which will be out soon. Giselle, whom I met sent me a copy of the ad, and it looks terrific. As a side note, thanks to Karen Lieb, I am donating a copy of ACTSY to the Florida Writers Foundation. The book will be part of a silent auction to benefit literacy at the annual Florida Writers Conference in the Orlando area in November ( I am happy to participate in this worthy cause. I'd like to do more to promote literacy. Btw, the reason this blog has no paragraphs is because I haven't had time yet to figure out how to create them, just as I have not had time to figure out how to delete extra comments which I accidentally posted on the previous blog, when, in haste, I hit the "post" button three times. Hmmm....Oh, yes, and I've now had two more from readers praising A Chance to Say Yes -- one from friendly, helpful Jo Allen, travel agent at CI Neapolitan Travel in Naples, and the latest from gracious legal-eagle Tanya Davis in Tampa -- and I spoke to another reader, Carole, and signed her copy of ACTSY yesterday. Carole enjoyed ACTSY and is sending the copy she bought to a friend. That's just wonderful, isn't it? Nothing could please me more than to know my story captures the imaginations of its readers. I'm going to try to post a copy of the one decent photo I shot in SF. Wish me luck! If it appears here, you'll know I succeeded. Smiles, Tina


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Dear Tina,

I received your lovely book in the mail and want to thank you, even before I get a chance to read it. You are very dear and the title alone is inspiring! (-:

Keep promoting as you are! Join me on Shelfari, but (if you're not already!) do join LinkedIn. It's my favorite. I know you had trouble teaching me so you can also find me on

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Award-winning author of This Is the Place, Harkening, Tracings and the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers

Tina Murray said...

Thank you, Carolyn! I received your email, too. I will join you on Shelfari. Linkedin is new to me, but I definitely will join. I will look into, too. An author-friend of mine invited me to join it recently. Thanks, too, to Daniel for passing my book and materials along to you. FYI, I have new postcards, bookmarks, and business cards, so I'm using those to promote A Chance to Say Yes.

Thank you for your gracious response. I hope you find time to read A Chance to Say Yes and that you enjoy the experience. I am continually reading your extremely helpful and handy how-to book, The Frugal Book Promoter.

Tina :D