Friday, August 31, 2018

Silver Dagger Book Tours Celebration and $200 Giveaway!



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 up my posts. 

I became pregnant with my second child in the fall of 2015, and my hubby and I 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 1,000 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 who share my tours on their sites and really couldn't have gotten this far without their continued support. I would like to thank each and every one of them! Ya'll are amazing! I also have two assistants who 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 my bloggers and I have a broad range of readers who 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!

If you are a blogger interested in joining some of my tours, you can see my current sign-ups HERE!

And sign up for email invites HERE!


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 the 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, who 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 3,000 books and takes 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.








67 comments:

  1. The Time Traveler's Wife is my favorite book.

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  2. My favorite author is Diana Palmer plus many more !

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  3. My favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King, I love all of his books. Happy Anniversary!

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  4. My favorite author is Carl Barks. His books are so original and inventive. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  5. My 2 favorite books of all time are Insomnia by Stephen King and Watchers by Dean Koontz! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  6. My favorite author is Frank McCourt.

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  7. Congratulations! That’s so awesome! I’m glad you were able to follow your dreams! My favorite author well honestly I don’t know I have so many but one of mine is Gena Showalter

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  8. My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It may be the best book I’ve ever read about poverty, parenthood, the immigrant experience, and just about everything else.

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  9. Right now I have enjoyed the books by Viola Shipman

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  10. Favorite author of all time for me is Sandra Oliver.

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  11. My favorite book is Queen Of The Damned by Anne Rice

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  12. My favorite book of all time Needful Things by Stephen King

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  13. Wow I have never had a $200 gift card. That would be the most awesome thing in the world!

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  14. I loved The Secret Daughter.
    jan

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  15. your story is very inspiring. I get multiple posts involving Silver Dagger Book Tours every day and really enjoy being introduced to new books and authors. Thanks for all your hard work!

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  16. Thank you for doing these tours! I could never find as many good books to read if it weren't for them.

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  17. Congratulations. I love getting your newsletters

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  18. At the moment Amy A Bartol is my favorite author.

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  19. My all time favorite book is Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. I love it!

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  20. I love to read! Ever since I was a little girl. My mom loved to read. Guess that's where I got it from. Haven't read as much as I'd like this summer. We moved and I've been busy for months. Have read 4-5 books tho. Had to take some relaxing breaks during the heat advisory days. Look forward to reading more this fall and winter.

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  21. The book I've read the most is "The Blue Sword" Granted, most of those re-readings were in junior high school, but it still holds the record lol :)

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  22. my favorite author is Stephen King-right now I am reading Sleeping Beauties, one he wrote with his son

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  23. Congratulations on two years! I see you all over the blogosphere so great job!

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  24. One of my favorite authors is David Quammen. He writes books about nature and animals. Thanks for the chance and congrats for being a mom!

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  25. Wow thanks for the massive giveaway.

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  26. Happy 2nd Anniversary! My favorite authors are Stephen King, John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, and Jay Kristoff.

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  27. My favorite author is Ann H. Gabhart. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  28. One of my favorite books is Interview With The Vampire.

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  29. I have always loved Stephen King and Dean Kootnz.

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  30. Congratulations on two years!

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  31. My favorite author is Gena Showalter

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  32. My favorite authors are Harlan Coben and Becky Albertalli! Clearly not the same genre but they're both amazing, I already got to meet Harlan who's a really nice guy and I'm looking forward to go a signing of Becky in October

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  33. Douglas Adams and his Dirk Gently series

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  34. I luv Agatha Christe. Thank you for the kindness, the contest, and generosity PIck me.

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  35. I have so many favorite authors. At least ten just popped to mind but i will say Anne Tyler and Laurie Colwin.

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  36. Through this blogI have been introduced to so many authors that I never was aware before... It has expanded my reading list and for that I am grateful...

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  37. My favorite book is Jane Austen-Pride and Prejudice. I have read it so many times that I may need a new copy soon.

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  38. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I have read so much, I cannot pick a favorite.

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  39. My all-time fave book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Love the movie versions too.

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  40. My favorite book is The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks.

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  41. Favorite book is Solaris by Stanislaw Lem.

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  42. I have too many favorite books to pick one, but I'd say the Lord of the Rings series is way up there.

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  43. One of my favorite books is Lucy Maude Montgomery.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. congrats on 2 years! thank you for the chance to win

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  45. My favorite author is Lisa Regan.

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  46. I don’t have a favorite book but my favorite genre is Amish fiction. There are several great authors and some not so much. I like seeing how the relationships develop with scripture involved and without porn.

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  47. I have so many favorite books and authors. I'd have to say though Stephen King is the one I've read the most and for the longest (since I was a teenager), though I haven't read anything new of his in some years. I'll go back eventually though.

    And the book that stands out as my most favorite up to now is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. So many scenes were burned into my eyes after I read them. I don't know how he did that.

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  48. I love to read and have a lot of favorite authors. I will list a few of them Dick Francis, Janet Evanovich, Debbie Macomber, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lucy Maud Montgomery

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  49. My favorite author is Louise L. Hay and my favorite book is You Can Heal Your Life.

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  50. Happy second year celebration to you :)

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  51. My favorite book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, hilarious book.

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  52. We are currently reading all the Lemony Snicket books

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  53. 'A Better Place to Be', by David Wind. Amazing read, can't even get over it.

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  54. The very best I've ever read, my favorite thing in all world literature is a novelette called Calumet K by Merwin-Webster

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  55. I love Kelley Armstrong and her Bitten series.

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  56. My favorite author is Nora Roberts. Thank you for the giveaway.

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