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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Something Less Serious--a St. Paddy's Blog Tour

Yvonne Perry, owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services, has put together a blog chain for St. Patrick’s Day March 11 through 17 and this blog is participating in the fun event. I thought there might be some War Peace Tolerance subscribers that are unfamiliar with blog chains, plus, it is the time of year to drink some green beer (or milk) and have a little fun. Plus, you might find some good reading among the participants!

You may be wondering, "What is a Blog Chain?" A blog chain involves about a dozen people who have a blog and want to participate in a fun group activity. Each participant visits the blog of every person on the chain within one week of being sent the list of URLs. When visiting each blog, participants read and comment on one post they find interesting. When you leave a comment on the other eleven blogs you will in turn receive eleven comments on your own blog. And, the search engines smile upon you because this kind of activity increases your blog's popularity and raises its ranks in search engines.

So, here is Yvonne's blog chain. Have fun!

Who's Blogging?

Below is from Yvonne Perry, giving the line up of blogs we'll be visiting. These bloggers will also be stopping by here.

If you'd like to play with us and get in some great reading this week, simply visit each blog and leave a comment along with the URL to your own blog. You may also want to follow these people on Twitter.

Just like her book, Blast Off!, Allison Maslan's blog is about self-empowerment in body mind and spirit. Learn how to make the changes you want in business, career, relationships, and your body when you visit Be sure to follow Allison on Twitter: @AllisonMaslan

After much debate about which of my blogs to feature in this blog chain, I've decided to introduce you to my book, More Than Meets the Eye. Learn about the process of death and dying, find green burial info, consider activity in the afterlife, and talk about spirit communication at You'll recognize my constant tweeting as @writersinthesky.

On Writer's Journey is a blog owned by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz. Visit her at to read author interviews, book reviews, and all things writing related. She is so generous that she reviewed two of my books and interviewed me twice! Penny is @pennyehrenkranz on Twitter.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a long-time networking friend of mine. She and I have done multiple joint venture projects like this blog chain. She has several blogs, but we have chosen to honor our soldiers during this blog chain. Carolyn is on Twitter as @frugalbookpromo.

After 15 years of working in the industry as an ASE-certified automobile technician, my son, Robert McCurley, has started his own Nashville business, Wheel Fix It Mobile Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. His rates are much lower than the cost of taking a car to the shop; plus, he comes to your location! Find auto care tips and information about how to contact him for a local repair when you visit his blog at Follow @WheelFixItNow on Twitter.

Tisha Morris is a new WITS client and I am thrilled to be helping her promote her new book, 27 Things to FengShui Your Home. Her blog has some great tips for declutter your life, home, and workspace. I've been cleaning like a fiend ever since I got hold of her book! She's on Twitter as @mindbodyom.

If you are looking for something to do outdoors or some new place to go for vacation, you'll love Loretta Leda's blog Follow her on Twitter: @FloridaSpaGirls.

Schall Adams is a new girlfriend and networking partner I found when working on Allison Maslan's Amazon book launch. Schall's blog is all about women empowering women to live happy, successful, passionate lives! Schall is @SchallAdams on Twitter.

Another WITS client, networker, and dear friend has joined this blog chain. Janet Riehl and I were virtual friends for years before we met in person when she came to Nashville for a recording session with my son-in-law, Scott Kidd. When you visit her blog,, you may read about the audio book they created! You'll want to follow Janet on Twitter as @Riehlife. Historical and light paranormal romance author. Gardening with a focus on herbs, heirloom plants and old Southern recipes. Please follow Beth Tissel on Twitter: @BethTrissel.

Denise DeMaras is a women's health coach, artist, and writer whose medicine is change. She helps women process emotions, reduce stress, and increase creativity, to make changes or cope with them. She is a board-certified nutrition consultant, Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor, Chapman University Certified Art for Healing Instructor, Columbia University Certified Holistic Health Counselor. I love her fabulous blog at ! Follow Denise on Twitter: @ddemaras. is about folklore and family stories, mythology and more. Follow Folkheart Press on Twitter: @Folkheartpress. features the musings of Dennis S Martin: poet, playwright and novelist from Baltimore, Maryland. Follow Dennis on Twitter: @dsmartin49. Tips on Mac computers and graphic design. Follow Jessica Galbraith on Twitter: @leedesign. This blog is all about writing tips for writers and teachers of writing. Each week I will address one aspect of writing. Occasionally, I will post tips about no-fee contests and calls for submissions by publishers. Follow Nancy Kelly Allen on Twitter: @NancyKellyAllen.

The book publicist, Scott Lorenz, is president of Westwind Communications, a public republic relations and marketing firm with a special knack for working with authors and entrepreneurs to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Scott is a regular contributor to WITS Newsletter. Follow Scott on Twitter: @aBookPublicist.

Tom Vancel is a retired pharmacist and now does dentistry in third-world countries to help less-fortunate children. Read his blog about his adventures at .

Long-time WITS client Linda Ballou is about to introduce another book. Find out more about her first book, Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey, when you visit her blog: Follow Linda on Twitter: @LindaBallou.

Happy networking, everyone.

Yvonne Perry,
Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

Carolyn Howard-Johnson wrote the foreword for Eric Dinyer's book of patriotic quotations, Support Our Troops, published by Andrews McMeel. Part of the proceeds for the book benefit Fisher House. Her chapbook of poetry won the Military Writers Society of America's award of excellence. Find it at Her novel, collection of creative nonfiction and much of her poetry is informed by interest in leading the world toward acceptance of one another. Find her web page dedicated to tolerance at If your Twitter followers would be interested, please pass this on to them using this widget:


Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Carolyn, This blog chain should be fun. It seems like a great way to find new blog readers.

Linda Ballou said...

Fancy meeting you here. It seems you are everywhere on the net CHJ.
You will be pleased to know that I am including your book The Frugal Book Promoter in my talk
"Proud to be a Pod Person"....It is for writerly types who want to know about what it takes to take on the Print on Demand model.
You may know someone who would like to have me speak!

Allison Maslan said...

I have enjoyed participating in this blog chain. It has given me the opportunity to read a lot of really interesting blogs and I've gotten a lot of valuable information from them.

Happy Friday,
Allison Maslan

Donna B. Russell said...

Carolyn, glad to have found you through the blog chain. The one in February was so much fun, I was glad to be able to participate in another one so soon. I hope Yvonne will sponsor more in the future. They are a great way to meet new bloggers and expand our horizons.--Donna

Anonymous said...

This is my last blog to visit on the blog chain list. I've found following the blog chain very interesting. I've read a lot of new blogs that I otherwise wouldn't have and made sure I posted to each one so they knew I stopped by. I received a few visits to my blog because of following the blog chain.

I found your blog interesting Carolyn. Thanks so much for sharing. I think it is a wonderful thing you are doing, remember the soldiers.