March Blog Tour Summary

tour_FIThe FMB blog tour is over. It lasted for 30 days straight, and it’s time to sum up the results.

It’s impossible to quantify the effect of the tour in terms of sales – at the same time I was running several promos which boosted the sales much more. But the tour was never about sales: it was about getting exposure, reviews, followers. And in that, I’m quite happy with how it worked out.

416 people took part in the giveaway (if you’re one of them – I’m still waiting for the ballot results). My FB page and this blog received a few dozen new followers – which may not sound like a lot, but is a considerable increase over my average numbers 🙂 I got a lot of positive reviews, more importantly, ones that feel authentic rather than the store-bought “couldn’t put it down!”. A couple of bloggers did not put up a review, which I suppose means the books weren’t up their alley, which I don’t mind. All in all – money well-spent 🙂

One unexpected result of the blog tour was discovering the world of Host Blogs – that is, blog sites that thrive, and indeed exist, only to serve as hosts for blog tours. Some of them post several different blog tour stops a day. Looks like a lot of hard work, so I wonder what the incentive to operate something like that is. I can only assume it’s worth it 🙂

Here’s the list of all the tour stops, by category:

REVIEWS:

March 2nd- Deal Sharing Aunt
March 6th- Happy Tails and Tales 
March 8th- Sweet n’ Sassi
March 15th- I am, Indeed
March 17th- A Book Lover’s Library
March 27th- HDWPbooks

GUEST POSTS:
March 4th- KMN Books – “How to write historical fantasy”
March 12th- Buffy’s Ramblings – “Great women of Japanese History”
March 16th- Paranormal Romance Fans for Life – “Ghosts and Ghouls of Japan”
March 18th- C.S. Jameson – “Building the World”

March 28th- Mightier Than the Sword – “What does it take to publish a book”

March 29th- Book Addict – “The Dragon King’s Blessing”

INTERVIEWS:

March 1st- Love in a Book
March 11th- Simply Infatuated
March 13th- Tamara’s One Stop Indie Shop
March 22nd- The Avid Reader
March 24th- Waiting on Sunday to Drown 

SPOTLIGHT POSTS: 

March 3rd- Musings of a Writing Reader
March 10th- Free eBooks Daily
March 14th- A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
March 20th- Books and their Wordly Realm
March 26th- Froggarita’s Bookcase

March Blog Tour 2013

I won’t be posting much on this blog for a couple of days, as I’m preparing for my March Blog Tour – 30 visits in as many days. I’ll update this post with details as they come.

March 1st- Love in a Book (Book Soundtrack)

March 2nd- Deal Sharing Aunt (Review/Giveaway)

March 3rd- Musings of a Writing Reader (Extended Excerpt/Giveaway)

March 4th- KMN Books (Guest Post/Giveaway)

March 5th- Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews (Interview)

March 6th- Happy Tails and Tales (Review/Giveaway)

March 7th- TheFourHorsemenSeries Book Reviews (Excerpt/Giveaway)

March 8th- Sweet n’ Sassi (Review/Giveaway)

March 9th- Books & Tales (Interview)

March 10th- Free eBooks Daily (Spotlight/Giveaway)

March 11th- Simply Infatuated (Book Soundtrack/Giveaway)

March 12th- Buffy’s Ramblings (Guest Post/Giveaway)

March 13th- Tamara’s One Stop Indie Shop (Book Soundtrack)

March 14th- A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books (Excerpt/Giveaway)

March 15th- I am, Indeed (Review/Giveaway)

March 16th- Paranormal Romance Fans for Life (Guest Post/Giveaway)

March 17th- A Book Lover’s Library (Review)

March 18th- C.S. Jameson (Guest Post) 

March 19th- Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict (Interview/Giveaway)

March 20th- Books and their Wordly Realm (Spotlight)

March 21st- Scribbler’s Sojourn (Guest Post/Giveaway)

March 22nd- The Avid Reader (Book Soundtrack/Giveaway)

March 23rd- YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Review/Giveaway)

March 24th- Waiting on Sunday to Drown (Book Soundtrack)

March 25th- PrincessReviews (Review/Giveaway)

March 26th- Froggarita’s Bookcase (Interview)

March 27th- HDWPbooks (Review)

March 28th- Mightier Than the Sword (Guest Post)

March 29th- Book Addict (Guest Post)

March 30th- The Many Muses of MaryLynn (Review/Giveaway)

The Destiny of Shaitan, by Laxmi Hariharan

This post is part of Laxmi Hariharan’s blog tour. The next stop on tour is:
Nov. 13th- b00k r3vi3ws

I’m always on the lookout for non-Western speculative fiction; there’s this stereotype of fantasy and science-fiction being a White, predominantly Anglo-Saxon (or at best Slavic) pastime. Even an occasional jaunt into the East often turns out to be just a Western writer seeking some new pastures.

Lack of diversity is never a good thing, so I’m glad to see  definite changes in what the pundits would call “the ethnic make-up” of the genre. This is an example of technology breakthrough bringing a breakthrough in art: the spread of internet and digital self-publishing enabled the authors shunned by the big Western agents and publishers to come into the spotlight. From Singaporean Steampunk to Vietnamese Science Fiction, the virtual bookshelves are filling up with literature only a few hobbyists in the West would have heard of otherwise.

Laxmi Hariharan is one of this new wave of independently published authors, though she is by no means a newcomer to the writing game – she’s an accomplished and popular blogger and journalist. Her debut novel, which I’ve been requested to review, “The Destiny of Shaitan”, is a space-fantasy strongly inspired by Indian mythology.

The book is a tough nut to crack. Laxmi makes a few bold choices: the writing is all in present tense; the chronology of the events is out of whack, at times making Tarantino look like Dr. Seuss; the dialogue often has no literary stylization whatsoever – although I suppose in the distant future language like that would be considered archaic in its own right. And finally, the world created in the book, though ostensibly science-fiction, is pure fantasy in space, verging on pre-Campbellian era pulp.

All this makes the novel difficult to follow at first, but also gives it a unique flavour. “The Destiny of Shaitan” is the marmite of science-fiction, and will not be to everyone’s taste.  What it definitely is, is different – and if diversity is what you’re after, then this book may just be the right choice.

From the Press Kit:

YA epic fantasy novel The Destiny of Shaitan is a delicious blend of gods & humans, offering a glimpse into your own power. This coming of age story is painted against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.
When Tiina accompanies Yudi on a mission to save the universe from the
ruthless Shaitan, she seeks more than the end of the tyrant; she seeks herself.
Driven by greed and fear for his own survival, Shaitan bulldozes his way through the galaxy, destroying everything in his path. Tiina wants Yudi to destroy Shaitan, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Shaitan being killed by his son. But she finds that Yudi is hesitant to do so. The final showdown between Tiina, Yudi, and Shaitan has unexpected consequences, for Shaitan will do anything in his power to win the fight, even kill Tiina. The stakes are high and the combatants determined. Will Shaitan's ultimate destiny be fulfilled? To find out get your own copy here http://tiny.cc/i24qew

About the Author:

While born in India, Laxmi Hariharan has lived in
Singapore and Hong Kong and is now based in London.
She has written for various publications including The
Times of India, The Independent, Inside Singapore,
Inside Hong Kong and Asian Age. Indian mythology
inspires her work. When not writing, this chai-swigging
technophile enjoys long walks in the woods, growing eye-
catching flowers and indulging her inner geek.