Thank you all for a successful book tour!

elly cover_webI’d like to blog a gigantic thank you for a successful ELLY HAYS book tour. I have to admit it was majorly stressful putting it all together, but in the end, the stress and preparedness paid off. Everything went off without a hitch. I’d like to thank my hosts: Pat Fitzhugh, Anna Belfrage, Ionia Martin at Readful Things, Sandi Layne, Patricia Zick at Writing Whims, David Lawlor, and Christoph Fischer. These folks are the nicest bunch of bloggers, authors, and friends a girl could ask for.

Now, without further ado, here are the winners of the eBooks offered at various stops. If you’re name is here, please email me at and claim your prize. The prize is a copy of your choice of OKATIBBEE CREEK or AN ORPHAN’S HEART and it can be claimed as a Kindle or Nook.

Nov 5 this blog Elly Hays video debut – NikiMarie

Nov 7 Anna Belfrage’s blog – Sharron McAvoy

Nov 8 Readful Things – Julian Froment

Nov 13 Writing Whims – Francis Guenette

The $25 Amazon gift card prize for signing up for my newsletter will be announced Nov 18 in the newsletter. Still time to get in on the drawing!! Hurry up! Sign up at

If you’d like to see what we chatted about at the Nov 4 online release party – click HERE. If you’d like to see our live Nov 16th Twitter chat, go to Twitter and search hashtag #ellyhays. Hillarity ensued as I tried to get author PC Zick to sell author Anna Belfrage’s book during PC’s book tour. Leave it to the blonde to mess things up. Yeah, that’s me. ♥ you all!

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ELLY HAYS book tour – Last Stops: Reviews and Twitter Chat!

elly cover_webThe last stops of the ELLY HAYS book tour are for reviews.

One is on the other side of the pond at author Christoph Fischer’s and the other is right here in the U.S. at author PC Zick’s. They are both amazing and talented authors, and I’m thrilled they both liked Elly. I respect their opinions greatly and feel a huge sense of humility and thankfulness for their kind reviews. Pop over and tell them both Hi. Check out their books while you’re there.






twitter-chat-tree-11The very last stop of the tour will be tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 16, 4-5pm Eastern) for a LIVE Twitter chat. If you’ve ever thought about putting your own stories out into the world, come chat with us and we’ll be happy to point you in the direction. I’ll be joined by authors PC Zick, Anna Belfrage, Pat Fitzhugh, Beem Weeks, and book cover designer/formatting genius/video trailer producer/swag guru Rob Hess from Elite Book Design. Come asks us questions and hang out.

Join us through and use hashtag #ellyhays. If you’re not familiar with Tweetchat, it is a live, single-conversation Twitter feed, so you don’t have to surf through other Tweets. Also, you only have to put in the hashtag to join the conversation and don’t have to add it with every Tweet – Tweetchat will automatically do it for you. Gotta love technology!

See you tomorrow!!! ♥


ELLY is in Ireland!

elly cover_webThe ELLY HAYS book tour has taken a detour to the beautiful Isle of Green. Today, we stop by Ireland at “History with a Twist” to visit with author David Lawlor. Stop over there and check it out. You can comment and win an eBook, but you’ll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page, passing amazing authors and their GREAT books. Don’t get lost. 🙂 Click HERE to visit!

While you’re checking out great books today, go to Amazon HERE and check out David’s books, “The Golden Grave” and “Tan.”

ELLY HAYS book tour – at Sandi Layne’s today!

elly cover_webToday’s stop on the ELLY HAYS book tour is at author Sandi Layne’s blog. Sandi asked me why I wrote ELLY HAYS, and that’s what the blog is about. Elly isn’t just another story — it is the story of my 5th great grandmother. I am honored and proud to share her life with you, TWO HUNDRED YEARS later. You can read the article right HERE!  Also, don’t forget to comment over there to win a free eBook.


While you’re at it, check out Sandi’s award-winning books on Amazon right HERE. She is a fabulous and prolific writer! I hope to have that many books out someday. 🙂

ELLY HAYS book tours stops today at Readful Things

elly cover_webThe ELLY HAYS book tour stopped by Readful Things this morning and left a short excerpt. Pop over there and check it out. There’s also a GIVEAWAY!

And while you’re there, check out her other blogs. If you’re looking for a great read, she had lots and lots of suggestions. Click HERE! 

The entire book tour schedule is posted on my website HERE.

ELLY HAYS Book Tour Stops at Anna Belfrage’s Today!

elly cover_webMy ELLY HAYS book tour is stopping by Anna Belfrage’s blog today!

Pop over there and check it out. Click here! You can learn a little about the War of 1812, and who wouldn’t want that?!

While you’re at it, check out Anna’s books at Amazon here. I’m currently finishing the first book and excitedly anticipating the next.

51XARpMYKDL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-69,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Her new book is A NEWFOUND LAND. I’m in love with her covers. You can see all her amazing covers on a blog I wrote here.

ELLY HAYS Book Tour – Video Trailer Debut

Worldwide debut of the ELLY HAYS video trailer!!

elly cover_webAs the War of 1812 approached, the Creek Indian Nation was in the middle of a civil war. They fought brutally between themselves, as well as with the white settlers who were encroaching upon tribal land.

It was during this time Elly’s family moved to the eastern Mississippi Territory for the promise of low-cost land and fertile soil. She had no idea they were moving into Creek territory – into the middle of a hornet’s nest.

Tafv’s band of warriors taunted them, stealing their property, killing their animals, and destroying their livelihood. Just when the family thought things couldn’t get any worse, during one of the Indian raids as Elly’s husband chased the Indians away from the farm, Tafv’s young son was killed in the pursuit. Tafv vowed revenge against Elly’s family, and a final showdown was imminent.

Elly Hays is based on the real-life story of Elizabeth Hays Rodgers and is the epic clash between a fearless warrior with nothing to lose and a young mother on the verge of losing everything.






1. EBOOK!  Every comment on this post during the book tour (Nov 4-16) will be entered to win an ebook of the 1st or 2nd book in the Okatibbee Creek series, OKATIBBEE CREEK or AN ORPHAN’S HEART. Your choice of Kindle or Nook. One winner will be chosen. Prize will be delivered by email. Winner will be posted here in the comments on November 17, 2013. Visit each stop of the tour to increase your chances. An ebook will be given away at each stop. Tour schedule is posted on my website at

2. $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD! If you sign up for Lori’s newsletter by November 16th, you will be entered into the drawing for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. One winner will be chosen. Prize will be delivered by email. Winner will be announced in the newsletter on November 18, 2013. Sign up at