Hasta la Vista, Lola! Virtual Book Tour February 2010

19 January 2010

Join Misa Ramirez, author of the mystery with romantic elements novel, Hasta la Vista, Lola! (St. Martin’s), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in February on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Misa Ramirez

Misa Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola(January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from St. Martin’s Minotaur. A former middle and high school teacher, and current CEO and CFO for La Familia Ramirez, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola on her many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings or visiting nudist resorts, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa is hard at work on a new women’s fiction novel, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and has a children’s book published.  You can visit her website atwww.misaramirez.com.

About Hasta la Vista, Lola!

What’s a girl to do when she finds out she’s been killed? Pinch herself to make sure she’s not a ghost, for starters. When Dolores Cruz comes home to her parents’ house to find every relative she has mourning her death, all hell breaks loose. With the help of on-again/off-again love Jack Callaghan, and juggling a new case thrown at her by muy misterioso boss Manny Camacho, it’s up to fledgling detective Lola to find out who’s behind the identity theft and suddenly wants her dead.

Hasta la Vista, Lola! Tour Schedule

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Monday, February 1
Guest blogging at Latino Books Examiner

Tuesday, February 2
Guest blogging and book giveaway at A Book Blogger’s Diary

Wednesday, February 3
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Thursday, February 4
Interview l Chat l Book Giveaway at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, February 5
Interview l Book Giveaway at The Writer’s Life

Monday, February 8
Book reviewed at Virginia Beach Publishing Examiner

Tuesday, February 9
Guest blogging at Suspense Insider

Wednesday, February 10
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, February 11
Reviewed at Writer for a Reader

Friday, February 12
Book reviewed at A Sea of Books

Monday, February 15
Book reviewed at Latino Books Examiner

Tuesday, February 16
Book reviewed at Jen’s Book Talk

Wednesday, February 17
Book reviewed at Luxury Reading

Thursday, February 18
Book reviewed and interviewed at Chaotic Book Obsession

Friday, February 19
Guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Monday, February 22
Interviewed at Introducing Writers Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio

Tuesday, February 23
Book reviewed at The Cajun Book Lady

Wednesday, February 24
Book reviewed at Rundpinne

Thursday, February 25
Book reviewed at A Book Blogger’s Diary
Book reviewed at A Mom Afterr God’s Own Heart

Friday, February 26
Book reviewed at Libby’s Library News
Book reviewed at The Library of a Distracted Musician

Etsy Spotlight Artist: JavaGirls

Hi everyone!!! Today we are going to meet Ruth, one part of Javagirls.

Tell us about yourself...

Java Girls is a two person team. My friend, Renee Coombe, and I have been coffee drinking friends for about 20 years. That's how this whole business idea started.  I've admired Renee's talent for many years and after discussing it (over coffee, of course)we decided to give it a try. God has blessed us and we're just amazed.  My family is grown, and my husband and I recently married all four of our children off in a 10 month span.  Whew!  Renee has 3 grown children, and 1 ten year old, and 3 grandchildren.  Renee is the one with amazing crafting talent and I have the business mind.  We complement each other in that she can enjoy creating  while I take care of photographing, blogging, advertising, shop set up, mailing, banking, bookkeeping, etc. We are both able to do what we love.

What inspires you the most?

For both of us, our biggest inspiration is our family.  Family is far more important than anything.   I think that our products reflect that.

What's been the most rewarding thing about being an artist?

The most rewarding thing about being an artist is that we are doing what we love.

How much of your day is spent creating?

With our busy lives, we spend as much time as possible.  We can't really say how much time, but be assured it's every chance we get!

What promotional tools have been the most effective for you?

As far as promoting, I'm not sure which tool is best. I've been using Facebook, blogging, Craftcult, and we had an open house, "Shop For the Holidays", in my home.  I'm very active in etsy forums and chat rooms.  


{Your Child Says the Cutest Things Journal}

What advice would you give a new crafter and/or a crafter who's been at it for awhile and hitting a rough spot?

Set your goals and work hard.  When you hit a rough spot and you're discouraged, take a break.  Put etsy aside for just a bit and regroup. Take a day off and do something totally unrelated to your business.

{Mom's Busy Taking a Break Journal}

As a handmade seller, what lesson did you learn the hard way?

One lesson I learned is that one should not just guess at shipping prices.   Be informed.  I've lost a few dollars because I didn't have a good handle on shipping prices. 

What's your best selling item?

Our best selling items seem to be "(your child's name) Says the Cutest Things journal", but I must say that we've had requests for a variety of custom altered journals.

Any little quirks you have for when you are crafting? { anything you must have around}

I can't speak for Renee as far as quirks, but when we're working together, we've found it's best that I do my thing and she does hers. :)  When I try to give too much input as she is crafting, it's not a good thing, and vice versa. Things work really well when we just stick to doing our individuals parts of the business!

{Brown and Teal 2010 Pocket Planner}

Thanks to Ruth for answering our questions! I just love all of their products and plan to purchase some this year.

You can find all these wonderful products at Javagirls

And check out their wonderful blog on journaling.