Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | By: Joann H. Buchanan

Blogger Tip

So you have decided to put a blog together and it looks FABULOUS! Now what do you do with it?

There are some people who create blogs for reviews, fun, diaries and so on. The reasons are endless. As a matter of fact, there are just as many reasons as there are blogs. Now that you have a blog how do you get followers?

One of the best ways to get followers is offering something to the reader for free. Those could be interviews from writers, how to blogs about building a fort, and the list goes on. For writers, one of the best things to offer are writing tips. Remember this is not about you but the reader. It's like a novel in that aspect.

The other way to get followers is to network with other bloggers. Get on Facebook and join Network Blogs. Also check out other blogging index centers like Frog Blog and The Blog Farm. In networking with other bloggers, you can do link exchanges. The list goes on. The more blogs you are networked with, the more followers you will have.

There are also tools such as Twitter, FB, and many other social networking places you can join. One of the newest and most popular places is called Pintrest. You should check it out and meet up with people to find similar interests.

One of the best ways to ensure that your blog grows is by posting EVERYDAY. That is one of the reasons I developed this blog. There are new bloggers, seasoned bloggers and others in between who need content. You can find that here. I try to make sure that all the people who participate are given credit for all their hard work. I believe bloggers don't get enough credit for all the work they put into their blogs. 

The whole idea of blogging is to give yourself a voice. So use it wisely. Being nice is always best and sharing with others who have the same interests is always fun. A way to do that is to make sure the posts you publish are not always about you. Give back to the readers who stop off at your blog on a daily basis. After all, they are your readers. Cherish them.

Monday, June 25, 2012 | By: Joann H. Buchanan

Jenna Austin is a young, widowed artist raising a teenage son on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As the costs of living in paradise rise, she struggles to make ends meet. Life isn't easy, but she manages.
When her car breaks down, she trudges on. She assumes life can't get any more complicated than it is. But it can...
Chance brings her nose to well-formed chest with Tres Coulter, the handsome, affluent aid to Governor Hunt. Jenna and Tres share a history; they also share a love they thought long lost. Their lives are about to be altered forever as the deceptions of the past transform the very foundation of the present.
The price of happily ever after may be too steep to pay once the past comes due.

About Elizabeth Seckman

Elizabeth divides her time between her beach cottage and her scrupulously clean house in the hills of West Virginia.
Ooops. That's fantasy Elizabeth. The real Elizabeth spends her days schlepping after her four boys (five if you count their father) and the assortment of pets they swore they'd take care of.

She does live in West Virginia; the house is clean when the mother-in-law visits; and she does have serious dreams of living at the beach.
Elizabeth is a Marshall University graduate with a degree in counseling. This has proven very beneficial when dealing with the make-believe friends she hangs out with all day (she calls this 'writing').
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Monday, June 18, 2012 | By: Joann H. Buchanan

Corey Mariani Blog Tour

This is the Corey Mariani blog tour event. Check out the latest information about him and enter the giveaway for his amazing book! Share the tour with your friends and meet a new writer.

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 List of blogs hosting

Parish The Word 

Faellin Angels Realm

Vampyre Kisses 

The Eclectic Artist Cave 

Use Your Words

The Reading Pile

Friday, June 15, 2012 | By: Joann H. Buchanan


Rachel Marks, of Young Adult Novel Reader and I have teamed up to give our fellow bloggers and readers a list of books that are listed free. Click on this link to learn more and stay tuned because next weekend there will be another list.

So stay tuned and find out what the latest FREEBIES are on Amazon. It's just another way we are giving back to the bloggers who work so hard to help writers spread the word about their work. :D Huge hugs <3 xxooxx <3


An AWARD Already!! :D

YEAH Totes and Notes received an award already!! Huge hugs! <3 XXOOXX <3

 Here are the rules.

1 Name and thank the blogger.
2 List 7 facts about yourself.
3 Award 5 other bloggers this award.

I want to thank Elizabeth Seckman for awarding Totes and Notes !! Huge hugs! :D

I love Chinese food. I could probably eat it all the time.

I love to swim.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. That's why I do this blog. I get to meet cool new writers.

I have 3 cats, one of them had kittens.

I'm a total smartass. I can't just sit by and not hand someone a here's your sign

I have been writing since I was 12. I love it and dream to see my books on the shelves of all the stores one day.

Charlotte Blackwell 

Mary Ting

G. R. Holton

Elizabeth Kolodziej

Bob and Jack's Writing Blog

Huge hugs to all of you and thank you soooo much!! :D

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | By: Joann H. Buchanan

A Little Wish For You

I found this on facebook and had to share it. :D Happy blogging. :D <3 XXOOXX <3 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | By: Joann H. Buchanan


The tour is from 6-13 to 6-29 Have a blast and sign all your friends up. Don't forget to share this on your blog so your friends can sign up. :D

Totes and Notes

Welcome to Totes and Notes. This is a place to see some of the latest blog tours that are going on from some of the coolest up and coming writers. The tours include excerpts you can put on your page, interviews, giveaways, reviews and so much more. Every person who signs up gets an opportunity to win prizes and have some fun with books. It's also a GREAT way to always have good content on your own personal blog. 

At the end of each tour, all the host participants will be put into a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE worth $50 or more. So sign up and have fun with all the new writers you're going to meet.

Huge hugs!