Monday, March 25, 2013

Join us in Disney World!

Hey, Carrie Butler! 
Now that you've had a terrific blog tour for STRENGTH, what are you going to do?
I'm going to Disney World!

I must say, Tara, your virtual Disney World is awesome. No crowds, no Floridian heat, and I get to hang out with all of my blogging friends!

Thank you! It's a magical place and perfect for a post tour interview! Let's get started. So tell us, did you obsess about anything? sales? reviews? comments on blog tour stops? and were you surprised at yourself?

Yes—to answer all of your questions. I was constantly flitting about, checking on things, making sure everything was running smoothly. If they weren't, I'd allow myself a few minutes to freak out... and then I'd make a plan of action.

I frequently have a little freak out time. It's refreshing. How did you prepare for the tour and launch?

I started getting serious about three months pre-launch. There were spreadsheets to be made, people to contact, graphics to be created, etc. It was a lot more work than I anticipated, but it was well worth it.

Only three months? I'd start my own now if I had a cover! You did an awesome job in three months! How did you start your launch?

I was actually glued to the Internet all day. There was a virtual release party on Facebook. Fun stuff, I tell you. :)

I can't imagine! What was your best experience?

Definitely talking to the readers/reviewers who enjoyed Strength. Seeing the story through their eyes was such a cool experience.

It's amazing how everyone puts their own personality into a book. It's different for everyone! Could you share something you learned?

I'm not going to over-extend myself next time. The first few days of my tour, I got like three hours of sleep. Self-imposed pressure + trying to be everywhere at once = rookie mistake. Haha!

Thanks for the heads up. But I doubt anyone will be able to sleep the night before their launch! Any advice?

Plan carefully, be reasonable about your commitments, and enjoy the "moment". :)

Exactly. Do as much as you can before the party starts, then leave your cares at the door. And speaking of enjoyment, what is your favorite ride at Disney World? And have you been before?

I actually performed in two Disney parades while I was in high school. Hmm... I would have to say Space Mountain.

Love the parades! How fun! And the classic Space Mountain - usually breaks down at least once every visit these days. I think they are giving it a complete overhaul soon. Great interview, Carrie! And congratulations!

Oh, she's already off and running to the next ride! I will leave you with a shot of Carrie at the Motor Speedway...

Here is the linkage:

Where to find Carrie:


Where to find Strength:


Strength Retailers:


JeffO said...

Congrats, Carrie, you deserve a trip to Disney for sure!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very clever, ladies!
That first book and tour is always overwhleming. (Not that I made it easier for myself with the second one.) But you'll be prepared for the next one, Carrie.

Weaver said...

This book is next on my reading list. Can't wait.

Fida Islaih said...

Thanks for sharing the interview and it was at Disney! Awesome! (-:

Dana said...

Very fun! Happy Monday. ☺

Mark Means said...

Everyone deserves a trip to Disney...virtual, or not :)

We've been there many times and the guy who plays Capt. Jack Sparrow in the little stage show is great!

Congrats to Carrie, as well!

Laura S. said...

This is so cool! I went to Disney World for my first time when I was 20. I had such a fantastic time!

Congrats to Carrie!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This makes me want to go back to Disney World :)

Nicki Elson said...

What a great way to celebrate the end of a blog tour! Swashbuckling with Captain Jack & everything. :)

You did a great job with the tour, Carrie - every post I came across was unique and interesting to read. Go Strength!

Unknown said...

Fun book and great celebration! Way to go, Carrie. Enjoy your trip.

Rena said...

Great interview! And now I'm totally missing Disneyland. I'm wondering if they have any plans to turn autopia into a Sugar Rush spin off...

Carrie Butler said...

Tara, you rock! The images totally make this post. I love it. :D

Thank you so, so much! <3

Jennie Bennett said...

Awesome interview and great pictures Tara!

Suzanne Furness said...

Great pictures. Who doesn't like a bit of Disney magic! Congrats on the book, Carrie.

Nancy Thompson said...

All lessons I learned on my tour, as well. I just wish I had an ounce of your finesse, Carrie! You're custom-made for this marketing thing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. and Carrie ... great to see Disney land c/o a private tour - that would suit me ...

Fun photos - .. cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Wonderful tour Carrie! I learned a lot from your stops. Your skills at the pictures are amazing Tara. I bow at your genius!

VikLit said...

Very clever post and my goodness, you are so skilled at these pics!

Christine Rains said...

That was so much fun! Congrats to Carrie!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Need to to go Disney World. Anyway I enjoyed this interview is was both fun and informative. Pre-launch is always a busy time for an author. Congrats Cassie and cool interview and pics Tara.

Angela Cothran said...

Fun interview :) I just glad I didn't have to stand in a line to read it. A huge plus!

Melissa said...

What a perfect caboose for an awesome tour. I love it!!! :D

Heather M. Gardner said...

Great way to do an interview, Tara! That was cool.

I can't wait to read Carrie's book AND your book!



LD Masterson said...

Cool interview. Great pictures.

Nick Wilford said...

Excellent pics! Sounds like Carrie has learned some good lessons to impart. I hope I'm organised enough to have spreadsheets!

Carrie Butler said...

@Jeff - Thank you, kind sir! :)

@Alex - I really hope so. :) Thank you!

@Donna - Thanks, Donna! I hope you enjoy it. :)

@Fida, Dana, & Optimist - Thanks for stopping by! :)

@Mark & Laura - Thank you! :)

@Nicki - Thank you so much! I appreciate that. :D

@Julie - Thank you, my friend! :)

@Rena & J.A. - Thanks for hanging out with us today! :D

@Suzanne - Thank you! :)

@Nancy - Aww, that's such a sweet thing to say! Thank you. <3

@Hilary - Thanks for stopping by! :)

@Elizabeth - I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you. :)

@VikLit - Isn't she? Tara rocks! :D

@Christine - Thank you! :)

@Sheena-kay & Angela - Thanks for stopping by! :D

@Melissa - I resisted the urge to make a silly comment here. Aren't you proud? *grins*

@Heather - Yay! I hope you enjoy both of them. :) Thank you!

@LD - Thanks for hanging out with us today! :D

@Nick - Spreadsheets kept me sane(ish)! I definitely recommend making them. :)

Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats Carrie. Nice interview Tara. Are you on Triberr - I am starting a light and lively tribe for atoz.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Carrie!

After seven blog tours, I've learned not to over-do it.

Elise Fallson said...

This was such a fun and creative idea! We're taking the kids to Disney this year. (: Congrats Carrie, and great interview Tara.:D

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

This was a lot of fun, ladies. Thanks. Wish I'd known you when I was doing my book tour.

Samantha May said...

Congrats Carrie! What a fun interview. It makes me want to go to Disneyworld now.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Virtual Disney Land! I'll bet it's just as cool without busting out the $80!

mshatch said...

Fun interview and congratulations to Carrie :)

Gwen Gardner said...

Looks like you two had fun at Disney World! Your interviews are always so fun, Tara!

Congrats to Carrie--I'm seeing you all over the blogoverse. Hope Strength is doing well!

Christina Lee said...

LOL--this was GREAT, guys!!! *waves*

Sherry Ellis said...

So cute! My daughter is in Disney now. Good luck with your book!

Carrie Butler said...

@Rhonda - Thank you! :)

@L. Diane Wolfe - Seven tours? Whew! If I were you, I'd STILL be trying to recover. :) Thank you!

@Elise - Take us with you! ;) Thanks!

@Joylene - There's always the next book, right? ;)

@Samantha - Thank you! Oh, me too. :)

@Maurice - Exactly! :D

@Mshatch - Thank you! :)

@Gwen - Thank you so much! I've been truly humbled by the community's support. :)

@Christina - Thank you! :D

@Sherry - I'm jealous! *grins* Thank you!

Chancelet said...

I did see that promo tour everywhere! Congrats on its success. And Disneyland would be a perfect place to put in some celebrations.

Unknown said...

How cute and fun, ladies!!

nutschell said...

what a clever way to see Disney! i love all these pictures :)

Romance Reader said...

Lovely interview! Enjoyed it as I enjoyed my trip to Disneyland.

Congratulations on teh release of your book!


Tara Tyler said...

so happy to host carrie! keep up your strength!! girl!

Kelly said...

So cute!!

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