Author Mara Purl Announces August 2011 Blog Tour

Presale of What the Heart Knows now available.
Readers of Women’s Fiction Can Download Mara Purl Short Story
When Hummers Dream during August on

(New York, NY – August 8, 2011) – Mara Purl completed the first week of her Virtual Book Tour finding new friends and adventures along the way. Purl launches her book, What the Heart Knows, in September 2011 with a Hardcover Edition published by BelleKeep Books in association with Midpoint Trade Books. Purl has visited many of the top Internet venues covering topics as varied as the women who read them. Join the fun, follow the tour. The updated schedule continuing the conversation during the month of August is listed below – and there are many specials for readers including an almost free download (99 cents) on of her Milford-Haven Single entitled When Hummers Dream.

Days of Our Lives actress-turned author Mara Purl says the Virtual Book Tour, her first, is challenging, interesting and fun.

“Each blogger focuses on a different facet,” Purl observes. “We have covered topics related to my book and some not. I have discussed subjects interesting to baby boomers, travel, writing tips, speaking associations, women’s issues and even a dad’s perspective of women fiction. It is a bit like having a magazine article written each day. I am having a blast!”

Some of the blog posts remain up for extended period on the individual sites. Others posts are archived on the blog but all of them will be available on Mara Purl’s site after the tour.

Purl is fast becoming a leader in women’s fiction authors in the U.S. Her book, What the Heart Knows, hits the market in September—as both hardcover and e-book. But, still some may not be familiar with her writing. Enter the Milford-Haven Single with its first short story entitled When Hummers Dream.

Purl goes on to explain, “My new e-book will be available on Kindle from Amazon, but I am branding it a Milford-Haven Single because it’ll also be available on Nook from Barnes & Noble, and on all e-reading platforms. I think it’s a wonderful idea and it opens an entirely new market for books.”


The Mara Purl 2011 Blog Tour Dates (Updated: August 8, 2011)

What readers and reviewers are saying about Mara Purl’s What the Heart Knows

“What the Heart Knows is the kind of novel you can curl up with while you enjoy getting to know the different people in the central California town of Milford-Haven, as well as getting to know the town itself. Mara Purl is a skillful storyteller who has written a charming and tantalizing saga about the ways in which lives can intersect and be forever changed. The first novel in the saga, What the Heart Knows, is not-to-be-missed.” – Margaret Coel, New York Times best-selling author of The Wind River Mysteries.

“Mara Purl’s “What the Heart Knows” is a first class novel by a very talented writer with strong believable characters, a rapid pace delivery of story, and very tight writing that make this novel such a delight to read. Purl and Milford-Haven are off to a great start. I look forward to seeing other titles in this impressive series.” – Gary Roen, nationally syndicated book reviewer

“Mara Purl tells stories from the heart. Don’t miss her Milford-Haven Novels.”
Kathy (Mrs. Louis) L’Amour

“Don’t read Mara Purl’s Milford-Haven series—unless you want to be captivated!”  
Nichelle Nichols, 
Best-Selling Author of “Beyond Uhura–Star Trek Memories.”

About the Author Mara Purl:

  • Mara Purl was a performer on-camera and on-stage, with her regular character on Days Of Our Lives having been her starting point for soap opera.
  • Purl began her writing career as a journalist for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times of London, Working Woman Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. A prolific fiction author, she also has written a play and several non-fiction books including Act Right: A Manual for the On-Camera Actor with actress Erin Gray.
  • Other Awards include: for radio, the New York Festivals Award; for her play Mary Shelley: In Her Own Words, the Peak Award; and for public service, Woman of the Year 2002 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.
  • Mara Purl is also an accomplished musician.  Her instrument is the koto and she recorded and has played on the international stage with many noteworthy musicians including the works Sumahama recorded with Mike Love and the Beach Boys, Pathless Path recorded with Charles Lloyd, Koto Keys with Marilyn Harris, and Teiji Ito’s Watermill recorded with Grammy-winning musician Steve Gorn.
  • The hit song “Jet Laggin” she co-wrote with Marilyn Harris is in current release on the new CD Orphans.


Media Contact for Mara Purl:
Dianemarie (DM) Collins
DM Productions, LLC

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