Cascade of Flames Virtual Book Tour

As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Mary Ellen Goulet, who is taking her latest book, Cascade of Flames, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.

Luckily for us, Mary Ellen was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Cascade of Flames.

Cascade of Flames book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Cascade of Flames. What is it about?

MEG: It is about the worst wildfire in the Black Hills in recent history that destroyed over 5000 acres, 33 homes and cabins, two firefighters were burned and one homeowner was killed. The book does not center around the fire, but rather on the experiences and feelings of the firefighters and the evacuees involved in this devastating disaster.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

MEG: The book and all of the research I had been working on was destroyed in this fire.  As I listened to neighbors talk about the event I decided to interview them, along with a variety of Wildland firefighters in order to share with others the effect of a sudden natural disaster on both the homeowners and those fighting the blaze. I thought their stories deserved to be shared to inspire and encourage any reader who has experienced any sudden tragedy in their life, or who may do so in the future.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

MEG: All readers who enjoy reading living history, natural disasters and inspiring first-hand accounts of those who have survived a life changing event would find interest in these true-life stories.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

MEG: My book is, I believe, the only book about a wildfire that places the people involved as central to the book. After reading all of the stories the reader will also have a picture of this particular fire.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

MEG: I have published two other books, one in 2005 and the latest in 2013. I am beginning to work on the book that I had begun in 2006 that burned in the wildfire of 2007.

OP: Thanks for your time, Mary Ellen! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

Cascade of Flames Author Mary Ellen GouletABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary Ellen Goulet grew up in the north woods near Ely, Minnesota, where she learned to respect the beauty and power of nature. After a professional life of teaching, counseling and conducting seminars in the Twin Cities, she and her husband, Bob Lee, a volunteer firefighter, retired to the Southern Black Hills near Hot Springs, South Dakota. Bob built their house “off the grid”, using passive solar and wind power, and designed it to be fire resistant. In her first book, “A (not so) Simple Life: Our Return to Rustic Roots”, Mary reflected on their years living along Cascade Road in this unique, non-electric appliance house, where they were peacefully residing at the time of the Alabaugh Canyon Fire. In spite of all her husband’s precautions, their house burned to the ground soon after they were evacuated by two determined firefighters, undeterred by the dense smoke and swirling flames. Mary spent the next three years interviewing firefighters, evacuees and others involved in this in devastating fire storm for her latest book, “Cascade of Flames” She and her husband still live in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They are available for PowerPoint presentations regarding living “off the grid”, creating fire-wise homes in the urban-interface, and promoting healing and hope after disasters. For more information regarding Mary’s presentations, to schedule a book signing or to purchase autographed copies of her books,contact the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce at, or call 605-745-3098. To listen to a brief radio interview go to and click on Online Section. Type in Cascade of Flames. Read Mary’s blogs at



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This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road”.  Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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