Friday, 25 July 2014

Celebrating Hans of the Sothern Isles




Hans of the Southern Isles will be coming to Once Upon a Time! I am so excited. Loved him in Frozen and those who have seen the movie and enjoyed watching his character might be excited about this development as well. Elsa and Anna are coming too and I can't wait to see trhe new season of the ABC series. A chill is on the way and I'm waiting with baited breath.


I have missed blogging regularly so much. I love you guys and I'm going to try to blog Monday and Friday or Wednesday and Friday. Next week I will be blogging on Monday and Friday. Monday I will be entering Elizabeth Seckman's Blogging Challenge so tune in to see my entry. Thank you everyone who has visited me through my sporadic posting and commenting. I love you all (whether you came or not). Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wear a Smile

A smile is the most attractive thing you can put on. Share one today.


Photo Credit: Hogg @ Morguefile

Friday, 4 July 2014

Broken Branch Blog Tour: Fun Interview with Tara Tyler!


Just getting this up because the computer at the library wouldn't post the html. Don't ask. Anyway I'm happy to having Tara Tyler over today for a nice old chat about her latest book Broken Branch Falls, the star goblin Gabe, vampires, and blogging versus writing. You know you want your dose of Tara so I now hand the post over to her.  Oh and Happy Fourth of July Americans!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, AMERICA!

Sheena-Kay, is such a trooper! She's been having technical difficulties and is still hosting me for my BROKEN BRANCH FALLS blog tour. So happy I have the privilege to know her and I can't wait to meet her in sunny Jamaica some day...

Enough of my daydreaming, on with the interview!

1. Who would play your lead character in the movie version? Would you prefer live action or animation?

For our nerdy, spunky main character Gabe the goblin, I would choose Johnny Galecki (from Big Bang Theory) or Devon Werkheiser (from Ned's Declassified) - they're older, but young at heart! And I think this would be geared toward an animated feature...

2. How is your book tour going?

Pretty awesome! Lots of positive comments and reviews! Busy, busy, busy.

3. Pitch your book in two sentences.

Teenage fantasy creatures break the rules, causing the adults to split up their town. Gabe the goblin leads a perilous quest to try and save it!

4. Do you think your book has something special to offer?

Of course =) Several reviewers discovered that even though it's a fun adventure, there is a deeper level of treating each other fairly, no matter what people look like or where they're from. And everyone should have a chance to follow their dream!

5. If a vampire wrote you a scathing letter complaining about lack of or zero inclusion of their species in your latest book. What would you write back.

But there are  vampires! But fairies, those aren't included. I incorporated creatures that have special abilities, but can't perform magic. And there's a reason for that - I'll just say, it's chemical magic!

6. How is writing a novel different from blogging?

Blogging is talking to people, sharing ideas, advice, and personal concerns, etc. Writing a novel is telling a story. They're both ways to connect with readers, but blogging is more direct.

7. Is there anything you would like to say to potential readers?

This is a note for all readers of any book, not just mine... My wish is for readers to enjoy a book with an open mind. Some will start reading a book with preconceived notions or expectations, but if they enter the world of the book in a state of wonder, I think they will get more out of it. That's what I try to do.

Thank you again, Sheena!
I really appreciate you coming up with these great questions and letting me come over!
I hope you all had a good time with us!
(And don't forget to enter the giveaway below!)

BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 (NOW!)
Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.
Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!

Available at
B&N ~~~ Amazon
Add it to your GOODREADS list!

Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series,
The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL

Enter Giveaway Here

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

IWSG: Nerves and Shark People?


The Sand felt like a second skin between my toes.

So started yesterday my July Camp Nanowrimo project The Bite Sisters. Right now I am excited to see where this stored away idea now brought to life will take me. But I'm also nervous. My MC Tiffany is a bit like the typical lacking in confidence teenager. I try to avoid that because I don't want to be the Debbie Downer of YA books. Sometimes it seems that too many YA books take this route. Yet I know I have a story to tell and maybe a teen should be nervous about being a part of the secret race of 'shark people'. What do you guys think? Am I making much ado about nothing or do I have reason to nervous. Otherwise I'm very excited about my latest manuscript.

On other news sadly I was unable to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 yesterday due to a huge bus debacle which ended with the bus I finally got on being pulled over by the police and taken away by a wrecker. I mean seriously talk about a sign to go home. I was at the bus stop for over an hour!

But at least today I get to say that I sent the defective laptop in the mail on Monday to await my refund and today I'm getting my new glasses! I was called after 10:00 a.m. and told they're ready! Three Business Days is way better than 5-10! Yay me! Hope you guys have a great day and thanks Alex for IWSG. It's a great place to relax and vent.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Beastly Blitz Day

It's Beastly Blitz Day!


So excited to be participating in the release of this book. Sorry for the late post but I'm here!



BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)

by Tara Tyler

Release Date: June 24, 2014 - TODAY!!

B&N ~~~ Amazon ~~~ Kobo

Publisher: Curiosity Quills



Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.


Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!




Add it to your GOODREADS list!

Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!


Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series,
The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Getting Personal: More Writing, Celebrate and Goal Hop


Photo Credit: anitapeppers @ morguefile


For Junowrimo I will end up writing less than 20,000 words of my revision for Normal. But that's okay. I am happy to say that this revision has given me a better path to go on for the rest of the book. Also I have cut it down from five to three intended books with the working titles Normal, Magic and Gifted. Read below for an old summary of this manuscript which was originally an unfinished 2011 Nano.

Normal 

Book One in The Gifted Series


Charlie Sharp is a normal girl in the Northern Region of Airee. While that might seem typical it's not. Being normal in Airee meant you weren't among The Gifted - citizens with special powers- and that made you a second class citizen with rules and restrictions that separated you from many rights and privildges only the gifted received.

Charlie's life is a bit safer for a normal. With most of her family on her side, she gets to live as close a life to a gifted person without breaking the rule. Even getting into the same school as her gifted sisters and being one of less than seven normals attending. Her life as a normal makes things complicated but she just has to deal with it along with the bullies and flat out normal haters. Then something new turns her life upside down. She find a girl who's a magic user and finds out The Magic King has returned. The last time he rose to power it ended with non-gifted being labelled as normals as a price for betraying the gifted and allowing them to be slaves.

Now Charlie has to decide whether to report this or look away. Either way her decision will take her on an adventure she's completely unprepared for.


Now for July I planned to just get back to preparing my unfinished manuscript I have planned to finish this year whether in complete fashion or drafts. But a message from someone from Camp Nanowrimo changed my mind. I have realized that I don't do well cramped in a box and love to explore. Well I knew that but with my book delays and so on I realize that a goal is just that. Not a fight to the death. I can expand and add. So I will be delving into the idea archives and writing an idea for a novel that posted a while back one one of my old extra blogs Idea Factory (gone now). Here it is below and wish me luck this July. I am so excited and bought a new notebook and pen just for this occasion. The colour of the notebook? Blue. You'll get ity when you read about my latest idea getting a lease on life.

The Bite Sisters

Stephanie, Mary and Tiffany Waters are sisters. The older two are the most popular girls at Castle Ridge High School. But all three have a terrifying secret. They are shark people. People who are able to form shark heads to full shark bodies, have agressive speed and even in human form stay underwater for extended periods. Stephanie and Mary love it. Tiffany however wishes to be a normal human.

Crazy things happen at C.R. High. Including teenagers getting bizaree bites in strange places. But things take a dark turn when Britanny Towers is found dead in the school pool. Bite marks indicate she was bitten by a shark. But sharks don't jump in and out of school pools and things got heated between the sisters as they lose trust in each other and have to face the shark king.

Will the murder be solved. Can these sisters keep their family line a secret. If they don't, the consequences will be severe.


Celebrate Meme



1. I finally got my second hand Playstation 2 from Ebay and it works like a dream! Whoo! Can finally play FFIX!

2. Working through having to delay getting a new laptop. Have to send back the defective one which will take some time. But I'm moving forward and keeping my chin up. God will bless me.

3. Junowrimo has helped me breathe new life in an old manuscript!

4. God is with me no matter what. You too.

5. Saw X:Men: Days of Future Past this Tuesday at the movies. It was mind blowing. Quicksilver was hilarious! Next week I will see How To Train Your Dragon 2 and this month and going it is half off Tuesday evening showings! Whoo! I will use this for every 3D movie!



 Sorry Goal hop but no dice. Hopefully if I  get a laptop by August. My father no longer has one thanks to the theft. It was a work laptop so I guess he no longer takes any home. I don't blame him.

Have an excellent weekend everyone and know God is always with us and there is something positive in your life no matter the obstacle. Love you guys.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Still Alive


Photo Credit: johnanderson on MorgeFile

Hi folks yes I'm still alive. Sadly I'm still having issues getting to a computer with internet access. I had tried to get one locally at a lower price but issues with the model has made me decide to seek a refund and that is currently being hashed out with the seller.

On other news I'm reading the sequel to School for Evil, A World Without Princes and it is a pretty good read. Also trudging through my Junowrimo project a revision/rewrite of Normal. Still less than 10,000 words in but I'm glad I've started and I have ideas on how to improve on it from the old unfinished version. Hope to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 month end or early July. Thankfully since it is 3D then Jamaica will let it hang around a while.

Anyway what about you guys? How have you been and thanks for stopping by today.