Monday, May 5, 2014

#atozchallenge Reflections Post & Tara Tyler's Cover Reveal!

Anyone else have a Blogging from A to Z April Challenge hangover?

Yeah. I'z got one.

But, I had a great time. I had so many wonderful visitors. I got to meet so many cool people on the Facebook page and the weekly Twitter chat.

And, I discovered so many awesome new blogs.

Although I was stretched way too thin, it was completely worth it.

Thank you for all the love and support for Stormy and his crazy gnome posts. He sure makes life more interesting.

Some of our favorite blogs for the Challenge ... in no particular order.

Jeremy @ [Being Retro] - All things MARVEL
Brandon Ax - 26 unique animals w/ drawings
Alex J. Cavanaugh - Retro look at significant years in his blog friend's lives.
Tara Tyler Talks - Writing advice & tidbits from her new book Broken Branch Falls!
JC Gatlin, Author - Mystery writing
TheCyborgMom - How to keep busy while recovering.
Suzi's Ice Box Art - All cats, all the time

I know there are a lot more and I'll be telling you about them for the next few months.

Stay tuned. I'm just crazy enough to do something, well, even more crazy than the A to Z Challenge!


Without further ado ... Tara Tyler.

Welcome to the Forest!

It's time for the highly anticipated, most spectacular cover reveal of the day!

by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014
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. Gabe’s closest friends are goblins like him, but Gabe is tired of being a goblin – he’d like to try other things. And he has his eye on the new ogress at school. It’s against all beastly rules, but there’s just something about her.

When a prank goes wrong, Gabe is forced to join the football team as punishment – but finds a way to make it work. Soon the whole school is getting in on the fad of mingling with other species. Too bad the adults have to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. And Gabe is their scapegoat. With help from friends, old and new, Gabe sets out on a quest for the Book of Ages, which holds the laws of all beastkind and hopefully the key to saving Broken Branch Falls. After all that trouble, it better work.

Add it to your GOODREADS list!

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

Tara Tyler started out as a math teacher. After having a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering and living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches 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!

AND you can get up to five entries in this fun raffle just for commenting on five of the many cover reveal posts (see below) - This week only!

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Cover Reveal Participants! Thanks you guys!! You the Beast!


  1. HI, Heather....

    Congrats on making it through the challenge! I think we all have a hangover! LOL.

    YAY for Tara! Love this cover. Such fun! ALL THE BEST to her and Broken Branch Tales!

  2. Awesome cover, Tara!
    Thanks for the mention, Heather. So glad you could be part of the A to Z Team this year. I knew you'd do an awesome job. Have fun with the Road Trip!

  3. Congrats on surviving the Challenge! I really enjoyed doing it as a group this year. I got to go to many new blogs that I wouldn't have otherwise. And woo-hoo for Tara! :)

  4. Congrats on finishing A to Z! And your cover reveal! How exciting.

    Here's my wrap-up post. I also have an End of Challenge book giveaway going on for either contemporary romance or contemporary YA.

  5. Congrats on surviving. I loved Stormy's posts.

    Tara's cover is really cute.

  6. Congrats on completing the challenge. I'm sorry to have missed the second half of it. I love seeing what Stormy's up to.

    And congratulations to Tara!

  7. It was a great challenge. Thanks for co-hosting.
    Play off the Page

  8. Boy was the A to Z ever the challenge. More so to visit and comment on the blogs! over 2000! How overwhelming! I still didn't make a dent in that number. :)

    Congrats on finishing and make sure you drink plenty of water for that hangover!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

  9. I hide under my desk for the month of April. LOL

    Great cover, Tyra. Creepy. But in a good way. :)

  10. Okay. That should have been Tara. *blush* Can you tell it's the week before my debut? xD

  11. Wow...I made your list. I feel so honored...I'm crying over here! Oh for goodness sakes...what a loser I am! Ok, going now. Give Stormy a hug for me :)
    Visual Proof

  12. Doing a little experiment as I'm trying to learn about gravatars vs Favicon's so hope you don't mind my post on your blog again. No hangover, but do need to get to work.

  13. Part 2 of the experiment, looks like I've killed my blogger profile picture by signing up for a dang I deleted the picture used for the gravatar in hopes of getting back my profile picture.

  14. Shoot I still have a hangover from last year's challenge!

    Good job on surviving! And a theme all about cats? OH BOY! That makes my heart happy :)

  15. You're made of awesome, Heather, the way you took on the Twitter chats was very cool, and you rocked FB for us too.

    Look forward to all your forthcoming posts!

    Congratulations to Tara on her book...wishing her all the best with it!

  16. Thank you everyone!

    More proof that my blog friends are awesome!


  17. Great wrap up post-definitely feeling some post A-Z challenge hangover over here lol.

  18. Beautiful kitty picture and well done with finishing the challenge.
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  19. woo hoo! we did it!
    and thanks so much for all the support, heather - you certainly do rock (like the award from alex says)

    here's to getting back to normal!!

  20. Which middle-grader will be able to resist those cute, green faces? Awesome cover!
    Congrats Tara!
    Hi Heather! *waving*
    Writer In Transit

  21. Hi, Heather,

    Just wanted to stop and thank you directly for co-hosting the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. :-)

    The View from the Top of the Ladder


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