Friday, 18 July 2014

Celebrate the Small Things - 18 July edition

It's time to Celebrate The Small Things!

This blog hop is very easy - just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up on the linky, and hop around and celebrate with others.

I am hosting this as usual with my fabulously fine co-hosts:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Please do greet them and say hello for they are all very lovely!

Remember to #CTST any celebrations on twitter if you're into that !:)

This week I am celebrating...


  • Seeing good friends for lunch
  • Discovering WhatsApp is a good way to chat with my friend in Australia
  • Having some good solid time for revisions!
How about you? Would love to hear about yours?

Here's the linky list:


Friday, 11 July 2014

Celebrate The Small Things: 11 July 2014

Hello everybody - time to Celebrate The Small Things.

This blog hop is very easy - just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up on the linky, and hop around and celebrate with others.

I am hosting this as usual with my fabulously fine co-hosts:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Do hope and say hi to them :)

Remember to #CTST any celebrations on twitter if you're into that !:)

This week I am celebrating...


  • Going to a friend's book launch
  • Upgrading my phone! I love a new phone.
  • That it is nearly the weekend
How about you? Would love to hear about yours?

Hopefully the linky will appear below this though again I am not seeing it in my preview...


Friday, 4 July 2014

Celebrate The Small Things - 4th July edition

Hello everybody - time to Celebrate The Small Things.

This blog hop is very easy - just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up on the linky, and hop around and celebrate with others.

I am hosting this as usual with my mighty fine co-hosts:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Please say hello to them as it is VERY nice of them to help me!

Also, now that I have my fine co-hosts on board I am being much more on the ball re the linky list. Please don't be offended if you get 'cut off' :)

Remember to #CTST any celebrations on twitter if you're into that !:)

This week I am celebrating...


  • Wimbledon! Still. As I got to go on Monday and saw Andy Murray win (before he lost, sob). So that was lovely.
  • Weekend off. As I worked the last one (nice though that was to see people).
  • My colleague offering to go to the shop and buy me chocolate ;) It kept me going anyway!
  • Happy July 4th to my American friends!
How about you? Would love to hear about yours?

Hopefully the linky will appear below this (though as I write this, for some reason the preview keeps not showing it. I have zero clue why. Fingers crossed!)


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

IWSG - 2nd July edition

Today I am posting for Insecure Writers Support Group! The sign up for this is HERE & of course the wonderful Alex J Cavanaugh set this up.

I know he has some awesome co hosts this month and I wanted to give them a shout out (as I know how helpful my own co hosts for Celebrate on a Friday are!) They are:



This month I have been thinking about TENACITY. One of my critique partners complimented my TENACITY. It is funny because I think that just comes with being a writer, doesn't it? We have to finish that draft, then edit it and edit some more and more and query and query more and ... well you get the idea. If you weren't tenacious you wouldn't get very far.

It is hard though isn't it because one doesn't want to be the person on X Factor (or whatever - American Idol!) who tenaciously auditions over and over and doesn't realise they are, in fact, tone deaf.

But we have to assume that our kindly critique partners would politely point out what isn't good and not let us go forward until we are ready. & If they are not, if they are complementing our tenacity - maybe that means we're doing something right...

What do you think?

Friday, 27 June 2014

Celebrate The Small Things - 27 June #CTST

Greetings and Salutations, just to quote Heathers :)! 

It is time to Celebrate The Small Things.

This blog hop is very easy - just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up on the linky, and hop around and celebrate with others.

I am hosting this as usual with my mighty fine co-hosts:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Please say hello to them as they are very kindly helping me and they are all awesome lovely souls!

Also, now that I have my fine co-hosts on board I am being much more on the ball re the linky list. I'm allowing a few weeks to not post, then I'm pruning. Please don't be offended if you get 'cut off' and just sign up again ;)

Remember to #CTST any celebrations on twitter if you're into that !:)

This week I am celebrating...


  • Wimbledon! I love tennis and I am cheering on Andy Murray all the way ;)
  • Buying some new trousers which are nice and summery so I don't have to boil in jeans.
  • Working this weekend as I'll get to see some old friends while I do it!


How about all of you? Would love to hear what you are celebrating...


Here's the linky...


Friday, 20 June 2014

Celebrate The Small Things - 20 June #CTST

Greetings! It is time to Celebrate The Small Things.

This blog hop is very easy - just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up on the linky, and hop around and celebrate with others.

I am hosting this as usual with my mighty fine co-hosts:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Go visit them and say hi!

Also, now that I have my fine co-hosts on board I am being much more on the ball re the linky list. I'm allowing a few weeks to not post, then I'm pruning. Please don't be offended if you get 'cut off' and just sign up again ;)

Remember to #CTST any celebrations on twitter if you're into that !:)

This week I am celebrating...THE WEEKEND THAT IS ALL IT HAS BEEN THE LONGEST WEEK EVER! or not really. In any event: WEEKEND YAY.
How about you? What news?
Here's the linky...


Monday, 16 June 2014

Blog Tour: Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler: REVIEW

Hey guys!

I am so excited to be here, to review BROKEN BRANCH FALLS by my most awesome of critique partners, Tara Tyler!

Firstly, let me tell you all the details:

BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)


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. He's 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 decide to step in and ruin things, threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. And Gabe is their scapegoat. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest hoping to saving Broken Branch Falls. After all this trouble, it better work.


Add it to your GOODREADS list!

REVIEW: 
I really enjoyed this MG Fantasy. The world is really well thought through, with lots of fun detail and imagination which I think Middle Graders will love. Gabe is a sympathetic main character and I love the band of friends he gets around him as he sets out to save Broken Branch Falls. Each of them is well drawn and I'd love to see more of them in the future. We see Goblins, Elves, Ogres, Centaurs, Vampires, Giants, Werewolves and more, and each of them are given specific characteristics and would stand up well on their own.

There's a fun ride around different places including a MAP so you can follow where everything is. (I love a book with a map.) 

There's a nice touch of humour running throughout this book as well, which gives it the vibe of a fun adventure! It's definitely a book Middle Graders would get into, and it has a good theme of appreciating others differences and working together, which is very suitable for the age group. I'd definitely recommend it, and it's a world I could see there being more books set in.

Here's about the author:



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