Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Say it AIN'T So


For those of you who missed the A to Z Theme Reveal blog hop, here's a quick summary of my plans for the A to Z challenge this year.

The A to Zs of:
  • Writing Advice!
  • Tidbits from BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, BEAST WORLD Book 1, which comes out in June (Including the titles of each post, which are some of the chapter titles in BBF!) Yes, I went crazy!
  • And some laughs at the end!
 So, all in all, hoping to make it worth your while! Enjoy!

A to Z Writing advice:
action/adventure – that’s what I love to write. I don’t know how to write an emotional or scary or romantic or dramatic story. The best advice I have for writing action/adventure is to keep the reader on her toes with twists, surprises, and the unexpected. When I get stuck, I think of several possible outcomes and usually choose the hardest to believe or overcome – which isn’t always the worst that could happen. There's always a way out!

Visiting BROKEN BRANCH FALLS:

Argus – studly goblin best friend of Gabe (MC) He’s more handsome and popular than most goblins and likes to take risks. He’s also a loyal friend.

Audra - Gabe goblin's mother, terrible cook, smart and sensible, and has a secret.





And for laughs:
An alphabetical list of reasons men are happier people... (courtesy of my mom)

A is for Automobiles
Car mechanics tell men the truth.

ADDED BONUS! - not all the letters will have extras, but a few will, like tomorrow (IWSG!)

I went to Atlanta for spring break last week and did 2 signings! It was AWESOME! I visited with friends I haven't seen in a long time, met some blog friends face to face, and sold some books - who coud ask for more! Here are some pictures (see my facebook author page for more!):


with Bubba & Sherry Ellis
with Elizabeth Seckman & Ashley Chappell


I mentioned before that I would be dressing up as Tara Tyler the Adventure Author for the conference... What you can't see in the pictures is: I wore metallic pants, the feathery looking things in my hair lit up and my hair was all twisty, and I had some cool eye art and blue mascara - I had so much fun! I met some great people, too, but didn't do the greatest job at taking pictures. It went by so quick!

Happy A Day!

36 comments:

Huntress said...

Any dissection I do of a good novel shows action to be the reason for my interest.

Suzi said...

I like the why men are happier people. I think those will be good for a few laughs too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Look at your display! That's awesome.
Studly goblin - that made me chuckle.

Dana said...

Love your outfit. Very cool!

Sophie Duncan said...

So the rule with your writing is always to expect the unexpected - got it ;P

And you had a cool outfit.

Happy A to Z

Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

Fifi Islaih said...

I seem to fall in love with mom characters who can't cook, it adds a fun factor to a story. Thank you for sharing!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh on the successful book signings! Love the crime scene tape across the table. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love reading action and adventure. Your mom sounds like a wise woman.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

It takes skill to write adventure!

Trisha F said...

Metallic pants? Dude, that's awesome! :)

Your A to Z post for today had a lot to give - I look forward to checking out all your later posts too :D

Laura Marcella said...

Awesome A words incorporated in this post! I'm glad you had such a great time at your book signings. That's exciting!

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Crystal Collier said...

Aw! Now I'm sad I didn't make it up to Atlanta. If we weren't building that darn house... *sigh*

randi lee said...

Im a serious action/adventure fan. And I agree with the others: love the outfit!!

Robin said...

Choosing the most difficult obstacle to overcome... well, that ups the stakes, which is always a good thing.

So happy for your Atlanta trip. It looks like tons of fun!!!

D.G. Hudson said...

Interesting, wish you had identified the blogger friends who stopped by. Is that Sherry Ellis and Bubba? Just wondering. Great that you had a good day at the signing!

I'll be back for the writing advice and why men are happier. . .

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. no selfies? Gosh you have travelled too far!

It sounds like a great Spring break - fun times and happy reunions .. so pleased for you ...

Cheers Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

I already love Argus. What a cutie! :)

So glad you guys had such a great time in Atlanta. Yay!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

It did go by way too fast! And yes, you looked awesome. Very sci-fi. The pics don't do your creativity justice, but you still look beautiful.

Yolanda Renee said...

Action and adventure is the best!

Congrats on the book signing!

Sharon Bradshaw said...

A lovely post, Tara, and it was great to see the photos too!

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with the books signings. I miss doing them. Been so long.

Good luck with the Challenge!

Stephen Tremp said...

Oh, and very cool having the poster on an easel behind you. Awesome visual.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm not so much into writing action and adventure scenes, though it's great to read them. Unexpected twists and turns could be overdone, though. If there's a new surprise or twist every few pages, I'd start to feel like the story were too gimmicky.

Donna B. McNicol said...

What an over-achiever....LOL! So glad to be back in the A-Z challenge. Great post!!

Moonie said...

Oh wishing you the best with Broken Branch Falls sounds like a great adventure.
Happy A to Zing
Alive with Poetry

Kimberly said...

The book signings sound like you had so much fun! Great A to Z theme.

Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Nice header you have too. All the best with the challenge!
Entrepreneurial Goddess

Scribbles From Jenn said...

What a fun trip! How cool is it that you got to actually see and touch your blogging buddies!?! I'm jealous, too.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I have two pseudonyms and Royme has my first Action/Adventure (Adult) with Cin whose MC is a female disguised as a male pirate captain. My first venture into this genre is a little nerve wrecking because I know I need to focus more on action and thrills than in any other book. But I will never forget the story and enjoyed having Cin threaten to shackle her two co-captains together for a week if they didn't stop arguing and trying to fight each other after docking.

Anyway I'm so glad to start meeting your characters in A-Z this year. Argus does look handsome and I love a good story secret. Congrats on a fun book signing and I say a bit of those metallic pants.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Oh and I'm so jealous you got to hang with Liz. So plan to get my passport before the end of May.

Laura Clipson said...

That's great writing advice, after all, we're supposed to make it hard for our characters, right? :)

Michelle Wallace said...

I think the metallic pants are too cool... and funky!
It's great that you met Sherry and Bubba... and the others...

bemuzin.com said...

"Car mechanics tell men the truth"
Ain't THAT the truth!! Will explore more of your site when I have time. You post such creative tidbits!

Anna Tan said...

Oo congrats on the signing! Looked like fun!

anna
Deeply Shallow

Millie Burns said...

Love getting to know new people during bloghops. You seem like a fun and happy lady : )

Heather M. Gardner said...

I've made it from the back (W) all the way to the front!

These were fantastic posts!

I got a great taste of BBF! I can't wait for you to share it with all of us!

GO TARA!!!!

Heather