Monday, July 29, 2013

POP? Coke? or Soda?

How do you order your carbonated beverages?
When I lived in the Northeast, I asked for soda.
When I lived in Atlanta, I asked for a Coke (then I specified which kind)
Now I live in the Midwest, and I ask for a POP!

Anyway, how've you been? What's new? What's POPPING! Ha ha.
Well, my book launch party Saturday was a complete, ravingly insanse success!! I will be posting pictures and more info on my facebook author page when I get them from my photographer - my neighbor volunteer! (need to get some use out of it, been slacking) The best parts - I got to meet Sherry Ellis, fellow blogger who was in the middle of moving, and... my sister surprised me and drove up all the way from Mississippi!! INCREDIBLE WEEKEND!

Well, I haven't given you all the low-down on news or blog hops for a while, so here's what's going on!

First! Awesome friend CD Coffelt's book, The Wilder Mage is coming out August 30! And here is her electrifying cover!!
I've only read the first few pages, and I can tell it's going to be a thrilling series! Here's the blurb (or my rendition):

A hotter commodity than he realizes, Justus Aubre is a wilder, hunted by the Imperium Mages, who can't control his power. He's been hidden for many years, until Sable Rounds walks through the door of his antique shop, looking for work.

Also on the run from the Imperium, Sable longs for somewhere to belong, which she finds with Justus, who she unwittingly puts in danger. When the Imperium finds Sable, they find Justus. And all hell’s about to break loose.

Pretty intense, right?! I can't wait to read it!

Now, for the blogfest news:

  • Aug 1-8 -- Charmaine Clancy is hosting the Imagination Sparks blogfest - she is challenging us to challenge each other with writing exercises for us all to try! Check it out! (I found this at Denise Covey's blog =)

  • Sept 9-15 -- Christine Rains and Cecilia Robert want you romance writers to post a kissing scene for the More Than Just a Kiss Blogfest. I am not good at those, but more power to those who can make us feel it! 

On Thursday, I will announce the winners of my July blog tour giveaway and forward some awards. What a month it's been!!


Huntress said...

Oh Tara. You are amazing. Your blurb for Wilder makes *me* want to read it! Lol

Thank you so much.

And I love the blogfest info. Checking them out this morning!

Heather M. Gardner said...

That sounds like a great book! I'm putting in on my list!

I'm so glad the touring is going well! What great surprises you had! Very happy for you!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome your sister came up to see you! Glad it was a success.
I say either soda or Coke, and the latter is asking for the brand by name, as I don't like Pepsi.

Dana said...

I'm glad you had a great launch party—and how cool that you got to meet Sherry!

...I say pop. Always have and always will. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Glad to hear the launch party was so much fun!

I rarely drink soda now but when I do, I always ask for "soda" and it's most always "Coke." :)

Bevimus said...

Congrats on the book launch, Tara! Sounds like you had a great weekend!

And THANK YOU for my new, amazingly awesome header! It's up now, though I'm still tinkering with layout to try to make the rest of the blog match. (Grrrr- blogger!)

At any rate, my point is simply that you rock and are fantastic and the bestest. Thank you!

Angela Brown said...

I'm so glad your launch was such a success! Especially having your sister surprise you,. So much awesomesauce.

And yes, I ask for a Coke then specify what I really want lol!!

By the way, I read that there will be another Platform Campaign with Rach but another blogger has graciously volunteered to run it.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

So glad it went well! Can't wait to see the pictures!

Bevimus said...

Congrats on the productive, awesome month you've had!

THANK YOU for my header- it's up now and i'm so thrilled with it!

And thanks for sharing all these upcoming blog hops with us! I will have to check it out!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I signed up for the anit-blogfest.

That's wonderful your sister drove up to meet you at your signing.

Jessie Humphries said...

I say "soda pop!" Haha thanks for the linkage and I'm so glad to hear about your awesome launch success!

M Pax said...

I grew up with 'pop' and moved to 'soda' country. I rarely drink it anymore, so rarely order it. If so, I order it by its name.

Hope CD does well with the new book. Loved the premise of it in the blurb.

Maurice Mitchell said...

What an amazing surprise from your sister Tara! I always say soda since I'm from New York. Pop just sounds weird to me.

Christine Rains said...

Thank you for the shout-out about the blogfest! July went by so quickly. I've always said pop too. And I'm a Coke gal. No Pepsi for me.

Carrie-Anne said...

People say pop in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where I'm originally from. In my adoptive home state of New York, I've mostly heard soda. Congratulations on a month well-spent and a good book launch!

Nick Wilford said...

Glad the launch party went well! I'm sure you had a great time.

In the UK, "fizzy pop" is a pretty old-fashioned term. In Scotland people call it "ginger", but I normally just use the brand name.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm glad you're having a great release month! Way to go, Tara!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Wilder Mage has a striking cover and glad the launch went well. The blogfest in August sounds great.

Jackie said...

Congrats on the success of your book launch and what a wonderful surprise from your sister!

I rarely drink it, but I say soda. :)

LD Masterson said...

Congrats on the book launch.

Going way back, my mom - who grew up in New England - referred to all pop. soda, etc. as "tonic".

Suzi said...

Pop. (Can you tell I'm a midwesterner?)

So have you taken a breather at all during this first month of your release? I bet you need a break. :)

Julie Flanders said...

So glad the party was a big hit!! Can't wait to see the pics. :)

Romance Book Haven said...

Well done on the constructive month you had. Sounds an interesting book, putting it on my list.

All the best!


Annalisa Crawford said...

I ask for Coke, even if I mean Pepsi. I only drink it in a pub anyway, and Vodka and Pepsi just sounds so wrong.

Unknown said...

Lovely surprise and congrats on the book launch! And here in Singapore we say things like " can also can" when we order coke :)

Tara Tyler said...

my hub sent me a cool map showing which word people use around the country. at

fun stuff!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I say soda but all my relatives say pop lol. I reckon I am the oddball in the family :)

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