Tuesday, June 24, 2014


HAVE you ever dreamed of creatures just steps away living in your nearby forest?  

One can only guess what or who is lurking within the trees, ravines, brooks, or under foot.

Are they friend, or foe?

Are they zombies, ready to eat your brains?

Or fairies to delight and entertain you with their grace and charm?

Perhaps mischievous elves, wanting to place you under their spell?

What about frolicking water nymphs, to serenade and calm you with a  tranquil dance.

Or maybe, just maybe, something more...



Hi, all!

Don't you just want to grab your copy. WELL...you should! AND NOW YOU CAN!!!!! I just finished reading BBF and loved it! Here is my review...

From the first page I was swept into Gabe the Goblin's life and times. Goblins are no different than any kid dealing with the trial and tribulations of growing up in a teen world.

As we all know high school has it cliques and social groups, but can you imagine being forced to only associate with said group? Yes...in Broken Branch Falls, species are ONLY ALLOWED to associate with their own kind. Major bummer. And that means everything! No hanging out, period.

What if you have a crush on a cute pixie or a bewitching ogress and you're an elf or a goblin...no can do. It's against the laws of the high council...species are not allowed to mix!

Not to mention your life is planned out for you. What if you're a goblin with a flair for fashion? Or an ogre who has musical talent? NOT ALLOWED...one must conform to the rules.

But...as we know...RULES are MADE TO BE BROKEN...

And Gabe does just that. Pulling off a prank on the Dragons' football team, Gabe is ordered to join the sport. A fraction of the size of your average ogre, Gabe soon learns to use his mind to survive. He creates new plays and the ogre team finally wins a game. Gabe bonds with the orgres...

Not good.

The High Council steps in...

What happens next?

A tale of mystery.

A tale of camaraderie...

An unlikely team is formed as Ms. Tyler weaves an intricate scavenger hunt with obstacles for Gabe and his friends. 

Will they succeed in their quest? 

Only their bravery and determination will get them home.

I found this a delightful and intriguing read. With memorable characters from all species! Ms. Tyler's wonderful ease of writing flows the reader through this adventure as quickly as one is swept over Broken Branch Falls themselves.

I recommend this to all middle graders, young adults, and adults alike. Their are lessons for all of us to learn within the charming prose. 

Thank you Tara! It was such a pleasure reading your book! ALL the best for your launch on June 24th!

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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Friday, June 13, 2014



As you can tell from this wonderfully colorful marquis, it is time for another FUN BLOGHOP! The brainchild of Armchair Squid, this hop is all about a favored movie from the past. She is joined by hosts, Nicki Elson, Suze and Nan Mock. Is the film you watched over and over again still your favorite? Has it changed to you or does it hold a different significance? We'd all like to know. Everyone has a film near and dear to their heart!

There are so many special films that mean a great deal to me, but the my most treasured childhood film is THE WIZARD OF OZ. This film has a special meaning to me. First, it was a film I always watched as young boy. The first viewings I had were on our black and white TV. Yes, black and white. LOL. So for the first four or five times I never saw the film in all it colorful splendor. Can you imagine not viewing Munchinland and especially Emerald City in Technicolor?

And my MOST treasured memory is Judy Garland's singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." I love that song so much my mother sang it to me every night from the time I was five to seven. Mom was very special and PATIENT.

In 1969 my grandmother bought her first RCA color set. My bothers and I were amazed, gawking at it every time we visited her which was nearly every night. I'll never forget the night TWOZ played. At first the subtle difference between black and white wasn't as noticeable in the sepia toned beginning. BUT, when Dorothy opened that door.... TWoOZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The colors almost knocked me off the sofa. I couldn't BELIEVE my eyes. It was MAGICAL. I STARED without blinking for God knows how long. Then when they scampered through the poppies...and I caught my first glimpse of Emerald City.... To this day when the song breaks out and Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow skip across the poppies on their way toward Emerald City, my heart skips along with them. It's still my favorite scene and always brings a smile to my face. The Emerald City decked out in all its Art Deco splendor is my favorite architectural style. I would LOVE to see a real city just like that!

image courtesy of Warner Brothers/photobucket

The next revelation came when I saw TWoOZ on the BIG SCREEN. When I was about fifteen, the local movie house in our town still had a single screen... AMAZING, too because this was the age when ALL the theaters were splitting the single movie houses and creating multiple screens. It was like watching it for the first time... I was in owe. The INCREDIBLE details of Munchinland...the costumes...even the special effects at this time (1939) were pretty remarkable. After it was over, I never wanted to see it any other way again.

But I did! When it came out in video, I bought it and watched it often. Then the special edition DVD came out and I snapped that up too. Now with our home TV's larger than ever one can have that MOVIE experience right in their living room. I HIGHLY recommend it!

Thanks everyone for letting me share my happy childhood memories with you. Do forget to drop by the other hoppers and see what their favorites are!

Have a GREAT weekend.....

Monday, June 9, 2014


Thousands of torches dot the winding hillside road. Their light dances on this inky, starlit night as an endless parade of horse drawn carriages glitter from feathered plumes, waving in the casual breeze. The queue moves slowly, and as each carriage pulls up to the medieval arched entry, masked strangers step out and climb the cobbled steps, entering into the gleaming marble hall.

Banners from nine different provinces flow from guilt poles, forming a colorful welcome to each royal guest.

Upstairs in the farthest corner of the castle, a jeweled crown is woven into the golden locks of a young woman. Her heart patters as she steps in front of the looking glass. Two hand maidens finish lacing up the back of her gown.

"You look beautiful your highness," stutters the youngest of the two. Emerald eyes flash from the reflection and into the servant's widened brown eyes. 

She nods. "Thank you, Arabella."

Trumpets echo throughout the massive halls and shivers race through Princess Zoe's body. She squares her shoulders and stretches to her full height. "It is time for me to meet my future husband." 

Arabella rushes to the princess's side and hands her a glittering mask. She bows. Princess Zoe gently takes it by the handle and steps toward her destiny.

One last carriage inches its way to the front. The footman opens the door and a booted leg hits the cobbled stone with a heavy click. He straightens to his considerable height and adjusts his metal mask dusted with fine marquisites. 

He jets up the stairs and into the grand hall. Hundreds of guests congregate at the base of a massive, multi-storied stair case as twenty or so trumpeters toot another announcement. He stops and stares at the top of the landing, his view unobstructed. 

A sentry calls out, "Her royal highness, Princess Zoe!" 

Princess Zoe turns her head to one side of the crowd, smiling at her guests. As she pivots her neck in the opposite direction, she rests her eyes on the one man who stands head and shoulders above the crowd. A breath escapes her. She composes herself and glides down the staircase like a breeze over a wheat field.

She greets each one of the eight princes with a polite air. And continues to the ninth. The remaining guests part as she steps toward the mysterious man who watches her every movement. A stoic figure, carved in granite. Flickering torchlight illuminates his hazel eyes as she stops before him. He bows. 

"Princess Zoe." His lyrical baritone voice sends electric shock waves through her body.  

"And your name, Sire"

He remains silent and extends his arm.

Another breath escapes her...

Why all the mystery?

What does he have to hide?

The Mystery Prince


Mary Waibel

Will Princess Zoe find her true love with this mysterious prince?

Or will his secret tear them apart?

A magical device may be their only chance...

First, I must say this is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen. And the mysterious circumstances of this premise has certainly peeked my interest! Let me be the first to congratulate Mary. She is an amazing writer and I know her newest novella will be a big hit! 

ALL the best MARY!

Please drop by Mary's site and wish her well. And snap up a copy of this book. I know I will...

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Thanks for dropping by today everyone. I hope you enjoyed my newest intro....

Have a great day everyone.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Hi, All,

Welcome to another segment of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. As most of us know Alex J. Cavanaugh founded the group a few years ago for writers to vent and support each other during the LONG process/journey to publication. Thank you, Alex.

I have been a member since day one and I know how wonderful this amazing group is in accomplishing what Alex has originally set out to do. It has grown into its own website and Facebook page. I bet Alex never new how successful this would be when he first created the group! So sign right up if you're feeling insecure or have some advice for other writers!

From my title you might have guessed my topic today is QUERYING! I know, I hear all the GROANS now...mine is right there with yours. 

As many of you know I have just finished the final edits on my second novel and have began the querying process. BUMMER. This is my least favorite thing to do as I am sure many of you agree. But it is a necessary part of our journey to publication. 

In the past I haven't been very successful in landing an agent. But this time I am hopeful. I have a terrific query letter, thanks to a fellow blogger/friend, Morgan Shamy, who helped me tweak it. I have had some requests from publishers in the past, so I know there is interest in my story. YAY! I'd also like to offer a HUGE THANKS to my CP's and Betas. You know who you are and if I could gather you all up and give you a great BIG BEAR HUG, I would!

Today I plan to send out another three of four letters. From previous advice from fellow writers, I've decided to send out a small group of letters and wait. Wait for the response, if any. This is by far the WORST. The "Waiting Game" grinds on my every nerve. What does one do while waiting? Read a book? Work on another project? Blog? Drink endless amounts of coffee? Eat chocolate? Hibernate? Pull out every single hair on your head? 

Well, although some of these my take up part of our day, the bottom line is, there really is nothing to do but WAIT. Sad, but true. However I do have a few tips that may help. First, do something for someone else. Take the focus off yourself and dive into CP or Beta project. That's what I'm doing and it really helps! Focusing on your partner's world is such a great escape. Not to mention you get so wrapped up in perfecting their story, there is very little time to think about what that agent or publisher is doing with your query.

Next. Get OUT OF THE HOUSE. Seriously, now that the weather, for the most part, is sunny and warm throughout most of the US and Canada, there is no excuse to be locked away in the house fretting over you queries. Commune with nature. Really study the chirping birds. Smell the blossoms, and look at each delicate petal. Go to your local dog park and watch the puppies at play. It is so much fun to see them all chase each other and have such a great time. 

And finally, exercise. Relieve the tension. Take a brisk walk. Go for a five or ten mile bike ride. Jog through the park, beach, or lakefront.  BREATHE. STETCH. Go home and you will be ready to face the dreaded empty inbox.  

As long as you keep you mind on other things, The "Waiting Game" won't tear you apart. Remember it is just a GAME. There will be winners and losers. Here's hoping we are all WINNERS!

Have a fantastic day today all and do visit your fellow IWSGers... Not a member? Sign up for next month's meeting!