Friday, July 3, 2015

Pop! Goes the Secrets

It's Friday, so let's celebrate the small things!
Thanks to our hosts in this weekly check in: LexaL.G, and Katie!

What am I celebrating?

1.  I'm headed off to swim with the sharks, err, I mean I'm going to the beach!
2. The Terrific Tara Tyler is here!!
3. Tara has some secrets to share...

No, it's not our breast reduction to A Cup status or our puny little arms as we raise the roof and our disco ball...
                                                                          WE ARE


Liz and I are starting a new venture together! We are going to create a blog for women. I always get a lot of requests for my Lazy Housewife posts. And since Liz and I are so simpatico on motherhood and working and life, we are going to lend our wisdom to others. As you can see, we have the Lazy Housewife philosophy of getting our chores done so we can PARTY! Well, something like that...

Anyway, hoping to get it up and running in the next month or so. It will be completely different from our writing blogs, more about life lessons we've learned with raising a family and avoiding chores. If you have any topics you'd like us to discuss, please mention them in the comments! And wish us bon debut!

Thanks Liz, for helping me with my POP TRAVEL cover reveal - it's insatiable! And the re-release has a sneak peek at the first chapter of SIMULATION which comes out Sept 14th!

by Tara Tyler
Re-released July 1, 2015

In 2080, technology has gone too far for private detective J. L. Cooper. He thinks he can avoid pop travel teleportation, until he stumbles onto a video of a pop traveler who turns to dust.

Sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother, Cooper wants to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?

With help from the neurotic genius “Creator” of pop travel and a beautiful Southern charmer, Cooper must expose the deadly glitch and shut it down or die trying. No problem.

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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 a moral, and a few laughs!

Also by Tara Tyler, MG/YA Fantasy series, Beast World,

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Been There. Doing That.

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Seriously. Go buy your tee shirt. I'll be wearing mine in a week to ten days, and I'm not sharing. 

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh, our fearless leader, and his minions of the month: Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, Tanya Miranda!

This month's insecurity is how to deal with social media. Or more precisely, figuring out how to navigate all the online fights and squabbles. Left and right, there was plenty of crap slinging here in the USA over the last couple of weeks!

Now, don't get me wrong- I'm all for standing for your beliefs. Difference is good. Debate is good. 

Name calling and broad-brush, knee-jerk judgments are NOT good. And as a Christian, my religion (by my understanding) teaches me that God is the creator of all. 

From the earth and stars to the humans I feel more like choking than hugging- they are all loved by Him. And I'm sure that like any good Father, He's probably not impressed with us picking up His mantle and acting as judge, jury, and emotional executioner. 

I know, I know...each side wants to save or educate the other. But with neither side wanting to budge, social media quickly devolves from friendly gathering to hellish reunion where siblings beat the snot out of each other as they vie for parental approval. 

*In an effort to maintain full disclosure and honesty:

 I'm working hard on practicing what I'm preaching, but in my heart, I'm still feeling more like this:

But I'm getting there!! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Catching Up!!

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Misha Gericke & Beth Fred host this monthly goal update. The idea is to think big...and then work hard to make it happen. My two goals are publish two books and master marketing.

1. Swept Away is done. I need to write the blurb and for some reason, I'm just not feeling it. I'll have to write a few crappy versions to get the ideas flowing.

2. I didn't master marketing this month. Maybe next month...

What have I been up to this week? What's my excuse for blog sluggishness and nonexistent word count? It was our first annual Bill Stewart Memorial Football Camp.

Honestly? Doing this sort of stuff cuts into my work and personal time, but I figure I have the rest of my life to earn money and catch up on laundry.

Childhood is short. I say we make it as awesome as we can.

It's Friday, so let's celebrate the small things!

Thanks to our hosts in this weekly check in: LexaL.G, and Katie!

1. Past Due is a Digital Book Today Great Read of the Week!

2. I managed my social media. Weary of the online battles on Facebook where some never listen or show respect for either side, I decided to change my settings. I "Unfollowed" hateful posters (not blocked or Unfriended- I just don't get their posts in my newsfeed anymore). Whew. Glad I did that. I have no problem with dissent and disagreement, but I'm tired of the lack of civility.

3. I'm headed to the beach at the end of the week! And yes, I do intend to be shark bait.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Breaks, Sharks, and Books

And now we are not.

Today, I am over at Chrys Fey's  (or so my dusty calendar says!) discussing scene settings.

The scene I chose- from Defying Reason- is set at the the beach.

I write about the beach a lot. My grandma always said- if you can't live it- dream it. She was talking about sex, but I'll apply her logic however best suits my purpose at any given moment. And at this moment, I'm talking beach.

The beaches in books. And then smoothly segueing into beaches in real life.

At the beach, there is sand, and sun, and sharks attacking people.

Logically, I realize I have a statistically better chance of being mauled by a stray dog in my neighborhood while out for a walk than I do of getting bitten by a shark, but still...

sharks have big teeth. And I have been counseled by a wise lady to stay out of the water. (See, I'm listening Jo!)

But here's the problem...I love swimming in the ocean. And I'll be at the beach for two weeks. That's 14 days and far too many hours sitting on the shore. What will distract me from the water?

I don't like to shop. And sight seeing is for evenings.

Oh, le sigh. What to do?

Stupid sharks*.

Although...did you know jelly fish and sting rays attack more people? Still. We fear the shark.

I blame the teeth.

It's Friday, so let's celebrate the small things!

Thanks to our hosts in this weekly check in: LexaL.G, and Katie!

1. Swept Away is done. It's back with the editor and the betas to see if they approve.

2. Past Due is part of an anthology, Tempting Treasures! 6 awesome stories- there is something for everyone's taste. From sexy hot to page turning plots, this book is a must pick up at the limited time price of 2.99! Get your copy HERE!

3. I've been decluttering rooms. Like a wise man (Mr. Cavanaugh) pointed out- decluttering the world around you makes the brain feel less cluttered too.

4. It's summer! Now, to unwind and enjoy...says the lady who has been on a long break!

*Don't give me thunder. I know sharks aren't stupid. I know they're necessary creatures in the whole circle of ocean life.

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Friday, June 5, 2015


I must take some time to get caught up.

I just don't know where to start- book, blog, laundry, yard, brush my hair...

Have no fear. I'll be back.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

There's an App for That!

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Thanks to our tireless leader, Alex Cavanaugh, and June's awesome co-hosts! M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!

I'm too tired to be insecure this month. 

All my kids are home- the two college boys are on break. One is working, the other is doing an internship. That has me running people here and there, just like the old days when they all joined too many sports and clubs, and we lived in the family van. 

We weren't homeless...we were just never at home. 

But I hate to simply whine about being behind. I mean we're all busting A to keep up. (Some people just aren't as good at poor planning and pitiful organization as I am.)

To offset the negative, I wanted to share a little bit of positive inspiration.

But I was too tired to think of any. 

Fortunately, there is an app for that.

So, here's some inspiration from the INSPIRATION APP. 

(It's FREE by the way :)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Life's a Beach!

The only bathing suit pic
I will EVER post!

What's the best vacation spot?

That's easy! The beach, baby. 

I was born to be a beach bum. 

It's the place where flip flops and windswept, saltwater hair are high style. Where sunglasses are the only accessory. 

It's the best place to relax. It's our primordial cradle. Our reminder that no matter how big we think we are; we are small. A drop in the ocean. A grain of sand. 

It's timeless and eternal. It's the same water Jesus stepped out on. That the Titanic sank in. That will fill a cloud and become rain- that will nourish a field and feed the world. 

It's simple in its beauty. Complex in its creation. It's recreation on a good day and destruction at its worst. It's the yin and yang of the universe. 

And it's the best place to make sand castles. 

Now, what's not to love about that?

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