Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Celebrations & Cradle Rock by Tara Tyler

Hello, all!! Happy December!

I took November off from blogging but now I'm ready to jump back in to the fray with the Celebrate the Small Things hop. Although instead of celebrating the week that was, I thought I'd celebrate the month that was and share my celebrations from November.

In addition to a great Thanksgiving, I had two fun book events in November that I'm still celebrating.

One, I got to hang out with Mr. Cutie-Patootie, Baby Moo himself, at Sunrise Sanctuary's Thanksgiving for the Turkeys. As you can see from the picture, it was COLD and windy as can be, but it was still tons of fun. Sunrise is always a great place to spend time, and since I also sold some copies of Baby Moo's Great Escape it was a great day all around.

Two, I participated in the regional SCBWI's Indy and Small Press Book Festival at Cover to Cover Bookstore in Columbus, Ohio. While he wasn't there in the flesh, Baby Moo was still one of the stars of the occasion. It was a thrill to see him hanging out in the window display!

So that's what I'm celebrating this week. How about you?

The Celebrate the Small Things hop is hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G Keltner at Writing Off the Edge and Tonja Drecker at Kidbits. Visit Lexa's blog here to find out how join in the hop yourself and to see the list of participants.

I'm also thrilled to be helping to spread the word about another great release from my friend Tara Tyler. Here is all the info on her latest, Cradle Rock!


Gabe the goblin just saved his town Broken Branch Falls from splitting apart. He also revealed that humans--horrible creatures of myth and legend--may actually be part of their history! But seriously? Nah!

Now Ona, Gabe’s girlfriend, is headed thousands of miles away to Camp Cradle Rock for Spring Break seeking evidence of humans. Gabe knows better than to tell a stubborn ogress she’s crazy, so he’s letting her go and spending the break at the beach like a normal teenage beast. And he’s determined to have a good time without her, whether he likes it or not.

But when Gabe hears Ona went missing, he and his friends set out for the wilds of the west to find her, no matter what dangerous creatures get in his way. Not even humans.

Check out the Book Trailer!

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Here is the list of wonderful CRADLE ROCK RELEASE PARTY POST HOSTS:

12/5 Patricia Lynne Nerds Rule
12/5 Heather R. Holden Vampires
12/7 Juneta Key author spotlight interview
12/9 Julie Flanders Teenagers Now vs 80s
12/9 Elizabeth Seckman Beast-themed Recipe
12/12 Lori L. MacLaughlin Merfolk
12/14 Sharon Bayliss Ogres
12/14 Tyrean Martinson 5 Reasons to use Chapter Titles
12/16 Michael Di Gesu Craziest Spring Break Trip
12/17 Cathrina Constantine Teen Dating
12/19 Christine Rains Hiking Faux Pas
12/19 Alex J. Cavanaugh Beast vs Monster - terminology
12/21 Ann Noser CR Quotes
12/21 Heather M. Gardner Discrimination - joking vs hurting
1/4 Ken Rahmoeller Dragons
1/4 L. Diane Wolfe Marketing Tips - Live & Online
1/9 C Lee McKenzie Grownup Stereotypes
1/11 M. J. Fifield Crazy Road Trip
1/25 Crystal Collier Poetry & Songs in Stories - Writerly Wed

Tara is also giving away signed copies of Broken Branch Falls and Cradle Rock, some Beast World swag, and a $20 GC!

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  1. Congratulations, Tara!
    Welcome back, Julie. Glad you and Moo had a successful November. Been wild if he'd been at that store event.

  2. Sounds like you had a fun month. Good to see you back. Congrats to Tara!

  3. Loved the book trailer. Congrats.


  4. Baby Moo is a star! I think he needs his own merchandise - a t-shirt, a mug, etc. :)

  5. It looks like a chilly day with Baby Moo!!

    Congrats to Tara!!!

  6. Baby Moo is definitely a star. Tara's cover looks great as well.

  7. Hi Julie - good to see you back and restored for the blogging world. Sounds like the various events have worked and Baby Moo is just brilliant - well done .. cheers to you both - Hilary

  8. Congrats to you both. Love the pic of you with baby boo.
    Juneta's MKE Blog

  9. Yay for getting to hang out with Baby Moo! Tara's new book looks good. Welcome back!

  10. Sounds like some fun book celebrations!

  11. Lovely to see that store front with your book centre stage - many congratulations :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  12. Sounds like you had a great month - Baby Moo doesn't look so 'baby' anymore!

    Congrats to Tara :-)

  13. How much fun to see your book displayed at a book store! (Maybe someday I'll have that happen to me.) Yay for book sales, and Baby Moo is getting bigger all the time! I'll plug Tara's giveaway on my Dec 9th post and use this link. Have a great weekend, Julie!

  14. Love that picture of you and Baby Moo. So cute. Glad both the book events you had in November went so well!

  15. Baby Moo is such a cute cow! And it does look like it was cold (although cows supposedly like it a little cool). Sounds like you had a lot of fun and success in November. Here's hoping for more! Congrats to Tara too! I'm going to dive into her book soon.

  16. You're the best, Julie. Love seeing you cuddled with Baby Moo =) And congrats on the Book Festival - I hope you sold oodles!

  17. Great picture of you and Moo! What a team. Congrats again to Tara. I'm glad she'll be a guest at The Write Game in January.


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