June, 2014

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July Goals

According to my calendar, it’s the end of June. Some days I think my calendar is a big fat liar because how could it be the end of June already?


But either it truly is the end of June, or all the calendars in the world are a part of a massive conspiracy. I’m pretty sure it’s the latter, but until I can prove it I must accept the fact that it’s time to set some goals. For July.


1. Walk, run, or bike at least 102 miles.

According to last year’s mileage book, I logged 101.5 miles last July. My goal this year has been to increase that number every month. I’ve done it so far, but I’m thinking this could be a real challenge. It’s an average of 3.25 miles each day. Not impossible (yesterday, I logged 10.5 miles), but a challenge. Which is good. I like a challenge, and something tells me I’ll need a distraction because of the next goal on this list…

2. Publish Effigy.

The date is set for July 22, 2014. All signs point to this actually happening. It’s possible that not even I can screw this up at this point. But I guess we’ll find out…

3. Finish Part Two of Second Nature.

It just has to get done. That’s all there is to it. I kind of have a road map to follow as I attempt to make this happen. Here’s hoping that it holds up.

4. Complete guest posts for blog tour.

I have ideas. Well, that’s kind of a generous term for what have. I have the very vaguest sense of what I intend to write about. They just need to be fleshed out and, you know, properly executed. And by that, I mean written. Not given a blindfold and a last cigarette.

5. Read a book.

I haven’t been doing a ton of reading of late. I’d like to change that.

And that’s going to do it for me today. I’m off for an action-packed shift at The Store. What’s on your agenda?

Celebrating Some Not-So-Small Things…

…And by ‘things’, I really mean ‘people.’

This week, as I’m sure you all know by now, was the cover reveal event for my debut novel, Effigy.


Effigy Proof Copies (Medium)


First up I’d like to acknowledge those people posting today:



And next, I want to give another shout-out—one million shout-outs, even—to everyone else who participated this week:

Tara Tyler


So to everyone who participated in the reveal, and to everyone who took the time to check out the cover and comment on it, I say this to you:

Sherlock Thank You

This was my first cover reveal, so I’m not entirely sure how to measure the success of this event, but I feel like it went very well. And all of that is because of the awesomeness that is all of you.

Thank you again.

Now I’m going to go away now and stop bothering you. Enjoy your weekend, everyone. I’ll see you on Monday.

Main Character Meet And Greet

Today’s post is courtesy of Patricia Lynne, who was kind enough to tag me in the Main Character Bloghop. Participants are asked to answer a series of question concerning the main character in a current WIP. And though you’re quite possibly sick to death of hearing about it, I’ve chosen to feature the main character of my upcoming debut novel, Effigyone Haleine Coileáin.



1. What is the name of your main character? Is s/he fictional or historical?

Well, I already answered part of this in the intro to this post, but my main character’s name is Haleine Coileáin. And though it feels as though she spends a lot of time talking directly to me and giving me a hard time about giving her a hard time, she is fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?

Effigy is set in a medieval-esque fantasy world.

3. What should we know about your main character?

Haleine is young (eighteen, when the story begins). Though nobility, she is expected to live a certain kind of life defined by duty. She’s intelligent, determined, and headstrong. Passionate, wry, but reserved in the public eye. She also hates needlepoint.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

A letter, actually, messes up her life (the letter that was mentioned in yesterday’s excerpt). With its delivery comes a change of fate that sees her married to a pretty terrible man (readers so far unanimously want him to die horribly) and crowned queen of a country that’s in desperate need of saving.

5. What is his/her personal goal?

Haleine wants desperately to end her husband’s rule and save her adopted country.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and where can we read more about it?

This novel had several working titles before I ultimately settled upon Effigy. One of them was The Human Season. It was inspired by a lyrics in a song called My Invitation by Sarah Slean.


7. When can we expect the book(s) to be published?

If all continues to go to plan (ha!), Effigy should be available starting July 22, 2014.

The Cover Reveal Event continues today at the following blogs:

Shelly Arkon

Heather M. Gardner

Callie Leuck

Christine Rains

Please stop by and say hi, if you have the chance!

Seven Up

Yesterday, I was tagged by Marcy Hatch in a hop that asks participants to share a snippet of a current WIP. Seven lines, to be exact. And to be even more exact, the seven lines following the seventh line on either page 7 or 77.


My current WIP is Second Nature, but I thought, as I am in the midst of a cover reveal event, I would share seven lines from page 7 of Effigy instead.



“The king will be expecting your answer.”

“The king already has my answer,” Darian said, “and he knows it. You’d not be here, otherwise. Find Darragh and tell him to make the arrangements.”

Adomnan nodded. “I’ll leave you to it,” he said, offering Rhoswen a bow. “My lady.”

Rhoswen didn’t notice the bow. She didn’t notice Adomnan leave the room. Her eyes were locked on Darian.

“What arrangements?” Rhoswen asked when Adomnan had gone. Her cheer from earlier had disappeared. “Why is Adomnan here?”

“The king sent him with a letter.”

“The king sent him,” Rhoswen said. Her voice showed she understood the implications. “Why? What does Nathan want now?”

Darian held out the parchment. “Our daughter.”



All right, so that’s technically eight lines, but what else would you expect from a hardened rule-breaker such as myself? Which is also why that now that I’m supposed to tag seven other people to share snippets from their own WIPs, I won’t. I do, however, invite you to tag yourselves. But be sure to let me know because I love getting sneak peeks at what everyone is working on.


And if you haven’t yet seen Effigy‘s awesome, shiny, beautiful cover (and are curious to do so), it’s being featured today over at Murees Dupé’s blog. Stop by and say hi if you have the time.

Cover Reveal, Day Two…Plus, a Beastly Blitz!

It’s Day Two of Effigy‘s cover reveal event, and I have an amazing trio of amazing bloggers helping me out today:

Tonja Drecker

Julie Flanders

Heather Holden

Wonderful bloggers, all. Please check them out!

Today just also happens to be the RELEASE DAY of Tara Tyler’s new novel, Broken Branch Falls, and that means…

It’s Beastly Blitz Day!

I’ve known Tara around the blogosphere for a while now (thank you, A to Z Challenge!), and I’m so happy to be able to take part in today’s event. I love fantasy, I love MG, and I love maps. I hear this book offers all three in one nice, neat package.


by Tara Tyler

Release Date: June 24, 2014 – TODAY!!

B&N ~~~ Amazon ~~~ Kobo

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. But Gabe wants to break out of his

nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all

beastly rules, there’s just something about her.

Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and

ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other

outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They’ll show ’em what different friends can

do together!

Add it to your GOODREADS list!

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 action, a moral, and a few laughs!

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