Monday, June 17, 2019

The Legend of Windy Hollow

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday!

Today, My Pet Blog is celebrating the release of author extraordinaire Tara Tyler's latest novel, Windy Hollow, the third book in her Beast World MG fantasy series.
Tara had a long journey to get this book published, and I admire the hell out of her grit and determination.

Congratulations, Tara! You ROCK, and we applaud you!

In BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their school, blowing up all the rules, and discover their origins.

Then they go to 
CRADLE ROCK and meet some real live humans, scaring them into attack mode. The Beasts realize they have to spread the truth ASAP.

Now, school's out, and Gabe is ready for a break from all the drama...

Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village 
WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings. 

Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!


About The Author 

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

Find Tara online:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group!

I'm assuming that everyone coming here is already well-versed in this group/bloghop, but in the event that you're new and/or looking for a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month's awesome co-hosts are: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte.

This month's (optional) question asks, "Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?"

But I'm going to pass on that question today because I am.

But I'm also not going to bore you with my insecurities. Which is not me saying I'm not insecure because I am. All the time. How could I not be when it takes me for-freaking-ever to write a story and then I hate everything I do manage to produce? I am in awe of authors who can not only finish a project before a decade or more has gone by and somehow find it in themselves to actually like what they've done. If you are one of those authors, how do you do it? I'm just so curious.

But again, I'm not going to talk about that (anymore) today. Because while I am hopelessly insecure and...well, just plain hopeless, I am also back in New England—this time to celebrate the high school graduations of my brilliant and talented goddaughter and niece. These two kick-ass young women are going to do some seriously amazing things with their lives, and they inspire me every day. I love them to death, and I hope they know how freaking proud of them I am.

And because I am back in New England, I get to do things like walk outside my house and not instantly dissolve in a puddle of sweat and more sweat (Y'all, I really can't stress enough how much I truly despise living in Florida) and climb mountains.

That's right. Yesterday, I climbed a mountain. It was glorious. My legs were a little "What the hell, man?" because there are very few mountains in Florida, and I am out of mountain-climbing practice (and shape...) but I reach the summit anyway and took this picture (which you may have already seen because I posted it all over social media yesterday. I mean, look at the sidebar. It's the same damn picture in my twitter feed. But I love it and I can't help myself):

I had a moment yesterday (not for the first time, either) where I was just so damn appreciative to be a writer who can really work wherever she happens to be—a mountain top, a beach, her living room, her mother's living room, an airplane, whatever. And even if it does take me a million years (sadly, only a slight exaggeration...) to finish a novel, at least parts of it were written someplace pretty?

Then, of course, I left the mountains and the soul-crushing insecurities came rushing back. But that's another post for another day...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Hope you're having a fantastic week!

(Also, I may be slow to visit blogs and respond to any comments you may leave on this post. The Internet at my mom's house is really kind of an unreliable pain-in-the-butt. However, I shall endeavor to do my best. Just don't think I'm ignoring you. Thanks!)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tree Tales + A Giveaway

Hi everyone!

I'm back from my second official unofficial writing retreat just in time to welcome awesome author Patricia Lynne and her brand-new release, Leaves of Fall. Everyone be sure to thank Patricia for having a new book to promote...otherwise, you might have had to read about my life instead.

Take it away, Patricia!

Five Incredible Fact about Trees

It's only apt that since trees are a major character in Leaves of Fall that I share just how incredible they are in real life (despite not being able to shape shift into human form.) Here are five incredible facts about trees.

1: Trees can tell if deer are trying to eat them. Due to their ability to detect deer saliva, trees defend themselves by producing excess acids that cause their buds to taste bitter so that the deer will lose interest and leave them alone. (source)


3: One of the most dangerous trees in the world is the manchineel tree found in Florida and the Caribbean. Its sap is so poisonous and acidic that merest contact with human skin causes a breakout of blisters, and blindness can occur if it touches a person's eyes. (source)


5: Trees that live in cold climates stop growing during fall in anticipation of the first frost. Trees that had been embryos during cold winters stop growing a few weeks earlier than the rest of the forest. (source)

About The Book

Armory was born into a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by war between man and nature. Trees are the enemy. But when she’s kidnapped by nomads and taken far from her home, a tree nymph is the one who comes to her rescue.

Birch promises he can get Armory home. He says not all trees wanted a war. Armory has no choice to trust him if she wants to see her family again.

--> Together, they trek across the ruins of America, meeting both human and trees who want nothing more than the fighting to stop. But the hatred between the two may be too deep to heal. Armory isn’t sure her friendship with Birch will be enough to convince the human race to take a chance on peace. Birch has a plan, though. 
He’s just not sure he’ll survive.

About The Author

Patricia Lynne is the author of Young Adult Paranormal, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head and began learning all she could about writing. That was the start of it, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes New Adult Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance under the name Patricia Josephine.

--> Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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