IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge sign ups OPEN on March 1, 2019.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How To Make Your Blog "Comment Friendly"

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to find new blogs to read and to find new "blog buddies." One of the best ways to make new friends is by commenting on their blogs and replying to comments they leave on yours.

This sounds like a simple enough job to do, and for the most part, it is: Wordpress users have no problem commenting on Wordpress blogs, and Blogger users have no problem commenting on Blogger blogs. But, what if you're a Wordpress user who wants to comment on a Blogger blog, or a Blogger user who wants to comment on a Wordpress blog? The two commenting systems are like chalk and cheese, and both have their idiosyncracies. What I'd like to do now is to give a few pointers to users of both systems so that commenting will be a breeze (more or less) for the users of the other.

WORDPRESS

The controls for simplifying commenting for Blogger users are on the Settings > Discussion screen.

  • Checking the box beside "Comment author must fill out name and email" will give users who don't have a Wordpress account (or who aren't signed on to Wordpress) three lines under the comment box for the user's name, email, and optionally the URL to their blog. (Note To Blogger users: although it isn't required, it's a good idea to enter the URL to your blog in the space provided. That way, the author can find you.)
  • Unchecking the box next to "User must be registered and logged on to comment" allows non-Wordpress users to comment.

BLOGGER

The controls for simplifying commenting for Wordpress users are on the Settings > Posts, comments and sharing screen.

  • It's a good idea to set the "Comment Location" to "Popup Window." Blogger can be fussy, and sometimes when you have this set to "Embedded," a person trying to leave a comment who's either doing so anonymously or with their name and blog URL can get stuck in CAPTCHA hell, having to play the Picture Game over and over until CAPTCHA is convinced you're not advertising porn, CBD oil or online casinos. I and several others found this didn't happen when the blog uses the popup window.
  • Google, in their infinite wisdom, decided to do away with using Open ID as a way to identify yourself when leaving a comment on Blogger. Now, you can either allow anyone (including anonymous users), only users with a Google ID, or the owners of the blog to comment. I know there are a thousand reasons why you don't want anonymous comments, but that's just the way Google set things up. So, set this to "Anyone (including anonymous users), knowing that users who don't have Google accounts will be required to check a box to prove they're not a robot, and you might want to set Comment Moderation to "Always" or "Sometimes." (Note to Wordpress users: if leaving an anonymous comment, you'll want to add a footer to your comments (a manual process) with your name and a link to your blog, so that others can find you.)
  • Please turn off word verification. This will also turn off the CAPTCHA Picture Game.

GENERAL

When commenting, you can leave a link to your own blog OR leave the title of your blog from the Master List. There are a lot of people who believe in reciprocal comments. They also believe if they can't find your blog in the first three tries, they'll (rightly) give up. Here's where they are most likely to look for you:

  • The link you left on the comment form on their blog.
  • Your Blogger or commenting profile, if their blog uses that and yours works.
  • The name of your blog on our Master List. (Which only works if you've given that information.)

So, you could sign your comments with your URL. Or as "John Doe of Blog Name."

I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions, leave me a comment.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Theme Reveal #AtoZchallenge Tenth Anniversary

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https://goo.gl/forms/KDRVGcbzVJHZO9xg2
Theme Reveal sign up link!


Welcome to the great and mighty Theme Reveal!
As always, this is optional.
It's kind of a sneak peek of what you will blog about in April.
The post builds up excitement.


Please make sure your link works and leads directly to your THEME REVEAL post, not your main blog. Thanks!
A direct link **DOES NOT** include "wp-admin" or "postID." That is a Wordpress dashboard or Blogger post creation page. You should not share a link with "wp-admin" or "postID" in it. Ask for help if you don't understand.

The Theme Reveal form closes on March 28.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/173JgAN2EqPLGmEtAtNKx6lDt65RkzJGZL3ipLU_VRA8 That's the link where you can view the sheet. If you make a copy for yourself before March 28, please remember to come back to grab other links you may have missed!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UBrVtvGoVSOhhq-3kQMTmrxqED6auxlf/view
Instructions on using the sheet can be found there.

As a reminder, you can ONLY sign up for the Theme Reveal using this link https://goo.gl/forms/KDRVGcbzVJHZO9xg2.
You should only sign up your blog, not someone else's.
Please make sure you sign up for the challenge BEFORE you sign up for the Theme Reveal.
Ask a team member if you need help.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Link to View the Master List and an Announcement

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nZ7UupzB78MvJnraN9khkLJT3jM6uOP1LTDc8gaQluY



That is to VIEW the list.
It is recommended you make a COPY of the list

AFTER sign-ups are closed.


If you make a copy now, it will not update as more people join.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UBrVtvGoVSOhhq-3kQMTmrxqED6auxlf/view
Instructions on using this method were provided last year.

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2019/03/master-list-atozchallenge-2019-and-post.html To sign-up, click here.
You must use the Google Form to sign up. You cannot input your data on the sheet.

To quickly check if you are on the Master List, go to it https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nZ7UupzB78MvJnraN9khkLJT3jM6uOP1LTDc8gaQluY and use the find function (Ctrl+F, or Edit > Find), then type the name of your blog.

Co-hosts cannot, and will not, sign you up. Do not sign up blogs that are not yours.
You must use the Google Form to get on the Master List. The Google Form may also provide an option to edit your response.


Announcement:

We have done away with the daily lists.



This was discussed at length.
  • The daily lists confused some people.
  • Some people were upset that they had to spend 36 seconds a day to get on the daily lists.
  • There was too much debate about how long the daily lists needed to stay open.
  • Some people weren't making copies with all the blogs.
  • Some people weren't able to get on the list before it closed.

The drawback is that there may be some "dead" links as the month goes on.
Keeping the Master List perfect requires several hours a day. People have tried, and have run away screaming.
So the Master List might not be perfect. The team will do the best we can to remove spam and inappropriate links.
HOWEVER, if blogs drop out in April, we won't be cleaning the list to reflect it.

Here's the thing though:
Most of you will make your own copy of the list anyway. (Hopefully you'll wait until sign-ups close on April 6. Or go back and grab the information on the blogs you may have missed.)
Therefore, we won't be able to edit YOUR private copies anyway. If you find a blog that dropped out, and you've made a copy of the Master List for yourself, just delete it on your copy. Or don't. We'll never know.
The daily lists were less popular than the Master List. That's something we learned from the after survey.

We urge you not to make personal copies of the current Master List until more bloggers have had a chance to sign-up.
Several people have asked for the link so they can make sure they signed up. That's why this is being shared now instead of later, as planned.
Please keep spreading the word about the challenge to all the bloggers you know.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

#AtoZChallenge Sign Up!

Hey you. Yes, you. It's time to sign up for the A to Z Blog Challenge!

Don't delay! Sign up for the A to Z Challenge today!

 

Friday, March 1, 2019

MASTER LIST #AtoZChallenge 2019 and post 1000

This is the 1,000 post on this blog! That's amazing, isn't it? And on the same day as the sign up for our TENTH anniversary!



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To see all the available badges for this year, click on the Banners and Badges page.

Here's the link to sign up on the Master List:

https://goo.gl/forms/iVrbiZdbx0KQNybC2

The Master List sign up is how participants officially register to join the A to Z challenge.


There is NO OTHER way to officially sign up for the challenge.
Need a refresh from last year? Is this your first time? Click here.

What you need to know to sign up:

  • Blog Name : What your blog is called.
  • Blog Link : The main link to your blog (NOT to a website or an individual post)
  • Category : Usually the type of posts you have. Or, if you prefer, the type of blog you run.
  • Comment : This is NEW for this year! We've made a column so you can keep track of which blogs you've gone to.
  • Adult Content : This challenge is based out of America, where adulthood begins at 18. If your blog has, or will have, content not suitable for minors, you are required to state as such.
  • Continuous Story : For those who write a part each day, and it makes more sense when read from A.
  • Voting : For those who need votes to determine their next post. (Such as Choose Your Adventure)
  • Year : What year did you first take part in the A to Z Challenge?
  • Twitter Link : The url of your Twitter page. (NOT your @name Handle.)
  • Facebook Link : The url of your Facebook page or profile, if you'd like to be followed/ friended.
  • Theme : This is not the theme reveal. Just an optional teaser.

The results of this form will be MADE PUBLIC.

Please only sign up YOURSELF, your blog. Do not try to sign up blogs of other people



Calendar for your use:



Are you making a post announcing that you've joined the challenge?
GREAT! 😁😍
Please consider using this hashtag in your blog post title:

#AtoZChallenge

It helps when you or others share the blog post on social media.

If you use Twitter, please consider liking and/or retweeting this:



If you use Facebook, please consider clicking https://www.facebook.com/events/280869735882853/ "Going" on our event. The more you interact with our page, the more you'll see the notifications.
Please also consider sharing the event. This helps us spread the word. Thanks!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Final Day #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop! Rafflecopter #Giveaway ends soon! All Direct Links are here!

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!


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Today's featured book and author:

Runaway


Author Name: JR Vincente
Age category: Erotica
Genre: "Choose Your Adventure"/ Erotica

Brief description:
Join Aralyn as she runs from her past in this Erotic Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Aralyn leaves town when her life is turned upside down. Your blood will race as you explore a new town and new people with Aralyn. She might even get to explore a BDSM Dungeon! Make your own choices and find out.
Runaway a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

A friend of mine recommended the challenge and I thought it would be fun! I loved the idea of the readers participating.
Yeah. We have that same friend. I brought her in, she brought you in. This is a real community.

Why did you start blogging?

Because of the A to Z Blog Challenge. Someone recommended it to me and I needed a blog to participate!
Same mischievous friend again, I presume.

Do you have any other books coming out soon?

Soon! I have written another book stemming from that A to Z Challenge I'm in the process of editing.

What other books do you have available?

I have two erotic novels that are not Choose Your Own Adventures. My debut novel is called Slave and my newest release is Y is for Yes.

#WriteTip

Take constructive criticism. Ask someone else to read what you write and listen to what they have to say.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

As a writer, I was often gripped with indecision as to what decisions to make. This put the power in the reader's hands!

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I hope to publish B is for Blackmail and write its sequel.

EXCLUSIVE TOUR CONTENT: Scene/ Excerpt

“Chilly,” she said with a shiver.

“I know,” he said with a smile. “We wouldn’t want the ice to melt too quickly, now would we?” She raised an eyebrow at him, but she wasn’t entirely sure she understood what he meant. “Can we play?”

“With the ice?” she asked.

“Yes,” he said.

“Okay,” she said, a little too eagerly.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

A catchy title or synopsis.

Tell us, A to Z blog readers, what did you think of this tour? Should we do it again next year?





Link to buy the book: Smashwords
Link to buy the book: B&N
Link to buy the book: Amazon

Find this author at:

@jrvincente
https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/
http://facebook.com/jrvincente/
https://www.instagram.com/jaydenvincente/
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/63297099-jayden-vincente
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jrvincente
https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jrvincente

Time to HOP over to today's stops:


http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca

Rafflecopter has FIVE prizes for the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

There are FIVE prizes up for grabs on the Rafflecopter.
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You had all month to do all you could.

Miss any of the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop? Here are ALL THE DIRECT LINKS:

Feb 4  - https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/golden-rainbow-by-balaka-basu/
Feb 4  - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/04/runaway-with-this-erotic-choose-your-adventure-atozchallenge-book-review-tour-and-blog-hop/
Feb 5  - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-rebekah-loper.html
Feb 5  - http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com/2019/02/y-is-for-yes-atozchallenge-tour-and.html
Feb 5  - https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/a-book-review-about-book-reviews-atozchallenge/
Feb 6  - http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2019/02/first-annual-atozchallenge-book-reviews.html
Feb 6  - https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2019/02/deborah-stansils-debut-author-spotlight.html
Feb 7  - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-wheels-of-time.html
Feb 8  - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/08/writing-book-reviews-as-an-author-on-this-atozchallenge-tour-and-blog-hop/
Feb 8  - http://jemimapett.com/blog/2019/02/08/an-atozchallenge-book-review-with-tony-laplume/

WEEK TWO
Feb 11 - https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/writing-book-reviews-as-an-author-by-j-lenni-dorner/
Feb 12 - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-golden-rainbow.html
Feb 12 - https://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com/2019/02/writing-book-reviews-atozchallenge-tour.html
Feb 13 - https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2019/02/nidhi-gss-debut-author-spotlight.html
Feb 13 - http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2019/02/nick-wilford-book-release-day-fated.html
Feb 14 - https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/a-to-z-reasons-why-la-yacata-is-the-place-to-be-in-any-disaster-a-preppers-guide-to-mexico-by-ce-flores/
Feb 14 - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-sapo-saga.html
Feb 15 - http://jemimapett.com/blog/2019/02/15/atozchallenge-book-review-rebekah-loper/

WEEK THREE
Feb 18 - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-settings-characters.html
Feb 18 - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/18/wheels-of-time-atozchallenge-book-review-tour-and-blog-hop-fantasy-childrensbooks-wheelsoftime/
Feb 19 - https://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com/2019/02/atozchallenge-tour-and-blog-hop.html
Feb 19 - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/19/worldbuilding-atozchallenge-book-review-tour-and-blog-hop/
Feb 20 - http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2019/02/first-annual-atozchallenge-book-reviews_20.html
Feb 20 - https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2019/02/balaka-basus-debut-author-spotlight.html
Feb 21 - https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/book-review-the-a-zs-of-worldbuilding-atozchallenge-blog-hop/
Feb 21 - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/21/y-is-for-yes-atozchallenge-book-review-tour-and-blog-hop-mustread-erotica/
Feb 22 - http://jemimapett.com/blog/2019/02/22/atozchallenge-book-review-j-lenni-dorner/
Feb 22 - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-twisted-tales.html

WEEK FOUR
Feb 25 - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-author-ce-flores.html
Feb 25 - https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/the-a-zs-of-worldbuilding-by-rebekah-loper/
Feb 26 - https://www.literaryau.com/2019/02/a2z-book-tour-writing-book-reviews.html
Feb 26 - http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com/2019/02/runaway-atozchallenge-tour-and-blog-hop.html
Feb 27 - https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2019/02/rebekah-lopers-debut-author-spotlight.html
Feb 27 - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/27/twisted-tales-atozchallenge-book-review-tour-and-blog-hop/
Feb 28 - http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/28/sapo-saga-atozchallenge-book-review-tour-and-blog-hop-ya-scifi-specfic/
Feb 28 - http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2019/02/first-annual-atozchallenge-book-reviews_28.html

Thanks for taking part!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Day 18 #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today we're featuring one of the blogs in this event.



Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner



Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner logo @JLenniDorner


Does your blog support diverse books?
The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. https://diversebooks.org
Yes!

Are you willing to include debut authors?

Yes!

Why do you take part in the A to Z Challenge?

I take part in the A to Z Challenge to feel more connected to the blogging community, to make new friends and visit old ones, and because I'm a co-host!
@JLenniDorner silhouette #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!
Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I heard about the A to Z Challenge and it sounded like fun.

What goal do you or your blog hope to accomplish this year?

#NewYearsResolution This year I resolve to publish two books and write at least 25% of the year.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

A recommendation from a trusted source, reading something interesting about the book, or the book being by an author I like.

Find this blogger at:

http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
http://www.what-are-they.com/
Twitter @JLenniDorner
https://www.facebook.com/WhatAreThey
https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-lenni-dorner/
https://www.instagram.com/jlennidorner/
https://www.pinterest.com/jlennidorner/
YouTube
Amazon Author Page
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13725994.J_Lenni_Dorner
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-lenni-dorner
https://www.smashwords.com/interview/JLDorner
https://nanowrimo.org/participants/j-lenni-dorner
https://jlennidorner.tumblr.com/
http://jlennidorner.allauthor.com/
https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/p/j-lenni-dorner.html
http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2018/04/j-is-for-j-atozchallenge.html

Time to HOP over to today's stops:


http://operationawesome6.blogspot.com
http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

Rafflecopter has FIVE prizes for the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

There are FIVE prizes up for grabs on the Rafflecopter.
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You have all month to complete as many options as you choose.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Day 17 #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today we're featuring one of the blogs in this event.



Blog: Uniquely Maladjusted But Fun



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Does your blog support diverse books?
The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. https://diversebooks.org
Yes!

Are you willing to include debut authors?

Yes! Though this blog doesn't do many book posts.

And yet you volunteered to help out during this event?

Yeah. I know two of the authors in it. You and JR. So it wasn't like I was going to say no and miss the fun.

Why do you take part in the A to Z Challenge?

I take part in the A to Z Challenge because it gives my blog some focus, it's a fun event to take part in, and... oh right, I'm friends with two of the team members.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I wanted an online outlet that wasn't just social media. A place that was more for me.

What goal do you or your blog hope to accomplish this year?

Two of my fellow writers and I started writing a book together. I hope we can finish it this year because it's such a fun project.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

A great cover gets me to pick it up, and reading the back and first few pages help me decide if I'll buy it. A sale price or a suggestion from a friend are also big influences.

Find this blogger at:

http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com
@PenMinion
https://www.facebook.com/Pumpkin31415/ Pumpkin Pi, get it?πŸ˜„πŸŽƒβ„Ό
https://www.instagram.com/jamie.writer/
https://www.pinterest.com/JamieWriter7/
Amazon reviewer profile
Goodreads

Time to HOP over to today's stops:


http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com
https://www.literaryau.com

Rafflecopter has FIVE prizes for the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

There are FIVE prizes up for grabs on the Rafflecopter.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4fa90ac733
You have all month to complete as many options as you choose.


Keep coming back to the A to Z blog every weekday this month so you don't miss any of the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Final Week #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today's featured book and author:

Wheels of Time


Author Name: Nidhi GS
Age category: Children
Genre: Children's, "Clean" Reads, Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality (Fiction), Self-Help

Brief description:
These are 12 people, 12 tales and 12 months. Which says "When The Unexpected Leads to Expected."
Wheels of Time #ChildrensBooks on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

to learn new ways of writing by reading experienced as well as new writers

Why did you start blogging?

to explore my passion of writing

Do you have any other books coming out soon?

yes

What other books do you have available?

short stories on Buddhism

#WriteTip

write from your heart

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

meditation

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

finishing one more short story book

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

heart touching content

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

be honest

Link to buy the book: https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/wheels-of-time-nidhi-garg/

Find this author at:

@nidgratefulsoul
https://gratitude2wardslife.blog/
https://www.facebook.com/buddhistoryteller
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18112173.GS_Nidhi
A testimonial from a reader

Time to HOP over to today's stops:


https://www.literaryau.com
https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com

Rafflecopter has FIVE prizes for the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

There are FIVE prizes up for grabs on the Rafflecopter.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4fa90ac733
You have all month to complete as many options as you choose.


Keep coming back to the A to Z blog every weekday this month so you don't miss any of the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Day 15 #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today's featured book and author:

A to Z Reasons Why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster: A Prepper’s Guide to Mexico


C.E. Flores Author Image #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop! Author Name: C.E. Flores
Age category: Adult
Genre: Non-Fiction

Brief description:
The A to Z reasons why La Yacata is the Best Place to be in Any Disaster discusses common natural and man-made crisis situations found in Mexico. Not only will you read about which disasters you may encounter while in Mexico but you will learn strategies to both prepare and survive these SHTF incidents. Armed with this information you will be better able to determine if Mexico is your ultimate bug-out destination when things go bad in the U.S.

A to Z Reasons Why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster: A Prepper’s Guide to Mexico a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

Seemed like a fun thing to do!

Why did you start blogging?

To share my adventures since moving to Mexico.

Do you have any other books coming out soon?

Yes, there are several in the works.

What other books do you have available?

https://survivingmexico.com/book-reviews/books-by-surviving-mexico/

#WriteTip

Do something interesting to write something interesting.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

Mexico is a hard country to live in. These are common disasters that a little preparation might be in order.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I have several books in the Surviving Mexico series to complete this year.

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survivor--a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

interest in the topic, relevancy to my life

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

What is the one most basic survival tip you have for living in Mexico?

Link to buy the book: Amazon

Find this author at:

@SurvivorinMx
https://survivingmexico.com/
https://web.facebook.com/SurvivorinMexico
https://www.linkedin.com/in/survivingmexico/
https://www.instagram.com/survivingmexico/
https://www.pinterest.com.mx/survivingmexico/
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/survivingmexico

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Day 14 #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today's featured book and author:

Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters


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Genre: Reference - Craft of Writing

Brief description:
This reference guide is a tool to help you organize your thoughts and ideas to obtain the goal of making a setting that feels like a character. This valuable reference guide is useful in revealing a simplified way to create settings that feel like characters by using an organized sketch sheet. This practical approach will help focus your writing. The challenge of making a setting into a character is easily conquered with this informative guide. Make your story more interesting in today's competitive fiction market by giving your writing this edge.
Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

As I said in my 2015 theme reveal, I wanted to inspire and teach others. I also hoped to make new friends. It was also the first year I volunteered to help the A to Z Team (joining under Arlee's Ambassadors).

Why did you start blogging?

This is answered in my very first blog post. "You may wonder why I started a blog. I may wonder that too! Actually, this blog was started because I heard about the A to Z challenge from some nanowrimo friends."

Do you have any other books coming out soon?

Yes!
"WRITING BOOK REVIEWS AS AN AUTHOR:
INSPIRATION TO MAKE IT EASIER"
is up for pre-sale.

What other books do you have available?

Fractions of Existence, an Urban Fantasy.

#WriteTip

Is the Setting a Character in your writing? #writetip from @JLenniDorner Read more here: http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2015/11/wepff-winner-j-lenni-dorner-talks.html

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

The idea came from some post by literary agents during a MSWL chat. They were looking for books where the setting was a character. I knew how to do that, so I turned it into a month of blog posts. Then I figured I'd also make it into a book.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

My biggest writing goal this year is to publish two books in 2019.

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As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

A recommendation from a trusted source, reading something interesting about the book, or the book being by an author I like.

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

What (or where) is your favorite book setting?

Link to buy the book: Amazon
Link to buy the book: B&N
Link to buy the book: Smashwords


Find this author at:

http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
http://www.what-are-they.com/
Twitter @JLenniDorner
https://www.facebook.com/WhatAreThey
https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-lenni-dorner/
https://www.instagram.com/jlennidorner/
https://www.pinterest.com/jlennidorner/
YouTube
Amazon Author Page
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13725994.J_Lenni_Dorner
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-lenni-dorner
https://www.smashwords.com/interview/JLDorner
https://nanowrimo.org/participants/j-lenni-dorner
https://jlennidorner.tumblr.com/
http://jlennidorner.allauthor.com/
https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/p/j-lenni-dorner.html
http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2018/04/j-is-for-j-atozchallenge.html

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https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/
http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Day 13 #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today we're featuring one of the blogs in this event.



Blog: Literary Gold



Literary Gold blog


Are you willing to include debut authors?

Yes!

Why do you take part in the A to Z Challenge?

I enjoy the challenge of it

Why did you start blogging?

My main blog (Jingle Jangle Jungle) is a music blog. I love sharing music with others while learning about various artists and the history of the music.

What goal do you or your blog hope to accomplish this year?

More followers

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

The price, followed by content.

Find this blogger at:

https://www.literaryau.com
@knottymarie
https://www.facebook.com/LiteraryGold/
https://instagram.com/knottymarie
https://www.pinterest.com/Kn0ttyMarie
YouTube
Amazon Reviewer Profile
Goodreads
BookBub
Smashwords

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Day 12 #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today we're featuring one of the blogs in this event.



Blog: #AmReading





Does your blog support diverse books?

The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. https://diversebooks.org

Yes!

Are you willing to include debut authors?

Yes!

Why do you take part in the A to Z Challenge?

Inspiration and community

Why did you start blogging?

Because I had to! So many words needed a place to escape my brain.

What goal do you or your blog hope to accomplish this year?

Increase followers and views

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

The synopsis is interesting

Find this blogger at:

https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com/
@christine78
https://www.facebook.com/BloggerInspiredLife
https://www.pinterest.com/christine918/
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/10637323
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/3082964568

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http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com
http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Week Three #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today's featured book and author:

Twisted Tales


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Age category: Adult
Genre: Horror

Brief description:
Twisted Tales is a collection of twenty-seven short horror stories. Ranging from crazed stalkers, killers, dealing with the Devil and everything in between, this collection shows the darker side of human nature in all its black glory. Journey through the twisted minds of the central characters as they make their choices, and watch their lives spiral out of control. Hate them, empathise with them, and stay on your guard. There’s a dark streak in all of us just waiting to come out.

Twisted Tales a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

I did it for the first time the year before and I loved it and I really wanted to get my fiction out there. Twisted Tales was my first book!

Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to get back into writing for an audience. It was only ever going to be a short term thing, but I fell in love with it, and here I am, four years later.

Do you have any other books coming out soon?

I have a new novel coming out this year hopefully

What other books do you have available?

Twisted Tales 2, Twisted Tales 3, The Joker, The Mirror, The Asylum Tour, Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness, eBook Like a Boss, Start Your Blog Like a Boss, Optimise Your Blog Posts Like a Boss, Parodies and Piss Takes.

#WriteTip

Just write. A first draft is just that. Let your words flow and go where your mind takes you without focusing on perfection. Perfection comes much later.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

Partly from observation of human nature, partly from my own twisted imagination ;)

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I want to finish up the novel I'm currently working on and write a new short story collection. I'd also like to write at least one more non-fiction book and get started on another novel.

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That piece of writing caused more trouble for me than I could ever imagine. It cost me my friends, most of my family and of course my freedom. They feed me the platitudes – “it’s for my own good” “they want to help me”. None of them make up for my freedom. I’m not in prison, at least not in the traditional sense. I’m in an institution for the criminally insane. It’s no different. How can it not be prison when I’m not allowed to leave? I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me take you back to how it all happened. After all, it’s not like I’m short on time.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

The cover

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

What, as a reader, most sends a shiver down your spine?

Link to buy the book: Amazon
Link to buy the book: Amazon UK

Find this author at:

https://www.myrandommusings.co.uk
https://www.deborahstansil.com
randommusings29
Facebook myrandommusingsblog
Instagram @debrandommusingsblog29
Pinterest randommusings29
Amazon Author Page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewritersdengroup

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http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Day Ten #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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Today's featured book and author:

Sapo Saga


Author Name: Tony Laplume
Age category: Adult
Genre: Science Fiction

Brief description:
Twenty-six perspectives collide to present a portrait of an epic showdown between good and evil as the world of Zala proves to be the last stand of the Sapo Order. The human who would become known as Ulysses appears and deposes the tyrant Reeve, but things only get worse from there... Soon, everything is lost, and blame is pinned on Sapo warrior Zuri. The truth is lost to history, Ulysses becomes legend, returns home to Earth, and finds that his family is a new kind of battleground. His son doesn't believe his stories, his daughter does, and his wife may have reached her emotional limit waiting all those years for his return. Time passes, and in space a scavenger named Drexel discovers the android Kindly, who may hold the key to unlocking the truth about what happened on Zala. Twenty-six perspectives, and one big mystery: Who is Kindly? The truth will astonish you!

Sapo Saga a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

I'd been participating for the four years previous and thought this would be an interesting way to do so again, as a serialized story.

Why did you start blogging?

Back in yon olden days before social media exploded, blogging was a natural extension of internet message boards that helped you establish an identity for yourself if, say, you happened to be an introvert and found it difficult to do so in the real world.

What other books do you have available?

Monorama, Terror of Knowing (poetry), The Whole Bloody Affair, Pale Moonlight, Metatron, Miss Simon's Moxie, Miss Simon's Brute, Miss Simon's Dime Novel, Terrestrial Affairs, Monkey Flip, Reading Biblically (nonfiction)

#WriteTip

Read the best available, watch the best available, discover what books speak to you, movies speak to you, TV. And write what makes sense to you.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

Some comic book scripts I'd written and subsequently repurposed.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I have a lot of projects I'm either working on already or would like to start.

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I’m rolling my eyes because Dad’s telling one of his…tall tales again. Ophelia’s loving every minute of it, as usual. Maybe it’s because Dad’s actually kind of a good storyteller. He really throws himself into it. Maybe it’s because Ophelia’s too young to know better. Maybe it’s because I’m too old. Maybe it’s because I just wish…I remember when he wasn’t around. Ophelia doesn’t. She was a baby. She doesn’t remember how horrible it was for him to be absent. She didn’t spend every minute of it wishing he was there. She didn’t build up resentment. I wish I could just let them be stories. The biggest problem is that even if they’re just stories for Ophelia, I know that Dad’s convinced they really happened. I mean, he really believes he went into space and became a hero on some distant alien world. When Mom’s not careful, when she doesn’t care enough, she says things like, “Well, your dad used to be a drinker,” things I can understand, but Ophelia can’t, because she hero worships him. He’s everything a little girl would adore, because she only sees the surface, and all I see are the lies. Maybe out in space, there really are aliens who, I don’t know, pick up the vibes of his obnoxious fantasies or something, and he really is a hero. Maybe things work like that. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe those aliens exist, who know Dad the way I never did. Maybe the resentment means I won’t let myself believe. Maybe there’s some, I don’t know, black alphabet out there that sets the record straight. And maybe someone will one day discover it.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

If the title is interesting, and if the book description is equally interesting, and if sampling the interior proves either the title or the description proves either of those first two as being accurate. And obviously, if I've read the author before, and if that was a good thing.

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

How often to you consider that everyone has a unique perspective on something, and that they are going to be right, even if those perspectives disagree?

Link to buy the book: Amazon


Find this author at:

@TonyLaplume
http://tonylaplume.blogspot.com
facebook.com/anthony.laplume
https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Laplume/e/B008UG1QJK
https://www.goodreads.com/tonylaplume

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spend Valentine's Day with the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

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πŸ’˜Today's featured book has some romance of the erotic variety for your Valentine fun. Get cozy with:

Y is for Yes


πŸ’‹Curl up with A to Z team member, Author: JR Vincente
Age category: Erotic Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance πŸ’•

Brief description:
A chance encounter after hours at her new office job ropes Yvonne into a world of BDSM and exploration she never imagined. Join Yvonne on her adventure to ditch the business suits for lingerie in Y is for Yes by J. R. Vincente.

What's even better than conversation hearts? Retweeting and πŸ’— hearting this tweet!

Y is for Yes is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

I love writing challenges, and the A to Z challenge is no exception! It was fun to have my readers pick their favorite short stories, and the favorite of all was turned into a novel.

Why did you start blogging?

Because of the A to Z Blog Challenge. Someone recommended it to me and I needed a blog to participate!

Do you have any other books coming out soon?

Soon! I have written another book stemming from that A to Z Challenge I'm in the process of editing.

What other books do you have available?

I have a Choose Your Own Erotic Adventure and another novel like this one. See my website for synopses and details! https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/

#WriteTip

Write All The Words. Even if you don't think they're good words. Write them anyway and edit later.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

I have always had these incomplete swirling in my head and I wanted to give them life, even if I couldn't (or wouldn't) dedicate a whole novel to them.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I hope to publish B is for Blackmail and write its sequel.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

A catchy title or synopsis.

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

Favorite erotic groupings? (male male, male female, female female, something totally different?) Tell me!

Find this author at:

@jrvincente
https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/
Facebook
https://www.instagram.com/jaydenvincente/
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/63297099-jayden-vincente
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jrvincente
https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jrvincente


Link to buy the book: Amazon
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Link to buy the book: Smashwords

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https://amreadingbookreviews.wordpress.com/
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