2015 A to Z Challenge Announcement

Monday, January 26, 2015


Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts or miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number will change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)
ART: (AR)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS: (CR)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION: (ED)
FASHION: (FA)
FILM/MOVIES: (FM)
GAMING: (GA)
GARDENING: (GR)
HISTORY: (HI)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE: (LI )
MEMOIR: (ME)
MUSIC: (MU)
MYTHOLOGY: (MY)
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POLITICS: (PO)
SCIENCE: (SC)
SOCIAL MEDIA: (SO)
SPORTS: (SP)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post
Author Stephen Tremp
Heather M. Gardner
AJ @ Naturally Sweet
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
S. L. Hennessy @ Pensuasion
C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
Susan Gourley @ Susan Says
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing
Lisa Buie-Collard, Author

We also have a Facebook Page
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!



Creating A Total Image of Your Character @ The Artist Unleashed

Wednesday, January 14, 2015



I've been super-busy today.

So busy I forgot that I'm guesting over at Jessica Bell's Blog, the Artist Unleashed. Join us there if you have a few minutes to spare. I'm talking about Creating a Total Image of Your Character.

For those who I owe visits, I haven't forgotten you. Just swamped for a bit. Catch up soon.

Hop over to the Artist Unleashed.

IWSG - Who Am I?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015



Happy New Year! For the year’s first IWSG Post, we’ll be reintroducing ourselves to each other, so here goes …

I live in Jamaica and I’ve been writing since school days. To date, I have 13 novels on the market and 2 short story collections. I write romantic suspense, women’s fiction and young adult novels. This February, I’ll be making my debut in the New Adult category.As you can probably tell, I enjoy spinning a tale and I also spend a fair amount of time reading and then there’s wasting time on the internet, but that’s for another post.

What is my insecurity today? You know how you create a schedule and decide you’re going to stick with it? With each book or whatever project I’m working on, there are times when I’m fearful that I won’t make my deadline – even when I know I’ve given myself enough time. 

Life is such that things crop up and writing gets shoved to the background. Good thing is, I’ve worked out a schedule for the first half of 2015 and so far, I’m on target for the things I want to do. Had something new dropped on me this week, but with some discipline, I should be able to work that into what I’m doing now.

What are your insecurities? What do you plan to do about them? If you’re new, please introduce yourself.


Hop around and visit other writers in the group. The IWSG co-hosts today are Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!

IWSG & News on #NewAdult Novel - Perfection

Monday, January 5, 2015



Here's wishing for you a wonderful year filled with productivity.

The first big thing for the IWSG is coming on Wednesday. We'll be asking you to include a brief introduction with your IWSG post. Just a little bit about who you are and what you do. Remember to keep your posts concise since there are a lot of group members to visit. Also, please try and stop in with at least five persons who are new to you and share the love.

The year is off to a rollicking start for me with my next book scheduled to be released on February 14. I have put a tentative schedule in place for the first half of the year, but need to work out the second half.

Since it worked so well last time, I'll be doing another Thunderclap campaign for February's New Adult story, Perfection. I'm asking you to help me send out a tweet on February 14 to announce the book's release. Click on the picture below and it will take you to my Thunderclap page. It will ask you if you want to support by Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Choose the option/s that best suit/s you. Thanks so much for your help.

Click through to Thunderclap page.


Perfection can be pre-ordered at the special price of $1.99 on Amazon. The cost will increase on the release date, so reserve your copy now!

What new thing are you trying this year? Have you worked out any kind of schedule for your writing or whatever else you plan to achieve?

See you on Wednesday for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post!