Blog Love + Pop Travel…

I've been given the Sunshine Blog Award from Murees over at Daily Drama Of An Aspiring Writer

  And since this is the sunshine award, I'm going to mention 7 great "sunshine songs"…   

      1. Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone… Bill Withers

      2. You Are The Sunshine Of My life… Stevie Wonder

      3. Don't Blame It On The Sunshine… Michael Jackson

      4. I've Got Sunshine, On A Cloudy Day… The Temptations

      5. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me… George Michael/Elton John

      6. I'm Walking On Sunshine… Katrina & The Waves

      7. Walking Into Sunshine… Central Line

Did I leave out any "sunshine songs"? Please feel free to add them in the comments… coolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcool = 7 sunshine smiles…

I've also been given The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Tangent Shell


I like how Tangent Shell provided 7 links to sites dealing with helpful writing advice. So I'm going to use this idea in my own way. I'm going to list 7 "writerly gems" that keep me going… inspire me…

1. BICHOK – the first piece of advice I was given, it's the most important… most basic… most logical… supersedes everything else…

2. Read outside your preferred genre!

3. DO NOT compare yourself to other writers! Your writing journey is unique.

4. Write what you know – a good starting point HOWEVER don't be afraid to think-out-of-the-box…

5. Writer's block is often a state of mind…

6. Everything you write is valuable, whether the stuff makes it into your WIP or not…

7. Writing is an exciting journey… the destination is simply a bonus!

If you have any to share, please add your favourite "writerly inspirational gem" in the comments below…yes

                  THANK YOU LADIES! YOU ROCK!

(Over the past 2 months, I received 3 other blog awards. Since I didn't want this post to turn into a full-length novel,  I'll post those next week…)


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                                ISN'T IT GORGEOUS?            

Book Info:

POP TRAVEL by Tara Tyler

Cover Reveal: May 13, 2013

Release Date: July 7, 2013

Publisher: Curiosity Quills


Math teacher by day, sports mom by night,

When does she have time to write?

Good question, but the Lazy Housewife makes time! Tara Tyler writes sci fi, thriller, and fantasy, with dabs of romance and humor and tips for efficient living. Something for everyone.

Mini Blurb:

Pop Travel is sci fi noir, a cat and mouse game where the hard-boiled detective is chased across the world, “popping” with teleportation, which has a deadly flaw he is determined to expose.

Back Cover:

Private Investigator J. L. Cooper always knew pop travel laser teleportation was too good to be true. Finding video proof of a disintegrating traveler is the stomach turning “I told you so.”

Cooper can’t broadcast the video on the nosy, government monitored Qnet, so he digs around, revealing more suspicious traveler disappearances, the death of his client, and threats to his political little brother, who is in jeopardy of turning to dust anyway for disregarding Cooper’s warnings not to pop. Cooper has to do everything himself.

To stop the disappearances and save his brother he must shut down the ruthless mega corp Pop Travel International (PTI). And that means convincing HasanRakhi, the celebrity Creator of pop travel, to publicly admit the deadly flaw. No problem. Under constant surveillance, Cooper will have to be unpredictable, facing his fear of popping to crash a party at Hasan’s well-fortified plantation compound. Yes, the laser fences are real. As long as he survives his next pop, Cooper won’t let anything distract him from getting the job done. Not the android security guards, who aren’t as bright as they look, or even Southern Comfort in a purple dress, Geri Harper (an undercover Agent). Nothing Coop can’t handle.

                                      CONGRATULATIONS TARA!


  1. tara tyler on May 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    congrats on your awards! i love the sunshine songs & positive tips!!

    and you are a fabulous friend!! thanks so much for the promo!!

  2. Hilary on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Michelle .. great songs – I love being reminded of them, as I'm so unmusical.  Congratulations on the awards … and then Tara's book .. it does look good and that cover art is stupendous – reminds me of the wonderful posters of yore ..


    Cheers Hilary

  3. Annalisa Crawford on May 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I've got Walking on Sunshine in my head now – after walking in the rain all day! Congratulations on both of your awards. Tara's book cover is very edgy!

  4. Crystal Collier on May 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Woot, woot! Congrats on the awards, and I'm super excited for Tara. I totally want one of those teleportation devices. 😉

  5. Emily R. King on May 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Great cover! I expected nothing less from the talented artist Tara is!

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh on May 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Tara's cover is great!

    Can't think of any sunshine songs, just a band – KC and the Sunshine Band. Yeah, I'm old…

    • Michelle Wallace on May 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      @Tara Tyler ~ I'm soooo happy that I could help you promote your book! You've been a wonderful friend to me!

      @Hilary~ What exactly do you mean by "unmusical"? That word lends itself to all sorts of possibilities… and I'd rather not guess…

      @Annalisa~ I also love the edgy quality… it's a thriller, which is my fave type of story…

      @Crystal~ Tara is a real honey… one of my very first bloggy buddies… yes, that device sounds super-uber-awesome…

      @Emily~ Yes, talented artist is amongst her many titles… her banners/headers are awesome – you can't miss that Tara trademark…

      @Alex~ Old? Well, that makes two of us, Alex. I remember KC and The Sunshine Band very very well… they sang Shake Shake Shake, Shake Your Booty… oopsy, that shows my age… he!he!

  7. Sherry Ellis on May 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I love the song, "Walking on Sunshine."  It makes me want to get up and dance!  Congratulations on your awards, and congratulations to Tara.  I've seen her cover all over the blogosphere, and it looks great!

  8. Lexa Cain on May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Yay for your awards, and for your sunshine song list! Tara's cover is awesome, and I'm excited for her! 🙂

  9. Cherie Reich on May 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Congrats on the awards! And I love Tara's cover art! It's awesome!

  10. Madeleine on May 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Congrats on the awards Bring Me Sunshine!

    Congrats Tara Tyler. Awesome sounding novel.

  11. joylene on May 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I think you rock, Michelle. What an awesome post!

  12. Carol Kilgore on May 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love Tara's cover!

    Congrats on your awards. I smiled a lot reading your Sunshine songs 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on May 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      @Sherry~ That is such a feel-good song… very catchy, sing-along tune…

      @Lexa~ I'm a sucker for great covers, and Tara's cover stands out…

      @Cherie~ Thanks for stopping by! Her cover art is fantastic!

      @Madeleine~ Her novel sounds like a must-read… I can't wait to get my hands on it…

      @Joylene~ Thank you Joylene! You rock too, my friend!

      @Carol~ Those songs are all fantastic! Glad they put a smile on your dial! 🙂

  13. Jemi Fraser on May 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    So excited for Tara – love the pop travel idea!

    All great sunshine songs – so many of my favourites!

  14. J.L. Campbell on May 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Lots of stuff here, Michelle. Really nice cover. Love, love, love that Bill Withers song!

  15. Suze on May 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm



    Tara's cover is really, really spiffy. I give it a thumbs up. Also, I love the sunshine songs you listed. Nice!

  16. Medeia Sharif on May 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I love Tara's cover.


    Congrats on the awards. 

  17. Shelly on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Awesome news for Tara!


    Hugs and chocolate,


  18. Meradeth on May 15, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Okay, now I'm singing a random mish-mash of sunshine songs in my head 🙂 Love to cover for Pop Travel (and seriously wish it were real, and ya know, safe, because I'd certainly love not to drive anywhere!).

    • Michelle Wallace on May 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      @Jemi~ That pop travel concept is great!

      @Joy~ That song is one that tugs at my heartstrings… in a good kinda way… it's evergreen!

      @Suze~ Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard. LOL Yes, it's snazzy… spiffy(cute word… love the sound of it)

      @Medeia~ Her cover is perfect, a really good match with the concept.

      @Shelly~ Hugs and choccies to you too!

      @Meradeth~ Hey, it will probably still come to pass… one day in the not-too-distant-future… Remember that what was regarded as science fiction in the past, has since become science fact!

  19. Kate on May 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    All those awards must be a testiment to your awesomeness 🙂 Congrats!

  20. Morgan Shamy on May 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Ohhhh… I love the whole "destination is just a bonus" bit. I've never heard that before, but I love it! Great post, Michelle. And so glad you gave a shout out to Tara! 

  21. Robyn Campbell on May 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    That cover is amazing. There are so many awesome covers these days! 

    You are inspiring and sunshiny to everyone who knows you. But now I'm merrily humming these songs in my head. Uh. My fav, Here Comes The Sun! Not sunshine, but sun. *wink* I love the Beatles. Especially their later music. (((hugs)))

  22. Mina B. on May 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Don't you love Blog lov'n?  I love Tara's cover too.  Looks like a fab book. 🙂

  23. L. Diane Wolfe on May 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Tara's cover is really cool.

  24. Nicki Elson on May 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent #1 song — I fell in love with that one in Notting Hill. 🙂   Hehe, I had the same question as Suze, so thanks for answering—excellent advice btw. Tara's cover is super-awesome. Love the way her name & the tile are incorporated into the pic. 

    Thank you for downloading Divine Temptation!  Whenever you do find the time to read it, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  25. Michelle Wallace on May 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    @Kate~ That's such a sweet thing to say… thank you!  🙂

    @Morgan~ I truly believe that the journey is most important… with a whole bunch of awesome fellow travellers… how can I lose?

    @Robyn~ I was just saying the other day, that bloggers have raised the bar really high when it comes to cover art… it gets better and better. The Beatles have some AWESOME music.

    @Mina.B~ Blog Lov'n is the best! For sure… a great way to honour fellow bloggers!  🙂

    @L.Diane~ It's a visual feast… and really goes well with the whole concept of pop travel!

    @Nicki.E~ I'm really looking forward to reading Divine Temptation! Your cover is also captivating!  🙂

  26. Murees Dupé on May 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm

     Those are some great sunshine songs! Classic. Your writing advice is great and very true. I always compare myself to other writers. Thank you for always sharing your sunshine. 

  27. Mary on May 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Woot for Tara! Her cover is awesome. And yay for your awards. You thought up more sunshine songs than I would have. Lately I'm trying to write what scares me… what makes me feel like I'm teetering on the edge. 

  28. Stina Lindenblatt on May 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Great advice about reading outside your genre. I once read a NA book even though I write YA. I was instantly hooked and now I write NA. 😀

    The benefit of reading outside the genre is you learn techniques that you've never considered an issue before (like pacing in thrillers).

  29. The Golden Eagle on May 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Congratulations on the awards! 🙂


    Great writing advice. Though is it bad I had to look up the acronym BICHOK?

  30. Al Diaz on May 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Congratulations on your awards, Michelle! Well deserved. 

    My best wishes of success to Tara! 🙂

  31. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on May 16, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Thanks for sending me down memory lane with those songs. 🙂 Cool writing tips. 

  32. Nick Wilford on May 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Congrats on the awards and to Tara! There's also Good Day Sunshine by the Beatles, nice tune. And good old Eric 'n' Ernie, Bring Me Sunshine, though not sure if you'll get that reference!

  33. Michelle Wallace on May 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    @Murees~ Thanks for the sushine award!

    @Mary Pax~ You are brave… and daring… and it's admirable… 🙂 I think I tend to write things that are "safe"… I'll have to work on improving in that area…

    @Stina~ I have to admit that I'm still not too sure about the difference between YA and NA?

    @Golden Eagle~ Thank you! No it's not bad at all!  🙂 We're learning all the time… (Check my comment above this one…)

    @Al Diaz~ Thanks you Al!  🙂

    @Nancy~ I LOVE those "sunshiny" songs… 🙂

    @Nick~ I'll have to Google that last one… the Beatles have some good songs…

  34. Julie Flanders on May 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Congrats on your awards! I love the songs and will now be singing Walking On Sunshine for the rest of the day. 🙂

    And Tara's cover is awesome, can't wait to read her book.

  35. Michael Di Gesu on May 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Hi, Michelle,

    Congrats on the awards! SO well deserved. I know I really appreciated all of your kind comments during the A-Z. 

    Tara's cover is AWESOME! I wish I had the opportunity to feature it during the challenge. Just think of the intro I could have created!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      @Julie~ That's a feel-good song, very catchy! Like an "early-morning-radio-song"…

      @Michael~ You would have written an awsome intro – no doubt about that! You are the "Intro King"  🙂

  36. Elise Fallson on May 16, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Those are two awards that are definitely fit you Michelle. (: 

    And yes! I love Tara's cover too! (:

  37. Cindy Dwyer on May 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Congratulations on receiving your awards. Those are definitely sunshine songs. Thanks for putting them in my head tonight. 🙂 

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