New Book Release: The Teen Reader’s Journal

Happy Friday, all!

I’ve got some exciting news! I’ve been keeping this under wraps, but now I can let you all know that I’ve released a new book! It’s my third book and first work of non-fiction. Pretty freaking exciting! 🙂

Here are some pertinent details:

Title: The Teen Reader’s Journal

Genre: Non-fiction/Teen/Journal

Page Count: 186

By: Tamar Hela

Blurb: Designed with teen readers in mind, this journal is perfect for average to voracious readers. Challenge yourself to read a book a week in one year, or go at your own pace, with plenty of space for fifty-two books. Write your thoughts, questions, or revelations about the books you read. Be a literary artist and draw pictures in the doodle section. Be inspired by quotes from many great voices in literature, and keep track of all your favorites with the bonus pages in the back. For the book lover who has everything, this is the perfect addition to any library, and makes the perfect gift for a friend—or yourself.

I had a lot of fun writing and designing this journal, and I hope that lots of readers will find it useful. If you know of a young reader who likes to write about their reading experiences, this would make the perfect Christmas present! Or, it would make a great gift for the reader who is young at heart. 🙂

Inside, there are 52 spots to record books, with the idea that someone could set a goal to read a book a week in a year. There are also some really fun extras pages in the back, where readers can write things like a TBR (to be read) list, record their favorite book boyfriends/girlfriends, or even track who borrows their books. Fun, right?

So, what are you waiting for?! Grab a copy today on by clicking HERE.

You can also enter for a chance to WIN a copy from Amazon Giveaways by clicking HERE.

Be sure to add my new book to your TBR list on Goodreads by clicking HERE. There will also be a Goodreads giveaway for this title, beginning on 12/17. Stay tuned for the links.

Until next time, thanks for your support and happy reading!

New Book Release: Fiction Writing Workbook by Robin Woods

Hello readers,

I have a special announcement today. My good friend and writing partner in crime, Robin Woods, has released her seventh book! It’s her first non-fiction book: a writer’s workbook.

This workbook is awesome because it’s great for both “aspiring” and seasoned writers. There’s lots of great space to write down thoughts, ideas, and outlines, while also having some good structure as guidance. I highly recommend this book, especially since it makes a great Christmas present. 🙂

Here’s the blurb (from Amazon):

“This workbook provides a space for you to journal ideas and thoughts for your next–or first–best seller. Robin not only shares her knowledge gained by years of experience, but thoughtfully gives space for writers to reflect and hand-write their ideas and moments of inspiration.” –author and editor Tamar Hela 

Writing a first draft can be daunting. This workbook provides guidance for key elements of fiction writing that help create a cohesive novel. Additionally, it gives writers powerful reference resources to create an emotionally authentic work and the space to hash it all out in one, easy-to-carry book.

Workbook sections include:

  • Brainstorm and outlining
  • Plotting and the “Tent Pole” Method
  • Character Worksheets
  • Conflict
  • Setting
  • Lined pages for easy journaling
  • And more!

Reference sections include:

  • Common publishing terms and abbreviations
  • Using numerals in text
  • Clichés and newbie errors
  • Symbols and symbolism
  • Synonyms
  • Self-editing checklist and beta readers
  • And more!
Some page samples from the workbook.

Some page samples from the workbook.

Yes, I DID write the foreword, thus I’m quoted at the beginning of the blurb. Pretty cool, huh?

You can grab a copy for yourself and/or your writing friends by clicking HERE.

Visit Robin Woods at her website, follow her on Twitter, or check out her Facebook page.


What Do Fictional Characters Eat?

Hello, lovely readers!

I wanted to share a quick post with you all. Last week, I had the privilege of being a guest blogger over at “But What Are They Eating?” by Shelley Workinger. In the post, I talk about food in literature, and then address the food I made up in my own book, The Wrong Fairy Tale. This was a very different post for me—one that I’d never even thought about doing before—which made it all the more fun.

Take a look at my post by clicking HERE, and be sure to give Shelley’s blog some love. Hope you enjoy the post. 🙂


Until next time, happy reading and happy eating!


Never Say Never & Other Updates

Hey, lovely readers.

I took quite a hiatus from blogging, and rather than feeling bad about it, I allowed myself to enjoy the break and get my act together with all that’s going on in my life. But I’m back now and thought I’d start with some updates.

Since we last connected, my most recent post was about planning a book launch party. The full, detailed post is actually at, which was such a privilege and pleasure for me to be on. Jami’s blog is amazing and well-read, so talk about great exposure!

Next, this summer, I did many things I never thought I’d do:

  • I taught craft classes to both children and adults at Jo~Ann Fabric & Crafts (tie-dye was the most popular class, but cross stitch was my favorite to teach)

  • I read so many books, I surpassed 160 (since January) last week

    Does NOT include books I've edited this year that are yet to be released. :)

    Does NOT include books I’ve edited this year that are yet to be released. 🙂


  • I took a sewing class and made a blouse

  • I took a crochet class and made a blanket

  • I “attended” more informational webinars than ever before and can’t wait to share my new knowledge with my clients

  • I started a college internship program for the Print Division at Cosby Media Productions

  • One of my Pinterest boards became a recommended board in its category in the mass emails sent to Pinterest users (blog post on this later) Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 23.10.12

  • I finished editing book #30 of my editing career in July (!!!) (blog post on this later as well)

  • I began turning down new projects and decided that I’d take a break from new clients until 2016 because I’m THAT busy and loaded up with manuscripts AND teaching for the next several months. A difficult but good decision.

  • I decided to stop wearing myself down and scale back on my freelancing business. It’s not something that’s viable for this particular season of my life. I didn’t know what I was going to do…until I accepted a full-time teaching job over the summer. I am now teaching full-time again, after a three-year break. And it’s a good thing. 🙂

I believe I had said something like, “I’ll never go back to teaching,” but I’m learning to never say never. Truly. Because every time I say that, it happens! Ha! This will be my twelfth year education, and I’m already enjoying it and loving my students.

So, yes. Many things going on, to say the least. I’m beginning to catch up with everything and am so grateful that I’m (usually) a very organized person. My itch to bring order to chaos in most things is paying off big time right now as I juggle a more-than-full schedule. If you saw my calendar, you’d probably cringe. But I’m happy, I’m busy (in a good way), I’m doing what I love, and I’m managing to problem solve pretty quickly.

This month, I turn 31, so that’s something to look forward to as well. I’ll actually be IN my 30’s, though I’m still trying to figure out this whole “adult” thing. Why weren’t we given manuals for this stuff when we were born?


Next up, once I get a handle on everything, I’ll be bringing you some awesome blog posts. I also can’t wait to get back into a regular writing routine and finish up some projects I’ve been working on over the summer. Before we blink twice, NaNoWriMo will be here, and I’d like to work on something totally new in November. We’ll see if I can finish three manuscripts before then.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and holiday weekend (for my U.S. peeps). Until next time, read a good book!

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Current reading stack…


How to Plan a Book Launch Party

Today, I’m privileged to be featured on, talking about book launch parties: online and offline. I just hosted an online book launch party this week, so talk about good timing! I’ve also had an offline book launch, so I was able to share tips and tricks from personal experience. Hope you guys will give it a read by clicking HERE.

There are FREE, downloadable checklists in the post. I also have a link to my 2012 book launch party gallery, but you can check it out by clicking HERE.

Huge THANK YOU to Jami Gold for hosting me; she is amazing and runs a pretty popular blog, so I feel like I’ve won the lottery just by being on her blog. Check out her other posts and peruse her website. There’s so much good stuff on there, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

Again, you can check out my post by clicking HERE.

Have a great rest of your week, all! ❤