Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Giveaway

2I’m announcing Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Book Giveaway.

WIN a FREE signed copy of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, a heart warming story raising awareness of memory loss through humor, empathy and HOPE.

WHY? I’m celebrating Harry’s upcoming book launch and pantomime on June 20th  HERE.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

*5 STAR REVIEWS from book shop managers, teachers and school counselors on Goodreads.

STEP 1: Add “Harry” to your Goodreads To Read list

Go to  Goodreads page below. Click on the green WANT to READ Button (You need to join Goodreads first, Please add me as a friend) HERE

 STEP 2: Register  here. Click Enter to WIN below.

Anyone from Australia, UK, Canada, USA , New Zealand or Japan can enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember by Karen Tyrrell

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

by Karen Tyrrell

Giveaway ends June 17, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Winner announced on June 17th, three days before the launch on June 20th.

YIPEE! Only four weeks before Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is released world-wide on Amazon as a print and ebook.

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Book Launch

Harry HeaderSQUEE! I’m launching my children’s picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember as a FUN interactive children’s pantomime.  (I can’t wait!)

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember raises awareness of Dementia and memory loss in a humorous story, bursting with compassion and Hope.

What’s the Back Cover Blurb?

On Grandparent’s Day, Grandpa becomes confused and lost… He couldn’t even remember Harry’s name… Then Harry discovers clever ways to boost Grandpa’s memory.

How does Harry help Grandpa remember?’

 CREDITS: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember by Karen Tyrrell, illustrated by Aaron Pocock, edited by Penny Springthorpe (ex-Penguin editor), designed by Book Cover Café, Publisher: Digital Future Press.

Harry is aligned with Kids Matter, Australian Curriculum HERE

Harry won a RADF grant through Arts Queensland and Logan City Council HERE

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Join the FUN at the launch

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember will be presented as a FUN interactive  children’s pantomime with surprises galore.  At the launch, Writer friends will play characters, hamming it up with FUN costumes, over-the-top expressions and acting. Later kids will complete FUN activities … puppet making, join the dot-to-dots and a whole lot MORE.

Book Launch

WHEN: Saturday 20th June 10am

WHERE: Logan North Library

Cnr Sports Drive and Springwood Rd, Underwood (Next to Logan Aquatic Centre)

RING 3412 4140 to reserve your seat

Read MORE about Harry Helps Grandpa Remember HERE

PLEASE find June 20th in your calendar and write Harry Pantomime in RED!

Are you coming to join the FUN?

Will you help me raise awareness of dementia through humour, compassion and HOPE?

Please leave a comment below if you’d like to attend the launch or if you support “Harry.”

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10 Ways to De-stress and be more Fulfilled

happy_0Woohoo! South City Bulletin magazine published my article “Your happiness Quota. 10 ways to de-stress and be more Fulfilled.”

Editor Wendy Millgate categorizing it “MIND with Karen Tyrrell”. Why? I’m a survivor of parent-teacher bullying, PTSD and mental illness. Now I’m a resilience and mental wellness author.

South City Bulletin Article…

Dragging your feet? Stressed out by anxiety and not able to sleep?

Feeling the pressures of life weighing you down?

Did you know that trying to be happier really works? Scientific research found that if you change your motivational mindset, you can improve your well-being drastically.

Good news! Happiness starts with simple changes to your thinking and to your healthy life habits.

First, you must decide you want to be happy and take ownership of how you feel. Practice being happy until it becomes a daily habit. You will start to feel more relaxed, more spiritually and emotionally attuned and more at peace with yourself and with others.

surprising-science-happiness-video5 Ways to De-stress and be more Fulfilled

  1.  Define what happiness really means for you. It means different things to different people. Having clarity around this is vitally important so you know what you’re specifically working towards.
  2. Tell yourself you’re going to be happy. Fill your head with positive self-talk. Fake it until you make it. Wake up expecting to be happy. Smile every day.
  3. Live in the here and now. Be mindful of what’s around you and be self-aware. Don’t live in the past or the future. Savour every precious moment. Be grateful for everything in your life. Experience life through your five senses.
  4. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Start your day moving your body. Walk, swim, stretch, dance or peddle. Tap into those feel-good hormones, endorphins and serotonins to experience a natural high.
  5. When you spend on yourself, choose experiences over stuff and things. Take a road trip with friends. Live real-life experiences with real people you care about.

For  the FULL 10 Ways to De-stress GO to South City Bulletin HERE

Check out  MORE South City Bulletin articles from Wendy Millgate, Wayne Budge, Amanda Sheehan, Dawn Alice, Lisa-Marie Kerr,  Sam Lee and MORE … HERE

Karen Tyrrell’s award-winning books include Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me & Him: a Guide to Recovery and books for children, Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully.

Karen Tyrrell Resilience author

Karen Tyrrell Resilience author

 WHICH De-stress and Get Happy TIP resonated with you the most?

Which Tips was the most useful?

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Bully Prevention Resilience Angus & Robertson

A&R   Vic Pt May 9 Karen Tyrrell  HeaderYAY! I will share bully prevention and resilience tips at Angus & Robertson book stores. As a bullied teacher, I reveal my recovery story from parent-teacher bullying and PTSD. I will sign copies of my award winning mental health, bully prevention and resilience books for kids and grown-ups.

I’m SO excited as this is my SECOND book signing series for Angus & Robertson. My award winning resilience books: Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery, STOP the Bully and Bailey Beats the Blah are now stocked at Angus & Robertson Victoria Point Shopping Centre and Ipswich Riverlink Shopping centre.

Karen Tyrrell Resilience author

Karen Tyrrell Resilience author

Bully Prevention and Resilience Books by Karen Tyrrell

Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness
A Bullied teacher reaches breaking point and beyond, turning MAD. Police incarcerate her into the frightening psychiatric system. ME: teacher, mother, writer HER: manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead and she’s very psychotic .

Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery
My husband and carer HIM: reveals the truth behind Me & Her. Plus I share my tips on recovering from stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder.

Bailey Beats the Blah (coping skills 4-8 years).
Bailey hates his new school and has no friends. How does he beat the Blah? Coping skills for children’ anxiety and depression …Worry thoughts and sad days.

STOP the Bully (bully Prevention for 8-12 years)
How does NEW Kid Brian Bennett STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?
Bully prevention skills interwoven into a humorous, mystery story.

Come to my Bully Prevention and Resilience Signings

WHEN: Saturday 9th May 11-1pm

WHERE: Angus & Robertson Victoria Point Shopping Centre
2-34 Bunker Rd, Victoria Point

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Karen Tyrrell May 9th Victoria Point

WHEN: Thursday 14th May 11-1pm

WHERE: Angus & Robertson Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre
Cnr Downs St & The Terrace, Ipswich

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Karen Tyrrell May 14th Ipswich Riverlink

Love to chat with you there. Please ask me a question or two.

MORE of my events  HERE … MORE of my Book shops HERE

Please tell your friends about my Bully Prevention, wellness  and Resilience events

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How to Create a MORE Likeable Character

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How to Create a MORE Likeable Character

 

Who wants to create a MORE likeable character? A likeable character your reader cares deeply about?

A likeable character who’ll keep your reader turning pages to find out what happens to him.

Q: Does your main character come across as cocky, aloof, or just plain boring?

A:  Don’t worry. You can inject a HUGE amount of like-ability into your character,  connecting your character with your reader  … I did.

How did I make a MORE Likeable Character?

For my mid-grade novel, STOP the Bully I amped the likeability of my main character Brian Bennett to the MAX in the very first scene. How? New kid Brian Bennett saved Amelia from the bully sitting right behind her. Brian dived for Amelia as her chair tilted backwards, triggering a chain of humorous events.

Kids love a hero AND they love humor!

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How to Create a MORE Likeable Character

Get your character to SAVE the cat …  SAVE their sister … SAVE someone in the first scene of your book. Every reader LOVES a hero character.

Make the reader chuckle with your character on the very first page, scene or chapter. Humor strengthens your storyline, making your character irresistible.

What are my credentials?

My name is Karen Tyrrell. I present writing talks  for Queensland Writers Centre,  Write & Publish a Children’s Novel Masterclass and Book Marketing Masterclass PLUS at conferences, festivals, libraries and schools.  I’ve published four books, winning three grants, two awards and a mentorship with the Society of Editors.

How did I transform Brian Bennett into the most LOVE-able character he could be?

How to Create a MORE Likeable Character

1.Identify with the Reader: Introduce him on page one via his thoughts, dialogue and actions so the reader can relate to him instantly. The reader must know the hero’s goals and motivations straight away.

2. Empathize: Allow the reader to empathize and sympathize with the character, really care about him. He could be an underdog with some endearing flaws or a reluctant hero.

3. Humor: Let the main character deliver humour on the very first page, to win the reader over. A character that makes us grin is a character we’ll LOVE to the end.

4. Action: Heroes are characterized by action. The hero actually does things. He or she doesn’t sit around watching things happen, or wait for situations to resolve themselves

5. Integrity: A likeable character represents the values of the community. They defy evil and save the world. They stick up for geeks, and believe in fair play. They hate bullies.

6. Selflessness: We love characters who go out of their way to protect others: a friend, a family member, and the WORLD.

7. Loved by Others: Give your hero a sidekick and a team. If someone is loved by someone else, it proves the character as someone worthy of love, worthy of reading their story.

8. Compassion: Your main character must show an inspiring kindness and desire to uplift and help others. That compassion is the driving force for the story arc.

9. Bravery: Even when scared and nervous, the hero puts his life on the line again and again. He puts others before himself.

10. Determination: Your main character must never give up, no matter how many brick walls challenges he encounters. Remember he’s the hero even if he fails; he picks himself up and tries again.

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How to Create a MORE Likeable Character

 

Brian Bennett was  a flawed character (revealed later in a “Twist”) so I had to work EXTRA hard to entice the reader like him …I’m proud to say, Brian Bennett from STOP the Bully now ticks all those likeable character boxes, scoring 10 out of 10.

NEWSFLASH … NEWSFLASH … NEWSFLASH

A NEW review for STOP the Bully has arrived from teacher, Dr Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D.

 “STOP the Bully” takes the reader full circle concerning the complexities of bullying behaviours.  … Gives students and teachers a vision of hope and progress to end bullying in our schools nationwide.”

Read the FULL Review of STOP the Bully on Amazon HERE

perf5.000x8.000.inddRead the first 10 pages STOP the Bully by clicking onto the cover at Amazon HERE

I’m glad I made those positive changes, so important in fiction.

Check your Main Character traits against my Likeable Character checklist above…

How did your character score?

How are you going to create a more likeable character?

Which tips resonated with you?

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How to Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieve Work Life Balance

Coming home exhausted? Over worked? Stressed to the hilt?

But still striving to achieve Work Life Balance?

Read my article The Work Life Balance published in South City Bulletin magazine April edition. I’ll show you 10 keys to boost your happiness levels and manage the demands of life.

I’m a survivor of bullying and mental illness, resilience author of Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me & Him: a Guide to Recovery and books for children, Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully.

Karen Tyrrell Resilience author

Karen Tyrrell Resilience author

I seek empowering ways to shake off pressure and manage stress before it starts. For me, it’s about incorporating pro-active healthy habits to increase my happiness, while nurturing my body, mind and spirit.

Here’s 10 scientifically-backed ways to boost your happiness levels and create work-life balance.

#5  ways to achieve Work Life Balance

1. Get outside! A daily dose of nature increases your sense of wellbeing, vitality and energy while reducing feelings of stress, negativity, and sleep problems. Play with your pet, water your garden, breathe in the fresh air and sunshine. Spending time in nature makes you feel more productive on the job, whatever it may be!

2. Do something FUN every day, something you really enjoy. Laugh, sing, smile, do a little dance, tell a joke. Remember grinners are winners!

3.Perform an act of kindness. Showing Kindness to others makes you feel amazing too; improving your wellbeing by generating positive thoughts and nurturing meaningful interactions with those you care about.

4. Take time out to relax with a little ME time. Give yourself permission to nurture your body mind and spirit. Sip coffee with a friend. Take a soothing, fragrant bath. Have a relaxing massage.

5. Sleep better. Good sleep improves your ability to cope, make decisions, lift your mood and improve concentration, memory and brain performance. To improve your sleep: try meditation, a warm bath and turning off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime.

Live, work and play happier and healthier!

Read all 10 TIPS and my FULL magazine article HERE

Check out articles by Wendy Millgate, Amanda Sheehan, Dawn Alice, Wayne Budge & MORE

Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieve Work Life Balance

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Karen Tyrrell at Angus & Robertson Capalaba

Karen Tyrrell @ Angus & Robertson

Karen Tyrrell at Angus & Robertson

I’m signing copies of my resilience books at Angus & Robertson Capalaba Park Shopping Centre.

I’m SO excited as this is my very FIRST book signing event for Angus & Robertson. MORE book shop signings COMING soon

My award winning books: Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness … Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery…  STOP the Bully and Bailey Beats the Blah are now stocked at Angus & Robertson Capalaba Park Shopping Centre…

4 booksMe and Her: A Memoir of Madness

A Bullied teacher reaches breaking point and turns MAD. Police incarcerate her into the frightening psychiatric system. ME: Teacher, Mum, Writer HER: Manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead … and very psychotic.

Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery

Husband and carer HIM: reveals the truth behind Me & Her. Plus my tips on recovering from insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression PTSD and MORE.

Bailey Beats the Blah

Bailey hates his new school and has no friends. How does he beat the Blah? Coping skills for anxiety and depression.

STOP the Bully

How does NEW Kid Brian Bennett STOP the Bully? And reveal his secret? … Bully prevention skills inter-woven into a humorous, mystery story.

How did I get my books into Angus & Robertson + Dymocks STORES?

Come to my Book Marketing Master Class HERE

COME to my Book Signing

WHERE: Angus & Robertson Capalaba Park Shopping Centre

Shop 96, 88 Mt Cotton Rd, Capalaba Ph 07 3823 3746

WHEN: Saturday April 18th   11-1pm

Angus & Robertson, Capalaba

Angus & Robertson, Capalaba

Love to see you there.

More of my events HERE … List of my Book shops HERE

 

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Book Marketing Masterclass

Market Sell & Distribute your BookWant to OPTIMIZE your book marketing plan, book sales and world-wide distribution?

Join author teacher Karen Tyrrell as I share my secrets and guide you every step of the way. I’ll teach you how to market, sell & distribute your book to the widest possible audience with a pro-active marketing plan.

Karen Tyrrell at Dymocks hiolding STOP the Bully & Bailey Beats the Blah

Karen Tyrrell at Dymocks

Topics include how to optimize your book marketing, your author platform, your website SEO, social media influence, book reviews, blog tours, media releases, book sales and book distribution.

What are my Credentials  for presenting a  Book Marketing Masterclass?

Karen Tyrrell is a Brisbane triple award winning author and publisher of five books, teacher, writing tutor, and workshop presenter. Currently Karen’s books are available world-wide and sold at Dymocks and Angus & Robertson book shops and many More …PLUS international online book shops. Book shops HERE.

STOP The Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, ME & HER: A Memoir of  Madness. Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery

STOP The Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness. Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery

Karen presented writing talks at Queensland Writers Centre, CYA children’s Writer Conference, Gold Coast Writers Festival, River City Writers Conference, schools, libraries and festivals. She speaks on TV and radio and writes for South City Bulletin magazine.

Karen won three grants, two awards, a mentorship with Society of Editors Qld PLUS hundreds of *5 STAR reviews.  About Karen  HERE

Testimonials

‘Excellent presentation! Very informative and highly credible – you were obviously speaking from experience. Thank you for not only encouraging your fellow writers but giving great practical and realistic advice as to what steps are required to get published. If I was you, I’d now add ‘Writing Coach’ to your title” — Wendy Millgate: Editor South City Bulletin

‘Vast knowledge and experience were invaluable…Workshop so enjoyable and motivating.’ – Lyndal Clark: Writer

‘Lively and entertaining and holds the interest of the audience.’ – Dr Judith O’Malley Ford,

‘Engaging and informative … Speak from sound industry knowledge … Delightful flow, warmth and genuine ‘care’ for the writer and enthusiasm for the craft. I would highly recommend attending these workshops for the emerging and seasoned writers.’ – Noeleen Bowen: Teacher/Writer

Book Marketing Masterclass

WHEN: Saturday 23rd May 9am to 12pm

WHERE: South City Bulletin Office, Shop 6, 3-15 Dennis Rd, Springwood

COST: $49 includes a yummy morning tea, nibbles, coffee and tea provided and a FREE interactive book marketing information booklet.

BOOK EARLY: Tickets limited to 20 attendees only … and GOING FAST

HALF day Master class ONLY $49

To book your ticket, Please click  go to Book Marketing PAGE

Scroll down the page. Find the Pay Pal BUTTON

Click on the Paypal Button HERE

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Revealing NEW Book Cover

cover-revealWOOHOO! I’m revealing the book cover of my 5th resilience book for families, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

I can’t keep it secret any longer!

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‘Endearingly told and full of hope, compassion and humor, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember provides a gentle introduction for children to the realities of dementia and Alzheimer’s.’

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is personal for me: borne from my first-hand experiences  with my father-in-law, Terry Tyrrell diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my dad Aubrey Cox diagnosed with memory loss.

I won a RADF grant through Arts Queensland and Logan City Council to publish Helps Grandpa Remember. Read HERE

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Arts Queensland

Logan City Council

Logan City Council

DRUM ROLL … Revealing my Book Cover

My heart’s pounding fast. My stomach is squirming.

Taa-daa!

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember by Karen Tyrrell

illustrated by Aaron Pocock

ktyrrell-harry-cover-promo-webuse-smlThe book cover was designed by Book Cover Café using clever colours and fonts to optimize Aaron Pocock’s heart-warming illustration of Grandpa and Harry…

And to highlight Grandpa’s ‘AHA’ Eureka moment.

What is Grandpa remembering?

How does Harry kick-start Grandpa’s memory?

ktyrrell-harry-cover-promo-webuse-smlI’m Seeking Feedback on my Book Cover…

Does the cover ENTICE you to take a peek inside?

Will the book cover STAND OUT on the book shelf?

LOVE to hear what you think …

 

I’m biting my finger nails here … and praying for positive Book Karma.

Please let me know!!! … I need to know Now

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Tips for teaching Creative Writing in Schools

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Creative Writing in schools www.karentyrrell.com

Today I taught Creative Writing to four High School classes. It was nerve wracking, exciting and extremely rewarding.  Mabel Park SHS contacted me, requesting I teach narrative writing to four year nine classes.

I presented ‘Build the Spaceship‘ creative writing lesson, using visualization techniques to create a movie-like story with a setting and a viewpoint character. The kids loved it especially when I called ACTION and the story came to life!!!

I couldn’t believe the enthusiasm shown by the students and the positive feedback I received from the teachers.

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Build a Spaceship workshop

I write humorous techno sci-fi fantasy novels for kids and hope to publish this series soon.

Am I qualified to teach Creative Writing?

My name is Karen Tyrrell. I’m an experienced ‘Gifted & Talented’ teacher and published children’s author; currently I’m a writing tutor for Brisbane City Libraries. I also present writing workshops in schools, libraries and at festivals.

How did I do it? … I share all my tips in a step-by-step guide below…

Tips for teaching Creative Writing in Schools

Ensure your website includes information of your author visits so schools know you present creative writing to schools. HERE

  1.  Make sure you have a Blue Card, an ABN number and you know how to write a professional invoice for the school.
  2. Talk to the school organizer well in advance so you present a workshop that meets their students’ needs. Ask them to be specific.
  3. Work out your lesson plan, your verbal script and practice… practice… practice.
  4. Ask your contact person if the school is a “Visible School”. If so, research how to write Learning Goals and Success Criteria. Write these on the white board when you arrive in the classroom.
  5. Prepare and print out all the handouts in advance. Plan and prepare visual prompts include posters on laminated cards. Bring blu-tack and anything else you might need.
  6. Arrive early to park, to sign on, and set up your room well before students arrive.
  7. To ensure there are minimal behavior problems, make sure a teacher is present. Keep the lesson FUN, moving along at a good pace and very positive. Don’t respond to calling out or rude behavior.
  8. Email the school suggested follow up activities for the children to complete afterwards.  Send the school your book information as well as info on other workshops and talks you present.
  9. Show the school Library / Resource Centre your books and publications. They may order your books as well.
Karen Tyrrell Creative Writing presenter

Karen Tyrrell Creative Writing presenter

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What was the BEST thing about presenting  Creative Writing?

YAY! A testimonial from Mabel Park SHS has arrived!!

‘Thanks so much for bringing your talents to Mabel Park SHS for our Year 9s. I admit I was a little anxious embarking on creative writing activities for some of the low-achievers, but delighted when I saw the result.

Your motivating, inclusive style and high-yield activities really had the students at all abilities working hard, creating stories and experimenting with their imagination. Congratulations. I’m sure the students can now approach creative and imaginative written tasks with a sense of confidence and achievement.”

PLUS

I LOVED watching how engrossed the children were with their stories and how much they wanted to keep writing when the lesson was over.

Have you ever considered teaching Creative writing to schools and libraries?

Were the workshops tips helpful to you?

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