COVER revealDRUM ROLL … I’m announcing the COVER and title of my brand NEW Book Baby.

A Junior Novel I’m Thrilled about inspired by my mission to Create books to empower KIDS

My heart’s pounding fast.

My stomach is squirming.

I’m giving BIRTH to my new Book Baby in Public.

So here I go, with one final PUSH into the world …

STOP the Bully … by Karen Tyrrell


Eleven year old Brian is hiding something …

His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now a violent bully attacks him every day.

Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his shameful secret?

Does the blurb intrigue you and hook you in?

BULLYING is a HUGE problem in schools. I’m passionate about teaching kids assertive anti-bullying solutions.
LOVE to hear what you think. I’m so excited with my new junior novel, I can barely type up these words.

CONGRATS to my Dream Team …

SPECIAL thanks to Trevor Salter (illustrator) for creating the front cover characters, bursting with energy and emotion.

SPECIAL thanks to Anthony Puttee (cover designer) of Book Cover Café. Just LOVE his clever choice of colours, fonts and cover composition.

What do you think of my COVER?

Will the cover STAND OUT on the book shelf?

Does the front cover ENTICE you to take a peek inside?perf5.000x8.000.indd
I’m biting my finger nails here … Please let me know ASAP!

PS  Release Date: May 31st

PPS I’m announcing the launch, Reviews and High Profile supporters of STOP the Bully very soon … Please Stay Tuned.

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45 comments to REVEALING my NEW Book COVER

  • Fantastic Karen! These kinds of books are certainly your niche. You’re doing a wonderful job of making people aware. All the very best.

  • Thanks Maggie, I really appreciate your supportive feedback. Very nervous about the cover. Its supposed to promote discussion… Karen 🙂

  • The cover design would definitely appeal to kids. The title is direct and offers them a solution. I can envision a child in this position seeing STOP THE BULLY and picking it up. Anyone being bullied is looking for a discreet way out of the problem. I’m sure this book will offer them that. Good luck.

  • Thanks Maggie, For sharing your thoughts on the covers message. I really appreciate your support. INCREDIBLE Reviews have already come in … sharing soon … Karen 🙂

  • Congrats once again Karen… the blurb is intriguing and the book cover is amazing! So don’t be nervous, just be assertive… like you already are…!!! 🙂

  • Fabulous cover, Karen!!! Bright and inviting. I know it’s not a fun topic, but it’s certainly going to make young readers want to open it and read. Well done! Very proud of you. xx

  • Thanks so much Kaz, That what I’m hoping for: Kids will want to read my book.
    YES it is a serious topic, But there’s humor in the story as well as action and suspense … Karen 🙂

  • So timely. So eye catching. Love the faces and the hair!!!

  • Thanks Bruce, Yes Bullying is a HUGE problem. You might be surprised who encouraged me to write STOP the Bully.
    Thrilled you LOVE the faces and hair. Trevor Salter is brilliant, isn’t he?
    Hope you can make one of my book launches … Karen 🙂

  • Geneve

    This looks fantastic Karen! Love the blurb – it captures the story beautifully and is intriguing. So nice to see this book come together in such a fabulous package. Good luck!

  • Ali

    Wowza! I love it! That Karate kick makes me want to find out more!

  • Rebecca

    I think it’s a great cover and that kids in that situation might be tempted to pick it up and take a look. The blurb is enough to get someone looking further.

    I know bullying is a huge problem, both in schools and the workplace!

    Congratulations on your newest book!

    When’s the launch?

  • Rebecca

    Karen, I’m sure this is an eyecatching title and cover to kids experiencing bullying! I know it’s epidemic in schools (and workplaces).

    I love the blurb too and think kids would want to know more especially if they’re faced with the same issues.

  • Rebecca

    I love the cover, the title and the blurb. I think that the cover is eyecatching enough to get a kid to pick it up and look further, especially if they’re going through it themselves.

    I know bullying is a problem in schools (and work) and anything that helps kids deal with that is great.

    When is the launch?

  • Thanks Ali for all your support you’ve given me. I LOVE that karate kick too. PS Actually its a Taekwondo kick .. Karen 🙂

  • HI Rebecca, Thanks for your very thorough and supportive feedback. I will be announcing two launches soon. Are you back in Brisbane now? … Karen 🙂

  • Thanks Rebecca, I’m crossing my fingers That kids will love it … and it will be Helpful to them … Karen 🙂

  • YES Rebecca, Bullying is HUGE! I’m hoping kids will be empowered by STOP the Bully… Karen 🙂

  • Thanks Geneve for all your support as a Beta Reader. Thrilled you see the story captured in the Blurb … Karen 🙂

  • Thanks Heather, For “getting” my book and supporting me once again … Karen 🙂

  • I like the bright colour of the cover although I would be concerned at a martial arts student being a bully as it is not usually part of the ethos of those sports. I think that a lot(far too many) kids will relate to the absent parent part of the mc’s angst. Bullying is of course a huge problem and there always needs to be stories to help kids work out how to cope. The blurb is short and to the point. Well done.

  • Nice and bright Karen. Love the kids, especially the ginger hair 🙂

  • Karen,
    Congratulations! Looks the part for sure- I’d pick this up in a heartbeat if my kids were being bullied or were bullying others (God forbid).
    Looking forward to the launch!

  • Thanks Charmaine, I knew you would love the bright colours AND the ginger Karen 🙂

  • Hi Caylie, Thanks for your vote of confidence.
    I’m pitching this book to every Primary School kid … Prevention is better than cure … Karen 🙂 PS See you at my book launch

  • Thanks Cecilia, for checking out STOP the Bully.
    Actually the Martial Arts girl is not a Bully but part of the solution … Karen 🙂

  • Bev Pershouse

    Anything, anything, anything that helps kids deal with bullying is appreciated because it comes from more sources now than ever before. The mobile phone and internet are used to practically destroy school kids and sadly some of the victims are taking their own lives because of it. Well done Karen. Not sure what your approach is till I read your book but even if it helps save one life, you have done a great thing 🙂

  • Thanks Bev, for supporting STOP the Bully and recognizing the importance of empowering messages to Kids. I used an unique approach to write this book. Love to hear your feedback after you read it. Karen 🙂

  • Great cover Karen. I think it is colourful and catchy and will really appeal to kids, parents and teachers.

  • Hi Moana, Thanks for checking out my cover and sharing your feedback. Fingers crossed you’re right about the appeal for kids, parents and teachers … Karen 🙂 PS See you at the next LCWIB network meeting

  • Good one Karen! Cover holds its own extremely well. Looking forward to seeing more. 🙂

  • Thanks Dimity, For LIKING my Cover. I value your opinion as reviewer of Boomerang Books. Next week I’m announcing My first book launch with unbelievable guest speakers, demos and prizes. Please stay tuned Karen 🙂

  • Alice Clark

    Karen, I was never bullied as a child, but just last week, I was bullied by a man at work. It really upset me, and it takes a lot to make me angry or to get me to lose it, but I DID LOSE IT. I think I told you I have Major Depressive Disorder, OCD, Panic and Anxiety Attacks. Without going into detail about what happened, he pushed me right into a full blown anxiety attack. I was embarrassed and humiliated in front of all my co-workers.

    I’ve known him for a long time, and he really is a great person, but he is a BULLY. It took me 3 days off of work to recover enough to face people. Children should never have to face a bully for any reason. It hurts and it changes who you are. As Dr. Phil says, no one has the right to take away their security. Thank you for caring enough to offer help and tools to deal with bullies. Alice

  • Leslee Anne Hewson

    Certainly eye-catching, Karen. Take a deep breath, you’ll be marvellous! Well done, congratulations!

  • Steph L

    Hi Karen

    I read the blurb out to Miss 11 (without showing her the cover) and she said it sounded like a book that she would be interested in reading. I then showed her the cover and she likes the colours and the people on the front. She also used the term eye-catching (great minds…)


  • Steph L

    I will be doing my usual, buying a copy of your book for my girls and one for the school. Such an important issue which is, unfortunately, still way too common.

  • Thanks Leslee, For being an excellent Beta Reader, supporter and friend. PS Hope you can make it to my book launch … Karen 🙂

  • YAY!! Thanks Steph, That’s really awesome. Thanks for Supporting me for over three years now… Karen 🙂

  • WOW, Thanks Steph,
    Your daughter is my First CHILD Reviewer for STOP the Bully! Awesome that’s she’s hooked into my blurb and COVER… Karen 🙂

  • Hi Alice,
    Sorry that we were bullied at work last week.
    But glad you’re now stronger.
    Bullying is a HUGE problem in the workplace and in schools.
    I wrote STOP the Bully to empower kids to assert themselves.
    Prevention is better than cure … Karen 🙂

  • Karen Neaton

    Hi Karen, I haven’t read the book and I’m sure it’s entertaining and helpful. At first glance to me I don’t like the bit in the blurb about the shameful secret. It is these ideas about themselves that make people susceptible to a bully’s behaviour. Just wondering if that would reinforce this idea for those being bullied. Congratulations though on getting the book done.

  • Hi Karen,
    Thanks for checking out my cover and blurb.
    The words “shameful” is not mentioned in the book. His secret is neither the cause or reason for Brian being bullied. But revealing clues to the “secret” is essential for plot development.
    None of my Beta Readers predicted the ending and resolution.
    Major Education and mental health organizations have read and supported my book. I’ll be announcing the VIP supporters in upcoming weeks.
    I hope you will attend my book launch … Karen 🙂

  • Angela O'Neil

    Hi Karen, It is great that you are addressing this problem and have authored a book of fiction for kids to read and from which to learn. The cover is eye-catching, but I am curious about two aspects. Firstly, when I look at the cover, I assume that both children are the victims of being bullied and the activities they are engaged in are part of their solutions. That is great. However, the girl kicking in her martial arts uniform gives me the impression that she is dealing with the problem by kicking someone. The expression on her face shows that she is angry and she looks like she really wants to use that foot to cause some harm. If the martial arts were part of her solution and coping mechanisms then couldn’t another stance be used? My second point that I am curious about is more of a personal one. I am probably a bit sensitive about it, but I have red hair and am from a family of redheads. Is it a bit stereotyped that the boy, who I also assume has been bullied, has red hair and glasses? Honestly, my heart sank when I saw that. Also the last thing you would encourage for any child with red hair and pale skin is to play sport where they are standing in the sun for hours (at least if they live north of NSW/QLD border). It would just be more torment than pleasure. He would be better with the martial arts training as it is indoors. They are the practicalities of having red hair and no melanin. As I said, I am probably a bit over-reactive about the red hair thing; maybe in the book it is not mentioned at all.

  • Hi Angela,
    Thanks for sharing your concerns.
    Allow me to explain. The two characters are from non-aggressive micro scenes in the book. The girl DID NOT kick or hurt anyone.
    The boy’s red hair and glasses have nothing to do with him being bullied.
    I have reddish brown hair and fair skin and participate in exercise by walking at sunrise and going to the gym. Soccer and Taekwondo are both indoor sports.
    STOP the Bully is endorsed by many mental health organizations. Plus teachers and Counselors.
    I invite you to read it, to find out why its so heavily supported… Cheers, Karen 🙂

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