Reflections on the April 2014 A-Z Tour

The 2014 April A to Z Challenge, had over 2000 bloggers taking part this year it was an awesome tour to get involved in. If you’ve not heard about it, nip over to the April AtoZ Challenge website after you’ve read this post.

Firstly I want to thank Arlee Bird for continuing to organise the annual tour. Secondly A REALLY BIG THANK-YOU to all the authors who let me use their books for my challenge, without you and all your support sharing the posts it just wouldn’t be the same.

So how has it all gone? For me it’s all about planning. I began my journey at the end of January, I knew it would takes weeks to gather all the authors and the information I would need for the tour. I contacted friends and fellow authors and I sent out Tweets about my tour offering FREE advertising of work for authors. I even ended up stalking authors and inviting them to take part.

So what did we all get from the tour? Well hopefully readers were introduced to new books and new authors, TBR piles are now groaning under the weight of all the books on readers bookshelves. I’m hoping that the authors got some new sales and I, made some new blogging friends and supporters. At the bottom of this post I’ve highlighted bloggers that I’ve been particularly impressed by with their own tour. If you’ve not visited their blogs yet do take a moment if you can. I’ve been all over the world visiting bloggers taking part in the challenge. Each day I made a point of promoting up to 5 bloggers from the sign up sheet, some days I found they were no longer able to do the challenge, but people seemed to have had great fun. There really are some amazing bloggers out there.

On April 16th, this day in the tour also coincided with the end of a year long challenge which began this time last year. During last years challenge I set about reading a book called “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. This wonderful lady spent a whole year doing good deeds. I decided to try it for myself. An enormous challenge I began with tiny steps, if I could make it to the end of April, then I would carry on. My deeds may not have been as great as Judith’s but I have made it, I’ve collected my small change, donated money, given books and clothes to charity, I volunteer at a local school, I pick up litter, bake cakes, send gifts and thank-you notes and letters to friends plus I’ve done a whole host of other deeds. AND I’m going to do it all again! YES I’ve decided to carry on, you can follow my challenge on Sunday’s when I blog about my latest weeks.

My own April A-Z tour was set around the theme of books, here are a list of books and authors who featured on this tour.

Top posts during the tour which had everyone talking were letter B – Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb, letter G – The Georgie Connelly series by E.L.Lindley, letter N – Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler and letter T The 20’s Girl, the Ghost and All That Jazz by June Kearns.

A – A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba

B –  Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lanb

C – Coronado’s Treasure by Randy Mixter

D – Derek’s Revenge and the Derek series by Mac Black

E – Everlasting by Candace Knoebel.

F – Finding the Right Time by Stephanie Hurt

G – The Georgie Connelly Series by E.L. Lindley

H – Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba

I – The Imdaland Series by Rebecca Etherington

J – Jaded by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

K – The Bench by Sue Koenig

L – Legends of Windemere – Family of the Tri – Rune by Charles E Yallowitz×9

M – My GLR by John W Howell×6

N – Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler×4

O – The Orphan and The Thief by M. L. LeGette×2

P – The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel A Smith×0

Q – Quentins by Maeve Binchy

R- Red Clay and Roses by S. K. Nicholls

S – Silk, Spice and Furry Dice by Andy N Robinson

T – The 20’s Girl, The Ghost and All That Jazz by June Kearns

U – Unforgiven by Barbara J Hancock

V – Victoria by Stephanie Hurt

W – What it Takes by Terry Tyler

X – X by Jack Croxall

Y – Over Odyssey – Yellow by Tony Carnival

Z – Zen Master Next Door by Edward Kardos

During the tour I met so many great bloggers, here are some of the blogs which really impressed me.

Susan Scott at The Garden of Eden blog

Vikki Thompson at The View Outside

Hilary Melton-Butcher at Positive letters  Hilary

Co-host Damyanti at Daily (w)rite

So it’s with a little sadness that I wave Goodbye to another year of the A -Z, but not without thanking, once more, all the hard working hosts and co-hosts who helped make it all happen.



All through the tour we’re asking readers to leave as many comments as possible on blogs, all supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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41 thoughts on “Reflections on the April 2014 A-Z Tour

  1. Hi Rosie – thanks so much for the thumbs up – really appreciate your thought. I know Susan and Damyanti, have yet to meet Vikki … and your list of books is great – I didn’t know anything (much) about Maeve Binchy .. so it was interesting to read about her, and about Quentins … I liked the name!

    Cheers and I’ll definitely see you around … Hilary


  2. Thanks for the introductions. I have known Vicki and Damyanty for some time. This was so much fun to participate in and I appreciate your work efforts and kindness. Maybe I can come back next year with a new book 🙂


  3. Rosie, that’s very very kind to give The Garden of Eden blog a shout out, thank you very much indeed. Thank you also for your ongoing comments to it – so much appreciated!
    I’ve so enjoyed your posts and also now have a list of TBR books. Some of them are available on Kindle and this is the way I’ll do it. The Singing Bowl by Dimond sounds just up my street!
    Your good deeds posts have been wonderfully inspiring. There’s so much one can do; you are an excellent example of spirit and soul in action.
    Well done for putting up your wonderful posts regularly – they were always a joy to read. I look forward to more please!
    Garden of Eden Blog


    • You’re welcome, oh do get The Singing Bowl if you can, Roy’s books are a real inspiration, spine tingling in a spiritual way. It’s a big book but very worth the read.


  4. Rosie, you have done such a marvelous job with this A-Z Challenge. I wish I’d been a bit quicker off the mark and put up both of my novels (didn’t want to be greedy!!) Good luck with future blog tours – you are an inspiration.


  5. Congrats on completing the challenge! Awesome job, and yes, you had great contributors, who did a fine job on sharing their story.
    I commend you on keeping the good deeds challenge going for another year, as well. It is so important to pay it forward. Hugs to you for this.


  6. Huge thanks for including me! And jolly well done! xxx (ps, I’m thrilled to bits that one of mine got lots of attention, too – so double thanks!!! )


  7. Congrats on finishing. This is the first I’ve made it to your blog..not sure where you were on the original linky so didn’t see all your book lists etc. Love the good deads idea. I run a charity for homeless, if interested check out Bridge and Beyond, link for that blog is on my travel blog (travel blog is the one in the challenge). I’m continuing with blogging a-z in May.


  8. That’s amazing and impressive that you featured so many authors! Wow, what a great way to connect. I love the idea of doing a good deed every day. It’s humbling and takes us out of our own (often) selfish mindset.

    Here’s my A to Z wrap-up post. I also have an End of Challenge book giveaway going on for either contemporary romance or contemporary YA.


  9. Hi Rosie – so many thanks for including me in your list of bloggers – really appreciate the nod … It’s been a pleasure being here .. and I’m sure we’ll keep in contact during the year ..

    I liked Judith’s idea of doing good .. and I’ll remember that and hope to follow you both .. it would certainly help and perhaps make one or two realise their droppings don’t help nature .. or make our neighbourhoods good to live in …

    Also I see I already commented – oh well!!! I need a new brain .. it stops growing in April hopefully the Spring rains will rejuvinate! Cheers Hilary


  10. Hi Rosie.
    Congratulations on crossing that A to Z finishing line. Your theme was really wonderful and generous… a great way of giving back, by paying it forward… ❤
    And your list of good deeds is amazing! God bless you!


  11. Rosie, you should get A to Z Blogger of the Year for all you did to promote authors and other bloggers. So what if they don’t have an award for that. They should. In fact, I’m nominating you right now! Very well done sweet lady. 🙂


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