Letter Z April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 26 April A to Z Challenge my theme is characters from books I’ve read plus some audience participation.

Letter Z is for Joss Zebediah from Yesterday’s News by Sam Cheever


Yesterday’s News is a fun cosy mystery with a couple of great ghosts. Anna Yesterday owns an antique shop in small town Crocker Indiana. Two resident ghosts are linked with the shop and their dialogue is superb. Language from yester-year with a full glossary of words at the beginning make their colloquialisms amply fit their characters. For instance;

“The boy’s a grafter. He’ll hornswoggle ya faster’n I can spit tobacco into that pan over there”

The storyline follows the discovery of an old newspaper story, which has been covered up by the townsfolk and when Anna begins some sleuthing to find out the truth she upsets more than one local. It’s not just the ghosts that appealed to me, there is Pierce an autistic young man and I was rather taken by Mrs Baker’s fierce family loyalty and hard working beliefs.

With the help of ex-cop Pratt Davies, Anna digs deep into Crocker’s past and exposes a dirty tale that many would rather forget. A well written story which left me smiling, sign me up for more.

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For my audience participation I’m asking readers to create book titles using the letter Z for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.


Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll choose my favourites.

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As part of this blog tour we are asking people to leave comments each day on the posts they read, thank you.

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60 thoughts on “Letter Z April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

  1. Last day folks, where did April go? Here are the book titles from yesterday’s picture game. Yeltsin’s Garden, Young bud’s bloom, Year of the Floral Grace, Yield To The Hollyhock, Yakking In The Garden, Yearning For The Sun and Yesterday’s Child.


  2. Shapeshifting the Zebra way ~
    Zebedee, and enterprising young zebra, shows how he changes his basic form to fool passing hunters desperate to rob him of his hide.


    • You’ll have to nip down to London and the Warner Bros. Harry Potter studio tour. This is “Lily & James Potter’s house at Godric’s Hollow” I had to take my own pics as those with the posh cameras in the family all forgot theirs!


      • Oh, what a shame, it’s not real! I went to Alnick Castle, up here, where Hogwarts was filmed, and it was a real rip off. Lovely place, tho! I’d love to have done that tour, tho!


      • I recognised the house as soon as I saw it 🙂 The studio tour was amazing. Terry – if you love tudor houses, you should take a road trip to Lavenham, Suffolk, where parts of Godrick’s Hollow were filmed. Some reports say that the Potter house was based on the Guildhall there, although I couldn’t see it myself. Also the village of Lacock, Whiltshire was featured in the 6th film as the village where Slughorn was hiding out (and has also been in several other films/TV shows – stunning period style village), and the Abby was used for some of the classrooms in the first two films. (I may be slightly obsessed with the HP films/books and the filming locations!)


      • Hi Ros, I love Harry Potter, so thanks for all the film location mentions, I’d love to go to the studio tour again, the kids wouldn’t let me line up for a turn on the broomsticks and now they have platform 9 3/4, I could let out the kid inside of me again.


  3. Thanks Rosie for such a great theme throughout! So enjoyed it, a battle though to crack the nut to come up with titles! Battles are good though!

    Zachary’s House at ze end of ze Road … 🙂 🙂 🙂


  4. Zounds! – compilation of photos and stories about mysterious or unusual houses.
    Thanks for all the fun this month, Rosie.


  5. Zealous Tudor Lovers – a glossy coffee table book charting the lengths some will go to in pursuit of their passion, the front cover depicts a particularly challenging renovation project undertaken by a couple more usually found dressing as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn… 🙂


  6. Oh and I love the sound of Yesterday’s News too and will add it to my list. Congratulations Rosie on a terrific month featuring great characters from brilliant books and your fiendishly hard photo challenges. 🙂


  7. Thanks for introducing us to so many interesting characters. I’ll be ‘meeting’ some of them, wish I had time for all of them!
    Because it’s the last post, although I’m hopeless at titles, I’ll say: The Quest for Zabrina: A Time-Travel Romance. Told you I was hopeless 🙂


  8. Congratulations, Rosie on a month’s worth of great posts. I loved the photo challenges – a chance to exercise our creativity! Zachariah House Mystery


  9. Congratulations on completing the A-Z challenge. It was a tremendous undertaking. Whatever will we write about now?


    • Hi Scarlet, thanks for stopping by – I’m a bit of a mad blogger so I’ve got plenty lined up for my readers, their TBR piles will be groaning under the weight of books I’ve got lined up.


  10. Well done on hitting your target number of blogs, Rosie. I am in awe of anyone who has taken part in this challenge and I hope they’ve found new followers and new readers. The house looks haunted to me, so I;d called it Ze ‘Ouse on ‘Aunted ‘Ill. Hm, think I’ll stick to writing novels, not blog posts.


  11. thanks for stopping by my blog and advertising it. Much appreciated.

    I saw in another comment that that was lily and jame’s house. awesome!

    i could not think of a title, but i found the word zax, which is the tool that is used in roofing slates.


  12. Dear Rosie, we did it! Thank you for introducing me to many works I would’ve never known about. A most enjoyable voyage. Congratulations on completing the challenge! Hugs.


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  14. Hi Rosie – loved the sound of this book ‘ Yesterday’s News’ .. sounds very appealing .. while I don’t think I can beat the drunk zebra house … but I guess another could be why don’t you put your contacts in – then the lines won’t appear wavy and you might be able to distinguish between black and white.

    The Guildhall in Lavenham is a brilliant venue to visit .. those buildings are amazing – and it’s all real up there .. .well done Rosie – it’s been a pleasure to be around … cheers and see you soon – Hilary


  15. Congrats on reaching the A to Z finishing line, Rosie!
    I really enjoyed your A to Z theme, especially the book title exercises! 🙂
    This time round, I didn’t really visit as many blogs as I’d have liked to…
    See you next year for another month of “alphabet madness”!


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