Mama Diaries

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Guest Author, Tara Tyler

Today, I have special guest, Tara Tyler, at my pad talking about bullying. She's the author of the Beast World series.   

Taking Back Beast World, Phase 2. Disney/Pixar's Onward comes out Mar 6 with a setting eerily close to BEAST WORLD. It's time to speak out again--in a positive way!

I'm so glad I've gotten to know Sherry IRL. She's a strong, determined woman with a huge heart -- and you can see it in her fabulous stories! So happy for your successes and your triumphs, Sherry. And thanks for helping me out with my campaign.

Aww, thanks, Tara! I'm so glad I've gotten to know you, too!

by Tara Tyler

I've taught kids from Urban Atlanta to Rural Ohio and tons of Suburban Meccas in between. And I can tell you one thing: teens are essentially the same.

I became a Math Teacher to help kids who inherently dislike math (I know some of you groaned when I mentioned my paying job!) But as a teacher, I see and help with so much more than just academics.

Teens struggle in many ways. I've pulled apart fights, reported weapons and suicidal thoughts, and listened to so many hearts being poured out needing to be heard. It's in my nature to help, and I wish I could do more. But it's just little ol' me - what can I do?

So I put together an anti-bully "Stand Up for Yourself" presentation! Here's a sample (one of my first... sort of a dress rehearsal):

I've only done a few with my busy schedule (and now full-time job) but I'm going to keep at it! I'm determined to reach as many kids as I can. Through my teaching, presentations, and books I hope to inspire and motivate our youth who need more encouragement that they can overcome and accomplish anything!

Ever done/thought of doing a school presentation?
Kids are wonderful--how can we show them?

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

How to find:
twitter: @taratylertalks
Instagram: taratylertalks
newsletter: tara tyler news

Here's my review of Windy Hollow, the third book in her series:

Windy Hollow is the third book of the Beast World series. Gabe, a goblin, and his assortment of friends, are invited to a wedding. Little do they know that an announcement will be made that humans and beasts are interacting with each other, even though it is forbidden. On top of that, they learn that an evil scientist is conducting ruthless experiments on beasts. It's a recipe for a whole lot of trouble.

Excitement and adventure abound in this creative tale of teenage friends who learn that friendship, courage, and trust can save the day. Recommended for middle grade readers. 


  1. That's you center stage! Very cool.
    I'm sure you are making a difference to your kids, Tara.

  2. Reaching as many as you can sure is grand indeed. Bet they all appreciate it and so much more.

  3. Wonderful to read Sherry and Tara.


  4. Tara, thanks for making a difference for youngsters. Wonderful thing you are doing, keep up the great work.

  5. That's a great topic for a presentation.

  6. You're awesome for being out there helping kids. Seeing how my own son and his friends struggle, great teachers like you are vital in schools.

  7. Loved these books, its been nice getting to know a little more about Tara.

  8. That's awesome!!!
    Teaching kids to stand up to bullies is a HUGE part of the job - love your presentation :)

  9. Great that you are working on helping kids stand up to bullies, Tara. Wishing you all the best!:)

  10. Thanks for this. Every time I stand for myself I feel a bit "out of line" afterwards, so this is good to incorporate, and early.

  11. Stand up for yourself is a great message for kids!

  12. Thanks so much for commenting, y’all! Your words mean a great deal to me—and i’m visiting everyone back, it just takes me a while... but we keep at it, right?

    and sherry, you’re awesome! hope to see you again this summer!

  13. Hello, I loved this post, I have been most interesting.
    By the way, I see that we read each other regularly but we don't follow each other, it would be nice to follow us too, do you want? a hug.