Friday, November 1, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Tara Lazar (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Just in time for Halloween, my featured debut author for today wrote a picture book for the middle grade audience!

Tara Lazar

13 Random Facts

1.     She has lived in New Jersey her entire life.

2.     She walks with a blue cane.

3.     Her favorite children’s author is Roald Dahl.

4.     She dislikes only two foods: grapefruit and pea soup.

5.     If she had a dog, it would be a white, fluffy little thing named Schluffy.

6.     Her favorite food is tacos.

7.     The smell of Starbucks coffee makes her nauseous. (There goes the endorsement deal.)

8.     She got married in Hawaii.

9.     She drives a minivan with hand controls.

10. Her favorite animal is the red-eyed tree frog.

11. She took piano lessons for 10 years but to this day can only play the intro to “The Pink Panther”.

12. Her favorite movie is “Forrest Gump”.

13. She’s read 28 novels so far in 2013. Her goal was 50. She’s going to fall way short.


More about Tara!

Street magic performer. Award-winning ice sculptor. Hog-calling champion. Boogeyman assassin. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she prefers baking with her daughters, creating jewelry, and writing stories for children. THE MONSTORE is her first book, inspired by her pesky little brother (who is no longer so pesky).

Check out The Monstore!

The Monstore
by Tara Lazar

Published June 4th 2013 by Aladdin

Blurb (Goodreads):
The Monstore is a one-stop shop for all your monsterly needs in this enormously funny story that's full of friendly, kooky creatures.

At the back of Frankensweet's Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there's a trapdoor. 
Knock five times fast, hand over the bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore.

The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs. Which is perfect, since Zack definitely has a monsterly need. The problem? His pesky little sister, Gracie, who never pays attention to that "Keep Out&"; sign on Zack's door--the one he has made especially for her.

But when Zack's monsters don't exactly work as planned, he soon finds out that the Monstore has a few rules: No Refunds. No exchanges. No exceptions.

The Escapist

I will be featuring debut authors alone today til November 5th as Dianne celebrates her birthday with a bang! Go and check out her treats for you on Oops! I Read A Book Again! Don't forget to share the word by hashtagging #DianneTurns20 and #CelebratingDebutantes2013 too on Facebook and Twitter!

Yesterday: Liz Fichera (mine) and Sabrina Elkins (Oops! I Read A Book Again).
Tomorrow: Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated, will be on the blog!
Check out the full schedule here.

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

- SIGNED copy of The Monstore
- open internationally

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for organizing PiBoIdMo and sharing your experience as a debut author. I hope I get to meet you one day in person. Tacos on me if you ever make it to CA.

    1. That's a deal! Thanks, Marcie!

  2. The smell of Starbucks coffee makes her nauseous? Seriously? In my case, I'd like to store the smell in a bottle so I can smell it every time! We both love Forrest Gump! I'd like to win a copy of Monstore because it reminds me of the movie Monsters Inc. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D


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