Sunday, June 8, 2014

STOP the Bully Blog Tour & Book Give Away

Welcome to STOP the Bully Blog Tour & Book Give Away with children's author Karen Tyrrell.

Karen Tyrrell is a passionate Australian award winning  mental health author,  teacher, motivational speaker and workshop presenter. Seen on TV Today Tonight, in the Courier Mail,  heard on ABC and 4BC radio.
Thank you, Karen, for visiting my blog today. I'm thrilled to have you here.

Before we get into Karen's interview, let's talk book giveaways!  
Empower KIDs with assertive anti-bullying strategies! 
WIN: Signed copies and eBooks of STOP the Bully.
Leave a comment on any of the 15 hops June 2 - 11
The MORE comments you leave the MORE chances you have to WIN. 
WINNERS announced on June 16 http://

And now to Karen's interview. Thanks, Karen.

How to Prevent Bullying and improve Mental Health
1.   Karen, you talk about how bullying triggered your mental illness. How are you able to write about bullying without creating stress in yourself?
Writing is so cathartic for me. Especially when I develop strategies to help adults and children cope with bullying or build their resilience. When I write down a positive plan, my pressure valve releases, creating great satisfaction within me.

2.   Who is STOP the Bully for? Just for Bullied children?

Stop the Bully is for all children from six to twelve, empowering them with strategies to cope with bullying. STOP the Bully is not just for children who are being bullied but for everyone, teaching prevention techniques. My mission is to change the culture in schools and the community. The strategies will help children, parents, teachers and counselors. Parents and teachers can read STOP the Bully to children following up with discussions and completing activities from my website. Independent readers can read STOP the Bully reflecting on both the victim and the bully to develop empathy and understanding. 

3.   Bullying is a very serious topic. How will you entice children to read your book?

The cover entices children to read, especially designed to captivate them. All kids who have read STOP the Bully so far have been caught up in the action adventure book. I've added physical humor to the story to counterbalance the drama and intrigue, to create empathy.

REVIEW:  ‘My kids couldn't put this book down! 
Clever characterization and compelling story-line gives ample opportunity for in-depth discussions on bullying and most importantly the strategies needed to tackle it.'
Michael Hardie – Children’s mental health promotion specialist.

4.   Your last book was Baily Beats the Blah a picture book. Why did you swap age levels to a junior book?

Both books are mental health books empowering children with pro-active strategies and coping skills. Baily Beats the Blah is for kids 4-8. STOP the Bully is for kids 6-12. I developed two sets of FREE teacher notes and FREE kids activities to download from my website.  

5.   How will you be spreading the positive message of STOP the Bully?

As widely as possible. I’m going out into schools, libraries and festivals to present STOP the Bully to children. Radio and newspapers are interviewing me on STOP the Bully. My junior novel is available on Amazon and at selected book shops.

STOP the Bully is endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter, Australian curriculum.

Download FREE children's activities and FREE teacher notes from 

ISBN: 9780987274069
STOP the Bully is now available from Amazon. 

Blog Tour June 2-11

2 June 2014 
STOP the Bully Release Party & Reviews

3 June 2014
Jill Smith Review

Charmaine Clancy Interview

4 June 2014 
Sally Murphy QUICK Questions 

5 June 2014
Melissa Wray Interview

Yvonne Mes Interview 

6 June 2014
Ali Stegert Interview 

7 June 2014
Kids Book Review CURLY Questions 

9 June 2014
Bug in a Book Review 

Jackie Hosking Interview 

10 June 2014
June Perkins Interview 

Robyn Opie Parnell Interview 

11 June 2014
Nicky Johnson Review 
Literati Radio Interview 9am AEST 

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