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#AtoZ–Theme Reveal–Can you help?

Once again, I am going to join the writer’s blog hop called A to Z Challenge

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–but with two twists:

  • I’ll spread them over a year not a month
  • I’ll crowdsource the genre examples (through you)

Why my deviated approach

Normally, I post 2-3 times a week. This is a good schedule for myself and readers. A to Z requires six posts a week–double my norm! That buries my regular readers with far more articles than they usually read. This year, like last time, I’ll spread the 26 posts over months.

#AtoZChallenge 2021 banner

Help me crowdsource the books

This year, instead of searching for popular books in each genre, I’ll crowdsource them–include books as often as possible written by Indie authors. That means yours. Here’s how you get involved:

  • Go through the list of genres (and subgenres) below. They are less common than the usual so you’ll have to read the definitions and decide where your books fit. If you’re close, that’s good enough. For example: If you write suspenseful historical fiction, add your name to “historical suspense”.
  • In the comments, tell me your name, your book, a link to where it’s sold, and the genre it fits.
  • If no genre fits your books, give me your favorites in a genre. I’ll still credit you with a linkback.
  • When I get to that genre (between April 1, 2021 and about two years later), I’ll put your book in the list of examples with a link to where it can be purchased. If you suggested a book, I’ll link to your blog.

That’s it! I sure hope you play along with me on this!

Here’s the genre list (links aren’t live until publication):

A Academic novels — set on a campus

Black Comedy — humor that touches darker areas of storytelling, such as death and fear

C Cozy plus — some swearing, a bit of cursing, sex and violence off camera

Drabble — a work of fiction one hundred words in length

Epistolary — a novel written as a series of documents. 

F Family Saga — chronicles the lives and doings of a family or interconnected families over a period of time

G Girl adventure — a story about danger that involves females

Historical suspense — set in a particular historical time frame and involves the solving of a mystery or crime (usually murder).[NOTE: Anyone write Sherlock Holmes stories?]

I   Informal Essay — written for pleasure to help organize thoughts on a topic, to reflect on readings, to express different points of view.

Jewish Fiction — fiction written about Jewish themes, religions, concerns

K K9 Mystery — a mystery that involves working dogs

L  Lab fiction (lablit) — realistic portrayals of scientists and on science as a profession

M Magical Realism — depicts the real world as having an undercurrent of magic or fantasy

Naturalism — stories based on the idea that environment determines and governs human character

O Occult — subgenre of horror involving witchcraft, wizardry, esoteric brotherhoods, and communication with spirits. 

Post-apocalyptic — set in a future time period where the earth as we know it ended

Q Quiet memoir — a memoir where the story isn’t too spectacular but the authors voice is

R   Regionalism — a story where the region it takes place in is as much part of the plot as anything else

S   Scientific fiction — fiction based on science

Textbook — factual resources that teach a topic

U   Utopia — where humanity lives in a utopia and technology has removed society’s problems

Vampire Fantasy — strong supernatural elements and undertones of blood, sex, and death; includes vampires

W Wuxia — fantasy tales set within the martial arts traditions and philosophies of China.

X Xperimental Fiction — any fictional story that refuses to stay within the boundaries laid out by traditional realistic literary fiction 

YA Romance Literature — romance written for YA that includes a teenage protagonist, typically female and middle-class

Quiet Zombie — subgenre of Zombie, offers a subtler form of fear, rather than explicit gore or violence. Also known as soft Zombie

Remember: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include it and a link to purchase it.

OK. See you April 1st!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.

106 thoughts on “#AtoZ–Theme Reveal–Can you help?

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  6. Hey, Jacqui–what a generous idea. If you like, I think Snow White and the Civil War, part 1, will fit under girl adventure. And it’s permafree, if that helps. Thank you so much, on behalf of all the indie authors out there. : )

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  7. What a great idea, Jacqui, and thanks for the opportunity. My first Casey Holland mystery, The Opposite of Dark, definitely fits the Cozy Plus category. It should be available free on Mar. 27th–if I can get Amazon to cooperate, as I’m doing a promo that day.

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  8. Jacqui, it a brilliant idea to first spread out the challenge and then call out for suggestions. I became hooked on the comments and there are so many wonderful books… have a great time and look forward to them all!😀

    Under Family Saga I can highly recommend Tiger Tail Soup by Nicki Chen

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  9. Hi Jacqui, My new book, A Ghost and His Gold fits into regionalism. Teagan’s books about Pip definitely fit into Girl Adventurer. I’m going to tell her to come on over and join in the fun. Judith Barrow writes lovely family sagas and so does James Cudney.

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  10. I can see that you’ll have fun the next two years, Jacqui. What a great idea to line up the indie books with your chosen genres. My poetry Songs of Heartstrings fits in the Quiet Memoir genre because it’s a memoir in poetry form. I’m writing another memoir but it’s only half way done. It may be done by the time you come to Q genre. Spreading the challenge into two years is perfect as you’ve done it.

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  11. Oooh. That sounds like fun, Jacqui. I’ll join in two categories though feel free to only use one. Magical Realism – The Sorcerer’s Garden fits that one, I think. And Post-apocalyptic – The Bone Wall fits there. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I look forward to filling up my kindle! Ha ha

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  12. I have written Girl Adventure – Liftoff and my Champion Trilogy.
    I’m not sure Liftoff is scientific enough for the scientific fiction category.
    I’ve definitely written experimental fiction: Ashes Burn, a hint fiction series in 210 episodes in an ebook format.
    I’ve written drabbles, and some of those feature in my short story collection Flicker, but most are stories I have yet to put into a collection. Hmm.
    I love this list. It’s an idea generator in many ways.

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  13. I would never have the ambition to undertake the A-Z challenge, Jacqui. What a great idea you have about spreading it out. I’ll be looking forward to your posts!

    My book, Eclipse Lake (available on Amazon), is a family saga with a mystery and romance in the plot. Not sure if that qualifies, but thought I’d toss it out there 🙂

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  14. Hi Jacqui! Well, my ‘Swiss Chocolate’ trilogy is a family saga. April in Galway and Villa del Sol are definitely regional. If you’d like any of these ebooks, let me know and I’ll send them to you. 💚 PS Great theme!

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    • I don’t think you have any books? Based on your blog description, if you have one I missed, it would definitely be regionalism. What do you think?

      Cozy Plus does look interesting! I was pretty happy to find it.


      • Nope, none yet. But I will at some point 😉 If I did possibly regionalism (I write cozy, not cozy plus so would have to fit in a different genre).

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