Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Building Character and Release News! I'm ecstatic!

For today's BROKEN BRANCH FALLS blog tour stop, I'm ecstatic to see Kim Van Sickler's review, and I'll be talking to her about character building at Swagger Writers. Kim and the gang are all about books, authors, reviews, and then some. Check them out!

Tomorrow (Thursday), I'm ecstatic for POP TRAVEL to be featured on ereader news today!

And Friday, I'm ecstatic to have Gabe do his first interview where he will discuss being a NERD with C. Lee McKenzie! Lee knows MG, YA, .... And her latest book comes out on Friday too!! Lookie! Seriously intense.

Hutchinson McQueen has a rough life and things get rougher when he is sent to juvie for a crime he had no part of - is there hope in such a place when nothing has worked out right before?

I know it's a lot, but I hope you can stop by for a peek. Thanks!

Now, I'm so ecstatic to share TWO more new releases!

My good friend, Elizabeth Seckman's release of beautiful BELLA'S POINT.

Bella's Point
A historical romance.
Bella has the spirit of Scarlet O'Hara and the heart of Melanie Wilkes. A former debutante surviving in the fallen South....

Isabella Troy Stanley is a divorced, slave freeing pariah surviving in the shattered post Civil War south the only way she knows how. She heads to a Yankee prison and buys herself a husband. 

Jack Byron is the former Troy plantation stable boy and object of young Bella’s affection. He rejected her then, and he’s still not sold on the idea of marrying her now. Sure, she’s pretty, but he remembers too well how even a glance in her direction got a man of his low standing ridden out of town. No, Jack’s more sensible now, not to mention he might still be betrothed to another woman.

It’s complicated.

My Bella's Point Blog Challenge entry:
The year was 1865....
Sweat dripped down her cheek. The lacy fan did no good against the fierce heat that seemed to claw its way up from the depths of hell itself. They'd lost so much in the war, Ermandine was on the verge of selling her body so her family could eat. The only reason she lingered on the sun-drenched porch, was to catch a glimpse of Marcus on his daily ride home from the mill. That stud might be the answer to her prayers.

Erma had no earthly idea why she bothered torturing herself, day after day. Marcus didn't know she was alive. Maybe today would be the day she walked closer to the road and dropped her handkerchief.

She stood, willing herself down the steps. Judging by the sun sinking into the magnolia trees, it had to be almost time. She listened for the steady beat of hooves that usually matched her quickening heart. But all was still. Then she heard a terrible screaming.

Worry gave her a shiver, despite the hundred degree temperature. She rushed to the gate and searched down the road. Her heart stopped as she saw Marcus. The man and his magnificent black horse had crashed with a farmer's hay cart.

Lifting her skirts, Erma ran down the dirt road, not caring about the mud splattering her one fine dress. She knelt down beside him and cradled his head.

The farmer, who stood unhurt, wrung his hat in his hands. "He wasn't watching. I tried to swerve."

Tears streamed down Erma's face. The young man whimpered from under the overturned cart. As he opened his eyes, the strong horse shook his head and rose to his feet, no damage done.

"Erma. Sweet, Erma. I don't think I'm going to make it. Take care of Marcus for me."

She smiled through her tears. "I will. There's always room in our stable for a fine stud."

And finally!
And another good friend, M.J. Fifield's elegant EFFIGY! It's here!

EFFIGY (Epic Fantasy)
Book One in the Coileáin Chronicles
by M.J. Fifield
Release date: July 22, 2014 (NOW!!)

Now available in paperback atAmazonAmazon UK, andCreateSpace (E-book editions to follow soon!)

Young Queen Haleine Coileain must overthrow the reign of her evil husband, joining forces with the leader of the rebellion. To protect her people, she must lie, steal, and deceive, doing whatever it takes, compromising her beliefs, to lift their plight.

Her journey introduces her to an unbelievable world of monsters and an incredible love - both of which strip her soul bare, as she sacrifices all to save her kingdom.

For what life will exist if evil prevails?

If you all made it to the end of this long post, congratulations! And much thanks!

A summary of my tour stops:
Today - Character Building interview and review with Kim at Swagger!
Thursday - BBF featured on ereader news!
Friday - Gabe the goblin's nerdy interview with C. Lee McKenzie!

And here's your reward! Try this BEASTLY QUIZ to find out what kind of beast you are!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, you packed a lot in today! Will definitely visit Kim.

The Silver Fox said...

Just read and enjoyed the interview. Congratulations.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on all your exciting appearances. You are so busy. I'll try to visit.

M.J. Fifield said...

Thank you so much for the shout-out!

Michelle Wallace said...

Three great covers!
Congrats to C.Lee, Elizabeth & M.J!
Tara you are all over the place... rocking the blogosphere!
I'll pop in when I can...

Loni Townsend said...

Ha! I love your entry for the Bella's Point challenge. Cracked me up. *virtual high five*

Grats to everyone on the releases!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Have fun with your tour Tara. Congrats all authors featured today.

LD Masterson said...

This was one "ecstatic" post. Loved the challenge entry.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh my goodness! You so totally fooled me. Now that is a twist!! Love it! Thanks so much for the help.

cleemckenzie said...

Wow! You covered some new books, all right! Thanks for the shout out about Double Negative and for mentioning in such good company. See you at The Write Game tomorrow.

Nicole said...

Whew, that is quite the mix to be ecstatic about! ;)

Christine Rains said...

Loved the interview, and your challenge entry was fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I like the ending of your story.

So many cool books here.

The Armchair Squid said...

Congrats to Elizabeth and MJ!

Shah Wharton said...

Congrats to everyone's release - I've seen all of the above around quite a lot recently and featured Lee on my blog too.

And so pleased for you too Tara! Congratulations on the great review and getting book of the day! :)

Liz Blocker said...

Ha! I love that twist at the end. I did NOT see that coming. Great etry for the challenge! And congrats to all!!

Cherie Reich said...

Love the twist at the end!

Congrats to Elizabeth, Lee, and M.J.!

Lady Lilith said...

Great books.

T. Drecker said...

Wow! This post is packed with all sorts of awesome. So happy for everyone. Love the twist on your story. :)

Melissa said...

Lots of good news!
And, uh oh, serious competition. ;)

Mark Koopmans said...

Ha! That *was* an awesome twist :)

Leovi said...

Very interesting Kim Van Sickler and the formation of the characters!

Lexa Cain said...

Yay for Lee, Elizabeth, and MJ!! And super-yay for your new MG - I love that cover!! :)