Monday, July 27, 2015

Simulation - You won't believe your eyes

Yay!!! It's finally here!! The stunning cover of

SIMULATION by Tara Tyler
Release Date: September 14, 2015

In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they're creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper's latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.

To make matters more frustrating, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who is looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn't her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.

To go with the cover reveal, I gave some bits of writerly advice through my awesome cover reveal helpers...check them out!

Tonja Drecker, MJ FifieldChristine RainsJulie FlandersSK AnthonyPatricia LynneElsie ElmoreKatie TellerSharon BaylissRena RockfordShah WhartonElizabeth Seckman, and Heather M Gardner

Re-released July 1, 2015

In 2080, Detective J.L. Cooper thought he could avoid pop, until he stumbles onto a video of a traveler who turns to dust. With help from the neurotic, genius “Creator” and a beautiful Southern charmer, Cooper has to expose the deadly glitch and shut it down or die trying. No problem.

Available now!
Amazon ~~~ B&N ~~~ Goodreads

I'm also the Lazy Housewife, with Elizabeth Seckman and Beth Fred, we are the Really Real Housewives of America - our new blog is dedicated to doling out tips and advice on how to economize time and money for a happier life (starts Aug 3!!)

And there are only a few days left for the POP TRAVEL giveaway!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cherish is a word that I use to describe...

I've signed up for the

Cherished Blogfest, hosted by Dan Antion,Paul RuddockPeter NenaSharukh Bamboat, and Damyanti at Daily (W)rite. And I found it through Patricia Lynne.

For the CHERISHED Blogfest, we are invited to talk about a cherished object on the 24th to 26th of July. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships.

I'm so glad I found this hop and actually have time to do it!
I'm sharing some pictures of the most cherished things in my life
My boys... Then

And now.
I can't believe how big they are. I'm so proud of them and frustrated by them daily at the same time! They've turned out so well!

As for a cherished thing, what came to mind first is my latest project - I've been pouring my heart into this production and seeing it come to life gives me chills. I'm so excited about it and the possibilities it represents. And I'm so happy to have a couple of extremely talented "interns" helping me with the illustrations and music composition. I can't wait to share it with the world, but until it's ready, here's a teaser...

JOLISSA, an Anti-Princess Story
a YouTube Storybook

Jolissa is a typical anti-princess. She's tough and selfish, at least on the outside she is. But when she enters a tourney and proves herself worthy of greatness, she runs away and alienates her only friend, her loyal dog Ziggy. Jolissa must face perilous dangers to find her precious pup, and might wind up saving the day despite herself.

Thanks for stopping by! Check out the long list of participants for more Cherished Moments!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Invitation to a Party! #giveaway

Grab your polka-dot party hat because you're invited to celebrate some summer book birthdays with me and a few thousand friends! Plus I'm giving out presents!!

On June 15, 2015
Tyrean Martinson released a wonderful collection of summer devotionals to take on the road.

by Tyrean Martinson

Fifteen devotions for families having fun on summer vacation. Included topics are: packing, driving, car games, maps, rest stops, sand, water, buckets of treasure, sunscreen, sunglasses, tent camping, campfires, flashlight tag, s'mores, and the summer night sky. Scriptures, devotional reflections, and prayers intertwine with these fun topics for sweet devotional time.

Taste the sweetness of God's Word that's even sweeter than s'mores cooked over a campfire.

Buy here: Amazon

NOTE! Tyrean is donating all of her earnings from each sale to Peace Rehabilitation Center in Nepal.

My words on Tyrean:
Tyrean Martinson is a caring, adventurous person. She gives it her all and enjoys life to the fullest. Her writing reflects her love for God and how we can overcome anything with His help. I'm glad to know her.

Visit her at her blog.

On June 26, 2015
Christine Rains released the third book of her Dice & Debauchery series.

By Christine Rains
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Modern erotic romance

Video game geek Josh Hanson never gets noticed by women until a gorgeous booth babe drags him into a dark room for a quickie.

She doesn't give him her name, and her face is covered by a silver mask. Josh is determined to find the dark-haired beauty again, but communication isn't easy in a huge hall filled with nerds. When they end up playing in a tournament later, the games extend into her hotel room. Josh wants more than just a con fling, but she's not easy to catch. Can he figure out how to beat her games and become her champion?

Buy links:

And check out the first two books in the Dice & Debauchery series:
Loose Corset
Layers of Lace

My words on Christine.
Christine Rains is a fabulous writer, regular blogger, and wonderful friend. She has a little geeky family and they are proud of it. And her blue-glasses wearing son is adorable! I love reading her stuff, especially the paranormal romance which she is a pro at.

Please visit her website and blog
You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

On July 6, 2015
Only a week ago, TB Markinson released her romantic comedy novel! What a cover!

by TB Markinson

Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound, while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Buy it here:
Amazon US  /   Amazon UK   /   Amazon Canada

My words on TB!
TB Markinson is a generous, supportive blogger. She's an American in England, and has adjusted beautifully! Check out her monthly ebook giveaway, in which I was happy to participate. She's a gem!

She's easy to find:
Twitter        Facebook        Blog        Goodreads     Amazon Author Page

And lastly, on 7/13/13, POP TRAVEL was born!
 I can't believe it's 2 years old today!

From this:                                                                                        To this!

POP TRAVEL is a techno-thriller with dashes of humor and romance about a cynical detective who pop teleports in a chase around the world to expose a deadly flaw in pop travel before he disappears.

I'm also in the process of turning it into a screenplay... keep your fingers crossed!

To celebrate all these awesome releases,
THIS WEEK I will be giving away
TEN FREE signed paperback copies of the original covered Pop Travel! 

Just mention you would like one in the comments, or email me direct at taratylertalks ~at~ gmail ~dot~ com

And don't forget, if you're interested in helping me with my next book birthday/blog tour - SIMULATION! Please sign up with the FORM.

And there's still time to enter POP TRAVEL's Re-release Giveaway!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Makeover can do Wonders!

I've been dying to show you guys my new POP TRAVEL cover. And here it is!

AMAZON  ~~~  B&N

I love my original first cover to pieces. But this one takes it to a whole nother level! And when you see SIMULATION's cover (July 27) it will all come together...

I must thank my friends, MJ Fifield, Christine Rains, SK Anthony, Heather M Gardner, Jessica Gunn, Elsie Elmore, Katie Teller, Sharon Bayliss, Rena Rockford, Tyrean Martinson, Elizabeth Seckman, and Julie Flanders for helping me with my cover reveal this week. And I encourage you to visit these awesome bloggers because: 1) They're worth the trip, 2) I added a little something extra to each of their posts... AND 3) They are donating copies of ebooks in my giveaway ! (see below)

OF BLOOD AND SORROW by Christine Rains
THE UNDEAD by Elsie Elmore
KINETIC by SK Anthony
EFFIGY by MJ Fifield
KIYA by Katie Teller
ALREADY HOME by Heather M. Gardner
CHAMPION IN FLIGHT by Tyrean Martinson
POLAR NIGHT by Julie Flanders
any title by Elizabeth Seckman

But hold on! I also have some tantalizing words to massage your temples with for IWSG day!

Sometime a makeover is just what we need. A makeover is a new beginning, a fresh start, a double-take. It can be as small as a new hairdo or as extreme as plastic surgery or a home renovation. (Or as exciting as a new cover!)

So when is it time for a Makeover?
  • Physically - when you look in the mirror and say "Ugh" for the umpteenth time? Maybe you just need a new hairstyle or new makeup, new glasses, or a new workout? Being happy on the inside is what counts and sometimes just a little tweak on the outside gives us that boost.
  • Mentally - take a survey of your mental health. Have you been on edge for too long? Depressed for longer than seems reasonable? My suggestion for a mental makeover is to seek out a new something - hobby, job, or activity. Getting active, meeting new people, and stimulating your brain are all ways to bring you out of a funk and relieve stress. (Personally, I get rejuvenated every week by singing at church. I know it's not for all, I wish it was, but I don't judge! It just sure gets me going!)
  • Writerly - we are in one of the most discouraging fields there are, so it's easy to get down on ourselves and wonder if we should quit - DON'T QUIT! Maybe you just need a makeover. 
    • Read a new book - maybe in a different genre
    • When you're stuck in editing, read it out loud (it sounds completely different than in your head)
    • Find a new critique partner, you can always use more perspective
    • Join a new writing group
    • Go to a book event (as a reader or an author!)
    • Write some flash fiction
    • Enter a contest
    • Experience life and take pictures and take notes - inspiration is everywhere! 
My publisher knew Pop Travel needed a makeover as the series is now evolving. And I'm hoping as I keep adding to it, more people will read it - that's the plan anyway. Nothing beats a great makeover to pump you up! Keep it fresh, right?

Ever had a makeover of any kind? Do tell!

And if you're interested in helping with my SIMULATION cover reveal and/or launch, here's the FORM - thank you!!

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