Author Spotlight: Amy Campbell

19 Apr

Today, I have the pleasure of bringing a new author to your attention. I’m going to go ahead and say “You’re welcome” now, because once you read the rest of this post, you’re going to Amazon one-click this chick and get her debut novel into your grabby, greedy little hands. Again, you’re welcome.

This is really exciting for me because not only is Amy Campbell a previous co-worker, she’s a friend, and someone who has supported me in my writing career as well. But I know you’re probably not going to read a bunch more words before getting bored, so I’ll just drop this here to retain your attention.

Again, you’re welcome. Get Breaker here.

I know, right? You’re already intrigued. As if you needed more incentive, here’s the blurb:

Walking Disaster. Ruiner. Spook. Sorcerer. The reason we can’t have nice things. 

The citizens in the town of Bristle have called Blaise every name in the book. Born a Breaker, his unbridled magic wreaks havoc with a touch. As his peers land apprenticeships, Blaise faces the reality that no one wants a mage who destroys everything around him. When enemy soldiers storm the town hunting for spellcasters, he has no choice but to escape and rush headlong into the unknown. 

A chance encounter with a pegasus sets Blaise on the path to a new life. Despite the machinations of a surly gunslinger, he finds a place to belong in the hardscrabble world of the outlaw mages.   

But even an outlaw mage can’t outrun his past, and Blaise’s returns with a vengeance, threatening his chosen family.  Can Blaise find the grit to harness his volatile magic into a saving grace, or will his most dangerous challenge be his last? 

Now that you’ve drooled over the cover (so gorgeous) and gotten hooked by the blurb, you’re about to get more with an interview with the author herself. Amy has graciously answered all of my questions so that you, dear reader, can get to know her a little bit. Allons-y!

Imagine two gals in two tufted wingback chairs chatting fireside while sipping tea and having nibbles. Go on, I’ll wait.

Got it? Good. Now, here’s Amy.

What was your favorite part of “Breaker”?

Definitely the interplay of the characters and seeing them find their voices and grow.

What was the hardest part to write?

This is going to sound ridiculous but…the plot. I’ve tried to be a reformed Pantser, but my characters tend to apply dynamite to any outlines I create and things just don’t work. So hammering out a cohesive plot was a real challenge.

What do you wish was different about this book?

That it was already an audiobook too, but wow are they expensive to make! Otherwise I am really happy with Breaker.

Can we expect more in this world or with these characters? When?

Oh, definitely. Breaker ends with a mini-cliffhanger (sorrynotsorry). Book 2, Effigest, is in the works and I hope to have it out before the end of 2021!

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Oh, there’s so many great authors. Mercedes Lackey, Robin Hobb, Kevin Hearne, Anne Bishop, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs. I need to read more indie authors, which is one of my resolutions, but I also need more time to do so. I love The Heralds of Valdemar series though I have not been able to keep up with it. Hobb’s Farseer series. Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid. Bishop’s The Others series. I’m a series reader.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten? From whom?

Just keep writing. Not sure from who, lots of people seem to say it and it’s overall good advice.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? How did that impact your writing?

Since I got back to writing, I haven’t done a lot in the whole critique area beyond sending my book to betas and my editor. My experience from 15+ years ago has made me shy of it since there were some rather venomous people back then. I guess you could say it impacted my writing by making me not want to write, though that wasn’t fully why I stopped writing. (Trad publishing was an uphill battle, not enough time, etc.)

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I really want to be a plotter but I just can’t do it. I’m probably more a plantser because I have a rough road map…and then my characters drive over a cliff.

Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?

Many of the characters in my head are 20+ years old, from my previous time writing. I have stories to tell about them, though the plot ideas are different than they were years ago! So for me the characters definitely come first.

Why did you choose this genre to write in? Do you see yourself branching out into other genres?

I’m a fantasy reader, thus a fantasy writer. Though I mostly seem to enjoy reading urban fantasy with some high/epic sprinkled in. Breaker turned into a weird western fantasy (which was not the original intent, but I went with it because it was fun). If I branched into other genres it will likely first be other fantasy sub-genres.

What project are you working on now?

The next book in the series, Effigest! Like my readers, I have to know what happens to these crazy characters!

Are there certain themes you like to address in your writing?

It varies by project. Breaker is about found family and having confidence in yourself. The next book will carry over some of those themes and branch out with some new ones. I’m very excited that one of Effigest’s overarching themes will be “You can’t save the world, but sometimes it’s enough to change one person’s world.”

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Can I send my kids to have dinner with 3 people and I can eat a quiet dinner myself, reading a book? No? Well, it was worth a try. Chris Evans, because who wouldn’t want to have dinner with real life cinnamon roll Captain America? Lamar Burton because c’mon, Reading Rainbow! And Neil Gaiman with the hopes that maybe whatever makes him successful might rub off on me in that short time.

My thanks to Amy for taking the time to answer my questions. Just one more thing. Cinnamon roll Cap? Yes, please.

Of course, now that I’ve gotten you interested in Amy and her debut novel, here’s a bit more about her and where you can find her online:

A librarian, mother, and wife, Amy somehow carves out time to also write. Magic is probably involved. She developed a passion for reading and writing from an early age, inspired by armfuls of horse books checked out from the local library. Amy still checks out too many books, so some things haven’t changed.  

Alllll the social medias:





Amazon Author Page

Now that you’ve met Amy, gotten to hear from her, and are on your way to one-click Breaker, all that’s left for me to say is:

New Release from Whit McClendon!

1 Feb

If you’re an avid reader of the urban/high fantasy genre, then I’ve got an author for you to check out. You may already be familiar with some of his work, but if not, please allow me the distinct pleasure of introducing you to Whit McClendon. *introductory gesture* Get acquainted because he’s probably going to be your new favorite read. You’re welcome.

Now, today marks the release of Grim Obligations – Book Three in the GrimFaerie Chronicles, a modern-day urban fantasy set in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. It’s Texas, so yes, there are guns, but no, there are no cowboys. The excitement of the Lone Star State notwithstanding, this book is a ride and a half, much like the first two in this series. Not to mention, the cover is slick as hell.

Here’s the blurb:

Keeping the eternal balance between Good and Evil is a rough job, but GrimFaeries love dirty work. Hidden from mortal eyes, they walk quietly among us, delivering an instant death sentence to those who deserve it. As he patrols the shadows of Houston, Texas, Kane the Grim keeps his fangs sharp and his claws sharper. His true form hidden by an illusion, he protects the innocent from horrors they wouldn’t believe. His partner, Ariana, is a witch equally skilled with machine guns and magick spells. She’s never far away, and always ready to throw down alongside the Grim.

When an evil sorcerer binds Kane to his service, Kane is ordered to kill a friend. . .and not just any friend, but Ariana’s new lover, businessman and shapeshifter Max Von Gerhardt. Can mutual friend Detective Avery Lynne use her new powers to help them break the spell, or will Kane have to face the claws and fangs of the King of the Werewolves in a battle to the death?

Seriously. You read the blurb. Now go get it.

Before I jump to his links and backlist, I want to you to know a little more about Whit McClendon. He was kind enough to answer some questions for me in order for you to make his acquaintance. Happy reading!

What was your favorite part of “Grim Obligations”?

There’s a scene between Kane and Avery that made me laugh when I wrote it. She’s a bit sassy, that one.

What was the hardest part to write?

The final battle scene was somewhat difficult to write. I had no idea how I was going to tie it all up, but I think it went surprisingly well.

What do you wish was different about this book?

Hmmm…that it would be a bestseller?

“Grim Obligations” is the third installment of the GrimFaerie Chronicles. Can we expect more? When?

Oh, absolutely, these stories are too much fun to write for me to stop. I average about a book a year, though I’m trying to increase my writing time to improve that.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

So…many…favorites. Dennis L McKiernan stands out as my favorite epic fantasy author, and his book, Dragondoom, still gets me choked up if I think about certain scenes too long. I also love Raymond Fiest, Simon Green, Dean R Koontz, and Stephen King. Koontz’s book Lightning is definitely in my top 3.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten? From whom?

I have two pieces of advice I got early on that have served me quite well. When I was a few chapters into my first book, I hit a snag. A dear friend of mine (who was also my fencing instructor) told me to stop writing with one hand while erasing with the other. ‘Just get the words on the page, man, you can edit it later. You can’t edit what’s not there.’ Since then, I’ve stopped censoring myself during the rough draft and I just get the story down, knowing I can fix it later. Secondly, fantasy author Dennis McKiernan once told me to read aloud everything I write once I think it’s finished. He said that would catch lots of little things that your mind glosses over when you read silently. It works like gangbusters, lol!

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? How did that impact your writing?

I’ve had a couple of amazing editors (Michelle and Tara) that have helped me get rid of crutches and be more active in my voice. I can take pretty much any kind of constructive criticism. I’m always learning, and if something gets in the way of how I want the story to sound, it’s just an opportunity to work on my skills. The harshest thing anyone has ever said about my writing is that reading my first book was ‘like dragging my mind through broken glass.’ Reading that review made me mad for about 10 seconds, then I busted out laughing. Many others loved that book. You can’t please everyone, and I certainly didn’t please that guy, lol! I felt like I’d joined a club with that one-star review.

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

OMG, I’m SUCH a pantser. I often have no idea how events in my story will play out until I’m literally writing the final chapters. Writing is far more discovery than creation for me. I will occasionally pull out a whiteboard when I need a push, but that’s about as far as I go with plotting.

Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?

Well, it always starts with a scene that pops up in my mind. It may involve a character I already know or someone new. Either way, if it’s interesting enough, I have to write it down. Sometimes, that’s all I get…one scene. But if I spend time with that scene, more story elements reveal themselves, and suddenly, I’m writing a book.

Why did you choose this genre to write in? Do you see yourself branching out into other genres?

I’ve always loved fantasy stories, so whether epic or urban, I enjoy writing heroic tales of adventure. I love the unlimited possibilities those worlds present. Other than that, I’ve had a faint itch to write something in the horror genre, but the right story has yet to present itself.

What project are you working on now?

I’ve been picking at a prequel to my epic fantasy trilogy, but a story in the GrimFaerie world concerning Maximus, the Werewolf King, has recently grabbed my attention. He may need his own series.

Are there certain themes you like to address in your writing?

Responsibility and politeness. I never consciously try to insert those concepts, but they always find their way in somehow.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Mom and Dad (they’ve both passed) because I miss them. That third dinner guest…hmmm…I’ll get back to you on that.

Other Books by Whit McClendon:

Fire of the Jidaan Trilogy:

Mage’s Burden: Book 1 of the Fire of the Jidaan Trilogy

A weakened mage and a handful of untested warriors must battle an evil sorcerer and bloodthirsty horde. Will their newly-discovered powers be enough? Get it here.

Gart’s Road: Book 2 of the Fire of the Jidaan Trilogy

A lone, reluctant warrior searches for revenge, while the Guardians battle the evil sorcerer’s army at every turn. The epic fantasy tale of good vs. evil continues! Get it here.

A Mage Awakens: Book 3 of the Fire of the Jidaan Trilogy

The Guardians retreat and make their last stand against the unstoppable forces of Mordak. But there’s a storm coming—the final Guardian approaches from afar. Will Gart arrive in time to tip the balance, or will the forces of evil triumph after all? The thrilling conclusion of the Fire of the Jidaan Trilogy! Get it here.

Forge Born Duology:

Reyanna’s Prophecy: Book 1 of the Forge Born Duology

A girl. A warrior priestess. Three aging heroes. Together, they must stop the world’s most powerful mage before his good intentions seal their doom. Get it here.

Reyanna’s Fire: Book 2 of the Forge Born Duology

​The tale began in Reyanna’s Prophecy: bound by a shared vision of devastating power, a young girl, aging heroes, a dangerous Mage, and a trio of evil sorcerers embark on dangerous paths. Reyanna’s Fire draws them together in the story’s stunning conclusion! Get it here.

The GrimFaerie Chronicles:

Grim Undertakings: Book 1 of the GrimFaerie Chronicles

Kane is a GrimFaerie. He’s an assassin, a soldier of the Light who’s not afraid to fight dirty. Ariana is a tough Texas girl, a two-gun totin’, magick throwin’ witch. When Kane saves Ariana from a serial killer, they discover that a greater evil lurks behind it all. Together, they’ll fight monsters, magick, and armed thugs as they struggle to stop a rich and powerful sorcerer. Get it here.

A Grim Situation: Book 2 of the GrimFaerie Chronicles

Kane the GrimFaerie and Ariana the Texas witch are back! Demonic drugs hit the scene, and our supernatural heroes are on the hunt for a bad guy. A detective from Kane’s past throws a wrench in the works, and things get wild! Pursuing a killer from Texas to New Mexico, all while being framed for murder, it’s a heart-stopping thrill ride as Kane and Ariana race to catch the demon-monger before all hell breaks loose…literally. Get it here.

Grim Obligations: Book 3 of the GrimFaerie Chronicles

Scroll up. It’s all there. But you can still get it here.

But wait, there’s more! Whit is also the author of several non-fiction fitness guides. Check ’em out:

Short Workouts for Beginners: Get Healthier and Stronger at Home (Jade Mountain Workout Series Book 1) Get it here.

More Beginner Workouts: The Next Step: Training at Home with Basic Equipment (Jade Mountain Workout Series Book 2) Get it here.

Kettlebell Training for Beginners: The Basics: Swings, Snatches, Get Ups, and More (Jade Mountain Workout Series Book 3) Get it here.

Now that you’re thoroughly intrigued, here a bit about Whit himself:

Whit McClendon is a successful business owner, martial artist, and author. He founded and runs Jade Mountain Martial Arts in Katy, Texas ( ). He enjoys combining his many years of martial arts training with his longtime love of fantasy tales to write his stories. In addition, he writes a series of instructional workout books to help beginners who want to improve their health and fitness. He enjoys singing in the shower, baltering, and playing lacrosse.

Where you can find him on the intarwebs:





Jade Mountain 

New Release from Allison Cosgrove!

20 Jan

I’ve been a fan (and a friend) of Allison’s for a while now, and I was super excited to hear about a new book!


I thought I would take this opportunity and give her a big shout out and drop her information so that you can check it out for yourself. If you’ve not read any of her work, I urge you to do so. Without further ado, I present Jack: Book One of the Rann Brothers Trilogy.




Okay, here’s the blurb. Stop staring at the cover and read it.

Jack Rann needed answers. As his stint in prison comes to an end, he still questions how he ended up in prison rags instead of a tailored designer suit.

Was it his outlandish playboy lifestyle?

Or perhaps his role as a member of an infamous crime family finally caught up with him.

Either way, Jack is determined to uncover the dark underlying secrets that could threaten the existence of their family. Time is of the essence as Jack works to prove his theories, all while saving what is most important to him…family.

And there you have it…a brand new novel from Allison Cosgrove. Grab your copy today!

Here’s a little info about Allison and where you can find all of her books:

Allison Cosgrove was born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. A married mother of three daughters, she runs her own business by day and creates her own worlds by night. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters hiking in the woods or sitting by the fire reading a good book. She has had the love of reading and writing detective mysteries from the age of twelve but it has only been since the birth of her youngest that she has gotten serious about crafting some of her own works for others to enjoy. She credits her family and friends with being the driving force that has given her the strength to breathe life into her books.

Allison’s Contact Info:

Universal Book Links:

STAN BROOKSHIRE SERIES                           

Sacrifice of Innocence

Dragon Twins

An Insomniacs Dream                

Pieces of You             

The Widowmaker                       

Only The Willing                        






Author Spotlight: Whit McClendon

8 May

Throughout my writing journey, I can say I have met some truly wonderful people. Some of them have even become cherished friends. More often than not, my writer friends are scattered far and wide across the globe, and I have only met face to face with a few. Having said that, I had the pleasure of meeting this particular author last year. So I thought I would pass that same pleasure along to all of you.

Here’s a few tidbits (shamelessly stolen from his website):

54257340_10158624925510620_8143792824018534400_oWhit McClendon was born on October 31, 1969 in Freeport, Tx. He grew up in Angleton, Texas and was active in martial arts, track and field, and playing the clarinet in band. One year at Texas A & M proved that lacrosse was far more fun than electrical engineering, and he eventually graduated with a degree in Engineering Design Graphics from Brazosport College. After working in the petrochemical field as a CAD drafter for many years, Whit finally achieved his life’s dream of becoming a full-time martial arts instructor. He now lives with his family in Katy, Texas, plays lacrosse as often as possible, and runs Jade Mountain Martial Arts. He laughs a lot more now than he did when he worked at the engineering firm.

But here’s what I really want to talk about….


Get it here!


Get it here!


Everyone does it. We all judge books by covers. And these new covers for The Forge Born Duology are magnificent. Brilliant. Beautiful. And because I was SOOOOO excited for him, I figured I would showcase it here on The Tarasphere. They’re really too pretty to not be appreciated.

McClendon’s genre of choice has been epic/high fantasy, but he’s recently branched out in a grittier fashion with his brand new urban fantasy novel, Grim Undertakings, which takes place right here in Houston. I had the honor of beta-reading that one, and I am happy to say that I loved it, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book. *glares directly at McClendon*



If you want to know more about Whit McClendon or his books, a plethora of links are below. Browse them at your leisure and enjoy!








Author Karen Aminadra and The Suitable Bride

14 Jul

Author Karen Aminadra has taken over the blog today to celebrate the release of her eighth novel! We’re so happy to being you this great author and a great new title! Take it away, Karen!!!!


Today I am celebrating the launch of my eighth novel! Yes, eighth!
I cannot even believe I am here already! It has been such an exciting journey and wonderful four years since I published my first novel.
The Suitable Bride is book 2 in The Emberton Brothers series and is a clean Regency romance novel.
In the first novel, we followed the story of Richard, the eldest of the three brothers. In this book, we follow Edward the middle one.

Edward is the driven one out of the three. He has spent years working hard at achieving his dream. He’s a politician and dreams of being Prime Minister of Britain one day. He knows the advantages there are to be had in marrying and is eager to find a bride from amongst the set who will help advance his career.
Frances Davenport is the daughter of a lord. She is privileged and has led a life that has had its ups and downs…literally speaking 😉 She’s a little naughty. She doesn’t believe there is one single man out there who can please her as a husband and is resigned to that fact. Until she meets Edward, that is…

To celebrate the release of The Suitable Bride I am having a bumper giveaway with a big list of goodies! Please visit my blog to enter! And good luck!

Suitable Bride Cover 


Edward Emberton wants to be Prime Minister. He has a passionate vision for the future of England, which includes the abolition of slavery. As the son of a tradesman, his journey to Parliament has been a difficult one, but there is only one thing left to cement this foothold on the steps to Parliament – a suitable bride. She must be of noble birth, reasonable intelligence, mild temperament, and extraordinary beauty.

Frances Davenport is most of those things. And a suitable marriage to Edward isn’t only the answer to her prayers; it’s a way to keep her secrets. Edward is handsome, driven, and better still, enchanted by her beauty. It’s more than a suitable match; it couldn’t be more perfect.

But appearances are often deceiving, and Frances’ beguiling beauty comes with its own set of problems. Edward and Frances are about to discover that there’s more to marriage than suitability because neither is as suitable as they seem…


Karen Aminadra head shot


Author bio –

Karen is a multi-genre author who writes novels within many different genres; Historical Romance, Historical Crime, and modern Chick-Lit.

She can usually be found sat at the computer either writing a novel, writing down new ideas or on social media chatting!

Her love of reading, writing short stories, and her childhood imaginary world led quite naturally to writing novels. Encouraged to read by her bookworm father and grandmother and by winning a writing competition in just her first year of secondary school, she was spurred on, and she has been writing stories ever since. Her love of mystery and plot twists that she put into that first story continues today.

She has traveled to and lived in many countries, not just in her imagination, and has gained an insight into people’s characters that shines through in her work. Today, with her feet firmly back in the United Kingdom, she travels the world, the universe and in time through her imagination and her novels.

She is now the author of eight novels:

Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues

Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues Book 2

Relative Deceit – Death in the Family

The Uncanny Life of Polly

It’s a Man’s World – Lettie Jenkins Investigates

Wickham – Pride & Prejudice Continues Book 3

The Spice Bride – The Emberton Brothers Series Book 1

The Suitable Bride – The Emberton Brothers Series Book 2

In 2012 she received a B.R.A.G Medallion ™ for her debut novel Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues.

In 2013 she was once again honoured with a B.R.A.G Medallion ™ for Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues Book 2.

In 2016 she received another prized B.R.A.G Medallion™ for Wickham -Pride & Prejudice Continues Book 3.

For more information and to download a free book visit

Juliana – Cover Reveal!

17 Aug

By- Vanda
Genre- LGBT/Literary Fiction/Historical
Expected Publication Date-  September 14, 2015

It’s 1941 and Alice “Al” Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her childhood friends to make it on the Broadway stage, only to find she has no talent. She meets Juliana, the glamorous, perpetually-on-the-brink-of stardom nightclub singer whose voice sounds to her like “warm milk slipping down the whole of my body.”

Juliana, a sexual risk-taker with a secret, easily reels in a mesmerized Al who has never felt a love like this before.  Al is determined to hang onto Juliana no matter what. The only problem is that Juliana is more a woman of her time than Al could ever have expected.

Through Juliana, Al enters a secret world that includes men who wear frilly bathrobes and grass skirts and women who smoke cigars and wear pants with the zippers in the front.  Cameo appearances are made by Liberace, Ethel Merman, Talulah Bankhead, Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury and other 1940s celebrities.

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“Exposing the Flesh – Book Three: Love and Ink Series” Release Blast

18 Mar

Exposing the Flesh Front

*Warning: Intended for 18+ only. Contains graphic language and sex, as well as depictions of violence and sexual assault that may be disturbing to some readers.*

Niall Donovan is a talented photographer. When it comes to women, he can have his pick and has. But beneath the flirtatious, joking smiles he’s hiding long buried pain and traumatic memories. Memories that are breaking the surface once more. Memories that he’ll do anything to shut up. When suicide doesn’t work for him, he indulges in pills, drugs, and physical pain. They seem to help some, but they barely take the edge off.

London Black has been put through the wringer. Between a car accident that nearly killed her, months of physical therapy, and finding out the boyfriend she moved to Midtown for has been cheating all along, she’s done being the sweet wholesome girl everyone thinks she is. A one night stand with the sexy photographer she meets at a club is just the thing she needs to boost her ego. It does more than that when the explicit photos of them are the main exhibit at the local art gallery. Embarrassed, angry, and now without a prospective job, she confronts him on opening night. But when he offers her a generous deal with room and board in return for more photos, she accepts. Taking naked photos with him for a large sum of cash doesn’t seem like that horrible of an option, and besides they both intend to keep things completely professional.

When the shutter starts snapping, however, it’s hard for either to deny what’s developing between them. Neither are in a good place and prefer those desires stay hidden in the dark, but the camera doesn’t lie. Baring it all may expose more than their bodies. But exposing their hearts may be more than Niall or London bargained for.

About the Author-
J.A. HowellJ.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

Amazon Author Page-

Houston Authors Bash 2015!

26 Feb

Saturday’s the day, people! I will be at the 2015 Houston Authors Bash in Katy, Texas to sign books and meet readers! Tickets are free, so stop by the event page and get yours. I hope to see you there!

I’ll have copies of four of my books available. Which ones? I’m so glad you asked. I’ll have:

Redemption in Blood: A Novel of The Penitent

Can't you see this one in your grabby little hands?

Can’t you see this one in your grabby little hands?

Lucius: The Fallen

Yeah....just, yeah.

Yeah….just, yeah.

Jude: The Fallen

Don't even get me started on those freaking feathers.

Don’t even get me started on those freaking feathers.

And finally, Rehab is For Witches!

Really, you can't go wrong with any of them.

Really, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

So come out, say hi, gawk and point at my awkwardness, whatever. There’s going to be loads of awesome authors hanging about, which means there will be books EVERYWHERE.

Yes, Michael, I know this feeling.

Yes, Michael, I know this feeling.

You can make new friends, discover new authors to stalk, er…read. I don’t judge.

a4mlcp.jpgHere’s the info. Hope to see you there!

Get your tickets here:

Houston Authors Bash

Harmony Science Academy – West Houston
22400 Grand Corner Dr, Katy, TX 77494



Rehab Is For Witches – Available now!

2 Nov

It’s here! It’s here! I’ve been waiting for so long for this to be released, you guys don’t even know….

Raise your glass! Read this book!

Raise your glass! Read this book!

But here it is, in all its shiny, new release-y glory!

Go on, lookit that gorgeous cover!

Go on, lookit that gorgeous cover!

I am so proud to be a part of this anthology. I was privileged to be able to work again with the incomparable Miranda Stork and Elle J. Rossi, and pleased to be working with Cynthia Valero, J.A. Howell, and Tyffani Clark Kemp for the first (and not the last *wink wink*) time.


Seriously. This was me all the time working and plotting with these ladies. They’re AWESOME.

The end result was something truly amazing. A great book with great characters, each of them with a story to tell. And my goodness, the stories they have to share. Witches, mayhem, drama, snark and creative spells, zombie whispering, some demon-type guy that’s REALLY attached to his pen, a cookie jar, and sly references to Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and Hanson. What more could you ask for? How about exploding man parts, hunky Scandinavian dudes, designer shoes, and an all-around good time? Well, we’ve got you covered.


Writing “A Trunk Full of Peril” was an incredible labor of love and feels. Circe and Hadrian mean so much to me, and I hope that if you pick up our book, they will give you as many feels as they gave me. Because they gave me a lot. Forcefully, I might add.


In short….here’s the blurb. Here’s the link. You know what to do. Allons-y!

In case you didn't know.

In case you didn’t know.

Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest.

The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song.

Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.

Little Raven is a town…for witches.

And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.

We will admit we are powerless over magic—that our lives have become unmanageable.

We will make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Goddess as we understand Her.

We will make a searching and fearless moral and magical inventory of ourselves.

We will admit to the Goddess, to ourselves, and to another being the exact nature of our magical wrongs.

We will make a list of all persons or beings we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.

We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We are entirely ready to bow before the Goddess and have Her remove all our defect of character, even at the risk of being entirely stripped of our magic.

But this is just the start. There’s something rotten in Little Raven, something that seeks to take all the magic it can, and devour the inhabitants in the process. It will take the strength and power of all the witches to defeat the darkness seeping into their town, beat it back, and be rid of it forever…and maybe just make it through rehab while they’re saving the world.

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Tara Wood Author PhotoTara S. Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal/fantasy romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at her part time job at the local library, surreptitiously scanning through the pages of books she’s supposed to be shelving. She spends a great deal of time scheming up new ideas and fangirling with friends over British television and film stars. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and is currently at work on several projects, all of them epic. She can also be found lurking on the internet, or in fine establishments such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Once More….With Feeling

23 Oct

As I’m sure most of you are aware (since I’ve been touting it all over FB and Twitter for the past month), I’m part of a new anthology that’s being released on Halloween. *cough Rehab is for Witches – from the fabulous folks over at SideStreet Cookie Publishing cough* Well, the final draft of my novella for this compilation has left my hands and as most writers (you do it, you know you do) do, I’ve been looking it over again. Because I can. Because that’s what we do.

And mostly, because I can’t let these people go. I LOVED writing Circe and Hadrian and their painful trek towards happiness. So much that in order to purge myself of the lingering feels, this post will now be dominated by gifs that can adequately express my emotion. Enjoy. (And don’t forget – October 31st – Rehab is for Witches – SideStreet Cookie Publishing) *shameless author promotion completed* ON TO THE GIFSETS!

It starts off like this...

It starts off like this…

Gets a little worse like this...

Gets a little worse like this…

Even worse...

Even worse…

I ain't even playing now, son...

I ain’t even playing now, son…

A brief pause to take a breath and hang on, because this ship, yo...this freaking ship.

A brief pause to take a breath and hang on, because this ship, yo…this freaking ship.

Some more angst to sweeten the deal....

Some more angst to sweeten the deal….

It gets you right there...right in your traitorous, ship-loving feels...

It gets you right there…right in your traitorous, ship-loving feels…





In the end, this is what you're reduced to. Ugly sobbing and nonsensical swearing.

In the end, this is what you’re reduced to. Ugly sobbing and nonsensical swearing.

And when you get to the end…none of the above mattered, because…

At least until release day, when you do this all over again.

At least until release day, when you do this all over again.