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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.

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Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24507118-exposing-the-flesh?from_search=true
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.

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Website-http://midtown-underground.com
Facebook:-https://www.facebook.com/JenniferHowlz
Twitter-https://twitter.com/jenniferhowlz
Goodreads-http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1472837.J_A_Howell
Pinterest:-http://pinterest.com/JenniferHowlz/
Youtube:-http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT8NDT1MMQc_4DnOgQLRpww
Amazon Author Page- http://www.amazon.com/J.-A.-Howell/e/B0092KDV8C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1380831530&sr=8-1
Publisher- http://sidestreetcookiepublishing.com/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Rehab-Witches-Tyffani-Clark-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00P1Q0B8Y/ref=sr_1_1/177-3955443-3095612?ie=UTF8&qid=1414762571&sr=8-1&keywords=rehab+is+for+witches

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rehab-Witches-Tyffani-Clark-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00P1Q0B8Y/ref=sr_1_1/277-2546130-4627822?ie=UTF8&qid=1414762640&sr=8-1&keywords=rehab+is+for+witches

 

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.

Interview with Author J.A. Howell!!!

4 Aug

We’re back again with another author interview! This time, The Tarasphere is proud to bring you J.A. Howell and her newest release, Possess My Heart (Book 3 in the Possess Saga). First, let me say, that if you haven’t heard of this series, run out and buy or download the first two books. I have read and loved them both. Howell’s characters are real and compelling and the woman knows how to spin a good story. I guarantee once you start, you’ll be clamoring to get your hands on everything she’s written.

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Now, the interview!!!

What was your favorite part of Possess My Heart?

There is quite a bit of humor in the story and I think those were probably my favorite parts as I let my goofy side show a bit more. Overall, the sheep shit scene, where Aggie slips in sheep crap, Camden laughs at her, and she promptly throws a handful at him that smacks into the side of his face.

What do you wish was different about the book?

You know? I’m not really sure. I’m pretty happy with it but I am sure there are always going to be things I could have improved with the story. I could see showing more insight into Camden’s life, but since the story is all from Aggie’s POV, it’s limited. With her cousin, Grant, being Camden’s best friend I could have given a bit more of a view into his life in that way though.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Right now I am obsessed with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. All time favorites are still Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Kurt Vonnegut.

As the Possess Saga moves on, do you find the characters harder or easier to write? 

With this one I was diving a bit deeper into Aggie’s character, but overall the story just flowed as I was also introducing new characters into the series. As I am returning to Harley and Nolan in later books it is a bit of a challenge, but one I definitely enjoy.I’m getting more into their pasts and their relationship is progressing from where it was at in Possess.

How strict are you with plotting? Do you outline or go where the story takes you?

I will plot, but it will be more of a big picture plot. As I progress, I make more detailed plots for the next few chapters I’ll be working through. Generally, regardless, the story still sometimes takes on a life of it’s own and pulls me into a completely different direction.

What is your writing routine?

I work during the weekdays so I come home, chill out for an hour, then dig into writing, usually while puffing on an e-cig and drinking green tea 🙂

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

At first it was the idea for the novel, then the characters came. However, with the characters in the Possess books some of them have inspired their own stories/series. For example, Brody came before his novella. While working on Possess I decided I had to see what happened to him before he died. Same with Possess My Heart. I put Aggie through the ringer, so she deserved her own story.

Tell us more about Midtown, and how many books do you see set in this location?

Midtown is a small fictional city in Rhode island that seems to have a high population of Irish, lots of pubs and bars, and is centered around Midtown University. So far all my books, even my first, Mistaken, which is actually 10 years later from the beginning of Possess, have been set in Midtown. I have 2 more Possess novels, 1 standalone Possess novel (it’s meant to bridge the gap to the next series), and then the Into The Fade Series, which will be 3 books. So overall as it is now, 10 books are going to be set there. I’d like to keep that running through later series as well, but we will see. Only so much craziness can happen in one little city.

What project are you working on now?

I am currently working on To Have & To Haunt, the fourth book in The Possess Saga. If you could guess from the title, there are upcoming nuptials…and some other not so great things about to happen. 🙂

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I’ve gotten some not so kind reviews, comparing my writing to that of a thirteen year old’s text messages, but I wouldn’t call that criticism, just…rudeness. In the past I have had to work at developing my characters better after criticism I’ve received from readers and betas, which I’m glad to have gotten.  The best compliment I’ve gotten has been multiple readers telling me how much they fell in love with my characters, because they mean a lot to me too.

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

My father, we lost him suddenly, so it would be nice to catch up and get in things we didn’t get to say to each other. My Grandma and Grandpa on my mom’s side because they had so many amazing stories from living through WWII Italy and growing up there. It would be nice to get more of those stories from them and be able to preserve those tales to share with my nieces and nephews that never got to meet them.

Now the fun questions:

Favorite junk food? Kit Kat bars!

Tea or coffee? It depends on my mood. I’ve got my kuerig and a huge stock of coffee, as well as a giant basket of different teas.

Favorite superhero(ine)? Why? Alucard from Hellsing (An amazingly awesome anime). He is the most badass vampire ever, and instead of being super evil, he actually is the good guy. He is also a bit nuts, which makes me love him more.

Favorite color? Lime Green

Favorite place you’ve visited? Seattle. I think I’m a hipster, but I just don’t want to admit it. Shhh.

What’s one quirky or fun fact about you? I sometimes narrate my pets when they sit there making faces at us because they want something. I also change the lyrics of songs into ones about my cat’s undying love of all things edible. I could probably make a compilation CD with one of those cheesy informercials.

And now that I have you captivated, here’s a little more about Possess My Heart…..

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“You can’t leave me because I’ll only ever love you.”

What was supposed to be a final goodbye turned into one last piece of unfinished business for Brody Walsh.

As long as Aggie Walker’s heart still belongs to him, he’s destined to remain in limbo, watching over her.
But when her family decides to send her to Scotland for the summer and she meets Camden MacTavish, it seems despite their constant head-butting that there may be something more between them.

That is, if she is willing to let Camden in.

As Aggie finds herself torn between her lover lost and her lover anew, it becomes clear that she cannot hold on to both. If she decides to let Camden into her heart, she will have to let Brody go. And if she can’t let Brody go, she risks losing Camden-and a second chance at love.

Forever.

JennHowellBio and Links for J.A. Howell:

J.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 notebookwith 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.

 
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It’s Christmas, er….Kiltmas in July!!!

25 Jul

Yep. You read that right. “Kiltmas” in July! What does that mean, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Two fabulous new releases from two great authors featuring hot at Hades Scotsmen…with kilts. Really, I don’t see a downside here. Seriously, kilts.

Tell us more, James. We're fascinated.

Tell us more, James. We’re fascinated.

First up is “Possess My Heart” from J.A. Howell. After having read the first two books in this series, I can tell you that I have been dying for this one. Do yourself a favor and start reading Howell’s work today. Great characters and great fun.

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“You can’t leave me because I’ll only ever love you.”
What was supposed to be a final goodbye turned into one last piece of unfinished business for Brody Walsh.
 As long as Aggie Walker’s heart still belongs to him, he’s destined to remain in limbo, watching over her.
But when her family decides to send her to Scotland for the summer and she meets Camden MacTavish, it seems despite their constant head-butting that there may be something more between them.
That is, if she is willing to let Camden in.
As Aggie finds herself torn between her lover lost and her lover anew, it becomes clear that she cannot hold on to both. If she decides to let Camden into her heart, she will have to let Brody go. And if she can’t let Brody go, she risks losing Camden-and a second chance at love.
Forever.
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JennHowellBio-J.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 notebookwith 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.

 
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BUT WAIT!!! THERE’S MORE KILTS!
Yes, Michael, I know this feeling.

Yes, Michael, I know this feeling.

And next, but certainly not least, is another one I’ve been foaming at the mouth for. “Shaggy Maggie” from Tyffani Clark Kemp has had me in a perpetual state of want from day one. Kemp has several books out, and a few more on the near horizon, so I would get started reading if I were you.
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Harvey Young, rock star lead of the Scottish band Shaggy Maggie, has dreamed his whole life about the red-haired girl from the school bus that he bullied until she ran away. He’s resigned himself to groupie fill-ins. There’s no way he’ll ever see her again. Why torture himself pining for his lost youth?

Magda Canady may be on the unlucky side, but her life is starting to work itself out. She’s an editor for a New York Publishing company and her long-time lawyer boyfriend is taking her home to Scotland to meet the parents and his younger brother. But the trip holds more danger than she could have imagined. Between a psycho stalker and the boy who tortured her through high school, she might lose her mind – and her life – before it’s all said and done.

When a chance encounter brings them together once more, it’s the past, the present, and a little psychosis that may get in the way of the future that was always meant to be.

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242Bio-

Tyffani Clark Kemp has been writing since she discovered in the sixth grade that it wasn’t enough just to read about fantastic places, but she could create her own. She weaves small bits of herself into everything she writes whether it be a science fiction piece about aliens or a dramatic romance fraught with conflict and love. In September 2012 Tyffani and a friend started SideStreet Publishing LLC. She lives in South Carolina with her family and her fluffy shii tzu-mix dog who things he’s a Saint Bernard.

FB: www.facebook.com/authorclarkkemp

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6557179.Tyffani_Clark_Kemp

Website: www.tyffanickemp.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/moviestareyes

July has never been hotter…or sexier! So, scroll back up, click on those gorgeous covers and purchase two great new reads today! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times….you CANNOT go wrong with a Scotsman in a kilt. You CANNOT go wrong with either or these authors. HAPPY READING!!!!

I'll bet he's reading. You should be reading, too.

I’ll bet he’s reading. You should be reading, too.

Cover Reveal Friday!!

13 Jun

Today on The Tarasphere, we’ve got two fabulous cover reveals for you! Both of these books already have a reserved space on my bookshelf, so take a quick look, jot them down, and make room on yours as well. You’re going to want both of these.

First up is Shaggy Maggie by Tyffani Clark Kemp!

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Harvey Young, rock star lead of the Scottish band Shaggy Maggie, has dreamed his whole life about the red-haired girl from the school bus that he bullied until she ran away. He’s resigned himself to groupie fill-ins. There’s no way he’ll ever see her again. Why torture himself pining for his lost youth?

Magda Canady may be on the unlucky side, but her life is starting to work itself out. She’s an editor for a New York Publishing company and her long-time lawyer boyfriend is taking her home to Scotland to meet the parents and his younger brother. But the trip holds more danger than she could have imagined. Between a psycho stalker and the boy who tortured her through high school, she might lose her mind – and her life – before it’s all said and done.

When a chance encounter brings them together once more, it’s the past, the present, and a little psychosis that may get in the way of the future that was always meant to be.

Shaggy Maggie Cover Paperback

242Bio-

Tyffani Clark Kemp has been writing since she discovered in the sixth grade that it wasn’t enough just to read about fantastic places, but she could create her own. She weaves small bits of herself into everything she writes whether it be a science fiction piece about aliens or a dramatic romance fraught with conflict and love. In September 2012 Tyffani and a friend started SideStreet Publishing LLC. She lives in South Carolina with her family and her fluffy shii tzu-mix dog who things he’s a Saint Bernard.

FB: www.facebook.com/authorclarkkemp

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6557179.Tyffani_Clark_Kemp

Website: www.tyffanickemp.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/moviestareyes

 

Our second reveal for today is Possess My Heart by J.A. Howell!!

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“You can’t leave me because I’ll only ever love you.”
What was supposed to be a final goodbye turned into one last piece of unfinished business for Brody Walsh.
 As long as Aggie Walker’s heart still belongs to him, he’s destined to remain in limbo, watching over her.
But when her family decides to send her to Scotland for the summer and she meets Camden MacTavish, it seems despite their constant head-butting that there may be something more between them.
That is, if she is willing to let Camden in.
As Aggie finds herself torn between her lover lost and her lover anew, it becomes clear that she cannot hold on to both. If she decides to let Camden into her heart, she will have to let Brody go. And if she can’t let Brody go, she risks losing Camden-and a second chance at love.
Forever.
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JennHowellBio-

J.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 notebookwith 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.

 
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