2 WINNERS! Genetic Attraction

Thanks to all of you who joined in our drawing for free copies of Genetic Attraction. (Most people entered by email if you’re wondering where the big list came from!  LOL) We have two winners!  
Suzette, friend and email follower, worked hard to bring in friends to the email group so her name would be entered multiple times, and it paid off! She WINS Genetic Attraction (or a book of her choice). Our new member winner is Michele’s mom (mcalester1996). Welcome to the group and be kind and share your copy of Genetic Attraction with Michele!
Lots of exciting things have been happening in the world of Tara Lain, erotic romance. My new short novella, VolleyBalls, is in final editing and it will be coming out in June or July. I’ll have a date soon. I’ll also have a page on the website dedicated to it very soon. And, of course, The Scientist and the Supermodel is scheduled for May 31!! I’m already setting up blog tour stops for the event. If you liked Genetic Attraction, I think you’ll love this boy/boy prequel that tells how the two heroes, Jake and Roan, met and fell in love. 
Genetic Attraction is now available at: Amazon and Fictionwise as well as at Loose Id.
Thank you all again for entering the drawing. There will be more exciting news coming soon!

WINNERS!!! of Genetic Attraction

Thanks to all of you who joined in our drawing for free copies of Genetic Attraction. (Most people entered by email if you’re wondering where the big list came from!  LOL) We have two winners!

Suzette, friend and email follower, worked hard to bring in friends to the email group so her name would be entered multiple times, and it paid off! She WINS Genetic Attraction (or a book of her choice). Our new member winner is Michele’s mom (mcalester1996). Welcome to the group and be kind and share your copy of Genetic Attraction with Michele!

Lots of exciting things have been happening in the world of Beautiful Boys Books. My new short novella, VolleyBalls, is in final editing and it will be coming out in June or July. I’ll have a date soon. I’ll also have a page on the website dedicated to it very soon. And, of course, The Scientist and the Supermodel is scheduled for May 31!! I’m already setting up blog tour stops for the event. If you liked Genetic Attraction, I think you’ll love this boy/boy prequel that tells how the two heroes, Jake and Roan, met and fell in love.

Genetic Attraction is now available at: Amazon and Fictionwise as well as at Loose Id.

Thank you all again for entering the drawing. there will be more exciting news coming soon!

Drawing: WIN Genetic Attraction or Book of Your Choice from LI

Hi everyone —
A number of folks have kindly offered to tell their friends about my books and blogs and i’d like to offer a prize for doing that very thing! This will be a drawing for a copy of Genetic Attraction, my M/M/F menage that was just rated Best Book at Whipped Cream Reviews. Or, if you’ve already read it, you can select a gift certificate to Loose Id for a book of your choice from all their great authors. Okay?
What i’d like is people to join my email list — that way they can receive updates on releases, special guests on the blog, contests and offers. Soooo –here’s how it works:
  • If you are not on my email list, please leave me your email addy by posting a comment here or email it to me at tara@taralain.com. That will count as 1 name in the contest drawing. If you are already on my email list, tell me so and that will still count as 1 name in the drawing when you send additional names.
  • Post here or send me via email (tara@taralain.com) the email addresses of anyone you know who would like to be on the list also (be sure they really want to be on it.  LOL) You get your name posted again for every name you send. So if you sign up and send me five names, your name goes in six times when we draw the winner)
  • Your friends names will go in a separate drawing for another copy of Genetic Attraction
  • The drawing will occur next week, probably Wednesday, so you have a few days to send me names as you find folks who want to get my emails.   
Does that make sense?  Send me those email addresses and you may win. Regardless, you get to hear all kinds of fun stuff from MOI!  LOL. (BTW. You can also post names on my Author Blog, but duplicates don’t count.)
Talk soon. :  )

CONTEST: WIN Genetic Attraction or Book of Your Choice from LI

Hi everyone —
A number of folks have kindly offered to tell their friends about my books and blogs and i’d like to offer a prize for doing that very thing! This will be a drawing for a copy of Genetic Attraction, my M/M/F menage that was just rated Best Book at Whipped Cream Reviews. Or, if you’ve already read it, you can select a gift certificate to Loose Id for a book of your choice from all their great authors. Okay?

What i’d like is people to join my email list — that way they can receive updates on releases, special guests on the blog, contests and offers. Soooo –here’s how it works:

  • If you are not on my email list, please leave me your email addy by posting a comment here or email it to me at tara@taralain.com. That will count as 1 name in the contest drawing. If you are already on my email list, tell me so and that will still count as 1 name in the drawing when you send additional names.
  • Post here or send me via email (tara@taralain.com) the email addresses of anyone you know who would like to be on the list also (be sure they really want to be on it.  LOL) You get your name posted again for every name you send. So if you sign up and send me five names, your name goes in six times when we draw the winner)
  • Your friends names will go in a separate drawing for another copy of Genetic Attraction
  • The drawing will occur next week, probably Wednesday, so you have a few days to send me names as you find folks who want to get my emails.   
Does that make sense?  Send me those email addresses and you may win. Regardless, you get to hear all kinds of fun stuff from MOI!  LOL. (BTW. You can also post names on my Book Blog, but duplicates don’t count.)
Talk soon. :  )

OMG!! Genetic Attraction Rated BEST BOOK at Whipped Cream

Hi everyone —
If you read erotic romance, you know that Whipped Cream Reviews is one of the leading reviewers in the genre. So i am honored and ecstatic to say that today, Genetic Attraction was rated Best Book by Whipped Cream.


Here’s what they say about Best Books:

WC Best Book – For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few.


And here is a piece of the review:


I love the book, between the dialect and the cute phrases I laughed so hard, I was afraid I would wake the hubby. So many clever and quick-witted remarks that just added to the overall story. I did have to put the book down for a minute and get on the computer to find out about the old Kinsey continuum of sexuality, just to see if I could find any input. This story was a wild ride and a lot of “hey what the hell”; I think it was a new and well plan plot, which is why I will be adding Tara Lain to my list of favorite authors. I definitely fell in love with her writing style and imagination. She had such a refreshing plot that will stay with me a long time and I think is well worth the money to add to your library. 


If you’re a glutton, you can read the whole review here. Just scroll down a little on the page.

Elizabeth Silver — Get Your Irons in the Fire!

It’s my delight to welcome friend, author, blogger and reviewer, Elizabeth Silver, to my blog today. Along with her friend and writing partner, Jenny Urban, Liz creates awesome and steamy erotic romance which you can read about below. But first, Liz kicks our butts and tell us to get our irons in the fire.  Here’s Liz–

Back before I put on my big girl pants and actually went about finishing and submitting things, my idea of being a writer was to buy as many writing books as possible and to attend as many talks as I could. Now, there’s nothing wrong with improving your craft, or with wanting to understand the business side of writing before you get into it, but what I was doing was really just some very creative dawdling. Ask my mother — she’ll tell you that I have made dawdling a life-long pursuit and have been a champion at it since the first time someone handed me a homework assignment.

But then I decided that if I was going to spend all that time and money asking people for advice, maybe I should actually start listening to all those very nice, very successful writers at the front of the room when they told us that you can’t be a writer if you don’t actually, you know, write things. So I sat my ass down and wrote, along with my best friend and fellow dawdler (talk about the blind leading the visually challenged), and when we were done, we had a book (Winner Takes All). It was short and it was naughty and we had so much fun writing it, we did it again, and came up with Where the Heart Is. And now we’re turning a rough draft into a very solid novel that will be our longest yet, something I’m so excited about, I just can’t hold still.

Funny enough, now that I’m actually using the massive collection of tips and tricks I spent all that time putting together, I really do find myself listening more and more to the advice that always drifted over my head before. Lately, the piece that’s been the most useful has come from Kevin J. Anderson: always have a lot of irons in the fire. The first time I heard it, it scared the hell out of me; I was too ADD to finish one thing, how could I even hope to work on two or more? But Anderson’s point, I’ve finally accepted, is just as Billy Crystal said in Throw Momma From the Train, A writer writes. Always. For example, here’s a sample of my works-in-progress:

Currently, Jenny and I are working on the second draft of a speculative fiction romance that we wrote ages ago and couldn’t figure out what was missing from the original manuscript. We set it aside and did other things, came back to it, and now can poke and prod and add whole scenes and themes that will make this a really fantastic book. But sometimes my life gets in the way, or Jenny has a book to record (she does audiobooks, how cool is she?), or the fact that we’re two time zones apart gets between us and our schedules for a few days, and we can’t meet up to work together. I’m a little too fond of shiny objects, so having things to do is always good, which means I need a back-up plan, right? Well, now I do. Several, in fact.

I have a one fully-plotted scifi that was started as a novella and is clearly going to be a novel that will possibly open up a whole series, so that can always be poked at. Or there’s the space age story I just started, with only the barest character sketches and plot ideas more development there would be hot. And of course, Jenny and I have been talking about possibly doing an historical, so I’ve been having fun with my own end of the research. And new ideas are always coming to me, so I try to write them down for later, because you never know when the perfect call will come along. AND I’m a member of Truly Madly Deeply Romance Authors, so I have my free read to write for that (it’s going to be so sweet, you guys. I really hope you like it).

Sometimes I even write blog posts. 🙂

All of these are distinctly different, but they keep me working, keep reminding me that I’m a writer now, no longer that girl in the back of the Dragon*Con Writer’s Track room, writing down things that I’ll promptly ignore. I’m always writing, always looking to be bringing one of my projects to the next stage, one step closer to putting a bow on it.

I’m envious of writers who say that they never get blocked, or who say they can power through it. Me, if a story isn’t happening, trying to force it only screws me over for when I will actually be in the right mindset to work on it again. Paint, corner, anyone? So by having a lot of projects going at anyone time, in various stages of development, I avoid a lot of the frustration. This way, if one of them is being a pain in my ass, I can make a rude hand gesture at the Word document and move on to something else. I still get work done, and in the meantime I can let complicated things work their issues out in due course.

I produce finished product slowly as a result, but damned if I’m not always writing. Considering that my writing time is whenever I can grab a few minutes of peace (no mean feat) in my evenings after work-and-dinner-and-family, on the weekends around errands and the constant sounds of drunken video gaming from my neighbor next door and the remodeling bonanza downstairs, always having options is a very good thing. Life is full of interrupted trains of thought, and having another line to jump on saves me from wasting perfectly good working time.

So, yes. Lots of irons in the fire. Because a writer writes. Always. And damned if I’m not a writer. I don’t have time for as many craft development books or talks anymore, but that’s okay. I’ve done enough dawdling and it’s time to stir up the embers and heat my irons a little more.

What kind of irons do you have in the fire?

My most recent completed iron (er… book):

Where the Heart Is

Jason, Steve, and Chris have seen each other through the toughest times of their lives, but when they’re snowed in together on their annual Thanksgiving ski trip, they learn that you can still have secrets even after twenty years. After Steve reveals he’s on the verge of a major decision that could break them apart, those secrets their desires might be the only thing that could save them.

Then a blizzard hits and snows them in, and there’s nowhere to run from the feelings they’ve been ignoring for years. None of them want to choose one and risk the other, but before the week is out, they’re going to have to find a way to make the three of them work again. If not, they’re going to lose each other after all.

Bio:

International woman of mystery and wearer of many hats, Elizabeth Silver is a writer, a worker, a nerd, and a self-proclaimed internet junkie. An avid reader all of her life, Elizabeth also began writing at an early age, and fell in instant, undeniable love. It’s been a long and wicked affair, but literature is damn good in bed with a cup of cocoa.

With her feet planted about halfway between New York and Philadelphia, Elizabeth has often been accused of having her head in the clouds, although what she’s really doing is just thinking really hard. Elizabeth can frequently be found at the local diners or coffee shops with internet access and bottomless refills, working on new story ideas on her own or with her close friend and co-author, Jenny Urban.

Find Elizabeth on the web and say hi!

Wow. What a WEEK!!!!!!

Some of know that last weekend i submitted two manuscripts to two publishers for their consideration, plus one partial and a synopsis for a special submission request in romantic suspense. Since then i did a proposal for a Holiday story, although it was pretty rough. Two days ago i received word that the editor liked my  partial for the romantic suspense and wants to see a FULL Manuscript. That means “write the book, Tara!” Since they are not accepting on partials, this was the very best outcome i could have. I am thrilled and delighted to be working on this new project called The Golden Dancer.

Then, to make this a red letter week double, yesterday i received an acceptance of my short novella, Volley Balls, from Etopia Press. This is a brand new publisher for me and i’m delighted to be working with them! The novella will be part of a summer anthology with a Beach Bums theme. This is the first time i have written in this short length, so creating the book was a learning experience as well as a labor of love. I really like this story.

There’s still two more stories out there. I will keep you up to date, but meanwhile, i am a Happy Dancin’ Fool!! And there will be new books coming. Next up, of course, is The Scientist and the Supermodel in May (probably May 31). This is Jake and Roan’s story and i’m loving going back and working on it as we edit for publication.

That’s my update!! The photo is for gratuitous enjoyment.  Talk soon.  :  )

Book Trailer: Genetic Attraction

I realize it’s been awhile since i posted the Book Trailer for Genetic Attraction. I enjoyed making this trailer so much, thanks to the great workshop by Kris Tualla, so i want you to see it in case you haven’t.  If you’ve seen it five times .. enjoy the music.  LOL.