There’s a fantastic sale at Dreamspinner through the 18th. It’s called the Size Matters Sale and all different length books are a different percentage off. My new novella, Love You So Madly, is 30% off. What’s really unique is all novels are 40% OFF!! That means if you haven’t read my Love in Laguna series or my Cowboys Don’t series or the Long Pass Chronicles or many more books, you can get them at an amazing 40% off. Here is a link to all my books at Dreamspinner so you can see these special prices. HERE But act fast. The 18th is coming right up! : )
Hi — I have no idea how long this will last, but my new adult romance that pays homage to Snow White — Driven Snow — is 99 cents right now at Amazon and Dreamspinner. Also at Kobo and everywhere else. This is part of my Pennymaker Tales, but all the books are completely stand alone so they can be read in any order.
Snow nodded. “Now, this is pretty basic, but we can get a lot more sophisticated.” He scratched out a slightly more complex set of calculations, and Riley seemed absorbed.
“Man, this is so dope.”
“Glad you like it.”
“Wish Jenkins could make physics so interesting.”
“You have to create the excitement for yourself. See the potential.”
Riley looked up. “You make it exciting.” He smiled slowly. “You make everything exciting.”
“M-me?” Snow’s brain froze.
“S-stars are gas.”
“The planets, then. I’ve wanted to tell you this for a while. I think you’re—”
The sound of a key in the lock brought both their heads up.
Like some cosmic joke, the apartment door opened and beautiful, perky, perfect Courtney Taylor walked in. “Oh, hi. Are you two still studying? Oh my gosh, Snow, you must be magic or something. No one could ever get him to study physics before. I told him, ‘You have to do it, baby. The team can’t do without you. Find a way to learn this shit.’ And what do you know? He found you. Amazing.” She walked over, pushed Riley’s head back, kissed him on the lips, and plopped down in his lap. “Did you learn a lot, baby?”
Her knee bumped Snow’s thigh, and he leaped up like he’d been shot. “Oh gosh, look at the time. Better get back to work myself. Have to study for the tournament and all.” Sweet God, he had to get out of there.
Riley stood Courtney on her feet and stepped over beside Snow. “When can you help me again? I’ve only got two weeks. I made so much progress today. I know you’re busy, and I hate to ask, but could you please—”
“Yes, of course. Just text me, okay?” He ripped out the pages they’d been working on, shoved the notebooks into his backpack, and headed for the door. He seemed to be running from everyone these days. “Bye. Bye, uh, Courtney.”
Outside the door, he clambered down the steep staircase and stopped at the bottom just to breathe.
What were you thinking, you idiot? That somehow his girlfriend had magically transformed into a teapot?
He started to tell me something. He said he’s wanted to tell me for a long time.
The door to Eudora’s apartment flew open, and a hand emerged, holding a glass. “Hey, cutie. Have some water.”
Like it was perfectly normal to accept water while standing in hallways, he grasped the glass and drank the liquid down. Amazing how much better he felt.
She took the empty glass. “Lessons for the day. Don’t sell yourself short. And don’t believe everything you see. Got it?”
“I… I guess so.”
“Good.” She patted his cheek, and then the door closed behind her. If a caterpillar suddenly appeared saying “Who are you?”, he wouldn’t be even slightly surprised.
Thanks so much for coming by! : )
I just hit 50,000 words on a new book.
I will admit, this book will need more editing and revision than most of my books do after first draft, but i should explain. I’ve spent the last two months living in a hotel with my honey and a dog, the house i thought i was going to buy proving to be an impossible money pit and out of reach financially. That took a month to determine. Then everything i own was delivered by the van lines and had to be put in storage — while we kept living in a hotel. Then we thought we’d rent a house, but that was more than difficult at this time of year. Instead, we ended up putting in an offer on a different house — but that required another 30 day escrow. Meanwhile, our lender was wacko and asked for documentation in dribs and drabs, between 5 and 15 documents per day in a seemingly never ending process. During this, i’ve been doing my day job from a tiny desk and a plastic box, on my cell phone with my husband trying to do his work from his cell phone while the dog barks at every person who walks down the hall.
And i wrote 50,000 words. Not at my usual pace, but still writing. How?
That’s a question many writers ask me. How do you keep writing — during distraction? When life happens? When all you want to do is scream and sleep from frustration? During chaos?
The answer i guess is that’s when a writer’s discipline shows. The discipline is best established when crap has not hit the fan — during everyday life.
- Figure out how many words you want to write per week. Make it doable. I suggest doing NanoWriMo a couple times to push yourself and learn what you can do. Divide that total by 7. Or 6 if you need a day off. LOL.
- Establish a minimum number of words per day that is your bottom line and you won’t go lower. For me that’s 1000 words.Whereas i like to do 2,000 or more ( i work full time at another job 3 days a week and i write for that job too!) i tell myself i need to do 1,000. Have i missed that any days during this weird patch in my life? Yes. (Like on the day i drove 12 hours from southern California to southern Oregon) But most days i’ve made it.
- If you miss your minimum words one day, try to make them up the next.
- Realize there’s only one kind of “muse” — the feeling of butt in chair and fingers on keys. Writing is its own inspiration.
- The only way to write a book — is to write a book.
- Starting is easy. Finishing is hard. Force yourself to the end. Completion is the key to success. Do it once and you can do it again and again.
- As a friend of mine used to tell me, remember it’s not a hobby, it’s a job.
Writing is hard but also immensely fun. When life is in chaos, writing can be the one thing that helps establish order — and gives joy. I’m still not in my house, though i hope to be this week. Meanwhile, I’ll make that 50,000 words grow, hopefully into something worthwhile. Wish me luck! : )
I hope you got to enter to win an Amazon GC in my Love You So Madly blog tour! And be sure to check out the new release. People seem to be loving it. Something I love is the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve watched it from the beginning so when i saw this video showing the Top 10 Performances from the show, I had to watch. Many of the dances picked in this video are among my faves, so i thought i’d share it with you and see if you agree.
Thank you so much for coming by!
Its finally here!! LOVE YOU SO MADLY, the second book in the Love You So series! I hope you love this super romantic story of unlikely lovers — my very favorite kind. And be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter.
Blog Tour Stops
May 29, 2018
Bayou Book Junkie
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May 30, 2018
Stories That Make You Smile
May 31, 2018
My Fiction Nook
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
June 1, 2018
Making it Happen
June 4, 2018
Book Lovers 4Ever
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Rainbow Gold Reviews
Love You So Madly
By Tara Lain
Ben Shane has it all… and he’d like to give some of it back. While he loves his job heading a foundation that funds worthy causes around the world, his engagement to one of America’s wealthiest men leaves him feeling more like a trophy wife than a valued partner. The first warning that his relationship might not be designed to last is his irresistible lust for Dusty Kincaid, the golden-haired, bright-eyed handyman for his company.
Though Dusty is odd for a twenty-three-year-old—no liquor, no sugar, and he can’t even drive—the more Ben gets to know Dusty, the more he admires him. But is Ben going to give up a guy who drives a Ferrari for one who takes the bus? He must be mad. Dusty knows he and Ben can never work.
After all, Ben’s perfect… and Dusty isn’t. But Ben might surprise everyone with proof that he’s only madly in love.
Love You So Series
Welcome to Big Backlist Weekend! This is a special event I post every month or so where I ask a wonderful author to come and join me in giving away a copy of an ebook from their backlist.
My guest today is my dear friend, KC Burn! I just got to hang out with her at RT and had such a good time. Kc is also a brilliant writer and one of her most popular books ever is North on Drummond. I think you’ll see why.
I’m giving away an ebook copy of Brush With Catastrophe, the second book in the The Aloysius Tales Series. I loved writing this book because it involves a geeky nerd, a favorite type of hero for me, and he’s an artist. Some of my most loved heroes are artists. I studied both painting and collage and love bringing those details to my stories.
Here’s your chance to win one or the other of our books. Just enter on the Rafflecopter below and watch for Big Backlist Weekend with special guests every month.
North on Drummond
by K.C. Burn
Sandy Bottom Bay, Florida – Come for the Haunts, Stay for the Beaches! Drew Drummond might call himself a psychic tarot reader, but he doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The business was left to him by his grandmother, and seemed the best way to rise above the chronic criminal behavior of the Drummond family. Despite his efforts, few of the townspeople consider him a good romantic match. Being gay only makes finding love more difficult. When Cliff Garcia, Drew’s teenaged crush, moves back to town and joins the police force, Drew doesn’t think he has a chance. After all, the skeptical cop considers Drew’s profession on par with professional con men, and Cliff had spent his entire school career feuding with Drew’s volatile brothers. Despite the obstacles, Drew and Cliff begin a fiery relationship. Just when Drew starts to believe they might have a chance, he suffers a head injury and begins having visions of the future. If Drew tells Cliff the truth, he’ll lose the man he’s falling for, but keeping his new ability a secret is no longer an option. If he can’t convince Cliff he’s for real, a murderer will walk free.
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About The Author
KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own — getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.
By Tara Lain
I’m back from RT! Tired but delighted to see so many friends. If we’ve met, you know in addition to books, I love movies and clothes. So here’s a little homage to all of them. A video detailing the Top 10 Movies Wardrobes of all time. Seriously, this is so fun. And i think they did a pretty good job. What do you think?
Thank you for stopping by. My new romance, Love You So Madly, is available for pre-order everywhere. Here’s the Amazon link. Amazon.
I’m still at #RT18. If you’re at the conference, check my last blog for my schedule and come see me. Meanwhile, my next release, Love You So Madly, is appearing for pre-order at different outlets! This is a very romantic story about two unlikely lovers. If you’d like to grab your copy now, here are some links.
It will be at Amazon and Barnes & Noble very soon. : )
Wednesday is my busiest day —
11-12 in Naples 2 I’ll be giving a workshop called You Just Think You’re Marketing
12-1 I’ll be meeting readers at a Meet and Greet in the Tuscany Foyer. I’ll have print books to give away, first come, first served!
10-11 — the Dreamspinner Press autograph Scavenger Hunt should be fun! Get there early to receive a copy of an autograph book.
10:30 – -to 2:00 — I’ll be signing your books and giving away swag at the Giant Book Fair!
6-7:30 PM — Dreamspinner is having it’s FANtastic Day Party. I may be driving back to Orgon by then, but be sure to attend. Tons of prizes!
That’s it. Have a wonderful RT18. I plan to start driving Monday morning. See you in Reno!
Another great Sale at Dreamspinner! All Contemporary and Paranormal romances are 35% off through May 13th. So if you happen to like my books, you can get most of them in this sale. That includes the pre-order of Love You So Madly, my new love story releasing May 29th. Grab it HERE on SALE!
On all my books, here is the Link —
If you are a paranormal fan, I’m currently writing a new book in the same world as the Tales of the Harker Pack. You can get the first three books in that series in the sale. Or the Aloysius Tales that are all about witches in New York!
Of course, all of Dreamspinner’s great authors are on sale, so be sure to check them out.
Also, if you don’t have a copy of my Sample Book, you can download it for free HERE.