Get Ready for Magic, Shifters, and the Coolest Cat Ever! #CataclysmicShift

Hi — 

I’m so excited to tell you that the re-release of Cataclysmic Shift is only 3 days away. This is a book in my paranormal series called The Aloysius Tales, and the first time it released, some mix ups in categorization meant a lot of people missed the book. If you’ve read either of the other Aloysius Tales — Spell Cat or Brush with Catastrophe — and enjoyed them then you’re not going to want to miss Cataclysmic Shift. But you don’t have to have read those books to enjoy this one.

This story includes not only witches like the other books, but also a shifter, and the coolest cat ever, Aloysius.

Here is the blurb —

Aloysius, the magical black cat and powerful witch’s familiar, isn’t afraid to go into battle to protect his master, but the outcome of the fight turns his feline world upside down. A direct hit of magic steals not only his memories and power, but even the body he’s lived in for several centuries. When he wakes up naked on the floor of a veterinarian’s office, it isn’t as the cat Aloysius, but as the sixteenth-century French gentleman Alain Bellarose. And when Alain sees sexy and enigmatic veterinarian Luke Elliott, he decides he’ll make the best of his time as a human.

Luke is a man with secrets who generally prefers the company of animals—though the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates might prove an exception.

Meanwhile, Witch Master Killian Barth and his secret weapon, Sammy, struggle without Aloysius’s power to draw on. Two evil females are circling, and seeing the coven’s weakness, they’re about to move in for the kill. When Alain’s memories return, he’s faced with the ultimate dilemma: protect his community or stay with the man he loves.

If you’d like to read a full excerpt, click HERE. 

You can buy it at HERE. The release is September 13th and there will be a blog tour with a nice prize, so be sure to visit!  : )

 

Tara’s Release Schedule for the Rest of 2012

Hi everyone–

I haven’t been able to post for a few days because Blogger was having issues. Glad to be back!  I want to let you know what’s coming up from me for the rest of the year. It’s going to be a busy one!

  • October 5th — My short story Trex or Treat will be released as part of a special series of Halloween anthologies from Etopia Press. Watch for a lot of fun events with this release!

  • October 30th — Brush with Catastrophe, the next Aloysius Tale and the sequel to Spell Cat, will be released by Loose Id. This is a full-length novel — MM paranormal. (BTW, the design you see above is not the cover. Just an icon i’m using for swag at GayRomLit. I should have the cover in a couple weeks. I can’t WAIT!)

  • November 12th — Be Bad, for Goodness Sake, a new foray for me into MF romance, will release on Amazon.It’s a holiday story and even if you’re a dedicated MM reader, i think you might like this one.

  • December 7th — Snow Balls, the next in the Balls to the Wall Series, is releasing from Etopia Press. I’m finishing this book now and i love these guys — an interior decorator who’s pretending to be more macho than he is and a cop with a tough past who’s not out of the closet. 

Whew, it’s going to be busy but fun. Stay up with the promotional events by checking out my website and right here at Beautiful Boys Books.

If you’ll be at GayRomLit in October, be sure and find me and say hi. The design you see above is for a drawstring backpack i’ll be giving away.I’ll be blogging a lot more about GRL, so stay tuned. : )

I look forward to seeing you at the blog tours and events! : ) Tara

Writing Cops and Editing Witches. A Writer’s Life.

Hi everyone–

I promised i’d let you know all the stuff that’s going on and coming up. Here you go:

Late in August or early in September, i expect to have the print anthology, Balls to the Wall. This book will contain my first three “Balls” Books, Volley Balls, Fire Balls and Beach Balls. It would make a fun holiday gift as well as a treat just for you!

October 30th is release day for Brush with Catastrophe, the second Aloysius Tale. Remember Sammy from Spell Cat? He is Jimmy Janx’s best friend. He is a painter–a prophetic painter–but all in all a pretty disappointing witch. And he can’t get a boyfriend. And remember Alvish, their contrarian friend? Well, Alvish is in here too but he suddenly changes a lot over the summer and asks to be called Ryder. I am revising sections of the book right now under the guidance of my editor (Loose Id has the BEST editing). I’m also starting to dream about the cover and hoping Shobana Appavu will be doing this cover too.

Up next after Brush with Catastrophe is my holiday book that i’m writing now called Snow Balls. Snow Balls is another unlikely couple including a tough cop and a hunky beefcake guy who is actually a bit of a creampuff. Expect a December release.

There will likely be another holiday story for you too. It’s something different for me and i’ll tell you after i know more about its release.

That’s all for now. My MMF menage with supermodels and food porn, Genetic Celebrity, is hot and waiting so go check it out at Amazon and ARe.

Thank you so much for coming by!  : )

Release Day Blog Swap! Kay Berrisford Brings “Catching Kit” and TWO Books for You

Hi everyone–
RELEASE DAY at Loose Id for both me and my friend Kay Berrisford! Congratulations, Kay. Kay’s new novella, Catching Kit, sounds elvishly, kinkily marvelous and i’m going to let her tell you about it! But i have to brag about her contest! Kay will give one commenter who leaves their email a copy of BOTH Catching Kit and one of her bestselling Greenwood novels, Bound for the Forest or Bound to the Beast. How’s that for a great prize? (And as soon as you read Kay’s great post and excerpt and enter to win, hop over to Kay’s blog where she is featuring my new release, Genetic Celebrity — a MMF menage with FOOD!) Take it away, Kay!

Elves, Olympics, and the London Underground!


Last time Tara was on my blog, she wrote a great piece about how real life experiences and settings are great inspiration for her writing. I totally agree with her, although having set my first two novels, Bound for the Forest and Bound to the Beast, in various historical periods, a ton of old-fashioned book research was needed to get my settings right.  Not that I’m complaining. I love history. But after Bound to the Beast, I decided it was time to take the plunge into the present. The end result, my first contemporary m/m paranormal novella, Catching Kit, is published today.


Catching Kit is set in London – which is one hell of an exciting place to be right now.  This week, after a 70 day tour around the country (which a bunch of GLBQT writers have been following on a collective blog http://wecarrythetorch.wordpress.com/) the Olympic Torch arrives in the stadium in Stratford for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The city has been abuzz with preparations (and grumblings about the disruption and cost – hey, we like grumbling !) for months.  It was fun to set my first contemporary story in a city with so much life and history, and though there’s no reference to the Olympics in Catching Kit, it does start with a chase.  We first meet our hero, government agent and elf hunter, Denny, on the London underground, where he’s had the misfortune to spot a target “Ethereal Being” he’s supposed to catch…and instantly fancy the pants off the guy.  But the elf, Kit, is as quick as he’s hot, and the race is on.


It was great fun setting Kit and Denny’s increasingly kinky adventures in and around the places I grew up, though maybe because London is steeped in so much history, I couldn’t quite keep the past out of the present.  While the novel is set solely in 2012, Kit claims he’s been hanging around since at least Shakespeare’s time, an era visitors can still vividly imagine when they visit the rebuilt Globe Theatre. Though it didn’t make it into the final draft of the story, I ended up doing a ton of research about what London was like during the Second World War Blitz, when the city landscape was dramatically altered forever, and the time when Kit was last in town – or so he says.


I’m going to be honest with you, though.  Love London as I do, I’m going to be avoiding the place with all the crowds over the next few weeks.  But I hope a few of you would like to drop by and share a little slice of life in London and the suburbs –  with a touch of the paranormal – in Catching Kit.


Thanks Tara for letting me blog here today.  It’s an honor to share a release day with one of my fave authors!  Tara is blogging today over at my place – http://kayberrisford.com/– where you can win Genetic Celebrity and other awesome prizes.  If you would like to win a copy of Catching Kit, plus your choice of either of the Greenwood novels, Bound for the Forest or Bound to the Beast, please leave a comment here!


Links:

Kay on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kay-Berrisford/e/B006JLQ4L8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Kay on All Romance: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Kay+Berrisford

Kay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kay.berrisford

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KayBerrisford

Livejournal (please do friend me!): http://kayberrisford.livejournal.com/


And here is a delightful excerpt from Kay’s new book–

Catching Kit, my first m/m contemporary BDSM paranormal, is available from Loose Id on 24th July, 2012. Novella, 36,000 words approx.


He was supposed to trap him—not fall in love.


When government agent and Ethereal Being hunter, Denny, has to imprison an elf in his garage overnight, his life spins out of control. Caught and cuffed on the London underground, Kit shatters everything Denny’s been taught about elves. How can Kit be a dangerous, mind-reading cipher who preys on human emotions? Kit’s gorgeous and funny, he’s got a cute arse. He even shares Denny’s quiet kinks for bondage and cross-dressing. Or so Kit claims.




When Kit wiles his way into Denny’s house for a session of mind-blowing sex, the elf seems too good to be true–till reality strikes. Denny’s fucked an elf. A prisoner in his charge. If he doesn’t take Kit to the containment depot he’s in big trouble, and Kit’s about to drop an equally devastating bombshell.  The elf’s been searching a thousand years for a bloke like Denny. He ‘gets’ Denny’s kinks, adores role play and women’s panties, and now he needs Denny’s love to survive.


I
s Kit preying on Denny’s emotions, or can Denny trust him? If so, dare Denny break the law and gamble his life to save the Ethereal Being in his bed?

Denny picked up his mug and took a sip of the remaining mulled wine. It seared like a flame on his tongue, spicy and faintly sweet. It was good. Damn good. He smoothed his lips together.
“Elves don’t even have names,” he said.
“Yes, we do. Although I suppose your sort would say I stole it.” Kit’s words grew garbled, as if he knew he played for time. “I…I borrowed it from a man I once met in a tavern, a very interesting man who used beautiful words and gave beautiful kisses, although he was a little…fierce sometimes. In, uh… I think the year was 1592.”
“Fifteen-fucking-ninety-two?” Taking another sip, Denny glanced at the clock. It read 10:55 p.m. When the time reached eleven o’clock, he’d get rid of the elf.
“Yes, that’s what they said. Well, not fifteen-fucking-ninety-two. The year of our Lord 1592 was a nobler choice of words. And the man from whom I borrowed my name—he was called Kit Marlowe.” The elf balanced a saucepan on the draining board and reached for a chipped Crystal Palace FC mug.
Kit Marlowe.
Wasn’t that Christopher Marlowe, some playwright, a bit like Shakespeare but less famous? And wasn’t he gay or something? And murdered? “Pull the other one. You can’t expect me to believe you were about in Shakespearean times.”
“Oh, I had a ball back in my theater days, in the reign of good Queen Bess.”
Theater? Kit hadn’t been leeching this crap off Denny. History wasn’t his subject, and neither was Shakespeare. The elf must have bugged some West End actor before he’d been caught.
Denny scowled into his mug. The EB mustered a bright smile, took off the yellow gloves, and turned to spoon the pasta bake onto two plates. It was now 10:57 p.m.
Nearly time to get Kit back to the garage, although Denny twitched with indecision.
And his stomach grumbled.
“You must be starving.” Kit placed one of the plates in front of Denny. Then he sat down opposite, pronged two tubes of pasta with his fork, and popped them into his mouth. He slowly licked white cheese sauce from his lips, and Denny fought a faint ache in his groin. “Yeah, elves do eat. At least we do when we need to. And this isn’t bad, is it? It’s better than gingerbread and those little sets of dried herbs. I ate those for a month. Oh, and boiled sweets.”
And Kit still had such shiny teeth? Okay, that had to be rubbish. Denny wouldn’t listen. But he was bloody hungry. They’d eat the pasta, and then he’d put Kit out.
He couldn’t help but hear what Kit said as they dined. The elf claimed he’d materialized just after Christmas in the bargain basement of a department store among all the leftover festive items, of which he’d grown fond.
“So lovely to see Christmas still going on,” said Kit. “That’s the thing with moving on all the time; sometimes customs just vanish. I miss St. Bartholomew’s Fair, you know.”

Kit had grown so attached to the bright Christmas decorations that he’d wasted no time removing Denny’s tree from its box under the stairs to remind him of his most recent home. He’d remained in the store several weeks, chatting to staff and customers and reading his way through any books and newspapers he found lying about. “Working out how the world works these days, what laptops are, and what all the new words mean.”

Then his body grew solid enough to set off the alarms at night, and he’d had to leave. He’d spent his days and nights after that busking on the Underground network, as the great outdoors freaked him a bit at first.
“After last time I was in London,” explained Kit, “with all the bombs.”
“Right, that’s it.” Denny pushed his half-eaten meal away and got up. Swallowing a mouthful quickly, Kit rose too, turning to drop his plate in the sink behind him. Denny hurried about the table, grabbed him by the elbow, and spun him around. “Why do you keep going on about bombs?”
Kit furrowed his brow, and that strange look glazed his eyes, whispering of memories. Shouting of pain. “I was here in 1941.”
Denny shook him. “You’re telling me you were in London in the Blitz as well as in Shakespearean times? You must think I’m loopy.”
Kit drilled his gaze into him and fluttered his long lashes. “No. I think you’re horribly messy. Apart from your underwear drawer. You keep that neat enough.”
Denny froze. “You’ve been poking around my things?”
“I loved your things. They were beautiful.”
A hot flush spread from the base of Denny’s neck to his brow. The elf had been messing with his most intimate possessions.
His women’s underwear. His sex toys.
Yet his humiliation burned out quickly. This elf had cut to the heart of his “disgusting habits” and didn’t seem bothered at all.
Kit arched a brow, overtly flirtatious. “I hope you don’t mind. I, uh, tried some on.”
“You what?”
“Your lace thong.” Kit dropped his voice to a sexy growl. “I’m wearing it now.”
Kit grabbed Denny’s wrist and pushed Denny’s hand down the back of those scruffy black trousers. Next thing Denny knew, he was grasping one of Kit’s buttocks. Smooth flesh yielded to muscles hard as nutshells beneath. Then Kit steered Denny so his fingertips slid up the elf’s crack. He felt the delicate thread of lace spreading Kit’s arse, slicing down that warm, vulnerable cleft between.
Denny had never sprung into full erection so quickly in his life. He yanked his hand away.
“You had no right to mess with my stuff.” Although that particular thong had always been a bit small for him and didn’t quite suit. It felt hot on Kit. It must look hot on Kit. “Y-you’re going straight back to the safe.” He grasped the elf’s shoulders as if they’d been fused together, acutely aware of Kit’s breathing, hot against his neck. Of the hard line of his hip brushing intimately close to Denny’s groin.
“What are you waiting for?” murmured Kit.
Denny had no idea. The tap dripped, water smacking against metal the only interruption to the buzzing of the light and the relentless pounding of Denny’s blood.
He felt as unsteady as he felt horny. The deeper he scrutinized Kit’s face, the more emotions he seemed to read there. Every trace of mirth on the elf’s lips died, replaced by a firmly set line, a smoldering sincerity. His eyes spoke of joy, hope, desperation.
And raw hunger.
Kit rose onto tiptoes, lifted his chin, and it seemed electricity arced between them. Delicately he brushed Denny’s mouth with his own. The elf tasted of wine, cheese sauce, and something heady and enticing that might have been the spices. Or might just have been Kit. Whatever it was, Denny needed more.
He grabbed Kit by the collar and kissed him hard.
*********
Does that sound fun or what?! Leave your comment with your email and i’d love it if you were to follow this blog. Then go over to Beautiful Boys Books and hop on the Genetic Celebrity Blog Tour! Thank you so much for coming by and celebrating our release day!

Blog Tour Second Week! Sinders and Ash is Coming!

Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who has entered the Magic at Midnight Blog Tour Contest! We have our first winner! Jessica won the first of two $10 Gift Cards. Congratulations! But there are many more prizes to come. Remember, there are three ways to win!

First, Spell Cat is HERE! It released March 20 and has been a bestseller at Amazon and ARe since it released. You can also find it  from Loose Id .  Sinders and Ash is coming April 1st from Amber Allure. It is an LGBT contemporary romance with a touch of fantasy! 
So this is our transition week!   As i said, there are THREE ways to win so check them out below. In addition, there will be separate prizes at all of the Blog Hops going on during the tour. There is one going on RIGHT Now through Wednesday March 28th on my AUTHOR Blog. 
    
 Here is the first WAY TO WIN!       
     Leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL here on the Blog AND FOLLOW the Blog and you will be entered to WIN a $10. GC. that will be awarded in a drawing on April 9th. IF you have already entered, you do not have to enter again! You only need to enter this first part of the contest once!

   
 Here is the SECOND WAY TO WIN!    
      In addition to the GCs you can win lots of cool SWAG. Want a poster of the Spell Cat cover? I’m giving two away. Want a Volley Balls T-Shirt? A Golden Dancer drawstring backpack? A Tara Lain mirror compact (two of those will be awarded.) Here’s how you can win these goodies. (You don’t have to enter this part of the contest. It’s for the true gamesters!  LOL And for US only, sorry.)

Below are posted some questions. You can find the answers in the blog posts I am doing for the tour. If you are just entering here’s what you do–go to the post below this one and see the list of blog spots. All the answers to the questions are in some of the blogs i posted or will post. So they will be in the blogs from last week, this week or next week! Sometimes the answers will be in the blog, sometimes in the excerpt. One or two of the questions you can also answer on my website. I’m not going to give you a lot of hints. The answers are there somewhere. You can also Google them. When you think you know all the answers, email them to me at tara at taralain dot com. I will pick the winners from the entries. You may not have to get them all right to win. 

Remember there are a lot of prizes. Here are the questions:

#1: What does Bishonin mean in Japanese?

#2: Who designed the Sinders and Ash cover?

#3: What was the literary inspiration for Fire Balls?

#4: Killian Barth falls in love with a human professor. What does that professor teach?

#5: What does the term “warlock” mean in Old English?

#6: Why must Killian Barth actually produce children on his own? Why can’t he use artificial insemination?

#7: Who wrote Ye Xian, one of the earliest Cinderella stories?

#8: Name one reason that Tara gives for loving nerds.

#9: Who is credited with writing down the story of Cinderella in his Tales of Mother Goose?

#10: When Killian and Blaine have sex in Spell Cat something momentous happens. What is it? 

Here are the first week’s blog posts. People who comment on these posts are also entered to win the Gift Card. But you can only enter once. Of course, I would love your comments anyway when you stop in to find answers.  :  )
Third Way to WIN!  
 There will be a special Prize for the Blog Tour Bestie. The winners choice of a copy of Spell Cat or a Copy of Sinders and Ash will go to the person who attends the most blog spots and special events. Just leave a comment wherever you visit. I’ll keep track and all the top Blog Tour Besties will be entered to win the prize. We have a bunch of folks in hot contention! If you are just entering, you’ll have to go back to previous blog visits and post comments, but i do check back. You can also tell me you entered by email or post here on the blog.

This WEEK’s EVENTS–
Saturday March 24th through Tuesday March 27th: Reading Romances Blog Hop http://taralain.blogspot.com There is a separate prize in this Blog Hop. Another GC and a copy of Volley Balls so go over and ENTER! 
Monday March 26th — Kay Berrisford’s Blog http://kayberrisford.com/
Tuesday March 27th — Blogging with Amber Skyze http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/
Wednesday March 28th — Blog at UrbanSilver  http://urbansilver.net/
Wednesday March 28th — I am a brand new Dirty Birdie and today i am blogging with the Dirty Birdies

Thursday March 29th — Blogging with Michael Mandrake http://tabooindeed.blogspot.com/ 

Saturday April 1st– Release of Sinders and Ash from Amber Allure!!!!  http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/index.html

There’s a lot of fun here, but to be entered to win the $10 GC just leave your name, email and follow the blog!  I will post the last week’s events next weekend.  Thank you for playing.    : ) 

Putting the SQUEEEEE in Sequels

Hi everyone– 
Today i’d like to talk about romance sequels. Love ‘em or hate ‘em? Many readers love sequels because they’re already invested in a world and its characters and want to see more and more. This is great for an author. Your readers are waiting with bated breath for your next book and new readers are likely to want to buy the previous books in the series. IFyou don’t disappoint them! I’ll bet you can think of several big name authors whose series finally just ran out of steam. They keep writing but more and more readers jump ship as they are expected to pay top prices for boring, badly written books. That’s why many publishers don’t want more than three books in a series.
I didn’t start out to write sequels but the characters yell at you until you continue their story. My first series was the Genetic Attraction Series which was runner-up for Best Series of the Year in 2011 in the LRC Awards. The series includes The Scientist and the Supermodel, Genetic Attraction and Deceptive Attraction. Then i wrote Volley Balls. I intended it as a stand-alone book, but there was this feisty little guy named Rodney who just demanded his own book. Fire Balls was born! It became the number one bestselling gay romance on Amazon and a lot of people went back and bought Volley Balls too. Then i had an idea for a third book. An enemies to lovers story about a developer lawyer and an environmentalist. That book is called Beach Balls and it will be out in May. I think there is a fourth story brewing in the Balls to the Wall Series also. My two new books, Spell Cat releasing March 20 and Sinders and Ash which comes out on April 1, could both be the start of new series.   
Two things seem true to me about series. First, compulsion. Writing that next book should feel compelling and important. There need to be characters crying out to be heard and stories longing to be told. If the sequels are written just because it might sell more books, readers are going to know and start to bail out. Second, new central characters are a pretty good idea. Trying to carry a series with one central character again and again is really tough because the readers have no one else’s point-of-view in which to become involved. Eventually, you know that lead character so well it can get boring. I wrote the Scientist and the Supermodel from Jake’s POV. Readers have begged to see the story through Roan’s eyes, but I can’t do that. The love story has been told. Their story is complete. They have their HEA and I won’t mess with it. I don’t like sequels in which complications are introduced to tear apart two lovers that you’ve already enjoyed getting together. I think it cheats the readers. Roan appears in Deceptive Attraction and he will appear in yet another book, but he will still be madly in love with his two scientists.
Yes, it’s true. There will be another book in the Genetic Attraction series. There is a character who is calling my name. Want to guess who it is? He’s a minor figure in at least one of the books. I’m writing the new book now. Watch for more hints soon.
Thank you all for making my series so successful! And thank you for visiting the blog!

New Books Coming from Tara Lain. Witches and Glass Slippers and MORE!

Hi everyone– Between my wonderful guests (expect DC McMillen here on Sunday and Tristram LaRoche on Tuesday) i thought i’d slip in a few words about my upcoming books! I’m beyond thrilled about them.

First up (and maybe you’ve been hearing the oooohing over the cover) is Spell Cat. Releasing March 20 from Loose Id, Spell Cat is my first true paranormal. It tells the story of Killian Barth the most powerful male witch in 10 generations. He is forced to marry the most powerful female witch of his generation in order to save his race from extinction. Problem is– he’s gay and in love with a human man who he is told can wipe out his power if they have sex. There is also this great cat familiar named Aloysius who happens to love the human male as much as Killian does.

Two weeks after Spell Cat on April 1 comes Sinders and Ash. This is my first release for Amber Allure. Sinders and Ash is a contemporary fantasy. A contemporary fantasy is a regular LGBT romance–with a fairy godmother! LOL. Mark Sintorella works in housekeeping at an upscale resort to earn money to go to fashion design school. But then he meets the son of the fifth richest family in America who is searching for a wife so he can keep his inheritance. The result is a ball and a wedding–but who is the bride? Following the digital release of the book on April 1, the print paperback will be available probably in early May.

In May, you will likely be seeing the sequel to Fire Balls. The new book is called Beach Balls and it has a new cast of characters. A friends to lovers story, Beach Balls pits developer lawyer Adam James against environmentalist Sky Sea Mickeljohn. How can they ever get together when nobody will compromise?

Then in July comes book four in the Genetic Attraction series. Currently titled Genetic Celebrity, it brings together Roan Black’s assistant, Tick Tock and his agent, “Booky” Edelson with a gorgeous androgynous young guy who Roan turns into the next big thing in modeling. Yes, it will be a menage!

Okay guys, that’s the line up as i know it so far. Later this year, the Balls to the Wall Series including Volley Balls, Fire Balls and Beach Balls will be available as a print single-author anthology from Etopia Press

I have so many more ideas for books i am driving myself crazy! I can only write one at a time. I will keep you up to date as they become a reality.  Thank you for coming by the blog.  :  )