New Re-Release! DRIVEN SNOW – Nerd Loves Jock, Kissing-the-Tutor, Fairy Tale Retelling

by Aug 18, 2020News, The Pennymaker Tales

Hi. I’m so happy you’re here to celebrate the re-release of DRIVEN SNOW. Since you may know that all of The Pennymaker Tales are fairy tale retellings, you can probably guess that this is my homage to Snow White. Unlike a lot of fairy tales that are quite simple, Snow White is a complex story. Like a whole lot of fairy tales, it’s wildly violent! My search history for this book was probably investigated since it included ways to put a person into a coma without leaving a trace, how to escape a car underwater, how to knife fight, and how to cause anaphylactic shock in an undetectable way. LOL. 

DRIVEN SNOW is actually a New Adult romance. It takes place in college with my geeky chess champion, Snow Reynaldi, madly in love with  the closeted, golden-boy quarterback, Riley Prince. You’ll find all the Snow White players accounted for including the seven dwarves, who in my story are seven fraternity brothers, who, along with the unexpected Mr. Pennymaker, change Snow’s life. 

DRIVEN SNOW is now available on Amazon and in KU.

Driven Snow brings together a brilliant college nerd and a handsome quarterback who’s just as smart as he needs to be, in a kissing-the-tutor, coming out, GFY, running-from-the-bad-guys, fairy tale retelling, complete with total makeover.

Driven Snow by Tara Lain

What if the poison apple was a martini?

Who says fairy tales can’t happen? When chess campion and physics student, Snow Reynaldi, finds himself tutoring his secret passion, quarterback Riley Prince, up close and personal, he starts to believe in happy ever after, but wait. Cosmic joker time.

Snow’s mentor, Professor Kingsley, suddenly marries a mysterious, beautiful woman and then falls into a coma,

Snow wakes up underwater in a car,

Seven frat brothers and a quirky elf of a man rescue Snow in time for him to get accused of terrible crimes and lose the man he loves,

And, oh yeah, the professor’s wife is trying to steal his chess championship – and his life!

Things look pretty Grimm.

Any chance Snow can prove he’s the fairest of them all?

Tara Lain Books
2nd Edition
August 18, 2020
250 pages
Available in eBook and Paperback formats

Excerpt from Driven Snow


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.

“Yeah. Why do you think I come see you play all the time? It’s like plugging into the solar system and catching the stars in my hand.”

“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.

What are you dreaming? That he suddenly quit being straight and is attracted to a wimpy little queen like you? Spare me.

Okay. Okay.

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.


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