Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Update & T-shirt campaign



TARA NINA'S NEWS

Hello to all the members of my newsletter!
It’s been a long time since I’ve created a newsletter. With the changes in the publishing industry being as they are, I’ve been a bit discouraged with writing, with being an author. I’ve been in a funk, not following my dreams. My muse has been on hiatus, replaced by wine, books and chocolate.
In my teens, I spent hours daydreaming and writing those dreams in a notebook as mini-stories. As I grew older, I stopped creating stories, went to college for something else entirely, got married, had kids and built a family. But the dream always remained.
I wanted to be a published novelist. In 2005, that dream became a reality. I got lucky when a small press loved the first book of the Cursed MacKinnons series. For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s about seven brothers turned to stone in 1740 Scotland, who are being set free from the curse in today’s time by the women of their destinies. It’s been an awesome series to create. Love those sexy Scottish Lairds. It took six books to save those seven brothers and almost ten years to acquire this feat. It was love, tears and turmoil the whole way.
I’m hopeful their journey will continue. Aunt May wants her story told and it’s in the works. I promise to make this happen somehow for those, who have kindly emailed requesting it. 
Over the past year, my career has taken a different path. I’ve not written a full-length novel in months. I’ve managed to produce two short stories, both of which were published by another small press. Breath of Luck was included in a special edition for the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas earlier this year.  Lake Chariot is being included in an upcoming horror anthology “Never Fear the Tarot” TBR sometime in November 2016.  At the moment, the cover isn’t available.
I’m forever grateful to all the readers, who enjoy my creations. I simply request patience. There will be more in the future.
The following is a tee shirt that expresses exactly what’s been keeping me going. I think it’s appropriate for all us Book Lovers!
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Thank you to all the readers, who encourage me to continue this author path!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Tara Nina
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cross-posting Warwick Valley Romance Authors blog post! Enjoy!

What the four seasons mean to me. 
 Each has its good points and bad.

Spring brings flowers & Butterflies. 

Summer provides us hot days and sunshine.
Not sure where the summer went this year. We ended ours with a vacation to Tybee Island, Georgia and spent some much needed time with my Dad.

Fall is pumpkin spice lattes, wine, apple picking and cool nights.
These two are trouble. Rake the leaves and they will jump in the pile every time.

Winter equals snuggle weather, fires in the fireplace, and snow.
First snow is always pretty.  By the third or fourth go round, not so much.

All the pictures I've posted are mine to share. I enjoy all four seasons. As I sit here with my first pumpkin spice coffee of the day, I'm doing my best to write this blog and come up with something worthy that someone else would want to read. As an author, I've found that it's difficult to write on occasion. Inspiration is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Sometimes its a struggle. So please forgive me if today, I'm not too interesting. My writing partner tries to help, but doesn't seem to understand the concept of personal space.

I'm sharing a snippet of a short story titled: Lake Chariot, which  has a TBR for (hopefully) November 2016. At the moment, I'm still waiting for the cover from the publisher. This story will be included in the "Fear the Tarot" anthology from 13Thirty Books. BTW, this was my first attempt at horror. It became more of a paranormal with a twisted ghost story.

Lake Chariot
(unedited version)

     Anora reread the first words she’d managed to write in over six months. With the stress of her divorce and the battle with him in court over the rights to her novels, it was refreshing to at least be in front of the computer. All that “he said, she said” scenario had torn her apart. His claim to have been instrumental in the creation of her Josie James mystery novels was ludicrous. The judge initially leaned in his favor. Thank God, her smart attorney requested proof of Tony’s knowledge of the storyline, without using any media devices to retrieve information while in court. When he couldn’t give basic particulars concerning the characters, titles, or plots of any of the thirty-six best sellers in that series, the judge was forced to reconsider. 
     Since there was no prenup, the ass was awarded a decent chunk of her money as reimbursement of all the years he’d worked to support her writing “hobby”. If the judge had known the amount of verbal abuse, the lies, and the humiliation she’d suffered in silence… It didn’t matter. It was over. It wouldn’t have made a difference in the judge’s decision. He was a man and men stuck together. Tony hadn’t been a controlling, manipulative monster when they met, but he turned into one the instant she created a formidable name for herself in the publishing industry. Anora kicked herself daily over that mistake made while wearing the blinders of love and stupidity.
    Hobby! She snorted. The judge called her work a hobby. Her lawyer had soothed her anger by saying he was just jealous that one book alone made double the benchwarmer’s yearly salary. That still made the edge of her lips twitch into a small smile.
     She leaned back, staring at the blinking cursor. Here she sat working on book number thirty-seven. Words whirled around her brain, trying to form a blockbuster start to her latest creation, but what she’d written didn’t ignite her imagination or make her fingers itch to burn up the keyboard.
“Pure crap,” she muttered under her breath. Her finger hovered over the delete key, but never landed.
     She jumped as a bright flash of lightning filled the room, illuminating the shadows that had taken over. Thunder rumbled across the slate shingles of the old cabin on Lake Chariot at the same time a hand landed on her shoulder. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December News!

Tara Nina's News

 Wish Upon A Christmas Star
      Available for pre-order at Amazon
             http://amzn.to/1O4MYgr
Release Date: December 18th, 2015

This story is about a Marine who is desperate to make it home to be with his wife for Christmas.
It’s one of the many wonderful Ellora’s Cave
Stocking Stuffers.

Missing!

   Gunnery Sergeant Emmett Dupree has one final mission—get home before Christmas and return to civilian life with his beautiful wife. His family believes he’s missing in Afghanistan. A snowstorm destroys all forms of communication with his hometown in the mountains of Montana. Knowing his wife and family worry about his fate has him scrambling stateside via any means possible.
  
   When her husband goes missing, Violet tries her best to keep the faith. But the bed is way too big and cold without her man. He’s given twenty years to the Corps. Now it’s time for them to concentrate on building a life and a family in their dream cabin. Sitting on their wraparound porch, she spots a shooting star and makes a wish.

   There’s no snow deep enough to keep this determined Marine from the arms of the woman he left behind.

Come party with us on Friday December 18th as we celebrate the Stocking Stuffers!  There will be prizes!

Cursed and Crazy

Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place…
Stone by day, man by night, it’s a curse that takes a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of love to conquer.
        ON Sale @

Also available at:

              Cursed and Crazy Blurb
 Book six in the Cursed MacKinnons series.

Crazy Maisie MacDougall has a ghost for a best friend and a stone statue to protect, until she speaks an ancient verse releasing a kilted hunk.
Aiden MacKinnon awakens to a new world and a woman who claims he’s been cursed for over two hundred years. At first he tries to use sex to loosen her tongue and get the truth, but his tactic fails. She stands firm on her claims.
She isn’t a witch or his enemy. He was cursed.
With an adversary hot on their trail, they backpack across Scotland, headed for the Highlands, hoping to find Castle MacKinnon and any distant member of his clan. A deep friendship and attraction grows into a passionate sexual relationship. Their journey is threatened by a misguided treasure hunter with a mission—find what Maisie protected and take it.
Aiden and Maisie realize that a little bit of crazy mixed with a whole lotta love may just beat a curse.

To boost your holiday morale, check out the wide variety of wonderfully written Christmas stories available at https://ellorascave.com
Try out a Stocking Stuffer for a little pre-holiday cheer!
Are you looking for a gift that gives all year?
I know everyone loves a good story!
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Here’s a picture of our Christmas tree.  Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday! May you enjoy whatever tradition your family celebrates!

Post a picture of your holiday decoration on my Facebook page and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a print copy of Alien.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November News

Hello!  The past few months have been wonderful, thanks to you. I’ve been busily creating more stories than usual. For the MacKinnon Fans, Aiden’s story, 
Cursed and Crazy, releases this week on Friday the 13th of November. Yeah! Doing the happy dance over that one. It’s not the end for the MacKinnons. Aunt May’s story is coming soon. 
For those who like a short story, 
Wish Upon a Christmas Star, releases on December 18th.  It’s the tale of a career Marine coming home for good to build a civilian life with his new wife. I’m hoping y’all enjoy it. I truly love writing about the wonderful men and women that protect us daily, be it Military, Police, Fireman or Medical personnel. They all deserve our respect and gratitude.
Check out the stories in the Alien anthology. I feel blessed to have been a part of this conglomeration of talented authors. Escape is the novel I submitted and is the first book in what I hope to call the Paoni Warriors series.
Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

                                         Tara Nina

                            Cursed and Crazy

    Available Friday the 13th of Nov!

Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place…
Stone by day, man by night, it’s a curse that takes a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of love to conquer.
    On Friday, look for it at:
                          https://ellorascave.com
                             https://amazon.com

Come celebrate this release on Friday the 13th at my new author Facebook page
You’re invited to this event. We’ll be partying from 10am to 2pm Eastern Time!
Cyber drinks for all! 
Come visit for a chance to win a prize!

   Cursed and Crazy
             Blurb
    Book six in the Cursed MacKinnons series.

Crazy Maisie MacDougall has a ghost for a best friend and a stone statue to protect, until she speaks an ancient verse releasing a kilted hunk.
Aiden MacKinnon awakens to a new world and a woman who claims he’s been cursed for over two hundred years. At first he tries to use sex to loosen her tongue and get the truth, but his tactic fails. She stands firm on her claims.
She isn’t a witch or his enemy. He was cursed.
With an adversary hot on their trail, they backpack across Scotland, headed for the Highlands, hoping to find Castle MacKinnon and any distant member of his clan. A deep friendship and attraction grows into a passionate sexual relationship. Their journey is threatened by a misguided treasure hunter with a mission—find what Maisie protected and take it.
Aiden and Maisie realize that a little bit of crazy mixed with a whole lotta love may just beat a curse.

               
 Wish Upon A Christmas Star

Missing!

   Gunnery Sergeant Emmett Dupree has one final mission—get home before Christmas and return to civilian life with his beautiful wife. His family believes he’s missing in Afghanistan. A snowstorm destroys all forms of communication with his hometown in the mountains of Montana. Knowing his wife and family worry about his fate has him scrambling stateside via any means possible.
  
   When her husband goes missing, Violet tries her best to keep the faith. But the bed is way too big and cold without her man. He’s given twenty years to the Corps. Now it’s time for them to concentrate on building a life and a family in their dream cabin. Sitting on their wraparound porch, she spots a shooting star and makes a wish.

   There’s no snow deep enough to keep this determined Marine from the arms of the woman he left behind.

To boost your holiday morale, check out the wide variety of wonderfully written Christmas stories available at https://ellorascave.com
Ellora’s Cave Publishing is jump-starting your holiday cheer!


I know everyone loves a good story!
For the past 10 years, I’ve been a part of a phenomenal Sisterhood of authors. We call ourselves the Sizzling Scribes.
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                         Happy
Thanksgiving!
Wishing you and your family
a safe and wonderful day filled with love, great food, and happiness.
My Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition:
Watching the Macy’s Parade on TV, while trying not to burn the turkey 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tara Nina's News
     Hello to everyone, especially the Cursed MacKinnons Fans!  I'm sorry I haven't been more active with this newsletter. Life has gotten in the way. I promise to try harder to keep in touch. According to my files, the last time I sent a newsletter was 1 year ago.  There's been so much that's happened. The Cursed MacKinnons series has another release coming titled: Cursed and Crazy. For all you fans who've been so patiently waiting for Aiden's story, it's in the hands of my editor at Ellora's Cave Publishing.

     I got extremely lucky to be included with several wonderfully talented authors in an anthology titled: Alien.  The book I placed in this anthology is titled: Escape. I'm hoping it will be the first of more Sci-Fi novels about these terrific Paoni Warriors, Shia and Kal.

     Wishing Everyone a Fabulous Day!
                                 Tara Nina


Available for Pre-Order 
                       @
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Release Date: October 28, 2015
Available @ Ellora's Cave Publishing

          


Attention Cursed MacKinnons Fans                                               

                       Coming Soon Book 6
                   Aiden's Story
Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place...
Stone by day, man by night, it's a curse that takes a little
bit of crazy and a whole lot of love to conquer. 

     
     I'm sharing a recipe that I hope everyone will enjoy. It's my
daughter's favorite cookies and since there's a chill in the air, it's becoming
baking season at my house.

KC's Chocolate Thumbprints
Ingredients:
Dough~ 1/2 cup of butter, 2/3 cup of sugar, 1 egg separated, 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of self-rising flour, 1/3 cup of baking cocoa, 1 cup of chopped walnuts
Creamy Center~ 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon of softened butter, 2 teaspoons of milk, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 bag of chocolate Kisses (unwrapped).

Dough~ Mix butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk & vanilla until creamy. Gradually add cocoa and flour to the mixture. Blend into a stiff batter. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove from fridge. Roll into balls. Place chopped walnuts on a paper plate.
Creamy Center~ Combine confectioners sugar, butter, milk & vanilla, & stir until smooth.

Whip egg white with a fork in a small bowl. Roll chocolate balls in the egg white, then roll them in the chopped walnuts, coating them well. Place on cookie sheets, press thumb in center, fill with creamy mixture, drop a kiss in the center.  
Bake @ 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until done.

October Contest:
Share your favorite recipe with me when you like my new FB author page and you'll automatically be entered to win a free print or e-copy of either the Cursed MacKinnons series book 5: Dual Release or Texan's Silky Seduction. 
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Thank you,
Tara Nina




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ellora's Cave Calendar

Ellora's Cave is running a package deal on their Limited edition 2016
Caveman Calendar. Get them while they're hot. Cause once they're gone,
they're gone.
https://www.ellorascave.com/product/2016-elloras-cavemen-calendar/

Friday, July 10, 2015

A minute with Taylor Cole



Meet Taylor Cole!
I've had the pleasure of working with Taylor Cole in author mode. He's a multi-talented man. If you haven't met him, he's a cover model, champion body builder, dancer and genuinely nice person. He's taken the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions, which we're sharing with y'all here. He co-authored 'Texan's Silky Seduction' with me.  Available at:


We played 19 things you didn't know about Taylor Cole. 

1. What’s your favorite thing to do when you have time-off? How do you spend your down time?
I don't get much time off but when I do I like to relax at home or go catch a movie
2. Do you create your routines for your stage performances or do you have a choreographer?
I usually do my own routines 
3. How many days a week do you train for physique competitions? 
On the 12 weeks prior to competition, training is done at least once a day and most days 3 times a day
4. When you finally break from the strict diet for competitions, what’s the first food you eat?
pizza and donughts 
5. Do you work a full time job outside of dancing, modeling, body building? If so when do you find the time?
I do construction jobs every chance I get. Not much sleep during those times
6. Do you make time for dating and if so what do you consider to be a romantic evening?
I don't get to date much. But I like anything from a nice dinner with good convo to skydiving or something fun like that
7. On a woman, what’s the first thing you notice? What would be the perfect woman in your eyes?
Smile is  first thing. I like all women and don't have a certain type
8. If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?
Anywhere I can surf big waves
9. The main character Colton Lee in Texan’s Silky Seduction is loosely based around your life as a dancer. In this story, he’s given an ultimatum, up his game on stage or lose 
performance time. Has anything like that ever happened to you? 
I try and stay on top of my game, so I've never been cut short yet
10. Is the life of a dancer fiercely competitive? Do other male dancers actually try to out-perform each other onstage in ‘friendly’ competitions?
You only compete with yourself in this biz. It's like a brotherhood with the other guys
11. Is there something you wish you could learn to do that you don’t already know how to do? ( ex: fly a plane)
Play musical instruments better than I do
12. Are you planning any future novels?
I'm working on a couple of things
13. What makes you happy?
Being alive and living life to the fullest with my family and good friends
14. What’s the one thing you feel would make the world a better place?
Less negativity. 
15. Do you enjoy reading? If so, what do you read?
I do. I enjoy history and science the most
16. Do you have a pet? If so, what type of pet and what’s his or her’s name?
No pets. Not enough time for one
17. In Texan’s Silky Seduction, Colton Lee falls for his dance instructor, Melisa.  They make love in the silks. Where’s the most obscure place you’ve made love?
Everywhere !!
18. The heroine, Melisa Raychel is a petite brunette, who has a deep love of dance. She’s drawn to Colton (even though he’s a bad boy) because he can dance. Like Colton, did  you ever attend dance classes when you were younger?
When I first started, they were mandatory for a couple of years, but it's been a while. I'd like to go back again. 
19. Colton is a mechanic. Do you enjoy tinkering with cars as well?
I love working on cars. Old hot rods are my fav. Nothing beats the sound of a fine tuned American v8