<![CDATA[Lisa Goldman - Blog]]>Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:39:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Tails of the Apocalypse partners with Pets for Vets]]>Sat, 28 Nov 2015 02:40:28 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/tails-of-the-apocalypse-partners-with-pets-for-vetsPicture
During this Thanksgiving season, I am honored to present Tails of the Apocalypse. For my part, Chris Pourteau, a fellow author and member of Goodreads Paranormal and Horror Lovers, which I am the moderator, asked me to spread the word on  his new book and project. Although I am not an author in this anthology, I am anxious to read this book for a worthy cause (I'll let Chris explain below). Please consider buying, reading, and supporting. 
Thanks, 
Lisa

Writing for a Cause: Pets for Vets and Tails of the Apocalypse


There are a number of unique aspects of this anthology, but the thing I’m most proud of is our partnership with Pets for Vets.

That’s how author-editor Chris Pourteau talks about his latest project, Tails of the Apocalypse. Described as The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey, the collection includes short stories written by 14 of today’s most innovative independent authors. Tails of the Apocalypse examines world-ending scenarios—from nuclear war to natural disasters to planetary pandemics—featuring animals as main characters.

The idea came to Pourteau last spring after publishing his own short story, “Unconditional” about a dog searching for his boy, lost to the zombie apocalypse. The overwhelmingly positive response from readers made him think that maybe he’d hit a cultural nerve. And the idea for Tails of the Apocalypse was born.

Over the next six months, he recruited his writers--including four USA Today bestselling authors--edited their stories, developed cover art, and produced an anthology that R. J. Pineiro, author of The Fall calls: “one of the most original and captivating collections of end-of-the-world ‘tails,’ shown through the eyes of an amazing cast of unforgettable furry and feathered characters.”

Giving Tails a Purpose
Even as the anthology took shape, Pourteau felt like he was missing something. The point of these wonderful stories about animals caught up in dystopian situations was about giving voice to those without the ability to speak for themselves. He decided he wanted to donate some of the profits from his self-funded project to an organization that helped animals.
It was one of his authors, David Bruns, also a US Navy vet, who suggested Pets for Vets. From the beginning, it was great fit.

The name and the mission of the non-profit immediately resonated with Pourteau. And as Bruns and Pourteau have worked to drum up awareness of their project, they’ve found that the cause resonates with others as well.

Founded by animal trainer Clarissa Black, Pets for Vets matches shelter dogs with military veterans. Personnel train the animals as special companions for veterans suffering from emotional trauma, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“Three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year,” says Ann Black, president of Pets for Vets. “And it’s estimated that 20 percent of returning vets suffer from PTSD. Bringing them together provides a loving home for the pet and a caring companion for the vet. It’s a win-win.”

The Big Idea
Pourteau plans to donate $1.00 to Pets for Vets from every copy of Tails of the Apocalypse sold through the end of the calendar year, regardless of format—e-book, paperback, or audiobook. “I’m honored that Pets for Vets allowed us to adopt them as a cause,” Pourteau says. “My goal now is to write them a big check on January 1st.”

Want to Lend a Hand?
We’re calling our project Tails for Vets. If you’d like to be part of the Tails for Vets movement, here’s how you can help:
  1. Join the Tails for Vets Street Team — Get email updates and shareable content by joining the Tails Street Team. Facebook banners, a “badge” you can post online to show your support, and chances to win paperback and audiobook copies of Tails of the Apocalypse are all available to the Tails Street Team.
  2. Buy the BookTails of the Apocalypse launched on November 20th. You can order it  on Amazon now at http://amzn.to/1GRRyWH. Remember: $1 from every purchase goes to Pets for Vets.



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<![CDATA[Black Legacy Book Cover Reveal]]>Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:18:34 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/black-legacy-book-cover-revealThe book cover for Black Legacy was partly unexpected, yet no less brilliant. 

Two dear authors friends, Rebecca Nolan and Emily Joyner, and I have been talking about Wattpad on and off for a few months. I wanted to post chapters of Black Legacy on the site to get some feedback and, hopefully, build a following. Before I did this, I needed book cover art. The thought frightened me. I didn't have the right software, the knowledge or experience to use the software, or know where to go to get the images. There are pre-made book covers on Wattpad that are no more than a picture of a tree or some other trivial object. Book covers are the first thing readers see. It should catch the eye and relate to the book. I wanted my book cover to have all this and more.

Completely forgotten to me, my husband told me we had Photoshop and that I could probably use it to make the cover. After I confirmed that we indeed had the software--even though it was an older version--I spent hours and days scanning the internet for images. I settled on a few and spent four more hours trying to get them to overlap properly. My computer kept freezing, which made the process frustrating to say the least. In the end, I created a mediocre book cover.

Minutes later, I was chatting with Emily and Rebecca. Have I mentioned that they are two of a few of my biggest cheerleaders? Among other talents, Emily makes beautiful books covers. We had spoke about Black Legacy's cover but it wasn't until that moment that she got inspiration for the right combination. Ten minutes later, she presented me with my book cover.

And what a cover it is!

So I don't have a big build up for the cover or a slue of bloggers sharing it. I do, however, think it is amazing and hope you like it too. Without further delay, I present Emily Joyner's creation for my novel, Black Legacy


As I mentioned, I am sharing free chapters of Black Legacy on Wattpad. Please stop over, read, and let me know what you think. 

Cheers,
Lisa
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<![CDATA[What I never thought I'd do to a book and more]]>Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:27:27 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/what-i-never-thought-id-do-to-a-book-and-morePicture
Oh my freakin' gosh!?!  My sleep is so messed up. 

I just got back from Las Vegas not even eighteen hours ago. We went with another couple. For my husband and I, it was a celebration of our twentieth wedding anniversary. We slept little. The three hour time zone changes didn't help but as the saying goes, "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas". Besides, that isn't what this story is about. 

The same day my plane landed from a red eye flight and I arrived home, I felt like the walking dead. That was until 8:30 pm when a second wind sent me into overdrive. I knew I needed sleep, morning obligations would arrive too fast. I was determined to unwind. I read a little then dozed off for ten minutes while lying on the sofa around 11:30 pm. I woke intending to stagger to bed. That was when I spotted him, GODZILLA SPIDER: aka the black dot on the pic. I know he doesn't look like much because his legs are all tucked in but he is a big...and fat...and fast! 

And he was blocking my path! 


After a gymnastic-like move over the back of the sofa, I found the perfect use for my old telephone books. I had considered recycling them because, hey, the internet worked just fine for my telephone informational needs. Armed with the thicker of two telephone books, I crept closer to Godzilly. He dashed under the sofa. Damnit! Luckily, he came out the other end, leaving the perfect shot for me. I threw the book at him again. Grr! He darted again. Did I mention he was fast? Heart pounding and cursing loud enough to wake the sleeping house, I whipped the book at him. He once again ran. Well crap! On my third attempted, after a stare down of wills, the book landed on him. In stocking feet, I leaped on the book and stomped. I added a second book, stomped, and twisted as if doing the jig. Gingerly, I nudged the telephone books aside. Godzilly darted. WTH!?! I grabbed the nearby dictionary and slammed the books spine on the spider until I heard a splat. He curled and finally, thankfully stilled. *Note the above picture.*

I inhaled a deep breath. I was wide awake, staring at Godzilly's carcass. I decided to leave him for my husband to clean up in the morning. What? Don't roll your eyes at me. You can't expect me to have that kind of energy.

Now what? Feeling pressure in my bladder, I went to the bathroom to relieve myself. I came back and grabbed my Kindle. Hand outstretched for the sofa's armrest with my eyes traveling toward Godzilly's remains, I froze. WTH!?! Godzilla spider must have nine freakin' lives! And he is trying to give me a heart attack.

If he had been outside, I wouldn't have tried to kill him with telephone books or a thick dictionary. In fact I would have left him alone. Spiders keep the bug population down. I knew this but was different. He entered my house, my domain, where I ate and slept. What if he crawled in my mouth while I snored on that sofa? The repulsive thought sent shivers over my arms.

This was war!

I became the incredible hawk. Chairs went flying. Then I spotted him. I wasn't wasting time with books this time. No, my weapon of choice was death by spray. I aimed and didn't stop until Godzilly and the area was covered in a thick, white foam. 

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Godzilly lifted a leg and then stiffened.  Three hours later I stumbled up to bed without a creepy crawler crossing my dreams. 

At the crack of dawn, my daughter, who was fanatically racing to make her bus, asked me to pull her hair in a ponytail. Rubbing my groggy eyes one by one, I went to the bathroom to retrieve the brush when, OMG, GODZILLA SPIDER'S Dad came looking for him. With legs outstretched Daddy-o sat between the toilet and the pedal stool sink. Cussing with a jolt of gotcha-now-you-are-awake, I lunged for the spider spray. I aimed and pushed the button down hard. Daddy-o never moved. Huh? I shrugged. This was good

My son walked passed, saying deadpan, "He's already dead. Gram sprayed him before you woke up.'

Well, I thought, I guess leaving carcasses runs in the family. 
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If you enjoyed my nonfiction story, you might like my fiction short story called "The Spider Whisperer". It is based loosely on my fears and the huge wolf spiders that are common for my area. You can read "The Spider Whisperer" as well as other great stories in the anthology, Dark Light. 
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Sweet dreams my luvs... Mwhahaha!

Lisa
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<![CDATA[What's going on with Black Legacy?]]>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:36:48 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/whats-going-on-with-black-legacyFirst, I'd like to apologize for my low in blogging. I hadn't realized it's been so long. I could bog you down by giving you my many "life" got in the way issues. We all have those so, for now, I'll give a big wave and say, "Howdy."

"Well, what have you been doing?" you ask. 

Great question.  I finished writing and editing the third novel to the Black Legacy series, which is called Blood Trails. It will be off to my beta readers in the next few days. 


What? I hear those grumbles. And yes, I know I haven't published Black Legacy or Keeper of the Spirits, the first and second novels to the series. There are reasons for this. First and foremost, I don't want to disappoint you, my reader. 


Let me give you a background explanation. The series will have a total of five books. With the first three books written, I am now concentrating on the final two books. I mapped out the beginning, parts of the middle, and the end of each book. My ideas need to be outlined in a particular order. Yes, I prefer to use an outline. I also need to make sure I know what each character is doing. I haven't gotten that far in these final books. This is where my self-doubts erupt. Since I am still relatively new as an author, I want to make I can finish the series before I publish Black Legacy

I've been in that Will, Adrian, Camille withdrawn too. You know the one, right? It happens when you finish reading a book and have fallen in love with the characters. One tiny problem, the next book in the sequel isn't published yet. What if the author doesn't know where the next book is going? How long will it take to be in your hands? Months? Years? 

I'm not saying the final books in the Black Legacy series fall into the "will it ever be written category" because I do know most of what will happen, just not the order. Until I at minimum have solid outlines, you'll have to wait. Don't fret though, it also means you may not have to wait as long between books once the first book is published.

Happy dances all around. 

I've also been spending my time building my social network sites and researching indie publishers, traditional publishers, self publishing, agents, marketing, and more. I have flip-flopped between which way I want to publish. I'll probably go with an indie or small press publisher and have narrowed it down to a few favorites. If you have worked with a publisher and loved them, I'd love to hear from you. I'm keeping my options open. 

Find out more on the upcoming Black Legacy series by clicking HERE. For day-by-day updates, follow me on my social networks: Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon, and Pintrest.  

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<![CDATA[Author Interview for Book Club]]>Sun, 05 Jan 2014 01:28:40 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/author-interview-for-book-club
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Fox Brook Book Club
Attention, attention: Authors, are you looking for more exposure for your book or books? Consider contacting me.

I am a member and help run the Fox Brook Book Club. It is local to me and hosted in someone's home. We hold quarterly meetings, sometimes more frequent, to socialize and discuss a book. We have thirty-one members and anywhere from six to twenty-five people usually attend a meeting. Often this depends on people's schedules. What I proposed is that, if possible, I'd like to interview the authors of the books we read. Questions may range to about the book to your other works you have to, well, a little about you. 

We, the book club, are NOT asking for a discount on your book, only that if chosen that we can interview you. At this time, because this is new to us, I would like interviews to be done via email. I am considering Skype or radio as a possibility but am not rolling that out yet. 

I am hoping to gather most questions and email them to you, the author, at least a week prior to our meeting so the answers will be returned and available to share at the book club meeting, although we may have a few afterward too. After the interview and meeting, I will post the questions and answers on this blog, which, in turn, rolls over to my Facebook and Twitter pages. 

A list of books and authors willing to be interviewed, for which a hostess from the book club can read and choose, will be compiled. Books may be chosen based on genre and interests, although it is possible that not every book will be chosen. The list will be on-going. 

As well as the interview, the extra book sales, and the added publicity, I will give your book an honest review, which will be post here on my blog, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Some of the other club members may post reviews too.

If interested please message me through Facebook or Goodreads. Supply the name of your book/books, genre, a short one sentence description per book, your email, whether it is e-book, paperback or both, and links to buy your book. Thanks!

I'm hoping this proposal is a win-win for both you, the author, and the book club members. I certainly am excited to read your new and adventurous books! ~Lisa
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<![CDATA[Clean Teen Publishing's 2013 Black Friday Sale & Giveaway!!]]>Sat, 30 Nov 2013 03:01:52 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/clean-teen-publishings-2013-black-friday-sale-giveawayCLEAN TEEN PUBLISHING'S  2013 BLACK FRIDAY SALE & GIVEAWAY!  

Take advantage of this epic Black Friday sale hosted by Clean Teen Publishing!
Nearly every book will be reduced to $.99 for ONE DAY ONLY on November 29, 2013.
Take advantage of these sixteen young adult and new adult books that have been
reduced to $.99 on Amazon. So grab your Kindle's or open up your Kindle Apps and 
get to shopping! 
Check out the titles below that are on sale and don't forget to
enter the awesome SWAG Pack Giveaway at the bottom!  

Here is what you could win:
(*U.S. only but International winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card in lieu of the prize.)  

Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings by Angela J. Townsend

Young Adult Adventure (YAe) 

"Harry Potter Fans Will Love This Series!"

Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99 
The Awakener by Amanda Strong

 Young Adult Paranormal Romance (YA)  

"Fallen Fans Will Love This Series!" 

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Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith

Young Adult Dystopian (YA) 

"Divergent Fans Will Love This Series!"

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Double Star by Cindy Saunders  

Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy (YA)   

"Need Fans Will Love This Book!"  

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Finding ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels   

Young Adult Dystopian/Paranormal Romance (YA)   

"Mortal Instruments Fans Will Love This Series!"  

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The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis  

Young Adult Romantic Fantasy (YA Mature)   

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Young Adult Paranormal Romance (YA)   

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Young Adult Paranormal Romance (YA Mature) 

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New Adult Paranormal Romance (Rated YA Mature)  

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Young Adult Horror with a Romantic Twist (YAe)  

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Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger

New Adult Paranormal Romance (YA) 

"Vampire Academy Fans Will Love This Series!"

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The Wall by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Young Adult Dystopian Romance (YA Mature) 

Book 1 in the Series: The Woodlands is FREE!

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Wonderstruck Anthology by Clean Teen Publishing

Young Adult Anthology 

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Titanium by Alicia Michaels

New Adult Dystopian Romance (Mature Content) 

Book 1 in the Series: The Bionics is FREE!

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Fall of Icarus by Jon Messenger

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Book 1 in the Brink of Distinction Series: Burden of Sisyphus is FREE!

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<![CDATA[Morbid Seraphic 2: Seven Deadly Sins]]>Thu, 07 Nov 2013 03:53:35 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/morbid-seraphic-2-seven-deadly-sinsNEWS FLASH: Morbid Seraphic 2: Seven Deadly Sins, the dark, sinful anthology featuring my short corrupt story "Judgment Day" is now available! Brought to you by the talents from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly and editor extraordinaire, S.K. Whiteside, you will find wicked adventures in wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.  
I'm super excited about this anthology.  The contributing authors have amazing talent, so be sure to click on their names to find out more about them and their other works.

Stories listed by Sin:
 ~Envy 
    "Envy" by T.M. Scott
 ~Lust 
    "Luxuria" by
Jana Boskey 
 ~Pride
     "Bleeding Love" by Fallon Christy
 ~Wrath 
    "Tranquility" by Gena Mantz
 ~Gluttony
    "Drunken Goddess" by S.K. Whiteside
 ~Sloth
     "Dead Wait" by S.K. Whiteside
 ~Greed
     "Judgment Day" by Lisa Goldman
Morbid Seraphic 2: Seven Deadly Sins comes as an e-book and soon will be in paperback. It can be purchased from Amazon by clicking on either US customers or UK customers.

****Get it cheaper while you can****
As an added bonus, Crushing Heart and Black Butterfly has put the original Morbid Seraphic anthology on sale until Friday!!! The nine stories span from angels and demons to gods and goddesses and it includes my story, "Illusions".  For more on Morbid Seraphic and "Illusions"
click here then go directly to Amazon and buy it. US Amazon sales or UK Amazon sales.
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<![CDATA[Wonderstruck~ Free today!]]>Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:53:54 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/wonderstruck-free-todayPicture
Wonderstruck is a YA anthology featuring my story, 'Oafish Me' and it's FREE today through Amazon. 

Not sure if you want the book, read the description from Amazon.
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When you look at a picture, what do you see? We gave authors around the world the challenge to write a story based on a set of five images. More than thirty authors rose to that challenge and created an amazing Young Adult Anthology of drabbles, short stories, novelettes and novellas for you to enjoy. Flip the pages and prepare to be Wonderstruck!

Dive into a world where wind is a power that feeds the flames and love makes everything more complicated. A life where a scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble and a place where silence, as you will find out, has a lot to say. Find yourself in a future where  a powerful enemy can only be stopped by the most dangerous weapon of all: The  Truth. All of this and more lies within these very pages... Are you ready?  

Wonderstruck is Clean Teen Publishing's first break through Young Adult 
Anthology. All stories within this book have fallen within our YA rating scale, however, not all stories have young adult characters. You will find a great deal  of entertainment within Wonderstruck that is appropriate for readers of all  ages.
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Did I mention it's FREE today only? Be sure to grab your copy now! Click on the book cover for the link.
Happy Reading~Lisa

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<![CDATA[Interview with author Tara Fox Hall]]>Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:42:07 GMThttp://lisagoldman.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-author-tara-fox-hallPicture
Welcome Tara Fox Hall! I'm so excited to have you here.
Before we start the interview I'd like to tell you a little about her. She is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton  University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

You have quite the long list of credits. Why do you write about vampires, like you have in your  novel  Promise Me?
 I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.

What other types of genres do you write?
Mostly I write supernatural-related fiction stories, such as the paranormal fiction series Promise Me and Lash. But as per above, I also have written erotica, suspense, horror, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction.

Tell me about your latest?
My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth installment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire. When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two
lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?
The Hobbit. I like the message; that it’s not who you were or what you can do that influences what you will do, it’s how willing you are to step outside your own boundaries and push for what you think is right.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp? 
 That it’s never too late to take control of your destiny…and that you are the only one that really ever can. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to events. And that it’s important to always try to do the right thing…but that isn’t always possible.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?
Getting published. I spent 4 years getting rejection after rejection from every agent under the sun and also some publishers. But the near misses were the worst, to think that I finally had an agent or a publisher and then to have it fall through at the last moment. Those were the crushing blows. The newest thing I worry about are bad reviews.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Bits of me are in all my characters, being my creations. 

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit? 
Of course. Getting my first 2 star review on Amazon made me want to quit. Poor sales in a given quarter makes me want to quit. Having no free time makes me want to quit. But I didn’t survive years of fighting to get my stories out to give up now.

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?
Yes. I realized I was good at imagining both sides of a conversation between two characters or more. It’s something that comes naturally and I don’t feel affinity with either character especially, so I can imagine to be both with equal believability. That makes really good dialogue, which is an essential part of any story. The other key part of story is a good plot. When I’m reading what I wrote, I ask myself if I’m interested at every paragraph. If I can’t keep my own interest, how can I expect to keep a reader’s interest? And what a writer wants to produce and what a reader wants to read are not always the same things. To gain—and keep—series readers, you have to give them what they want while keeping enough back to entice them to keep reading subsequent books. I try to do that.

After this book, what is next?
There will be more books in this series. Two more will be out this year--Immortal Confessions and Her Secret—with more in 2014 and 2015, until the series is done. The next
installment in the Lash Series, Revenge, will be out this fall, and hopefully my second anthology of short suspense/horror stories will also  publish. There will also be the first Promise Me anthology and a Latham’s  Landing anthology this fall. A new Lash short story,
Spiritwalker”, will debut in the Shifters charity anthology from
Hazardous Press, and I also have a short story called “The Lie” in the upcoming
anthology Brief Grislys, both due out in a month or less. I’m also working on a sequel to my transgender short Grow a Pair, and another compilation of BDSM stories for the late summer/fall.

Your website? http://www.tarafoxhall.com
Your blog?http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

Other websites?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaraFH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tara-fox-hall
Melange
Books: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/index.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W/

Where can your book be found?
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Taken-For-His-Promise-ebook/dp/B00CZ4IGC8/
Amazon
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Taken-For-His-Promise-ebook/dp/B00CZ4IGC8/
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Melange/lulu link for Print, PDF and HTML copies: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/takenforhisown.html
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Barnes and Noble.com: not there yet
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More on the Promise Series (Promise Me Series #1) – Vampire romance
Format: print and e-book
Pages: 233
Date Released: June 2012
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Me-ebook/dp/B0086G4GDC
Lulu link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tara-fox-ha...-20146694.html
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Promise-Me-ebook/dp/B0086G4GDC
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaraFH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tara-fox-hall
Melange Books: http://www.melange-books.com/authors...all/index.html

Blurb: When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern  quickly becomes passionate love. Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial's relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give
Danial his greatest desire?

Thank you for stopping by Tara. I enjoyed your company.

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The anticipated wait is over! Wonderstruck, an anthology,  is now available.
 The stories range from drabbles, short stories, novellas, and novelettes. The authors submitted their stories into one of each of the categories, hoping to win for their section. Although I didn't win for the short story, Clean Teen Publishing did choose my story, "Oafish Me", which makes me a winner too.

~Add Wonderstruck to your Goodreads to be read list! 
~Then grab your copy now from Amazon!
Need more convincing? Read the blurb from the back cover, find out who the contributing authors are, and discover their stories. Be sure to note mine, "Oafish Me".
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When you look at a picture, what do you see? We gave authors around the world the challenge to write a story based on a set of five images. More than thirty authors rose to that challenge and created an amazing young adult anthology of drabbles, short stories, novelettes and novellas for you to enjoy. Flip the pages and prepare to be Wonderstruck

Dive into a world where wind is a power that feeds the flames and love makes everything more
complicated. A life where a scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble and a place where silence as you will find out has a lot to say. Find yourself in a future where a powerful enemy can only be stopped by the most dangerous weapon of all: the truth. All of this and more lies within these very pages... Are you ready? 

Wonderstruck is Clean Teen Publishing's first break through Young Adult anthology. All stories within this book have fallen within our YA rating scale, however, not all stories have young adult characters. You will find a great deal of entertainment within Wonderstruck that is appropriate for readers of all ages. To view more information on our official content rating system please visit: www.cleanteenpublishing.com

Winning Novella-
Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger (Clean Teen Publishing Author of Wind Warrior)
The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty year old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he's going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It's all very...
normal.  However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander's life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new 'super
power' quickly if he wants to survive.  For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander. It doesn't help that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Xander can't deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.

Winning Novelette- 
Pastiche by Maren Dille   
A punishment far worse than death awaits Alim Hamal. Sylin Incorporated has a particular sentence for their rogue assassins: uncovering the darkest moments in their subconscious, then watching as they relive them through virtual simulation. Only one assassin has ever escaped. Alim plans to be the second.

The simulation demands the truth, something Alim has kept from his employers at all costs. But as his final moments emerge, Sylin will discover that the truth is Alim’s most dangerous weapon.

Winning Short  Story-
The Silent Man by Kati Ellis
I thought my time with Silence would be peaceful. Heaven knows I deserve it after all those years of raising babies. Silence, however, had a different plan. If it weren't for Marigold, I don't think I would've seen it. She introduced me to the Silent Man, and Silence, as it turns out, has quite a bit to say.     

Winning Drabble-
A Lady's Revenge by Jennifer Bull
A scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble...

Wonderstruck Authors (By Last Name)
Radeyah H. Ali       
Drabble~ Magically Fitted

Gabrielle Arrowsmith (Clean Teen Publishing Author of Concealed in the
Shadows)
 
Drabble~ Joah and the Beacon of Light

Beau Barnett           
Short Story~ Into Eternity
Eric, a widowed paralytic, knows he is dreaming when he sees a younger version of his deceased wife, Jessica, by a lake with his old dog. But the joy of seeing them again is replaced by the pain of knowing they won't be there when he wakes up. 

Jennifer Bull             
Short Story~ A Wizard's World
When Jack stumbled upon a strange jar in the middle of the forest he found the one thing he had always wanted—a friend, and now he’ll do everything he can to protect her. Born into a world unlike any other, a world within a jar, Lottie longs to explore beyond her glass home. Little does she know that even the smallest adventures can have dangerous
consequences…

Drabble~ Life in a Jar
Drabble~ Round and Round I Go
Drabble~ Once In a Blue Moon

Liana Chau
  
Drabble~ Ahead and Beyond

MeMe Collier
           
Short Story~ The  Fairy Jar
Gracie doesn't believe in magic. Disillusioned by their mother's abandonment, she dismisses her younger brother, Brennan's, claim that he's caught a fairy. But as the invisible Ileana works in her family's lives, memories of their mother's fairytales tug at Gracie's mind. They call into question everything she's come to place her faith in, making her wonder if magic really does exist and if love still lives on after loss.

 Leah D.W.   
Short Story~ Watery Grave
There is something in the water...something dark...something hungry...

When Ashlynn escapes from a life of abuse she is thrown into the swamplands rumored to harbor a nightmare. She should have listened to the rumors because there is something in
the water...and it loves the taste of human flesh.


Julie Gilbert
 
Drabble~ Keio and the Farsight Fire

Lisa Goldman
           
Short Story~ Oafish Me
 Teenager, Misty, considers herself a social outcast—an oaf—as her classmates
remind her every opportunity they get. When Drake, a charismatic and gorgeous
new student, stays by her side through their constant ridicule, she discovers she not only longs for a friendship with him but for the first time, a relationship. With her raw emotions on the line, she accepts his invitation to go out but when he takes her to a secluded wooded area, she starts to question if he is her knight in shining armor or her worst
enemy.

Dominique Goodall            
Drabble~ Fairy Capture

Brenna Harden       
Short Story~ A Warriors Journey
 
Sandra Havriluk     
Drabble~ Jedidiah

 Sacha Hope 
Novelette~ Glass Heart
Wolt is a brilliant scientist trying desperately to cure his wife's condition. Doctors suspected she had a type of cancer and their medicines offered little help to the ailing woman. Wolt finds a way to buy time for his wife, but his experiment turns her into something else altogether...

 Erin Liles       
Novelette ~ Outside the Walls
 Outspoken, seventeen-year-old Jenna hates the settlement she lives in where disagreement is frowned upon. Fed up, she leaves one day, and meets a group of outsiders, only to discover that her home and family are in danger. It is up to Jenna to save them and in doing so, discover what is really important.
 
B.T. Lyons 
Novella~ Heartkeeper Short Story
It only took fifty years for humankind to plummet from the turmoil of a population of ten billion people to a struggling group of two billion trying to figure out how to survive in harmony with the Earth. Under a new, peaceful societal structure, people have relearned their connection with the Land and the spirits of nature that live there. Young Adain has just reached thirteen years of age, and must undertake the dangerous Heart Chase to secure the spirit of an animal that will act as his conscience and companion for the rest of his life. It will be a year of trials and challenges, but the risks to the People may be even higher as someone else binds with an animal spirit that may not have their best interests in
mind...
 

Short Story~ Peace
London in the late 1800's is a dirty, chaotic, and above all, loud place embroiled in a scientific war with neighboring France as each strives to outdo each other with
technological wonders. A young married pair of university professionals finds
themselves at odds over the benefits of this war: Nigel only wants to see England prevail – preferably through his own inventions – whereas his wife, Christine, dreams of quiet and a natural world that she has only seen in storybooks. Enter a street-side vendor offering “Peace In A Bottle”; this might be the answer to Christine's greatest desires, but it could be the beginning of Nigel's worst nightmare.


 Julie Marcinik          
Short Story~ The Executioner
 Vivian Fletcher has a gift that’s given her a special place in the kingdom—the King’s personal executioner. Everything and everyone she touches dies. When she finds out that
the world she’s living in is full of lies and turmoil, she’ll have to accept her gift and use it to right the wrongs.


 Mia Marin     
Drabble~ A Note To My Traveler
Drabble~ A Dear Dalliance

Miranda Maurin
     
Short Story~ The  Dance of Time
Tabitha and Carter are a little too daring when they run through a tunnel to investigate the
mysterious music they heard while running through the woods. The cave is well lit, and the dance looks fun, but they can't seem to stop.


 Veronica Morfi        
Drabble~ Shine

 Ifeoma Ofuani          
Drabble~ He Would Be Great

 Paula Phillips          
Short Story~ Skye in High School Wonderland
It started out just like any normal day for high school Plain Jane Skye Salisbury until tragedy strikes her school and out of nowhere, a glimmering hole appeared. The question
on everyone's minds is—what lies at the bottom? Will it be another world or a different dimension?

 Jocelyn Sanchez      
Novella~ A World  Unlike Mine
What would you do if you could see magical creatures from the early age of five? Well, for
seventeen-year-old Tasha it gets pretty difficult when a fairy prince named Thomas appears with news that will change her life forever. But with the help of her best friend and pixie, Seamus, Tasha will find her place in a world so unlike hers. Will she rise to the occasion and become who she was destined to be?

 Drabble~ Night
 Drabble~ Darkness and Light

 Cindy Saunders (Clean Teen Publishing Author of Double Star)
Short Story~ Nirvana
She looked at the picture she’d painted many years ago. It was a magical place—a place inspired by her dreams. Though, tonight it almost seemed... alive, as if it were calling to
her.

 Clemy W. Thompson          
Drabble~ The Truth

 Dana Wright 
Drabble~ Fairy Lights

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Purchase Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith at: http://www.amazon.com/Concealed-in-the-Shadows-ebook/dp/B00CUJ3QQE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369954686&sr=1-1&keywords=concealed+in+the+shadows
Double Star is Releasing on June 7, 2013
Wind Warrior (The Full Novel) is Releasing on June 14, 2013
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Happy Reading! ~Lisa



 
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