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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Operation Owl #OOTour

Please don't miss a word from the author at the end of the post.

Title: Operation Owl
Author: Tara Quan
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Humor

Five years ago, Maya Jain kissed her best friend only to have him run out of her dorm room and leave the state. When he shows up in Washington, D.C., a wanted fugitive sought after by every branch of the US government, she can’t bring herself to ignore his plight. As their physical relationship picks up where it left off, she decides it’s time to make him see her as more than the bespectacled, bookish girl he once called “Owl.”

After being accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to help clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker has no choice but to ask his former best friend and math tutor for help. Together they unravel a cyber conspiracy at the Barn, an NSA facility tasked to intercept electronic communications. But as they traverse the nation’s capital to avoid capture, Maya insists on letting their simmering sexual tension take its natural course. Even though he’s never been able to shake the memory of their one kiss, he refuses to let her give up her life for a man with no future.

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Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at

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A Word From The Author

What do you think is necessary for a book to be funny?
Since I write romantic comedies, one would think it’s easy to make me laugh. But to my TV-watching companion’s continuing dismay, my taste in comedy is very specific. While my poor husband categorizes my problem as an obsession with “cutesy humor,” this affliction is better described as “vicarious embarrassment.”
I’d thought this quirk of mine a unique one until I read an article by Haley Edwards, which lists a number of interesting foreign words with no English equivalent. The word(s) that drew my attention were Fremdschämen (German) and Myötähäpeä (Finnish), which I’d translate as “feeling-ridiculously-bad-for-Michael-Scott-while-watching-The-Office.” The intensity with which I empathize interferes with my enjoyment of the show, so much so I can’t get through certain episodes.
Because I’m far more involved in a story while reading, enjoying a book is very difficult when the humor is at the expense of a character I’ve come to care about. This doesn’t mean they can’t get into awkward situations (the story wouldn’t be fun otherwise). I just need to know with absolute certainty it all ends well, ideally in a happily ever after. This might be why I’m very partial to romances.

If the unfortunate situations the hero or heroine fall into contribute to their overall cuteness (I tried to come up with a different word and failed), in addition to providing comedic relief, then the book gets on my re-read list. Some of my favorite authors—Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, and Kresley Col—masters at making me giggle without crossing the vicarious embarrassment line. When I write, I endeavor to achieve the same effect. 


by Andy Marx



America has never seen anything to match the innovation, energy, romance, and excitement of the 20th Century. And the embodiment of all this is Eve Solomon, a young woman who embraces the vitality of the times with a fervor. Determined to make a name for herself in the fledgling music business of 1908, she ultimately becomes wildly successful. But the same steely determination that takes her to the heights of the entertainment world cannot bring her the one thing she wants more than anything: the love of her life, Alex Getz, a struggling Vaudeville comic who becomes one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. As their careers and lives intersect across the years, there is a price to pay—a royalty for true love that can never be measured.


Three little words.

That’s all they were, but every time she heard him say them, they had the same impact.

“Marry me, Eve,” came the voice through the phone.

“Alex, how many times have I heard that from you?” Eve paused to catch her breath. Though almost eighty-five, her bright eyes and delicate face made her look much younger.

“I don’t know how much time I’ve got left, but I want to spend it with you,” Alex said.

Eve sat alone on a couch in the living room of her rambling Beverly Hills home, trying to comprehend what she was hearing. She remembered all the times Alex had proposed, always to have something, usually another woman, get in the way. Hurt at the memory, her thoughts turned to the current Mrs. Getz, his curvaceous thirty-five-year-old former secretary. It had only been five years since they were married.

“Where’s Marcie?” Eve asked, guessing she had probably walked out on him, like the previous three wives. Eve wondered if she’d kept her sanity, something not one of the others managed during their stormy marriages to Alex.

“She’s dead.” He paused and then continued. “I shot the bitch ten minutes ago.”


  1. What do you think you’re really good at?
    1. Writing, photography, playing the piano, and riding my bike 100 miles a day at least once a week.

2.       Do you like to dance?
a.       I’m not much of a dancer. I would much rather play music than dance to it. I can sit at the piano for hours and play. It’s super relaxing and makes me feel happy.

3.  What do you think you’re really bad at?
a. Dancing – see above question

4. Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
Two years ago, I never would’ve imagined I would be a published author.

5. Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
No, but I’ve always wanted to write a story about one.


Andy Marx is an award-winning writer and photographer, whose work has appeared in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly, among others. He is also the co-founder of the comedy website, Hollywood & Swine, known for its lampooning of the entertainment industry. His paternal grandfather was the legendary comedian, Groucho Marx, and his maternal grandfather, the renowned songwriter, Gus Kahn. Marx lives in Beverly Hills with his wife and three children.

Website:  www.andymarx.comroucho marx, gus kahn,


Twitter:  @andymarx




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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Genre Specific Review Group Blog Hop: Comfort

Please scroll down to see my guest's post after you finish here. The book looks fabulous.

My Grandpa David died in 2002. Until then, my family always had a Sunday dinner. We would all get together and eat a huge meal. We were talking last week about how much we missed this week we revived the tradition after a ten year absence. Fried chicken, green beans, macaroni, rice, biscuits and chocolate cake. The stenciling above my Mom's back door reads "Happy Is the hour that brings us home." Yes indeed.

Welcome to the Goodreads Genre Specific Review Group's September Blog Tour. I'm Elaine Cantrell, today's hostess, and the picture shows my dining room. The young man who wrote the above quote is my son Steve who's seated on the left in a blue shirt.

Our September theme is 'comfort', and let me tell you I thought long and hard about this post. I looked at pretty autumn leaves, went through all my books, and wasted lots of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration, and ultimately, I didn't use any of those sources. I didn't need them because to me, my family is my biggest source of comfort. All the special and wonderful times of my life revolve around those whom I love. I'm so lucky and blessed that all of them live close to me. That's rare in the modern world.  Here's a picture of our annual family picnic. One year we saw an albino squirrel. That's my son and daughter-in-law playing.

In my new release Rest Thy Head, my heroine Peyton expresses how she feels about the man she loves, and it sounds very much like comfort to me. Rest Thy Head released today. Check back next Tuesday for a release party, and join me on Facebook this Thursday at 7:00 pm EST for a Facebook Party. 

She moved closer to him and laid her head on his shoulder.
“Touching you feels like coming home to a house filled with love
after you’ve had a hard day. It makes me feel safe, like the Mrs.
Haynes of the world can’t hurt me because you won’t let them.”
She gently stroked his face. “I don’t see scars either. I see a man
with more sex appeal than the law should allow.” Her arms
sneaked around his waist. “I want you so much in so many ways.”

Rest Thy Head is an Astraea Press release and can be purchased at most online retail outlets. 

Your hostess for tomorrow is:

Bound by Blood Release Day

Check back next Tuesday for my own release party for Rest Thy Head. There'll be prizes.

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Anaiah Press proudly presents BOUND BY BLOOD by Scott Springer, an inspirational romantic suspense novel that releases today!
Julia has accepted the Lord and is busy returning her life to order. She is not ready for love, especially when the new site foreman at work stirs up forgotten feelings. She knows a playboy when she sees one, but to Rick Mercado the attraction between them is surprisingly real. Other girls no longer interest him, and if she wants to play hard to get that's fine with him. Let the games begin!
What he doesn't realize is that her dangerous secret is not a game.
Julia's brother has returned from the street, strung out and in trouble with rival gangs. Loyalty to her brother draws Julia deeper into a world of drug deals and thugs. Rick doesn't understand why Julia won't simply go to the cops, especially once the bullets start flying. As Julia slips further into a world of violence, Rick realizes how easily his heart can be broken. His brain says to run, but his heart isn't listening. It may already be too late.
BOUND BY BLOOD. Love and suspense, heartfelt moments and guns a blazing.
What a killer combination!
About the Author:
Scott Springer spent his youth playing pretend and dreaming of being a writer. As an adult he worked as a carpenter before becoming a software developer. Having produced much, his two children remain his proudest accomplishment. His wife led him to the Lord, and he’s glad that she did.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors

Rest Thy Head releases 9/23 from Astraea Press.

 Isn't my new cover beautiful? The cover artist did a super job depicting Rest Thy Head, and she also added the ghost for me. Do you see it? My excerpt today is of course from Rest Thy Head. Remember last week when my heroine left her boyfriend at the altar after he cheated on her? Well, we're skipping a lot because today I just felt like sharing something else. Here goes. Peyton is speaking to Jake.

She moved closer to him and laid her head on his shoulder.
“Touching you feels like coming home to a house filled with love
after you’ve had a hard day. It makes me feel safe, like the Mrs.
Haynes of the world can’t hurt me because you won’t let them.”
She gently stroked his face. “I don’t see scars either. I see a man
with more sex appeal than the law should allow.” Her arms
sneaked around his waist. “I want you so much in so many ways.”

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Sample: Cover Reveal

Rest Thy Head releases from Astraea Press on Tuesday, September 23. I'm having a release party on Facebook on September 25 at 7:00 PM EST. I'm giving away a lot of prizes so you won't want to miss it. I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Rest Thy Head.

Patrick and his horse led the way along a trail that first
wound its way through a large meadow filled with wildflowers in
shades of yellow and white, some of which Reggie ate as she
walked by them. “Uh, Patrick, who was the man brushing the other
horse? The one in the barn.”

“That was my brother, Jake. Did you meet him?”

The wary expression on Patrick’s face told Peyton she wasn’t
the only one Jake had been rude to. “I…no…he…”

Patrick sighed. “Jake was in the marines, and a couple of
years ago they sent him to Afghanistan. His unit was involved in a
firefight with the insurgents. He got burned on the left side of his

Remorse for all the hard thoughts she’d had toward Jake
flooded Peyton. “That’s awful. I… I hope I didn’t make him
uncomfortable. He must have seen that…”

“Yeah, I know.” Patrick grimaced. “The first time you see
him, it’s startling.”

Peyton allowed Reggie to stop so she could feed on a clump
of grass. “I feel bad for him.”

Patrick’s voice hardened. “Well, don’t. He wouldn’t want
you to, and for goodness sake don’t offer him your pity. He really
can’t stand that.”

“Pity him?” Peyton’s eyes widened. “I think he’s a hero, not
someone to be pitied. He didn’t give his life for his country, but he
gave a lot.”

Patrick favored her with a warm smile. “That’s exactly what
I think.”