Sunday, December 25, 2011

"The Savage Vengeance," Cover Reveal and Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Kami B. for the winning title selection!
The Savage Vengeance
Book Three of the Savage Series


Here's what says:
1. infliction of injury, harm, humiliation or the like on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge.  But have you the right to vengeance?


I think our Guys with the Gills can take care of this fragment problem... what do you think Readers?

I wish to thank every reader who entered.  My second choice was, The Savage Providence, by Calia. I have already emailed Calia to inform her if I use her title choice in a future Savage installment she will receive a signed copy of that book! 

*Honorable mention goes to Calia (pronounced Cal-la like the flower, Calla Lily). Her name pinged around inside my head incessantly so she was gracious enough to allow its use in Vengeance! Thanks so much =D Her character is already coming to life. Sometimes that happens...

Awesome entries!


Congratulations to Shannon for choosing the winning name for Alex's love interest!
Death Screams
Book Three of the Death Series
January 15, 2012

And the name is:
"Randi" for short.
(Can anyone guess whose daughter she is?)

*Honorable mention goes to Logan Rutherford, who had many name choices I liked. However, it was his name that I will be using for a surprise revealing at the end. Watch for it!

It's noteworthy that many entrants names I loved as much as their entries! Just a coincidence... ;)

I adore my readers XOXO Tamara

Saturday, December 24, 2011

MAKING YOU MINE by Elizabeth Reyes~ TEASER if You Please!

Tamara: So here's the thing, I sweet-talked completely amazing author, Elizabeth Reyes, into allowing me to post a teaser from her just-released, The Moreno Brothers Series fifth installment. Any happier, and I swear I would have been triplets!

I have loved each amazing book for the following reasons: romantic tension, alpha-male goodness (oh my!), action, dialogue, plot and heavy handed edginess. All these qualities are doled out in delectably, addictive tales that will leave the romance reader weeping for more. Check out a taste of novel #5 below and tell me I'm wrong:

This excerpt is intended for readers 16+ years old~


Elizabeth Reyes: Here's the set up: Grace, who only started seeing Sal exclusively for just over a week, receives a disturbing text from her mother just as she's helping close down the restaurant and Sal picks up on her unease. Aaaand go...!     

“Something wrong?”
Grace almost jumped. Her face must’ve been as white as it felt because Sal stared at her, concerned. “Uh… no, it’s just my mom.”
“She okay?”
“Oh yeah, she’s fine.” As inconspicuously as she could, she glanced past his shoulder to the front door and her heart sunk. Frank stood out there, leaning against his car, just like the last time, holding a bouquet of roses. Her eyes were immediately on Sal again. There was no other way out of this but to just tell him. “She set up another date with me and my step-dad’s boss.”
Taylor had hit it on the nose about Sal’s flaming eyes, because she saw them flare now. She reached for his arm. “It’s not like I’m even remotely interested in him.”
His eyes opened wide. “So you’re going?”
She turned towards the front door, feeling defeated. “What am I supposed to do? He’s already here.”
Sal’s head jerked toward the front of the restaurant as soon as she said that. “You tell him you don’t want to go. That’s what.” He started walking. “I’ll fucking tell him.”
Grace squeezed his arm. “No, Sal. Please.”
Sal glared at her. “Do you want to go with this guy, Grace?” His loud words turned the heads of the few employees that were still there cleaning up and they glanced out the front to see who Sal was talking about.
“No. Of course not.”
“Then don’t go.”
“I won’t.” Her heart was going a mile a minute now. She never expected his reaction to be so explosive. “But let me tell him.”
Sal pulled the keys out of his pocket. “Lets go.”
He held her hand firmly all the way to the door then unlocked it for her. He started to walk out with her but she pulled her hand out of his. “Wait here, please.”
He stopped, but obviously had no intentions of going back in without her. She tried to give him a reassuring look but he was busy staring Frank down.
Frank smiled as she approached him. “Hello, Grace. You look very nice tonight.”
“Thank you. Listen Frank I’m really sorry but I can’t go with you tonight. I already had other plans my mom didn’t know about. I didn’t get her text until just now.”
There was no hiding his disappointment. “That’s too bad… and there’s no way you can change them?”
“No, she can’t.” Sal slipped his hand in hers. Grace wanted the earth to split open and suck her in. This was the most awkward situation she’d even been in and it was all her mother’s fault. “Not tonight or any other night. Got it?” Sal pointed at the roses. “And you can keep those. Take them to her mother. She’d probably like them.”

Get all FIVE, $2.99 each~!
Can ya feel the heat here, guys? Reyes really socks it to you. All her books read like this; full of energy and tension. Love them! You will too.
Check out Author Elizabeth Reyes Blog for additional information about The Moreno Brothers Series and her updates for future works by clicking the following link: Elizabeth Reyes

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Ginormous THANK YOU to My Readers!

My Readers ROCK! As of today, Dec. 23, 2011:

Death Whispers is in the TOP 100 for Children's Science Fiction!
Death Speaks is in the TOP 100 for Children's Mysteries, Espionage and Detectives
Genre Fiction; Occult!

last but not least: The Savage Blood is in the TOP 100 for Romance; Time Travel,
Historical Fantasy
Historical Science Fiction & Fantasy

I'd like to thank all my readers from the bottom of my heart for reading my work!!! It's the best Christmas gift ever! Thank you!

Thanks for the Love, Evie~!

Check out what Evie from Bookish had to say about myself and two other authors...


I have been dying to read these books by the authors Evie mentioned:


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Win a signed copy of THE SAVAGE BLOOD @ Evie's Bookish~!

eCopy- International/Domestic
Paperback- USA/Canada

Click HERE to Enter~

READ Evie's 5-Star Review for Pearl HERE

Haven't read book one? Pick up The Pearl Savage today FREE at the following links:

The Savage Blood

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cover Reveal for books 4 & 5 in the Death Series~

Death Weeps

Book Four of the Death Series
Publishing- Release 2012


Unrequited Death

Book Five of the Death Series
Publishing- Release 2013

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Calling all Death Fans! Calling all Savage Fans! Domestic & International!

Hi Readers~! Want some input on the next book? I am writing Death Screams right now for a late January release and thought you'd like to pick the FEMALE name of Alex's love interest. What? You ask...the tiny nerd? No. Not so tiny now *winks*
HINT: Alex's love interest is of mixed Asian descent with coal black hair and slightly almond-shaped eyes. She's a little smaller than Jade and a spitfire! Exotic and gorgeous yet not ruled by her looks~
The winner will receive a signed copy of Death Screams after its release.
The selection will be based on me liking the name and [it] suiting the character.
Please post a comment with your female name choice and email.


Haven't read Death? No problem! Here is the contest for book 3 in the Savage Series:

I'd love to have the title for book three chosen before Christmas. It's my gift to myself!
Here are the titles of my published books in the Savage Series:
Book One- The Pearl Savage
Book Two- The Savage Blood
Book Three- chosen by clever reader.

The criterion for selection for me is the following:
*It must make sense with what I know will happen in book three
*I have to like the sound of it
*It must have both "the" & "savage" as part of it.

Here are a few suggests that have already been sent:
Fear the Savage
The Savage Fear
The Savage Justice
 Justice of the Savage

The winner will receive a signed copy of Book Three after its release this spring.

Please post a comment with your title choice and email.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


To Shana at Sizzling Reads for winning an eCopy of Death Speaks from the Spook-A-Delic giveaway.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN *readers*~! Between now and midnight on Halloween, win a FREE eCopy of "Death Speaks" OR "The Savage Blood"...

Spook-A-Delic Halloween Celebration~!
Leave your comment about WHY Halloween is your fave holiday.
Win an eCopy of either "Death Speaks" OR (when released by Thanksgiving) "The Savage Blood"
*your choice*
Contest closes midnight on Halloween.
Winner chosen by
Happy Halloween!

Book 2 of the Savage Series
The Savage Blood
Available Thanksgiving 2011!

Book 2 of the Death Series
Death Speaks
Available now!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hey Guys~! *stoked* Like a Chimney on Fire! "Romero's" HERE!

Contemporary Romance~

Check out the latest in the Moreno Brothers Series. Romero is gettin' his groove on :Romero by Elizabeth Reyes for $2.99

I've read two of the Moreno Brothers' books and LOVED them~! Don't miss the latest installment, available today on Amazon...

Monday, October 24, 2011

HiGh, DARK fantasy LOVERS come hither~! "Black Scars" by Steven Montano

.99 cents through Halloween~!
*treat yourself*

Something ancient has awoken. Primordial and wholly evil, a living shadow emerges from a prison made weak by the magical cataclysm called The Black. Now the Sleeper stalks the land in search of its old enemies, leaving a trail of madness and destruction in its wake. 

Eric Cross, a Southern Claw warlock, has been sent to find the Woman in the Ice, the only known means to stopping this evil. Aided by a grizzled ranger and a band of wardens and inmates from a sadistic prison, Cross’ mission will bring him into conflict with an array of foes: the barbaric Gorgoloth, vampire shock troops out of the Ebon Cities, and a cadre of mercenary nihilists called the Black Circle. On a mission that will take him from a lost temple once ruled by insidious wolf sorcerers to the vicious gladiator games of the vampire city-state of Krul to the deadly ruins of an ice city, Cross will play a pivotal role in an ancient conflict whose outcome will determine the future of the world. Return to the world of Blood Skies in this exciting military fantasy adventure!

Review by Tamara

I just finished book two in the Blood Skies Series and feel like I ate my supper...twice! Don't kid yourselves, guys, this is a main entree, no appetizer or dessert served here! Montano really understands how to deliver dark fantasy and make no mistake, it's dark.

In this adventure, Southern Claw Solider, Eric Cross, takes on more than he can handle and becomes a prisoner and gladiator-of-sorts for vampires. Wanting nothing more than to survive, save his comrades and find the Woman in the Ice/Lake he does just that...with the single-minded focus only Cross possesses. I am not a big high fantasy fan but what saves the genre for me is Montano's descriptive prowess. It may not be for all, but a less adept writer could never have managed the weighty material. Look at the following example:

~The undead exploded. Pale animated bodies and jagged skeletal weapons, razor vapors and icy claws, maggot hearts and grave dust, soiled black fire and cursed souls: all of it immolated within the onslaught of primal spirit matter like paper put to the flame~

The entire work is a scene-scape of words. In some parts I desperately wished to escape the vividness of his writing, especially in battles, my heart raced! But there is no escape. You are IN the battle, while the melee swirls around the reader. This is a heavily descriptive work with great pacing and action throughout. Fans of high, dark fantasy are going to love this second installment in the Blood Skies Series.

5 Stars!

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Sub-genre(s): Paranormal, Militaristic 
Elements: Strong Violence, some Profanity
Age: 16+ 

Purchase Link: Black Scars
Cost: .99
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
Paperback: No

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"The Savage Blood" in paperback; available soon~!

Thanksgiving 2011


 Matthew and Bracus of the Band travel alongside eighteen-year old queen, Clara Williamson, as she journeys to the sea to unlock the puzzle of her lineage.

Trouble strikes when the fragment absorbs Prince Frederic and undertake plans that involve Clara and her home sphere in a dangerous scheme of coercion.

It isn't long before Clara discovers the Guardians terrible secret through horrible circumstances she must escape from.

Can Clara protect herself from her own destiny?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Congratulations to the Winners of the "Death Speaks" Giveaway~!

Congratulations: Mary (paperback copy) &
Darlene and Krystal ( eCopies)

A HUGE "thank you" to Memrie, for hosting my giveaway on her BLOG
Didn't enter? No problem. Becky at Book Bite Reviews will be hosting a new giveaway beginning tomorrow and ending on Halloween!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

REVIEW: "Demon Kissed" *5-stars*

The Valefar boy tricked Ivy Taylor into kissing him, but he took much more than a kiss – he stole her soul and left her within inches of death. By surviving, Ivy is drawn into the conflict between the Martis and the Valefar. The war between these two immortal forces has raged for millennia without distraction. Until now. Ivy is an anomaly—she is the only person who has ever walked away from a demon kiss alive. Her survival gives her unique and deadly abilities. Too powerful to ignore, Ivy is a threat to both armies. These two ancient enemies will stop at nothing to kill the seventeen-year-old. Surviving is nothing new for headstrong Ivy, but her survival has never depended on another person before. This time it does. And if she misplaces her trust, she's dead. To her horror, she starts falling in love at the worst possible time—with the enemy. He appears to be protecting her. But she can't be certain if he is trying to help her, or help himself to her power. For Ivy, trusting the right person is the difference between love and survival, or a deadly demon kiss.

Review by Tamara

The author invites the reader at the end of "Demon Kissed" to read the first chapter of the sequel, "Cursed," if we "can't wait" to read the next book.

I CAN'T WAIT! There's a reason this book is so popular. Ward's got it all goin' on here: suspense, romantic tension, intrigue throughout, not much not to love in this novel! This is the 5th book I've read with some kind of spin on angelic/demon themes and it is the very best. Tight prose and superb pacing make this an I-can't-put-it-down. Go ahead, I dare you, it was that *fantastic*. I read all but the last three percent (I know,I know, but I fell asleep on the last part and the Kindle hit my face...that happens sometimes). I finally finished the ending today and wOw!

Sophia has a guy she's great friends with that's a lady's man and it's just the way she likes it; "safe." Relationships have been a sore spot in the past and keeping everyone at arms' length really appeals. When Collin tries to get closer, she pulls away. In steps Eric, her lab partner, and he is the perfect foil for the relationship progressing toward intimacy. Soon, Sophia discovers who she really is and more importantly, what her purpose is. The entire novel pokes a dirty stick at trust in relationships, constantly forcing the MC to analyze her decisions at every turn. This alone made the novel a tense, page-turner. The premise was very unique in a sea of "sameness" in this little sub-genre and I was so pleased to try and figure out all the information and how the author tied it together.

I buy the sequel to books that have a series about half the time. Many times I'll read the first in a series but if it's pretty good or mediocre, I won't buy the second. I will be RACING out to buy "Cursed" ASAP. If you like a fast-paced, action-driven novel with an interesting premise, this is the one for you~! People that liked the novel, "The Soulkeepers," will love this. 

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Sub-genre(s): Angelic, Suspense, Intrigue
Elements: Some profanity, Mild violence
Age: 13+ 

Purchase Link:  Demon Kissed
Cost: .9
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
Paperback: Paperback, $9.35

Thursday, October 6, 2011

*5-Stars* for "Forever Mine"~! FREE on Right nOw!!!

I picked this up for free but had been wanting to purchase it because of the reviews but the cover didn't "say" YA so I didn't get past that.

Wow! Wish I'd read it sooner! This author knows how to write the alpha-male. And I'm nuts for that type of male interest. That alone got the book shoved up to the four-star category. Do not spoon feed me the simp male, it will not work. Reyes crams Angel down our throats and I loved it! He's larger-than-life and never sugar-coats his feelings or intentions, not a game-player. He knows what he wants and it's Sarah...

But can Sarah commit to Angel? That is the strength of the story, there is a lot of intrigue about the past that causes Sarah to pause in desiring lasting relationships. She has one friend she can count on and one HUGE relationship that has failed. She needs to get back to what's familiar and not get entangled in something that may cause her further emotional torment.

Or so she thinks. Ha! Reyes weaves a story that has two or three mysterious sub-plots which float to the surface throughout, keeping the reader engaged for the entire read. I read this book in one sitting. I hear book two is even better and I can't wait to read it. If you like alpha-males, romantic tension with a dash of intrigue/mystery, this is for you! One additional thing is the author doesn't keep this book "clean." There is REAL dialogue that people would actually use. It is not a sanitized version; I really dug that. Keeping it real, keeps me reading.

Although the stories are not similar at all, somehow FM has the same "feel" as "Beautiful Disaster." People that liked that novel should like "Forever Mine."


As an aside: I am really liking that "bridge" genre of YA that is moving into the adult realm but I don't see much of it (YA crossover/Mature YA). FM and BD are fine examples of a YA that is too mature for young teens but is perfect for teens that may not wish to read the "heaviness" of adult romance. FM fits nicely into this niche-genre. Reyes has written a series on the Moreno brothers and they mature with subsequent novels into the Adult Contemporary arena.

5.5 Stars~!

Genre: Mature Young Adult
Elements: Mild: violence, profanity, sexuality & reference  
Sub-genre(s):Contemporary Romance, Intrigue, Romantic suspense 
Age: 17+ 

Purchase Link: Forever Mine
Cost: FREE
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
Paperback: No 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tentative Publishing Schedule:

Hey everyone~!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Recently, I've had a few readers ask when I plan to publish future books in the (different) series' I'm writing. And while it's not "cast-in-concrete," I think it will be pretty close to the following:


The Pearl Savage Book 1, Savage Series, June 15
Death Speaks Book 2, Death Series, Sep 1

The Savage Blood Book 2, Savage Series, Thanksgiving 2011

Death Screams  Book 3, Death Series, winter 2012

Blood Singers Book 1, 2012

Book 4, Death Series, Death Weeps
Book 3, Savage Series

Thanks for your interest and support in my stories!
My readers *rock*!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thursday Focus with author James LePore~!

Hi Everyone:

I'm thrilled  to welcome author James LePore, who has graciously written a guest post piece about his evolutionary process from lawyer to author! Jim is an absolute  professional gentleman and it was my pleasure to work with him. (Okay...I'm a little bit of a fan too!) If you're on the fence about your next read, hop off and read the book I did that made me run out and purchase his entire catalog: "The World I Never Made" Review~ wow!

Jim's Story:

“Growth comes by shocks. We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in.” Emerson.

When I was fourteen I found a battered paperback edition of The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins on my mother’s dresser. Swept away by the sheer adventure of it, I began reading two or three novels a week, most of them purchased off the rotating rack at the corner candy store. There was magic to be found in fiction, just what kind of magic and how it worked I wasn’t sure, but I was hooked on it nevertheless. I read whatever looked interesting, including things like Johnny Got His Gun, Catch 22, Exodus, Alas Babylon, On The Beach, Hawaii and much more, both good and bad, sublime and ridiculous. 

In 1982 my father died after a twelve month struggle with lung cancer. I was practicing law then, but still reading novels at pretty much the same rate, although by then I had discovered stores where only books were sold. My response to my father’s sickness and death was to write a novel, which I titled That Archangels May Come In. The experience was cathartic of course, but the interesting thing to me, looking back, was that I chose to tell a long story (about a fictional young lawyer losing his father to lung cancer) as the means of that catharsis. Why write a novel? Because, I realized, I wanted the magic of a story to heal me, to take me from the world where dads die a painful, drawn-out death, to the world where sons go on living. 
Archangels was badly written. One professional reviewer said that it was predictable and clich├ęd, and he was being kind. But it was a start. It got me thinking. I wanted to write a good novel, I wanted whatever power I had to recreate the magic of fiction to appear on the printed page. But how to do this while at the same time fighting to make a living in the real world, the world where first novels are million-to-one shots and where kids have to eat every day and mortgages have to be paid every month? The answer: wait, plan, do your job, pay your bills, and when the time comes, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger, to let your angels go so that archangels may come in. That’s what I did. In 1999, I sold my law practice and began writing. My wife continued to work full time. I occasionally moonlighted as a lawyer, but mainly I wrote. When I picked my head up in 2007, I had written three novels. In 2008, I signed a four book contract with The Story Plant, a small publisher in Connecticut. 
I’ve left out the hard parts, the pain of multiple rejection, the self-doubt, the worries about money, the wandering around in an industry I knew nothing about. But everyone knows about them. They have to be faced. I decided to face them because, though I loved practicing law, I loved the dream of being a writer more. That dream has come true. My new dream is that as many people as possible—millions would be great—find the magic in my novels that I found in The Carpetbaggers when I was fourteen, the magic that hooked me on reading and that, though I did not know it at the time, has changed me from within and healed me when necessary over all these long years.

Jim can be found at his Author Page on 

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cover reveal and Excerpt of, "The Savage Blood" ~!

The Savage Blood
Book 2 of The Savage Series

Eighteen-year old queen, Clara Williamson, journeys to the sea to unlock the mystery of her lineage. Matthew and Bracus of the Band travel alongside as a safeguard through the Pennsylvania wilderness.

Trouble strikes when the fragment absorbs Prince Frederic and undertake plans that involve Clara and her home sphere in a dangerous scheme of coercion.

It isn't long before Clara discovers the Guardians terrible secret through horrible circumstances she must escape from.

Can Clara protect herself from her own destiny


Pg. 48:

...“Princess,” Tucker began, “we are not brutes.”

Clara held her tongue. She had been present in the battlefield the day that two of the fragment had been absolutely brutish.

However, it has come to my attention from Prince Frederic that you are quite concerned,” he let that word lengthen, “with your people. Now, that includes both peoples', eh? The savages and the sphere-dwellers alike.” He waited for her to respond.

They are clan, Mr. Tucker, not savages,” Clara clarified.

You are so wrong,” he said, waving away her comment. “You're <spoiler>, they're ordinary, but necessary.” He moved toward Sarah and she glared at him as he reached out and grasped a hunk of her wheaten hair.

Do not touch me,” she hissed, jerking away from him and he slapped her face, her head slamming into the male that held her. She spat blood onto the ground and her eyes met Clara's. Clara shook her head slightly.

Tell her to remain still or I will make what I just did look like affection.”

Daniel squeezed Clara's shoulder and she quickly said, “Sarah, try to remain calm. Do not antagonize this man.”

Tucker turned to look at her. “I don't think I like the way you say man, Princess.”

Clara shrugged the shoulder Daniel's palm rested on. “I care not. I followed your command, now do as you said you would; cease this abusive behavior.”

I'm going to enjoy the breaking of you, Princess. Very much.” his jaw clenching as he spoke.

Clara was struck by how much he reminded her of the prince.

Daniel saw the plan form in Tucker's eyes and had an inkling of what it might be, having seen him brutalize whatever female he took a liking to.

That would not be the purpose for Clara he promised himself. Somehow, she would escape that end.

Clara looked on in despair, her fate and those of her subjects uncertain. She was fast losing hope for The Band as an avenue of assistance. She was at once back in the bowels of her childhood. At the mercy of others, no one her advocate save herself. She trembled as the familiar suffocation of futility and helplessness overwhelmed her.

Then her gaze was captured by Anna, Sarah and Evelyn. Hope  rode their expressions with surety.

They believed in her.

She straightened. The resolve to fight taking hold like a rod of steel keeping her rigid...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday Focus with author S.M.Reine & Giveaway~!

Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, Book 1)
Enter to win an eCopy of SMS below!

Pick up Book 1 for just .99 cents!

Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.
Fans of Christopher Pike will love this hot new series.
Author-Interview with Sara Reine:

TRB: Sara, you're doing fantastically well with both your debut novella, Six Moon Summer, as well as its sequel, All Hallows' Moon. To what do you attribute to your growing success?

SMR: It’s all about the support of my Twitter friends, book bloggers, and readers. People say that writing is an isolating experience, but I don’t believe that to be true at all. I have found this amazing, supportive group of friends all over the world who not only help me spread the word about my books, but help me write them, too. I couldn’t have finished All Hallows’ Moon without hundreds of people cheering me on when I expressed sentiments of faltering confidence on Twitter, or without the great reviews and recommendations people make on Goodreads. It’s been incredible, and I’m so grateful.

TRB: What made you choose to go Indie? What is your advice to other authors that don't wish to go the “legacy publishing” route?

SMR:Until recently, independent publishing wasn’t a viable business model because there was no good way to distribute your books to a large audience. The internet has revolutionized publishing, though, and now it’s one of the best ways to reach readers. Since I’m a big geek, the technology side of it really appeals to me. Eventually, everybody will be reading books on their cell phone or tablet, and I wanted to be a part of that.

TRB: Where did you get your idea(s) for your novel, Six Moon Summer?

SMR: Ironically – considering I’m now an indie writer – it was a remark from a literary agent on a different werewolf project. She lamented that the idea of a teenage girl as a werewolf was interesting, but she wanted to see the character struggling to control herself around other teenagers. It sparked a whole different story idea, and that has since turned into Six Moon Summer and All Hallows’ Moon.

TRB: What type/style of a writer are you? Seat-of-Your Pants? Outline Queen? Master Plotter?

SMR: I’m a daydreamer. I fantasize all the time, and when enough of my fantasies start orbiting the same characters and situations, I’ll start doodling scenes in notebooks. When I finally get about 50% of the way through a project and lose momentum, I’ll outline the rest of the book and take it from there. I wish I was a master plotter!

TRB: Did you model any characters after real-life people? Is there a character that resonates with you?

SMR: None of my characters are based on anyone I knew in particular, although one could argue that they’re all a lot like me. Writing is very therapeutic. I’m sure a psychiatrist would have a field day extrapolating my life experiences from what I’ve written about!

TRB: What is your hope for readers to experience by reading your novel?

SMR: I want to be the kind of writer you seek out when you’re having a bad day. Or when it’s sunny outside and you want to relax in a lounge chair and “turn off” the outside world for awhile. I hope my books will let people disappear into fantasy for a little while, and my ultimate goal is to write the kind of book that sticks to your ribs and follows you around for a couple days after you finish it.

TRB: Is there a playlist that you listen to that inspires you while you're writing?

SMR: It varies widely from book to book. I have really weird music tastes (think Scandinavian pop music, musicals, 80s hair metal, opera…) so I’ll set my vast music library to random when I write and bounce around between genres until I come across an album that really suits the book. All Hallows’ Moon was written almost entirely to VAST and Bruno Mars.

TRB: Who is your favorite author? Is there a certain genre you read [in] exclusively?

SMR: My favorite author is actually Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t tease me! I love him. There’s a claustrophobia to his writing that’s so pleasantly creepy. But I’m loyal to the entire genre of urban fantasy.

TRB: I adore Poe!

TRB: Are you a DTB (Dead Tree Book) reader, or do you use a dedicated reader? What do you predict for the future of these two formats?

SMR: I’ve been welded to my Kindle since I received one for my 21st birthday. Even though “dead tree books” aren’t going anywhere, they will become much less common, and I think that’s a good thing from an ecological standpoint. I can’t imagine a house without at least a few shelves of books, but it’s better for forests if personal libraries (like mine, which used to take up 2.5 rooms of my old apartment) become obsolete.

 Book 2, All Hallows Moon (Seasons of the Moon)

TRB: Is there a plan for a third installment? What are a few things the reader can expect from book three? I'm also aware that you have a full-length novel in the works, Shattered. What can you tell us about that?

SMR: Those are very loaded questions!

Yes, there’s a plan for a third installment, which is called Long Night Moon. If I can use a geekism, this will be The Empire Strikes Back for the series. It’s going to be intense, moody, and address some huge issues—both fantastical and otherwise. But I promise there will be no Ewoks in the final book (since I have four planned for the entire series).

Shattered is a special in-between project. I usually write series-length stories, so I need to take a breather occasionally to do a standalone and give my brain a rest. The 19 Dragons, my steampunk novella, was one of these in-between projects too. I don’t want to give away too much about Shattered, but it’s kind of a cross between paranormal romance and contemporary raygun gothic. It’s a really fun mashup. Fans of Six Moon Summer will go nuts for it.

Shattered,  Publishing 2012

TRB: How has your experience as an author been different from what you expected?

SMR: Honestly, as a child, I never thought of independently publishing my books. I remember my mother, who is also a writer, on the phone with editors in New York as a child, and that was what I expected it would be like. Instead, my books go straight from my brain and hard drive into the hands of the readers. And because of it, the experience is much more complex. I also have to handle all the editing, the formatting, the design, and the publicity. Writing is only one small part of the process. I never saw that one coming, but I really love it—so much that I hope to launch my own small publishing company soon.

TRB: Lastly, can you quantify the margin of difficulty between writing your novella and that of your longer works that ranged in the 55K word range? Was transitioning between longer works and shorter difficult? What degree of challenge did you face?

SMR: The novella was easy, but intense. It came out of me all at once, which is probably why the story is so bizarre. I completely turned off my mental filter and let the world go crazy on the page. Longer works are harder, in that they take much more dedication, but they’re also kind of easier because I don’t lose myself as much. It’s hard to compare the two experiences. They’re very unique.

 Reine's Steampunk novella, The 19 Dragons

SMR: Thanks so much for having me! Those are some really great interview questions. 

TRB: It was totally my pleasure, Sara! My only regret is I haven't read SMS yet but I KNOW I'll love it!

Author Bio~
SM Reine is an author of dark fantasy for teen and adult audiences. Her most widely known work is "Six Moon Summer," which has been hailed as "fresh and fast-paced" and "captivating." She lives in Nevada with her husband, the Helpful Baby, and too many black animals to count.
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