Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Books Are Written (Tara Taylor Quinn)


I can finally say I've written a Heartwarming novel!!  Two of them, actually, in six weeks time.  They are a mini series called The Historic Arapaho, set in a historic apartment building in downtown Denver.  The first book, Once Upon a Friendship, is out in July!!  The second, Once Upon A Marriage, is out in October.  My editor is working on Once Upon A Friendship and says she loves it!!!  I hope you all do, too.  This is a new venture for me.  I was a little shaky when I first dove into the pool.  But felt like I could swim the ocean by the time I typed 'The End' for the second time.  Today I saw the unofficial cover art for Once Upon A Friendship.  I LOVE IT!!  I wanted to share it with you all, but it has to be a secret until it's official.

So...I will share something else.

In two days time, I have another book debuting!!  Mother By Fate is part of my Where Secrets Are Safe series with Harlequin Superromance.

This story is a standalone.  Completely.  And yet, it's also connected to a bigger hole.  It's different.  It takes place, for the most part in three days.  It's intense.  Lives are in the balance.  And a counselor has to decide who to trust.  If she makes wrong choices a little boy might die.

Book Six in this series, The Good Father, is out in June.  Today I am working on Book Seven.

Where Secrets Are Safe is a series, and yet, the books are independent.  They center around a unique women's shelter - The Lemonade Stand - where secrets are safe.  You see some recurring characters.  Sometimes.  Mostly each story is a journey unto itself.  And a lot of them take place away from The Lemonade Stand.  These are stories with twists.  Stories that are intense.  Some are suspenseful.  Some are heart-wrenching.  In all of them strength and goodness and joy are more than just carrots dangling on the end of a string.  They are the light at the end of the tunnel.  And sometimes the means to get to that light.

You can click on the cover above to read an excerpt of the book.  Today, here, I will give away two digital copies (one to each of two winners) of winners choice of any one of the first four books in this series.  Name your choice for a chance to win! 

18 comments:

  1. These stories sound fascinating, and I can't wait to read them!

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  2. Wow, you have been busy. Congratulations on getting your first book finished for Heartwarming.

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  3. Your Where Secrets Are Safe series sounds wonderful. I am intrigued! I would love any of the books. Mother by Fate sounds like a winner!

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  4. Loree, Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

    Marion, That first one took two go rounds, but the second one just flowed as fast as my fingers could type! I am very glad to be a part of this program!

    Melanie, Your name is in the hat!

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  5. Tara, Congratulations on completing your first two Heartwarming books! These all sound great. And just the name of the series The Historic Arapaho makes me want to read them.

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  6. Carol, Thank you! I didn't name the series - the editorial team did that - but I love it!

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  7. Congratulations on the Heartwarming books and all the other books you've written! Isn't writing for Harlequin fun!

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    1. Wait!! I didn't say which book I'd like if I win...oh, heck, it doesn't--either one.

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  8. Tara - congratulations on all your releases! I can hear your energy and enthusiasm in your voice. Do you know how many miracles would have to come together for me to write two books in six weeks? Good wishes on all your projects. It's good to have you at Heartwarming.

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  9. Patricia, your name is added to the list! And writing for Harlequin was my only goal from the time I was fourteen!

    Muriel, Thank you for the welcome. I love being a part of this group! And the writing...I simply present myself to the page - and have very little life outside my office!

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  10. Tara I just finished Child By Chance and absolutely loved it. 😘😘😘I wrote a review for you on goodreads. I couldn't put it down! Your writing has so much tension that I was hooked with every chapter. I'll be reading your others in the series. I'm especially looking forward to your Heartwarming books. Two books in six weeks is amazing. I hope you take time to rest!!!

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    1. Catharine,

      Thank you! Very very glad you liked it. Talia's story was a tough one, but so necessary. We all make mistakes, but they don't have to define us forever unless we let them.

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  11. I love Heartwarming! Once Upon a Friendship sounds good--I love when friendships are in the mix! As far as your other books go, I have book one, so I'd love book 2! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Christy,

      I'm glad you like Friendship stories! That's been the theme we've been going with for my books this year and I've loved it! If you get a chance, check out The Friendship Pact. It's a MIRA title and on sale at Amazon right now, Kindle edition, for $2.99.

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  12. Tara, 2 books in six weeks? I'm trying to catch my breath just thinking about it! Huge congrats to you on all of these books! I can't wait to dig in. In the meantime, it sounds like you've earned a nice, long hand massage!

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    1. Rula,

      Seriously, I neeeeeddddd a nice long something for my whole right arm! I tried Epsom salt soaking. I sit with a heating pad on my lap to rest my arm on. I put heat on my shoulder. I type 120+ words a minute and it doesn't hurt when I type, but by the end of the day, even picking up a glass hurts my arm!

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  13. Winners!!! Christy and Melanie - email staff@tarataylorquinn.com to collect your winnings!

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  14. Thanks so much, Tara! And thanks for the other book recommendation, too! I'm going to check it out, and I'll be watching for the release of your Heartwarming titles. Congrats!

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