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Howdy! I’m back from my Houston book signing after meeting some awesome fans. I brought my wonderful PA, Jodi and my daughter with me, too. We had so much fun, and I hope you can come to my next signing in Austin this February.

In the meantime, I’m hard at work on Damned and Desirable, Eternally Yours Book Two, projected to release October of this year. I hope you like the scene (unedited) below in Aedan (Grim) O’Connor’s POV. He has lots of scenes in this book, especially flashbacks to the night he died. I have somewhat of a fascination with the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and I can’t help but including it in my novels whenever I get the chance. :) Tara


Galveston, Texas
September 8, 1900

I pushed my way through the frigid current, nearly losing my footing at every step as debris threatened to sweep me under. I’d already been struck across the back by a fence post, the nails tearing through my coat and flesh. The laceration burned, but not as badly as the searing pain in my heart. I’d just come from the morgue where I’d identified Callum’s body. He had gone back to Ritter’s, drowning his sorrows in drink, when the building had collapsed under the pressure of the heavy winds.
Now there would be no chance for reconciliation, no chance for healing broken hearts, no chance to tell my brother I’d forgiven his betrayal.
I held onto posts and rails, pushing against the current. Rain pelted my face like stinging needles as the roar from the wind nearly drown out my racing thoughts. I made my way to my home on Twenty-Second, a home which I feared had already washed away. This storm had claimed the life of my brother. I needed to save my wife, Jezebel though she was, for she was the only family I had left in the world.
I was amazed when I turned the corner to see my home still standing, a solitary beacon beneath the gloom of the dark sky. The other homes nearby had been washed away. My home rocked against the current, looking like a lone ship tossed about at sea by the gale. I wondered if Katherine was inside, or if she’d sought refuge on higher ground, perhaps with one of her gentlemen callers. Maybe my rescue attempt was all for naught, and I’d drown trying to save a woman who no longer waited for me. But I’d already come this far, and I couldn’t leave now. I’d sworn a vow to Marie, after all, and a vow to God, though Katherine had broken hers many times over.
I waded out into the current, and then was swept away, sucking in gulps of salty water, struggling to keep my head above the torrent. I struck a post, holding on with all my might. Though fatigue worked against me, I somehow found the strength to climb over the bannister to the first floor, which was already half submerged. I leaned against the side of the house, stopping only for a moment to regain my strength. The pain in my back intensified, and I worried the laceration would bleed out before I could get my wife to safety.
After expelling a deep breath, I kicked in the window and swam into my home. Katherine’s tea cups and fineries bobbled in the current before smashing against the walls. I swam to the stairs and drug myself upward, feeling weighted down by sodden boots and clothes, the pain in my back worsening with each step, as I climbed into the blackness.
I found her sobbing face-down across our bed, the strength of her cries drown out by the ominous howls from outside. A candle flickered across the room, casting long shadows across walls that shook as the wind intensified. I felt a mixture of relief and apprehension at seeing her alive. I only hoped in her darkest hour she had begged for repentance and had sworn to change her wicked ways.
“Katherine!” I screamed above the din, clenching my fists as pain shot across my spine. “We must leave!”
She looked up from our bed and screamed. “Oh, Aedan, you’ve come back for me!” Flinging herself into my arms, she cried against my chest.
I pushed her back, gripping her shoulders. “We have to get out, now!”
She shook her head, her lips trembling as she spoke. “I’m scared. I can’t swim.”
Without hesitation, I ripped her heavy skirt from her waist and told her to tie up her long hair and remove her boots. I knew the weight of her clothes could mean the difference between life and death. Surprisingly, she followed my orders without argument.
Just then, the house tipped, leaning so far to the left, the bed slid across the floor, slamming into the opposing wall. I fell against a wall as Katherine tumbled into my arms. The house had been ripped from its foundation. I knew then we had seconds before the structure would crumble.
Katherine screamed, digging her nails into my arm, but I shook her away as I would fend off a rabid cat. “Calm yourself!”
The house veered the other direction so that the floor was almost level. I shut our bedroom door and then kicked it at the hinges. Once, twice, and it fell, just before the roof spilled into the ocean.
I wedged Katherine against the door, pressing my weight on top of her. “Hold on,” I screamed into her ear, “and don’t let go.”
“I don’t want to die, Aedan,” she sobbed. “I haven’t even begun to live.”
My chest tightened, and my heart sunk, feeling as if it, too, were drowning. She cared only for herself and her pleasures, no remorse for the lives her folly had destroyed.
“Then pray for mercy, Katherine,” I said on a hoarse whisper, though I knew she couldn’t hear me. Then the walls cracked open, and we were thrown into the tempest.


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Hey, everyone. I’ll be at the Indie Author Mashup in Houston this Saturday from 12-4. Please stop by and say “hi” to me and my awesome PA, Jodi, queen of cool swag. I’ll be signing books and handing out swag and chocolate! There will be dozens of author authors, so you can fill your goodie bags!

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Dear readers, if any of you have downloaded my Something More series off iBooks recently and have had issues, please let me know, and I’ll get you a replacement copy. Totally my fault, not iBooks. Thanks so much to iBooks (especially Chris) for being awesome to work with and featuring my sale, which runs through Monday night. The sale is also on Kindle, so get your copy before the price goes up and thanks!




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Hey, friends. For those of you who don’t have all of my Something More novels, here’s your chance. You can download the entire boxed set today and tomorrow for just .99. That’s three books (and one novella) for under a buck! Get it now on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes!

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In other news, Divine and Dateless is out at all ebook venues and in print. The reviews coming in are awesome, and I’m just so excited about this series.

Check out Heather from Not Everyone’s Mama, who chose D and D as one of her favorite books of 2014!

Oh, and check out GoodReads, where, surprisingly, the reviews are all good and many are even great. Don’t know how long my luck will hold out there but WOW!  I’ve also got a print book giveaway on GoodReads, so please enter for your chance to win a signed copy!


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Hey, friends. Sunday is the last day to enter for your chance to win an Amazon gift card at my Divine and Dateless book blast. Please enter at these awesome blog stops below. Divine and Dateless is still .99 on Nook and Kindle, but that sale may only be for a few more hours. 

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Worth Reading It?  July 12
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Book Lovers Life July 10
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Becky on Books  July 12
The Rest Is Still Unwritten  July 13
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Forever Me Romance  July 12
Ali’s Bookshelf July 13
Indie Authors You Want to Read July 12
Whatever You Can Still Betray July 10
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CBY Book Club  July 12
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Hey, friends. I’ve got another book blast lasting all week. Please stop by and enter for your chance to win another $25 Amazon gift card.


Stop by the following blogs today. More to come on Friday. And if you haven’t picked up your copy of D and D, today’s the last day of the sale. Just .99 on Kindle and Nook.

:) Tara

Blog Stops…

Written Love
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Jen’s Reading Obsession
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Hey, friends! I’ve got a book blast today with a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.  Please stop by all of these awesome tour hosts to increase your chances of winning.  TOUR BUTTON_TaraWest_DivineandDateless_OneDayBlastCheck back tomorrow as I list a new giveaway and a chance to win another $25 gift card.

Please don’t forget Divine and Dateless is out now. Kindle and Nook versions are on sale through tomorrow for .99. Get your copy before the price goes up. Also available in print and  iTunes version coming soon. For readers 18 and older, please.

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