70 Books (Tara Taylor Quinn)

That’s it.  That’s me.  70 Books.  As of today, July 1, 2015, with the release of:

OnceUponAFriendshipIt’s a second milestone as well.  Once Upon a Friendship is my first novel with the Harlequin Heartwarming program.  This series is like Superromance without graphic sex and language.  Or, as I think of it, don’t over do the swearing or body parts.  The stories are as deep, as complex, the people are like the rest of our friends.  I’m incredibly happy with Once Upon a Friendship.  It’s the story of three college friends, two girls and a guy, who’ve become like family.  They buy a historic apartment building in downtown Denver, to save the homes of elderly residents who’d been given their moving orders.  One of the friends owns the popular coffee shop on the first floor.  And ttq style, things get all mucked up.  There’s a crime, a bodyguard, a family no one knew existed…and a friendship that is being challenged at its very core.

To celebrate #70 I thought I’d give you a peek back:

My very first published book: YesterdaysSecretsNumber 10 click for eBook:

HeartofChristmas Number 20 was listed on the Amazon top selling Superromances this month.  Click for eBook:

JustAroundTheCorner

Number 30 is a Kindle deal right now!  Just 1.99:

StreetSmart

Number 40 is based on my parent’s true life love story Click for eBook:

TheNightWeMet

Number 50 Click for eBook:

ADaughter'sTrust Number 60 was also on the Amazon Superromance Bestseller List this month!  Click for eBook:

It'sNeverTooLate

You can see there are a lot of different kinds of stories in the ttq library!  But they all have the signature in depth, psychological look at life.  Every step of the journey.  Every beat of the heart!

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Two Days to Go (Tara Taylor Quinn)

After two years of work, worry, sleepless nights, working weekends, and determination, The Chapman Files are created, packaged and starting to arrive.  In two days, on Friday, August 20, the official celebration begins as we launch a three month international blog tour.  We’ve got more than fifty stops scheduled!  I really really hope you all will join me on this venture.  It’s a scary world out there!  We’re going to be giving away books at many of the blog stops.  And each month we’ll be giving away an item from that month’s featured Chapman File.  I’ll be giving clues to the item all month on the tour.  Anyone who guesses the item will be entered in the drawing to win the item.  At the end of the tour we’ll be awarding prizes for all kinds of fun things, like a prize goes to the person who commented on the most blogs.  The reader who makes the funniest comment, etc.

The First Stop On The Tour: 8/20/2010 http://community.eharlequin.com/content/harlequin-superromance-group-author-blog Harlequin Superromance Authors Blog

Stop Two:  8/23/2010 http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com/ Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!  This is a great site!  Stormi Johnson has a lot of great reviews, free giveaways.  This is the place to find all things of interest to readers and book lovers.

Stop Three: 8/23/2010 http://community.eharlequin.com/content/harlequin-superromance-group-author-blog  Harlequin Superromance Authors Blog

For a weekly schedule and daily updates visit www.tarataylorquinn.com.  The schedule is right on the front page. 

We’re still adding blog tour spots to the schedule.  If anyone knows of a blog spot that wants to be included, please email staff@tarataylorquinn.com.

This isn’t all about fun, though.  Over the next three months, Kelly Chapman and I are raising money for Strengthen our Sisters, the nation’s first battered women’s shelter.   A couple of years ago I wrote a novella based on the life and work of Sandra Ramos, the shelter’s founder.  Sandra currently has ten houses, all filled to capacity.  In these hard times, she’s lost $400,000.00 in donated funds and is fighting desperately not to turn women and children out onto the street.  She’s working from just past dawn until three in the morning most days to raise money and provide children’s services and job training and legal help for these battered women.  The women at Strengthen Our Sisters need any help we can give them. 

The heroine in The First Wife realizes that she is a victim of domestic abuse.  Domestic Abuse does not just come in the form of bruises and broken bones.  It’s not always that obvious.  But it is always debilitating.  It is up to us, as women, to strengthen our own sisters who are in trouble, to help them see that they don’t have to live lives bound by fear or anger or manipulation.  We might not have the biceps and triceps to equal our brothers’ but we are NOT the weaker sex.  When we join hands and spread our love around we can do anything.  Fight anything.  Beat anything.  Love conquers all.  I write about that.  And I really beleive it.

Those of us who have been victims, at any time in our lives,  have no reason to be ashamed or to live in shame.  Nor do we have to live alone in the dark with the pain.  To the contrary, we are to be honored and adored.  To live with the sun on our faces.  We deserve that.  All living creatures deserve that.

The blog tour is going to end with a big bash in Phoenix on December 4th, a launch party, charity event, to celebrate the launch of The Fourth Victim, and to celebrate the strength of a world that cares about, that cherishes, all that is woman.  A world that strengthens our sisters.  We’re giving away 200 autographed books at the party.  All attendees are being asked to donate a minimum of $2 at the door.  We’ll also be announcing all of the winners of prizes from the blog tour.  The party is going to be broadcast live on www.eharlequin.com so you all can attend!  Anyone who can make it to Phoenix is welcome to attend the party there!

So, the time has come.  To quote an editor of mine, if we can touch just one life with all of this, our work was worth the effort.  Happy Reading everyone.  Read the Books.  Live the Life.  Please come see me on Friday!

Early Arrival (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Have you ever been getting ready for company, racing around the house trying to accomplish a million things at once, worrying that you won’t get it all done in time, and, just as you’re elbow deep in toilet water, hear their knock on the door?  I actually haven’t.  I’m one of those who watches the clock a week ahead of expected arrivals and plan jobs and execute them all week long.  I want people to love being at my house and go all out to make certain that they have everything they need to be comfortable hopefully without having to ask.

But I’m paying for my lack of experience now.  I’ve got an early arrival and have no idea how to handle it!  The First Wife showed up this week.  Several weeks ahead of schedule.  We’ve been planning this gig for two years – since July of ’08.  We talked, we brainstormed, we agreed on a theme, we decided dates, signed contracts.  We did the work.  A lot of work.  A lot, a lot of work.  I wrote.  My editor read.  She scribbled.  I wrote some more.  She scribbled some more.  We brainstormed some more.  Titles, this time.  I wrote ideas.  Sent them in.  Got them back.  Reconsidered.  Sent in more.  We spoke on the phone.  Sent ideas off to art and marketing.  And then we had to come up with cover concepts.  I was sent out to the Internet.  To bookstores the world over.  I had to copy covers that gave me the feel of The Chapman Files.  Highlight things I liked.  Explain what I didn’t like.  We developed vision.  More so than we’d already done.  And sent our final suggestions off to art and marketing.  And I wrote.  And wrote.  And wrote.  And Paula scribbled.  And scribbled.  And scribbled.  And then Jane Robson was called.  Jane was…Jane.  She used to be an editor.  My editor.  She took me on, under Paula’s direction, back when I was a two book baby.  She straightened my spine, spiffed me up and sent me to the USA Today Bestseller list.  And then she left me to move away with her husband.  I cried.  So did she.  And for The Chapman Files, we were reunited.  After 35 books, we were together again.  With Paula right there, too, this time.  Jane read the first versions of The Chapman Files.  She wrote the cover copy.  And she scribbled.  And I re-wrote.

The work hasn’t stopped.  No vacations.  No time off.  Not for two years.  I just finished the final read through on The Fourth Victim.  Just sent in the final changes on Monday.  And now, according to plan, I have until September 14th, the official release date of The First Wife, to prepare for the arrival of the most important project of my life.  These are by far the best books I’ve ever written.  As I read through The Fourth Victim this weekend, my heart was pounding, I cried, even though I knew what was going to happen next.  I couldn’t believe that I’d written the book.  I was actually engrossed as a reader, not as a writer.  These books have more depth, more layers, than anything I’ve written before.  And yet, they’re commercially entertaining, too.

Their advent into the world is a big deal.  A HUGE deal.  And…I’m not ready.  We’re going on tour – a good bit of it on-line.  Next week is the start of a three month blog tour that is going to culminate with a launch party in Phoenix, Arizona, for The Fourth Victim.  The launch party is going to be broadcast live on-line.  A lot of prizes will be awarded to readers who accompany us on the blog tour.  (Accompany us by commenting on the various blogs.)  We’re planning a charity function, as well, in conjunction with the party, all proceeds to be donated to help fight domestic violence.  We’ve got sponsors already.  We just don’t have all the details.  Details, details, details.  Conference call tomorrow with Harlequin.  I need my five weeks of detail time!  Heck, I need a morning with my calendar so that I can find out what I’m already doing.  

And Monday there was a knock on my door.  I went to the e-harlequin website www.eharlequin.comto blog on the Superromance site and The First Wife was on a banner across the home page of e-harlequin.  She just popped out, proud as could be, to greet me.  She’s available, exclusively on e-harlequin, for the next four weeks before she is officially on sale in the rest of the world.  Not only is she available, but she’s on sale for $1 off the cover price.  Maggie’s new release, Kill Me Again, is there, too.  On sale.  Yesterday, when I opened my Harlequin Reader Newsletter, The First Wife was there, too.  On sale.  Kill Me Again was with her there, too.  I guess they’ve gotten to know each other here and have decided to travel together!

I apologize to all of you for my mess.  I’ll have the blog tour schedule next week.  The tour launches on e-harlequin on Friday, August 20th.  I hope you all will join me on the trip.  We’re going to be visiting some fun places and hopefully having a blast.  I want you to win the prizes!  And I have this leftover fear from high school of being the last one picked for basketball.  I really was.  I was too short.  And a bookworm.  Doesn’t bode well for the court.

And in the meantime, if you’d like to read the first chapter of The First Wife, completely free, click on the browse the book button in the Breaking News box.  When I do it, I have to scroll through the pages to read them.  If you can’t see them, give that a try.  While you’re there, you can also read an excerpt from Kill Me Again.  And from Ruthless.  The Broads have been working hard to bring meet the Broadie’s expectations!