I’m aaaaliiiiive!..Most days.

Published September 12, 2014 by Book Junkette

Happy midnight, my caramel apples!

Tis I!

The one and only!

Completely fabbity-fab!

Tara! *Pose!*

There are no words for how sorry I am, my dear hearts, for leaving like I did.

Everything just..merged into a big, ole bag of What the Hell, combined with some Screw You, and a dash of The Fates LOATHE YOU!

Basically, it just got to me, and I couldn’t deal.

Between the issues with my dad, mom’s utter manipulation when she doesn’t get her way, the lack of jobs, and losing the love of my heart, Prince MoosiePants, I couldn’t cope.

For my sanity, retreated into myself and tried my best to focus on my sisters, our ferrets and finding a job.

It’s been a daily challenge, not going to lie about that.

Things are starting to look up, knock on wood, and I’m doing my best to get back into the thick of being the wonderful, completely insane, and off the wall junkette you all know, love, and adore.

I’m so backlogged on reviews..I could write one every couple of days, and it would still take months to get them all done!

Nice challenge tho. Hehe.

Look out world..

This mad junkette is back!!

Plus..there may be a story of my own coming soon..

Soon, my tarts..

Soon..

xx Tara

Life, love and..madness..

Published May 26, 2014 by Book Junkette

Hello my twisted crullers!!

Le shocked gasp!!

The one and only, mad Tara is still alive!!

Yes, yes I am.

If anyone follows/friends me on FB, you would know that life has been rather..chaotic? Insane? Like living in a dungeon of my own despair? for the past couple of months.

Well, to be honest. Since the beginning of January.

Back in December, Dad said he had to have heart surgery AND needed to move in with the sisters and I.

Surgery was happening in Denver, and he had to be close by, to recuperate.

Please keep in mind, Amber, Gabbie and I haven’t really *seen* our dad since he split some odd 16 years ago.

Let alone lived with him.

Amber, Gabbie and I, while live in a rather spacious house, have one room dedicated just to our ferrets entertainment.

Most of our days are geared toward caring for our weasels, making sure Gabbie is set for homeschooling, getting Amber to class/work, and job hunting for me.

So suddenly throwing someone new into the mix, who has his own needs, demands and requirements, left us butting heads constantly.

To put it mildly.

I often had to send the sisters and weasels to our neighbor-friend, just to keep them from seeing me meltdown from the stress.

Dark gods, it was..

It was..

Worse than one of the darkest depression/suicidal days during my youth, when I lived with my mom.

THAT is saying something.

Mom is/was a mental and emotional, paranoid schizophrenic abuser.

It’s the reason why I can never go to Gabbie’s custody hearings.

One look at her, and I want to do something that will have me locked up for life.

It’s the reason I left for college the day after I hit 18, and took Amber with me.

Wish I could have taken Gabbie..Saved her from so much..

That’s for another day.

So for days/weeks Dad and I constantly butted heads.

There were threats of calling animal control/health inspectors on us, all because he was in pain, didn’t want to be here and was tired of our ferrets being underfoot.

Thing is, he KNEW they came first.

This is THEIR house, not his.

Not until he took over our rent, and set it up as rent-to-own.

Which meant the rent turned into a monthly mortgage, and suddenly.

The threats were REAL.

He could throw us out at any time.

While Amber could go stay in the dorms, Gabbie with the neighbor, the ferrets and I would be left hanging.

After 10 years of living with just me and Amber, I can’t really share space with just anyone.

Not, and keep my sanity.

So much stress, meant something had to break..

Sadly, it was my desire for books/blogs/and all the madness that is this life.

Even when offered to edit a friend’s book, I could only focus about half the time, and she wound up publishing before I could finish.

I still feel like a complete failure for not following through.

Yes, that’s how bad things were over my way.

The chance to edit AND be named in the Acknowledgements, and I let someone really sweet down.

I’m a PA/beta reader for some of the best indie authors around, and I’ve not made any attempt to help them with all this happening.

Stress and depression do such horrible things to the body, mind and the soul, it’s not even funny.

Now Dad is in Denver, being monitored round-the-clock by his doctors, sisters and I are settling back into our lives and I..

I have my passion back.

Well, to a degree.

Dad can no longer pay the mortgage, so I need a job. BAD.

Between Amber and I, we can *just* afford a nice place, depending on my job/salary.

I’m hoping for something really great, job-wise, so I can make plans to move the lot of us before fall.

We have to be out no later than September, so three months is kinda cutting it close.

Unless tomorrow works out, and I get a great hourly pay at a wonderful job.

I’m hoping to start back with my reviews/cover reveals/indie pimpage sometime this week.

So beyond backlogged on reviews, it’s mad.

That’s all for tonight, my crumpets.

I have to be up early, let out a weasel group, get dolled-up, let out another weasel group and head out.

I’m gonna be a mess of nerves. The least I can do is be a SEXY mess of nerves!!

Kisses and sweets!

xx Tara

Angela Scott! Zombies! The old west! Oh my!!

Published February 14, 2014 by Book Junkette

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Happy midnight, my white chocolate dipped cherries!!

Mmmm..

Sorry, it’s V-day, and I’m craving some serious chocolate.

Which incidentally, goes with zombies!!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good zombie read combined with few nommehs??

Today is alllll about the zombies!!

More importantly, Angela Scott’s epicly twisted Zombie West trilogy!

As many of you may remember, I reviewed the first two books last year, and they are well worth buying!!

Today, we’re on the last legs of her Zombie West Undead blog tour, but fear not!

There are more goodies to come from the amazing Angela. 😉

For now, enjoy the pretties!!

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ZOMBIES! The Wild West! Romance! Mayhem!

Angela Scott’s Zombie West Omnibus has all this, and more!

“…this is one of the most unique concepts I’ve come across.” —Brian, Amazon reviewer

“These books had me on the edge of my seat and at one point in book three I had to set the book down and pull myself out of the story so I wouldn’t cry.” —Emily Pearce, Amazon reviewer

“This series is one that will stay with you for a long time, prompting you to want to read it again and again.” —Tracy Haidle, Amazon reviewer

About the Zombie West Omnibus

Zombie West Omnibus Angela ScottThe Wild West is hard enough to survive with its native territory, wanted outlaws, and harsh terrain, but with a plague turning civilized people into brain-eating monsters, survival becomes nearly impossible.

Red has lost everything to the fast-spreading disease: her family, her trust in mankind, and her hope for a better tomorrow. When she meets Trace, a smooth-talking gambling man who’s more city boy than cowboy, she’s forced down a path she’d been avoiding for years. Until his arrival, she’d lived by a certain set of rules don’t ask names, keep to yourself, don’t let anyone too close but the jackass of a man won’t let her be, and he has an uncanny knack for appearing at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places.

Each, with a secret of their own, will need to learn that only by working together do they have any chance of surviving The Zombie West.

That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

[Angela Scott’s Zombie West Omnibus includes the three books in the Zombie West series WANTED: DEAR OR UNDEAD, SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, and DEAD PLAINS. Find these books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords.]

Genre classification: YA/Western Romance/Action and Adventure/ with added zombies for utter mayhem.

About Angela Scott

Angela ScottAngela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.

Find Angela Scott on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Unmaking Marchant is LIIIIIIIVE!!

Published February 12, 2014 by Book Junkette

Hello, my nocturnal cappuccinos!!

It’s nearly midnight, so that means it’s time for some fun!!

Ella James’ newest Love, Inc book, Unmaking Marchant, will be available so very soon!!

Squee!!

I’m off to bed, but enjoy the pretties, swoon over Marchant and support this AHMAZING author by buying this scrumptious read!!

xx Tara

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Marchant Radcliffe, owner of the exclusive Love Inc. brothel outside Vegas, is no stranger to darkness. He lost his sister in childhood and his parents in college. Since his best friend helped him finance the Love Inc. ranch almost ten years ago, Marchant has drowned himself in business—and he’s thrived, despite the heavy secret that has plagued him since his parents’ deaths.

Then, after ten years of good fortune, Marchant’s skeletons start to peek out of the closet, tossing him down a trail of ruin that begins with arson and could end with murder. Because he’s kept his struggles private, he has no one to pull him back from the brink.

Except for Suri Dalton.

After a breakup with her longtime fiancé, Suri, the daughter of one of Silicon Valley’s tech tycoons, has nowhere to go except her BFF’s new penthouse in Las Vegas. The last thing Suri is looking for is a man, but after drowning her woes in wine on the flight over, she stumbles into a torrid make out session with a beautiful stranger—who just so happens to be Marchant Radcliffe, a playboy and a literal pimp.

Despite an immediate attraction, Suri writes Marchant off as exactly the sort of guy she should avoid. Until Love Inc. goes up in flames, Marchant winds up at the bottom of a swimming pool, and Suri is the only one around to pull him out.

What happens when what you see isn’t what you get? What do you do when destiny is too alluring to resist and too dangerous to survive?

About Ella
Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, http://www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.

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Soul of Flame..Still indie?

Published January 10, 2014 by Book Junkette

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Hello my delectable flans!

As stated in the earlier post, the next book in the Imdalind series, by the wonderful, and frankly pretty frickin’ incredible, Rebecca Ethington, is coming out IN FEBRUARY!! On the 17th! :O!!!

WOOOOOO!!! *Overly dramatic puppet arm flails.*

Who’s with me in the happies?!?!

Now, anyone who’s fans/friends/stalkers of Rebecca, KNOWS she put off the release of Soul of Flame last year, because she was approached by publishers for the rights of the Imdalind series.

Wow!!

Awesome sauce much?!

Many people, myself included, supported her while she had all this going on. Honestly, can you BLAME HER?!

A trad publisher, instead of being indie!

HYOOOGE!!!

After she weighed the pros and cons, it was decided she’d stay indie..for NOW.

So today’s BIG NEWS is Soul of Flame’s RELEASE DATE!!!!

Sadly, that is NOT what this current post is about.

For the past couple of weeks, Rebecca has been posting, tweeting, FBing about her BIG news.

Obvi, we now know what that is.

HOWEVER..

Some people are apparently let down by this.

Why? It makes no sense to me.

Think about it, from ALL points of view.

HAD Rebecca gone with a trad publisher, the release could have been pushed back ever further, prices raised, content added, all in the name of SALES.

Let’s face it: plenty of retailers and publishers are only in it for the money, not the authors.

Why make a fuss, when in a few short weeks, Soul of Flame will be out, Dawn of Ash (Imdalind series, Book 5!) AND Broken Fragments (Glass series, Book 2!) will be out this year as well?!

Rebecca writes for LOVE, not SALES. She writes because it’s her PASSION.

No, I am not prejudiced. I am friends/fans of many authors, indie and trad, PA to an indie author, sounding board to quite a few trad authors, and am able to see behind the curtain, as it were, on all aspects of publishing.

DO what you love, WRITE what you love and never lose your HEART.

Don’t agree?

It’s quite simple to unfollow/unfriend someone, rather than be happy they chose to follow the path that let them stay true to themselves.

Believe in yourselves, my darlings.

xx Tara

Soul of Flame release date!!

Published January 10, 2014 by Book Junkette

Author Rebecca Ethington has some big news to share about her Imdalind series! Check out the video below where Rebecca Ethington shares a special message. 🙂

About Soul of Flame…

Book Four in the Imdalind Series, expected release February 2014.

The Time for the final battle has come. Edmund’s armies have surrounded the Rioseco Abbey, trapping the few survivors inside. The sight that Ilyan was given a thousand years ago is about to come to pass. If only Joclyn was able to fight. Joclyn is tormented by the hallucinations that Cail’s mind has left her with, her magic an uncontrollable torrent that even Ilyan cannot control. Her moments of lucidity are broken by fears of dripping pipes and bleeding walls, and a desire to kill Ryland that she is having trouble trying to ignore. The sight has shown her power, shown her success, but it has also shown her death – The end of her life something she is not quite willing to give up on yet. Even past her death, the sight has shown her love, and that love may be the only key to her sanity, to her strength, and to Edmund’s death. That love may stand in her way, and a single choice may tip the scales and secure their future, or destroy their fate.

Release Date: February 17th 2014
 
 
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““You deserve to die!” The tanned skin of his face slowly faded to white before the red of his lips painted blue. He clawed at his neck as an invisible force squeezed the life out of him. I only smiled as I watched him fight it, knowing it was pointless, knowing I wouldn’t let him get away.

Other books in the series…
 

 Kiss of Fire Available on AmazonBN
Eyes of Ember Available on AmazonBN
Scorched Treachery Available AmazonBN

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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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Why my latest reviews took awhile.

Published January 9, 2014 by Book Junkette

Evening, my cream custards!

Tonight, just want to explain, if I can, why my reviews for Kiss of Fire and Eyes of Ember took so long.

As mentioned in an earlier post, the way my mind works is not traditional, nor normal.

Not by a long shot.

Primarily, the issues that kept cropping up when I tried to write the reviews, are as follows.

Please, bear with me.

Joclyn and Ryland kept reminding me of Romeo and myself.

Romeo is what I will always refer to my other half as.

Together since we were kids, we’ve endured plenty: accidents, loss, near misses.

So many times over the years, we’ve gone for months without talking, for various reasons.

Life, family, jobs.

Other people..

Between the two of us, we’ve had more than a few near death experiences.

No, I am not exaggerating.

My most current, and equally worse one, was when I was hit in 2009.

Romeo, at the beach in 2010, when a tide nearly dragged him to sea.

It’s scary, when we talk, learn these things, realise how close we’ve come to losing one another.

Since the day we met, there was never any doubt we would be together.

15 years later, we still are and very much in love.

I know plenty of people don’t believe in “insta-love” or love at first sight, but for us, it was.

When you find someone who speaks to your heart, there is no denying it.

Joclyn and Ryland make my heart ache, for this reason.

Through some of the worst, Ryland wanted nothing more than to be with Joclyn.

To love, protect, care for her.

Because she was HIS other half.

It’s books like this, that tug at my heart strings, the reason why I love them so much.

That is all, my darlings.

I have a delicious new book to get back to!

Sleep sweet.

xx Tara

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