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What to Read Wednesday

28 Mar

I’m so glad today is Wednesday because that means it’s time for another round of What to Read Wednesday.  Today author Tara West is visiting and we’re going to learn a few things about her and she’s also going to share her latest release Sophie’s Secret, Whispers Book 1.

Let’s dive right in 🙂

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday, Tara!  Thanks for visiting.  Tell us about you the person, not the author:)

After suffering with a serious illness, I’ve become somewhat of a holistic health nut and am feeling much better through natural treatment. I’m an advocate for natural health and wellness and help run a support group for others with thyroid disease. I have a wonderfully supportive husband and we have a beautiful little girl. We love to swim, fish and vacation anywhere there’s sun and sand.

I love that you took control in your treatment, Tara!  Very inspiring 🙂 If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?

I would be bright blue, the color of my husband’s eyes.

Love that answer.  Board games or video games?

I used to say board games, but I love my Wii fit, so definitely video.

I love the Wii too…lots of fun.  What genre (s) do you write?

YA paranormal and YA fantasy

Describe your writing space.

It’s usually a cluttered desk that overlooks my beautiful Texas backyard. While I write I get to watch the cardinals fly through the live oaks and listen to our wooden chime and my doggies barking. I’ve got a really cool ice dragon sculpture sitting by my computer that my friend gave me to help inspire the fantasy I’m writing, and I’ve always got a green smoothie or a green tea at hand.

Sounds like a great creative space!  Share a blurb from Sophie’s Secret, your latest release.

Sophie Sinora and her BFFs struggle to keep their strengthening paranormal powers secret while trying to fit in at school. Her teacher’s suicidal thoughts, a threatening locker bully, a teasing school flirt, her hormonal pregnant sister, and the tension between Sophie and her friends, only add to her problems. Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher’s life and her social life.

Sophie doesn’t sound like your typical teenager.  Love all the action and your cover is great.  Describe your hero using 5 words.

Cute, flirty, smart, sweet, fun

Now your heroine.

Insecure, loyal, smart, sweet, caring

What was the easiest part about writing this story?

The dialog between the friends comes natural. Plus, I was able to draw on my own weird experiences as a teen.

The hardest?

Writing the ghost scene was a little scary. I was afraid to sleep after that. LOL.

Great to know there’s a scary ghost scene in your book.  How did you come up with the title?

It was easy. Sophie is my daughter’s name.

Please share an excerpt of your book!

“Sophie?” Frankie leaned closer.

I was struck with a rush of cool, minty air. Dentyne Ice. The boy was on fire. I jerked up to see Frankie’s lopsided grin. He was facing the paper toward me. I looked at his equation.

S + F = 2

“Mrs. Stein told me you don’t understand why we use letters instead of numbers. So imagine ‘S’ stands for the initial of a person.” Frankie pointed to the equation. “Who do you know whose name begins with an ‘S’?”

Somewhere, in the furthest corner of my mind, I suspected the answer he wanted but was too nervous to give it. “Sally?”

“Sally?” He set down the pencil and rubbed his jaw. “I don’t know a girl named Sally.”

I smiled and bit my lip. “I made her up.”

“Alright. Give me the name of someone beginning with an ‘F’.”

His voice was deep for a guy his age, yet so soft, I had to lean closer to hear him. “Fritz.”

He quirked an eyebrow. “Fritz?”

I felt the heat rising in my cheeks. I grabbed the pencil and squeezed, as I tried to still my shaking fingers. “You wanted a name.”

“You’re right.” He flashed a teasing grin. “Let’s take Sally and Fritz, for example.” Frankie reached for the pencil.

I jumped at the contact of his skin on mine. I could feel my face redden even before he had time to react.

“I need the pencil.” He waved his fingers. “So I can finish the equation.”

“I’m sorry.” I clenched the pencil and tried to squeeze all the nervousness out of my body. Frankie Salas was flirting with me and I didn’t understand why. I was too nervous to read his mind. Because I was so nervous, I couldn’t even focus on my own thoughts.

His deep brown eyes found mine. “Is there something wrong?”

I felt my body tingle at the feel of his penetrating gaze. “No. I just don’t like algebra.”

A good excuse, but not hardly the truth. Something was wrong with me and I was feeling incredibly foolish for my nervousness. I wasn’t in love with Frankie. The rest of the female population was. So why did I have to remind myself of this? Frankie was a player and I wasn’t about to be added to his list of love-sick admirers.

He wrapped his fingers around mine and gently pried the pencil out of my hand. I felt heat race through my neck, my cheeks and down my spine.

“Now imagine Fritz asks Sophie, sorry, Sally to go out with him. How many people would that equal?” Frankie winked, not even trying to conceal the mischief brewing in his eyes.

“Two?” I whispered. I couldn’t tear my gaze from his face.

“Great. Sally plus Fritz equals two people.” Frankie scribbled something on the paper.

I breathed out. “Yes.”

“So what number does Sally represent?”

 “Stupid.” I said it without thinking. This was Frankie’s fault. He had my brain all mixed up.

Frankie’s eyes widened. “What? Stupid’s not a number.”

“Sorry, I don’t know why I said that.” I closed my eyes and pretended to think. I knew the answer but I needed some time to settle my nerves. Unfortunately, Frankie was still there when I opened my eyes, still hot, still tempting me with that playful smile. “One.”

“That’s right, Sally equals one.” Frankie reassuringly squeezed my hand.

I thought about pulling free, but something willed me to squeeze back. I was an idiot.

“So how’s the lesson coming?” Mrs. Stein’s melodic voice broke the spell.

Thank God.

I quickly pulled my hand away and arched back. Now I saw why so many girls had fallen for Frankie Salas. The boy was magic, pure magic.

That was a great excerpt!  What is the most difficult for you to write:  characters, conflict or emotion?

Emotion. I have to be in a certain mood. However, setting is most hard for me.

Do you have a particular time of the day that is easiest for you to get the words flowing?

Afternoon or late at night.

Share your current WIP with us. 🙂

Curse of the Ice Dragon about a young boy who must break a witch’s curse before her dragon kills him and his family.

What are 3 writing tips you’d like to share with other authors or prospective authors with us today?

Be prolific. Write, write, write.

And finally Tara, where can we find you and your book?

Blog: http://tarawestauthor.wordpress.com/ and website: www.tarawest.com

Sophie’s Secret is out in all ebook venues and there’s some older print versions from my former publisher. Here’s the Zon link: http://www.amazon.com/Sophies-Secret-Whispers-ebook/dp/B0068TLK5G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331830818&sr=8-2

Tara, your book sounds great and I also enjoyed browsing your website to check out all of your amazing cover art!  Thank you so much for joining me today!

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46 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. tarawestauthor

    March 28, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Hi, Christine. Thanks so much for hosting me!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 1:32 am

      Thank you for sharing your book with us Tara! I really am glad you’re hear. Loved learning about you and your book.

       
      • tarawestauthor

        March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

        Thanks! And thanks, too, for the compliments on my cover art. I absolutely love designing.

         
  2. Shéa MacLeod

    March 28, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Reblogged this on Shéa MacLeod, Author – Everything's Better With Dragons and commented:
    I’m under the weather today with an abscessed tooth, so here’s a linky dink to a fab interview with my good friend, author Tara West. She’s talking ghosts, writing, and – of course – dragons!

     
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Hey, Shea, buddy. Thanks so much for reposting. And CONGRATS on your book deal with Amazon!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

      UGH…hope you are feeling better soon Shea….

      Thank you for coming by!

       
  3. Jennifer Lowery

    March 28, 2012 at 7:06 am

    What a fun interview! Tara, your book sounds like a great read and I’m adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

     
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Jennifer. The book is currently free on all ebook venues.

       
      • ChristineWarner

        March 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

        Thanks for coming by Jennifer….and Tara, that’s wonderful to know that your book is currently free.

         
  4. Tereasa Bellew

    March 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Sounds like an awesome story! And love the cover, too! A ghost scene, yikes! That would keep me up at night too. : )

    Tere

     
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Tereasa, thanks for the compliments. It took a while to get the cover just right. I hope you enjoy the story. I think it’s great for all ages and my teen readers have given me some awesome reviews.

       
      • ChristineWarner

        March 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

        The ghost part got me too! But I think I’d like reading it at night…get that blood pumping..lmbo

         
  5. Jerri Drennen

    March 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The book sounds fabulous, Tara. Nice interview, ladies!

     
  6. Calisa Rhose

    March 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Great interview ladies! Does anyone know why YA is almost always in first person? Just curious. Your book sounds fun, Tara. 🙂

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Glad you came by Calisa….great question. I’ve wondered about that myself.

       
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      I think teens identify more with the heroine when it’s in first person. That has been my experience. Plus, it’s fun to write in first person.

       
  7. Sharon Cullen

    March 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Sounds like an awesome book. Congrats on the release!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Glad you dropped in Sharon…loved Tara’s excerpt…sounds like a must read!

       
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Sharon.

       
  8. Ally Broadfield

    March 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Sounds like a great read! I’ve added it to my TBR mountain (pretty soon it’s going to need it’s own zipcode). Since I also write YA, this gets to move up to the top!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Awesome Ally…hopefully you caught the fact that her book is up for free right now!

       
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Yay, Ally! I promise it’s a FAST read. It’s only about 40K.

       
  9. saukra

    March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I like the sounds of your book.
    Excellent interview and loved the excerpt.
    LOL, I love The Wii too.

     
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks, Saukra. I’ve had a sinus infection all week and haven’t exercised. Ugh. I think I’ll try tonight.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      YAY…another Wii lover! Glad you came by and enjoyed the interview and Tara’s excerpt!

       
  10. Sheri Fredricks

    March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I’m not a YA reader, but this one caught my eye.

     
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks, Sheri. Best of all, Sophie’s Secret is FREE.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      When I read the excerpt I felt the same way. I was actually wondering if this might be one I could get my son to read. He’s so choosy.

       
  11. Cait

    March 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Hi, loved reading about you and your writings, Tara. Love your name too, coming from Ireland as I do. Your creative space sounds wonderful, I do have my pretty garden, all the inspiring sounds of nature and wooden chimes too but don’t have a sculpture of a dragon by my PC 🙂 I knew there was something missing. Can’t wait to read Sophie’s Secret now. Thanks Tara and Christine.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Cait! So glad you came by. Remember, Tara’s book is available for free right now and I think it’ll be a good read.

       
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Cait, you had me at Ireland. LOL.

       
  12. Cait

    March 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Fabulous…will download it tonight after The Hunger Games…am big into YA fantasy right about now :-). Thanks.

     
  13. Jenna Jaxon

    March 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Great interview ladies! I’m going to tell my daughter to download this to her Kindle. I bet she’ll love it! Sounds like a fantastic read! Loved the excerpt. 🙂

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Glad you came by Jenna….I agree…I think this will be a good read!

       
    • tarawestauthor

      March 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenna. I hope she does love it.

       
  14. myrahmcilvain

    March 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Liked the interview. Sounds like a great read. Tara’s cover art is amazing.

     
  15. tarawestauthor

    March 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Awww. Thanks, Myrah. If anyone wants to check out a larger selection of my cover art, please stop by http://www.tarawest.com .

     
  16. D'Ann Lindun

    March 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Hi!
    Great interview!

     
  17. sarahballance

    March 29, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Great excerpt, and I LOVE knowing there’s a scary ghost scene in there. ;c)

     
    • ChristineWarner

      March 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

      I’m with you there Sarah! Sounds like a great scene to read after dark…hehehe

       
  18. tarawestauthor

    March 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Thanks D’Ann an Sarah. And THANKS again, Christine!

     

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