It seems a lifetime ago that Brett Ackerman wanted to share his life with Ella Wales. He really believed he could put his abusive family history behind him…until he realized it would always be part of him. Then he pushed her away. Hard.
Now Ella’s back as part of the High Risk Team at The Lemonade Stand, the unique women’s shelter Brett founded. And she needs his help with a family crisis. But even now, Brett can’t admit he still loves her. Until one night of passion with Ella turns Brett into the one thing he fears the most—a father.
Also in the Series
Follow the Tour
June 7th: Launch
June 8th: undercover book reviews & Books & Chocolate
June 9th: underneath the covers, Mel’s Shelves, & Pieces of Whimsy
June 10th: deal sharing aunt, Bookworm Lisa, & Brooke Blogs
June 11th: Copywrite1985, Paranormal Books, & Beck Valley Books
June 12th: Diana’s Book Reviews & My Devotional Thoughts
June 14th: Finale
The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.
Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.
As part of Spend the Summer with Tara Taylor Quinn, Tara is holding a contest for those who share on social media about how they love life during the summer! Each day you can share an image, picture, or quote, linking to her events’ landing page (http://www.tarataylorquinn.com/Summer%20With%20ttq.html) to enter to win ONE BIG SUMMER BASKET!!! We’ll be pulling the best submissions and voting for the top one during her Facebook Party on July 16th. Pull out your creative juices and share your joy of summer, be it with friends, family, or the love of your life!
Beach-themed basket will include: shell wind chime, shell choker and matching bracelet, beach/flip flop note cards, picture frame, 4×6 picture album, plus some surprise print copies of Tara’s books (including Once Upon a Friendship).
Share must be public to be eligible. Can enter once each day. US only. Giveaway ends July 16th.
$10 VISA Gift Card
Copies of all five books on Tara’s Summer Tour
Spend the Summer with TTQ T-Shirt
Ends July 16th
The Dark Night of the Soul
In every good story there has to be ‘that’ moment. The one in which the reader can’t see how the characters are going to get past their hurdles. The one that keeps the reader turning the page to find out…
In suspense books, ‘that’ moment begins at the beginning of the book and ends at the end. It’s a built in thing. There’s a mystery, or danger. The ‘suspense’ IS that moment. But in romances, stories about seemingly real people who the reader knows are going to end with a happily ever after, how can there be ‘that’ moment? By the very nature of the genre, the reader knows that the characters are going to end up in some form of together.
So do the readers keep turning the page just because they’re hooked on the happy? It’s a fix thing? An addiction? Like reaching for that piece of chocolate, knowing exactly how it’s going to taste? Yet we reach anyway. Is that how it is for romance readers? Romance novels are like a box of chocolates?
I like the theory. I just don’t agree with it. Not when it comes to my books, anyway. I don’t write boxes of chocolates. I try sometimes. I set out to tell a sweet romance, or a light-hearted romp. I set out to be a bit tongue in cheek and even smile while I’m writing every now and then. But without me even being aware, that shadow falls over me. It’s pretty much a universally accepted fact that we all have a shadow side to us. And that pretty much everything else has a shadow side, too.
Like that box of chocolates – it’s shadow side is that if you eat too many of them, you’ll likely gain weight and then too many more and you could have a health issue on your hands. (See what I mean? I’m set out to talk about chocolate and that shadow pops in…)
The Good Father is a book that exemplifies this so completely. Brett’s a good man. One of the best ever. He’s got a national reputation for being honest and straightforward. Makes a living at it. And he really is as honest as he seems. I know. I spent months in the darkest regions of his soul. No duplicitousness there. He’s a man who gives generously. Who cares deeply. I swear. So when his shadow side seeped into me I was caught in a vortex of confusion. How in the heck was I going to get him to his happy ending? How was I going to get Ella to hers? Well, of course, the answer was, I wasn’t going to. It wasn’t up to me. Because only those of us who own our shadows can affect them. That’s what Brett taught me.
My theory is that for every book, at least for every book I write, ‘that’ moment is when my people come face to face with their shadow sides. The dark nights of their souls. Secrets they kept. Issues they can’t get by. Sadnesses they can’t shake or mistrusts they can’t get beyond. Needs they can’t meet. Want they can’t have. I write intense, emotionally compelling books. I don’t shy away from the tough stuff, even when I set out to do so. But I can promise you that if you stick with me, you’ll find your heart filling up with the peace and hope and love that I believe in with all of my being. No matter what kind of dark night my characters drag me through, they end up with a heart filled with love and so I do, too. And sometimes I even end with a smile on my face.
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