May Update

Hey, awesome readers!

Just wanted to share some cool updates with ya’ll. There’s so much going on for me this month, so I’m doing my best to take one thing at a time. You ready? Here we go!


Website Redesign

If you have been hanging out at my blog for a while, you’ll notice I just did a huge overhaul of my website. Yes, I did it all by myself. 🙂 I am very proud, especially since I used a free WordPress theme, and I only spend about $45 per year on my domain + mapping it from my host (Network Solutions) to WordPress. It took me several hours to get everything just right, but I am pleased with the overall design. Hope you guys like it too!


 

TODAY: Special Event

One of my YA author friends is hosting a Facebook event all day long today, and you can join the event by clicking HERE. Other authors will be “taking over” during the day, including yours truly at 3:30pm PST. We’ll have some cool giveaways, so stop by—you just might win something!


 

Buzz Bookstore Excerpt Contest

I am trying to get my work “out there” even more this year, especially since my Spirit Lake series is now in the hands of my publisher, Cosby Media Productions. Something I discovered is an Except Contest, hosted by Buzz Bookstore. If I win, I will get three months of free exposure on the Buzz Bookstore site, which would be AMAZING!

Would you do me a favor and watch my video and then give it a share or two? Every bit helps! Check it out below:


Spirit Lake Review Opportunity

And speaking of getting my work “out there,” there is a special review opportunity for my debut novel, Spirit Lake! You can read my book for FREE in exchange for an honest review. To sign up to review my book (I REALLY need some reviews, too!), click HERE.

A HUGE Thank You to LIEP Promotions for hosting my book and providing the opportunity for book reviews. 🙂

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Current Projects

So…what’s next for me? Well, my second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale, will be out next month! Woohoo! Paperbacks for both Spirit Lake and The Wrong Fairy Tale will be available in July—exciting!

I’m working on the third installment of the Spirit Lake series, titled Freak Show, which will hopefully be out later this year. I’m super stoked for this story and can’t wait to share teasers with you guys over the summer.

I am also working on a few secret projects, including a surprise for the Spirit Lake series. I’ll let you guys know any news I can share when the time is right. 😉


Under Development

Coming up, something exciting (I hope!) for authors/writers: an easy sign-up sheet in order to be featured on my blog. I LOVE being able to give back to the writing and reading community by featuring authors/writers and their work. I am working on a way to make things easier on me to host and on those who want to be featured on my blog. Of course, there will be some basic criteria for guest posts/features, but nothing crazy. When things are all set and sign-ups are live, I’ll make the announcement. Keep your eyes peeled for the update!


Editing Tip

Quick editing tip: Not sure about the wording for that new novel you’re writing? Take a break from writing and read your work OUT LOUD. It’s easier to catch choppy sentences and word repeats when you read aloud. 😉

If you’re looking for a professional editor, you can contact me by clicking HERE for more information or a quote.


 

Well, that’s all for now. Hope you’re all having a fabulous week! And don’t forget to check out my latest book HERE.

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Thank You, Readers!

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I am so humbled and grateful for all the support surrounding the release of my book, Spirit Lake. In fact, I’m so thankful that I made you guys a video. I think it’s a little more personal than just writing a blog post. And, you can be mesmerized by my wine-colored lipstick. 😉

If you have yet to grab your copy of Spirit Lake, what are you waiting for?! You can grab an eBook at these fine online retailers:

Amazon: Click HERE

Barnes & Noble: Click HERE

Smashwords: Click HERE

Kobo: Click HERE

Happy reading!

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Spirit Lake NOW Available!

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It’s here!

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Spirit Lake is here! And I couldn’t be more thrilled! In fact, I’m doing a little happy dance (even though you can’t see me). It’s been a long journey, after all. Special shout out to my amazing publisher, Cosby Media Productions!

If you have an eReader or eReader app, grab your copy of Spirit Lake TODAY! You can purchase your copy at these retailers:

Amazon: Click HERE

Barnes & Noble: Click HERE

Smashwords: Click HERE

Kobo: Click HERE

I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who read this blog and have been so supportive of me and my writing endeavors. I have plenty more exciting stories to craft for you, dear readers, and I hope you stick around for all the fun to come!

With love,

Tamar xx

photo 1PS: Don’t forget to leave me a review! Reviews are like bricks of gold for authors, and we sure do appreciate them. Thank you! ❤

Official Release–Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince

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As promised last week, I’m reminding you all to grab your copy of Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince by Keshawn Dodds. He was on the blog last week, giving us some insight into his life and writing process. You can read all about him by clicking HERE.

On to the good stuff: Menzuo is available TODAY and you can grab the eBook on Amazon! Even if you don’t have a Kindle eReader, you can still download a Kindle app for any smart phone, tablet, or computer desktop that supports the app. I already pre-ordered my eBook copy, but you guys don’t have to wait—download it RIGHT NOW!

Click HERE to buy a copy of Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince

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Jammal Hall is just eleven years old when he finds out his life on Earth is more important than he could ever imagine. A week before his twelfth birthday, which happens to be his age of destiny, many secrets are revealed to him—including the news that he’s from another planet and his earthly parents are not his birth parents. Jammal, who is actually Prince Menzuo: Universal Protector, must rely on his guardian, Solar, if he is to survive combat training in order to prepare to face his arch nemesis: the deadly Pirate Warrior, Morbid. As Prince Menzuo begins to understand just how important he is in protecting the planet and the power of All Good and Evil, he must also face the challenge of trying to live a normal life while participating in a virtual reality tournament with his best friends. Will Menzuo be able to fulfill his destiny as protector, or will he give in to his fears and let the fate of the universe fall into the hands of the evil Morbid?

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Adventure

Kindle Price: $3.99

Page Count: 232

Keshawn DoddsKeshawn Dodds was born, and raised in the city of Springfield, MA. He attended Central High School in the mid 1990s. While there, he excelled on the football field as one of the top running backs in the area. Keshawn was able to continue his football career at Wilbraham and Monson Academy and earned a full scholarship to American International College.

Dodds benefited from his scholarship at AIC and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He later received a Master of Education degree from AIC as well. Keshawn is a former elementary school teacher and former Mayoral Aide for Springfield, under past Mayor, Charles V. Ryan. Keshawn is now the Director of Diversity and Community Engagement at his alma mater, American International College.

Along with Dodds’ career journey, he is also a motivational speaker, actor, playwright, and published author. He is an avid writer and strong supporter of education. Keshawn wants to continue to spread his words of faith towards obtaining a great education and achieving all goals that a person has set in their life.

Raised by his mother, Elizabeth Dodd, Keshawn was always instilled with what a good education can bring to a person. He firmly believes that when hard work meets dedication, success is born.

Don’t forget to grab your copy of Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince TODAY!!! Click HERE to get it!

 

Cover Reveal: Spirit Lake by Tamar Hela

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YOU. GUYS.

It’s here. It’s finally here.

The brand-spanking-new cover for the first book of my series in Spirit Lake, appropriately re-titled Spirit Lake (formally known as Feast Island.)

What’s so special about this book? Well…for starters, it is now traditionally published through Cosby Media Productions and Tate Publishing. It’s been completely revised for pacing and reader maturity level. The stakes have been raised, and my characters are itching to be let back out into the reading world.

I’m stoked. I’m humbled. I’m excited.

Spirit Lake will be released next month on eBook, and then the paperback will be released some time in June. The followup to Spirit Lake, The Wrong Fairy Tale, will be released on eBook in May and will also have a tentative release date in paperback some time in June. Hooray! I’ll be doing a cover reveal for TWFT next month. Stay tuned.

I’m doing some cartwheels right now.

So…without further ado, here is the NEW cover for Spirit Lake:

*Drum roll, please!*

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So…what do you guys think? I love it! And I can’t wait till it’s out for your reading pleasure!

Here’s the new/updated synopsis:

Six teenagers from Northern California are assigned a group project for their sophomore English class. Little do they know, this project will literally take them on a journey out of this world. Cantelia appears much like Earth, until the teens realize magic is as plentiful as the danger surrounding them. A dark and evil ruler has placed a curse on the tribal people of Sikuku Island—the same island where the teens have been transported. Now, they must help the tribal people break the curse if they ever want to see their own planet again. Alex and her companions quickly learn that there is so much more beyond their comfortable lives in Pollock Pines and its legendary Spirit Lake.

Braxton Cosby is also hosting a cover reveal for me today over at his blog. You can read the post by clicking HERE. And feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of the cover—or if you have any questions for my about my book. 🙂

xoxo