Now Available: Protostar by Braxton Cosby

Hey, guys!

Remember when I did the cover reveal for Braxton Cosby’s Protostar? Well, the book is officially out today! Super exciting! I wanted to do a quick spotlight so ya’ll can pick up a copy for yourselves. 🙂

 

Here’s the synopsis:

 

WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE: LOVE OR DUTY? As the Torrian Alliance continues its age-old mission of hunting down Star-children, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son, William, to planet Earth on a mission to bring honor back to the Royal Family name. The target: Sydney, a young teenage girl, unaware of her alien heritage. When an unforeseen accident delays the assassination, William begins to realize a connection forming with Sydney and struggles to follow through with his orders. With the fear of Civil War imminent back home, William must make the ultimate choice between his irrevocable duty and love, sacrificing everything he believes. But as a hidden menace emerges to secure a vested interest, and impossible odds begin to mount against them, William and Sydney wonder if a connection between two Star-Crossed lovers is enough to save them from destruction.

 

Protostar Cover

 

You can pick up a copy of the eBook on Amazon and other online retailers (Smashwords, B&N, Kobo). Paperback for this title will be available on June 30th, and there will be a special Facebook launch party on that day. (I’ll let you guys know all about that soon.)

 

Also, did you know there is a prequel to this book? It’s titled Broken Prince, and was released on eBook last week. I have had the pleasure of editing all the books in the Star-Crossed Saga thus far, and really enjoyed Broken Prince. Grab a copy on Amazon.

Broken Prince

On June 30th, Braxton will be releasing the follow-up to Protostar: Supernova. I am really stoked for that. If you’re into YA/Sci-Fi, you HAVE TO read this series! Just trust me on this. 🙂 The paperback for Supernova will also be released on that same day.

To see all the other books written by Braxton, just check out his Amazon Author Page by clicking HERE. Also, feel free to send him a tweet and congratulate him on his book’s release.

 

 

Braxton Cosby

About Braxton:

Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies. 

For a full bio, click HERE to visit his website.

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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! ❤

Author Interview: Braxton Cosby

Happy Friday, dear readers!

I have a special guest on my blog today. Braxton Cosby is making a return to my site and sharing all about his new release The Sect. 

Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, which is a multimedia company. I work for the Print Division as the Chief Editor, so I’ve gotten to work with Braxton in many capacities, including being his editor for the upcoming Protostar and Supernova YA/SciFi/Romance novels from his Star-Crossed Saga Series. (Which will totally blow your socks off, by the way.)

9 300About Braxton: Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies. 

For a full bio, click HERE to visit his about page on his website.

 

Q & A Time

Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I have a love for creation. I appreciate those who have creative minds and love to take their thoughts and ideas to the next level. We have all been given gifts and talents in some form, and writing has really become an avenue of expression for me through the characters and stories I tell. Writing Young Adult and New Adult genres gives me the liberty of being as free as I can with my imagination because most readers who like these kinds of books have an easier time traveling with me (the writer) as I world build.

How has being a publisher changed your life?

I’m very busy now. I always find myself either fleshing out a new book idea (personally or with another writer), or doing interviews, or just reading a new book. Reading is much more fulfilling to me now because it gets my creative brain going and I am able to pour much more into my works because of it.

What are you reading right now?

I finished two very successful Young Adult franchise novel series: Divergent by Veronica Roth and Legend by Marie Lu, and am currently loving every minute of CF Waller’s Free Dive. If you haven’t read it, please grab a copy on ebook, audiobook, or paperback. You will not be disappointed.

 What is your current work-in-progress?

I am currently working on the last book of The Star-Crossed Saga’s (Sci-fi Romance) franchise. Protostar (Book 1) will be re-released (Deluxe Edition) under a joint venture between Tate Publishing LLC and Cosby Media Productions in mid-April, and Supernova (Book 2) will be out in May (both initially on eBook). June will release both on paperback and the audiobooks should be available by then as well. The novella Broken Prince, which chronicles William’s first mission and leads us up to Protostar will be available early April, right before the release of Protostar.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

My settings have a tendency to jump around because I like to keep the readers involved. Protostar is a space epic, which settles on planet Earth in Tennessee, while The Windgate (Book 1 of The School of Ministry) is right here in Atlanta. None of the characters in each story stay in one place though. I like to think of the main cities as origin points just so people understand the characters better.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I like to spend time with my girls (3 daughters) and take them to the movies, eat frozen yogurt, or read at the book store. I’m also a gamer, and I enjoy playing games with my friends online.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Getting my outline started. I have to have structure with my writing, which gives me direction. Once I get it nailed down, it’s so easy to start flowing.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Find a vision, write it down (make it real), and love it. It is yours, so you need to perfect it. Make the book you write the book you love first. Then, others will follow.

9781483418674_COVER.inddTell us about the featured book.

The Sect: The Windgate, tells the story about a young man named Ziv, who is orphaned at the age of six and struggles to find his identity. He learns that he has to power to see things through dreams and by just closing his eyes. He can see creatures from the other side. When he turns eighteen, he is re-united with his long secret love named Stephanie, and he decides that he will finally tell her how he feels. On the day that he goes to see her, she is kidnapped and he is recruited by a secret society called The Sect and they want to hone his gifts as a “Conduit” (stop time and see demons) to fight evil. He agrees to join them if they will help him find his friend, and along the way, he is teamed up with two other young men. They must all work together to stop Akabod – the spiritual prodigal son of The School of Ministry — before he can destroy the Windgate. It’s an epic tale that is just the first book in a planned trilogy. The Sect: The Windgate is actually a re-imagined version of the award-wining The School of Ministry: The Windgate (this title represents the series), with more streamlined storytelling elements. I whittled it down a bit to make it flow much faster in preparation for the sequel. The eBook will be out on March 10th, and the audiobook is finished and will be available by April, when the paperback drops.

Also, readers can pick up a copy of the novella Evan’s Heart this weekend for only $0.99. It gives you the perspective of Evan during a very pivotal scene in the book. You don’t want to miss this quick read that will prepare you for The Sect: The Windgate.

 

PROLOGUE OF THE SECT

Five years ago, one night changed everything. I was out horse playing with a bunch of friends, in the streets, acting crazy. We came to an old abandoned building and decided to play a game of hide and seek. But I played hide and seek a little too well, easily ducking away from the others, making my way to the lower levels undetected. As they scouted around looking for me, I lost myself, trapped in a maze of empty rooms. Trying to find my way back, I came across another group of other teens, making such a ruckus that I couldn’t help but spy on them from a distance. But their horse playing was nothing like what we were doing. Boys. A pack of them and a lone girl, engaged in disturbing behavior.

The boys were harassing her, hands everywhere. She cried out in screams that rattled my eardrums. My hands found their way over my ears, trying their best to block out the screeches. The more hands she batted away, twice as many appeared. They pressed in, grasping and groping. One of the boys pressed harder, adding slaps and kicks, until finally ripping a few layers of clothing from her body.

That’s when the others joined in. Her screams echoed through the rooms, breaking through my hands, making it hard for me to look away. I hid in the shadows, too afraid to help, too scared to make them stop. She tried to fight back, but there were too many.

Finally, I emerged from the darkness and bucked up the nerve to yell out, “Stop!” But they ignored me. Eventually, things got really heated, the girl screaming at the top of her lungs, and the boys pushing her down. That’s when something broke free inside me. It started with a quiver, then a strong tremble, until my legs shook so hard I fell backward. My head slammed the floor. I winced and closed my eyes. What I saw terrified me. It was dark but I could see everything clearly. Horrible images shrouded me in a sheath of fear. Circling each one of the boys were hideous, great and fearful beasts. They had eyes that burned like embers, claws the length of fingers, and skin like that of dragons with patches of blazing red hair all over that seemed to stand on end. Grey smoke puffed from their mouths as they spoke. Some whispered obscenities, while others screamed deplorable things, encouraging the boys to continue. I opened my eyes and gasped. My heart fluttered and I looked around the room. The beasts were gone. Only the boys and the girl remained. Taking a deep breath, I shuddered at the thought of closing them again, but I had to.

I had to know the truth.

I did. It was true. I closed my eyes again and there they were. Within the dark recesses of my eyelids, I was able to see creatures from the other side. But what were they? Ghosts?

I mustered the strength to run out of the building, screaming for help. People stared at me like I was crazy. Finally, an adult took my accusations seriously and the police arrived, but it was too late. The damage was done. The girl’s family tried to press charges, but she was high on drugs and was not able to identify the suspects. I lacked the heart to come forward and testify against them, left town for good. From then on, I knew I was different. I had a path. But how it would all play out one day was beyond me.

Until now…

 Social Media Links

Twitter: @BraxtonACosby

Website: www.braxtoncosby.com

Book site: www.theschoolofministry.com

Blog site: www.braxtoncosby.com/cosbyscorner

 Book Links

The Sect: The Windgate http://goo.gl/0oAaJR

Evan’s Heart http://goo.gl/LHJdPi

A New Decade: Welcome to 30

Today is my 30th birthday, and I’m actually pretty stoked.

Me on my 23rd birthday, 7 years ago!

Me on my 23rd birthday, 7 years ago!

During the past few months, I’ve read EVERY “30 Things By 30” kinds of articles on Buzzfeed, HuffingtonPost, blogs…you name it, I’ve read it. And funnily enough, I have been able to relate to almost every article.

23rd birthday. Feels like eons ago!

23rd birthday. Feels like eons ago!

Just what is it about not only adding another year to your existence, but transitioning to a new decade?

26th birthday...always classy!

26th birthday…always classy!

Well, for one, I think that it’s easier to quantify your life experiences, ups and downs, and major milestones in larger chunks as opposed to individual years. For example, if you asked me: Tamar, what was going on in your life around age 22? My response would be: Like I know…

Vacation in Hawaii. I *think* this was around age 22... Who. Knows. Ha!

Vacation in Hawaii. I *think* this was around age 22… Who. Knows. Ha!

But when I think back on the past decade of my life, I see a cumulative existence. I see a girl who became a woman (who still feels like a kid at times). I see a young woman who overcame many years of weird and bizarre illnesses, who now has a better appreciation for good health and a greater understanding for those who suffer from chronic sickness/pain. I see a young woman who fought hard to successfully earn her college degree while working full time. I see a young woman who learned how to speak up for herself while still being diplomatic and graceful (even when I wanted to punch someone’s throat).

I see a young woman who learned (and is still learning) how to forgive those who wronged her, and learned how to ask for forgiveness when she was wrong. And I see a young woman who began to accept herself–her WHOLE self–for who she was and who she is. I still have a ways to go with that one (among many other things), but don’t we all?

My first tattoo, age 20. (I've added 4 more since then.)

My first tattoo, age 20…or maybe 21… (I’ve added 4 more since then.)

I am not perfect, nor do I think I will ever reach perfection in this lifetime. However, I am wiser, stronger, and more capable because of the past decade. And, thankfully, though I had many rough patches in my 20’s, I am all the more resilient–I still believe in miracles and magic, which is an absolute requirement if you’re a writer. I am always learning something new, continually fascinated by the discoveries I make.

My very first book signing, age 27.

My very first book signing, age 27.

I am blessed.

Wandering around El Dorado Forest, age 29. (Photo cred: Robin M.)

Wandering around El Dorado Forest, age 29. (Photo cred: Robin M.)

How many people can say that they wrote 2 books before hitting 30? How many can say that they were able to travel halfway around the world and live there for a while? I’m constantly awed when I reflect on the out-of-this-world opportunities that I have been given.

Age 27, right after a book signing at Barnes & Noble. Wow, what a moment!

Age 27, right after a book signing at Barnes & Noble. Wow, what a moment!

I don’t think I’m some super special snowflake or anything, but the past decade has definitely taught me about the power of yes and no–saying yes to the things that light up your world, and turning down other things (even great ones) that don’t. And because of that, especially the past few years, I have been living a very rich life.

My mom and me in NY, 2012 (age 28).

My mom and me in Times Square, NY, 2012 (age 28).

As I jump forward into a new year–a new decade–of life, I will keep saying yes to the things that stir excitement and ignite my passions within. Because the past 10…20…29 years of my life have taught me that when I do what I was made to do, I can actually help the world become a better place.

I don’t know all that is in store for me, but I am excited for what is to come–all the good, and even the not-so-good. Every new experience will teach me something, and in turn, I can teach others. I hope that my life will serve as an inspiration to others. Even if I can positively affect just one person’s life, I will be content. Also, I’m glad that I care less about the little things that I don’t need to waste my time worrying about–especially the opinions of others. There is so much freedom in just being me and being okay with that. 

Me with one of the most important people in my life: my nephew. (Age 28 here.)

Me with one of the most important people in my life: my nephew. (Age 28 here.)

Now…for the moment you’re really here and reading this: MY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY! I have 2 presents to give away today. The first is for everyone: My first book, Feast Island, is FREE today, in celebration of my birthday (Kindle version only). Yay! Click HERE to get it.

AND…if you are among the first 5 people to comment on this blog post, you get a FREE Kindle version of my latest release, The Wrong Fairy Tale! Woohoo!

Here’s your prompt: What is an important thing you’ve learned as you’ve grown older?

Share in the comments below!

WFT final cover onlyjpegThanks for being here and for reading this post. Without you, this would be a diary instead of a blog! xoxo

-Tamar

The Wrong Fairy Tale Is Almost Here!

Hey, readers!

Well, I’m super excited to announce the OFFICIAL release date for my second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale:

Tuesday, September 9th

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Author: Tamar Hela

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Publisher: Epic Books Publishing

Release Date: Tuesday, September 9th

Pages: 300

Woot!

I am totally stoked to share my “baby” with you all. This book has been nearly two and a half years in the making–which is A LOT of damn time–and is the followup to my first book, Feast Island. This time, you get to hear not only from Alex, everyone’s favorite girl from book one, but from the hunky bad boy, Geoffrey. It was quite a stretch to write in first person from two perspectives, but a good stretch. I also wrote in third person for another character, so there’s some interesting stuff for readers. It’s the perfect back-to-school read; I promise you won’t be bored! 😉

If you have yet to read the synopsis, here it is, in all its glory:

Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.

It’s sophomore year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of seven find themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.

Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?

Intriguing, right??!!

–>Also, if you didn’t already know, I am currently running a paperback GIVEAWAY for The Wrong Fairy Tale on Goodreads! Click HERE to enter AND don’t forget to add it to your “to-read” shelf!

And, for those very visual readers, check out my inspiration boards on PINTEREST for the Spirit Lake Series and The Wrong Fairy Tale.

Stay tuned for more upcoming news about the release of The Wrong Fairy Tale. Until then, Happy Tuesday!

xx