Cover Reveal: Protostar by Braxton Cosby

Last week, I had Braxton Cosby on my blog for an interview. This week, he and I are sharing hosting responsibilities, and I am revealing the cover of his re-release, Protostar, while he’ll be revealing MY new cover for Spirit Lake (formally known as Feast Island). Needless to say, it’s going to be an exciting week on the blog!

Now, for a bit about Protostar—which, by the way, I had the privilege of editing in January: Protostar is a special, deluxe edition of the multi-award-winning first book of the series the Star-Crossed Trilogy. This re-release, according to Braxton, has better story-telling elements, and its followup, Supernova, is the “highly anticipated successor” of the series. Protostar is slated for release in April, and Supernova will be released sometime in May.

And, you guys, both books are AWESOME. Young Adult Sci/Fi Fantasy, with lots of twists and turns and surprises. I also had the privilege of editing Supernova and am very excited for its release this spring.

Protostar 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.

And now…the big reveal… *drum roll, please*

Protostar Cover

Ta-da! What do you think? I LOVE it! When we have an official release date, I’ll be sure to let you all know. 🙂

—> Also, don’t forget that today is the release of The Sect: The Windgate, which is Braxton’s first book. It was featured on this blog last week. Check out the post by clicking HERE if you missed it.

The Sect: The Windgate is the Award-Wining Book 1 of The School of Ministry Series, and is out now on eBook. The paperback is coming out April 21st.  Evan’s Heart, the novella and prequel to The Sect, is now available for free! Grab a copy NOW by clicking HERE!

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.


On Thursday, I’ll be revealing the cover for my book, Spirit Lake, which is the first novel in the Spirit Lake Series. But, tomorrow, I have a treat for you guys. Robin Woods is stopping by my blog for a special interview, and on Friday, I will be hosting an interview with one of her characters, who happens to be my favorite book boyfriend. 😉 Stay tuned for all the fun going on this week. There might even be another giveaway! Hooray!

I hope you all have a very lovely Tuesday. Here’s to reading and writing!

-T xoxoxo


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


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!


Teaser Tuesday: The Wrong Fairy Tale

Hey, everyone! This week, I am hoping to get through edits of my up-and-coming second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale! Super excited to share it with everyone, and let readers know what has been happening to the characters from my first book, Feast Island.

Since I am nearing completion of TWFT, I wanted to share another teaser with you all. It has a new character, Queen Eliri, in it. Click HERE to view a picture of the Queen (at least, how I picture her) on Pinterest. Hope you enjoy!

The Wrong Fairy Tale Teaser

The golden plate on her wall began to ripple, drawing Queen Eliri out of her thoughts. Diegen was always prompt with their meeting times. It was the only thing she could expect from him.

“Lord Diegen, what a pleasure,” she said, sounding bored.

“Eliri, there is no need to lie; let us do without the formalities. I am very busy, so tell me why you have summoned me.” His eyes were glossy, and it was hard to remember what his face looked like if she were not looking right at it.

The Queen cleared her throat, trying to find the strength to confront him. “It has come to my attention that you have lied to me.”

“Accusations this early in the morning? Please, enlighten me.”

“You promised me power—greater power than what I already had possessed. And yet, my power is waning. We made a deal and you have not upheld it.” Now, she was irate and only felt anger rather than fear, although she was facing a being so powerful, he could kill her from thousands of miles away.

Diegen’s face began to morph into sharper lines and angles; his pupils started to expand, bleeding into his irises and eradicating all the blue color. Had Eliri been able to see his fingers, she would have witnessed their transformation into very long and bony extensions that had just a thin layer of skin left on them.

Suddenly, Eliri found it hard to breathe. Her veins felt constricted, and when she looked at her hands, she saw that her fingertips were swelling and becoming red. Her tongue ballooned, and she couldn’t think clearly. However, she managed to use what power she still did possess and fought back against Diegen’s display of control over her. When she thought she could no longer hold him at bay, he released his hold on her. The Queen coughed and wheezed as she gulped much needed air.

“So you do have power after all. Enough power to resist me.” His eyes became a cool blue once more, and his features relaxed back to their normal state.

“My people are losing their power and you have weakened me,” she rasped, rubbing the front of her neck.

“On the contrary, my Queen, you are responsible for that. I promised you power, and so you shall have it—when our deal is fulfilled, and so long as you behave. You, of all beings on Cantelia, should know that when the balance of any land is disturbed, there are consequences. If you do not have enough resources to restore the balance yourself, then you should have thought about such things before making promises to me. Have I made myself clear?”

“You have made yourself extremely clear,” Eliri spat, mustering all the strength she had in order to stand tall.

Cover Reveal for The Wrong Fairy Tale

Finally! It’s time! The cover for my second book in the Spirit Lake Series, The Wrong Fairy Tale, is ready! My graphic artist is ahhhhh-maaazzzing and I am super excited to share the cover with all of you!

So, without further ado, here it is:

The Wrong Fairy Tale by Tamar Hela

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Here’s the full cover:

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Book synopsis:

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?

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

Series: Spirit Lake

Expected release date: July/August 2014

Publisher: Epic Books Publishing

Cover art by: Andrew Beach

At the moment, I’m nearing the 64K word count in my manuscript. There are a few more things to add in, and then my novel goes to my editor and beta readers. I’ve been researching a lot about Native American legends, myths, and history–which will play a significant role in this book and the rest of the series. In the first book, there is just a taste of the legend, and, of course, more will unfold as the series progresses.

If you want to read a FREE sample of my first book, Feast Island, you can download it here: Feast Island 2nd Edition SAMPLE


You can buy it on Kindle by clicking HERE.

Can’t wait until book two is released and ready to be shared with everyone! It’s getting close, guys. Thanks for being so supportive and reading my stuff 🙂

Teaser Tuesday!

Hello, lovely readers!

Thought it’d be fun to post a teaser of my work-in-progress: The Wrong Fairy Tale (book 2 of the Spirit Lake Series). I’m closer to finishing the first draft, and should have a release date to announce very soon. Hooray! Happy Tuesday, and enjoy this (unedited) snippet:

From a scene between Geoffrey and Alex; Geoffrey’s POV

“What’s so funny?” I asked.

“You,” she said, shaking her head. “Ben’s pretty protective over me, but I’m sure you already know that. He’s just a good friend, that’s all. And I’m not surprised at your response to him. I would’ve paid to see that conversation. But what’s done is done. Tomorrow’s a new day, and Ethalo is going to teach us how to fight properly. Just duke it out with Ben or something, and then become friends—like all you boys do.” She put her arm through mine. “You and I both have tempers that fly without warning, huh?”

I smiled as we continued walking towards our tent area. “I guess we do,” I agreed. “But you have more control than I. And you’re way nicer.”

“Why, thank you, Geoffrey. That’s probably the nicest comment you’ve made to me today. Except for the whole, ‘I care about you’ thing. Did you really mean that?” she asked when we got to the top of the stairs.

“Yeah,” I whispered. We had stopped walking and were standing in the middle of the common area.

“Good,” she whispered back. “Maybe you can take my KP duties for the rest of our time here, then,” she said while squeezing my arm.

“Hey, that’s not what I meant when I said I cared,” I argued, a little too loudly. But she was already walking away into the girls’ section. I stared after her until she disappeared and shook my head. Chicks were so confusing.

Hope you liked that! And don’t forget–I’ve created some Spirit Lake Series boards on Pinterest, if you’d like to see what I use as visual inspiration.

Here are the links:

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For reference, The Wrong Fairy Tale takes place in the Alfaran Forest.