#Sunshine State Stories Blog Hop

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This week, Books Make Me Happy blog and a handful of UF/PNR authors are celebrating stories set in sunny Florida. The authors showcased have offered excerpts, written cool blog posts, and are all participating in a blog hop GRAND PRIZE giveaway full of books and other goodies. Be sure to click on the header above to see the complete list of participating sites. Check out each day’s excerpt and the Featured Author’s site for fun posts and chances to win!! Today is MY turn to be featured!! You can find my excerpt on Books Make Me Happy HERE. Be sure to check at the bottom of today’s post for the rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize AND a special added rafflecopter to win an ecopy of THE KING SERIES. Hop around and check out all the Florida authors participating: 

8/4 Books Make Me Happy kickoff post with full schedule: http://wp.me/pOeF4-12p

 8/4 Tawdra: http://wp.me/pOeF4-12s

8/5 KC: http://wp.me/pOeF4-12x

8/6 Armand: http://wp.me/pOeF4-12B

8/7 Heather: http://wp.me/pOeF4-12E

8/8 Christy: http://wp.me/pOeF4-12H

I’m a relative newcomer to Florida, having lived here only seven years. But the state will always hold a place in my heart, since it’s here that I realized my dream of writing and publishing.

My bio says that I’ve been a writer since the invention of the pen, and sometimes it feels that long. I have been creating characters and stories in my head since I was a child. I had never set any of them in Florida, but when we moved to a small town in the middle of the FLmapstate in 2007, and some of my characters had time to be heard, it turned out that living in Florida was part of their story.

Most of my inspiration for The King Series, my YA quartet, came via long drives or day trips. Tasmyn’s last name came from a nursery alongside SR-46 between Lake County and Sanford. The setting for Michael’s family nursery also sprung from that drive. The lakes in Fearless, Breathless and Restless owe their existence to the many lakes around Apopka and in (duh) Lake County.

The town of King itself is nearly a character in the books. I hadn’t realized how important it was until Michael began talking to Tas one day, and it all clicked. King’s physical manifestation is very close to that of Mount Dora, a small and lovely town in Lake County where I spent a good deal of time in our early Florida days. However, the history of King is closer to another famous Sunshine State burg–Cassadega. I had never been there when I wrote Fearless, and once I did visit, much later, I was surprised at how much the two towns–one fictional, one factual–have in common. Both were founded by men who chose the spot based on the idea that it was a place of spiritual congruence. Both maintain the reputation of being somewhat supernatural.

A few of my other books have also found their home in Florida. Of course, Rafe begins his journey in King, though he ends up traveling out of state. Nell also spends some time in the northern part of the state, near the fictional Perriman College (where Tas and Michael attend). THE POSSE, a contemporary romance, is set in a Florida beach town.

Since Tasmyn is a transplant just like me, we decided to play a little game of quick-draw Q and A. I’m interested in some of her answers!

Summer or Winter in Florida? Wait, is there a difference? Juuuust kidding. Winter. Definitely winter. 

Disney or Universal? I have to choose between Mickey or Harry? Well, Disney is the favorite of my heart. I don’t love roller coasters, and Disney gives me more options that don’t make me puke.

Sharks or Gators? Sharks, because as long as I stay out of the ocean, they won’t bother me. Gators can turn up anywhere. gatorpic<shudder>

Seminoles or Gators? The Perriman Pelicans will always hold my heart, but I guess the Gators, since I have friends who attend U of F. 

Boogie boards or surf boards? Boogie boards. Goes back to the whole shark deal.

Lakes or oceans? Oceans, because I have a bad history with lakes. 

Bike Week or Race Week? Again, is there a difference? Well, Bike Week. I’m not a Nascar gal.

Miami or Clearwater? Clearwater. Love the Gulf, love the small-town feel. . .good memories there, too.

orangedownloadSeafood or citrus fruit? Citrus. I’m especially partial to oranges. 

Dolphins or Bucs? Dolphins, all the way! GO Fish!

Everglades or Osceola Forest? The Forest. Love the history there, and less chance of gators.dolphinsimages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNQUENCHABLE Release Day!

Nell. Is. Here.

UNQUENCHABLE

The Serendipity Duet Book Two

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Nell Massler is a powerful witch from an ancient magical family. Before she was eighteen years old, she attempted murder—not once, but twice. Committed to a psych ward, she tried to right her wrongs and almost lost her life.

While she’s deep in a coma, Caruthers Initiative Institute develops a vested interest in waking Nell—and offering her a chance at redemption.

Nell is given a fresh start in exchange for saving her fellow agent, Rafe Brooks. Keeping him alive and in hiding will require every ounce of her extraordinary abilities. Not falling head over heels for the sexy mind manipulator will take a miracle.

It’s when they uncover a plot to destroy the world that Nell will be put to the test… will she choose Rafe and to do the right thing? Or will she succumb to the temptation of evil yet again?

 

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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child’s Life -2magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she’s released both adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance novels. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

 

 

 

 

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The Serendipity Duet Continues. . .

UNQUENCHABLE, the follow up to UNDENIABLE, will be released on Monday, April 7th.

Are you ready for Nell?

Nell Massler is a powerful witch from an ancient magical family. Before she was eighteen years old, she attempted murder—not once, but twice. Committed to a psych ward, she tried to right her wrongs and almost lost her life.

While she’s deep in a coma, Caruthers Initiative Institute develops a vested interest in waking Nell—and offering her a chance at redemption.

Nell is given a fresh start in exchange for saving her fellow agent, Rafe Brooks. Keeping him alive and in hiding will require every ounce of her extraordinary abilities. Not falling head over heels for the sexy mind manipulator will take a miracle.

It’s when they uncover a plot to destroy the world that Nell will be put to the test… will she choose Rafe and to do the right thing? Or will she succumb to the temptation of evil yet again?

Want to see the beautiful cover designed by Stephanie Nelson of Once Upon A Time covers? Scroll down. . .

 

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Come back on Monday for release day info and more fun!

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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child’s Life -2magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she’s released both adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance novels. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

Literary Addicts Wednesday Meme: What Book or Series Would You Like to See Made Into A Movie?

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What book or series would I like to see made into a movie or television show? Hmm, that’s a loaded question. . .

I’ll say that I have been mostly disappointed in the adaptations of books I’ve seen, with a few exceptions. My imagination is so active that any other interpretation usually is a let-down. I remember being so excited as a little girl about the Little House series. . .and then bitterly upset when the episodes did not stick to the book I knew so well. Same with Anne of Green Gables–the BBC/PBS series is so far from the ‘real’ story that it made me really angry. Gah!

I’m cautiously optimistic about the Outlander series coming to television. We’ll see.

51etRU8m8tL._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA160_Other than that. . .I think I’d like to see JD Robb’s In Death books on the small screen. I love Eve Dallas and think it would make an amazing show. And I also think Olivia Hardin’s Bend-Bite-Shift series would make an awesome set of movies. . .so intricate and intriguing, not to mention hot and sexy!

But I must be in charge of casting. And script adaptation. And set design. And. . .well, Olivia, you might as well just let me be in charge of the whole dang thing.

 

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Literary Addicts Wednesday Meme: How Many Books Do You Read At Once?

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This week’s question is a bit of a sore subject with me. Growing up, I took a lot of flak from my parents because I was never reading only one book. They would roll their eyes when they found one turned over on the sofa. . .another in the car. . .and yet another on the nightstand. . .

But that’s how I roll. Even now, I’m seldom only reading one book at a time. When we lived in New Jersey, I had my upstairs book (at the bedside) and my downstairs book (in the kitchen). Especially when I had nursing babies, the book had to be at the ready when I was!

I have never had trouble keeping the stories straight while I read them. For whatever reason, it all makes sense in my mind.

Now that I have my Kindle, I can take all my books with me everywhere, and that’s great, too.

What I read when depends on my mood. My books, like my friends, come through for me no matter what I’m feeling.

Does that make me kind of MPD? Maybe. But I prefer to look at my reading habits as particularly well-rounded.

{So what am I reading right now? Glad you asked. CRASHED by K. Bromberg is on my Kindle. So is BECOMING MYSELF by Staci Eldridge.  Joss Whedon CONVERSATIONS is on my desk, for when my Kindle is charging.}

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