Friday, May 27, 2016

Talisan by Colleen Charles - Interview and Guest Blog

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Colleen Charles will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Welcome to It's Raining Books! Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I’ve been a voracious romance reader for over 30 years (yikes, I just dated myself). I’ve read thousands and I love that they will always have a satisfying ending. When I read, I want to be swept away and that’s what I strive for in my own writing.

What research is required?

For this book, it all came out of my own mind. I had to do quite a bit of research about the foliage and animals native to that area of Arizona. I try to make everything as genuine as possible.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

True love can be right in front of your face but if you you’re looking for something or someone else, you won’t see it :).

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

My favorite place to write is in bed!

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Absolutely a plotter. If I pantsed, nothing would ever make it to the page.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

Bingham Charles, my purebred Ragdoll cat. The narrator of Talisman is based on him!

Anything new coming up from you? What?

I’m pretty prolific so I release a new book every few weeks. My next series about the US Marshals.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Thank you for asking such an excellent question! If your readers could have me write the book of their dreams, what would it be and why?

FREE Full-length, standalone steamy romance novel at

perf5.000x8.000.inddJust one kiss to break the spell...

That's all she needs.

Cursed by a jealous witch, Penelope DeLacroix's spells are all going wrong and backfiring, creating havoc in town. The vengeful witch won't quit until she has all of Penelope's powers. And all it will take is one perfect, heartfelt kiss from Penelope's one true love to put an end to all this turmoil.

The only problem? Penelope has no idea that Dr. Lucas Collier, the compassionate local veterinarian, is in love with her. Nor does he know that she's in love with him. They're both too stupid to figure it out.

But I know.

And I have to do something about it.

But what can I do?

I'm only her cat.


Every witch has a cat.

I'm hers.

I'm Talisman.

And I'm going to fix this.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Jessie! It’s so great to see you,” Penelope exclaimed as she strode forward and enveloped the much older woman in a warm embrace. “I don’t think I’ve seen you since this summer when you were accepting your first place award for your apple pie at the Shadow festival. Did you bring one with you? I just love your pie.”

Jessie grimaced, her face a contorted mask of wrinkles and sadness. Maybe loneliness. I’m really smart and talented but I’m not a mind reader. Who knows what had prompted this surprise visit from the old bat.

Jessie padded her plump figure over to Penelope’s armchair in the receiving area of the shelter where Pen’s desk sat, all worn mahogany and ornate scrolls. She liked to spend quiet evenings there doing paperwork while she allowed the animals to roam free around her. She’d speak to all of us in her lilting tone not knowing that we understood her perfectly.

And we wanted to respond, we really did. Unfortunately, we could only communicate with each other and had to use gestures and actions to try to get through to our mistress. Even though Penelope was a witch from a long line of ancient witches, her powers didn’t involve any kind of telepathy as some other's did.

As Jessie sank in to the overstuffed chair, a whooshing noise exploded throughout the room when the air escaped from the cushions under her ample girth. Too. Much. Pie.

About the Author:Colleen Charles is the pen name of Tami Stark, #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon. After 26 years in Corporate leadership at a Fortune 500, I discovered people within the organization lacked integrity. I'd always known deep in my soul that I was trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole since I'm the typical creative type. I miss my staff but I don't miss the corporate world. It's been said that the Universe will let you know if something isn't right for you. The first time, it will hit you with a pebble. Then a brick. Then a boulder. Let's just say that I got flattened. When my fifteen pound toy dog, Nigel, was threatened, I knew it was time to say goodbye.

It's sad but true.

Here's what I found within the first thirty days of being free. Writing stories from my heart that readers love means more to me than working myself in to an early grave for people who only care about their bottom line.

My heart has never been more full and my soul has never been more satisfied.

I've never worked so hard in my life but it doesn't even feel like work. It's worth it. All of it. Because it's about the joy that's found within the journey. The highs and the lows because I get to write stories for all of you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, enjoying and recommending the stories that I write. When you share my work with others, nothing is more rewarding. Your word of mouth is my very best friend ... that, and your reviews. There is nothing more important to me than all of you.

I love to hear from my readers and answer all communications personally.

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  1. Good Morning and thanks for the great giveaway

  2. Thanks for hosting Talisman today!

  3. It's been a wonderful tour, thanks for sharing all of the excerpts!

  4. This sounds like such a good story. Loved the excerpt.

  5. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!


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