A Free Dark Paranormal Romance: Vampire Cinderella Tale

Some readers love Dom. Some hate Dom. But when well-to-do politician vampire Dominic Blackmoore falls in love with poor Felicity Shaw, the woman hired to plan his marriage to another woman, his entire world gets turned upside down. Because it’s Felicity show draws him near like a moth to flame. It’s Felicity’s blood, her body, her small smile that drives him to the brink of insanity amid the most important time of his life–his run for presidency over the supernatural werewolf and vampire council. Felicity would never make it as a politician’s bride, but in the end he has to choose: love over power. Will he make the right one?

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Book 1, TAKE ME, is FREE ALWAYS. See if you like the smexy vampire series today!

Book 1 in the intoxicatingly rich world of the Blackmoore brothers – And it’s FREE!

‚ÄúT. A. Grey‚Äôs ‚ÄúTake Me‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒbook 1 in her new series ‚ÄúThe Untouchables‚ÄĒis a smartly crafted, highly erotic, and emotionally charged paranormal romance.¬† Grey deviates from her usual alternate-reality style in ‚ÄúTake Me‚ÄĚ to suck readers into a destructive love triangle/quadrangle in a tempting almost-reality world.¬† Grey‚Äôs primary male character is domineering, sexy, yet sometimes clueless‚Ķbasically a normal male.¬† Her primary female character is flawed, ambitious, and down-right normal.¬† Readers can identify with the characters‚Äô feelings of pain, love, lust, loss, betrayal, and pure determination to overcome any obstacle.¬† Although ‚ÄúTake Me‚ÄĚ was written for a paranormal genre, the overwhelming undercurrent of normalcy flowing through the world and themes draws the reader in and doesn‚Äôt let go.¬† Grey even created a villain so devious, so crazy, so sexy, so utterly broken that it is impossible to hate him.¬† Grey has worked hard to make this group of immortal bad boys anything but¬†Untouchable‚ĶYum!‚Ä̬† Copyright 2013 by Amber L. Barr¬†~Vampire and Immortal Books

“This girl knows how to write a flawed alpha male who steals your heart every time!! Dom and Felicity are truly opposite and met under the worst of circumstances, considering Dom is promised to another. But yet the sparks fly!! Neither one can resist each other and lies start piling up. Is there a chance for true love to win?”~Close Encounters of the Night Kind

“This novel was unforgettable, as many others stories from the great and talented T.A. Grey. I couldn’t put the book down and I was thrown into a storming new adventure filled with sexy alpha males and crazy kick-ass chicks!”¬†~Proserping Craving

“Dominic Blackmoore remember that name because believe me after reading this book you won’t forget it. I’m a big fan of T.A.Grey. I have read everything she has written so when I knew this book was coming out I couldn’t wait to read it. And it has Vampires and Weres my two favourite things well add a third thing to that as it also has loads of sex scenes. And Oh my giddy heart is this book Hot the sex scenes are raw and sexy and i loved every minute of it, I can feel a cold shower coming on. ;)”¬†~PassionateBooks.blogspot.com

“This was a nice set up for the new series that hopefully will follow. We met all of the delicious and intriguing Blackmoore brothers. The writer brilliantly teases with sneaky little hints at the brothers stories. Vas, the dark and tortured brother, and I’m thinking that I already know where he’s headed…and with which lady. Grayson promises to give me a story that will tug at my heart strings. Then there is Lucas…the wild and reckless rock star brother. His story has me intrigued already. I like this new world that T.A. Grey has created, and I’m sure to be visiting my favorite characters in each new book.¬†This exciting new series is sure to appeal to paranormal readers. It definitely got me on the hook and eagerly awaiting the next offering in the series. I highly recommend this book.”¬†~Night Owl Romance

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~TA

Another Hilarious Look at Jo MacKellen’s Book

A look at a scene between (human maid who doesn’t know lykaens exist) Becca and Jo Mac.


Jo’s watchful glare turned into a disapproving frown. “You’re going out with my cousin Kaity?”

“I think so,” she said. “And Hanna and Alicia, apparently.”

He grunted, clearly hating the idea. “They’re nothing but trouble makers.”

A snort escaped her, quickly followed by a laugh she couldn’t quite contain. His handsome, bearded face looked impossibly more fearsome as his brow pinched. “You think I’m lying?”

“Oh no. Not that. It’s just‚Ķlet’s see. How do I say this delicately?” She laughed again, unable to contain it. “It’s just that they are all grown adults, right?”

He leaned back so he could cross his huge arms across his chest. A low whistle almost escaped her as she watched the muscles flex in his magnificent arms.

“Adult or grown don’t make them mature.” She tossed her head back and cackled.

“I don’t see what’s so funny,” he announced after a moment.
When she calmed enough to look up at him, he looked less angry and more confused. That sent her into another fit of giggles.

“You are too cute,” she said. “So adorable. You’re like a big, overprotective bear.” The words plummeted from her lips like they’d been shoved off the gangplank on a pirate ship.¬†“Only bigger. You’re way bigger than a bear.”

Then, for some absolutely bizarre reason, she pinched his huge bicep muscle and said, “Eek!”.

They both froze.

Oh my God. I just did that. I just touched his arm and made a noise like a squeaky toy.

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THANKS Y’ALL

Hope you enjoy. This book has a lot of comedy in it, which is just what Jo needs. 

A Hilarious Peek at The MacKellen Alphas Book 3 – Jo’s Story

Just sharing a piece I’m working on for Jo MacKellen’s story. Heroine’s name is Becca. She’s a maid hired to clean up the dump that’s become depressed Jo’s house. And it’s freaking hilarious. Hope you enjoy the tidbit. Release date is TBD. Thank’s y’all!

“What do you say to dinner at Gino’s tonight? My treat.”

Gag.

Luckily Ben couldn’t see the horrified expression on her face being as she was currently balls-deep inside the oven.

“I’ve saved up enough allowance money from Grams…we could even splurge and share a soda.”

Double puke.

Normally she’d fumble around for a polite excuse, but today she had a real one. “Sorry, Ben, but I have another cleaning gig after this one.”

At Jo MacKellen’s place. The burly-bearded lumberjack of her dreams. Literally. She’d had another one last night. Only this one was so hot, she grew red in the face just thinking about.

This was so not the time or the place for sexual fantasies. The Rutamaker’s home was about as sexy as dentures or donating plasma.

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Getting back into the swing of things!

Today has been a good day. For those of you “not in the know”, I have been on a pregnancy-and-depression-fueled hiatus for about this entire year (that would be 2017, for those of you in the future…or past).

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My little chef!

First I was pregnant with my second child (see below), and then I had this toddler following me around, who people tell me I’m responsible for. I gotta make sure he eats, sleeps, and doesn’t kill himself. That’s about it. Not difficult, you might say. Well, let’s just agree to disagree on that.

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No, thanks sassy parental judgers

So, I have been CRAVING to write so bad for weeks now. It’s just itching at me. Here and there in between screaming babies and those rare moments of peace, I’ll quickly load my Pages app on my iPhone, open a blank page and write some of the scenes happening in my head. Or, when I have a good 45 minutes of time, I’m steadily building the characters for two of my upcoming stories. It may not be much, but…

It is only the beginning. 

The pages are churning around in my head like a propeller wheel. I’m ready to write my next book.

WHICH UPCOMING BOOK(s)?

Some of you are shouting from behind your computer screens.

Well, you’re going to have to wait some more. Because, I’m not telling! I’m going to keep it one big secret (for now). Although, the two books won’t be much of a surprise to anyone! I also don’t want to disappoint anyone in case the story I’m working on isn’t the one you want¬†right now.¬†

What I can reveal is that I have been churning on a vampire named Aiden from the Bellum Sisters and Jo MacKellen (whose stories is not as close to the surface for me; this one needs to simmer longer!) and, oh yeah, Kane and Tabitha have already begun their story (The Untouchables #5).

WRITING NEWS

I am currently trying to see about hiring a babysitter to sit my two babies for me for a few days a week. This would free up some excellent time for me to get back to work and have a novel completed within six months! I am so excited about this and will post more if, in fact, I do end up getting a sitter. Then, it’s back to writing! WOOHOO!

2017-07-23 23.25.44And this little SQUISHY gift from above is my beautiful Ellie. She smiles so much and let’s me know all that hard work was worth it!

Thanks for listening. I’ll be back in the next few weeks with my next upcoming sale on THE BELLUM SISTERS BUNDLE! Please stay tuned.

On writing and parenthood and change

What is it about writing that seems to make it different from other arts. Or, maybe, it’s not so different.¬†If a song writer goes even two weeks without putting words to the page, does the spirit or “muse” or whatever you would like to call it, begin to fade? That’s how it is with me and, judging from numerous interviews I’ve read with some very famous authors, that seems to be the case. You need to write every day to keep the words coming, or else they dry up and leave you and are difficult to find again.

I’ve found in my relatively few years writing novels that to go without writing, even for, say, two¬†weeks, will put quite a crimp in my ability to then re-start the engine and get going again when ¬†I finally do sit down to write.

It’s especially difficult to end a project, such as my recent work, Rogue Blood, and to begin a new one, Gio. Of course, I already have the opening and a few extra scenes for Gio written. This is actually worse! Now I have to re-read what I wrote, probably more than a month ago, and get back inside this book, this universe, these characters’ heads. Not such a simple task, I assure you.

Beginning a new book is always an exciting time. It means that you’ve completed a book, for one. It also means it’s time to start something new–very exciting! And yet, it’s always very slow going that entire first act. Always. I don’t know how to make the words start to fly away at my finger tips. I just don’t. Maybe I never will be able to. We shall see. Give me a few years, then I’ll have this post to look back on and compare.

And it’s not that my opening isn’t fast-paced and excellent. Open any of my books, namely Jace, The Loneliest Alpha, Rogue Blood, Take Me, The Fallen King, Ties That Bind, Tempting Gray, and so on, and you’ll find some amazing openers. After all, this is what makes a reader want to continue reading my book, so my beginnings are often explosive with emotion/humor/intrigue/violence, whatever it takes! And yet, still, writing the entire first act is this tentative runway walk on eggshells. Every single time.

I was supposed to get writing done Monday, but because of baby things and a job thing with my husband, I got zero out of my minimum daily requirement done. Tuesday was hardly any better. I wrote about 1,000 words. Yikes! I had to clean up and re-write the beginning of my book. It was like reading something almost alien to me, since I’d written those words at least a month ago. It’s like trying to fit back into a suit that you’re too fat for, trying to squeeze and push yourself in all the right places until you feel that certain “click”. The, ah-ha, moment of comfort comes, of relaxation.

“Now I know where I am.” I think I did finally find that point, but by then I’m starving and it’s dinner time, so I have to stop. I have a family to feed. Do I get to go back to writing after I eat? Nope. Not even close. Baby gets tired at 8. He needs me to put him to sleep and stay very close by. He’s very high-needs and demanding and colicky. That’s okay, no worries. We are dealing with it and things, generally, are better.

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So today I will (after writing this post) turn off my wi-fi (this is a great way to get writing done for all you new writers!), maximize Gio in my processor and get going. I always have a minimum daily word count. Thanks to Monday and Tuesday’s lackluster endeavors, I am now 5k in the hole¬†that I need to make up. 8k if you include what I need to write today. This is both intimidating and motivating. Mostly scary.

When you’re in the groove and the words are flying and the ideas and pace surging by swiftly, I can write a thousand words per thirty minutes. On average, due to distractions, I think I usually do closer to 1k / hour. Still not bad, but that means I’d need to write for 8 hours to get my goal done today. Not awful either, in fact, you can get a lot of work done writing for that period of time. However…with the baby that seems like a distant possibility. Perhaps I am simply being too negative, though?

Next week my husband begins a new job. No longer will he be working from home. My rock, my support, my help with baby will be gone for a significant period of time. Now I will have this somewhat¬†difficult baby to care for 8+ hours a day, five days a week on my own. Am I terrified? A wee bit. I want to be better. ¬†Really, I want to be perfect. It’s my competitive nature and need to do things “right”. I want to never lose my patience or temper with my baby. I want to always know what my baby needs or wants at any moment. I often think to myself “there’s no way other mothers from other parts of the world are dealing with a baby who¬†can’t fall asleep without motion!” I know they are out there, but it still feels very lonely and depressing. He’s my baby, I think, I should be able to handle him. But, what about the times when I can’t?

I will rely on my confidence, which is somewhere buried inside me, to take care of this baby and somehow find a way to work during the day. If I can at least complete¬†my goal word count of 3k (not even much by writing standards!) during the daytime while baby plays or naps, then I should be OK. That doesn’t include taking care of business necessities: emails, social media, whatever. So long as I can make a way to write every day with that baby, then things will be OK.

Even as I write this, I finally, after much screaming (perhaps by both of us), got this baby to fall asleep. He literally has one eye half open. Right now. Never quite falling asleep. Never completely relaxed while napping. Lord have mercy, I don’t¬†know why. Just go to sleep! I want to scream. It’s safe. It’s OK! I can tell him that until I’m blue in the face and still it won’t make a lick of difference. He’s going to do what he wants. Baby be as baby does. And he is so darned beautiful I just want to cry looking at him.

Motherhood. Parenthood. Rough and fulfilling and insane all at the same time.

Now I have to get back into this book and create some awesomeness.

p.s.

by time I finished writing this blog, baby is now staring at me wide awake. Two hours of difficulty and so much crying and screaming¬†for about thirty minutes of sleep. Oh my god. I’m going insane, aren’t I? I must be. I must be.

 

How I feel after a new book release

I don’t often write reflective posts. In fact, I don’t really blog at all, because site stats have proven long ago that no one is really listening. This is actually a good thing, because right now I want to discuss something (hold on as I pause here for a minute to try to find the right word)… troubling? No, troubling is not the right word. Maybe…unsatisfying.

There. That’s better. Unsatisfying.

Often times releasing a new book, something that I’ve worked months and months on, day after day, hour after hour, is a wholly unsatisfying experience. I can tell you what I hope to see happen after I release a book. Of course, this is what every author in the world wants to happen once they publish a book. They want to check their sales that first day and see a skyrocketed number. Anything over a thousand sales (for me) would be spectacular. But, you don’t see that. Maybe a few hundred over the course of the¬†day from all retailers is more accurate. How disappointing.

You feel panic. You feel…sad. No celebrating, please. I am trying not to cry. 8 months of hard work. So many re-writes, including more than 35,00 in a week during content edits where I basically had to ignore my baby for 8 hours a day. And what is it for? Some paltry sales. I begin to think of my rent for this house I don’t own and how I can’t afford it like this. I think of the electric bill which was almost $300 this month. We’ve shut off the a/c¬†and are thankful for cooler temperatures this past week.

Doubts creeps in. Well maybe the book isn’t that good. But, no, I think. It is really good. I know it. I can feel it. Just to prove my point, I’ve sent about a hundred copies of the¬†book to readers (something I’ve only done once before, long ago) and while losing all of those potential¬†sales, I did garner reviews. Reviews, I’ve heard, is a great way to sell a new release. When readers come to your new book release page and see that pretty green text with a glowing review on Amazon, readers will snatch up that book quickly; far more so than without that text or with poor reviews littering the page.

What if the sales aren’t coming in? What if reviews haven’t seemed to change a thing?

So, you think back to your advertising plan. After all, it’s not like you just hit “publish” and did nothing else whatsoever to promote your book. You made the first book in the series free and ran a week-long advertising plan using Facebook ads and numerous other advertising websites such as BargainBooksy (a great site!) to bring attention to this series. Well, I have had great success with this free book campaign. I’ve gotten nearly 7,000 free downloads of this book, which is remarkable considering I could not obtain a BookBub ad for this book. BookBub is considered the holy grail of book advertising, in case you don’t know. Interestingly¬†enough, I’ve been able to give away more copies of Take Me without a BookBub ad than with one. Perhaps I won’t try to rely on BB so much in the future.

Now, you may think: 7,000 free books – that’s incredible! It is. And it’s not. You have to remember how us e-reader folks work. We see a book on sale (or free in this case), and we snatch that book up. However, then we go to work and have dinner and hang out with our family and life goes on and in the meantime we snatch up other free/discounted books having long forgotten about T. A. Grey’s title. That free book never gets read.

I do this all the time. I have all kinds of free/discounted books I downloaded on my e-reader that have never even been open. Maybe one day I will get to them. But I doubt it.

All an author can hope for is that a tiny percentage of those 7,000¬†free¬†downloads¬†will¬†actually open and read the book, and that they will¬†like¬†it so much that they will purchase book 2. And many book 3. And maybe, finally, my new book. By that point, perhaps 1% of those 7,000 readers will go on to read book 4. I am not good at math, but that would be, what, 70 readers? 70 sales, potentially. ¬†8 months of work. Even longer since my previous book, which released last Halloween. Income is dropping steadily; little money coming in, and I may, if I’m lucky be able to pay rent for 1 month off this profit.

So, what can you do to let romance readers know that “Hey, y’all! I wrote a new book and I’m pretty darn sure y’all will like it if you give it a try! Try reading the first chapter or two! You don’t even have to buy it. Just¬†try it!”? Well… fact is, I don’t know. I’ve been self-publishing since 2011 when this whole she-bang started, and sometimes I feel savvy and in control and at other times I feel like I’m listlessly floating in a very large ocean.

That’s how I feel right now. Like I’m drowning.

There are no real answers. And all of my problems are the very same ones that thousands of authors, bestselling or not, have experienced and will continue to experience for years to come.

So, what I start to do next is ask questions: what’s wrong with the book, why can’t I gain attention to my brand, what can I do better, and so on and so forth.¬†I am a fixer. A problem solver. A strategist. So, I think about it. I’ve come up with some answers, not that I know if they are “correct” at all. Let’s have a look at them:

  1. No one is really reading paranormal books any more (unless they are bear or dragon related). Rogue Blood is a paranormal, therefore a lack of interest.
  2. Billionaires, bad boys, & office-contemporary romances are¬†all the rage right now. Although the Blackmoore family in this series are definitely billionaires (or at least disgustingly wealthy) and the setting is definitely contemporary, and maybe some of the heroes¬†could¬†be characterized as “bad boys” — few readers will touch this series or this book. Because it’s listed under the “paranormal” category.
  3. You could say: “Why, T. A., simply remove the book to a different category, to which I would say no. I will not lie or be deceitful. There are vampires and Were creatures in this book. And perhaps a touch of magic, too!” Paranormal is as paranormal does.
  4. Bosses. Erotic romances with an office setting¬†are all the rage. But what if I don’t have any of these kinds of books in my backlist? What if I don’t even have an¬†interest in writing these kinds of books?¬†What if I don’t¬†believe¬†in fad writing? Which means, I don’t like to write what everyone else is writing. I don’t like to jump on bandwagons. I never have. Then, that means I have to stew in my pile of shit and deal with it, doesn’t it? And I really shouldn’t complain.

That means I have to stew in my pile of shit and deal with it, doesn’t it? And I really shouldn’t complain.

Strangely, every time I have finished a book and I’m preparing to “launch” it, I always get the same jitters. I’m nervous about how readers will feel about it. I’m nervous about being able to sell any copies. I’m nervous that my book¬†will be hated. But now, more than ever, I’m just scared. I feel, at times, like it’s hopeless; that if I don’t write in one of these fads genres, which is so overly saturated, that I will never be able to pop my head above the water again. There is no lucky coin to flip that will make you sell XXX amount of copies in one day. So much of this business is luck or happenstance. I suppose I wish I had more of that mojo right now.

Of course, not everything is a complete downer. As I said before, I am a strategist. A planner. And I do have a plan to rectify my situation.

That plan is to finish writing my Bodyguards for Hire series. There is one book published in it right now: Jace. It’s a fun, sexy romp. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much as I did¬†while writing that book. That on-going series is also shorter in length at around 50,000 words, a far cry from the 100k, plus-length novels of The Untouchables series that few people are reading. Since I have a baby now, which has upturned my previous writing schedule, shorter novels are the way to go, I think. I will be able to finish them sooner.

I can’t be writing one book a year. Even two a year is dismal.

So, what’s my plan? To pimp and write some more¬†hilarious contemporary romances in the Bodyguards for Hire series. Gio (book 2) is set to release November 7th. If I can get it out earlier, I’ll do that. But I am trying to allow plenty of time for editing. Next up after that is Mac (book 3). I would¬†love¬†to have Mac¬†out in December. Time will tell if I’m delusional about how much I can accomplish this year.

I am hoping to see an uptick in sales because of this series. Hopefully, more so than I’ve seen with Rogue Blood. I will very likely go on to write book 4 and book 5 of that series. I am thinking of some sexy twin Russian bodyguards who come to Miami for work. ūüėČ It will be great.

Will this solve my problems? I don’t know. All I can do is try.

 

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Once a vibrant woman, Alison Bennson suffered a terrible trauma at the hands of her ex. When her ex crashes back into her life with terrifying consequences, Alison must turn to the Kategans for help. Rome Kategan has been a haunting thought in her mind ever since she met the grinning rogue. If only she was the woman she used to be she could relax and enjoy the sexy male, but instead she is haunted by the past and fearful for the future.

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