Rave Reviews for the Darkly Series!

Kept Darkly, Surrendered Darkly, and now Resurrected Darkly have all received five stars from Readers’ Favorite.

“For readers hunting for romances with strong leads and intense emotions, the Darkly Series is a great reading choice. I really enjoyed author Tarrant Smith’s character-building techniques and vivid descriptions, laying the thoughts and feelings out alongside almost cinematic moments of action to bring Sel and Riona to life.” -for Kept Darkly

“Something which I really admire about the Darkly Series is the strength and realism of the world in which it is built, connecting characters and concepts from other books, whilst at the same time delivering the same high-quality hot romance novel for its readers every time.” -for Surrendered Darkly

“Having read several works in the Darkly Series recently, I think I enjoyed Resurrected Darkly most of all because of the deep, dark nature of its hero, Crank. His emotional and psychological journey back to life really enhances the romantic plot of the novel, elevating its intimate scenes beyond the physical, and into the powerful capacity that such intimacy has to remind people of the gift of life itself.” – for Resurrected Darkly

Start the Darkly journey with Enchanted Darkly and Bound Darkly. All the Darkly books can be purchased on Amazon

New Review! Kept Darkly

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Kept Darkly is a work of paranormal romance fiction penned by author Tarrant Smith, and is the third book in the Darkly Series. In this return to the world of the stringent laws of Fey society, we meet the Seelie Queen, a unique seer, as she puts into action a political match which she thinks will benefit her nation as a whole. The queen intends to match her champion Sel to Riona, the bastard princess of the Unseelie King Melwas, but two problems stand in her way. Sel is very much loyal and in love with his queen, and Riona is a feisty, powerful Unseelie female who is sick of being used as a pawn in other people’s games.

For readers hunting for romances with strong leads and intense emotions, the Darkly Series is a great reading choice. I really enjoyed author Tarrant Smith’s character-building techniques and vivid descriptions, laying the thoughts and feelings out alongside almost cinematic moments of action to bring Sel and Riona to life. There is a wider, more complex story at work in the court and the kingdoms in general. However, the plot is constructed so that it does not overload with information but gives readers plenty of help to understand the wider implications of what’s going on around them. The central romance is unpredictable, steamy and very satisfying to read, and there was also a flirty, fun bonus story with more thrills for romance fans. Overall, Kept Darkly is a well-written addition to a deep and complex series

Interview: Tarrant Smith

From: Awesomegang.com

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I graduated from Queens College in North Carolina with a degree in English literature. I currently live near the beautiful town of Madison, Georgia with my husband, son, dogs, and the odd assortment of stray cats. As a kitchen witch, I have always sought out and nurtured the magick that can be found in the mundane trappings of everyday life.

My outlook is decidedly romantic, hence my chosen genre. The Darkly Series and my new Legends of the Pale Series follows unlikely couples as they struggle against themselves and outside forces to find lasting love. Enchanted Darkly, was the first book in the Darkly Series and published in 2010. Little did I know that this one book would inspire an entire series based on Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend. The Darkly Series books are closely tied to one another and are best read in order: Enchanted, Bound, Kept, and Surrendered Darkly. Resurrected Darkly is the final offering and becomes available May 1, 2019 on Kindle.

Unlike the Darkly Series, the Legends of the Pale Series was designed to appeal to a broader array of readers. These books also fall into the genre of paranormal romance, but they are not tied as tightly together as my previous series. Ideally a reader should be able to read this books out of sequence and never feel as if they’ve missed anything. The Kindle edition of The Love of Gods will be released May 1, 2019.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Love of Gods is my latest book and is the jumping off point for the new Legends of the Pale Series. My goal was to tackle the same type of paranormal world but this time with a modern feel to it. It just made me laugh to imagine an ancient god using a cell phone and navigating an increasingly connected world with all it’s technological pitfalls. I also wanted readers to have the freedom of reading the books out of order without feeling as if they’d missed a huge piece of the series cannon.

The Pale itself was inspired by the idea that there are entire communities that live separate but alongside what most of us consider to be modern/normal society. Mundane examples of such groups would be the Amish, the Tinkers, gypsies, some small witch groups, some religious sects, and so on. Each of these examples are radically different from each other and yet they have their own set of rules by which they live and govern their lives and communities. What if groups like these were more than human? What if there were self-governing communities that lived on the fringes of modern society that were other; such as shifters, demi-gods, demons, werewolves, and earthbound ancient gods? This is not a new concept but I believe my personal spin on it has created an interesting universe for me to play in as an author.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Though I don’t think of any of my habits as unusual, though someone might. As part of my writing life, I workout and weight lift because many of my characters are fighters and I want to personally experience that sort of physicality. I am also able to write anywhere and often do for hours at a time; coffee shops, the library, the sofa or in bed. I tend to wear a pair of big and fuzzy, wolf-feet slippers when I’m writing at home. My husband bought them for me while I was finishing up The Love of Gods and they make me smile. Also around that time, I had written about half of The fate of Wolves so they were appropriate footwear for crafting a story about werewolves. I have coffee every morning before I start writing and a glass of wine in the evening when I’m done.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
There have been many, but as to the style, Karen Moning and Christine Feehan are the two biggest influences. I just love their multiple series and their ability to create vivid characters.

What are you working on now?
I am currently handing over the second book in the Pale Series, The Fate of Wolves to my editor, while also finishing up the first draft of the third book, The Dreams of Demons. I’ve started the fourth in this series, The Souls of Witches, and periodically jumping between book three and four if I find myself stuck with a scene.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
In 2010 I would have said without hesitation that Goodreads did the best job of getting the word out about my books, but now I’m not so sure. Of course I keep a presence there, but it is a crowded field nine years later. Facebook and Twitter help, but my best vehicle for getting my books looked at is my own author’s website and Amazon itself. Their promotions and ads are very effective.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write a well crafted story and have it professionally edited. These are the two steps you as a writer have the most control over and it will set you apart from the masses.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just write the damn story. Too many times our internal-critic sabotages our progress. That voice slows the act of writing down and it makes us second guess ourselves as storytellers. If you take the time to fully flesh-out your characters they will tell you their own story. Your job is to let them tell it. Let them express their fears and their hopes. Take the journey with them without trying to control every action, every decision.

What are you reading now?
I have a friend, Katharine Wibell, who wrote the Incarn Saga and I am currently reading Ullr’s Fangs, book two of this young adult series.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Pride and Prejudiced, The Mists of Avalon, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron.

The Poster

The long awaited poster (24×36) is coming soon. While I was designing it, my husband glanced over my shoulder to see what I was working on. After a thoughtful moment, he said, “Why not do this… and move that.”

I glared at him. After working on it for an hour I asked as sarcastically as a wife could, “What else would you have me change?”

He said, “Move over.”

So I did, only grumbling a little bit. But I have to admit, his design was much better than mine. –Love that man.

Review: Readers’ Favorite, The Love of Gods

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

The Love of Gods is a dramatic work of romantic paranormal fiction penned by author Tarrant Smith and is part of The Legends of Pale Series. In a world where gods come down to earth and interact with humans on a regular basis, our central hero is Lugos, who prefers the company of the common man to any of his godly kin. Lugos is a man of many names, but when he poses as Lugh Grant, he falls for bartender Keely. Lugos tries in vain to protect her from the repercussions of loving a god, but when the leader of the Pale, Rhiannon, asks him to aid her, it leads to a lot more pain and heartache than Lugos could anticipate.

There’s a complex cast of characters to get to know as the novel progresses, along with the system of the gods, the Pale, and how they relate to one another after centuries of relationships, betrayals and aiding one another. Author Tarrant Smith has built fantastic lore here which is well worth engaging with but does take time to separate from the main love story. Lugh and Keely make a great combination for their epic love story, and I particularly enjoyed Keely’s realistic dialogue and reactions to the situations she’s put in. Lugos is a chiseled and brooding hero which romance fans are sure to love, and mischievous other gods who get in his way are also delightful to read about. Overall, The Love of Gods is a romantic work sure to please fans of interpersonal drama and epic love stories.

The Darkly Series is now complete!

With the release of Resurrected Darkly, the series is complete and the whole story that started with Jen and Steven’s affair and their role in the return of the absent King can be known. All the Darkly books can be purchased thru Amazon in both paperbacks and e-book formats.

If you have enjoyed this series and the Darkly characters, please share your enthusiasm in the form of a review on Amazon or Goodreads.com.

The Love of Gods

The Legends of the Pale, Book 1

I’m happy to announce that I have released the first book of a new series. Unlike my Darkly series, this new world of the Pale is much broader in scope which as an author I adore. Within the supernatural community of the Pale exists the ancient gods, along with the scheming witches, the power-struggling shifters, the temperamental dragonkin, the elusive but decidedly dangerous fae, the deeply misunderstood demon clans, and the occasional pissed off demi-god.

The Love of Gods (kindle edition) is scheduled to be released in May 2019 but the paperback edition is available now on Amazon.

The Love of Gods back cover:

Lugos had given his word back when the world was still young, before he’d endured the wrenching pain of her soul being torn from his. Lifetime after lifetime she’d returned when he’d needed her most, when the apathy of his kind had eaten away at his resolve and his heartfelt vow seemed pointless. One would think he’d be able to protect a single mortal, after all, he was a god but two long centuries had passed since he’d held her… since he’d been whole. Now, she was back and Lugos had a decision to make; claim the only woman he’d ever loved or deny his soul’s deepest craving and grant Keely a chance at a peaceful life without the dangers that populated his world.

For five years, Lugos had chosen the latter with the hope that the fates might overlook them this time. That was still the plan when the goddess Rhiannon called seeking his help.

Lugos should have known better.