Updates from an Author’s Life

Jackie was an early reader and supporter of my Darkly Series. It was so wonderful to see her at the signing.

Saturday turned out to be an impactful day for this indie author. I’m happy to report that sales at my book signing at In High Cotton were brisk. I love the opportunity to introduce new readers to my series and connect with past readers who already know and love the characters from previous books.

And if that weren’t enough to warm this author’s heart, I also had a review notice from Literary Titan hit my email box. I was pleased to discover that the reviewer had given The Fate of Wolves five stars. But it was what the reviewer wrote that stunned me. It also brought me to tears right there in the middle of my big day.

Here’s the passage that got the waterworks going:

The Fate of Wolves, by Tarrant Smith, is the second in The Legends of the Pale series. From cover to cover, Smith delivers insanely well-drawn characters and enough moments of levity to keep this paranormal romance moving along at a brisk pace. Never does Smith’s work lack. As the author bounces from one subplot to the next and back, she keeps readers on their toes and deeply involved with each of the main characters and their tragic lives.”

But that’s not all:

“I would be remiss if I didn’t address Smith’s opening lines. It’s not often that I rave about the beginning of a book, but in this case it’s a must. From the first sentence, Smith had me hooked.”

Wow. Just Wow. I know I’m not supposed to take any single review to heart. I actually try not to pay too much attention to my reviews because even a small flaw pointed out by a reader has the power to mess with my confidence as a writer. And honestly, reviews are for readers, not authors. They are subjective comments about a book that potential readers use while deciding whether to buy or invest there time.

But, this particular review might get a special place near my writing area just to remind myself that the hard work and effort to produce my best possible work is worth all the hours of writing, the self-doubt that no one will read it, and soul searching that goes into crafting what I hope will be the perfect story.

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In other news, I have one more book signing coming up. December 14th at the Madison Artist Guild will be my last signing of the year. So please, mark your calendars. Details can be found on my Events page.

Also, I hope to announce very soon that the Legends of the Pale books will be carried by the Southern Pen Bookshop in Monroe, Ga. I’m meeting with the owner this week to work out the details.

Lastly, I’d like to report that I am hard at work on book four in my Legends of the Pale series. I’ve nearly completed the first draft of The Souls of Witches. So as we all march toward the holidays, I can say with all certainty that I will have two completed unpublished books in my stocking this Christmas. That means The Dreams of Demons and The Souls of Witches will be released in 2020. You can view their covers on my book pages.

Read with confidence, my friends. There is so much more coming in this series.

Event Update

This past weekend my Writers Group participated in the Madison Chili Cook-Off with a vendor tent. It was the first-ever event that our group has done so expectations were mixed. Despite the clouds and chance of rain, I think we did well. Over the course of the day, we met new readers and sent information home with potential customers.

Some of the promotional posters for our books.
We have a very prolific group!

The authors in our group have always been genre-diverse. At this event, we were able to offer readers my seven paranormal romance books, a recently released contemporary romance by Crystal Jackson, a mystery by Marilyn Snow, a young adult series by Katherine E. Wibell that consisted of four books, a memoir by William Charles Connor, and history by Steven Huggins.

Steven getting in a little reading time!

The right writer’s group is an enormous asset to anyone who wishes to eventually publish. I’ve belonged to this group for approximately ten years and I credit them with pushing me beyond what I ever thought myself capable of achieving. It has truly been a wonderful experience.

My next appearance will be at Perk Avenue Coffee House on the 9th of November from 1 PM to 5 PM. I’ll be sharing the tables with Crystal and Steven. I hope to see you there!