Today I’m hosting Colleen Charles and her sweet paranormal romance Talisman. Colleen is giving away a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card, so make sure to comment, check out the other stops on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Colleen is also here today to talk about her novel’s central character–Talisman the cat!
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Talisman the Cat
by Colleen Charles
I’ve been blessed to be owned by two purebred Ragdoll cats named Bingham and Finley. They can be arrogant, demanding and fussy but they’re also loving, creative and hilarious. Because of their antics, I was inspired to write my #1 Paranormal Romantic Comedy, Fur Magic, starting with Book 1 – Talisman. The narrator is based on my cat, Bingham.
Really, all I have to do is observe him for a few minutes and the dialogue just comes to me. If he could talk, I’m sure I’d be shocked by his articulation of his wisecracking, feline sense of humor, directed at me and the annoying dogs. He probably resents their mere existence.
I’ve been an animal lover my entire life so my writing just naturally evolved to include pets and their unique voices. The banter between Talisman and Sage is some good comic relief. Of the many books I’ve written, this one is truly my favorite because it’s really me on the page. When it hit #1 in romance short reads and stayed there for almost 30 days, I cried. I’m so proud of this book and I call it the little book that could.
The other great thing about Talisman is that it’s clean. My mom, my grandma and my godson could all read it without the censure and the blushing J.
From the bottom of my heart, I hope reading Talisman helps to brighten your day with a little feline humor!
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Just 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.
And I’m going to fix this.
I trotted around the house as fast as I could and rang the doorbell before I realized I had forgotten an extremely important fact. The most important fact of all. When one morphs in to human form and they aren’t wearing any clothes, then they aren’t wearing any clothes. That’s right folks. Standing buck naked at the front door with Penelope three feet from swinging the door open and Amelia hot on her heels. I was just going to have to go with it. Just as Penelope flipped the dead bolt, I noticed the American flag flying proudly on the front porch.
George Washington and all our founding fathers, please forgive a desperate cat for what he’s about to do.
I ripped the flag down and off its wooden pole just in time to wrap it around my waste so Penelope wouldn’t see my, er … assets. I’d seen them before and they were spectacular. Poor Dr. Luke couldn’t possibly be as well-endowed as I was. It had to be at least five inches.
“Ami,” she said as she swung the door wide. “There’s a present on the doorstep and it’s not even Christmas.”
Ami skidded up behind her and then peered at me through the space between Pen’s arm and rib cage.
“Hmm …,” she said as her brown eyes got as wide as saucers. “It’s a great present and its wrapping is so unique, so … patriotic.”
Pen motioned for me to step over the threshold and in to the foyer as she spoke, “I think it’s time I know your name, mystery man. Also, what do you want with me and why do you keep appearing at the strangest times. Almost like you know when I need you.”
Shoot. I didn’t have an answer to that question. Because, I didn’t have an answer to anything. I blew by both of them, not only because I didn’t have the gift of speech to make small talk but because I was on a time constraint. I’d already wasted five minutes getting clad in my USA team gear and using the front door.
As I trotted in to the living room and picked up the book of love spells, I hitched the flag up around my flanks and made sure it was secure. I didn’t want to flash them a glimpse of my perfectly round behind. That view would ruin Penelope for anyone else.
I opened the book and slapped it down on the engraved coffee table. The one that Pen adored because it had been handed down for generations. Her grandma had just presented it to her for her twenty-fifth birthday. As I shuffled through the pages to find the one I wanted, the one at the beginning, Ami reached me and peered around me.
I pointed, hard until my finger was white from the effort of pressing against the page. She read it over a few times and then looked at me in confusion.
“Hot guy,” she said. “I have no idea what you’re trying to tell me.”
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.
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Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.