Places to find me on the web…

August 11th, 2016

Besides here on website and my blog here are some other places to find me on the web. :)

Facebook Page

Twitter @taliacarmichael

Talia Carmichael Book Nook is my facebook group.

Join Talia Carmichael News to get info on my new releases, updates, appearances, press releases, reviews, contests and much more.

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#TeaserTuesday ~ Possibilities

August 2nd, 2016

For today’s #TeaserTuesday here’s a peek of what I’m currently working. I’m self-editing Possibilities (Something in Common, Book # 8) as I get it ready for submission. This is an unedited sneak peek.

Possibilities
By Talia Carmichael
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Something in Common – Book 8

“You really need to stop staring.” Kenton muttered unable to look away at the same man he had met yesterday.

The man was sitting on the same bench they had had their conversation on and he wondered if he was waiting for him. Don’t be stupid. He’d just here for lunch.

The same time as yesterday. His inner voice that sounded a lot like Harper said.

Yes. Maybe he comes here every day this time. He argued.

And you who comes here whenever you are working for lunch has never seen him. Hmmm.. I wonder why you decided to bring some extra lunch today? His inner Harper retorted.

Kenton didn’t have a reply to that and he tightened his hand on the bag he held. It had lunch for him and the man from yesterday. Yeah it was silly that he had packed it hoping to see him. But now that he was here Kenton wasn’t sure what to do.

I’m being a dweeb. He probably doesn’t even remember me.

The man glanced to his left and Kenton saw when he noticed him. Until that moment he hadn’t ever had anyone look a him like that from just seeing him. The face that had filled his fantasies last night filled with desire and happiness. Kenton blew out a breath and held in his inner geek who wanted to burst into a dance. Yeah the man was there waiting for him. He too was hoping to see Kenton again. The man rose and Kenton lifted his empty hand and couldn’t help the smile that he knew was goofy from spreading across his face.

Copyright © Talia Carmichael, 2016.
All Rights Reserved.

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Talia’s Office Space ~ Updating the Office

August 1st, 2016

talcofficeFor the post about what Talia’s Office Space is about read post here.

Over a month a ago I decided to share my sanctuary, get away place or as my friends and family call it “don’t dare bother Talia or she will bite your head off or make you listen to her read a sex scene really loudly in punishment” place. But as I looked around my office I was inspired to do something new with it. : ) So you’ll not only get to see some of my office as it is now but also as I add new things to it and give it an update. And no I deny that this is my way of going to that bright, shiny place that gets my heart racing — office supply stores and anything with gadgets. Nope that isn’t it at all. :)

This weekend I went out looking for something’s for my office and I was in office supply heaven. Lookie at all the pretties. How was I to choose? Hmmmm…this updating is going to be fun. Yay!

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Talia’s Kitchen ~ Sultry Strawberry Tea

July 31st, 2016

talctazosultrystrawberryLove cooking and will be bringing you into my adventures in my kitchen. The kitchen when I was growing up was the heart of my family’s home. I have so many memories of sitting at the table watching my mom cooking as I talked to her what was going on with my life, doing homework or my favorite learning to cook alongside her. So when I step into my kitchen it brings back lovely memories of time spent with family cooking, laughing and making memories. :) Whenever I’m in the kitchen I make new memories. Come and join me as I share with you what I’ve been cooking this week.

I love tea. All kinds’ types and flavors. I’m always on a search for different teas to try. Well today I started the day with a wonderful conversation with Kris Jacen and a cup tea. Kris had coffee and I had tea. We had a fabulous time chatting and drinking our hot beverage of choice. The tea pictured is new to me and it is so good. I’ll admit that I haven’t tried much flavored teas that I liked. Loved this one. I’ve found some other teas I will be trying and can’t wait.

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Back again…

July 31st, 2016

A few months ago I mentioned I was back after slipping on some ice and hurt my leg well… I reinjured the same leg not long after I came back from the convention I went to in April. Loads of pain and had to get it rechecked then back to treatment for it. For the last few months I’ve been in physical therapy. So between treatment for my leg and the day job I’ve been really tired. :(

The awesome news I’m so much better now. :)  Been busy over the last few days going over what I’ll be working on to get ready for submission to my publishers. And figuring out which new book I’ll be working on. :)

So excited to be back. :)

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Talia Carmichael Book Nook…

July 31st, 2016

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This is posted on a monthly basis.

I have a group on facebook. Talia Carmichael Book Nook is my corner of the web and I want you to share it with me. I will be posting sneak peeks, we’ll have fun and create some mayhem. It’s a place for us to sit back, relax and have some fun…well also teasing. Ummm…I’ve been told by some I like to tease…Okay I admit I do. There will definitely be teasing. That’s the perk for myself and you can tease too. :) So come on in and join in the fun…and teasing!

facebook.com/groups/TaliaCarmichaelBookNook

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Kris’ Korner ~ I’m feeling hot…Hot…HOT!

July 26th, 2016

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What? I am. It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and temps are a bit steamy…not Savannah steamy but quite hot for my part of the woods. Yes, I know my friends from Down Under are ready to smack me about now and everyone is wondering how my weather connects to writing.

Have you figured it out? Okay, I’ll be a bit more specific. A question that I’ve been asked and I’m sure most other editors (and publishers) have been asked during 99% of all interviews they’ve done relates to the weather. The question is “what do you see as the hot trend coming up?” I absolutely HATE this question.

Predicting this trend is like predicting the weather – I can make a guesstimate based on my experience and knowledge but it’s not a 100% guarantee that I’m going to be correct. If I was…whooo boy, I’d have all my authors writing those stories so we could all make bundles of money. But it’s not that simple, just like meteorology.

You see, when authors force themselves to write “what’s hot” if it’s not their forte? It shows. For example, a year or two ago there was that unbelievably popular series of books that thousands and thousands of readers went berserk over. I won’t name the series but I KNOW that there were hundreds and hundreds of people that live a certain lifestyle that were screaming about the series for vastly different reasons (ummm, Safe, Sane and Consensual anyone?). All of a sudden there was a mad dash for everyone to write a BDSM story. The problem with this (and with that popular series?) is that most didn’t understand what they were writing about so they got details and scenarios and facts completely wrong. The stories were forced and it showed in the details and the words.

So my advice when you’re looking to figure out “what’s hot” and take advantage of that? Don’t. Write what’s in your heart, your soul, your muse. Not everyone is cut out to write BDSM or military espionage or doctors or lawyers or vampires or…you get the picture. Find the stories that YOU are meant to tell and then tell them the best YOU can. Why? Because then you are going to connect with readers.

And hey, what says that by doing that you won’t start the next HOT trend?

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KJacen_2015_headshot_smKris Jacen is the Executive Editor and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints. She was invited to join the MLR staff in 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.

Kris can be found on Twitter at @KrisJacen or facebook.

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Places to find me on the web…

July 14th, 2016

Besides here on website and my blog here are some other places to find me on the web. :)

Facebook Page

Twitter @taliacarmichael

Talia Carmichael Book Nook is my facebook group.

Join Talia Carmichael News to get info on my new releases, updates, appearances, press releases, reviews, contests and much more.

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Ralston’s Way – Sneak Peek Excerpt

July 13th, 2016

Here is a sneak peek excerpt of a book from my backlist. Enjoy.

Ralston’s Way
By: Talia Carmichael
Total E Bound
Available Now
Total E Bound
ISBN: 978-0-85715-629-7
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Prentiss – Book 1
Format: E-Book
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“There’s a big truck in my yard that I wasn’t told about,” Morgan said mildly.

The narrowing of Blayne’s eyes let him know that he had heard the underlying rebuke. Blayne crossed his arms over his chest.

“If you would meet with me, as I have been asking you to do, you would know,” Blayne replied in the same mild tone.

“Tell me now.” Morgan refused to feel guilty.

“It’s the new computers for our system upgrade. They’re for in here, in the barns, and other places. Also for the breeding area,” Blayne replied.

Morgan nodded. He remembered Gibson saying something about Blayne upgrading their systems, and linking the computers that needed it to interface with the breeding operation. However, Morgan hadn’t known it would involve new computers. Blayne was shuffling papers on the desk.

“I need some place to put the equipment until I can get it all installed.”

“They’re not going to install it?”

Blayne glanced up and gave him a dirty look. “Like I would let them do that.” He went back to what he was doing.

“Fine. Put them in my office.”

Blayne paused, looking at him again. “Are you sure?”

“Go ahead. Shouldn’t be that bad,” Morgan said.

“Fine. I’m going to be swapping out the old systems for the new ones over the next few days.” Blayne picked up some papers and strode around the desk.

Morgan started after his retreating figure. Blayne paused in the office doorway.

“Is there anything else?” His tone was blatantly insolent.

“No.” Morgan bared his teeth.

Blayne leaned against the open doorway and studied him. After a few moments, he asked, “Is there a reason you’ve been avoiding me?”

Morgan stiffened. “I haven’t. I’ve been busy running my ranch.”

“Yeah, that’s what you’ve been doing. Keep telling yourself that.” Blayne made a flipping motion with his hand.

He turned and walked away. Morgan gritted his teeth. He wouldn’t admit it out loud, but Blayne’s words were very true. Gibson had filled him in on some of the things they had planned for the office, but had told him that he and Blayne needed to discuss some things. Morgan had waved it off, stating that he was too busy. Blayne could do what he wanted. He had ignored Gibson’s look and gone back to work. Blayne had been trying to get to talk to him for days, and he had been avoiding it. Morgan strode back outside. He glanced at Blayne, who was standing by the truck with the driver. Blayne glanced up, then away. A woof made him look down.

“Traitor,” he said to Dwayne.

Dwayne woofed again. Morgan patted his head. Dwayne ran to Blayne. Morgan frowned, then went to the barn. Drake waited for him by the door.

“Sure is a big truck,” Drake said.

“It’s computers. He’s upgrading them. He’s replacing the ones in various barns and places. He’ll probably need to get into your house to do the one in your office. He’s creating some sort of program to link them all.” Morgan frowned. ”He mentioned other places, too.”

“What other places?” Drake asked.

Morgan stared at him. Drake gave him a funny look.

“Morgan, you don’t know.”

Morgan pushed him out of his way. He ignored Drake’s bark of laughter.

Copyright © Talia Carmichael, 2011.
All Rights Reserved.

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Kris’ Korner ~ Tsssss… Feel the Burn!

July 12th, 2016

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No, I’m not encouraging you to work out (although it’s not bad to take care of your body so your mind is free). But I am encouraging you to brand yourself. Now, I’m betting you’re thinking “she wants me to pick a niche and only write that”. You’d be wrong. I’m more focused on helping you “brand” yourself so readers/publishers/editors/other authors can find you.

What exactly do I mean? Here’s an example that I think most can relate to. It’s JOB SEARCH time. Yup, you’ve graduated from college and it’s time to find THE JOB for you. You spend all this time learning and you’re now eager to share all this knowledge. You glue yourself to your computer for hours on end looking over all the possibilities and then… you find it! It’s your perfect job. You tweak and tweak your resume and it’s perfect; you’re guaranteed to get this job based on your resume; and you hit send. Now the wait begins. You wait and wait and wait and never hear from them. What could possibly gone wrong?

Oh wait, did you forget to “brand” yourself? In all that tweaking, did you take the time to put your name and contact information on the resume? You did? Was your email something professional? Like maybe your first initial and last name at wherever? Or did you use the email address you’ve had since high school – pookie213@imanidiot.com?

Think about it. You’d want to show your best to a possible employer why not do that for your writing career? When you’re starting out, and your picking your pen name (or you already have one), here are my suggestions:

• Pick something that is relatively easy to spell pronounce. Just like when you’re naming your children or characters, it’s harder for people to communicate with them if they’ve got a difficult name so why inflict that on your readership?

• Make it something that you’ll respond to. Eventually you will end up at a professional conference (RWA/RT/GRL/BEA/ALA/EPIC/etc.) and people will be using this name. It would be a shame if you’re walking across the lobby of the hotel and a reader is trying to get your attention and you just walk on by because you don’t realize they’re calling your name. You’ve probably just lost at least ten readers from that – why? The reader thinks you’re a snob and tells all their friends not to buy your books.
Establish accounts in that name.

•Email/Facebook/Twitter/website/whatever else. Make it easy on those that need to contact you to be able to. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent trying to find the correct email address for an author to send them information (whether it’s their letter, galley, edits, etc.). AND don’t forget to have that email address on not only your manuscripts but your website and your social media accounts. Make it easy for readers to reach you and tell you how much they loved your book.

Once you’ve taken this all into consideration, have fun picking a name and then go forward. Eventually, you’ll need to think about things like a logo, your website design, promotional items and a slew of other things but there are professionals out there that can help you with that.

Now – pick your name, write that wonderful story inside you, remember to put your real name, pen name and email address on the manuscript and FOLLOWING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES, submit that puppy.

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KJacen_2015_headshot_smKris Jacen is the Executive Editor and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints. She was invited to join the MLR staff in 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.

Kris can be found on Twitter at @KrisJacen or facebook.

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