Book Two of Lawless Is on Its Way!

Hey friends!

Can you believe it’s been more than two months since Lawless was published? It feels like December and January flew by — probably because I’ve been hard at work on book two AND deep in the excitement of my first Colorado winter. (If you just want an update on the book, feel free to skip ahead to the end of this post.)

A Little Life Update

So far 2017 has been anything but uneventful. I’m getting my first season of snowboarding under my belt — falling lots — and learning to play the ukulele. I bought myself one as a Lawless-Is-Published present to myself, and it’s brought me lots of joy. I’ve always been a crappy meditator, but playing my uke really calms me down.

I firmly believe that part of being a writer — or being human, for that matter — is filling your life with lots of new experiences. The places I go and the things I do often find their way into my books. In fact, there’s a character in book two who plays the ukulele.

Best friends Luna & Oliver
Best friends Luna & Oliver

I’ve also been grieving the loss of my beloved kitty, Oliver, who was hit by a car in our neighborhood. Oliver was my first inside/outside cat because he spent the first few months of his life outdoors and craved adventure and excitement. It was a beautiful Colorado day when he died, and although I don’t regret the freedom he had, he’ll be my last outside cat as long as we live in the city.

Just last week, we decided to add a new furry friend to our family. We adopted a beautiful, energetic 6-month-old cat named Jasper. He is freakishly similar to Oliver in looks and behavior, only Luna, our dog, is a little terrified of him. We think she believes him to be a spy disguised as Oliver and is trying to warn us. Still I’m confident that they’ll become buddies with a little time.

Jasper surveying his new home from the cat tree.
Jasper surveying his new home from the cat tree.

And yes, I’ve been writing…

It’s a very writerly thing to ramble on and on about my cats, but I know you guys really care about where I’m at with Lawless, book two. Many of you have already been in touch to tell me you enjoyed the first book and are ready for the next one.

Well, I’m happy to report that I have finished the first draft and will complete my initial round of edits this week! Book two is shaping up quite nicely. It’s full of adventure, awesome new characters, and much more information on the world in which the book takes place. I know I left you with a DOOZY of a cliffhanger, but I promise the payoff will be extraordinary.

I do have a confession to make: I’m not sure if three books will be enough to tell this story. As some of you might know, I try to plan out a series in its entirety before I start writing, but book two took a big departure from my original outline. Sometimes that just happens during the creative process, but it was definitely unexpected. I don’t know yet how many books will be in the series, but I’ll have a much better idea once I’m done with book two. In any case, I hope you’ll stick with me for the entire adventure. It’s gonna be a good one.

If you read Lawless, please head over to Amazon and Goodreads and leave a review. Reviews really help me out when I’m pitching the book to audio companies and when readers are looking for new authors to try. Plus, I really appreciate them.

Happy reading! Talk soon.

Lawless Is Now Available!

Hey everyone!

I’m back in the Springs after a nice long Thanksgiving, and I’m very excited to announce that Lawless is finally here!

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This book has been a long time in the making, and I’ve spent countless hours crafting an addictive series that I know you’re going to enjoy. It’s got action, romance, intrigue, and an ending that’s sure to blow your mind. If you liked The Fringe, you’ll LOVE Lawless.

You can pick up your digital copy TODAY wherever books are sold. And to reward those who buy the book within the first 48 hours, I’ve created a special fan portal that you’ll only be able to access with an early edition of the book.

Here’s how it works: Click on one of the links below to find the book in your favorite store, and download your copy before midnight on Friday.

In the back of the book, you’ll find a link and a password to access the Lawless Fan Portal, where you’ll find never-before-seen character mugshots, a complete history of San Judas, the characters’ prison reading lists, and my personal inspiration scrapbook! You’ll be able to peruse the portal at your leisure, but ONLY if you get an early edition of the book with the fan extras.

So what are you waiting for? Go get your copy of Lawless right now, and let me know what you think!

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Happy reading,

Tarah

Lawless Is Coming Nov. 30!

Hey friends,

It’s been a long time since my last post. I’ve neglected the blog and the Reader Army newsletter because I’ve been pretty damn busy.

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15042088_10211346801526180_4512962694236490458_oThis summer I bought a 107-year-old house and moved from Missouri to Colorado Springs. Living in the city has been a big adjustment for me, but I’ve found the time to get out in the mountains with my boyfriend and my sweet puppy, Luna.

As many of you know, I’ve also been busy crafting a brand-new dystopian series that I KNOW you’re going to love. The first book is called Lawless, and it’s got all the action, romance, and intrigue of The Fringe. If you liked that series, you’ll LOVE Lawless.

The digital version will be out November 30th wherever books are sold, and I’m offering some very special perks to those who buy the book within the first 48 hours. (For more details, make sure you join my Reader Army mailing list.) Let’s just say, it’s gonna be awesome.

Here’s a little about the book:

When Lark was sentenced to twenty-five years behind bars, she thought San Judas was her lucky break. The primitive 16,000-acre community in rural New Mexico isn’t like any other prison. There are no cells, there is no warden, and Mother Mercy is the law.

She didn’t realize she’d be fighting for survival on a daily basis — battling hunger, violent inmates, and Mother Mercy’s iron fist. Lark’s only friend is Bernie — an off-the-rails environmental activist doing time for arson — and a mysterious stranger who’s been sending her illicit messages from the men’s colony.

Lark never thought escaping San Judas was possible until a message in a bottle changes everything: The guards outside the walls are disappearing, and the world as they know it is coming to an end.

Sound interesting? You can read the first chapter here.

Annihilation Is Now Available!

Hey friends,

Today’s the day! I’m thrilled to announce that Annihilation — book five of The Fringe — is now available for download wherever books are sold!

AnnihilationBook five picks up right where Lockdown left off. Eli and Harper have fled the compound. Owen has been captured, Sawyer is infected, and Celdon is facing a crisis of conscience. The battle with the drifters will come to a head, and all your questions will be answered!

Annihilation is packed with action, adventure, romance, and, of course, heartbreak. Best of all, if you buy within the first 24 hours, you’ll receive the Fringe Superfan Edition!

What is the Fringe Superfan Edition, you ask? This special edition is the same captivating finale you’ve been waiting for, but the back of the book contains a link and a secret password to access a Fringe fan portal packed with extras. If you buy the book TODAY, you’ll get to read my casting notes, never-before-seen character histories, a deleted scene, and more! At midnight EST, the Fringe Superfan Edition will disappear, so don’t wait!

Come on…You know you want the extras. So what are you waiting for? You can download Annihilation NOW wherever books are sold:

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Read the First Chapter of ‘Annihilation’

You’ve waited. You’ve wondered. You’ve reread books 1-4.

Well, friends, the wait is almost over: Annihilation is coming June 20. Will you be ready?

Today, I’m thrilled to unveil the cover designed by the insanely talented Slobodan Cedic. Isn’t it awesome?

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I’m also ready to share an exclusive sneak peek…FYI, members of my Reader Army get these previews and alerts on special deals before anybody else, so make sure you join to stay up-to-date on all things Fringe. (Hint, hint: I’m doing something super special for the Annihilation release. You won’t want to miss it!)

Here’s a little tease on what’s to come in book five:

Eli and Harper have fled the compound — on the run from the people who once fought by their side. Owen has been captured, Sawyer is infected, and Celdon is facing a crisis of conscience.

Beyond the cleared zone, Harper and Eli have joined forces with two unlikely allies. They have a plan to rescue Owen, but that means delaying their search for a cure that could save the compound from a deadly epidemic.

When Eli gets wind of an attack on the compound that puts Owen’s life in jeopardy, everything changes. Eli is determined to carry out the rescue, but Harper and the others know blazing through a war zone would spell disaster.

To save the people she loves, Harper will have to make a choice: follow Eli along on a suicide mission to rescue Owen, or push forward without him to find a cure.

In the heart-pounding final chapter of The Fringe, every choice has its consequences. Relationships will be tested, friends will perish, and the desert will burn.

Click here to read the first chapter.

The Fringe Is Now Available on Audible!

Hey friends,

I know what you’re thinking…Is it June yet? I’ve been hard at work putting the final touches on book five of The Fringe, and now you can rediscover books one through four in time for the release.

ReconThe Fringe is now available in audiobook format, and you can download the entire series on Audible NOW!

The series is performed by the stunning and talented narrators Saskia Maarleveld and Michael Goldstrom. I requested them personally to fill the roles of Harper and Eli, so you won’t be disappointed. You can read more about them here.

I haven’t listened to the entire series yet myself, but what I’ve heard so far is amazing.

So what are you waiting for? Experience The Fringe in a whole new way, whether you’re in the car, on a run, or at work…er, I mean, at lunch. 😉

Happy reading!

Tarah

 

Brace Yourself for Fringe 5 — Coming June 2016

Hey friends,

It’s been a while since I posted an update, so I thought I’d check in to let you know how things have been cooking on book five of The Fringe.

Tons of you have been emailing and Facebooking me asking when the Fringe finale will be released, and I’ve been pretty vague because I honestly had no clue. I’ve had a lot going on the past month: I got a puppy, I’ve been shopping for a house in Colorado Springs, and I’ve been cleaning out a bunch of stuff I’ve had in storage since high school to prepare for my move this summer.

As most of you know, I don’t like to rush through the editing process because I always want the book to be the best it can be. Since this is the last in the series, I want to make sure I tie up all the loose ends and create satisfactory endings for all the characters we love so much.

I’ve had a lot of tough decisions to make, but I’ve tried to take a backseat to the characters and let them determine their fates.

I don’t want to give away too much about book five, but I’ll give you the same cryptic hints that I shared with my newsletter subscribers.

***Caution: Lockdown spoilers ahead!***

  • Owen is being held by Constance, and Celdon is having a crisis of conscience.
  • Sage and Jackson have joined Team Eli/Harper, but not everyone is in agreement on how things should be done.
  • The virus will claim more innocent lives, and Harper will have to decide whether to stand by the man she loves or venture on to find a cure.
  • Sawyer will have to make a tough choice that will determine whether or not she gets to see her parents again.
  • Robin and Gunner will reappear for the finale.
  • A compound leader will step up as an unlikely good guy. But is it too little too late?
  • The silent war between Recon and the drifters will come to a head, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Fringe five is all about choice and redemption, with some characters making the right choices and some making the wrong ones. I’m very excited for you to read it.

Based on my current progress and my editor’s timeline, the book should be available for digital download sometime in June. If you haven’t joined my mailing list yet, make sure you do so. List members are the FIRST to get exciting updates on book releases and access to special promos and reader extras. I promise you’ll love it.