About the Book
Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.
With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.
Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.
When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.
After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.
What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?
Read an Excerpt
When she opened the door, she froze. Time stood still. Subconsciously, her jaw dropped. Before her stood an extremely handsome man holding a bottle of red wine. This was Raymond? Dad’s friend? Was her first thought. He was tall with short brown hair, a broad, dark moustache, and high cheekbones that looked chiseled into his somewhat chubby cheeks, which had a slight distinction of redness to them—in an attractive way. Tammy wasn’t sure if he was cold or just blushing, but as she stood in the doorway staring at him, Tom Selleck came to mind. She lost herself in his deep blue eyes, framed by long, thick black eyelashes. When he flashed a heart-warming smile, she found herself being drawn in even more. He wore blue jeans, blue loafers, and a blue and white checked shirt with the top buttons undone, revealing a few dark chest hairs.
Joanne had told her that he was just a few years younger than her father, but he seemed a lot younger. She could feel her heart rate increasing and soon realized she’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog. She’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog.
He spoke softly, albeit with a hint of nervousness, in a manly, alluring voice. “Er, hi. Is John home? You must be his daughter. Tammy, right?”
About the Author
Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.
For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled, “Better Endings.”
She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.
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Follow the Tour
October 1: Long and Short Reviews
October 1: Travel the Ages
October 2: Edgar’s Books
October 3: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 3: A Hippie’s Bookshelf
October 4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 5: The Tired Buyer
October 5: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
October 8: Rogue’s Angels
October 9: BooksChatter
October 9: Straight From the Library
October 10: Fabulous and Brunette
October 11: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 11: Southern Delights Book Blog
October 12: bookish bibliophile – review
October 15: The Reading Addict
October 15: Readeropolis
October 16: Two Ends of the Pen
October 17: Rachel Brimble Romance
October 17: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 18: All the Ups and Downs
October 19: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 19: Bookaholic – review
October 22: The Avid Reader
October 23: T’s Stuff
October 23: So Many Books
October 24: Independent Authors
October 25: Notes from a Romantic’s Heart
October 25: Author C.A.Milson
October 26: Welcome to My World of Dreams
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Tina’s Tips for Holding a Book Launch Party
Why hold a book launching party?
Now that my book is completed and is currently in the editing stages, this is a question that comes to mind frequently and I’m sure other authors ask the same question. So I will give you some answers on why you should have such a party. Below I have added some Tips for holding a successful book launching party without stress.
It is a reason to celebrate: After months or years of writing your book. Putting yourself through the frustrations and headaches, when it wasn’t flowing like you wanted it to. Disciplining yourself to write and asking yourself, “Will it ever get finished?” you finally get to see it in print. What a celebration that is. You did it! You started out to write a book and actually finished it. Wow! What an accomplishment that is. Indeed you should have a party.
This is your moment: You are the star of the show. People are coming to see you. Some may ask for your autograph. Make it your time. You deserve it.
What is a book launching party?
A book launching party is a collaboration of many things used to promote not only your book but also yourself.
- Use this event to spread the word about your book.
- Promote yourself as an author and use it to promote upcoming books you may be working on.
- Use it to meet people that may schedule book signings in the future
Where can I hold a book launching party?
Now that you have decided to hold a party in celebration of your new book, you are probably wondering where you should hold it. Here are some ideas
- Your local library
- A local book store
- A banquet room
- An event hall
- At a park
- At a beach
- On a party boat
- Your home
- A friend home
- A coffee house
Promoting the party
Once you have the location, date and time set for the event, it’s time to promote it like crazy. You want to reach as many people as you can for this amazing event. Here are some tips on getting the word out.
- Contact all family members and friends. Tell them to tell their friends.
- Email everyone on your email list
- Use social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + to announce the event
- Hold a Facebook event
- Contact your local paper, Ask if they would like to write a story about the book launching party.
- Contact other media outlets
- Write a press release
- Put up flyers in your community
- Make an announcement in your paper
- Post a blog on your website
What do you do for a book launching party
As I mentioned before this is a reason to celebrate. make it fun! Make it memorable, not just for you but for everyone attending. It’s a party so make it festive, use some of the ideas I have listed below to help you achieve that.
- Make it look like a party: Hang balloons, throw confetti on the floor and tables.
- Have a poster size print of your book at the event
- Use a copy of your book as a guest signing book
- Have beverages and snacks
- Have music, either live band or some sort of player
- Hold a raffle
- Have people drop their business cards into a bowl. (Great for future contacts) Pull one out for a free book
- Give away a few books
- Have a friend or family member take pictures
- Bring plenty of your books
- Make it easy to buy a book. Use the cube that attaches to an iPhone to take credit cards
What happens at a book launching party?
The itinerary should be pretty simple but at the same time engaging and entertaining. Here is a sample of a party that you could follow.
- Greet guests as they arrive and thank them for coming
- Have a friend or family member direct them to the beverage and snack table
- Once everyone is seated, have someone introduce you. Possibly someone that knows you well and can give a little background about you.
- The stage is yours. Be fun, energetic and engage with the audience. Sell not only your book but yourself. Talk about your life, how you came about writing the book. What inspired you to write it.
- Read an excerpt from the book. If you have a prolog, I would recommend that
- After the reading have an open session for any questions
- If you are having a raffle, ask some of the guests to pull out the winning tickets
- Invite guests to come up to your table to purchase books, get autographs and have pictures taken
- After the book signing session, play a little music and mingle.
And there you have it. It’ your party, your night. Make it a night to remember, I know I will.
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Tina for this stop on her tour. I really appreciate her insight into running a book launch party!
Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway. Also, don’t forget to go back through this month’s previous posts for spotlights and giveaways that may still be open for entries.