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05 May 2016

Colleen Charles & 'Talisman' @booksbycolleen @GoddessFish #SweetRomance #Paranormal

Today we have author Colleen Charles visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* 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.
* I love to hear from my readers and answer all communications personally.

Today Colleen Charles will be talking about what sparked the idea for the story/series.
* Do you ever have one of those crazy ideas so inspiring that you bolt out of a dead sleep in order to write it down? You just can’t forget it. That happened to me one night a couple of years ago when I thought it would be a unique story premise to write a paranormal romantic comedy from a cat’s point of view.
* And no sex. It had to be clean so my nephew could read it. To date, this series are my only clean romance books. My mom thanks me daily.
* I have two purebred, ragdoll cats, Bingham and Finley and I often wonder what they’d say if they could speak. Actually, I know what they’d say and it probably wouldn’t be something I’d want to hear. Anyone with a cat knows they’re pretty arrogant, demanding and fussy. Thus, the main character in the Fur Magic series, Talisman was born and modeled after Bingham.
* The best part of the series was unleashing my acerbic sense of humor. And I did. It’s really Colleen Charles on the page. Around the change of year to 2016, Talisman hit #1 in both Paranormal Romance and Romance Short Reads on Amazon and it stayed there for a whopping two weeks! I call it the little book that could and I’m so proud of it. Mostly because it’s so close to my heart and so close to who I am as a writer and person.
* I hope you enjoy, Talisman, the first book in the Fur Magic series. And if you have cats that own you or their personality traits shine through Talisman, please post their photos on my Facebook page. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and I answer every reader communication personally.
* Much love,
* Colleen
* FREE Full-length, standalone steamy romance novel at
A look into...
~ Blurb ~
* 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.
* What?
* Every witch has a cat.
* I'm hers.
* I'm Talisman.
* And I'm going to fix this.
~ Excerpt ~
* “Jessie! It’s so great to see you,” Penelope exclaimed as she strode forward and enveloped the much older woman in a warm embrace. “I don’t think I’ve seen you since this summer when you were accepting your first place award for your apple pie at the Shadow festival. Did you bring one with you? I just love your pie.”
* Jessie grimaced, her face a contorted mask of wrinkles and sadness. Maybe loneliness. I’m really smart and talented but I’m not a mind reader. Who knows what had prompted this surprise visit from the old bat.
* Jessie padded her plump figure over to Penelope’s armchair in the receiving area of the shelter where Pen’s desk sat, all worn mahogany and ornate scrolls. She liked to spend quiet evenings there doing paperwork while she allowed the animals to roam free around her. She’d speak to all of us in her lilting tone not knowing that we understood her perfectly.
* And we wanted to respond, we really did. Unfortunately, we could only communicate with each other and had to use gestures and actions to try to get through to our mistress. Even though Penelope was a witch from a long line of ancient witches, her powers didn’t involve any kind of telepathy as some other’s did.
* As Jessie sank in to the overstuffed chair, a whooshing noise exploded throughout the room when the air escaped from the cushions under her ample girth. Too. Much. Pie.
Buy Talisman here... (Talisman is now part of a box set! The book is $.99 & the series set is $2.99.)
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Thank you for joining us here today, Colleen Charles! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Colleen Charles will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour! So be sure to leave a comment AND use the Rafflecopter below. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Becky Richardson said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing the giveaway too,

Victoria Alexander said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this one! It sounds awesome :)

Joseph Wallace said...

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Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the excerpt - looks like a fun read!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

Loved the excerpt!

hhkaufman78 said...

This sounds like a great book.

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