Thankful

I sketched this up real quick on a poster board and am excited to see what my family writes on it tomorrow! Happiness is moving every single piece of furniture in your house to accommodate a large family 🙂 I like to write a quick Thankful post each year and I will continue to do…

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Please enjoy some of the monstrous illustrations from my brother Todd Powelson. You can find more of his amazing artwork on ARTDUH.COM or ToddPowelson.com Have a safe and spooky Halloween! Tara 🙂

A party that was out of this WORLD!

A few weeks ago I attended a writers retreat with dozens of fabulous, talented women. I asked the organizer what I could do to help. She twiddled her thumbs, trying to think of something, because she’s very organized and had everything under control. “Decorate and come up with a theme,” she said. Interesting, because the…

Plotting for NaNoWriMo

I wrote a post last year about how to edit your NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here is the official link to the competition. Basically, it’s writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Sound crazy? Yes, yes it is. And so, so much fun! I’ve done…

Influential author

http://www.julietmarillier.com Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors. I stared reading her novels a dozen years ago, starting with her first novel Daughter of the Forest. Now she has over twenty novels in print. Here is a part of her bio from her shiny new web-site that launched today. (Every few years, as she…

Featured Books Friday!

Here we go again with Featured Books Friday! Click here, here, or here for other great book blurbs I’ve had in the past. You are welcome to share—in the comment section of this blog—your name, book, purchase link, and a 500 word blurb or scene from your novel. You are welcomed and encouraged to share…

Featured Books Friday!

Here we are again for Featured Books Friday! I was at the fabulous Storymakers conference last weekend, so I will try to get some of the attendees to post here. 🙂 I love reading through the book blurbs in the comment section. I encourage you to do the same and support these talented authors. You…

Featured Books Friday!

The kick off to Featured Books Friday was awesome last time! Thank you to all who participated and purchased books. Please check it out if you want by clicking HERE. I will be doing the same thing this week. In the comments put the title, your name, genre, and purchase link along with a blurb…

Featured Book Friday!

Today is my first installment of Featured Book Friday! Every Friday, authors can post in the comments below with a blurb or a scene of less than 500 words, along with one purchase link. I love all genres: Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Memoir… you name it. I only ask that your book doesn’t contain extreme…

To Prologue or not to Prologue

Whether or not you should write a prologue into your novel, has been a debate that I have seen over the years. The topic has come up many times in writing conferences and during writing competitions. I have written prologues for every one of my stories… and then omitted them. Here’s why… * Most of…