I do love my friends from the Orange County Chapter of the RWA. These ladies laugh with me, they cry with me. The worry about me as I worry about them. I love them dearly and I don’t know what I’d do without them. One of them, Tara Lain, has a brand new release, and she’s making a blog tour stop at my place, to talk about it. I just read this, it’s so nice! Without further ado, the awesome Tara Lain—>
Hi everyone! I’m Tara Lain and I write The Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m so excited to be here on ZAM’s blog to introduce my new paranormal romance, The Pack or the Panther. This is my first werewolf book and, like most paranormals, it has a fair amount of plot, but the story is really about the characters. My hunky, tongue-tied werewolf and the solitary, snarky panther he falls in love with. Truly, that’s what all my books are about –characters. One of the places I learned that — was from ZAM!
You see, ZAM is my inspiration. One of three actually including Lynn Lorenz and Jet Mykles who I so admired as a reader that I wanted to write as well as they do. I still aspire to do that every day. Here are some of the things that I learned from ZAM —
- • No matter how simple or complex the story may be, the books that stay with you and ring your heart are all about the characters. If the people are deeply memorable, readers will forgive almost anything else.
- • Great stories don’t have to be angst ridden. They may be — and many super books do rip your heart out — but often the stories that are the most popular are romantic and what ZAM calls “swoony” with only enough angst to keep you interested, but not so much as to get in the way of the HEA.
- • Expect the unexpected! ZAM always surprises. A guy so beautiful, the hero thinks he’s a girl and follows him across the country. A human so audacious, he’s not even scared of the most bad-ass vampire on earth. Romance that springs up in the midst of crime scene cleanup.
And so much more! Thank you ZAM for everything you have taught me by example and face-to-face. I’m honored to be your friend. And delighted to be here with my new book, The Pack or the Panther — #20 on my list of published works that you helped inspire!
The Pack or the Panther
(Tales of the Harker Pack Series)
By Tara Lain
Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For twenty-four years, he’s lived to please his family and pack—even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Then Cole meets Analiese’s half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.
When Analiese runs off to marry a human, Cole finally has a chance with Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him, the pack, and everything it represents. Then Cole discovers the gangster wants Paris too and won’t rest until he has him. What started as a land dispute turns into World War Wolf! But the bigger fight is the battle between cats and dogs.