Secret Cravings Publishing Summer Release Party

11147209_919034448160065_526101111538556281_nJoin me today, June 27, 2015, from 8:00am to 2:00pm eastern time, to celebrate some of the finest releases ( #ReleaseParty ) from Secret Cravings Publishing! There will be games, party favors and much more! I plan to give away two copies of Midnight Skye, my latest Haven’s Realm release, along with two $5 Amazon gift cards, so please come and join the fun!

In addition, today only, enjoy incredible savings at the Secret Cravings store!

saleIt’s going to be an exciting day for readers everywhere! Learn about new books, then buy them at an amazing discount! I look forward to seeing you there.

Tamara Monteau

Join me today in an interview with John Austin!

I’m once again on The Book Club, discussing my latest release, Midnight Skye!

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Ready for Pre-Order – Midnight Skye, Haven’s Realm 6!


WINNER SELECTED! Keep an eye out for my next drawing.

Cherished readers, I’m proud to announce that Midnight Skye has completed its journey, and is now ready for pre-order from your favorite online retailer! To celebrate, I will pre-order a copy for one lucky commenter. I’ll select a winner on Tuesday morning, so please leave me a note for your chance to win!

Tag: Skye Renault is in love with two vampires. One man wants to possess her, the other’s love will set her free.

Blurb: Since age thirteen, Summer Skye Renault has written about her nightmares—stories of two vampire cousins who hold habitual romantic rivalries. Six years later, with her sixth novel nearing release, the dreams stop. She returns to D’Arc Estate, where they began, seeking answers. There she learns that her nightmares were real, and becomes the unwitting subject of the next story.

When Christian learns of Lucien’s disappearance, he travels to his cousin’s home in Tennessee to investigate, but the presence of an intriguing young mortal complicates his plans. Before he can convince her to leave with him, he becomes gravely injured by vicious Adept magick, leaving Summer to battle the treacherous estate alone.

Finding Lucien and freeing him from a century-long confinement places Summer’s life in danger when an ancient enemy retaliates. Lucien must call on all his intellect and set aside fear if he is to save them all and protect the Bargain.


Skye fished the cell phone from her pocket, noted the caller, and groaned before sitting at the dining table and setting down her coffee cup. She and her mother usually chatted once a day—in the evening to recap the day’s events and progress. Mom knew better than to call during daylight hours when she was most prone to be deep within her muse. There could only be one reason she was calling at ten in the morning. She cleared her throat to relieve the sudden thickness and thumbed the accept button. “Morning, Mom.”

“What’s this I hear about you going to Tennessee?” Her mother’s voice held the level of fear and outrage Skye expected to hear.

Suppressing a sigh, she answered, “You saw the interview. I was going to call…”

“Please tell me you’re not planning what I think you’re planning.”

“I need to get away, Mom,” she explained as calmly as she could. “I liked Tennessee. I miss the mountains.”

“You’re going back there, aren’t you?” Dread resonated in her mother’s thick question.

She sipped her coffee, easing the sudden dryness in her mouth, and released the sigh. “The dreams have stopped.”

“Good.” The silent interval that followed was deafening. “D’Arc Estate is dangerous, Summer. You were almost killed there.”

Skye winced. Only Mom called her by her given name—one she considered a little too old-fashioned, too 1960’s flower child. Her middle name always seemed much cooler. “I have to go back. I need to understand why I feel so connected to the estate.”

“I’ve researched that house,” she argued tightly. “People have been disappearing in that house. God knows what happened to them. It’s haunted, or possessed, or something, I’m sure of it.”

“Mom, for crying out loud, calm down. It’s just a house.”

“A house that’s brought you nothing but nightmares since you were eight years old,” she reminded her. “I’d think, after all you’ve been through, you’d be glad the dreams are gone.”

“Those dreams won me the biggest literary contract in history,” Skye countered impatiently.

“Can’t you find some other way to continue this vampire obsession of yours?”

That’s exactly what it was—an obsession, one she wished she understood. “I write what I see,” she responded, injecting patience she didn’t feel. “I don’t know where to take my stories without the dreams. I know they’re rough on me sometimes,” she admitted with another sigh. “I can’t help it, Mom. They’re calling me.”

Another long pause. “The vampires are calling to you, aren’t they, Summer?”

Her mother had never come so close to accusing her dream lovers of being real, though at times she’d argued the possibility, apparently afraid for her daughter’s sanity. She swallowed another lump and renewed her attempt at patience. “We’ve been over this at least a hundred times. I don’t believe vampires are real. In spite of the intensity of my nightmares, I haven’t slipped far enough off my cracker I’ll even entertain the possibility of their existence. D’Arc Estate is a mystery. You know I can’t resist a good mystery. And I do feel…drawn, but I promise you I don’t expect to find vampires hiding in residence.”

Her imagined friends couldn’t be real. Some outside influence inspired a change in the original visions. Skye refused to believe otherwise. All she really wanted was the answer to the one question she’d asked herself from the start. Why? “I checked with the estate conservator,” she continued, “and found out it’s still available. I’m…going to try for it.”

Skye braced herself for her mother’s reaction. She wasn’t disappointed. “You mean you intend to stay there? For God’s sake, Summer—”

“Mom, please. I know what I’m doing.”

“You have no idea!” She sounded near tears. “D’Arc Estate wants you. Don’t you understand? It wants you dead!

“I’ll be careful, I promise. I’ll leave the first time things get out of hand. The dreams came from there. I’m hoping the house inspires their return, that’s all.” The doorbell rang. “Mom, I gotta go. The movers are here.”

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Midnight Skye Launch Event – Week 1

Greetings, cherished readers! This month, I will be posting a contest each week in celebration for my upcoming release, Midnight Skye. The rules for this event are simple. Comment on this post to be entered into a drawing to be held on Saturday, May 9th. One lucky winner will receive their choice from my back list in their preferred format. At the conclusion of this event, every entry will be placed in one final, grand prize drawing for a copy of Midnight Skye!

This week’s question, for those of you who have read or are familiar with Haven’s Realm – If you could ask any character a question, what would it be? I will answer each question posted.


Since age thirteen, Summer Skye Renault has written about her nightmares—stories of two vampire cousins who hold habitual romantic rivalries. Six years later, with her sixth novel nearing release, the dreams stop. She returns to D’Arc Estate, where they began, seeking answers. There she learns that her nightmares were real, and becomes the unwitting subject of the next story.

When Christian learns of Lucien’s disappearance, he travels to his cousin’s home in Tennessee to investigate, but the presence of an intriguing young mortal complicates his plans. Before he can convince her to leave with him, he becomes gravely injured by vicious Adept magick, leaving Summer to battle the treacherous estate alone.

Finding Lucien and freeing him from a century-long confinement places Summer’s life in danger when an ancient enemy retaliates. Lucien must call on all his intellect and set aside fear if he is to save them all and protect the Bargain.

And now for an excerpt: In this following segment, Skye is dreaming after spending an entire night exploring D’Arc Estate with Christian…

MidnightSkye_LRGShe entered D’Arc’s front doors, wondering as she did why they were standing wide open. She swept her gaze at the dark interior with surprise and rising disquiet. Everything appeared as it had when she first arrived, covered in dust and cobwebs. The air around her tasted sour in spite of the open doorway, the atmosphere staid and cold.

In the study, she found her laptop resting on the antique desk, covered with a thick film of dust. She lifted the monitor and pressed the power button, but the computer failed to respond. It was still plugged in—apparently the power had been out for quite some time.

She went to the kitchen, noting the broken chandelier in the corner of the dining room, so heavily coated with webs and dust its features were no longer apparent. The kitchen appeared just as she left it. Two mugs, three tumblers, four plates and assorted flatware occupied the dishwasher. A quick peek, performed with breath held against the smell, confirmed the refrigerator had been left full.

Trembling, she climbed the stairs. Her bedroom door swung open by itself when she approached, and with a deep swallow to clear her airway, she stepped inside. A gasp drew putrid air when she saw herself lying on the bed—an emaciated, dried corpse wearing pain and surprise on her withered face, long shards of wood penetrating several parts of her torso, including one just below her left breast. Ceiling debris littered the bed and floor.

Sudden darkness enveloped the corpse, rising as if from inside her dead shell. She drew back, a scream lodged in her throat, while it approached her. A soft voice begged, “Let me in.”

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~Tamara Monteau

Introducing Midnight Skye, Haven’s Realm 6!

MidnightSkyeBannerAdAn unexpected turn of events!

MidnightSkye_LRGYears ago, I began wondering what would happen if my imagined friends were real. What would my reaction be if, say, Joshua, or Ronan, or (gulp) Trey, were to suddenly appear one night on my doorstep? Maybe it was the unexpected and fierce affection I’ve developed as I watched my characters grow and evolve that made me begin to wish for them. As time went on, a new character arose – Summer Skye Renault. I pictured her then as I do now – a young woman of stunning beauty, with hair of sunshine gold, and eyes as blue as the sky. I made her a novelist, her genre vampire romance. I’m not the first author to write about an author – I’ve seen several others do the same thing, so it seemed like a logical way to explore my inner fears.

I developed the woman, gave her life in my mind, and sent her in search of mysteries. An aged mansion, reputed to be haunted, became the center of my plot, and I imagined the home’s inhospitable nature caused, in actuality, by a trapped vampire trying to get someone’s attention. I then imagined the woman learning the truth – her imagined friends were real and she’s been dreaming of and writing about a real vampire! She releases the confined man, they fall in love, and that, pretty much, would have been it. I would call the story Midnight Skye, and make her novels romances about one eternal soul. I got busy with the stories I already had in work, but my bedtime imaginings often returned me to the frightened young woman trapped in an inhospitable mansion.

As I completed work on Secrets & Promises, I contemplated the next step Haven’s Realm would take. I solved the problem between the Community and Savant, and rather permanently, both relieving tension in the clan and increasing my character base. All the Council’s problems appeared to be resolved. Was that the end of the saga? Where should I go from here? Well, why not go with Summer’s story? Sure. Of course! So at the end of Secrets, I decided to make the missing vampire a Savant, and the long-lost cousin of Christian, one of my Council Elders. Carloman, Chancellor of the Savant, learns of Lucien’s disappearance for the first time at the event that closed the story, so Jason, King of the Community, asks Christian to investigate. I closed the story knowing where to go next. But something happened I didn’t expect – Christian fell in love.

“Wait a minute,” I argued. “Summer is for Lucien! You’re supposed to find him, not take her!” All my patient, gentle warrior would do is give me a sultry smile.

Desperately, I reached for Lucien, pulled his enigmatic spirit from the back of my mind. When he came to life, my heart shuddered to a screaming halt. Dark, mysterious and powerful, he’s the antithesis of his tender cousin. I learned how he’d come to be confined, who was responsible, and how much danger I’d led Summer into. Get ready for Adept treachery and the return of an ancient enemy – the Sen Aesir.

If you’re already a fan of the Haven’s Realm saga, then you’re familiar with Christian Lafontaine. Lucien Labossiere is the perfect counterpoint for my gentle warrior, and deciding who gets the girl was almost as painful for me as it will be for Summer. I spent a great deal of time getting to know both men, and was surprised by what they confessed while I put the plot together. Turns out, they’ve played this game before. It wasn’t until then I realized what the Midnight saga is all about. And looking at these two incredible men now, I have to say I wouldn’t want to face choosing between them. By sending Christian to look for his cousin, I began what would have been the seventh Midnight installment, were it truly Skye writing the tale.

Summer’s adventure didn’t turn out quite the way I planned, nor do her experiences mirror what I’ve imagined should her situation become mine. How would I react if I found standing on my doorstep one of those dear friends I created in my mind? Well, if I didn’t die on the spot of supreme shock, I suppose I’d accept it as bravely as I may and set aside fear. After all, I know them all better than anyone else.

Keep your eyes open for Midnight Skye, Haven’s Realm 6, coming June 1st from Secret Cravings Publishing!

Respectfully submitted,

Tamara Monteau, Author

The Writer’s Journey

A fan asked me a while back about the publication process. This comes up a lot, and she seemed genuinely surprised by all that publishing a novel entails. Today I’ll make this my topic of conversation.

Of course, first and foremost, you need to write and complete a story. It has to be original, or contain a new twist on an old idea. This alone is a daunting task, successful only to those who truly believe in their work, and have the fortitude to see it through. When I tell someone I’m a published author, about half the time I receive the same reaction–“Yeah, I have a book I’ve been meaning to write…” Trust me. Meaning to isn’t doing, and doing is a lot harder than it sounds. I tell them all the same thing. Sit down and write a little every day. An hour is sufficient, as long as you stick with it. That’s the key.

So now you have a completed manuscript. Congratulations. You’ve nursed it, coddled and fed it, and the final words of the final chapter bring you great satisfaction. “I did it,” you tell all your friends. “I finally finished that book.” Well, guess what. You’re not even halfway down the path to a published work. Next comes self-editing. This is where you dissect that carefully assembled product and weed out the bugs. You’ll second guess plot and dialog, add, subtract and rearrange, polish every word until you can, honestly, read someone else’s work and think, Hey, mine’s better than that. When you reach that stage, it’s time to find a publisher.

Now, I can’t speak for publishing houses, but I imagine each must receive thousands of submissions every year. The competition is stiff. You have to sell your book right out of the envelope, so to speak, convince the house you are contacting that this book is worthy of sale. To that end, you have to first sit back with a blank canvas, choose the most important plot elements, and condense your book into a two-page synopsis. It has to be concise and tell the basic story, and it absolutely has to be free of typos and editing mistakes. Your writing style will be judged here.

Next comes the query letter, these days an email containing your completed manuscript and synopsis, and an explanation to catch the attention of the submissions department. I begin by naming the title, tell how many words and if the work is complete, the genre, and if the book is part of a series, the series title. A blurb outlining the idea of the story follows, and it should be brief, generally 150 words, and should make the reader want to know more. This is the same text you browse through on the back covers at your local bookstore. Now thank them for their time and consideration, and push send.

Then you sit back and wait for a reply. And trust me on this as well–it’s a killer. It may take as little as two, or as many as four weeks to receive a reply, depending upon how busy the publishing house is at the time. You really don’t want to hear back any sooner than that. A reply that comes two days later is probably a “Thank you, but not what we’re looking for” let down. In my opinion, the longer the wait, the more closely they’re considering offering you a contract. Don’t send followup messages every day and irritate the crap out of them, just be patient.

At long last, if you’re good and very lucky, someone will offer you a contract. Read it. Read it again. If you agree to the terms, sign and mail back. Now you can call yourself a published author. Go ahead and do your happy dance, you definitely deserve it! But the journey does not end there. Oh, no. You’ve only reached the top of the mountain. Now you have to work your way down the other side. And this, to many, seems the most surprising of all.

While you’re waiting to be assigned an editor, you’ll polish your blurb and submit information to the company for the development of your cover. You probably have a pretty good idea what your cover should look like, and you can express those ideas here. I’ve often found that giving just the right info–main character descriptions, etc.–and letting the artist do his/her thing is best. Once the final product is approved both by you and management, you can use the image to promote interest in your book.

By now, your editor is probably ready for you. Be prepared for compromise, and don’t be too much in love with your own words. These people are professionals, and know what works. Be patient, tolerant, and cooperative. Most of the time, you’ll progress smoothly through this step. You’ll go around a few times before you’re both happy with the finished product and are ready for formatting.

But there will be times when standing your ground is crucial. A good case in point is my own journey through Twilight Destiny, my first Haven’s Realm novel. The editor I drew seemed, for the most part, fixated on the Twilight saga, and pestered me no end with, “Oh, no, this is too much like in New Moon,” or, “That happened in Breaking Dawn.” Since I hadn’t read Twilight, and still haven’t, I didn’t understand. Cultural aspects of the vampire genre such as a mortal becoming impregnated by a vampire are not new; they existed in publications decades, if not more than a century, ago. I finally had to say, “Look. The story is what it is.” Thankfully, when I moved on to book two, I was reassigned, and my new editor loves my work. I give her my full cooperation, but there are times when I need to explain why something is said a certain way, or point to a reference earlier in the story. I do have to say, however, that sometimes my editor has a suggestion on word usage, such as British slang or swear, that vastly improves that one sentence.

At this stage, most of your pre-release work is done. You’ll see an email or two while the work is assembled and formatted, and I strongly recommend reviewing the entire manuscript every time. Until the day it goes live, there’s still time to correct that troublesome typo. In the meantime, you can organize your release party and prepare yourself for the day your book goes live. When that day finally arrives, and you’re holding a copy of your very own book in your hot little hands, do another happy dance, and move on to marketing. And, oh yes, get started on that next book!

Thank you for spending time with me today, cherished readers!

Tamara Monteau

What are Damphere?

Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a new friend and fan. In the smattering of various conversation topics came a few comments and questions regarding Haven’s Realm, my favorite subject. One she asked mirrored a few more I’ve received over time, the origin of the damphere. I thought it time to tell you about these marvelous, inherently dangerous, creatures.

When I wrote my first novel, Twilight Destiny, back in 2003, the idea of a mortal being impregnated by a vampire wasn’t new. I had, in fact, read a shockingly unique twist by Linda Lael Miller, where one of my favorite female characters becomes impregnated by her mortal lover. I loved the idea. For her. I wanted another approach.

I like to do research online, and don’t swear by any one source. I often enjoy finding blog sites and forums I can browse through, especially when attempting to fully grasp a concept based more on myth and legend than on fact. Precious little information of any real credence was available at the time, and I really got a giggle over some of the ideas floating around in cyberspace.

Research indicated that a damphere is the hybrid result of a vampire impregnating a mortal. Please note that I did not say human. I pondered this while I read several articles describing damphere bears, wolves, and even beavers, and shook my head against the irrationality. The immortal sire would have to be of the same species in order to thusly procreate, and since most animals lack a sense of romance in their mating rituals, in fact lack all but basic procreational instincts, they probably won’t find their way into Haven’s Realm.

I concluded, for the sake of my series, that the male vampire retains his seed. He couldn’t produce a damphere without it. Women, however, lose the ability to nurture life. Their bodies probably still have eggs, but daily rest would restore any tissue altered in the course of the previous night. Bye bye baby. If pressed, through my writings, I’ll simply explain that the vampiress’ physiology prevents the eggs from being released. After all, they don’t go through “that time of the month.”

It takes a mortal woman and a willing vampire to create a vampire-human hybrid. That goes without saying. I’ve mentioned in my writings that birthing a damphere takes a great deal of willpower and fortitude. If you haven’t read my work, I’ll only tell you that Catherine, my first heroine, nearly dies in the attempt during my second story. Carrying the child would not be a problem that can’t be overcome with the best diet and exercise. Any baby draws what elements it needs from its mother’s body, so replenishing these nutrients is vital. She’ll need all her strength and endurance in the end.

Mentally, damphere are aware the moment their microscopic hearts begin to beat. They develop a strong life force, feeding, unfortunately, on that of their hosts. By the time they’re ready to emerge, the mother’s life is dependently connected to the child’s. Usually, the moment the baby draws breath, his mother dies. Tragic.

Thankfully, I’ve found a handy way around that problem. Consequences derived from the events in book two give two of my Council Elders unique skills. Combine this with their growing understanding of the half-breeds and their capabilities, and the hope they won’t become lethal enemies, and you’ll understand why the Council is now no longer adverse to the subject. Whether or not more children are born to my vampire family remains to be seen.

The exact nature of my youngest characters is not yet clear. As I’ve said in other articles, I write what my imagined friends tell me to. At this time, three damphere belong to Haven’s Community. The MacAaron twins reached the celebration of their fourth year, and are displaying the intelligence and vocal skills of teenagers. Their bodies, right now, are growing in sync with their ages, but not their minds. Already they’ve learned how to manipulate their environment, opening doors and such, to the dismay of their parents. Little Devon has already mastered aggressive skills his father sometimes needs to circumvent.

As they grow older, physical aging will slow, granting them, perhaps, centuries of life through their immortal parent’s aggressive and persistent physiology. But that is not all they inherit. Damphere typically have all the powers of the vampire, with the freedoms of a mortal. Although some suffer a mild thirst, they usually eat solid food. They have the advantage of daylight tolerance, making them potentially lethal enemies. It was one of these who killed Lysander, one time Elder and sire to Antonia, the only woman on the Council. It’s no wonder she acted the way she did on discovering Catherine’s condition.

The most recent addition is a boy of nine, the product of a demented vampire’s tendencies. His mother failed to survive confinement, leaving him to the protection and support of the Chancellor of the Savant. Unfortunately, Lorenz suffers from autism, along with isolated motor and language deficiencies. Carloman and I are placing all our hopes in my uniquely talented Dragon/seer friend, Hope, that she find a way to break through the boy’s isolation and bring him out to the real world before the power growing inside him destroys himself and all those around him.

I hope this answers your questions. Please feel free to ask more. In fact, I look forward to suggestions for my next article. Thank you for dropping by, Cherished Readers!

~Tamara Monteau

Secret Cravings 4th Anniversary Blog Hop

WINNER SELECTED! Congratulations this time go to Rebecca Ray. I will notify her via email. Thank you all for participating in the SCP Anniversary blog hop and for expressing your interest in Haven’s Realm. I hope to see you again soon!10906747_10204710393298529_1088445810_oIt’s hard to believe I’ve been with SCP for over three years now. My, how the time has flown. Welcome, friends and cherished readers, to our 4th Anniversary Blog Hop! At the conclusion of this event, I will award one lucky commenter an e-copy of their title of choice from my Haven’s Realm saga. Please remember to leave contact information in your comments.

I became a member of the Secret Cravings family upon completion of my fourth novel, and while I waited on the contract, they reviewed and accepted my previously self-published works. Haven’s Realm is now five stories strong, and a sixth is in the final stages of completion. Let me tell you about my unique vampire series.

The vampires of the Community enjoy a special relationship with higher powers, a Bargain never before conceived. Jason, erstwhile king of ancient Greece, leads his Council, a group of seven Elders charged with upholding human Virtues. Their only wish is to be left in peace to explore themselves and all of creation – but recent trials have shattered the peace they covet.

Print Cover FrontI begin with Twilight Destiny, in which a Scottish vampire learns the meaning of love and trust with a profoundly innocent young girl. This sweet romance turns tragic when a hunter attacks the Community’s Realm, drawing Joshua away from his young bride. When he becomes missing and is presumed dead, Catherine is left alone to face the judgment of the Council.

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The Darker Path cover1The Darker Path takes a side trip to a distant world, where an empress with extraordinary mental abilities is brought by a supernatural force to New England, where she meets an angry, remorseful vampire. Unable to understand the fierce attraction that rises between them, Ki’ara searches for answers, and finds herself a captive of the Community. Her visit with the Council has a profound impact on some of its members, while their answers bring more questions and divides her heart between her love for Colton and the needs of her people.

WhileDragon Lord Cover_SM I worked to hear what Jason would tell me, Ronan shouldered his way in, and Dragon Lord became the third installment. Older than recorded time, this ancient vampire possesses a uniquely devastating power, one he struggles to hold at bay when he becomes unexpectedly bound to a Homeland Security field agent. This action-packed adventure follows their quest to contact the Community for help against an international crime syndicate.

HavensKing_SMFinally, it was Jason’s turn. This vampire of ancient Greece falls in love at first sight with Carrington police officer Mirissa Wellston, drawing unwanted attention from his enemies. Can love survive the onslaught of vicious Rogue vampires and a human hunter? Or will Hera and Ares finally have their way?

Secrets&Promises_SMWith most of my newborn clan’s culture fleshed out, it was time to reveal the true magic of the Community. Secrets & Promises lives up to its name, fulfilling promises both old and new, and revealing the mysteries my readers have asked about. Vincent, the broody and enigmatic member of my Council, stands against his brethren in defense of their long-sought-after hunter, placing his existence, and the Council’s balance, at risk. Chari, a genetic scientist, has been hunting Rogue vampires in hopes of finding a cure. Surrendering to Vincent is a matter of survival, but when she learns of her spiritual past with this tormented vampire, her entire world and mindset are shaken to the core.

The sixth story in the Haven’s Realm lineup is almost ready for submission to SCP, and I feel confident it will be accepted. Vampire romance novelist Skye Renault has been dreaming of vampires, and two in particular, most of her young life. When she learns they’re real, her life entangles with theirs, repeating their history of romance competitions. While cousins Lucien, a Savant, and Christian, a member of the Community’s Council, compete as gentlemen for her heart, an ancient enemy returns, endangering all their lives. Keep your eyes open for Midnight Skye!

I have ideas for at least nine more stories! I never dreamed, when I first picked up a pen and legal pad in 1993, that I could ever take it this far. I owe it all to the publisher and staff of Secret Cravings Publishing. Please return to the SCP hub,, and check out more amazing authors!

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~Tamara Monteau

SCP Wounded Warrior Blog Hop

WINNER SELECTED! Congratulations go to Danielle A. Please contact me to receive your prize.

Thank all of you for visiting this post and placing your comments. Although I didn’t reach the primary goal of 30 comments, I will donate $30 to the Wounded Warrior project before the end of the day. Merry Christmas from Haven’s Realm!

1978878_10204337479015905_6514324866671203434_nI love the holiday season! It’s a time to let down your hair, reflect on all your thankful for, and celebrate the love of God and family. Here is an opportunity to embrace each other and the peace that passes understanding. But not everyone can let go of their cares–even the act of surviving from one day to the next is a physical and emotional challenge. This is why I’m deeply honored to do my part to support those whose sacrifice helped to ensure our freedom through Secret Cravings Publishing’s Wounded Warrior Blog Hop.

I’ve been charged with pledging a dollar to the Wounded Warrior Project for every commenter, with a $30 goal. As in Hops past, I’ll go the extra yard and add a dollar for each additional comment, so please spread the word and dig into my pocketbook. One lucky commenter will receive a free e-copy of my latest book, Secrets & Promises, Haven’s Realm 5, at the conclusion of this event. If I reach 50 commenters, my personal goal, I’ll select two winners!

Haven’s Realm is a unique vampire romance series. The vampires of the Community. led by Jason and his Council, have a Bargain with higher powers. Each member of the Council is charged with upholding a Virtue, their balance bravely supported by their king. This is all explained in detail in the fifth book, so I won’t go too far today. Instead, I’ll share an excerpt from Haven’s King, the fourth installment in the series and the closest I can come to celebrating our warriors.

Mirissa Wellston, a young Carrington police officer, is still adjusting to the fact her boyfriend is a vampire, a man with an unfortunate history with certain ancient gods. With Hera, the Greek Queen of the Gods, gunning for her out of spite, and Ares, God of War, sending waves of evil Rogue vampires to attack her city, she and Jason have no choice but to appeal to the Powers for assistance. Miri’s guardian, a warrior angel named Tobias, takes the Council’s entreaty to Archangel Michael, leaving her to the support and protection of Jason and his Community. Because, at this point, the safety and security of the Realm hinges on her personal safety, she and Jason decide to await his return in their Fulcrum, GA, safe house…

The days stretched before them like a quiet sea, the wind and the waves as silent and still as the touch of death. Jason and Mirissa dared not venture beyond the confines of Gale’s home for fear Hera, Ares and their minions were prepared for attack. Jason happily shared his bed with her, but insisted they both remain fully clothed. Although she fully understood his forbearance, a part of her wished for more. That part grew exponentially with each passing day.

She found herself getting used to having vampires around her. It seemed like there were usually at least three present in addition to Jason at all times. Some of the visiting forces used the home as a base and shelter. She helped Gale patch up their wounded warriors so none of them bled out while Jason watched in fascination. She felt his wonder at her quick and easy acceptance of his people and culture. Never once did any vampire make her feel threatened in any way. Those whose eyes touched hers for the first time seemed to recognize her on sight, and she was treated with the utmost respect and courtesy.

Jason presided over every meeting held while she sat back and watched. She could easily see why the ancients revered him as they did. He was a natural leader, well loved and respected among his peers. Not one of them would ever dare cross him, and not just in deference to his power. She began to feel she was truly engaged to a King.

But while she hid safe and secure in Gale’s nurturing shelter, the rest of Carrington and Fulcrum’s citizens were still falling under attack, though the main thrust of their campaign fell apart when Tobias dealt his blow. Jason and Mirissa speculated while they waited for word from Tobias, and tried to prepare themselves for any new scheme the gods might work up against them.

The enforcers worked diligently in their defense of the city, but one or two Rogues still managed to slip past their ranks from time to time. The victims they recovered were destroyed by fire. Jason said they all had the Rogue poison in them, and destroying their bodies before they rise is the only kindness his people could offer. She understood, but part of her wondered if she knew any of those poor, unfortunate souls.

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Hump Day Hook

Good Wednesday! It’s hard to believe December is here already! Where did this year go? Well, welcome to another edition of the Hump Day Hook! Today I’ll share a snippet from my work in progress, Midnight Skye. This piece comes near the end, and sits at the crux of Skye’s dilemma.

“Torn between two lovers” takes on a whole new meaning when the ones who love you are vampires, and while the joys of love helped my confused heroine step from dreaming to reality, the agony of love just might destroy her. Here we find her walking the massive gardens of Blackhawk, the Savant clan stronghold, contemplating her decision after each man presents his offer.

After (Lucien) left, she paced the garden paths deep in troubled thought. They were both the same, and yet so different—two sides of one incredible coin. Both were men of strong character, firmly grounded in their responsibilities, honorable and true. Lucien wanted to possess her. His dark passion would set fire to her nights for all eternity. No doubt he would challenge her, mold her into the best Savant she could be. Christian’s love would set her free—he would hold her to him with tenderness and devotion, and provide a peaceful, fulfilling life. One of them had to come out the victor, but whom should she choose?

A tremor, like a mild earthquake, shook her core, stealing her breath and stuttering her heart while the fissure in her soul breached. She dropped to a marble bench to catch her breath. With her heart pounding unsteadily and pain like a cyclone tearing through her, she didn’t hear the approach of still more visitors to her private hell. Tears streamed down her face when she looked up, surprised to see Mirissa and her mother standing before her with sympathy in their eyes. Trembling and unstable, she rose respectfully and met the queen’s concerned gaze.

“I can’t do it,” she confessed, her voice choked. “I’d much rather die.”

I meant to have this work completed and submitted by the end of October, but once again time has gotten away from me. I have just three chapters left to review. Hopefully, Christmas won’t overwhelm me like it did last year. Thank you all for your patience!

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~Tamara Monteau

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