Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inevitable Launches and Giveaways

Announcing the release of Inevitable, the newest young adult suspense novel by Tamara Hart Heiner!

Visions of death plague Jayne, who thinks watching her boyfriend die is the worst that could happen to her. But when she witnesses a murder, Jayne finds herself caught up in a dangerous world of intrigue and suspense.

As it turns out, she is not the only one doing the stalking. The killer is on to her, and all of her visions of the dying don't reveal how her life will end. Somehow, she must stop the murderer before he arranges Jayne's own inevitable death.

First page
Available on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and Kobo.com!

After an awesome ebook launch on Facebook, Tamara's trying hard to top that with the paperback. So here's the plan:

1) For the entire month of March, every comment on Tamara's blog gets entered into a drawing to win a HARD COPY of one of her books. (You get to choose which one!)

2) Leave a comment on THIS BLOG for a chance to win ALL of her young adult ebooks!

3) Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for another chance to win Inevitable.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Inevitable by Tamara Hart Heiner


by Tamara Hart Heiner

Giveaway ends April 02, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
4) If you SPREAD THE NEWS, whether it's on your blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, or just plain word of mouth, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble gift card. Email Tamara at tamarahartheiner dot com and tell her how many times you did it, and you'll be entered into the drawing that many times!

Are we ready??? Get set! Go!

About the author: I live in Arkansas with my husband and three children, two crazy boys and one pretty little princess. I used to spend a lot of time writing until I had a baby and discovered Facebook. Now you'll often find me on there pretending to have a social life.

I am the author of three young adult suspense novels, PERILOUS, ALTERCATION, and INEVITABLE. You can find out more about what I'm writing and catch deleted scenes from my books on my blog at http://tamarahartheiner.blogspot.com.

Monday, February 25, 2013

What to do in Vegas (if you don't gamble, drink, and are 8 months pregnant)


Walk around and look at all the beautiful, expensive shops.

Eat some more.                                                                                                 Walk around and admire the ostentatious architecture.

Eat again.

Go swimming.

Have a snack.

Marvel at the man at the slot machine who lost $20 in five minutes.

Get a smoothie.

See lots of shows.

Try another outrageously expensive restaurant.

Take a nap.

 Buy over-priced gelato.    
Get a photograph with your child's favorite movie character.

Get in one last buffet before the vacation is over.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Contract in the mail

It's official! I signed a contract with Dancing Lemur Press for my nonfiction book, Tornado Warning! I'm so excited! It's scheduled to come out in April 2014!!

photo by Michelle Short

A big thank you to all who helped me write the book, donated pictures, and aided in my research. I am grateful for the opportunity to help those in return who were affected by the tornado. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a relief effort in Joplin. I'll keep you posted on information as it comes available!

Monday, February 11, 2013

When Dreams Are Reality

There are many times when I reflect on how discouraging life can be, or how frustrating it is to be an author, or what a pathetic mother I feel like.

It thus only seems appropriate, when I've been blessed and am overwhelmed with gratitude, that I should publicly say so.

The scripture in Malachi 3:10 is often on my mind: "...if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

I feel this so literally in my life that I am overwhelmed, I have goosebumps just to imagine all the wonderful things the Lord has done for me. My children are amazing, and every moment that the little one in my belly wiggles just reminds me of the miracle of creation, and I'm awed that I get to be a part of it. My husband loves us with a devotion that pushes him onward and drives him to constantly work harder because he wants the very best for our lives. We have a house. A beautiful, large house that will comfortably hold us (and perhaps more of us!) for years to come. We have food in the pantry, in the cupboards, in the refrigerator, enough that I can play with recipes and serve my family all the strangely exotic dishes I want. My books are doing well, and there's more on the horizon. And most of all, we have the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives to keep us grounded and knit our hearts together.

I'm an author. I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a baker. I living my dream. I tremble sometimes to think of all the wonderful things in my life. I could not feel more fulfilled. I am so grateful.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

At First Glance

For those wanting a peek at the first page to Inevitable, here it is! (If you want more, the first ten chapters are up on Wattpad!)

The smell always hits me first.
I noticed it right when I opened the office door, and I paused. It was a lemony smell, like walking through a citrus grove. Growing up in New Jersey, I didn't know much about citrus groves, but I was sure that's what it would smell like. Every time I smelled the lemons, I knew death was in the air.
Mr. Harris looked up and gave me a smile over his dark brown glasses. I made eye-contact with his forehead, a survival technique I mastered years ago. The aroma rolled off him in waves, overpowering the scent of his black leather chair. "Ms.—" he glanced down at my resume on the mahogany desk. "Lockwood. Please come in."

I swallowed and stepped inside, the wooden door behind me closing with a swish. Just don't look into his eyes. My palms felt sweaty, and I was glad I wore a black blazer over my white button-up shirt. Clutching my spiral notebook to my chest, I sat in the chair across from him. My eyes dropped to my polished black heels. I spent a lot of my time studying shoes. Looking at the ground was safer than looking at faces.

"Thank you for showing interest in our internship position, Ms. Lockwood." Mr. Harris's voice was kind, and I knew he thought I was nervous. Little did he know that if I met his eyes, I would See his death. Lucky me. "I notice from your resume that you write the sports column at your high school. You go to Lacey Township High?"

I gave a nod. "That's right." How could I escape this? There was no point in continuing. My interest in the internship position at Lacey Patch, the online news column for Lacey Township, had vanished. I examined his desk, determined to avoid eye contact. My gaze landed on a picture of Stephen, wearing his navy blue and white lacrosse jersey. My stomach plummeted even further. Harris. I'd forgotten about his promotion to editor-in-chief. I clenched my fingers. Great. Not only was a vision of this man's death taunting me just out of eye contact, but he was the father of my ex.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Best Book I've Read in 2013

Yeah, so the year is hardly underway. But this book rocked. I didn't want to sleep or eat, I just wanted to read. And it's not even out yet!

It's a dystopian with a twist on the "I Am Legend" idea. Feels very familiar. We've had lots of books on this subject. But this one's different. How? Well, if I told you, I'd ruin it for you. Let's just say the main character is infected... I'll leave it at that.

The action slowed down a bit toward the end of the book, which was okay because it gave me a chance to put the book down and get some sleep. Also, I'm about sick of present tense books. It doesn't read right to me, and my brain spends the whole time trying to catch up. That was two books in a row for me, and I almost took a break from reading just for that reason.

But it must be only me, because they are all the rage right now.

Since the book isn't out until April, Amazon has a killer deal on the HARDCOVER right now. Just $10. Yeah, that's an ebook price, but it's for the hardcover. So if you think you'll like this book (and I think you will), just go ahead and get it now.

Oh, and it's a complete novel. No trilogy, no sequel, nada. (Not to say they couldn't make one, but it's not necessary.) So you're off the hook when you're done! Read it, I'd love to know what you think!

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Party Begins!

It's started! I'll be doing random giveaways and trivia throughout the day via the online launch party.

The first one is up now! The first ten people to IM me via Facebook get a free ecopy of Inevitable!

Event #3! This is for the writers out there! I will do a 3-chapter in-depth critique/copy edit for one person! All you have to do to enter: Leave a comment with one line from your WIP!
Event #4: a repeat of #2! It requires a little more leg work but there is a $15 Amazon gift card at stake! Pick your favorite line from ALTERCATION and IM it to me. If you don't own the book, use Amazon's sample or online First Look to pick a line. Don't post in the comments!

One person will win the card!

Starts at 8pm CST and runs until midnight! Last event of the day!
 Launch is over! Winners announced soon!

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