Saturday, August 23, 2014

Roan is still bossy and answers to other burning questions....

"I'm going under 
Drowning in you 
I'm falling forever 
I've got to break through
I'm going under"
                       ~Evanescence "Going under"


You know when I break out the Evanescence that there's got to be writing afoot :P


So, what's shaking guys? 
I haven't been around in a bit and I'm sorry for that. Well, that's not really true, I suppose I have been around, just not blogging here. I always read your emails and I ABSOLUTELY always respond to your questions and comments.

Thank you so much for your reviews on Amazon.com. I really appreciate it when you guys take the time to leave me a review :)




So, I guess the overwhelming question that seems to be on everyone's mind is "Will there be a book 3????"

Well, the answer to that is multipart answer. So, let me first start by saying that "YES!", there will absolutely be a book 3. 

I am not done with Roan and Aspen yet. Neither one of them would ever give me a moments peace if I left things the way they are now. 

So, yes there will be a book 3. Now the only question that remains is WHEN and that is little bit more difficult to answer. 





To be completely honest with you guys, the answer is "I don't know". You know that I've always been 100% upfront with all of you and truthfully, I don't know the answer to this question. I will say that I am currently writing but it is another book with new characters unrelated to Spruce Hollow. I felt that I needed a break from all things literary for awhile and I started writing this new book because I wanted to, not because I had to.

So, that's where things are right now. I know it's not a perfect answer but it's all I have for you right now. I imagine I will pick up the story of Roan and Aspen after I am done this new book because frankly, their story is unfinished for me too.

Much love to you guys and thanks so much for reading :)




Tarrah Xo

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

RIP Mac.....

I have sad news to report...

The MacBook that 've loved and relied on for years has officially kicked the bucket.

I just want to cry. I know I shouldn't feel sad, after all it's only a computer and it's had a really long life. But I am sad. I've had that laptop since 2006 and therefore have eight years of my life stored up on that sucker. It's become like a part of me. An extension of my thoughts and feelings.

Honestly, I feel quite emotional about the whole thing. I mean, I wrote my first two books on that laptop. Roan and Aspen came to life on that screen. I wrote this very blog on my laptop. For 8 years.

And now it's gone.

sniff. sniff :(

Okay, moving on while I continue to wallow in misery....

I have spent much of my day at the gym and then once I got home and discovered that my Mac was dead, I've been trying to recover my third book that's saved on it.

 Yup.

I swear to god, if I lose that book, I am going to lose my freaking mind.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Transformation....

"Back in black I hit the sack
I been too long I'm glad to be back....I got nine lives cat's eyes
Using every one of them and runnin' wild
Cause I'm back"
                    ~AC/DC "Back in Black"~



Sorry for my absence lately but I needed an extended break after I released Seduction Book 2. I felt burnt out after the release and needed to step away and regain some clarity. 

Author's don't tell you that they spend an inordinate amount of time behind the scenes writing, editing, immersing themselves in social media and marketing. We do this in the name of trying to make you happy....because we love our readers and you're important to us. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't very happy after I released Seduction. I was fried. Burnt. Crispy. I didn't really like who I was. Tarrah Betts, the author, was cranky and short tempered. She was tired and up to her eyeballs in writing. 

So, I decided to distanced myself from all things literary for a little while. I took a little vacation from being an author and instead concentrated on being ME and you know what? I found that I kind of like Tarrah Betts, the person. 

In the past few months, I've found out that I'm kind of a badass :D Like a Crossfitting, Paleo eating, handstand holding badass. 

For real.

The first picture was me, last year when I was writing Seduction Book 2. I was overweight, stressed and very unhappy.
The second pic is me a couple of weeks ago. I've lost nearly 50lbs since that first picture was taken. How did I do it? No shakes, body wraps or low calorie food, that's for sure. I lost weight from a combination of following a Paleo diet, CrossFit and working hard in the gym. It was a lot of hard work but you know what? It was WORTH IT. I'm a much happier person now than I was in that first picture.

I guess the most important lesson that I took away from this whole experience is that it is important to have balance in life.

I'm back bitches!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It changed my life. It can do the same for you.....

I hope the Easter bunny found everyone this morning! He didn't come to my house, thank god, because I follow a Paleo diet and don't want to eat what that furry little bugger is dealing out.

I don't think I've ever talked about it here on my blog but I do in fact follow a Paleo diet and am quite happy about it. It's one of those topics that I talk about incessantly on my Instagram and in my everyday life to anyone who will listen. Yep. I'm one of those people who post food pics and fitness motivation pics. I guess I just feel so fantastic when I eat Paleo foods that I want everyone to feel as fantastic as I do!

For those of you who are wondering what the hell I am talking about: the Paleo lifestyle is one that doesn't include any sugar, grain, dairy, processed food, alcohol or starches like potatoes or peas in your diet.

You are probably wondering what the heck I eat then, but let me assure you that there are a lot of awesome foods out there that adhere to the principles of the Paleo diet. Things like meat, fish, vegetables and nuts. This means I can eat foods like BACON, avocados and almond butter! Just kidding, I do eat those foods, just not every day.

I eat a lot of vegetables, fruit and meat and I eat often. Probably every three hours, which translates into a lot of little meals a day. When I say I "little meals", I mean that I might have an orange and a handful of nuts and that is a meal. But I am never hungry because I eat so often.

I am so passionate about the way I eat because with a combination of Paleo and exercise, I have lost 36 lbs since January. And that ain't nothing to shake a stick at! I still have a long ways to go, but I am so happy with where I am headed.

As for the exercise...don't get me started because I'll talk your ear off. I am either in the gym or at CrossFit 6 days a week. Some days I go to the gym and then go hiking or walking for 6-7km afterwards. It's just sick but I love it.

Speaking of CrossFit, I am involved in an intense love affair with the lady of box jumps and olympic weightlifting. CrossFit is hard and I frequently get my ass handed to me during the WOD(workout of the day) but I LOVE it! I feel like a beast when I lift weights. It is a hugely empowering thing for women to do.

I am on my way to the gym right now actually.

Happy Easter everyone! Love you guys!

PS. I started writing again after my nice long break with the release of Seduction Book 2. What am I writing, you ask? It's a secret ;)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Seduction and the lure of the sea.....



This was me last year and will be me again as soon as the damn snow melts. Kayaking is awesome, you should try it.

Hi guys!

Sorry I've been away from my blog since the release of Seduction, but I figured a little time away was due. You know, releasing a book is a very stressful thing because obviously not every one is going to like what you've written or where the characters have taken the story. And while that is unfortunate, it is a reality with writing a book.


I have a couple of favourite authors,

namely Karen Marie Moning and Diana Gabaldon. And I can honestly say that I have loved everything I've ever read from both of them. But if you look at their reviews on Goodreads, there are actually people who have given them 1 and 2 stars.  How can that be? It just makes me shake my head because I think they're both such wonderful writers, yet someone out there obviously disagrees with me.

                                            View of the Bay. It's so beautiful :)


Seduction is only my second book, so I guess I need to grow a thicker skin. At least I'm better than I used to be. I remember the first bad review I ever received (for Temptation) I actually cried. It really hurt my feelings but I have learned to bring a certain level of emotional detachment to the table now when dealing with unfavourable reviews.


This is one of my favourite beaches in the world. When the tide is out, you can walk along the ocean floor for more than a kilometre. It's amazing.

So, what are you guys up to? I hope Spring is finally blossoming wherever you are. The snow is finally starting to melt in the Eastern part of Canada and I am so happy.

It has been a long, hard winter and I cannot wait to return to my cottage. I long to sit on the sand while I listen to the waves crash onto the shore. Best thing ever.
Last summer we sat on the beach and ate lobster. We bought it right off the boat. I guess you can do that when you live close to the sea in the summer.

Love you guys and a huge thanks for reading,

T.
xo

Sunday, March 30, 2014

6000 downloads and teary reviews.....

Today is the last and final day of my free promo for Temptation! It has been a very successful few days with just over 6000 downloads in such a short amount of time.
Because of your overwhelming support, Temptation shot up onto the "Top 100 Free" on Amazon, so thank you so much guys! I really appreciate it.

I have spent the day preparing my book description for Seduction and reading over the new reviews that you guys have left me on Amazon.com and Goodreads.

I am humbled and have shed a few tears from your kind words.

Do you know that THIS is why authors continue to write? Because god knows it's not for the money, that's for sure. I'll let you in on a little secret: when a book is priced at .99cents on Amazon, the author gets a whopping .35 cents per book. Now take into account that it takes anywhere from 6 months to a year to write a book and suddenly your profit margin isn't that great, is it? 
It's just a little insight into the "glamorous" life of an author. I know most authors probably wouldn't divulge this info because they're too cool for school, but I am a huge fan of keeping it real.

So, YOU GUYS are the reason I keep writing. It's what keeps me going whenever I get a bad review or someone says something mean about me on social media. And trust me, it does happen. There are a lot of "groups" out there that do not like authors who write books about sex or mature themes. They gang up on authors and if they were kids, we'd call them bullies. But they're adults, so we call it "free speech". Anyway, I'm not going to call them out because then I would be just as bad as they are.



To the wonderful people who take time out of your day to leave me such lovely and encouraging words: THANK YOU! It means so much to me but it also helps me to write the kind of books that you guys want to read. So, please, after you're done reading Temptation, please go to my Amazon page, leave me a review and let me know what you thought. It would mean a lot, not only to me, but to other readers who are trying to decided whether a book is for them or not. 

Much love to you all and thank you for reading,

T.
xo

Friday, March 28, 2014

Seduction Book 2, Editing and Roan........

Welcome to the 2500 new readers who have downloaded Temptation (Journal of the Wolves of Spruce Hollow) Book 1 in the past two days as part of my free promo! Thanks guys!

I would like to let everyone know that Seduction Book 2 is finished! And by "finished" I mean, it is no
longer in my hands. It is currently being formatted and I could just barf from the anxiety.

I edited and re-edited the hell out of this book and I pray that I got it right for you guys. It is so easy to make mistakes and skip words when you're editing because words tend to run into each other.

It may surprise you to learn that reading the same words over and over again tends to make look them like a collection of letters that "can't possibly" go together.

Me: "What is this word? D-O-G??
My Dictionary: "It spells "dog"
Me: "No, it can't possibly. It doesn't look right."
My Dictionary: "Sorry, it spells dog."
Me: "Huh, really."

Anyway, Roan just wanted me to let you guys know where we are at, as far as publishing is concerned. Because he's responsible and irritating like that.

God, he always wants to be the boss, doesn't he?

I hope you guys are having a GREAT day! Seduction is coming April 1st!


T.
xo