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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dark Deliverance by Tamela Miles - Book Tour - Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Tamela Miles and her new book, “Dark Deliverance”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Also, come back daily to interact with Tamela and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!


Dark Deliverance
by Tamela Miles

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Elle Connor's life is as grim as she had always feared. Years of demon slaying have left her with nothing to show for her trouble. She's convinced a "normal" life was never meant for her.

Patrick Holt wants nothing more than to be away from the holy wars and has lived quietly for years as an average human. The trouble is that he's anything but average--he's a fallen hybrid angel.

When Tagas the guardian angel pairs them up to investigate the brutal slayings of young women in Los Angeles, Elle wants nothing to do with Patrick. As Elle and Patrick begin to understand each other, irritation is forgotten and fiery passion ignites between them. "No ties" is how they both live, but Elle soon begins to long for much more. As they become sucked deeper into the mysterious killings, Elle fears that, in this battle, Hell will win.

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EXCERPT TWO:

She covered his phone with one hand, forcing him to look up. Her full lips curved in a gentle smile. “I see what Tagas meant by your superior wisdom and experience. I didn’t mean to come across like a badass demon hunter who knows it all. You hunted demons long before I was even born.”

“So, now I’m old? Thanks.” He clicked off the phone and set it beside him on the seat. Elle gave a chuckle.

“Let’s just agree that you have a glorious past when it comes to slaying demons that has given you certain…um, insights into it that I don’t have.”

Elle watched his expression change, his eyes focusing intently on her as he smiled. Her heart began to beat a little faster. She wasn’t prepared to deal with this other, blatantly sensual part of Patrick in such close confines and moved to make more space between them.
He moved with her until their shoulders touched. “I have insights into many other things. Would you like to hear them, Elle?”

The heat of his glance and the softness of his tone made her hyperaware, her skin tingling. She cleared her throat nervously. “Sure, go ahead.”

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INTERVIEW:

Good morning Tamela!  Welcome to Fabulous and Brunette!  We are thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book, “Dark Deliverance.”

First off, I love the book cover!  Very intriguing, engaging, and enticing!  And if I may say so – great model choice!  Tell us about how this book cover came about.
Thanks for having me here to chat today! I also think the model choice is fab. Debbie Taylor created the two prior book covers in my Hell On Heels series and I was so pleased, I chose her for the third one. She worked from some fairly detailed ideas of how I wanted it and just brought it to glorious life. I wanted something sexy and gritty, like the stories. Debbie is wonderful!

What is your favorite chapter or section of the book?
I really love the part when it seems like all is lost between Elle and Patrick. He’s heading out of her life and she stoically accepts it on the outside, with humor, but her heart’s being ripped apart with the desire to make him stay.

At first Elle finds Patrick to be irritating.  What is a trait you find irritating in a partner/lover?
Ooh! Great question. Hands down is when a guy woos you in every conceivable way at the start and then, later, starts slacking off and neglecting you. Many guys seem to not understand that it’s all about the little things that made you fall in love in the first place.  Your “Us” time together becomes more time spent with his friends. There’s nothing more hurtful than washing off your face full of glamourous makeup and hanging up your “It” dress after a date night that never happened. After a few of times of this male nonsense, I’m out the door by myself for a night with my friends. Next! ::laughing::

However, it’s not long that annoyance begins to non-exist and a spark ignites.  Elle and Patrick fall into an intense, fiery passion.  What is something you are passionate about? 
I’m passionate about the emotional and psychological well- being of children of all ages. This is why I’m currently a School Psychologist graduate student at Cal State University San Bernardino. I care about becoming a safe place for kids to come to, if they seem to have no one who really listens to their fears and concerns and guides them in positive directions. I’m a child advocate when I’m called to be one, trying to utilize social media as one avenue to spread the message that each child deserves to feel acknowledged and special. I’m also passionate about appreciating all the world’s good men; as family, friends, husbands, or lovers. So many of these great guys go unacknowledged for both the daily things and grand gestures they do to please us women. Thanks, guys!

A significant theme in this book is “good” versus “evil.”  Do you believe a person is born “good” or “evil,” or does a person learn to be “good” or “evil”?
Oh, I absolutely believe in nurture in this instance of nature vs. nurture. “Evil” actions are learned behavior, from a very young age. The behaviors, positive and negative, that parents or caretakers reinforce will stay with a child into adulthood. 

In Book 1, “Heart of a Hunter,” we saw Elle struggle with the choice of following her calling from God as a hunter or to live a “normal” life with love.  After Elle chooses her calling of demon slaying will we see regret or contentment of her decision in Book 2?
In “Dark Deliverance”, Elle’s choices have led to a life that’s like a hundred miles of bad road.  ::laughing:: She’s lived recklessly over the past years and comes to a decision to better herself. She’s found a strange sort of peace with her calling from God but sees the need to carve out a comfortable life away from the Holy Wars. The one thing that eludes her is strong, lasting, passionate love so she decides to give up on expecting that in her lifetime. Until Patrick comes along and challenges all that. 

Most people like Elle can relate to struggling with a healthy work-life balance.  What steps do you take to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance?
When I’m on the work clock, I’m fully present and doing my thing all the way. When it’s time to relax, I leave everything at the work place and come home to a hot teapot, with soft music on in the background. I’ve found that I absolutely can’t live comfortably burning the candle at both ends anymore. It’s nice to be in the position in life I’m in that I no longer need to work two jobs while also studying for classes. That was a typical schedule for a younger me!

I heard you created a playlist for this book series, “Hell on Heels.”  Tell us a couple of the songs included and where we can check it out.
Yes! I experimented with creating a playlist for this series and, surprisingly, it’s attracting a good number of music lovers. One of the songs is “Demons” by Imagine Dragons, another is “Feeling Good”, which is a Ms. Lauryn Hill cover of the Nina Simone original. There’s a dark and gritty “You Won’t Be Mine” by my fave band ever Matchbox Twenty, and of course, the Phil Collins classic “Against All Odds”. All of the songs on the playlist spoke to me emotionally and inspirationally as I was writing, these songs in particular. The playlist is named Hell On Heels: Songs from the Edge. These are some of many songs that Elle might have playing in the background in her warehouse home, after a night of hunting! 

You can find it here: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8TSkx6d_Hu_IVh0lfqHWNcWRZ_yquRV

If someone is new to this series, can they start here at Book 2?  Or would it be hard to follow so they would need to start with Book 1?
Book 1 is more about Elle in her teen years, which is a draw for Young Adult and New Adult readers. It’s mildly spicy but sweet. Book 2 has drawn more adult readers, as it has some adult themes and straight -up steamy and gritty parts. To truly get to know and bond with Elle and other characters, I highly recommend starting with Book 1.

I noticed this book is listed as Book 2 of the “Hell on Heels” Book Series and that Book 3 will be out later this year.  Will that be the end of the book series and Elle’s and Patrick’s story?  Or do you plan on continuing the book series?
I had a blast writing the Hell On Heels series, so I’m never ruling out a return to Elle and Patrick’s world at some point in the future but, as this moment, Book 3 ends the saga. ::laughing:: For now.

Do you write your books with a pen or type writer or computer?
I use pen and paper for my basic outline and move to my PC to actually creatively write. I think I do it that way because I used to jot down story ideas, short stories, and poetry in notebooks and I feel as comfortable with pen and paper as I do typing.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’ve spent this summer delving deeper into books by African-American author, Zora Neale Hurston. She just had so much brilliant human insight, presence, and charm. I’m currently reading Hurston: Novels and Stories, which is a compilation of some of her greatest work. 

Many of your books involve scary, nightmare themes.  What is something you are most afraid of?
Movies and tv shows about demons and demonic activity. I barely survive watching some of the really dark ones alone.

What is your favorite scary movie?
“The Exorcist”, the 1970s original with Linda Blair, remains at the top of my list to not watch alone!  Followed by both the 1970s and 2000s versions of the movie series, Halloween. What scares me the most about the psycho, Michael Myers, is that he wasn’t a ghost or an immortal demon. He’s just a very strong, ordinary guy who, without his mask, could probably blend in with everyone else. Thank heaven for his psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis (my favorite horror movie character!).

What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of having the opportunity to spend my day surrounded by the lovely ladies in my family and close friendship circle. Precious time spent with Mom and Dad. The delight of diving back into a writing project and, later, also diving into a great novel. The gratitude to someone bigger than myself that I’m still here breathing, learning and growing as a woman, and consistently breaking new ground.

I was very intrigued by your answer in your bio of why you often chose to write horror/paranormal romance books.  “Because it feels so good having [her] characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.”  What is something naughty or mischievous that you have done?  
My whole life as a New Adult, years ago, was naughty. And mischievous. ::laughing:: That translates musically to Katy Perry’s song, “The One That Got Away”, Taylor Swift’s song “Style”, and Vanessa Williams’ 90s song, “Running Back To You””.  Sometimes, when I have them playing, I feel those songs deep in my bones but I love the (often painful!) memories of my younger years they evoke.

Like the characters in your books that commit crimes do you believe people can truly change?  Do you believe in rehabilitation in the criminal justice system?
I would love to believe that everyone can change, but I don’t. I think that some people are so hardened by poor life choices and by our society that they are beyond hope, help, and redemption. I see a great need for a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system because, right now, it’s clunky and poor functioning.

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
One of the greatest compliments I have received came from a reader of my short novella, “Sleeping Beauties”. She (he?) commented that my work and I were both “unique”. Those kind words have stuck with me for years.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Stay, stay, STAY seated in your desk chair and don’t get up before you’ve written up to your goal. If you say 2500 words that day, do it! The short on this? Don’t give up and give in to despair and fear that you’ll never finish your novel.  Don’t allow the probably mistaken belief that your writing is craptastic hinder you. The truth is that there are really only a few people out there who really can’t write worth a damn and are better off finding another hobby.

What's next for you? What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on revisions for a novella that many of my long time fans have been holding their breath for, entitled “Once Bitten”. It features two characters, Ash and Delilah, from my horror/paranormal romance anthology, “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” I’m also writing another novella, expanding it actually, from another short story in that same anthology. 

Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book with us!  We wish you all the best on your book tour!
Thank you very much for hosting me today! This has been a wonderful chat and I look forward to visiting again soon.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino School Psychologist graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She's a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.


She enjoy emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at tamelamiles@yahoo.com or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does. Ms. Miles has a current short novella 3 story series on her writing plate with The Wild Rose Press, entitled the Hell On Heels Series. #1 of the series, entitled "Heart of a Hunter", is now available. #2 of the series, "Dark Deliverance" is coming July 2016. For those who are excited about it (yippee!), please feel free to check out the author's soundtrack playlist for Hell On Heels on YouTube.com, listed as Hell On Heels:Songs from the Edge by Tamela Miles.

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CONNECT WITH TAMELA:

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Email:
tamelamiles@yahoo.com

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HEART OF A HUNTER (BOOK 1) BUY LINKS:

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DARK DELIVERANCE (BOOK 2) BUY LINKS:

Amazon:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Tamela Miles will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

11 comments:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, and you're welcome. :)

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  2. Thank you for taking the time and offering us this great giveaway. I appreciate the work you did to bring this to us.

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  3. Great interview! I HATED the original Exorcist... it scared the begeezus out of me LOL

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  4. Thanks, James. Writing is never easy and it's wonderful to be appreciated!

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  5. LOL Yes! I don't know why I continue to torture myself late at night whenever The Exorcist comes on. Like you, it scares the begeezus out of me. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Thank you, Victoria.

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  6. Thanks, Ally, for hosting me! I had a truly fabulous time and look forward to visiting again. :-)

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  7. Great interview and I like that cover

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