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Monday, December 3, 2018

Tar by Taylor Hohulin - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Taylor Hohulin and his new book, “Tar”!  For other stops on his 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 $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Taylor and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

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

by Taylor Hohulin


GENRE: Post-Apocalypse/Science Fiction/Horror



Brendan Cobb calls it tar, but there might be as many names for it as cities left standing.

To some, it’s known as filth, or blight. Others call it the Black God in reverential whispers. Whatever name it takes, the effects are the same. Cities left in ruins. People turned into monsters. Living infections with no known cure. The best anyone can do is avoid it, but even that gets harder the more it spreads.

Brendan survives this waking nightmare by trading salvage for shelter and for repairs to his cybernetic arm, until a newcomer arrives, convinced Brendan is the key to ridding the world of tar once and for all. Reluctantly, Brendan and his mechanic join the newcomer on a journey across the desolate highways of a ruined world, where he learns the true history of the tar…and of the dark power inside him, which grows stronger every day.



The driver of the black car twisted his wheel hard, and the weaponized tires rolled toward Brendan’s head at ninety-five miles per hour. Samson slammed on the brakes, and the seatbelt bit Brendan’s collarbone. Tires squealed, and Samson’s car fell back a split second before the black ones collided. The spiked tires sparked and shredded each other. The vehicles tangled, swerving about the highway in tandem. Samson hung back to avoid danger, but he couldn’t do it for long. Another car loomed behind them.

And so Samson lifted one hand off the wheel.

As he did, the road lifted off the ground.

Samson punched the gas, and Brendan’s body pressed into the seat. They raced up the rising pavement, came to the place where the road ran out, and then they were airborne.

Brendan held his breath. He braced his arm against the window. The hum of the road faded away. The small vibrations of the highway’s uneven surface ceased. They were flying, the car carrying them over the carnage of the entangled black vehicles.

As suddenly as they’d left it, they hit the ground again. Brendan’s spine compressed with the impact. The car fishtailed a moment, the wheels bit the asphalt, and they took off like an arrow.

When he’d regained his bearings, Brendan looked out the rear window. The black cars had flipped, now lying on either end of the road with shredded tires spinning uselessly. No evidence remained of the ramp Samson had created except crumbled pavement.



Five Reasons Why You Should Read Tar

My new book, Tar just came out, and if you were wondering whether or not it was worth picking up, I’ve got a few surefire signs that this is the book for you. Don’t consult your doctor. Don’t Google your symptoms. If any of these sound like you, then run—don’t walk—to your nearest ebook retailer and download a copy of Tar.

Reason #1: You liked Blade Runner, but wished it had more zombies.

My elevator pitch for Tar is that it’s like a mashup of Blade Runner and The Walking Dead. It’s not quite a cyberpunk story, though it does have that same high-tech, low-life feel of Blade Runner and other key works in the genre. Every other person sports some sort of cybernetic enhancement, too. So it’s definitely a story informed by the cyberpunk genre, though it doesn’t fit neatly enough to be truly considered a prime example of it.

Tar is also not quite a zombie story, though the living infections our main characters refer to as tar certainly do end up affecting the world much like a zombie outbreak. One small infection site turns people into monsters, and those monsters turn more people into monsters, and so on and so forth. There’s a real element of survivors banding together and people doing terrible things to each other just in the name of survival, but again, I think someone hoping for a prototypical zombie story will be highly disappointed.

However, if you’re the kind of person that wanted just a little more zombie in your Blade Runner, or just a little more cyberpunk in your Walking Dead, then Tar is the book for you. And if you wanted just a dash of urban fantasy sprinkled over the top of everything—well, stop reading now and go pick this book up.

Reason #2: You want to make me ever so happy.

This is the whole reason I self-publish. I love to write, and I love to tell stories—but to me, a story isn’t complete until it’s been told to someone else. I do a lot of creative projects, and with every one, the thing that really energizes me is the thought that I could create in someone else the feelings that my favorite books and movies create in me. That’s pretty nifty. So if you want me to feel all happy that someone else is about to spend time with my characters, go pick up a copy of Tar.

Reason #3: You like reading about quests, but you’re sick of seeing heroes crossing plains and climbing mountains.

I had this idea to structure Tar’s story similar to an epic quest, except to set it on the crumbling highways of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, rather than, say, scenic New Zealand. The quest narrative has always been really inspiring to me, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the decorations that come with epic high fantasy. So I decided to tell a story that flowed much like an epic quest, but looked like something different. Instead of a pure white steed, our hero rides in the backseat of a rusty old car. Instead of a bearded old man in a pointy hat with a glowing staff, our hero’s guide is a ragged old man in torn jeans and a T-shirt with a shoulder holster for his short-barreled shotgun.

Reason #4: You like action.

Listen, I write what’s exciting to me, and I like action sequences. Whether it’s a physical fistfight, an ethereal battle between two wizards wielding all the powers of the arcane, or a shootout in a tavern, I’m ready to see things go absolutely crazy. I’ll give you story and character development, but I get bored if things don’t start exploding fairly regularly. So if you also get bored of long and drawn out descriptions of scenery and endless deliberations inside a character’s mind…Tar just might be the book for you.

Reason #5: You like cheap stuff.

Tar is ridiculously cheap for a little longer. I’m leaving it at 99 cents for the duration of this blog tour, and potentially a little longer after that. I haven’t decided when I’ll raise it to full price, so the only way to guarantee this discount is to get your copy by December 7. Otherwise, I just might decide it’s time to charge a little more, and nobody wants that.



Taylor Hohulin is a radio personality by morning, a science fiction author by afternoon, and asleep by 9:30. He is the author of The Marian Trilogy, Tar, and other genre-blending works. He lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife, where they are owned by a dog and a cat.






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  1. Do you have plans to write a sequel to the book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. We'll see ;) No firm plans, but I have some ideas of where else the story could go.

  2. Loved your "Reasons to..."! I love The Walking Dead and Blade Runner, so this sounds like a must read for me! Thanks so much for the sale and giveaway.

    1. Awesome! I hope you check it out - and that you enjoy it.