Fumbled…

Hey! Happy New Year!!! (Late…I know) I hope that you’re 2016 is going well. ❤ For me, 2015 ended amazingly and 2016 has already started with a bang. I’ve been busy working on 2 stories, and while both are speaking to me, I’m going to try to focus all my attention on one. (I go crazy trying to do two things at once. LOL!)

Not sure if you heard, but on January 6th, I released my 5th book. It’s a contemporary romance…a football love story, titled, Fumbled. The story idea came to me after a conversation my husband and I had about JJ Watt. We are both huge fans of his and we were talking about how hard it must be for him to meet someone who wants him for him and not his status and money.

And thus…Fumbled was born.

NAYAI had so much fun writing this book. It’s very light, sweet, and cute – little “drama.” I think that’s why I loved writing it so much, because it didn’t demand the same heartache that my other stories have. As I was writing, I found myself smiling and laughing…ultimately falling in love with all of my characters. My daughters saw how much I enjoyed the story and would ask me what was happening. It finally got to the point that they begged me to let them read it.

ADNow let me say this, if you’ve read anything of mine before, you know I write very “fade-to-black” scenes, but even those I don’t let my daughters read. So around Christmastime, I removed those scenes, cut out about 99% of the cuss words, and sent it to their kindles so they could read it. Since my niece is an avid reader, she wanted to read it as well. She read it in about 2 days, my younger daughter finished it in a few…my oldest just started reading it. But because of their interest, I was encouraged by my husband, sister, mom, and the kids to release a YA version alongside the regular version. I figured why not, I had it already formatted. 😉

I didn’t know what to expect from this release. I never do. But I have to say, I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the reception…especially in Australia. I mean…really??? Australia readers, you are amazing and I can’t thank you enough for spending time with these characters and helping to make Fumbled #49 overall there. (At least at the time of writing this post.)AD1

I suppose I should get back to writing. It’s a beautiful Saturday here in Texas and I plan on enjoying some of it. But I think I’m more excited to have a visit with Viola…Dani’s friend. 😉 I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, thank you everyone so very much for your continued support!! I’m blessed to have you. ❤ If you haven’t picked up your copy of Fumbled yet, it’s available exclusively on Amazon for only $2.99 and always free through KU.

US – http://bit.ly/Fumbled
AU – http://bit.ly/AUFumbled
UK – http://bit.ly/FumbledUK
Canada – http://bit.ly/FumbledCAN

If you’re interested in the YA version, look for the pink label.  12654251_1682841275266420_323009684265109573_n

XO
~T ❤ 

2 years…

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July 2, marked 2 years since I published my first book, Being There. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that it was a “bucket list” item that I added when I turned 35. And here I am, two years later with 4 books out. 🙂

These two years have been filled with personal growth and, I hope, professional growth. I’ve made some wonderful friends and learned things along the way. It’s been both challenging and rewarding, but it’s also given me something to do…something I’ve always wanted to do but never thought possible.

So…I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned in the last two years:

  1. Allowing yourself to pursue your dreams is one of the most empowering feelings ever. No matter how outlandish it may seem at the time, why not dream big? If you fall flat on your face, you still tried! So yeah, I continue to dream big…and sometimes fail bigger, but that’s all part of it. I learn something every time, and more importantly, my girls see that I’m at trying. Seeing their pride and interest what I do inspires me. Daily.
  2. Support comes in all forms. It may be your family who have known you your entire life. It may be someone who has recently come into your life. And it may even be someone that you have never met. Don’t underestimate the power of supportive people. First step, believe you can do it, second, letting others believe it with you.
  3. Not everyone is going to love you or the things you do. This is true in every. aspect. of life. And it’s totally okay. And guess what, you’re not going to love everyone. If you can accept this, I believe you will be a much more content person. How exhausting it must be to try to please people all the time. 😛
  4. Be open to criticism. And no, I’m not talking about vicious, hateful words that make you crawl into a corn and rocking yourself as you cry. I’m talking about people who you respect and who respect you. The ones that take the time to care about you and what you’re doing. The ones who see mistakes or where you can better yourself and offer their opinion. This is how your improve as a person and a professional.
  5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Ever! The moment you do, you’re bound to fall. You have to have a sense of humor. The tagline on my email has been the same for years…and it’s a line from one of my favorite band, Tripping Daisy – “Laugh at what you did today, it’s all been done before.”
  6. Be humble! OMG….PLEASE.BE.HUMBLE! I’ve said numerous times that the people who are successful, but don’t it let go to their head are my heroes. I’ve not had the success of those around me, but I’m so excited for those who have found it. Many of those have far exceeded their own expectations, but they don’t have an air of superiority about them. If I ever find success, those are the ones I would want to emulate. (I’m talking to you Colleen, Molly, and Abbi. I ❤ you so much!) There are others who have forgotten their roots, the people that were with them in the beginning…I don’t ever want to be that.
  7. Remember that you don’t know everything. Wow…I’m serious. I don’t know everything, but I want to learn. A lot of times, it’s hit or miss for me, there is no “formula” that I know of to be successful. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another, but that’s okay, try anyway. Those that are willing to share their experience and knowledge are invaluable. *Note – It’s important to pay it forward. Do unto others…

I’m sure there are more lessons that I’ve learned, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment. If you’ve gotten this far in this post….you’re kind of awesome. 😉 As school is starting up again soon, I’m excited to continue working on 5 different books that I’ve started. The 3 month hiatus has been just what I needed…the time with the family is priceless.

My point for this entire thing is both a “thank you” and “how did I get here?” post. This journey hasn’t been the easiest, but I can’t imagine any other that would bring so much joy, tears, frustration, and absolute fulfillment. My husband and kids aside, this is the best part of my daily life. ❤

XO
~T

Come Get it Bae…

^^^ Yeah…that’s what I said. LOL…it’s my birthday, I’m allowed to dork it up a little, right?! There is a ton of things in this post, so please take a minute to look it over, I would so greatly appreciate it!! ❤

  • First off, I wanted to share a few of the kind things those who have ARCs of Finding Laila have said (click any name below to read their full review):
  • Second, Finding Laila comes out in 4 days!
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Oh….and check out the book trailer featuring music from the awesome Matt Haeck (who has a new album coming out soon!!!)

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  • Third, I wanted to share links for ways you can follow/connect with me online:
  • Fourth, if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not #FindingLaila is the read for you, I wanted to share an excerpt. Maybe this will sway you toward reading 😉 :
    • Excerpt from Chapter 1“I guess we know the flavor of the week,” a female voice says from behind me, causing several others with her to laugh.I know they’re talking about me. They’re always talking about me. It’s been this way since I was in seventh grade, but I’ve made it my mission to ignore it.

      “She certainly gets around,” another voice chimes in.

      Cole is sitting to my left, Haden to my right and both guys are staring at the field, but neither is paying attention to the game. I watch out of my peripheral as Haden’s forearm muscles tense and relax while Cole bites his lip. They are intently focused on the words being thrown at me, but keep quiet for the time being.

      “She must be good because they all stick around,” a guy’s voice states in salacious tone that makes me nauseous.

      I don’t wait for another barb to be hurled my way, even though I know it’s coming. I throw my arm around Haden and whisper something in his ear before kissing his cheek then turning to do the same to Cole. I lean forward to see Joey, who is next to Cole and give him a wink, “I’ll get you later, Baby.”

      He shakes his head and laughs, “Why must you stir the pot?”

      Haden smiles – proud of my display – and it pushes me on.

      I turn to look at the three classmates who have stopped chattering long enough to watch my little show, jaws hanging open. I shrug my shoulders, and answer Joey, “I’m just giving them what they want.”

      One of the girls, Kasey, looks at me and raises a brow, “And what about Braxton?”

      I glance over to Cole who’s listening to everything, but is still watching the game. He smirks, as if he knows what’s coming and a smile of my own begins to break.

      They are gawking at me when I turn and wet my lips before winking at the girls.

      “If he wins, we all win,” I say huskily.

      “Touchdown!” The announcer yells and the crowd jumps to their feet to celebrate. All but the three jerks behind me.

Thank you so much for all the kind birthday wishes and reading this thing all the way to this point! ❤ I love you all so much and thank you for your support and encouragement. I’m still nervous about release day, but for some reason, not as scared as the other times. I absolutely love this book and it feels weird to admit that because I don’t want to sound obnoxious. I just truly loved writing it and fell in love with every character. So much that I wanted to live in my head and experience life WITH them. If you honor me with reading it for yourself, I hope that it touches you the way it did for me when I wrote it. And if it does, I would love to hear your thoughts if you review, so share with me. Please? 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and you’ll be seeing me again…soon!! ❤

XO
~T

😎 And duh, Come Get it Bae by Pharrell

Meet Laila…

When Laila called and asked me for a favor, the first thing I asked, “What’s in it for me?”

Of course she laughed, as only Lai does, because she knows how much I like attention. She said that she was having a hard time because T.K. Rapp asked her to take over her blog page and tell people about us. Not sure what people want to know, but I do love talking (not so much typing) – so yeah, here I am (and she’s reading over my shoulder…she knows how much I hate that.)

*Ow!* she hit me for that one. It didn’t really hurt and now she’s glaring at me.

Anyway, my name is Cole Cameron, and I’ve known Lai for a long time. We might not have gotten along at first, but now she’s like that annoying little stray you find that won’t go away.

Ha! She missed me that time.

But seriously, Lai moved to Cedar Lane a long time ago and became one of the guys.

Hold on, let me send her away, I can’t do this with her breathing down my neck….

Okay, I can type a little more freely now, as I was saying…when she moved here, we were about five, I guess. I’ve lived here since the day I was born and grew up with Braxton, Joey and Haden. The four of us played together all the time and then she came into the picture. I wasn’t a fan at first, but then she grew on me – like fungus. (Kidding, Lai…because I know she’ll read this later.)

The five of us have always been together and our families get along well, too. Fourth of July picnics, weekend BBQs, Sunday football – you name it, we’re all together. It’s not as creepy as it sounds. Sometimes it would get to be a little too much, but the five of us have always hung out. (Like your favorite pair of worn out boxers.)

So, Lai asked me to tell you a little bit about everyone. I suppose by now, you’ve heard about her “barmy.” (I hate that name, but if I tell her, she’ll only use it more.) She says we’re her boy-army and she did that stupid thing where she smushed it together to get one lazy name. Barmy.

ColeSo let’s start with me. I’m the cool one of the group. Kidding. I’ll say I’m probably the cut-up, the one everyone thinks plays hard and studies less. But I do study…they just don’t see it. I’ve played soccer since I was a kid and I’m pretty good at it – played for the Varsity team since sophomore year. I do all right with the chicks. (Lai hates when I call girls that.) I’m always pushing to get her to set me up with someone, but she’s yet to take me up on that.

HadenMoving on, we have Haden Searle. Haden is definitely the quiet one of the group. It’s a little creepy at times because he’s always watching and waiting. When he does speak, it almost seems as if he’s just woken up because you think he doesn’t notice things, but he does. Haden’s an artist – and damn good at it. His parents put him in art classes when he was a kid because they saw a natural talent in him and he’s been doing it ever since. It’s funny that people are afraid of him because I don’t think I’ve ever seen him hurt a fly.

BraxtonNext, we have Braxton Jameson. If we were a gang, people would assume he’s the leader. Why? I have no idea. Probably because he plays every sport, all the girls want to date him and he’s pretty popular. He’s the oldest and when we were kids, I guess it was Brax who ran the show. But these days, he’s just one of us. He doesn’t let his popularity go to his head, but then again, I don’t think Lai, or the rest of us for that matter, would let it. Brax is a good guy, hell, I’m friends with him for the girls. Kidding, Brax.

JoeyAlright, next is Joey Parker, resident nerd, but good guy. He is a nerd, and he knows it, I’m not being mean when I call him that. Joe will be the next Bill Gates – or someone else wicked smart. He and Lai are probably the closest of all of us. I talk to Lai or text once a day, unless I need something. They talk all the time. When we’re in a group, sometimes it looks they’re having their own conversation, without saying anything at all.

LailaThen there’s the princess of the group. (I called her that because I know she’d hate it.) Laila Nixon. To say that people don’t like her is an understatement. I’m not completely self-absorbed. I’ve seen the way other girls at school look at her, like she’s wearing a scarlet letter or something like that. That sucks for me, because if she had actual girl-friends, maybe she’d have someone to set me up with. Laila is protective of us guys, not that we need it, but I think we like the attention. She’s not like your typical high school girl. She’s pretty, don’t get me wrong, but she’s not hung up on name brands, the latest styles or wearing a lot of makeup. She doesn’t try too hard, and if Lai thinks you’re a good person, you’re in for life. I guess that’s why we’ve always looked after her and want to be there for her.

I know she’s nervous about this story coming out, but she has nothing to worry about. In fact, I read it (but don’t tell Lai.)It was pretty damn good. I’m not much of a reader, especially chick books, but it’s worth the read.

Oh yeah, she also asked me to mention that T.K. Rapp has Finding Laila on preorder for $2.99 and then after it comes out, it’ll be $3.99. I’ll add the link, in case you want to buy it. Let me say this…you’ll want to read it. Hell, you SHOULD read it, because I’M in it. Just sayin’. 😉

Anyway, the book comes out on January 13th – Buy it. Read it. Love it. Review it.

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Peace,
Cole

2014 TK Rapp Year in Review

2014 – the Year in Review

2014 has been an absolutely fantastic year! It truly seems to have gone past in a blur and as I sit here, I can’t help but wonder if I missed something. Some parts of it seem to have happened years ago, not just eleven short months ago.

My second book, Mine to Lose, came out and so January started with a bang. I had so much support and love from bloggers, authors and readers and before I knew it, I was working on book #2 in the Mine to Love Series, Mine to Steal. There is another story there – Jett’s – but it’s on the back burner for a little while.

Amidst the book releases, there were the book signings. In February, I attended my first as an author and shared a table with R.S. Grey and sat next to PEN-NNNNNAAAAAYYYY Reid. (I love yelling that at her!) It was a first for all three of us, and I was lucky enough to have dinner with Penny and her assistant, Angie, the night before the signing. I was terribly nervous about meeting her…what if she doesn’t like me? What if she thinks I’m weird? What if I have nothing cool to say? Okay, none of that mattered because we hit it off and I enjoyed her so much.

Then came the Houston Indie Mashup and again I shared a table with R.S. Grey who – by this time – hit the USA Today Best Seller list! I was so excited that I got to congratulate her in person. She, her Lance, my hubs, and a few other writers went out to dinner at a local restaurant. Gabby organized the get together and everyone had a great time. It was a long day filled with smiles, drinks, friends and hugs from Sunshine via Charity. (My Candybabies!)

It was at the Mashup that so much changed with I met Kathryn Falk….THE Kathryn Falk. We started chatting and exchanged phone numbers with plans to talk after the event. And we did. After a visit to her farm, I began working with her and 3 other amazing ladies on her Houston Readers and Writers Roundup – an event that is going to take place in Houston October of next year. (More on this later.)

The pinnacle of the signing year for me came when I attended Penned Con in St. Louis. I signed up for this event a year earlier and I was beyond scared. I mean, I was going to be at an event with the likes of Colleen Hoover, Jasinda Wilder, Abby Glines, Tara Sivec and so many more! Okay, yes, these names terrified me! But what intimidated me even more was meeting the people I had become close with over the last year and a half. People like my wifey, author of the Roam Series – Kimberly Stedronsky, Lisa Karafa of Penny for My Thoughts Book Blog, Word Play author Amalie Silver, Jenn Beach of B.O.M.B., Kahlen Aymes – author of The Remembrance Trilogy. But meeting them all in person felt as if I knew them for years and we hung out like we were old friends. Of course, I got to see PEN-NAAAAYYYY again and flew out with Angie…best flying partner! And I found new friends, too, like the lovely DL Kane, Susan Garwood of Wicked Women Book Blog, Lori Otto – author of the book that has me wrecked in the best possible way – The Emi Lost & Found Series, Simone Chavous – author of the Fate Series Books, Amy Jackson – editor fabuloso and so many more!! The icing on the cake was being joined by my best friend who promoted herself to my Midwest Selling something or another….it was a long title and it fit. 😉 LOL!

There are a few other writers that I got to meet when I attended a pre-signing party in Houston. Hanging out with Stacey Lynn was the HIGHLIGHT….finally getting to meet and hug this woman made me smile. It was here I got to hang with Stacey, her husband, my husband, Erin Noelle, KD Robichaux, Jessica Prince and then I got to meet Jay Crownover…how cool is that?!

This leads us to the fourth book I have coming out – Finding Laila. I started work on it and kept much of it under wraps until it was almost complete. This book is my baby, my heart and soul. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait to release it on January 13. I only hope others love it as much as I do. It’s my first YA novel and I have a feeling it won’t be my last. These characters are a part of me and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Looking ahead at 2015, there is so much I’m excited about:

~Finding Laila
~Book Release Party with Erin Noelle, Sierra Cartwright and KD Robichaux
~HRWR in October
~RT Book Convention in May

And hopefully meeting some of these people:

~Kelsie Leverich
~Claire C. Riley 
~Brittainy C. Cherry
~A. Meredith Walters
~Jean Haus
~Sarahbeth Caplin Stoneburner
~Kirsty-Anne Still

There’s more…I know there is…and I’m going to feel like a jerk for leaving them out. But trust me…I KNOW there is more. And I want to meet every-single-one!

Thank you so much for being a part of my 2014 and I hope you’ll stick around and be part of my 2015 as well. I want to be a part of yours. Happy New Year’s and I wish you so many wonderful things. ❤

Until next year 😉

XO
~T

Eric Asher ~ This Broken World

Vesik, Book 4 An ocean of darkness lives in the journal of Philip Pinkerton. Ancient things with no place in our world are rising from the Abyss. Ezekiel, the arrogant, mad god has called us into battle. Does he think we can’t touch him, or does he know we can’t? I wish I knew. The world’s only hope lies in a forgotten weapon, the strength of our allies, and one necromancer of questionable ancestry. Yeah, this is going to end well.
“When did you learn to
scale an incantation without a modifier?” the Old Man asked. His tone was full of humor.He wasn’t expecting an actual answer. He already knew the damned answer.
“I …” I stared at the frozen earth, speechless.
“You didn’t use a modifier, and yet you clearly used a minas art.”
I looked up at him with wide eyes. “I could have turned this entire field into an ice rink.”
“And yet, here we are.”
“Crazy old bastard,” Dell muttered as he stretched out on the rock again. “He could have killed us all.”
“Have you ever seen your master do that?” the Old Man asked.
“No,” I said. “You and Ezekiel and Edgar are the only people I’ve seen use non-verbal incantations.”
“You still spoke, but you internalized the modifier. Even that could be enough to give you an advantage in a close contest. And the sword.” He nodded at the blade.
I let it collapse in on itself and stared at the old hilt.
“Admittedly,” the Old Man said, “that is not likely to damage a demon to a significant degree. There are still times where a soulsword is your best bet. I would suggest using someone else’s soul for that.”
“That’s the path of a dark necromancer,” I said.
“That is the path of a man who survives.”

 Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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