Thursday, January 4, 2018

Spotlighting Tabetha Waite

Disclaimer : This is what Tabetha Waite has to say about her books . I have not read any so I don't know - My books are a med heat level I would say. There are love scenes, but not overly descriptive as some.
Author Bio:
Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. For a bullied introvert, this seemed to be the perfect escape, so she began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery. It wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering the allure of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked! 
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match,” released on ebook in June 2017. Her third novel, “When a Duke Pursues a Lady,” will release on ebook in January 2018.
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch attendant at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA, a founding member of the romance novel film company, Passionflix, and a proud supporter of The Ripped Bodice, an all romance bookstore in CA! 

You can find her on most any social media site and she encourages any fans of her work to join her mailing list to learn more about upcoming novels or events.


1 What is the first book that made you cry?
I've been a reader for a long time, so I would have to say "Bridge to Terabithia." I read this in elementary school and cried my eyes out! Right then I told myself to read only happy books!

2 What book title best describes your life?
Honestly, I'm going to go with "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. While I wasn't a poverty stricken orphan like young Pip, I did have writing dreams that I was determined to come true.

3 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop procrastinating! Take a risk and get your work out there sooner.

4 What made you want to become a writer?
My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Bailey will always be credited with this. She encouraged me to write and gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my stories.

5 What book have you read that has most influenced your life?
It's not a classic, like you might imagine. "Midnight Bride" by Kathleen Drymon was my bridge between American and English history. It's still one of my favorite reads of all time.

6 Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely! They are a wonderful cheering squad. My girls think I'm famous!

7 Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I fear they are all fantasy based. It's only after I have the character brought to life in a book that I decide what they're going to look like.

8 Does your book have a lesson? Moral?
True love doesn't always have to be hearts and rainbows, and men aren't always unrepentant scoundrels. Sometimes the best version of romance is simple devotion.

 9 What has your experience been like as an new author? Bruises, Highlights, and lessons?
There is LOTS of competition out there and marketing and promotion is harder than actually writing a book. Trying to get noticed is a full time job of its own. We all want to succeed, but that doesn't mean we have to step on each other to do it. I've met some great people in the industry that are willing to lend a helping hand.

10 What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
To grow my network and become a respected, bestselling author. If that doesn't happen, well at least I tried and accomplished my initial goal of seeing my name in print.

11 What is the worst advice you have been given as an author?
I can't say that I've really had any bad advice. I've had constructive criticism, but that's helpful in developing my writing. No one has ever said quit, or you're not good enough to go any further.

12 What is the best advice you have been given as an author?
I think my editors are amazing. They make me think outside the box constantly! When that dreaded first round of edits comes through my inbox, I cringe thinking of all the rewrites I'll likely have to do. But it's all helped me to hone my skills of storytelling to a more polished level. I think each book gets better than the last because of it. Besides, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well! My aim is to entertain the reader, not deliver a history lesson. I want them to feel the depth of emotional conflict and finish my book eager for the next.
                           Book Spotlights 

A missing heirloom. A stolen inheritance. Can love conquer mistrust?
Athena Hawthorne never imagined that she would lose everything she’d ever had. But after the death of her father, his prosperous jewelry store is sold off to pay his supposed debts. Athena, now destitute, embarks on a mission to discover the truth, but circumstances force her to accept an offer from a handsome stranger to work as a governess. She’s determined to clear her father’s name, but a certain earl is making matters far more difficult than necessary. And she can’t be in danger of losing her heart to a member of the aristocracy…

Orion Ashcroft, the Earl of Rockford, is convinced that Athena is a grasping thief who stole a priceless family heirloom, the rare sapphire known as the Couleur Magnifique. When he offers her the position of governess to his sister’s children, he only intends to catch her in some nefarious scheme and get back the sapphire – his grandmother’s dying wish. But he soon discovers that keeping his distance – and his sanity – around the beautiful Athena isn’t as easy as he’d planned. It certainly doesn’t help that his sister and his best friend plead her innocence at every frustrating turn. Soon he’s struggling between honoring his promise and his growing attraction to Athena. 

But there’s danger closer than either expect. Even a masquerade can’t hide Athena from the curiosity of the ton forever…and there’s a threat hiding among the highest members of society.

Athena Hawthorne knows that she’s been wronged, that her late father’s debts are false. Intending to set things right, she accepts a desperate offer from a handsome stranger to work as a governess. 
Orion Ashcroft, the Earl of Rockford, means to keep Athena close at hand, believing she is responsible for the theft of a priceless family heirloom. His grandmother’s dying wish, to see it restored. 
It isn’t until a shocking villain threatens all he holds dear, does Rion have to make a choice between duty – and desire. 

Secrets. Lies. And a second chance at love…

Mara Miller has been living a secret life in the guise of Miss Anna Smith for nearly a decade. Forced to give up the only man she’d ever loved, she finally made a place for herself in London as a modest, haberdashery owner.

Until one day changes it all.

Roarke Garrott, Viscount Eversleigh, is determined to put his life – and his heart – back together. Returning to England after more than a seven year hiatus in India, he returns to the very woman he’s never been able to forget. Working together for a common goal, the truth – and the past – come back to haunt them as they return to where it all began. 

An innocent woman. A loyal agent to the Crown. A path of deception that tests the bonds of love. 
Lyra Coventry, Lady Weston, has spent the past three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage. But just when she believes she’s free, she’s charged with the murder of her husband. With no one to turn to for help, her judgment seems rather dire, until the Duke of Albright comes forward to offer his aid. With no choice but to put her trust in him, she doesn’t know that he has an ulterior motive for helping her – to prove her guilty of treason. It isn’t until the true villain comes to light that she discovers a strength she never knew existed – and a love she never thought was possible.

Alister Ayles, Duke of Albright, might be the subject of ton ridicule, but as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he discovered a higher purpose. However, when he’s faced with his toughest investigation to date, he has to travel a difficult path. Years ago, he’d made a mistake and let Lyra slip through his fingers. Now, he has a chance to make it right by clearing her name. But when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?

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