Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant - Book Tour and Giveaway

Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.

With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?


When she opened the door, she froze. Time stood still. Subconsciously, her jaw dropped. Before her stood an extremely handsome man holding a bottle of red wine. This was Raymond? Dad’s friend? Was her first thought. He was tall with short brown hair, a broad, dark moustache, and high cheekbones that looked chiseled into his somewhat chubby cheeks, which had a slight distinction of redness to them—in an attractive way. Tammy wasn’t sure if he was cold or just blushing, but as she stood in the doorway staring at him, Tom Selleck came to mind.
She lost herself in his deep blue eyes, framed by long, thick black eyelashes. When he flashed a heart-warming smile, she found herself being drawn in even more. He wore blue jeans, blue loafers, and a blue and white checked shirt with the top buttons undone, revealing a few dark chest hairs. 

Joanne had told her that he was just a few years younger than her father, but he seemed a lot younger. She could feel her heart rate increasing and soon realized she’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog. She’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog. 

He spoke softly, albeit with a hint of nervousness, in a manly, alluring voice. “Er, hi. Is John home? You must be his daughter. Tammy, right?” 

Guest Post

Balancing Life & Writing

With a full time job, two dogs, 5 chickens, 6 falcons and 150 pigeons, finding quality time to write can sometimes be a challenge. 
Fortunately my son is grown with a family of his own and I don’t have the distraction of raising a child. I live in the country so I’m surrounded by nature and tranquility. A great asset when it comes to writing.

I have tried many ways to discipline myself when it comes to actual writing time. My goal is to write at least an hour a day during the week and I’ll take whatever I can on weekends. I tried getting up at 5am. Figuring after a few cups of coffee, I’d be ready to write by 5:30am, write for an hour and have the rest of the day for myself. The problem is, I’m a night owl. I normally don’t go to bed until midnight or 1:00am. When I tried this method I also tried to adjust my sleeping habits and went to bed at 10:00pm. Well that didn’t work. I just tossed and turned for three hours. So after a week I ditched that idea and figured because I’m a night owl and my husband is in bed by 10:00pm, why not write late in the evenings. I’m happy to say, it works beautifully. 

Once hubby has gone off to bed, the TV is turned off and I sit down to write. Writing late at night truly works for me for many reasons. It doesn’t interfere with my day job or my everyday activities. My husband and I still are able to spend quality time together. If I have the grandkids for the weekend, I can still write after they have gone to bed. 

Another bonus is that I  am able to write for more than just hour. Normally I get at least two hours of writing in and sometimes more if I’m on a roll. And I have the whole day to plan in my head what I will be writing about.

This is an easy schedule for me to keep because it fits in with my lifestyle perfectly. For me it’s a win, win situation. I am able to write five days a week and anything I am able to squeeze in on weekends is an added bonus but I tend to keep those open for family gatherings and socializing.

About the Author

Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.

For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled,  “Better Endings.” 

She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.

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