Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: The Awakening of Tara by Sara McBride

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clip_image002The Awakening of Tara

Charmed in Paradise Series

Book One

Sara McBride

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ BBW Witches and Wizards

Publisher: MLF Press

Date of Publication: July 15th 2015


Number of pages: 77

Word Count: 24975

Book Description:

Tara’s a big girl whose life is in shambles. Her fiancĂ© left her for some skinny little bitch, work is overwhelming and her self-esteem has been shredded. So when her best friend suggests a vacation on the tropical paradise island of Barbados, she jumps at the chance.

A freak accident on a Caribbean beach leaves Tara with a magical gift that makes her virtually irresistible to men, rebuilds her broken self-esteem and introduces her to a mystical world of witches and wizards as well as one of the sexiest mega millionaire pro athletes on the planet.

When an evil billionaire wizard decides to take what he wants, the real question is, can Tara and her friends escape this adventure with their lives.

This paranormal romance adventure series is filled with steamy romance, sizzling sex, paranormal adventure, evil billionaires and hot, curvy BBWs.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/VFVRWIYTlmg

Available at Amazon



They had a bit of a late start because something had come up at Tara’s office, then traffic getting out of the city had been Friday-heavy; and that was before three car pileup at the junction of the I-43 and 141.

Now they were driving in the dark through this sparsely populated part of the state. The headlights of her Audi A6 cut sharply through the deep Wisconsin darkness. At least one thing had gone right: they had gotten lucky with the weather. While it was cold, it hadn’t snowed that day and according to the weatherman it wasn’t supposed to until the next morning. Tara wanted to get up to Iron Mountain before it got late and she really wanted to let those horses run, but driving too fast at this time of night on this road would be dangerous. You never knew when a deer might bolt from the trees and across the highway. An encounter like that could wreck your car and your weekend and this one had already started out badly, so she backed off the gas pedal just a little.

Ever since they had left Green Bay, Richard had been strangely quiet. Tara had tried to engage him in small talk, asking him how work was going and whom did he think his favorite football team was going to draft this spring. She even pulled out her ace-in-the-hole and brought up the big news of the day about the team signing a mega million-dollar multi-year contract with his favorite player, Troy Schell.

Not that Tara really cared much about football, but Richard did, so she tried to keep up with what was happening with his team and his favorite players. But he had been quiet, spending most of his time looking at his phone or staring out the car window, his mind off somewhere in his own world.

A voice deep inside her said something’s wrong. Can’t you feel it?

No, what she and Richard needed, thought Tara, was a weekend of snowboarding, snow shoeing and hot sex at the closest thing to a mountain resort the upper Midwest had to offer, which is why she had booked a romantic cabin at Iron Mountain.

Things had been difficult between them lately and she knew she was mostly to blame. She had been spending a lot of time at work—a ridiculous amount, truth be told, and although they lived together they barely saw each other anymore. It had been weeks since they’d made love and Tara was feeling pent up; this weekend she was determined to rock her fiancĂ©’s world and remind him of why he had liked it enough to put a ring on it.

In fact, she had a plan. While their sex life had been pretty boring lately, Tara was planning some surprises for her man this weekend that would make up for how stale things had become. In her suitcase were a cute little French maid costume and a naughty nurse uniform she had found at the lingerie boutique on 27th street. She was also betting that Richard would get a kick out of the strawberry-flavored lube she had found. Yes, this was going to be a weekend to remember. Tara had no idea how right she was.

By the time they reached Iron Mountain and found the cabin it was almost nine o’clock. Tara pulled the Audi off the paved road and navigated up the dark, rutted tree lined drive and into the small space beside the cozy-looking log cabin she had rented online.

She had chosen this particular place because it had looked rustic on the outside but well-appointed on the inside, including a full kitchen, living room with satellite TV and a king size bed with an elaborate iron headboard—the perfect attachment spot for the leopard-print fur-lined handcuffs. Yep, it was going to feel really good to be so bad.

Tara shifted the car into park and got out, stretching luxuriously. The cold air hit her like a bracing slap on her cheeks and the smell of pine trees was almost overpowering. The transition from the warmth of the car and lingering smells of the city to the cold country air threw her into sensory overload. She shook her head and stepped onto the front porch, where the owners had said the key would be concealed under the garden gnome beside the stairs. She retrieved the key and headed over to unlock the front door while Richard pulled their bags from the trunk. Her plan had been to attack the man as soon as they were inside. Literally ravage him right after they got inside and closed the door, hell, maybe even before they shut the door!

But that plan had gone right out the window as Richard had brushed right past her with the bags before she could even get her hands on him. He flipped on the living room lights and headed directly to the bedroom with their luggage. When he reached the bedroom he dropped the bags on the floor and flicked on the bedside lamp, leaving Tara standing in the doorway.

The voice in her head spoke up again. Why the walls? And he’s just so cold…You’re NOT listening!

Undeterred, she followed him into the bedroom and he was already opening dresser drawers preparing to unpack their bags when she turned him towards her and wrapped her arms around him. She reached around behind him and grasped his firm ass and pressed her hips into him.

Tara tilted her head, bit her lip and whispered, “Hey big guy, do you think you could help a girl out? I’m feeling a little… anxious…if you know what I mean.” Then she traced her lips teasingly across his.

At first he tentatively returned the kiss but as her tongue became more insistent, she felt his cock begin to stiffen in his jeans, pressing firmly against her leg and his kisses became more intense. She ran her hands along his chest and shoulders and peeled off his thick down ski jacket leaving him in just a blue and green flannel shirt and a pair of weathered jeans that fit his narrow hips perfectly.

His hands slid down to her plump buttocks drawing her against him as he pulled his mouth away from hers and began to kiss gently along her jawline making his way to an earlobe which he knew from years of experience was ever-so-sensitive. She shivered as she felt her nipples stiffen and press against the silky fabric of her bra. Then to her complete surprise he sunk his teeth into her earlobe which sent an electric current directly to sex. Knees buckling, she would have fallen had he not held on firmly to her backside, pulling her even closer to him and grinding his now fully erect cock hard into her leg.



Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I have always been a lover of stories. My first career was health and wellness but my passion has always been story telling.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

Still trying to get my head around the whole writer thing. Maybe I can think of myself in those terms after 3 or for successful series.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

I wrote my first book in a little over two months. I decided for marketing reasons to break the book into three novellas that were between 75 pages and 100 pages long. I was lucky enough to have a friend who owned a small publishing company and I approached him with my book and he published it. The whole process took about 3 months.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I used to be a personal trainer and a yoga instructor. But about a year ago I injured myself and had to give it up. Now I write and stay at home with my two awesome little ones.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

The name of the first book in my series is The Awakening of Tara and it’s the story of a big girl who finds her magic and her true love on a tropical island then must fight to keep both. It’s sort of Harry Potter meets How Stella Got Her Groove Back. I know, interesting combo, right?

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

My publisher is MLF Press


How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

This is my first book and it took me a little over two and a half months from start to finish. The whole project ended up at around 250 pages.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

For now I think I’m sticking with romance. Although I may do something in the new adult category.

What genre would you place your books into?

This series is Paranormal romance with a BBW for the main character.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I have always been a big fantasy/paranormal fan. A few years ago one of my clients turned me on to the BBW paranormal romance books. She said she liked reading about women who were robust like her finding love, romance and sex. I thought the books were great and sent a bad ass message!

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

My favorite character in my book is Asha, the daughter of my Barbadian witch. I love her because she’s fearless. Even when terrible things are happening she’s facing everything head on.


Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I do a lot of walking when I write. One of my kids asked me if I was ADD because “mommy, you never sit down.” Sitting seems to suck the creativity right out of me. So I walk around with my tablet thinking and plotting. Then I find a bench or a playground and write on my tablet. Sometimes I’ll go for a walk and get an idea and run all the way home to sit down at the computer and get it out of my head and onto a device where I can use it.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

For me the title always comes last. The story will always dictate the title. My characters tell me the name of the book.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

For this book I started from an actual experience I had when I was in Barbados. Then I used the names of some of the people I met when I was there and names from people I actually know. Then I created the story around that.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I love e-books because they’re just so portable. We took the family to Spain this spring and I read at least ten books in those two weeks. I could never have lugged ten books all over Spain. I read a lot and I tend to do it when I’m on the go. When you have kids you spend a lot of time waiting around in weird places and e-books allow me to take all my books with me wherever I go.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

That’s such a tough question. I love To Kill A Mockingbird and I’ve read it 4 or five times. But I also adore the whole Game of Thrones Series and I’ve read all the books at least twice. What George R.R. Martin does in those books just blows my mind.





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When a life-changing injury forced her to give up a successful career as a personal trainer, Sara McBride did what any girl with the gift for gab and a typing speed that is freakishly fast would do—become a paranormal BBW erotic romance writer.

Long frustrated with the fitness industry’s lack of acceptance that many people naturally have a body mass index above the “normal” range, she has always championed acceptance and wellness for all—not just those crazy people who love to exercise. Viva la BBW!

A lifelong reader of fantasy and paranormal fiction, Sara lives with her very patient husband and two small children who now begin every sentence with “As soon as you’re finished writing that chapter, could we….”

Her license plate holder reads “My other car is a broom.”

This is her first work of fiction.

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