Ashes & Wine Blog Tour ~ Guest Post/Giveaway

Let's start the week off with a bang. Please welcome Taryn Elliot to Salacious Reads today. She'll be talking about her book Ashes & Wine and Love...

Title: Ashes and Wine
Author: Taryn Elliott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 190 pages
Release Date: June 2012
Imprint: Ever Afters
Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Learning to Love Again

I think one of the hardest things to do is open yourself up to love after someone’s stripped a layer of your heart away and shoved it in a blender. I’ve been on both sides of that particular party.

In my opinion, both suck. Capital letters S-U-C-K.

But being on the giving and receiving end helps as a writer though. Instead of talking about my heartbreak, I’d like to discuss breaking someone’s heart.

I can remember what it feels like to have to hurt someone. The coiling snakes in the belly, the roaring in my ears and sweaty palms as I had to tell him that I wasn't in love with him. Watching those huge brown eyes fill with pain and shock. Unfortunately for me, he didn't run with the typical guy stoic response. He didn't even go with an asshat response. No, it was so much worse. There was resolve and a scary glint after the first flash of pain subsided.

Then I found him by my car at ten at night when I was in college. I was an art major and had studios that let out really late. He was sitting on the hood of my car. He wouldn't take no for an answer. He was determined to be the perfect boyfriend and do whatever it was that I wanted so we could be together.

Sounds romantic, right?

No. No it wasn't.

You see I saw the seeds of a possessive personality and it was one of the reasons I broke things off. It only escalated from there. In the end, I couldn’t play nice. I couldn't allow myself to be alone with him. I couldn’t allow him to have that kind of power over me. And in the end neither of us were what we started out to be.

That kind of change—an emotionally charged change—that’s what you want in a story. That’s what I want to have happen. Not necessarily a stalker, please and thank you, but I want a character to change through a book. I like the inciting incident that makes a character more than they were.

As a writer, I want to create that journey and as a reader, those are the stories that make me dig in and lose sleep. Anyone can write about a broken heart, but creating a character that is brave enough to pick him/herself up and start again? To change and become a better hero or heroine in the story? Those are the stories that I love. Those are the stories that stick with you. Thanks to a little personal knowledge, I hope to pour that into many stories to come.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Sharonda. I really appreciate the opportunity. And the subject matter got a little bit of the better of me. So thanks for leaving the topic so open.

I’d love to hear about a challenge you faced in the crazy, wacky thing we call love? Have you ever had to do the breaking up part?

A random commenter will win a copy of ASHES AND WINE in the format of your choice. Kindle, ePub, or PDF. )

Thank you Taryn for stopping through ;)
Me & love haven't always been the best of friends..smh and I've broken up with maybe two guys in my whole life..that includes the current BF. Love can be a risky thing all right and it hurts like a mo-fo when it doesn't turn out right. But when it turns out!

Answer Taryn's question above for your chance to win a copy of Ashes & Wine. I absolutely loved the sweet and gut wrenching all at the same time. Taryn has a winner here and I think you'll enjoy immensely. You'll find my Review in a separate post.


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There is also a tour wide giveaway going on..Taryn is offering up a Graphics Package including a: Facebook banner, icon, Twitter background and Website topper. Giveaway is open to everyone and will end November 16th.. Click on the link HERE to enter. 

About Your Author

Taryn Elliott is from the great state of New York—upstate NY, thank you very much. Her family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of her alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. She counts her writer-friends as the glue that keeps her crazy ideas more in the sane category, and her non-writerly friends as the reason she’s not a complete hermit.
She can’t go a day without laughing, and falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she’s writing their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.
Taryn is shamelessly addicted to the internet and adores hearing from readers. You can email her at or find her on most social media outlets via her website.

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