Monday, December 31, 2012

TBR welcomes Taryn Kincaid

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Taryn. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
Taryn: Let’s see…hmm…I write romance! D’oh! You knew that already right? My first release was a steamy and sensual Regency, Healing Hearts. My other releases have been erotic paranormals and they’re all set in Sleepy Hollow. I live and work not too far away from the real Sleepy Hollow, NY. It’s not that much like what I portray, but Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are both amazing in the fall, especially around Halloween time!  My stories are pretty HOT, but the sex is more or less spiced up vanilla. Like vanilla with ginger bits or cinnamon. Maybe like the steamy foam on your peppermint latte!

TBR: Tell us about THUNDER and where it's available.
Taryn: THUNDER is my second 1Night Stand story for Decadent Publishing. It’s available all over! (It’s $1 cheaper if you buy it at Decadent’s site!)

The hero of THUNDER, a hunky developer and contractor named Sean Jones, is the younger brother of Campbell Jones, the awesome architect hero (with superpowers) of my first 1Night Stand story, LIGHTNING. They are standalones and you don’t need to read one to read the other, but Camp does put in a brief appearance in THUNDER. In fact, Campbell arranges Sean’s 1Night Stand…the same way Sean talked Campbell into engaging the Madame Eve’s exclusive, high-end dating service. Turn about is fair play, after all!

TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.

Lonely young witch, Veronica Hardwicke, has struggled to get on with her life after the death of the elderly husband who’d left her a fortune and a sprawling estate in mystical Sleepy Hollow. When frightening things go bump in the night on a stormy Fourth of July, who better to call than the sexy developer and contractor, Sean Jones, who's been renovating her mansion for months?
Sean may grace the tabloid pages with a different supermodel on his arm every night, but it's Veronica who drives him nuts. Ignoring his instinct to stay away, he answers her summons.
Will the thundering passion of their 1Night Stand tear down the barriers between them?

Veronica paced back and forth in the grand entry foyer of the Belmont mansion, the kitten heels of her Prada mules clacking on the marble floors.
The rest of the place might not be finished, but she’d insisted on having a few rooms completed, so at least she felt like she was living in a home, rather than a massive, never-ending construction project. Well, her contractor had insisted, even though working around the main entrance and central hallway created more work for him and his crew. But she was forced to admit he was right.
Her cell phone chimed on top of the antique credenza shoved flush against one wall. She leaped for it. Probably Geneviève, to regale her with all the fun she was having in Paris. Or Sean, to advise her he couldn’t make it after all. She sighed and read the text message on the small screen.
Congratulations, Veronica. 1Night Stand has found your date. Have a good time.
With both anxiety and mounting excitement, she stared at the screen and waited. No other info. Outside in the night, thunder boomed. She jumped then laughed at herself.
Ghosts are one thing, but freaking out at the weather now? Cripes, you really do need this date!
She let her imagination run wild, then texted back for more details:
When? Where? Who?
An insistent pounding at the front door jarred her out of her fantasy. She swung the door open on another explosive crack of thunder.
Sean stood on her doorstep, his soaked T-shirt molding sculpted pecs and abs, his drenched hair flattened over his brow. Rain poured down as he fiddled with his iPhone, a bemused expression on his face. Behind him, jagged arrows of lightning tore the dark sky. He glared at the screen, glanced at her in confusion, then back at the screen.
Veronica’s own phone pinged again. Thunder roared. She read the message in disbelief.
    You’re looking at him.

TBR: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Taryn: I love writing the 1Night Stand stories and this seemed a natural. Sean is a cocky devil in LIGHTNING and screamed for his own story. Veronica is mentioned in LIGHTNING, too, but she didn’t have a name then and I didn’t know anything about her, except that she was the wealthy woman whose mansion the Campbell brothers’ company, By Jones was renovating … and that Sean was having difficulties with her…even then!

TBR: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Taryn: I am a pantser all the way. I don’t even know where I’m going from sentence to sentence, much as I might wish it otherwise. If I could plot, I’d probably write mysteries!  Even if I get a plot bunny, it seems to go off and nibble story carrots somewhere else. On the rare occasions when I’ve tried to outline, either I gave up on the story, or the story ended up taking a major detour and ending up in a different county altogether.

TBR: How do you develop your characters?
Taryn:  I don’t know. It is a factor of many things. They’re backstory, of course. Whether they’ve been hurt or damaged, psychologically or otherwise in the past. What they do for a living.

TBR: Any tips or tricks for world building you’d care to share?
Taryn: The sky’s the limit, as they say. You can make up anything at all…and don’t worry about legend and lore …but you must be consistent in your own world.  In LIGHTNING and my not-yet released 1Night Stand story, FROST, the heroines are succubi. In LIGHTNING, the heroine had, in the past, problems with lightning during sex. One reviewer said she thought lightning was for Valkyrie. Well, yes. In Kelsey Cole’s series! Vampires are very much different in J. R. Ward’s world than in the world of Twilight and both are very much different from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. So feel free…but stay true to yourself.

TBR: Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
Taryn: I’ll give you a threefer:

 “I’m not that good a witch.”
“Maybe you need a familiar.”
You’re my familiar, Mr. Jones.”

TBR: Did any music inspire your book? Do you have a playlist?
Taryn:  Thunder Road, of course!
No, seriously, though. I cannot write with music on. I’m too easily distracted. I start singing or humming along. Not that I can carry a tune. I don’t mind if the TV’s on in another room because that’s just background noise. But music is too immediate. Like someone talking to you.

TBR: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Taryn: I have one succubi sister left who needs a story, and Campbell and Sean have their By Jones partners and Sean’s squeeze, Veronica, has a friend who’s a will-o’the-wisp…so I sometimes envision what Thanksgiving would be like at one of their homes…hmm.

TBR: What's next for you?
Taryn:  Next up is FROST, my third 1Night Stand story for decadent. I LOVE this one! It was so HOT and fun to write. The heroine is succubus Dagney Night, the sister of Lily Night from LIGHTNING. The hero is a reclusive fire-sex demon and phenomenal artist, Maxwell Raines. It’s a Valentine’s story.

TBR: Any other published works?
Taryn: HEALING HEARTS, my Regency romance for Carina Press; SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS, my first Sleepy Hollow-set erotic paranormal for The Wild Rose Press; and LIGHTNING, my 1st 1Night Stand story for Decadent Publishing.

TBR: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Taryn:  I recently discovered and got hooked on J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I devoured all of them like M&Ms, one after another. Right now I’m reading Team of Rivals, a nonfiction book by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s the book that inspired the movie, Lincoln. It’s fascinating.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?
Taryn:  I have a website at, a blog at, where you can find me. I LOVE comments and emails! You can also find me on Facebook, where I have a profile as well as a Facebook Author page. And I’m on Twitter and Goodreads. You can also find my author pages on Amazon, Manic Readers and The Romance Reviews. 

TBR: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Taryn: If you’ve already read LIGHTNING or THUNDER, what would YOU like to see next from me?

TBR: Readers, Taryn will give away swag and a copy of THUNDER to one lucky commenter. She'll pick a winner and announce the winner here. Be sure to leave your email address so she can contact you.

Thanks for visiting TBR, Taryn! All the best to you, and Happy New Year’s!


  1. Thanks for having me in TBR and Cate! So happy to be here. Hope everyone else is out busily getting ready for whatever it is they do tonight...may I suggest sipping a Dark & Stormy while reading THUNDER?

  2. This book sounds really good!!! I'm going to have to get Lighning too so I can check out BOTH Jones' brothers! Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the chance to win!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. Welcome to TBR, Taryn! So happy you're heating up New Year's Eve here. :)
    I have Thunder and Lightning on my Kindle, and can't wait to meet those Jones boys.
    Have a wonderful New Year's!

  4. From one panster to another--congrats on your latest release. What a sexy darn covers!! Love the premise of the books and it's so cool that you set these in an historical place. Best wishes for continued success and I'm adding your books to my TBR list right now. :)

  5. I loved Lightning, and I look forward to reading Thunder and Frost. Thunder is already on my e-reader. :) All the best in 2013, Taryn!

  6. Elizabeth, Cate, Joya, Jess!

    Thanks so much for stopping by to play on this, the last day of 2012! For those of you with my books on your e-readers....YIPPPPPPEPEEEE!! And thanks.

    For those of you interested in checking out the hunky Jones brothers...I hope you do. (But their squeezes might have a thing or two to say about that!)

  7. I love your trailer for Thunder and have been coveting the book. Hope its hopping off the digital shelves. :)
    Liza2write at

  8. Taryn's paranormal stories are quirky and fun! I love all three (and yes, I've read Frost, it's a keeper!)

    1. Your can of spray cheese is in the mail.

      Thanks, Val!

  9. What better way to start 2013 than by adding more books to my wishlist :) Love the sound of the story from your blurb :)


  10. Ooooh, I haven't read these, but they sound like winners to me. I've got to have them. Yes! On my TBB list.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. The winner is Elizabeth H!

    Congrats, Elizabeth!


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