JustRomance.Me – Love A Tree Blog Hop


Welcome! This is my second time joining a JustRomance.Me blog hop. If you came upon this post by accident, but would like to join in the fun, just click the banner to the left and you can start at the beginning. There are lots of prizes up for grabs (one of which is a copy of my novella, Tower in the Woods).

This blog hop celebrates Earth Day , so I chose a relevant except from my new release Warlock’s Pawn. Below it is a picture of the actual location that inspired this desert fantasy (Empty Quarter, UAE). My husband’s one of the guys in black.

Though strategy dictated he walk past the idyllic scene in this neglected garden, he found himself marching toward her as if drawn by a magical tether. A single sighting would make his efforts a complete waste, but his mind fought the battle and lost. She was alone, surrounded by date palms and long-stemmed yellow flowers, and the simple white dress that had caught his eye at court made her appear ethereal as she sat by the water’s side. Now that she was but an arm’s reach away, their likenesses in the mosaic pool seemed as if captured from a forgotten dream.

“No one visits this place,” she remarked with a sigh. “The rarest treasures of the desert are here for all to enjoy. Yet each day you walk by as if dates are as common as sand.”

He frowned and reached over to tuck a loose strand of hair behind her ear. The odd calm in her tone made him wonder how attuned she was to his thoughts. “I am here now.”

She turned at long last to meet his gaze. “But you loathe yourself for not walking away.”

Accustomed to being inscrutable, he could not help but feel reluctant admiration for her astuteness. “Where there is beauty there are those who seek its destruction. It is my duty to protect the walls that keep these waters safe.”

Her lips curved into a small, almost mocking smile. “Are you telling me you do not have the luxury to savor what you have?”

He narrowed his eyes. “You clearly believe otherwise.”

She shrugged. “You neglect this place by choice, my lord, not by circumstance.” While her face remained impassive, he could sense the pain and confusion behind the veil of calm. Unable to stop himself, he leaned closer and circled his arm around her shoulders. She resisted for only a moment before resting her forehead against his chest. He needed to leave; he should have never come. The longer he tarried there the greater the chance a courtier would see them together and send whispers flying throughout court.

“I have hurt you. I will hurt you,” he murmured as he rested his chin on her hair and took in a deep breath. “What I did, what I will do, it is for your protection. Try to trust my words, for your suffering pains me far more than it does you.”

Empty Quarter

I hope you enjoyed the snippet as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy Earth Day!


In a world of blood and sand, becoming a warlock’s queen is a fatal curse. To survive the Helicon court, Alia must learn to play a lethal game. But while she faces assassins with a dagger in hand, what she fears most is losing her heart along with her freedom.

Content Notes: Intense Heat/Edgy Erotic Romance, Anal Play/Intercourse, Light BDSM Practices or Play, Menage


31 responses to “JustRomance.Me – Love A Tree Blog Hop

  1. Seems like it’ll be an interesting great read, thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to check out your books , thanks for sharing .

  3. Wow this looks fantastic! These blog hops are the death of my book budget LOL! Thanks Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  4. You are a new author for me and I like the blurb and snippet of Warlock’s Pawn. I like the premise of it too. I’ll be adding this to my wish list. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. Loved the snippet and am now adding your books to my TBR list!! Love finding new authors!!!
    brandypm (at) optonline (dot) net

  6. I love the last paragraph in the excerpt!!

  7. Nice excerpt

  8. That was a very nice excerpt. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Very cool sounding! That pic is beautiful but I couldn’t imagine being out there.


  10. Looks like a fantastic read! I love the picture of the deserts. Great inspiration! It would be interesting to visit the place.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Belinda G
    belgre AT comcast DOT net

  11. Liked the excerpt. Looking forward to the book.

  12. Thanks for all the comments! I hope everyone is enjoying the blog hop.

  13. great post! 🙂 mygirls01(@)yahoo.com

  14. Very intriguing excerpt, Tara–thanks for the intro!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  15. Great excerpt! I love exotic locales in stories.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Great excerpt ! I cannot wait to check out your books ! i love all the new authors and books that I’m discovering on this blog hop!


  17. Shelly Hammond

    Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway. That is a fantastic excerpt! The book sounds excellent and one that I do believe I must read. I’m writing this one down on my to read list for sure. It sounds so good. I really love the picture of where the inspiration came from as well. It’s really cool to see where an idea springs from and that is a really good visual. Thank you for that. As I was reading the excerpt, I pictured that area.

    Thank you again for the chance to enter 🙂 Happy Earth Day tomorrow.

    Shelly H,

  18. New book!! New book!! Yay!!
    I am always excited to find new authors and their books. Thank you Tara for joining the hop.

    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  19. Love the picture… and this sounds like a great read… Great post


  20. Love the excerpt! Congrats on your new release, Tara! 🙂
    Great picture.
    trb0917 at gmail.com

  21. This is the first blog hop I’ve ever done and I love all the new autos and books I’m able to check out! Can’t wait to read more of your books!

  22. shadowluvs2read

    This sounds awesome! You have my attention! I cant wait to see what happens! Thank you!

  23. I love Tara’s books

  24. Pingback: Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 13 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn | Tara Quan

  25. Loved the reviews. Cannot wait to read this book.

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