Accents in TGFM

My next book is set in Middle Tennessee, which is where I’m from. I happened to think that Middle Tennessee is not often depicted in movies or shows, and that readers might like to know what we sound like! Of course, there are many different accents even in the region, so I have to do a bit of generalizing. Check out the audio below for an exploration of the accents you will hear in the book!

Coming in 2022!

Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to share the cover of my next book, Thank God for Mississippi. It has it all: a porch, a rocking chair, ferns, and oh-so-Southern hydrangeas. It also has a bit of swirly font that reflects the (slight) chaos that ensues within the book. Without further ado, I give you the cover!


And here is the full print cover (front and back) for your perusal:


What do you think? Let me know here or on social media. And stop by again. We’ll have a release date soon!

Perspective – TGFM

Thank God for Mississippi is written in first person perspective—a totally new experiment for me! Since I have been writing for about twelve years, I have only ever written within the third person realm, sometimes with a bird’s eye view and sometimes within a character’s mind. But Mississippi simply refused to allow me not to allow her to tell her own story. Here is an audio I recorded explaining in a bit more detail the perspective in TGFM.

Why Modern?

Some of my readers may think of me primarily as an author of Historical Fiction, while some may associate me more with the modern elements of my time-slip series. I do tend to identify more as a historical fiction author, and actually, Thank God for Mississippi is my first full-length modern book. So I recorded a little audio on the reasons I decided to publish this one before my next historical novel that was in the queue. Here is the audio:

New Book – First Details!

My next book is going to be a modern day book set in small town Tennessee! I am excited about this book – I love this story and these characters, and I think you will, too. So what is the book about? I know we all like to categorize books, but this one is a little hard to do. Is there romance? Yes, subtly. Is there mystery? A little. Is there a Women’s Fiction Element? To a certain degree. Is it a commentary on small town Southern life? In many respects. Is there humor? Yes. Basically, it’s just life. I dug deep for this one, striving to strip it of anything inauthentic. I believe you will love it from cover to cover!

Without further ado, the title of the book is Thank God for Mississippi.

And here is the synopsis:

MISSISSIPPI WHITSON knows two things: she has to find a new job, and she has to find one soon.  When her elderly employer, Hammondsville’s district attorney, dies, the plan is to smooth the transition for his replacement and then move on.  The plan is not for the replacement to be her employer’s grandson, an out-of-towner who doesn’t know the first thing about surviving small town Southern life.

WHEN HE ASKS FOR HELP, she can’t refuse, being such a good person.  But what started as a brief detour on her life plan may end up costing her more in terms of time, criminal drama, and matters of the heart than she ever expected.

A LOVING, humorous, yet insightful look at life in small town Tennessee, Thank God for Mississippi is the next must-have read for fans of many genres of fiction.

Updates to Q&As

Hi friends! I have updated the answers to a couple of my previous Q&As to provide greater clarity. I just wanted to officially note them on the blog to flag them for you, but you will also find them in their places on the Q&A tabs. Thanks!

Q: Do you write Christian Fiction or General Market?
A:  General Market.  For now, I do not feel led to market my books as Christian Fiction.  I am a Christian, and there are Christian elements in my books because I try to write authentically, and faith is such a deep reality for me.  It would be impossible for me to take faith out of my characters’ lives when I am trying to craft three-dimensional figures who reflect real life.  I receive God’s inspiration and seek His guidance as I write.  However, readers should be aware that I do not seek to mold my writing to any narrative generally required of authors who publish and market as Christian Fiction.  I write organically and authentically to myself and my characters, and I am not bound by editorial guidelines as to allowable themes, moral tones, or character resolutions. My books are General Market – Historical Fiction/Contemporary Fiction that happen to have characters who have/grapple with faith.

Q: Does Charleston Tides stand alone?
A: No. You need to start with Book 1, Southern Rain, and continue with Book 2, Northern Fire, to get the full story and understand everything that happens in the series. In that way, the series is a bit like a saga, but I don’t call it that because the word “saga,” in addition to just meaning a long story, which this is, also can mean a highly emotional, heroic tale, which this is not.

Charleston Tides Releases Today!

Charleston Tides releases today! I am so excited to share the culmination of this series with my readers, who have been the best readers a writer could ask for! Here’s to three books, the end of a series, and new beginnings!

Read the synopsis and then click the link below to download your Kindle or order your paperback! Also, the book is free on KU!

Charleston, Modern Day:

Adeline Miller-Ravenel came to Charleston to restore a historic Battery Street mansion. She never expected her ties in the city to run so deep or her decisions to be so difficult. With her reason for staying drawing to a close, she is torn between making the sensible choice and following the promptings of her heart.

Charleston, 1865:

The war is over, and Charleston lies in ruins. In a world quickly changing, Shannon Haley must piece together the fragments of her marriage and former life. Her journey will plunge her deep into the heart of Reconstruction and into the highest stakes for the fate of a nation and her own future.

Charleston Tides is the final book in the Torn Asunder Series. It is the poignant culmination of great emotions, fears, trials, and triumphs for the characters of the series, both modern and historical.

Charleston Tides (Torn Asunder Series Book 3) – Kindle edition by Cowan, Tara. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Charleston Tides Release Date

The release date for Charleston Tides has been set! February 12, you will be able to order the book in paperback or Kindle formats from Amazon. Preorder is available now for the Kindle format. Note: if you prefer to order online from Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, you will most likely be able to within a month of the release when the book goes to expanded distribution.

Click the link below to preorder your Kindle and have it delivered to your device on February 12!

Charleston Tides (Torn Asunder Series Book 3) – Kindle edition by Cowan, Tara. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Release Day Update!

Hi friends! I thought I would drop by to let you know that we are still on target to release Book 3 of the Torn Asunder Series very soon. Life has gotten a little busy, and, as we all know, 2020 has been nothing if not unexpected, challenging, and off-schedule!

However, I can tell you that Charleston Tides will be in your hands soon. It will just be a winter publication instead of a late autumn publication as originally planned. Thank you so much for your patience and excitement for the book. I’m so grateful for the readers I have and the encouragement you give! I can’t wait to share the culmination of this series with you!

Best,
Tara