May 13, 2014

Tamara Mataya Stops by!!

I have Tamara Mataya, author of Just Breathe, here for a fun guest post! 

Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another city without so much as a kiss goodbye. Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told her friends the break-up was mutual and hid her heartache working long hours at the library. By night, she self medicated with pot. Weeks later, with her heart and lungs screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking and turns to her friends. But before she can let them in on Jason’s betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain, and her roommates start acting strangely.

Enter sexy library patron Dominic, who sweeps Elle off her feet and into his Maserati. He makes her feel oh so good, and puts effort into coming up with dates that don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle starts feeling whole again, Jason returns, determined to reunite. Elle rejects his effusive apologies and reasons for leaving – until she catches Dominic in a devastating lie.

Will his betrayal push her back into her suddenly attentive ex’s arms? Can she trust Jason not to break her heart again? The wrong choice and Elle’s happy ending could go up in smoke. But when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.

Sounds interesting right? I will be reading and reviewing this soon, so check back and see how I liked it!

Hey everyone, Tamara Mataya here, taking over for a guest post!

Dominic, the sexy love interest in my newest novel, JUST BREATHE, has a rescue cat - an Abyssinian named Grawlix. Grawlix are the $%$*^*# symbols you make instead of typing swear words. The cat is named Grawlix because he’s a bit of an A$$#*le. In honour of that cat, here are my top five favourite fictional animals.

5. Black Beauty. I grew up on a horse farm and horses have always stolen the show for me. A tomboy, when I’d play, GI Joes beat Barbie, but My Little Ponies ALWAYS stood victorious at the end of the fray. Black Beauty’s story was so sad, mostly because of Ginger, his friend.

4. The Crow Girls, found in Charles de Lint’s Newford Stories. While they go from human to crow, and they may forget that they’re human, or forget that they’re crows, they never forget that they’re friends. Their easy banter, and love for sugar, warms my heart every time they swoop in and steal the scene.

3. Snitter from The Plague Dogs, by Richard Adams. This book is one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. From the dogs’ POV, it’s about two dogs that escape from an animal research facility, and try to find Snitter – the Jack Russell Terrier’s – master. He writes a poem along the way – and it remains one of the most haunting things I’ve ever read.

2. Steve, from The Lust Lizard Of Melancholy Cove, by Christopher Moore. This is probably my favourite book by Christopher Moore, who, if you haven’t read, you’re missing out. Steve is a horny sea monster. And what’s not to love about a horny sea monster?

1. Orson from The Christopher Snow books by Dean Koontz. I can’t say much about this black Labrador retriever without being spoilery, but let’s say just there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Bonus: The Pouka from War For The Oaks, by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull. This boyfriend likes to do it doggy style. That’s all I have to say about that. ;)

What are your favourite fictional animals?

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn't an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

Tamara can be found on Twitter: @FeakySnucker


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