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Project Purse Dump: October 16, 2015

#PurseDumpProject – Tara Quan – Guess what my #cat discovered in my purse last Friday!

Oct 16 - Purse 1 - Tara Quan 

Since my kitty decided to photo bomb my Purse Dump picture, I figured I’d attempt to describe the contents from his point of view.

Oct 16 - Purse 2 - Tara Quan

Now for the boring version.

Chew Toys:

  1. My lunch money pouch, which I bought during a trip to San Francisco many moons ago. It’s made from recycled plastic, and it might just be the hardiest coin purse I’ve ever owned.
  2. My credit card holder. The wallet itself I bought from Thailand. It contains my ATM card, learner’s permit (I have yet to learn how to drive), and one lone business card (just incase I bump into Nalini Singh on a roman sidewalk one day).
  3. My Italian ID card—it’s a laminated piece of paper, and it’s a smidge too big to fit into my wallet. I usually have it loose in my purse.

Treasure Boxes:

  1. Eye glass box. (Warby Parker is awesome for cheap online specs).
  2. Mini-clutch. It usually holds everything under “Chew Toys,” along with my phone. As you can tell, my purse is humongous, so I occasionally have to streamline in a hurry. It’s really easy to do when the essentials are already in a single container.
  3. Empty lunch box. I always pack a salad and eat it at my desk, perpetuating the stereotype of the “crazy Americana.” Italians take their lunch and coffee breaks very seriously.
  4. Mint Box. It once actually held “relatively strong mints,” but it is now a container for Eclipse gum and Altoids.

Teeth Sharpeners:

  1. My specs. If I ever leave them lying about, my cat arrives to chew on them without fail.
  2. Lip balm. One for the Mini-clutch, and one for my actual purse. I have a weakness for Clinique chubby sticks.
  3. Wacom Bamboo tablet. My day job involves managing a website and making graphics for it, so I shlep my graphics tablet to and from work. I also find it a lot more comfortable than a mouse. At home, my cat chases the pen around as I use it and attempts to wrestle it out of my clutches.

Dangly Toys:

  1. One for the outer gate, one for the building, one for my apartment.
  2. What girl can leave the house without her phone? I listen to podcasts on my walk to work, so the earphones are a must. (By the way, can you guess what my favorite color is?)
  3. [Not on my cat’s list] Mosquito repellant—I have O+ blood. It makes me a magnet for mosquitoes. Yes, there are mosquitoes in Italy. I didn’t realize how many until I got here.

There you have it, the contents of my purse last Friday. If you’re a fan of comics starring cats, check out the book trailers I made for my A Witch’s Night Out series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ68qla6xrPE8a69mh9iV3g/videos

(You may recognize the cartoon kitty. I have a tendency to recycle graphics.)

Layla Tarar Photo by Melissa Golden
Layla Tarar
Photo by Melissa Golden

About the Tara Quan

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her characters, armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Tara Quan

It’s Wednesday again and time to meet another fantastic author! What lies behind those innovative minds, constantly churning to produce new works for you to read? Well, here’s your chance to find out, as I dive in and chat with some of the talent out there.

Today let’s welcome Tara Quan!

Layla Tarar  Photo by Melissa Golden
Layla Tarar
Photo by Melissa Golden

Do you have a quote about writing that speaks to you?

“Exercise those writing muscles until they get itchy if you don’t use them every day.” – Nalini Singh

[Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m there yet. Sundays are sacrosanct, reserved for vegging on the couch.]

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

Books by my favorite authors. Whenever I read something that I immediately want to reread after I finish, I think: “If only I could write like that.” I’m told practice makes perfect, and one day I’ll hopefully get there.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, do you have one you feel like you could write about forever?

My favorite hero thus far is Jack Frost. He has some great lines both as the hero’s best friend in Flirting with Fire, and as the male protagonist in Frosty Relations. He’s super witty, and his somewhat abrasive “bad boy” shell hides a really sweet interior. However, I’ve been told I might have hid his mushy side a little too well…

Every writer needs a break–where would you go on your dream vacation?

Huh. This is a tough one. Right now, I really want to go to the Ice Hotel in Sweden. They build it out of ice every year in the winter and it melts away each summer. From the pictures, it seems like it’d be a magical (if somewhat impractical) stay.

I’ve seen pictures too–it looks stunning! So, what project are you most excited for right now?

I just got the next installment of my A Witch’s Night Out series back from my beta. It needs a few tweaks, and then I’ll have to write the dreaded blurb and come up with a title, followed by the even more-dreaded submissions process. The one person who’s read it (and all my other books) says it’s the best story I’ve written thus far. Unfortunately, every book he’s liked has crashed and burned at the box office.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows on air you tune into?

Right now, I’m addicted to Humans. Each episode ends on a quasi-cliffhanger, which makes the wait oh-so-painful.

Any recommendations for what to read?

Before I pull the trigger on Archangel’s Enigma, I’m rereading the entire Guild Hunter series. It’s sort of a tradition I repeat every time Nalini Singh has a new book out.

What’s your astrological sign?

Depending on the publication, I’m either a Sagittarius or Capricorn. I tried to figure it out using personality profiles, but it didn’t quite work.

That just makes me want to look up your star chart 😀 Now, when you’re reading a book, do you have any pet peeves that irk you or make you want to put it down?

As a die-hard romance reader, I can’t stand it if there’s no happy ending, or if a character I care about dies in the end. Of course, I make exceptions when I read out of genre. For example, I’ve read the entire Song of Ice and Fire series.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Wherever ebooks are sold, but I’ll take this opportunity to plug my website: http://www.taraquan.com/books

Submissive on Display by Tara Quan

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After a disastrous engagement and ensuing public breakup knocks him off this year’s list of Boston’s most eligible bachelors, Luka Petrovich’s confidence in women is at an all-time low. With a psycho ex-fiancé stalking him at every BDSM club, he embraces a prolonged hiatus from his social life. The last thing he expects is to fall into bed with his dog’s sexy sitter. Craving more after the first taste, he can’t wait to handcuff her to his bed. There’s one problem—she’s not a submissive.

Veterinary student Naomi Price is too busy juggling part-time jobs and a full course- load to have a relationship. Though she’s crushed on her client’s gorgeous owner for close to a year, their accidental night together couldn’t have come at a worse moment. With his sexual preferences fodder for countless tabloid blogs, she knows exactly how to keep this Dominant at an arm’s length. So she tells the biggest lie of her life, turns in her notice, and escapes on a vacation to Las Vegas.

At the Carnivore Club, two exhibitionists meet for a one-night stand, unaware their compatibility stretches far beyond a simple limit list. When their identities are revealed, a reluctant sub must face public spanking for her deceit, and accept several delectable wrinkles in her best-laid plans.

Genre: BDSM Romance, Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural

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