Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Author Interview w/Excerpt & Giveaway ($20 GC) - Talisman by Colleen Charles


by Colleen Charles 

GENRE: Sweet Paranormal Romance 



Just one kiss to break the spell...

That's all she needs.

Cursed by a jealous witch, Penelope DeLacroix's spells are all going wrong and backfiring, creating havoc in town. The vengeful witch won't quit until she has all of Penelope's powers. And all it will take is one perfect, heartfelt kiss from Penelope's one true love to put an end to all this turmoil.

The only problem? Penelope has no idea that Dr. Lucas Collier, the compassionate local veterinarian, is in love with her. Nor does he know that she's in love with him. They're both too stupid to figure it out.

But I know.

And I have to do something about it.

But what can I do?

I'm only her cat.


Every witch has a cat.

I'm hers.

I'm Talisman.

And I'm going to fix this. 



“Jessie!  It’s so great to see you,” Penelope exclaimed as she strode forward and enveloped the much older woman in a warm embrace.  “I don’t think I’ve seen you since this summer when you were accepting your first place award for your apple pie at the Shadow festival.  Did you bring one with you?  I just love your pie.” 

Jessie grimaced, her face a contorted mask of wrinkles and sadness.  Maybe loneliness.  I’m really smart and talented but I’m not a mind reader.  Who knows what had prompted this surprise visit from the old bat.  

Jessie padded her plump figure over to Penelope’s armchair in the receiving area of the shelter where Pen’s desk sat, all worn mahogany and ornate scrolls.  She liked to spend quiet evenings there doing paperwork while she allowed the animals to roam free around her.  She’d speak to all of us in her lilting tone not knowing that we understood her perfectly. 

And we wanted to respond, we really did.  Unfortunately, we could only communicate with each other and had to use gestures and actions to try to get through to our mistress.  Even though Penelope was a witch from a long line of ancient witches, her powers didn’t involve any kind of telepathy as some other’s did.   

As Jessie sank in to the overstuffed chair, a whooshing noise exploded throughout the room when the air escaped from the cushions under her ample girth.  Too.  Much.  Pie.


Talking with author Colleen Charles!

What is your writing environment?

I write all over my house but my favorite place to write is in bed.

Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?

My perfect heroine would have to be strong but vulnerable, positive, sassy and brave. I like a hero that can take control, listens, has high emotional intelligence and the ability to love with all his heart. But who can find such a man so I simply create my own!

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?

I love Penelope Ward right now. She’s funny and I get the feels I’m looking for when I read her stories.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I’ve always wanted to write a good historical romance but haven’t had the time to concentrate on the research. It’s a very sophisticated audience and they don’t tolerate mistakes.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

Hawaii - New York Time Bestseller List - Showing a horse I bred at Nationals

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

I have a smart aleck cat at home, my Ragdoll, Bingham and Talisman is modeled after him.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

The scene where Talisman has to morph into human form.

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?

I’m currently working on a series about an MMA fighter. I’m pretty prolific and tend to publish something new every couple of weeks. Readers can sign up to be notified at www.colleencharles.com/free and receive a free full-length novel as a gift. They can also learn how to get in tough with me via my newsletter and I still answer each communication personally. Some days, a note from a reader is my only non-animal conversation.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I’m a Certified Life Coach and Reiki Master so I love to help people and animals. I volunteer as a mentor for underprivileged girls whose moms are incarcerated. I also love riding my horses.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?

I’m an award winning singer that has performed the National Anthem for college basketball. I’ve also been hit on by Bill Cosby which makes for an interesting cocktail party story ;).


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Colleen Charles is the pen name of Tami Stark, #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon.

After 26 years in Corporate leadership at a Fortune 500, I discovered people within the organization lacked integrity. I'd always known deep in my soul that I was trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole since I'm the typical creative type. I miss my staff but I don't miss the corporate world. It's been said that the Universe will let you know if something isn't right for you. The first time, it will hit you with a pebble. Then a brick. Then a boulder. Let's just say that I got flattened. When my fifteen pound toy dog, Nigel, was threatened, I knew it was time to say goodbye.

It's sad but true.

Here's what I found within the first thirty days of being free. Writing stories from my heart that readers love means more to me than working myself in to an early grave for people who only care about their bottom line.

My heart has never been more full and my soul has never been more satisfied.

I've never worked so hard in my life but it doesn't even feel like work. It's worth it. All of it. Because it's about the joy that's found within the journey. The highs and the lows because I get to write stories for all of you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, enjoying and recommending the stories that I write. When you share my work with others, nothing is more rewarding. Your word of mouth is my very best friend ... that, and your reviews. There is nothing more important to me than all of you.

I love to hear from my readers and answer all communications personally. You can find me at:

http://www.colleencharles.com/free   - VALUABLE STARTER PACKAGE for new subscribers

Buy Links:

AMAZON    iTunes    KOBO     B&N 

Talisman will be free during the tour.



Colleen Charles will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

    1. Hi Mai - I would say that my favorite place to write is in bed in my pajamas! I need to feel comfy in order for the inspiration to flow.

  2. Really great post - thanks for sharing! :)

  3. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  4. I hope you do write an historical romance.

    Great interview.

  5. Good evening and thank you for the opportunity to win

  6. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  7. Have an awesome, fun Wednesday and I appreciate you giving us the chance to win