Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Craft Meets Pretty Little Liars


This week, just a stone's throw from Halloween, we are comparing our books to a movie, show, or book. 

In the case of Crushed, this book has already been compared to The Craft and Pretty Little Liars, so that's what I'll stick with.

Back when I first started writing Crushed, I was told that the idea of teen witches experimenting with their powers reminded them of the movie The Craft. However, my book is not a dark piece of horror. It's fun with romance, a little mystery, and lots of action.

Have you seen The Craft? I don't want to post any spoilers. Let's just say it's an interesting piece about teen girls playing around with witchcraft. I loved watching them discover the things they could do. Like my book Crushed, the girls in the movie learn a serious lesson.

Later, after my book was published, I was told that it made some people think of Pretty Little Liars because of the mean girl antics. The Noah sisters use their powers against each other when they get upset. There is a humorous fight between two of the girls that has a locker exploding, syrup squirting into an unsuspecting face, and a sudden change of wardrobe. 

The second book in this series is Witch Hunt. But these novels can be read as stand-alone books because each one has a new set of characters and a different game for the teen witches to play. These games always lead them into danger.

In Witch Hunt, teen reporter Starr Hughes is determined to find out what the popular kids are up to after she overhears talk of a secret game. Because the boy she has a crush on is the leader of the It Squad, she can't help herself. No matter what she has to do, she will uncover the truth. 


Check out these witchy-good reads for Halloween.

Crushed is FREE to download here at Amazon, here at B&N, here at Smashwords, and here at iTunes.

Witch Hunt can be found here at Amazon, here at B&N, here at Smashwords, and here at iTunes.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

National Boyfriend Day: Meet Nick Gallos

Nick Gallos (aka Tyler Beck)

(actor Jared Padalecki: dream cast for Bait)

What makes Nick Gallos the perfect boyfriend?
For starters, he's great to have around when monsters attack. As frontman for the rock band Bad-Rock, he has toured the world 3x and has slayed more vampires than anyone other than Van Helsing himself. No surprise there since Nick was raised by the man. He may not surprise you with roses, but he'll always be there when you need him. 
Nick may not have many friends--mainly because of his arrogance and quick temper--he is loyal to the ones he has and would die for them. 
Big plus, he's a rock star in the flesh. He can afford to give the girl of his dreams diamonds, but cold gems lack a personal touch. So if he cares about you, he'll write you a song and sing it to you with only the piano for accompaniment. 

What makes Nick the not-so-perfect boyfriend?
Putting his girl first means leaving her for her own good. Nick suffers from a hero-complex and is too willing to throw himself on his own sword to save the people he loves. 
His arrogance gets in the way sometimes. Even though his girl can take care of herself, he often wants her to sit on the sidelines where she'll be safe. 
The worst thing about Nick is his inability to talk about his own feelings. Nobody is perfect. 

Read Nick and Bay-Lee's story in Bait, Hunter, Warrior, and Legend (to be released later this year).

Download the first book for FREE

You can find it HERE at Amazon, HERE at B&N, HERE at iBooks, HERE at Smashwords, and HERE at Kobo

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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For centuries, countless adventurers have searched for the Fountain of Youth. Those who found it thought they would gain eternal life. Instead, they find themselves murdered by its guardians. There was, however, one, lone survivor—Fae Miller. As an infant, she not only survived the Fountain, she took its power.

Twenty-two years later, Fae is hiding in plain sight at a local college. She’s is determined to leave the past behind her and live a normal life. But for one dying man, the search for the Fountain of Youth continues, and he is leaving a trail of blood and mutilated bodies in his wake. Unfortunately, that trail leads directly to Fae. Her only hope is a young, new college professor, also known as Special Agent Nick Chase of the FBI. Nick is determined to do two things: keep Fae alive, and keep his relationship with his student professional. Both of these jobs prove difficult—especially when love and magic get involved.


They ate their dinner in silence. Fae realized in those quiet moments that she had a major problem.
She’d not only kissed her professor, she desperately wanted to kiss him again. No. Desperate was not a strong enough word. It took supreme effort not to jump out of her seat and throw her arms around him.
“Um,” she said and cleared her throat, “that probably shouldn’t happen again.”
Nick didn’t answer. A scowl settled on his face.
“I mean,” Fae continued, “This could complicate things. I don’t want you to feel you need to give me a good grade, just because you might…”
“Might what?” he asked when she didn’t’ continue.
“I don’t want to put words in your mouth,” she said.
“Right,” he said. He seemed want to say something, but paused to consider his words. “How about I tell you how I feel? That way you won’t be putting words into my mouth.”
He looked her directly in the eyes. “I think you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid eyes on. So it goes without saying that I’m attracted to you. And I’ve had enough experience with women to know you’ve had little experience with men. Rules aside, I’d still move slowly with you.”
Fae swallowed and gave a shaky nod.
“But the truth is I am your professor. So this relationship cannot move further than what it is now. That is until the end of the term. And no, I won’t be giving you any grade you don’t deserve.”
“But, once the term ends,” he continued, “all bets are off. I intend to pursue a relationship with you. I expect keeping my hands off you will be difficult in the meantime. I think we are both reasonable adults and have enough self-control to keep things at a professional level. Right?”
Fae nodded, feeling a bit relieved. “I do have one question,” she said.
“You said our relationship couldn’t go farther than it is.”
“Right,” he said.
“And we’ve already kissed.”
A frown settled on his face. It looked like he could guess what she was about to say. Warmth flooded her cheeks. She asked in a small voice, “So, can I kiss you again?”
He closed his eyes and shook his head as he groaned and gave a weak chuckle. “You’re going to make things difficult, aren’t you?” When he opened his eyes, he stood up, pulled her out of her seat, and wrapped his arms around her. Her eyes widened and heart pounded as her body melded against his. He looked down and gave her a smoldering look as the scent of his cologne teased her senses and made her mouth water.
 “I can’t think of any alternate reality where I would ever say no when you ask me that question.” With that said, he leaned forward and kissed her so thoroughly, she could scarcely remember her own name.

About the Author:

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Disaster Movies

Top Ten Disaster Movie List

I love a good disaster movie. In fact, I think they are my favorite kind of movies with the running and the screaming. I enjoy getting to know the characters and then seeing who makes it and who doesn't. (These are in no particular order)

1. Independence Day: What's not to love about this movie? You've got aliens, Will Smith, fireworks, humor, and tons of action. This is one I can watch again and again. It had so many great lines I can't even begin to list them. 

2. Twister: The first time I watched this it was in the theater and the seats shook from the sound of the oncoming tornado. It was awesome. I loved the storyline about a bickering ex couple that never should have broken up.

3. Poseidon: This is the remake with Kurt Russel and Josh Lucas. It was better than the first in my opinion. Unlike the original, I thought these people had a good plan for escape: find a way outside to the water and get in a lifeboat. 

4. San Andreas: I am a huge Rock fan, so it was great to watch him saving lives during an earthquake. 

5. Deep Blue Sea: Not a disaster movie by some peoples' standards, but it was a disaster to the people trapped in an underwater building that was taking in water. Not to mention getting away from the sharks. My favorite part was watching the main character fall. If you count how many times he hits the floor, it's about ten or eleven. I forget, but it's amusing to watch.

6. Deep Impact: This one has some tear-jerker moments that make you grab for the tissue box. There were some characters I didn't care for, but overall it's a good movie.

7. Armageddon: This movie and Deep Impact are pretty much the same movie, and I used to get them confused a lot, but this one has Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. It didn't make me cry like Deep Impact though. Sorry, Bruce. I didn't really care when your character sacrificed himself cause I was expecting it the whole time.

8. Day After Tomorrow: This disaster movie is a touch different than the rest. Memorable moments include US citizens running across the border into Mexico.

9. 2012: This is one of my faves for sure. The main character saves his ex wife and kids despite her new jealous boyfriend's reluctance. The dog survives. :)

10. Titanic: This is the only movie I didn't watch for the disaster. I enjoyed the romantic storyline between Leo and Kate too much. By the time they got to the iceberg, I was not happy. They should have just played out the love story. haha

Worst Disaster Movie: War of the Worlds (the remake with Tom Cruise): I hated this one on so many levels. It was kind of cool the way the aliens obliterated people. I was actually bored several times during this one. It lacked the suspense I've come to enjoy in disaster movies. The little girl (yes, I think she's a great little actress), but her screaming got on my nerves so bad. Part of me was hoping she'd get eaten so she'd shut up. 

Honorable Mention: Cloverfield: Most of my friends did not like this one because the camera was wobbly and unfocused. Hello? That was the point. It's like you were there with them during the alien attack. I enjoyed it.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Print Release Day


Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present the new print release of BLOODTHORN by Tamara Grantham! The third book in the Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD Series is now available in print format. If you haven't started this Fantasy series, we recommend you check it out today. Book one, DREAMTHIEF, is currently free! Grab your copies of this series while the price is perfect for reading.

BLOODTHORN by Tamara Grantham




DREAMTHIEF is free in digital format. 
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.
Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…




11910891_1025501660801380_1947279876_nTamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon, which consisted of moving from Vidor, Texas to Galveston, Texas, then to Tulsa, Oklahoma, back to Galveston, and they finally settled in Wichita, Kansas. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June—the Jack Russell Terrier, and Chester—a black cat, help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)
When Tamara isn’t writing or tending her children, she enjoys taking walks through the woods, eating chocolate, and very infrequently, she enjoys a good night’s sleep. Check out Tamara's website at: