Today I’m excited to have my good friend Tara Gallina on the blog answering question about her new release Fated to Die.
I love fairytale retellings, especially ones I’m unfamiliar with. Fated to Die is a wonderful fairytale of ancient curses and a romance that sweeps you off your feet. I couldn’t put the book down. I’m very excited to spotlight this book and talk with Tara. Not to mention she has a giveaway happening right now.
Let’s take a look at Fated to Die.
Immerse yourself in a fairy tale village where the only way out is through death.
Inspired by the Scottish folktale of the Washer Woman with a hint of Beauty and the Beast.
Dark Retelling, young adult romance.
Never in a million years did Preya believe she’d be chosen by the curse on her village. Outcasted for her appearance, Preya has never bothered trying to fit in. Friends, balls, and romance are for eligible maidens, not a pariah who spends her time caring for her family. But this year is different.
Each Summer Solstice the Washer Woman enslaves a maiden of seventeen as her Messenger, a bearer of death to those who are Fated to Die. No maiden has ever survived her enslavement.
If Preya is to be the first, she must submit and follow the rules set by the Keeper. The mysterious boy is tasked with her training and, at all times, cloaked from her sight. His strict, domineering methods clash with his warm voice and gentle touch.
Preya doesn’t know how he’s connected to the curse, if he’s good or bad, human or monster, and why she’s drawn to him. When trusting him becomes her only chance at freedom, Preya discovers secrets about the Keeper and the past that change everything she thought she knew. Saving herself isn’t enough. She needs to break the curse, and she needs his help to do it.
Order the book here!
Q&A with Tara Gallina
1. Fated to Die is your fifth novel, congtrats! How does it feel to have so many under your belt since publishing your first book Risking Forever in March?
It feels good but also like I need a vacation. LOL. In truth, I wish I could get more books out faster.
2. In Fated to Die the curse of the Washer Woman is so intriguing, how did you come up with that concept for the novel?
I was looking for ideas and myths that aren’t as popular. There are so many. The darkness and death surrounding the Washer Woman folktale resonated with me.
3. You have self published all of your books, what recommendations can you give to other authors who wish to go the same route for publishing?
Research the route you want to take and then go for it!! Don’t let fear hold you back!
There are many choices today for authors. A trend that’s growing more popular is called “hybrid publishing,” where authors self publish and have traditionally published books, as well.
Independent publishing gives an author the freedom to publish popular genres that may not be appealing to flooded genres in the traditional world.
With that freedom comes work, like marketing and PR but traditionally published authors have to do much of this, too.
I started in the traditional world with an agent and am independently publishing. However, if I write a story that has mass commercial appeal, I’m sure I’ll find myself back in the traditional world.
Don’t be afraid to try different things.
4. Self Publishing use to have a stigma around it, but now even traditional published authors are self publishing, why do you think that is?
LOL. I believe I inadvertently answered this question above.
It’s much harder to get published in the traditional world today than it was 5 years ago and more so 10 years ago. Getting an agent is harder, too. The industry has changed. Amazon was and is a huge game changer for authors.
The good news is the quality of self published novels has increased considerably. I have sooo many fav indie authors.
5. What are you working in now? When is the next book! We must have more.
I’m editing Nathan’s story, (Waiting Forever) a sequel to my NA serial romance The Forever Series. His story will be out this fall if all goes as planned.
I’m also hoping to get back to tweaking Club Neverland (the novel that landed me my first lit agent) so I can publish it this summer.
I want to have both novels out before the Orlando Reads Books conference this Aug in Orlando.
I will be attending as a featured author and I’ll be on the young adult books panel.
It’s an incredible event with the customary writers costume night dinner. The theme is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I can’t wait!! The book signing day is free to the public to anyone who wants to come!!!
Tara is having a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card!
About the Author:
She believes in fairies, true love, and happily ever after. She favors characters and/or couples who defy the odds and make a way, even when there isn’t one.
She grew up in a small town by the beach but soon after moved to Orlando, Florida with her patient hubs, two older sons, and two fur-babies. With local theme parks like Disney World and Harry Potter, it’s no wonder her life is filled with fantasy and make believe.
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I highly recommend Tara’s series The Forever Series. Such smoldering romance and hot characters!