Adored by Tali Spencer – Spotlight and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Tali Spencer will be awarding $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

MediaKit_BookCover_AdoredAdora Leonnte, sister to the Uttoran emperor, endured a year trapped in a nightmarish forced marriage to a Sebboyan prince driven by a sinister prophecy to take her against her will. The war that followed destroyed the small country, but she emerges unbroken…if not unscathed. Safe again in Uttor, she vows to put the horrors she faced behind her and once again become the fearless young woman she was before her abduction.

As fate would have it, her hated kidnapper left her carrying his child, and that is a condition even she cannot wish away. Adora’s enduring hope for romance fades until a blue-eyed, self-possessed foreigner walks back into her life and reawakens feelings promising the erotic delights of which she’s always dreamed.

Vallmer Berringen, the handsome and devout prince of a country allied with conquered Sebboy, has come to Uttor for two reasons: to secure the treaty that will give his country a much needed alliance, and to fulfill his father’s orders to use the occasion to find a suitable bride. Captivated by Adora’s intelligence and courage, Vallmer is torn by the fact she is both pregnant and pagan. Her infamous reputation taints Adora, a woman that a man of his position and faith should never be tempted to woo.

Can he reconcile his vision for his country with his passion for a woman whose spirit sets his blood on fire—but for whom kingdoms have gone to war?

Enjoy an excerpt:

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Vallmer shook his head at the ridiculousness of his situation. He was riding in a creaking carriage with a woman three times—maybe four times—his years and listening to a lecture on whom he should choose as a bride. “I am beyond convinced of the lady’s virtues. Adora is everything you say…and more! Even were I to brave her brother to ask for her hand, she is…pregnant!”

Hersilia waved a dismissive hand. “Oh that. All know who fathered that child. Lorant’s bastard will have no claim on Benarri’s throne. Consider it proof of the pot. The woman is obviously fertile! Wed her, then simply father one or several of your own.”

“By my god’s law, Adora and Lorant were duly wed! Her child is no bastard, but a rightful heir to Sebboy and Uttor, too! To wed her would be to bring a bone of contention into my land! What you suggest would be a greater mistake than if I were to wed an Uttoran temple whore.”

The old woman stiffened. “How dare you—”

“How dare I what? Mention her in tandem with a whore? My people do.” With a sigh, he sank back into the cushions again. “I admire the lady, Duqessa, truly I do. I do not mean to diminish her in any way. But I must have a wife who is…unencumbered by a history with other men.”

About the Author:Tali Spencer fell in love with writing at an early age and never stopped. Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I have enjoyed following this tour. Thank you so much for the post and the giveaway!

  3. Who is the most intelligent person you know?

    • Hi Mai! I know so many smart people (belong to a family of engineers and artists), but I think the most intelligent person I know personally is a nun who teaches at Alverno College. She has the most penetrating scientific mind I know, rejoices in the Big Bang, embraces evolution and theory, and believes God gave us the intellectual tools to figure it all out. An amazing woman. Thanks for the interesting question!

  4. Thank you so much for having me as a guest! 🙂 I’ll be stopping by here and there should anyone have questions. Always happy to answer!

  5. Sounds like a great read

  6. Mary Cloud says:

    Great giveaway – sounds like a great read

  7. Becky Richardson says:

    Do you have any hobbies?

    • Hi Becky! 🙂 I have a few hobbies and might have mentioned them elsewhere, but I think taking cruises and my love of collecting Andean folklore and music are among the ones I love most. Thanks for asking such a fun question!

  8. Rita Wray says:

    I have enjoyed the tour. Sounds like a great read.

  9. kim amundsen says:

    Enjoyed the tour.

  10. Judy Schechter says:

    What was your favorite subject in high school?

    • Tali Spencer says:

      Hi Judy! My favorite subject was Art. Such creativity! Color and form and art class was less structured than other classes. I liked the freedom, I suppose. But I will say English classes were a close second. I never had to study. It came naturally. 🙂 This question brings back some fond memories! Thanks!

  11. Do you write every day? Do you have a word goal for each day you write?

    • Tali Spencer says:

      Hi Peggy! I don’t write every day, only every weekday. Weekends are spent with the Big Italian Family and my loving husband. Not that I don’t jot down notes, scribble a drawing, or do a bit of promo if it can be done by phone. I don’t aim for strict word counts but try to complete a scene or two a day. That averages about 1500 words. Sometimes I might write 4000 words and other days, particularly if I do some in-progress revision, might add only a few hundred. Thanks for asking a very incisive question! 🙂

  12. Eva Millien says:

    Great excerpt, sounds like a terrific read and I enjoyed following the tour and learning all Adored. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  13. I have really enjoyed your tour and I loved this excerpt.

  14. Erin Ellis says:

    I loved the tour! I can’t wait to read this. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  15. The cover is absolutely stunning! The excerpt was awesome, will definitely be looking for Adored on amazon

  16. Great post!! I think Adored sounds like an amazing book and I’m looking forward to reading it.. thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. First of all, amazing cover! The excerpt was great, I’ll definitely be stopping by amazon to pick up my copy

  18. Sounds like a great book-can’t wait to read it!

  19. Judy Thomas says:

    Love the notes on the author,thank you.

  20. Edis Zukić says:

    What is the most exciting book you have written, I mean for you. Thank you for this chance, have a nice day.

    • Hi Edis! For me the most exciting book I’ve written is not yet published. Of those I’ve published, I have to say the most exciting was Captive Heart. It plays with tropes I adore and I really had fun inventing the world of the story. Thanks so much for asking! 🙂

  21. What an interesting blurb!

  22. Helen Moulden says:

    If you could live in any age, what would it be?

    • Tali Spencer says:

      Hi Helen! What age would I choose to live in? This one. I love the ease and swiftness of modern transportation, and also the advances of modern medicine. If I could be guaranteed to live in a privileged position–not as a peasant or slave–I would love to experience living in Rome during the time of the Five Good Emperors, or perhaps in Regency England if I could be a noble lady. That would be fascinating. But for a person like myself, not born to wealth or position, this era we live in seems pretty darn good!

  23. Cathy French says:

    Like the author, I too was once a bit of a nomad and didn’t set roots until after I was 30. I wish the author much success.

  24. Muhammad Khan says:

    Do you like summer or winter?

    • Tali Spencer says:

      Hi Muhmmad. 🙂 I’m more of a winter than a summer gal. Maybe it has to do with being born in Wisconsin, but I like chilly weather.

  25. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  26. Jackie Mercer says:

    I love the giveaway! Thanks for sponsoring it!

  27. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

  28. Yeah, I’ve known women who could end up destroying a town.

  29. Amy Friedentag says:

    Sounds really good!

  30. I need an Amazon GC to buy something 🙂

  31. looks like and interesting and great read

  32. Chris Martinez says:

    Are your characters inspired by someone you know personally?

    • Tali Spencer says:

      Hi Chris! Every once in a while I allow a character to borrow a tiny bit of a person I know. 🙂 A trait. A mannerism. A way of looking at the world or interacting with others. But I don’t really create characters straight off any individual. They tend to create themselves, to be honest, over the course of the book. Thanks for asking such an interesting question!

  33. Monica Demsky says:

    I love your comment on the nun as being the most intelligent person you know. Great giveaway!

  34. Julie Murphy says:

    How long does it take to write a book?

    • Tali Spencer says:

      HI Julie! I’m a slower writer than some, in part because I don’t write at night or on weekends. It takes me three to four months to write a first draft for a 60,000 word novel. For longer books, I would take a bit longer. 🙂

  35. Alexandru Rusu says:

    Thanks for this book presentation and giveaway.

  36. Holly Guerrio says:

    Great giveaway, thank you!

  37. love the exerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Eva Millien says:

    Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing it!

  39. I really like the cover and I wonder how much of a say did you have in its design?

    • Hi Birgit! Isn’t that cover gorgeous? I love the colors too. The cover is a collaboration between the cover artist, the publisher, and the author. I filled out a spec sheet to give the artist a sense of what the book was about, and which characters, etc.. The artist used guidelines from the publisher (each publisher has ideas about what covers for their line should look like) and worked up a concept. She showed this to me and I was able to say what I wanted to keep and wanted to change. The artist, Kris Norris, presented me with a really great concept right off the bat. The color scheme and font used, image placement, etc. were all spot on. I suggested a few tweaks. The image went back and forth about four times until all parties were satisfied with the final product. And there you have it! Thanks so much for asking such a great question. 🙂

  40. Jennifer Red says:

    do you listen to music or anything when you write?

    • Hi Jennifer! Usually I don’t listen to music, but occasionally I like some to set a mood. Then I will listen to instrumental music because I find vocals distracting, especially if they’re songs I like. 🙂 My favorite writing music comes from video game soundtracks. Lots of my stories have been written while I listen to Final Fantasy music!

  41. give a chance for me 🙂

  42. I love reading about the author and a little bit about them. It is always very interesting thanks for sharing

  43. Stella Martis says:

    What’s your all-time favourite book?

    • Hi Stella! All time favorite…that’s a tall order! I guess that book would be The Lord of the Rings. It’s the one that inspired me to write fantasy and I still re-read it on occasion. My favorite romance, though, was The Wolf and the Dove. I like antique settings. 🙂 Thanks for the fun question!

  44. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    How do you standout from the countless books published everyday?

    • Hi Jacob! I hope my books stand out for being well-written and fully developed, by which I mean they have evocative settings, characters, and plots. My books have a lot of meat to them for readers who like that, or are looking for something a little different. I suspect readers could give a better answer. 🙂

  45. Juana Esparza says:

    I liked both the excerpt, and the beautiful book cover. I have added this book to my book wishlist.

  46. Yeah, I’ve dated women who could destroy a small country.

  47. Your ideal place to write a book? Perhaps you have a favorite place that always inspires you to write?

    • Hi Dessy! My ideal place is my writing room (aka guest bedroom). It’s quiet and when I am there I don’t have to do anything but imagine myself somewhere else…and write. I always take my laptop on my cruises or trips to visit family with the idea I can write on a sunny Caribbean isle, or while squirreled away in a hotel or my Mom’s house. At best I squeeze in a few words of dialog or a string of short notes to myself. There’s too much else going on. This writer really does need a room of her own. 🙂

  48. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    thanks for the giveaway! awesome!

  49. kimberly murley says:

    Intriguing cover design, looks mysterious. would love to read. Thanks for the giveaway by the way.

  50. laura feist says:

    give me a chance

  51. Kristin K says:

    What initially started you writing?

  52. Sounds like a great story!

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