Dec 8, 2014

Dishin' It Up with Tara Quan, author of Frosty Relations, plus #WIN a $15 GC! @LaylaTarar

Tara Quan

Sum Jack Frost up in three words.
Three? Well, that’s quite the task. I can safely say he’s a: Snarky Ice Mage.

What current and relevant actress would best play Mina Mao in the big screen adaptation of Frosty Relations?
I’ll confess to having a Pinterest board dedicated to Frosty Relations (a habit I developed thanks to the Creative Penn podcast). There hasn’t been much activity on it lately since I use Pinterest for casting purposes, but your question made me dig it up.

The actress I casted in the role of Mina back in the day is Yang Mi. She’s not very well known in the U.S., but she’s famous in Asia for her starring role in Gong (Jade Palace Lock Heart), a time-travel romance drama set in ancient China.

Name three songs that would make the soundtrack for Frosty Relations.
Well, I hate to select the obvious, but this is, after all, a Christmas romance starring Jack Frost: Let it Snow, Frosty the Snowman, and Frank Sinatra’s The Christmas Song.

There are many authors and readers who believe that sex doesn't necessarily have to be a part of a romance novel to make it sexy/romantic. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
I agree, which probably seems odd seeing as how I write higher heat-level stories (enough to earn the “erotic romance” label at times).

I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy growing up, many of which had strong romantic elements, awesome love stories, and no sex. A while back, I fell in love with Sovran’s Pawn by J.C. Cassells. The author nailed sexual tension without including the actual act (not even the behind-the-doors kind), and I think the book was better for it.

There’s sex in my books because I enjoy writing about it. Since I prefer a deep third person limited point of view, the level of explicitness depends on what my characters would say or think. For example, Fireworks at Midnight (the third book in my A Witch’s Night Out series), ended up with a higher heat level rating than Frosty Relations or Flirting with Fire, even though the sex-to-story ratio was about the same. (My characters in that book had a much more explicit thinking and talking pattern, apparently).

Name the title (and author) of any book that defines your personal motto. 
Where’s My Hero by Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and Kinley MacGregor.

I started out writing fan fiction because I decided Draco Malfoy would make the perfect hero for the Harry Potter series … but Ms. Rowling didn’t seem to agree. With my own books, I perpetually fall for side-characters who demand their own stories. Jack Frost, for example, is the “hero’s best friend” in Flirting with Fire.

Do you have any special hidden talents? If so, what are they? 
I can burn any dish, mess up any recipe, and turn otherwise edible food into weird chemical concoctions.

How do you battle writer's block? 
I give myself a break, read a really good book, and come back to the story when I’m in a better place.

What's the best compliment a reader has ever given you? 
A reader once emailed to say she’s in love with Duncan, the male protagonist from one of my earliest works, Warlock’s Pawn. Since that particular book was pretty rough around the edges and the opposite of a critical success, it really made my day.

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. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at

Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Series: A Witch's Night Out #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Attorney Jack Frost never understood why holidays did weird things to people. His secretary went on vacation, his best friend ditched their annual Aspen trip, and the law firm’s stubborn human resources assistant refuses his clerical support request. What’s a warlock to do on Christmas Eve but go on a 1-Night Stand? But when an oddly familiar empath shows up as his date, this ice mage has a hard time denying the magic of the winter solstice.

Faced with an anemic employment market and financial woes, college graduate and former witch Mina Mao lands an HR assistant job at Frost and Sons. Having spent her day saving Christmas from Frost Junior’s Grinch-like behavior, she accepts the gift of Madame Eve’s service and heads over to the Castillo Capital. When her date turns out to be her childhood crush and workplace nemesis, she braces herself for the sexiest icy ride of her life.
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