Thursday, May 12, 2016

VBT: Talisman by Colleen Charles

Talisman will be free during the tour.

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.


Excerpt One:

“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.


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:  - VALUABLE STARTER PACKAGE for new subscribers
Interview with Colleen Charles
As a kid did you write or make up stories?
As a child, I loved creating elaborate worlds in my own head. I never wrote them down but they’d probably make a great book.
Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?
I model my characters after people I know. I think all of my female leads contain parts of myself.
Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Yes, they all do.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The narrator, Talisman, is modeled after my Ragdoll cat, Binham. He’s a wisecracking smart-ass. It’s also the book closest to my heart because it contains the most of my sense of humor and personality. It’s really Colleen Charles on the page and I was really excited when it hit #1 and stayed there for almost thirty days.
What is your favorite spot to write?
In bed. And I’m not kidding ;).
What advice would you give budding writers?
You have to really love this business because it’s a grind. There are highs and lows and if you lose your passion for the words, you won’t make it. They have to come from your heart. I love helping new authors and I’m a Certified Life Coach so I give advice all the time. If readers want to ask me any questions, they can sign up for my newsletter at and get in touch with me via e-mail. I still answer all communications personally. Some days, a note from a reader is the only non-animal communication that I receive.
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. How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?

    1. Great question, Mai. I think it's probably colored my sense of humor most of all. As far as style, that developed over time and continues to evolve. Sometimes, people I know will appear as characters in my books (with names changed to protect the innocent). I also get plot ideas by current events :).

  2. Really great post - thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to offer us this giveaway

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

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to win, you're awesome! Happy Friday!

  6. Oh this book sounds so good! I love the paranormal romances! I cannot wait to read and see what happens between Penelope and the Doctor!

  7. Oh this book sounds so good! I love the paranormal romances! I cannot wait to read and see what happens between Penelope and the Doctor!

  8. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.