Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday's Author Spotlight: Tamara Jones

Today I’m excited to have author Tamara Jones on the Sunday’s Author Spotlight. Tamara Jones is the author of The Dubric Byerly Mystery series, of ‘Spore’, a new Sci-Fi/ Horror novel and many more short stories.
Learn more about Tamara Jones and her books at today’s Sunday’s Author Spotlight!!

About 'Ghosts in The Snow' (The Dubric Byerly Mystery #1):
Where does the fever of illusion stop...
and the could truth begin?

This unique debut thriller combines forensics, fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat suspense like never before. In a world where sorcery is illegal, someone is murdering young women in ways that defy all reason—and all detection. Only one man knows how to track such an untraceable killer, a man called to deliver justice by an onslaught of…

For Dubric Bryerly, head of security at Castle Faldorrah, saving lives has become a matter of saving his sanity. A silent killer is afoot, savagely mutilating servant girls and leaving behind no clues and no witnesses—except the gruesome ghosts of the victims. Ghosts that only Dubric can see.

Caught in the eye of the grisly storm is Nella, a linen maid working to free herself from a dark past—if she can survive an invisible killer’s rampage. But with the death toll rising and Nella under the protective wing of a man who may be a prime suspect, Dubric must resort to unconventional methods. With the future of Faldorrah and countless lives at stake, including his own, he can’t afford to be wrong. And if he’s right, the entire kingdom could be thrust into war.

This book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Powell's and iBooks.  

About 'Threads of Malice' (The Dubric Byerly Mystery #2): this relentlessly gripping thriller, Compton Crook Award winner Tamara Siler Jones weaves together her unique blend of fantasy, forensics, and suspense to create a world terrorized by a killer out of our darkest nightmares. Now one man must follow a trail of savaged victims to save an innocent life hanging by the slimmest of hopes.…

One by one, young men in the kingdom’s outer reaches are vanishing into the dark. So far, two bodies have washed up on the local riverbank. But Dubric Byerly, head of security at Castle Faldorrah, soon realizes there are countless more victims…for it’s his curse to be forever haunted by the ghosts of those whose deaths demand justice.

The latest to vanish is Braoin, a seventeen-year-old painter whose mother came to Dubric’s aid when he most needed it. All Dubric knows is that the boy is still alive. But time is running out, and it isn’t only Braoin’s life hanging in the balance. If Dubric can’t untangle the twisted web of clues and lies and find his way to the killer, one of his own pages will be the next to die.…

This book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Powell's and iBooks.  

About 'Valley of the Soul' (The Dubric Byerly Mystery #3):
In the mage wars, Dubric Byerly risked his life–and sacrificed the woman he loved–to catch magic’s darkest killers. Those battles are long over–and the monsters Dubric hunts these days are nothing more than men. Until now. A recent string of grisly crimes has Dubric and his pages scouring the countryside for clues that hint at the worst: that history’s most murderous mage has come to Faldorrah.

As Dubric’s hunt leads from secrets locked behind sanatorium walls to a hidden cache of souls preserved in fluid, other lives are shaken: a young woman given a power she doesn’t want, a young man inheriting a legacy he can’t understand, and a father fighting for his memory of a daughter who may already be lost. In the hardscrabble village of Quarry Run, the dark ghosts of the past have come calling–and the battle for the future begins....

This book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Powell's, iBooks and Google Play

About 'Spore':
The dead are coming back.

Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey’s backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead. One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave. Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring—and worsening—nightmares. Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean’s front door.

As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear. When mutilated children match Sean’s nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.

This book is available through Amazon, BAM, Barnes & Noble and iBooks

Interview with Tamara Jones:

Tell me something more about who Tamara Jones is?

My standard answer is that I'm a hyper-creative wife, mom, quilter, and cat wrangler from small town Iowa. I am a bit more complicated than that, I suppose. Mostly, I try to help people and make my bit of the world a better place, plus I'm always  making/ writing/ quilting/ cooking/ crafting something, or getting ready to.

Also, I slaughter people on paper for money, which is kinda cool.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I've never wanted to be a writer, I just am. I started writing fiction when I was around seven years old and it's been fairly constant in my life. I've always put my characters in tight spots and followed along as they worked their way out. It's not something I've planned, it just is.

What do you love most about being an writer?

This might sound weird, but the camaraderie. I know a lot of writers and we tend to be a friendly, helpful bunch. I love being around other writers, people who understand this madness we all share. It's great being around one's own tribe!

Who inspired you to become a writer?

I'm probably odd in that I don't really have a hero or person who inspired me. My mind and motivation doesn't work that way. It's more of a compulsion to 'create this thing because I must or I'll go mad!' than a conscious decision or intent to be just like someone else or achieve what someone else has achieved. There are writers and books I've enjoyed, but I don't want to be them or achieve what they've achieved. I just want to create.

What are your favorite books?

I try to read Stephen King's The Stand every year or so, mostly for the characters. I consistently recommend Chuck Palahnuik's ‘Rant’, ‘Push’ by Sapphire, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, all for their unique voices and non-standard structures and plots.

What book are you reading right now?

Derelict by LJ Cohen. It's a YA Science Fiction novel about teenagers who commandeer a derelict ship. I haven't had much time to get into it, but so far so good!

What did you like the most about writing your own book?

Sending it off to my agent. My second favorite part is when edits arrive from my editor. I LOVE being edited!

You write thrillers and mysteries, how did you come to the idea of writing those stories? And where do you get the inspiration from?

It's just how my brain works. I've been writing thrillers (structurally, at least) since I was fourteen. I love increasing the stakes, pulling the rug out from under my characters (and the reader)  and generally dumping a lot of trouble on my characters' heads. It's pretty fun. As for inspiration, I read a lot of news stories and there's plenty of inspiration for thriller plots there.

Which one of your characters has stayed with you the most? And why?

Probably Lars Hargrove from the Dubric series. He generally lives a messed up life but continues to strive to do better, be better, and help people. His hero in training archetype is a pretty standard character type for me.  Sean, in ‘Spore’, fits into that mold too, just in a different way.

What are your future plans in writing?

I have at least one more Dubric novel to finish, an unrelated follow-up for ‘Spore’, a possible ‘Spore’ sequel, a woman's fiction novel (it's finished) that still needs to find a home, and I'm awaiting edits on a project I can't officially talk about yet, but I can say it's in an entirely new genre and medium for me.

About the Author:

Award-winning author of the Dubric Byerly Mysteries (Bantam Spectra), and the new SF/Horror novel ‘Spore’ (Samhain Publishing), Tamara Jones started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art, and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, writes grisly thrillers as Tamara Jones and Tamara Siler Jones. Despite the violent nature of her work, Tam's easygoing and friendly. Not sick or twisted at all. Honest. Visit her online at

Tamara is represented by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

For more information you can also visit Tamara Jones on her Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and on Samhain Publishing



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  1. Thanks for interview! Book sounds interesting.



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