Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guest Blogger Sara Humphreys + Giveaway

My Publishing Muses

I was asked a very interesting question for this blog. It was one that I don’t believe I’ve been asked to write about before and it really got me thinking. The question was “what three people inspired your path to publication?”

Christine Feehan. Like most authors, I started as a reader. I fell in love with paranormal romance novels when I read Christine Feehan’s novel Dark Prince. Oh. My. God. It was like…where has this been all my life? Let me tell you something, if they assigned books like that in high school, I would’ve read a hell of a lot more. Christine Feehan got me going but I’m inspired by all of my fellow authors. I want to be better and write as beautifully as so many of my peers do. They raise the bar and keep me moving forward.

My parents. One of the greatest blessings in my life has been to have Carol and Charlie Taney for parents. Since I can remember, they have encouraged me to follow my passions, work hard and chase my dreams. They taught me that nothing is outside of our reach if we work hard enough and remain true to the things that we really love. When I said I wanted to try and publish my first novel, there was no hesitation. They smiled and said, “Go for it!” Unwavering support. Unconditional love. That’s the birthplace of inspiration.

My husband. He’s the biggest cheerleader I’ve got. When I told him about my desire to publish my first novel he said, “Excellent. What do we need to do?” We. He didn’t say what do you need to do. Nope. It was we. We’re a team and we’ve been tackling life together for the past 18 years. Kids. Bills. House. Work. Publishing has been no different. Many husbands might have balked at the idea of their wife writing and publishing sexy romance but not my guy. Some guys might’ve rolled their eyes and treated it like nothing more than a pipe dream but not Will.

My very first royalty check arrived the other day and he happened to be home having lunch with me. (A special treat for both of us.) It seemed only fitting that he was there when I opened that envelope. It’s his success as well as mine because I couldn’t have done it without him.

How about you? Who inspires you?


An ancient race of shapeshifters has lived secretly among humans for thousands of years...they are...the Amoveo

Layla Nickelsen has spent years hiding from her Amoveo mate and guarding a devastating secret. But Layla's worst fear is realized when the man who haunts her dreams shows up in person ...

William Fleury is as stoic as they come, until he finds Layla and his feelings overwhelm him. She won't let him get close, but then an unknown enemy erupts in violence and threatens everything Layla holds dear...

Praise for the Amoveo Legend series:

Compelling... Deft world-building and sensuous love scenes make this paranormal romantic thriller an enjoyable journey.” —Publishers Weekly

The characters haunted my dreams...I thought about this book constantly.” —Long and Short Reviews

I loved the book. I'm looking forwards to many more in this series.” —Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick

Fast-paced paranormal romance with fantastic world-building.” —The Book Girl

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit or follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara.


One lucky commenter gets a shot at winning Sara's new book, Untamed! Leave your email address when commenting, and you'll be entered to win a print copy of the book. USA and Canada only. 


  1. I know I'm not eligible for the book prize, but I did enjoy the blog and wanted to say how much I love your books and the fabulous covers.
    Hugs from an Aussie fan!!

  2. This is a great series! A fresh new PNR story that will have you salivating for the next book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. Im new to this series but I love it so far! Can't wait to get to this book!

    Grneyed_whttiger at yahoo dot com

  4. Hi Kazza16--Thank you so much for coming by and I love that I've got an Aussie fan xx

  5. Hi Elizabeth--Thank you so much for the support xx You rock!

  6. Hi Alexandra--I'm so pleased that you're enjoying the world of the Amoveo!

  7. Sounds like a great book. I'm a paranormal reader and writer. I'm always looking for new authors to add to my tbrp.

  8. I loved hearing about your journey. The two authors that made me want to write were Georgette Heyer and Stephanie Laurens. My husband said do it and my MIL is my cheerleader, but the people who really showed me how were my CPs.

  9. Love the sound of Untamed! Christine Feehan's Dark Prince was one of my first paranormal romance books too and I loved it (and I agree that if they used more contemporary books in schools we might get kids to read more and learn the joy of I'd have to say that the person that inspires me the most and has been the most supportive in whatever endeavor I undertake has been my mother - she's both my cheerleader and the bossy woman who pushes me to do more and work hard at what I try

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  10. Will have to add this to my list. I love all kinds of books. My inspiration started from reading short stories written by my grandmother and all the wonderful history she imparted.

  11. Untamed sounds great. I have already added it to my wishlist. I would have to say that my family are the ones that inspire me the most and support me no matter what.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com