Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Talisman by Colleen Charles

Please welcome Colleen Charles author of Talisman.

Colleen Charles will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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by Colleen Charles


GENRE: Sweet Paranormal Romance




  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

My sister challenged me to write my debut novel, #1 Sports Romance, Closing The Gap. My choice of men hadn’t always been the best (cue screeching tires here) and she told me to write my story but give it the ending I wanted. Thirty days later, I had a rough draft and I published in November of 2014. I’ve written thirteen books since.
2. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I’m a lover of people watching so I get ideas from everyday life. Of course, the best ones seem to be the ones that come in the middle of the night and disturb my sleep so I have to write them down.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I have an honors degree in English from one of the top private colleges in the country. However, I always wanted to be an editor. I never dreamed I’d be the author. But I guess that’s why life is so exciting with it’s twists and turns.
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I’m a certified life coach and Reiki Master. So, I can heal and counsel my readers too. Kind of like a romance therapist.
4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I wake up every day just thrilled to be alive and doing what I love. My goal is one hundred books. Then, I’ll re-evaluate.
5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Summer Harrison is the heroine in my book Song Of The Keys. She’s modeled after my sister and she’s a bad-ass. I can only wish to be so brave.
6. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Of course, my cat Bingham would star as Talisman. The character is modeled after him. For Penelope, I’d chose Liv Tyler. She has that curvy and exotic look.
7. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I don’t belong to a critique group but I have an Advance Reader Team that reads my books before I publish and they notify me of any issues.
9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

That’s a tough one because I consider every failure a learning experience so all advice is good advice in my mind.
10. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I have to outline. I’m not pantser.
11. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Yes. I’ve shown Arabian horses at the National level for thirty-three years so that tends to spill over into my books.
12. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Pride & Prejudice is still my favorite book. The BBC version is also my favorite movie. I watch it once a year on New Years Day. I can recite it.
13. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

My latest project is a romance series about an MMA fighter.
16. What is your favorite reality show?

The Voice. I’m an award winning singer as well and I admire the talent and the humor between Blake and Adam.
17. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

You have to keep all the facts in a book bible or you’ll drive yourself crazy going back to check things.
18. Anything else you might want to add?

I hope you enjoy, my #1 Paranormal Romance, Talisman. It’s Colleen Charles on the page and I’m really proud of that book.




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.







“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







Colleen Charles will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



12 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Talisman by Colleen Charles

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Colleen Charles
    May 3, 2016

    Thanks for hosting my book Talisman! One of my personal favorites :).

  3. Mai Tran
    May 3, 2016

    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

    • Colleen Charles
      May 3, 2016

      Hi Mai -When I’m not writing, I love riding one of my Arabian horses, singing, reading or spending time with my 11 year old godson. Thanks for asking and I hope you have a great week!

      I’m also addicted to Dancing With The Stars (but don’t tell anyone).


  4. achristay
    May 3, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Anna Bergman
    May 3, 2016

    Thank you for the chance!

  6. Sandy S
    May 3, 2016

    Great interview. Congratulations to Colleen on the new release. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

  7. Rita Wray
    May 3, 2016

    I liked the excerpt.

  8. Colleen Charles
    May 3, 2016

    Hi Rita – the entire four book box is on sale today only for .99! You can snag it here before the price rises tomorrow :).


  9. Victoria
    May 3, 2016

    Great post! I enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. lilallykitten
    May 4, 2016

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

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