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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Operation Owl #OOTour

Please don't miss a word from the author at the end of the post.

Title: Operation Owl
Author: Tara Quan
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Humor

Five years ago, Maya Jain kissed her best friend only to have him run out of her dorm room and leave the state. When he shows up in Washington, D.C., a wanted fugitive sought after by every branch of the US government, she can’t bring herself to ignore his plight. As their physical relationship picks up where it left off, she decides it’s time to make him see her as more than the bespectacled, bookish girl he once called “Owl.”

After being accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to help clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker has no choice but to ask his former best friend and math tutor for help. Together they unravel a cyber conspiracy at the Barn, an NSA facility tasked to intercept electronic communications. But as they traverse the nation’s capital to avoid capture, Maya insists on letting their simmering sexual tension take its natural course. Even though he’s never been able to shake the memory of their one kiss, he refuses to let her give up her life for a man with no future.

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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, fantasy 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

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A Word From The Author

What do you think is necessary for a book to be funny?
Since I write romantic comedies, one would think it’s easy to make me laugh. But to my TV-watching companion’s continuing dismay, my taste in comedy is very specific. While my poor husband categorizes my problem as an obsession with “cutesy humor,” this affliction is better described as “vicarious embarrassment.”
I’d thought this quirk of mine a unique one until I read an article by Haley Edwards, which lists a number of interesting foreign words with no English equivalent. The word(s) that drew my attention were Fremdschämen (German) and Myötähäpeä (Finnish), which I’d translate as “feeling-ridiculously-bad-for-Michael-Scott-while-watching-The-Office.” The intensity with which I empathize interferes with my enjoyment of the show, so much so I can’t get through certain episodes.
Because I’m far more involved in a story while reading, enjoying a book is very difficult when the humor is at the expense of a character I’ve come to care about. This doesn’t mean they can’t get into awkward situations (the story wouldn’t be fun otherwise). I just need to know with absolute certainty it all ends well, ideally in a happily ever after. This might be why I’m very partial to romances.

If the unfortunate situations the hero or heroine fall into contribute to their overall cuteness (I tried to come up with a different word and failed), in addition to providing comedic relief, then the book gets on my re-read list. Some of my favorite authors—Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, and Kresley Col—masters at making me giggle without crossing the vicarious embarrassment line. When I write, I endeavor to achieve the same effect. 

1 comment:

Tara Quan said...

Thanks so much for hosting me!