Monday, June 30, 2014

Tara Quan talks about her upcoming book: Operation Owl


Today, I have the fabulous Tara Quan talking about her upcoming book, Operation Owl.

Peep Rep: Does she have a prize?

Liza: In fact she does. Some lucky person will win a $25 gift card as she wanders about exploring Washington DC.

Peep Rep: Oh, Me! Me!

Liza: Complete the rafflecopter at the bottom of this blog, and cross your fingers. 

So let's learn more about today's wandering:

Tara Quan’s Operation Owl
 Tour of the Capital  
THE SPY MUSEUM

Tara: I owe Liza a huge thank you for hosting me today. She literally just dropped by my place to spotlight of her book, Worst Week Ever, so be sure to check it out.

Liza: Tara, thanks for the plug. Did you come all the way to my site just to pimp my book? That's awfully nice of you.

Tara: Actually, I’m trying something new, which is to chat up my book prior to getting a firm release date.

Because of my impending move to Rome, I may soon experience a prolonged Internet blackout and have prescheduled my stops. To the best of my knowledge, my latest multicultural romance from Decadent Publishing comes out some time in July 2014 (so, depending on when you stumble upon this blog, it might be available now). For updates as well as a chance to win a $25 gift card, drop by my website: TaraQuan.com/Owl


Liza: I've attached the rafflecopter on the bottom of this site, but go ahead and visit Tara's site as well. I'm sure it's very interesting.

Tara: Thanks. In honor of the place I consider home (what the government terms the National Capital Area), I’m dedicating the posts on this tour to Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs. The romantic comedy I’m very blatantly promoting is set entirely in the US capital.

Liza: It's what we authors must do. Otherwise no one will ever know what we are doing. So what's this book about?

Tara: A Beyond Fairytales adaptation of The Owl by Brothers Grimm, Operation Owl features a geeky hacker hero and his bookish best friend. They team up to expose a cyber conspiracy at the heart of the US government and end up indulging in some other equally exciting activities.

Liza: Sounds really good.

Tara:  And just for you, today I've investigated someplace you might like:



Waypoint: The International Spy Museum
In honor of Liza’s upcoming mystery release, The Troublesome Apprentice, I thought I’d highlight the International Spy Museum (dropping by the CIA headquarters, though possible, might yield interesting if somewhat unpleasant results).

Lisa: Can't argue there. While, according to my sources, there are many comics within their ranks, they'd have no since of humor if you tried to tour their base of operations. So let's hear all about the 'not going to get us killed' Spy Museum.

Tara: The museum features a number of interactive exhibits as well as spy equipment from the times of yore (i.e. WWI, WWII, and The Cold War). Since the national museums are free and this one is ticketed, I wouldn’t categorize it as a must-see attraction. But if you’ve got time to burn and kids to distract, it could prove diverting (it’s free for children ages 6 and under, but $21.95 for adults). Of course, you could always opt to buy stuff at the museum store without paying the per-head charge.

One side-benefit of going to this museum is its location in Chinatown. While it doesn’t compare to the ones in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, or Boston, this isn’t a bad area to get slightly overpriced Asian fusion food. I also highly recommend a stop at Firehook Bakeries down the road on F Street (their cookies are delicious!).

And thus concludes my Capital Area tip for the day. 

Liza: Thank you for the tour. For some reason, it made me hungry.

Tara: Sorry about that. Be sure to follow along at TaraQuan.com/Owl as I continue my tour at the blogs of some awesome romance authors.

Liza: Tara, I think you meant to say "OTHER awesome romance authors".

Tara: What? Oh! Right you are. Didn’t mean to exclude you.

Liza: Thank you. So tell me more about Operation Owl.


Operation Owl
byTara Quan

Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Multicultural



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.

Peep Rep: I love the cover, the girl is so beautiful.

Liza: I love the cover too. How can a geek be so sexy? 

Peep Rep: And the story sounds really good. Can we have an excerpt?


“About a year ago, I was contracted by the National Security Agency for what they called Operation Owl.”

Maya turned and squinted at him. “Operation Owl? Are you sure you’re not making this up?”

Zack rolled his eyes. “The irony isn’t lost on me either. Apparently, the person in charge of naming these NSA projects was a Nicodemus fan, so fairy-tale titles were used as operation code names. Mine happened to be The Owl.”

She raised an eyebrow. “You do realize the confluence of operation name, my nickname, and this meeting place supports the theory you’re a schizophrenic conspiracy theorist, right?”

He scowled. “And sane people don’t use words like ‘confluence’ in every day conversation. Do you want to hear my story or not?”

She patted his shoulder. “Sorry. Please continue.”
He had a feeling she was making fun of him but decided to let it slide. “The goal of Operation Owl is simple. The country’s top white hat hackers—”

“And now we can add delusions of grandeur to your list of symptoms,” she murmured.

Detecting a hint of amusement, he cleared his throat. “Some white hat hackers were hired to gain access to the Barn—a bank of servers the NSA uses to intercept any and all electronic communication. The government would like to think the facility is impervious to offsite attacks, but they wanted to make sure. We were given a simple task—break in, retrieve a picture of an owl they hid among the data, and brief them about their vulnerabilities. The people who contracted us were pretty damn sure we’d all fail.”

“I’m guessing you didn’t?”


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 Peep Rep: This is so good. I want it, please!

Liza: I want it too, but it's not soup yet.

Peep Rep: But I found links!

Liza: They are to Tara's author sites. Be patient Peep Rep. This is a pre-release promo.

Peep Rep: What? That's just cruel!

Liza: No, it's practical. According to Marketing 101, you must see a book 7 times before you buy it.

Peep Rep: But this is the first time I've seen the book and and I want it now.

Liza: Me too. I think there may be an exception for really good books. But be patient. Tara will stop torturing us eventually and then we can buy the book. In the meantime, we'll just follow her tour. You can enter the rafflecopter every day and then maybe, for once, you will have your own money to buy the book and you can share it with me.

Peep Rep: Okay, but I get to read it first. 



Tara Quan
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 www.taraquan.com

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me (again :P), Liza and Peep Rep. You two are awesome sauce!

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  2. Great interview. Sounds like a wonderful novel. Tweeted :)

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Poor Peep Rep is beside himself, waiting for it to come out.

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    2. Why thank you, ladies :) By the way, I have a release date - It's July 15th!

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  3. Loved the interview, ladies (and Peep Rep). I live sort of near DC and have visited it several times. I always love it when novels describe places I've actually seen. :) And yes, the Chinese food there is good! Good luck with your release--whenever it is!

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    1. Peep rep thanks you for loving him and the interview, if it was an interview....Perhaps 'weird conversation' describes it better.

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    2. Weird conversations are fun :)

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  4. Loved the interview and excerpt. You are so right about the girl on the cover! I wish you all the best Tara. :) Enjoy your trip!

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    1. I believe Peep Rep declared her beautiful, but I agree as well. Love the cover.

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    2. Compliments to the very talented Syneca Featherstone (who I may have driven quite crazy by the end of the process...)

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  5. Great excerpt and beautiful cover. This sounds exciting. Best of luck.

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  6. I agree with Peep Rep, love this cover, it really is beautiful. Thanks for the info about DC as well. I grew up around there and now live in the desert, but always amazed to see the changes when I go back. This book sounds great and packed with tension! Congrats on the release.

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    1. Thanks Toni! It took my own move to the desert and back to realize it, but DC is remarkably green.

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