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Tarryn Fisher

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in Johannesburg, South Africa


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I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories.
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word "smolder". If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don't be mean to me; I'm half badass, half cry baby.

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Tarryn Fisher I think the only thing that can block the creative is reality. So when life gets heavy it’s hard to channel energy to being creative when your energy …moreI think the only thing that can block the creative is reality. So when life gets heavy it’s hard to channel energy to being creative when your energy is going to stress management. Sometimes it’s just part of the process to wait for creative lightening to strike. I often submerge myself in other people’s art to find inspiration. Let art inspire art, you know? (less)
Tarryn Fisher Hey! There already is one floating around. It’s like this alternate universe where they met in a different way.
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I ONCE SAW A YOUTUBE VIDEO of a woman beating her baby. I was shocked by how calm she was. She wasn’t being forced; she wasn’t visibly angry or flustered. She sat with her back to the camera, punching, slapping and pinching—over and over while he screamed.
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“You can only give your heart away once, after that, everything else will chase your first love”
Tarryn Fisher, The Opportunist

“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.”
Tarryn Fisher, The Opportunist

“What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?”
“One is a choice, and one is not.”
Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein


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The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.
But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.
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Rock Me (Ross Siblings, #2) by Cherrie Lynn
Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn
Loving him couldn’t be worse than losing him. Could it?

Candace Andrews has had enough of pleasing others. In an act of birthday rebellion, she sets out to please herself—by walking into the tattoo parlor owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend. All she wants is a little ink, and Brian’s just the guy to give it to her.

As soon as she submits to his masterful hands, though, the forbidden attraction she’s always felt for him resurfaces…and she realizes the devilishly sexy artist could give her so much more.

Sweet, innocent Candace is the last person Brian expected to see again. She’s everything he’s not, and her family despises him. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he needs her, and this time no one is taking her away. Not even those who threaten to make his life a living hell.

Backed into a corner, Candace faces the worst kind of choice. Cave in to those who think Brian is a living nightmare…or hold her ground and risk it all for the one man who rocks her world.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, naughty language, tattoos aplenty, family drama, a hot rock concert…and a bad boy hero who’s pierced in all the right places.
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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

“Never would I allow my size to define me. Instead, I would define it.”

She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world’s most unexpected celebrity.

Here, in Vinnie’s singular and spirited voice, is her amazing adventure—from a showboat “freak” revue where she endured jeering mobs to her fateful meeting with the two men who would change her life: P. T. Barnum and Charles Stratton, AKA Tom Thumb. Their wedding would captivate the nation, preempt coverage of the Civil War, and usher them into the White House and the company of presidents and queens. But Vinnie’s fame would also endanger the person she prized most: her similarly-sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight.

A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman’s public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.
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Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
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But when a sleazy reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on a real crime, Bellamy's identity - and dark family secrets -- are exposed. Suddenly, she finds herself embroiled in a personal conflict and at the mercy of her sister's killer, who for almost two decades has gotten away with murder...and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
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The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
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“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”
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i hope your Christmas is filled with peace & laughter... (lots of laughter)

Mariℓina Happy 2016, filled with love, happiness and a little bit of luck!

message 56: by Pilo

Pilo Arias Thanks thanks thanks thanks for Marrow! OMFG I had the most incredible mindfuck in life!
You are the most genious writer in the world!

message 55: by Mary

Mary Thanks for accepting my friend invite. I finished Marrow and am anxiously awaiting the release of your next creation!

message 54: by Pilo

Pilo Arias I will read Love me with lies for the 13 time again <3 I just love Caleb and Olivia, and I can't get over it <3 I just love them.

Thanks for create this amazing story <3

message 53: by Pilo

Pilo Arias Awww Tarryn, thanks for your friendship, you literally made my day!! <3
I can't wait to read Marrow!!! <3

message 52: by Mandy

Mandy Saial Tarryn, thank you for the friendship.I'm about to read Mud Vein and Marrow shortly after that .Cannot wait to sink my teeth into both of your books.
Thanks again , mandy ;)

Adrienne Tarryn, I'm reading The Opportunist (with the intent of reading the entire Love Me With Lies series) for the forth time!!!! It is so good!!!!! You are a genious. And my favorite author! Thank you for sharing your gift☺️

Adrienne Thanks for the ad... You are my favorite author.... I love your writing so much.

Mariℓina Merry Christmas Tarryn! *muah*

And if you were a naughty girl this year, here is your reward!!
(view spoiler)

Stephanie When is Mud Vein being released?

message 47: by MB

MB Thanks for the accept, Ms. Tarryn! You truly are an amazing writer! Thanks as well for sharing your words with us and being an inspiration for readers and writers like me. I look forward to read more books from you. :))

Wendy ⏃: ✦Nerdy Book Reviews✦ Thank you for accepting my friend invite. I just want to bow down to you. You're pure genius & a brilliant writer! xo

message 45: by Barbara

Barbara You are a Brilliant writer! love your books! xo

message 44: by VGCA

VGCA Nice books! Love it! The best series!

Janelle ♥ Definitely one of the best series I've ever read. I'm going to miss Caleb and Olivia. Love you, Tarryn! You're amazing! xo

rascalina You my dear are a farking BRILLIANT AUTHOR !!! Thank you for an AMAZING series.

message 41: by Nat O

Nat O Tarryn are you planning any spin off books for (view spoiler) Just curious!

message 40: by Alyssa

Alyssa Taylor Hey Tarryn,
I love your work! Can't wait to get my hands on Thief!

message 39: by Kim

Kim  *Mo Chridhe* Tarryn, thank you for taking risks and being gutsy. The series was amazing. Loved Thief!

message 38: by Tiffany

Tiffany Thief couldn't have been more perfect. Loved it!

message 37: by .chel.

.chel. Thief was absolutely AMAZING. I loved the entire series.

message 36: by Julie

Julie Thief! What an AMAZING, emotional, gut wrenching ride! Thank you so much for finally putting me out of my misery, you are an extremely gifted storyteller. I'm anxiously awaiting your next book.

Ashleigh you are amazing!!! jut finished THEIF and OMG fantastic, love love loved it so perfect thank you thank you!!!

message 34: by Jules

Jules A teaser would be very much appreciated! I don't think my psyche could handle a re-read...I consumed Caleb and Olivia's story and became tooooo emotionally involved.

FAVOR: PLEASE let the producers of 50 Shades know who the model is on the cover of Thief. He is absolutely gorgeous and is perfect for Christian Grey!

ATran OMG Taryn!!!! When is Caleb coming!! A reread....is Caleb and Olivia almost here!!!!!!!!??????

message 32: by jea

jea chan Stephanie wrote: "Give us a hint.. when is Thief coming out??"

yeah. want to read it so badlyyyy!


Party All The Time!

And something to get us in the mood!!

Stephanie Give us a hint.. when is Thief coming out??

message 29: by Jenna

Jenna Thanks for friending or accepting my friend request! :) love ur books, drove me crazy, i mean still drives me crazy! Lol. A't wait for thief!

message 28: by Dame

Dame Sunday Thanks for taking me on, I love your stories!! They are by far reread worthy and excitingly different which I've truly enjoyed!!

message 27: by Amy J RAREtte4Life (last edited Feb 20, 2013 03:47PM)

Amy J RAREtte4Life Tarrynnnnnnn! Come on give us a little love... Release date for Thief? BTW, LOVE the cover Thief (Love Me With Lies, #3) by Tarryn Fisher

message 26: by Ginnie

Ginnie You got me hook, line, and sinker! You have major talent!

message 25: by Shamrin

Shamrin Tazia Wow! Thanks for accepting my friend request.I absolutely love The Opportunist.You are one of my favorite authors :D

Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ HOORAY!!!! You accepted me. I'm kinda obsessed with you-don't be scared. LOL!

message 23: by Angelyn

Angelyn Thanks for accepting my friend request!!! :B
And thanks for releasing Dirty Red early, if I had to wait another day I think i would've internally exploded!! Lol
I can't wait for your next book!!!:D

message 22: by Robin

Robin Thank you for the early Christmas present Tarryn! Dirty Red was outstanding!

message 21: by Ash Wednesday (last edited Dec 22, 2012 04:11AM)

Ash Wednesday Congratulations on the early release of Dirty Red :-) I stopped at 10%, I may need to buddy read it... Someone else needs to hold my hand while going through Leah's POV. (Edited because i'm such a spazzbrain I typed the wrong title x.x)

Jennifer Brennan Tarryn - I just finished reading your book for the fourth time yesterday. And once again, I found myself up in the middle of the night, thinking about these characters that Aren't. Even. Real! What is wrong with me?? I have read many, many books, some by your very good author friends, and none of them, NONE! have affected me the way The Opportunist has. Bravo...I love you and don't even know you. Thank you for doing what you do, and doing it so well!

message 19: by Sara

Sara Sooo excited for Dirty Red!!!

message 18: by Catherine (last edited Sep 03, 2012 08:53AM)

Catherine thank you for adding me, i really cant wait for your next book and any other books you might write in the future. loving you for making me cry when i read this book. Fan fucking tastic!! xx

message 17: by Erica

Erica E thanks so much for accepting my friend request. just started The Opportunist this morning on my way to work. Let's just say I've been thinking about it all day. Can't wait to get out of here so I can continue reading ;-)

message 16: by Dina

Dina Hello!
Just wanted to say that I loved The Opportunist, one of my favorites!
Can't wait for Dirty Red. *.*

message 15: by Sara

Sara This book was so good. I wasn't sure what to think when I was done. I was mad that Olivia was such an emotional idiot, that Caleb didn't fight enough, and Leah can simply kick rocks!! Looking forward to book 2. I hope it ends like I want it to :)

Stephanie Tarryn wrote: "Stephanie wrote: "Tarryn, I felt like you punched me in the face last night when I finished The Opportunist. After calming down and sifting everything through my brain for the last 12 hours, now I'..."

I cant wait to see where this all goes...

message 13: by Tarryn

Tarryn Fisher Stephanie wrote: "Tarryn, I felt like you punched me in the face last night when I finished The Opportunist. After calming down and sifting everything through my brain for the last 12 hours, now I'm just beside myse..."

There is a spoiler for book two at WWW.thepressedpenny.com
Caleb will have his own book, in it I think he will redeem himself to many of the readers. Don't forget the sacrifices he made for her. I didn't write a "perfect" character like Edward Cullen. I wrote about a flawed human. I think sometimes that is what delivers the whiplash. ;)

Stephanie Tarryn, I felt like you punched me in the face last night when I finished The Opportunist. After calming down and sifting everything through my brain for the last 12 hours, now I'm just beside myself. Maybe they arent supposed to be together. Now that I think more about Caleb, he really isn't that good of a person. Reading their college years and how he bounced from one girl to another then the cheating to top it off, I really dont know if I even like him. You have given me a whiplash of emotions and for that, I thank you. This one really made me think...

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Tarryn Fisher Natasha wrote: "Just about to start your book as all my GR friends have been RAVING about it and I have been putting it off for a month now dreading what it will do to me - You're going to break my heart, aren't you?"

Not on purpose. Apparently it just happens?

message 10: by Maloup

Maloup Tarryn wrote: "This song was on my playlist while I was writing the book, Maloup."

Very cool!

Tarryn Fisher Maloup wrote: "Found the perfect song for Olivia and Caleb... "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. What do you think?
A Thousand Years "

This song was on my playlist while I was writing the book, Maloup.

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