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Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant

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BookCover_RecklessBeginnings.jpgTammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.

With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?

Genre: Women’s Fiction | Addition & Recovery

Paperback: 274 pages

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc. (August 8, 2018)

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Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?

Actually no. If I don’t like myself and happy as me, how can I expect anyone else to like me. I am proud of my achievements and I’m in a good place in my life right now. If I wasn’t me I wouldn’t have all my fond memories, my amazing husband and son and not to mention my adorable grandkids.

What did you do on your last birthday?

My birthday is on New Year’s Eve. When I was younger it was all about partying and staying out to the wee hours of the morning.  I quit drinking over thirty years ago so my birthdays have calmed down somewhat. Last year my husband took me to the Titanic Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan library. It was amazing.  

What part of the writing process do you dread?

I’m going to have to say the editing part. It’s so tedious and time consuming. Editing my book “Reckless Beginnings” along with a professional editor took over eight months. But if you want to do something right you have to put in the time.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I wouldn’t necessarily call it writer’s block. I look at it as an obstruction to write which can be caused by a number of things.

There are times when I’m at my keyboard, or with a notebook and pen and I just can’t seem to write fast enough. I have so much to say, I’m excited and the words are just filling the pages. I type and type , the time whizzes by and then suddenly it comes to a halt. It’s like someone just turned off the switch. Some will refer to this as writer’s block. For me it’s just a stopping point in my writing. I’ve simply reached a point in my story that I need to sit back and think more about before putting pen to paper.

When this happens, I don’t stare at the manuscript, frustrated and in despair, waiting for the words to begin to form again. No, I walk away. It’s time to regroup myself, refresh my mind and find other activities to do. I remove myself entirely from my writing activities. Sometimes a cup of tea will do the trick and I’ll return fifteen minutes later. Other times it maybe a few hours, but when I do return, my mind is fresh, I have new ideas and I’m anxious to write again. The key is to walk away and give your mind a break.

Tell us about your latest release.

My debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” is women’s fiction based on true events. It’s story that mulled around in my head for fourteen years before I actually began to write It. It then took another seven years to write.


When she opened the door, she froze. Time stood still. Subconsciously, her jaw dropped. Before her stood an extremely handsome man holding a bottle of red wine. This was Raymond? Dad’s friend? Was her first thought. He was tall with short brown hair, a broad, dark moustache, and high cheekbones that looked chiseled into his somewhat chubby cheeks, which had a slight distinction of redness to them—in an attractive way. Tammy wasn’t sure if he was cold or just blushing, but as she stood in the doorway staring at him, Tom Selleck came to mind.She lost herself in his deep blue eyes, framed by long, thick black eyelashes. When he flashed a heart-warming smile, she found herself being drawn in even more. He wore blue jeans, blue loafers, and a blue and white checked shirt with the top buttons undone, revealing a few dark chest hairs.

Joanne had told her that he was just a few years younger than her father, but he seemed a lot younger. She could feel her heart rate increasing and soon realized she’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog. She’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog.

He spoke softly, albeit with a hint of nervousness, in a manly, alluring voice. “Er, hi. Is John home? You must be his daughter. Tammy, right?”

The Author

Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.

For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled,  “Better Endings.”

She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.


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