Meet Tara Randel

She could be The One

If he’ll let her in.

The rustic mountain town of Golden, Georgia, is the ideal place for crime scene investigator Deke Matthews to heal after a tragedy left him questioning everything. But there’s another reason he’s here, and moonlighting as an adventure guide provides the perfect cover. It doesn’t include falling for his boss. Attorney Grace Harper is back in Golden only long enough to save her family business. Just when Deke has found the woman to share his life with...

Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author of eighteen books. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. 

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ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
TARA: Every day! I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite childhood memories are visits to the library. I loved to come home and spread out a blanket in the backyard on a warm summer’s day and proceed to read all afternoon. If only we could do this as often as we wanted now that we are adults! The love of a good story stayed with me and I always have my nose in a book.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
TARA: Deke Matthews views life very seriously. He’s what I’d call a deep thinker, which is exactly the type of hero the heroine, Grace, needs in her life. Grace also helps him lighten up some, which is a great balance. Because he isn’t the type of guy to shy away from the hard questions, I felt like I stretched as a writer while working on this book. 

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
TARA: While You Were Sleeping. Love, love, love that movie!

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
TARA: Spending time with my husband or daughter. My husband and I own a business together, so we got out to lunch often. It’s nice to get away from the demands of life and chat about nothing and everything.  My daughter and I have passes to the Disney World theme parks, so we drive to Orlando about once a month. It’s something we share together and the perk is that I get time with my daughter all to myself.

ANGI: Salad or soup?
TARA: Soup in the winter, salad all year round. I love combing different ingredients in new recipes. Depending on produce available at different times of the year, I do a lot of experimenting. I love vegetable/bean soup. Or salad with just about anything added to lettuce.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
TARA: Probably a fairy tale. Thinking back to the stories I read while growing up, I enjoyed these stories because there is always so much going on in the books; adventure, romance, action, they have everything. I still read fairy tales, or clever variations of timeless tales, that captured my attention as a kid.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
TARA: Law & Order or Modern Family. I know, a weird combination. I love police procedurals but sometime they can get heavy and I need a good laugh. The writers of Modern Family are smart and funny.

ANGI: Geek or Jock?
TARA: Jock. My husband is very athletic so I guess I have a type.

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  Where is your favorite writing place & why?

TARA’S GOTTA ANSWER:  My office. It’s quiet and once I get into the zone, I don’t want to leave. I have a big window with a view of my backyard. All my reference materials are in one place so it’s convenient.

Meet Me At The Alter
August 1st
Read a little, Buy the book

Meet Me at the Altar

To have and to hold—
until the case is solved?

When an undercover assignment pairs laid-back Florida detective Dante Matthews with by-the-book cop Eloise Archer, he knows it won’t be easy. And not just because they’re competing for the same promotion. Now they’re living together under the same roof, and it’s getting harder to ignore his deepening feelings for his “wife.” Can he convince Eloise to partner up—for life?

The Business of Weddings
He never thought he’d see her again!

After being reported missing, presumed dead, globe-hopping photojournalist Mitch Simmons never thought he’d see his estranged wife, Zoe, again. Yet here he is back in their coastal Florida town, where Zoe is mayor. Turns out she isn’t the only one he left behind. 

Discovering he has a baby son awakens thrilling new emotions in Mitch. And there are his still-powerful feelings for the high school sweetheart he vowed to love and honor forever. Thankfully, they’ll have the chance to find the love that was always there…

TARA is giving away an autographed print copy of The Bridal Bouquet and The Lawman’s Secret Vow, plus a $10 Amazon eGift card for one winner who leaves a comment (and registers through rafflecopter).  U.S. ONLY

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TARA WANTS TO KNOW: Who is your favorite literary couple? Any couple from the classics or contemporary books. 


  1. Angi, thanks for featuring His Honor, Her Family today. Love being here!

  2. Dillon and Sherlock Savage ( Catherine Coulter)
    Aragon and Arwen ( Lord of the Rings)

    I am a little in love with Deke.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! And I'll admit, I'm a little in love with Deke too!

  3. Rose and malcolm (rose gardner series)

  4. My favorite are Evelyn Talbot and Anorak in the Brenda Novak books!

  5. oh goodness i guess that i don't have a favorite i read so many books that i think i have a fav then i find another in another book. I guess it would be when i read Gone with The Wind it would be Rhett and his Scarlett but i know that you are looking for currant and i can't think of just one. Peggy Clayton

    1. I'm with you, I read so many books! Thanks for answering anyway.

  6. Rhett and Scarlett from Gone With the Wind.

  7. Nice to have you on Get Lost in a Story, Tara !

  8. Oh boy... so many great couples out there.... my all time fav couple is JD Robb's Dallas and Roarke....

  9. I would say Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy, as well as Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert Blythe.

  10. Tough question, it would have to be Dexter and Emma (One Day by David Nicholls)

  11. Virginia and Tourmaline from DONE DIRT CHEAP by Sarah Lemon.