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I am an award-winning staff writer for a weekly community newspaper chain in metro Detroit. I became hooked on romance fiction when my 11th grade English teacher rejected the book report I wrote, saying the book was much too easy for me, and insisted I read and report on Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca." I read Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" that previous summer.

I took a long road through J-school, graduating from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in '95, just shy of 20 years after I finished high school, raising a couple kids, working part-time and doing my homework while my husband and kids watched TV. Still I found time to read what my kids called my "mush books."

I love the romance genre and love letting my characters take control of their stories. I am a member of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. I write under the pen name of Tara Eldana.


Under the Riptides 

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He’s waited for her for centuries, and now it’s almost too late…

Adrian, a merman and heir to the throne of Crystal City, lives deep under the ocean riptides. He’s waited a lifetime for Mara, his destined mate, and now time is running out. She must come willingly with him to the city before the deadline or he forfeits his right to rule. The only problem? Mara thinks she’s human and is deathly afraid of the water.

She belongs with him, but he’s asking more than she can give…

Mara has had an unreasonable fear of water for as long as she can remember. Thinking herself a simple Kindergarten teacher from Michigan, she believes the mystery man she makes love to when she sleeps is only a figment of her lonely imagination. On vacation in Hawaii, Mara is thrilled to discover her dream lover is real flesh and blood—until he asks her to forsake everything she knows and follow him under the riptides, the very last place she wants to go.


In the Depths 

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Becca Paxton spends her days trying to cover news and write stories for a newspaper on Hawaii's Garden Island to please her bitchy editor. She spends her nights asleep in the arms of a dream lover with sandy brown hair, turquoise eyes, and a toned surfer’s body who takes her to sexual heights she never knew existed. Problem is Ethan is a merman who knows Becca’s destiny lies with him under the sea, and she’s afraid of vast expanses of water. He’s wanted her and waited for her since he first glimpsed her in the crystals many earth years ago. Can he convince her she really is a sea form, as he is, and he is really the man of her dreams? And can she leave her life on land and the parents she loves to be with him in a strange world?


On Thin Ice 

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Finalist in the American Book Fest 2019 American Fiction Awards

Best dream ever…

Marinda Rhinehart loathes the cold and has been scared to swim ever since she fell through the ice of Lake Huron when she was a teenager. So why is she standing with Gavin, the most handsome man she has ever seen, in a frigid icy place in a formal wedding-type ceremony, and giving up her V-card for mind-blowing sex she’s only read about in books?

Except it isn't a dream…

When she wakes up in her apartment in Gainesville, Florida and makes plans to go back to Michigan in the winter for her aunt’s funeral, dream guy is at the airport. She doesn’t believe he’s real and still has major trust issues after she was dumped in college by her long-term boyfriend who was on another date at the time.

Gavin insists he’s not a dream and that she has really joined with him. He doesn’t tell her he must battle Ramian, a ranking leader at his home under the waves in the Granite Cliffs, to allow her to take her place with him in his homeland. And it must be her choice.

Can she give up her life on land and trust her heart and life to a man she barely knows in an alien place? And can he keep her safe from Ramian’s hatred?


Restoring Ainsley 

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Gareth, a merman, will do anything to shark fight…

Even if it means entering the dreams of Ainsley Peters and making love to her so he can convince her to return with him under the tides to the Crystal Caves. Gareth faces sanctions and won’t be able to shark fight unless he gets Ainsley, who thinks she is human, to see her grandfather. Problem is his love for Ainsley blindsides him. Can he convince her she is his destiny and he loves her more than shark fighting?

Ainsley longs to see her grandfather, but Gareth is asking more than she can give…

Ainsley Peters is afraid of the water. She thinks she’s an ordinary elementary school teacher in Michigan. She can’t forget the hot guy who shows up at her school. She has no idea the father she never knew was a merman. But then she dreams of Gareth—and he shows up in Hawaii where she is on vacation. He asks her to forsake everything she knows to follow him under the sea. Can she trust him with her heart and stay with him under the waves, the last place she wants to be?


Under the Pink Sky 

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Sara Watson works in the HR department for a large investment firm and for years has had dreams about a guy with emerald green eyes in a place under water with a pink sky. Although in her waking life she is terrified of water, they make wild passionate love in her dreams in the Golden City under the sea. She thinks she’s crazy, even more so when he, Thane, walks into her office. Thane convinces her to come with him under the sea, even though she is terrified. But when Thane is injured and loses his memory, Sara is all alone in a strange world where she’s considered an outsider. Can Sara convince Thane she is his chosen mate, or will she be sent back to own world, doomed to a loveless, unhappy life?