Sugar & Spice Discounted Pre-order is Live

Happy Monday evening, everyone! Or night, I suppose. It’s almost ten o’clock here. I have a “kinda” cover reveal today. Kinda because the pre-order has been up since the eleventh. Yep, I dropped the ball on that one. My bad.

But first, I want to tell you about something spectacular. Something life changing. Something chocolate.


That, my dears, is fried Texas sheet cake. Fried. Chocolate. Cake.

Now, you’re probably wondering where in the world you would find such a thing. Three words for you: Texas State Fair.

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you know we were in Dallas last week. And as you can tell from the picture, I found the chocolate cake. Was it amazing? Was it decadent? Was it too chocolatey for a mere mortal?

Yes, actually. It was all that and more. I doubt I will ever get the chance to eat another, but it was worth it. Now, according to my husband, it didn’t hold a candle to the fried Twinkie. He’s wrong though. It’s all about the chocolate.

Anyway, onto the cover reveal!

Available December 15, 2017


>>Pre-order for only $2.99<<

(Price will go up to $3.99 after the release)

Fueled by love and determination, twenty-one-year-old Harper took a great leap of faith and transferred home from college to finally declare her feelings to Brandon, the boy who’s adored her since they were children.

There was only one thing that could derail her perfect plan, and that was Brandon showing up with a new girlfriend the very same weekend.

Now slightly bitter and irked at the world, Harper focuses her time and attention on making her sister’s childhood dream come true: she’s going to meet Mason Knight, former lead singer of the wildly popular Forever Now band. All Harper has to do is bake her way onto the nationally televised cookie competition he happens to be judging. Easy.  Until she finds herself partnered with Sadie–Brandon’s vapid, wide-eyed, hair-of-many-bottle-blond-colors girlfriend.

Just when Harper’s ready to throw in the towel, she collides with entitled, pretty-boy, celebrity-judge Mason. Except he’s not entitled, and with his sharp eyes and chiseled jaw, there’s nothing pretty about him. Suddenly, Harper doesn’t just want in the competition–she wants to win. Even if that means she has to play nice with Sadie to accomplish it…

And here are some answers to a few of your questions that have been filtering in:

  • Is Sugar & Spice really the last contemporary you’re going to write?
    • No, but it’s the last contemporary I will write as Shari L. Tapscott.
  • What’s your new contemporary pen name going to be?
    • Charlotte Scott
  • Are you still writing fantasy fiction as Shari L. Tapscott?
    • Yep
  • Will there be any more Glitter & Sparkle books
    • Nope
  • Do you like bullet points?
    • Yes, I sure do

And that’s all for tonight! Talk to you soon!


3 thoughts on “Sugar & Spice Discounted Pre-order is Live”

  1. Good to know! Another cute little book to be expected! 😉
    Just to understand you (and writers in general), what’s with the pen name instead of your real name? Any difference in sales? Any particular reason to write under both names or one more than the other?

    Happy writing!!!
    And… Oh my deliciousness! That chocolate cake looks absolutely fantastic, hardly awake I’m drooling over it already! 😂😂😂


    1. Oooh, good question! In my case, I’m adding a pen name into the mix so I can separate my genres. Some readers who like my fantasies don’t read contemporary and visa versa. There are a few who don’t like to be bothered with them at all.

      I’ve been studying this with my newsletter, which I’ve mostly built with fantasy fans. When I promote one of my contemporaries, I have a higher rate of unsubscribes.

      The second reason is the way Amazon has set up their book advertising system. They have all kinds of amazing algorithms that help match potential readers to new books they will enjoy, and when you have an author who’s publishing two different genres, I think those little bots get confused.

      I’ve noticed that a lot of the sponsored ads under my books don’t match the genre of the particular book page they are on. This is likely because people have used my name in their list of keywords for paid advertising, and the match isn’t quite working because I’m a multi-genre author. This makes me think Amazon doesn’t exactly know how to categorize me or my books.

      There’s a lot that goes into this, and I’ll probably do a post on it eventually, as I have been getting a LOT of questions about it. But I hope this helps a little bit!

      Oh, and the cake was amazing!!! Even the strawberry was perfect!


      1. Oh wow I didn’t imagine it could be that complicated!
        Since I read all your genres, I don’t really focus on the name information.
        I think, if I only read one genre, I’d only focus on the newsletter that interest me but not necessarily unsuscribe when you publish about another genre, but that’s just me.

        Anyway, the whole thing is to make your life easier and that of your readers, so…
        With you keeping us updated, we won’t miss a book to read anyway! 😉

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