Today I am so pleased to welcome TA Moore to Joyfully Jay. TA Moore has come to talk to us about her latest release, Take the Edge Off. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


First of all, thank you so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here with my new contemporary romance Take the Edge Off.

One of the main characters in Take the Edge Off is a professional driver, and ex-semi-professional car thief. So inspired by that (and by the fact that a friend of mine’s husband chants ‘I’m a bus, I’m a bus, I’m a big red bus’ whenever he ends up in a bus lane) I am going to answer a question that I know you’re all dying to know the answer to: What would these characters be life if they were cars?

Cal Tate is the aforementioned driver/ex-con in Take the Edge Off. He’s determined to make the most of the second chance his brother has given him, but sometimes it feels like he’s a high-octane engine stuck in city traffic.

A London boy born and bred–his grandad was born within earshot of Bow Bells and never let anyone forget it–Cal Tate is used to people telling him now. His whole life there were people lined up to tell him ‘no’, that he couldn’t, wouldn’t, and frequently shouldn’t have what he wanted. He learned to take it anyhow and deal with the consequences afterwards.

When he applied that philosophy to luxury goods, that’s when he ended up in jail. So it doesn’t always work out.

For a few years he was pretty enough to be a trophy, but life’s worn that off with a variety of scuffs, dings, and after-market cosmetic alterations. Cal’s still hot, but now he looks like he’d make you work for it. Not that he would. Cal’s comfortable with people who want to use him for something. At least that why he understands what they want him around for.

If Cal were a car, he’d be a bike. Not a showroom motorbike though. He might have started out that way, all polished chrome and mirror finish paintwork, but now even at a cursory glance people can tell that he’s never been driven anywhere at the speed limit. The engine still purrs, but the paintwork has been redone and the leather is all creases and worn down until its glove soft to the touch.


You don’t end up an ex-car thief and ex-con because you’re good at resisting temptation… and Cal Tate’s rich new boss is very tempting.

Cal has always been the bad boy lovers don’t bring home to Mom, but now he’d like someone other than a debt collector waiting for him at home. He has a legit job as a driver with his brother’s company, he’s got a doctor on the hook, and he still can’t help crawling into bed with Joseph Bailey.

Joe has never met anyone as easy in their own skin as his new driver. Or as ridiculously beautiful. He’s in London to downsize the family business… and to investigate the abusive emails that imply a dark secret around his mother’s death. But unpicking the lies he’s been told makes Joe realize he isn’t sure who is without them.

When his life falls apart, the only person he can be himself with is Cal. But with the anonymous stalker’s threats increasing, Joe worries that someone will finish the job they started over two decades ago—and end any chance for a happy future between him and Cal.


TA Moore is a Northern Irish writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance novels. A childhood in a rural, seaside town fostered in her a suspicious nature, a love of mystery, and a streak of black humour a mile wide. As her grandmother always said, ‘she’d laugh at a bad thing that one’, mind you, that was the pot calling the kettle black. TA Moore studied History, Irish mythology, English at University, mostly because she has always loved a good story. She has worked as a journalist, a finance manager, and in the arts sectors before she finally gave in to a lifelong desire to write.

Coffee, Doc Marten boots, and good friends are the essential things in life. Spiders, mayo, and heels are to be avoided.


T.A. has brought a $20 Dreamspinner Press gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Thursday, June 13th at 11:59 pm ET.

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