Tal Valante’s Mindscape Blog Tour and Contest


Hello and welcome to the online tour of Mindscape! Thank you for joining me, and thank you to Scattered Words and Rogue Thoughts for having me.


First, a quick note about the giveaway. I’m raffling off three $10 Amazon.com gift certificates at the end of this tour. For a chance to win, simply comment on this post with an answer to the following question: if your mind was a landscape, what would it look like? Winners will be picked randomly from all tour stops, and will be announced on 12/29. Drop me a comment at each stop to increase your chances of winning!

About the author:

Tal’s passion in life is building worlds, whether digital ones using programming languages, or literary ones using plain ol’ English.

When she’s not buried neck-deep in code, you can find her editing manuscripts, designing fantasy worlds, or torturing characters in her own original works.

You can get Tal going forever on her favorite subjects with a few well-placed words, such as “Babylon 5” and “Assassin’s Creed.” A word of caution, though: “forever” means just that . . .

Connect with Tal: WebsiteGoodreads

About the book:

Mark Sayre joins the Interstellar Navy for the money—his only goal is to keep his little brother out of the colony mines that sent Mindscape_500x750their father to an early grave. With concepts like duty and honor floating high over his head, he hardly expects to fall for the serious, idealistic Shane Cawley. Not to mention that Shane is his commanding officer . . . and his Resonance partner, a one-in-ten-thousand mental connection so profound that they can travel in each other’s mindscapes.

Shane Cawley is carrying on the family tradition by serving in the Interstellar Navy. He hardly expects to fall for the quirky, happy-go-lucky Mark Sayre. But as the Resonance between them grows, neither can deny what he feels for the other.

When war breaks out, Mark and Shane find their military training and their Resonance link tested to the edge of sanity. Shane is haunted by memories and flashbacks, and Mark becomes trapped in his own mindscape. But with help from an unlikely ally, they may be able to salvage their futures and the love they share.

Read an excerpt and order online at Riptide Publishing!

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


  1. It would be filled with food imagery since I enjoy watching Food Channel, TV travel food shows, etc, besides food dishes when I do go traveling somewhere.
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  2. A quaint Bavarian town surrounded by snow capped mountains – I’m snuggled up by the fire reading m/m holiday stories downloaded on my kindle while sipping hot buttered rum with my newfoundland dog, Gus at my feet. 🙂


  3. It’s a pretty varied landscape, with plenty of coffee, chocolate, hockey rinks, museums, records shops, and lovely men!



  4. I imagine mine would be a nice cozy library. With a tv and internet of course, but still cozy. Nice comfy couch. Fireplace maybe.


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