Saturday, June 16, 2018

Princess Tara Chronicles

People are starting to notice. Book One of the Princess Tara Chronicles, Part One of the Blue Tara Trilogy: Blue Tara; Or, How Is a Hyacinth Macaw Parrot Like a Tibetan Goddess? has reached Number 262 on Amazon's Kindle store in post-apocalyptic Science Fiction!

What do you do when you discover your parrot is a witch? A witch with a coffee addiction. And she needs your help to save your world from a god of war and his zombie army of the dead. Our heroes, a couple of history professors, find themselves entwined with a coven of witches comprised of a pandemonium of parrots and one black cat, in a battle to save civilization from a gang of self-absorbed narcissistic megalomaniacal monsters.

Dragons. Zombies. Cannibals. Pterodactyls. Coffee. Parrots and Witches. More coffee! The perfect summer read, whether you're heading to the beach, the boat, the cabin, or just out to your backyard deck.

Book One of the Princess Tara Chronicles, as well as Books Two and Three of the Blue Tara Trilogy, and Book Four of the Princess Tara Chronicles, Part One of the Kālarātri or Black Night Trilogy,  are available in eBook and dead tree editions from Amazon and Smashwords ebook.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Refined

Celebrating release of the paperback edition of our Hyacinth Macaw Parrot Princess Tara's latest fantasy novel, Book Four of the Princess Tara Chronicles, about a parrot that just happens to be a witch, She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Refined, Part One of the Kālarātri or Black Night Trilogy. Available from Amazon. 400 pages. 90,000 words.

What do you do when you discover your parrot is a witch? A witch with a coffee addiction. And she needs your help to save your world from a goddess of war and her zombie army of the dead.

Our heroes, a couple of history professors, together with a coven of witches comprised of a pandemonium of parrots and one black cat, may finally have encountered a villain they simply can not defeat. How do you fight a goddess that controls death and time?

Dragons. Zombies. Cannibals. Pterodactyls. Coffee. Parrots and Witches. More coffee! The perfect summer read, whether you're heading to the beach, the boat, the cabin, or just out to your backyard deck.

Book Four of the Princess Tara Chronicles, as well as all three books of the Blue Tara Trilogy, are available in eBook and dead tree editions from Amazon and Smashwords ebook:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Refined


Paperback Writer! Princess Tara is thrilled to announce that the dead tree edition of Book Four of the Princess Tara Chronicles, Part One of the Kālarātri or Black Night Trilogy, is now available from Amazon. 400 pages. 90,000 words.

All four books of the Princess Tara Chronicles are available in eBook format from Smashwords and in eBook and dead tree editions from Amazon.

What do you do when you discover your parrot is a witch? A witch with a coffee addiction. And she needs your help to save your world from a goddess of war and her zombie army of the dead.

Our heroes, a couple of history professors, together with a coven of witches comprised of a pandemonium of parrots and one black cat, may finally have encountered a villain they simply can not defeat. How do you fight a goddess that controls death and time?

Dragons. Zombies. Cannibals. Pterodactyls. Coffee. Parrots and Witches. More coffee! The perfect summer read, whether you're heading to the beach, the boat, the cabin, or just out to your backyard deck.

The Soundtrack of My Life:


Sunday, May 27, 2018

She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Refined


Princess Tara is pleased to release Book Four of the Princess Tara Chronicles. Part One of the Kālarātri, or Black Night Trilogy. She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Refined. 90,000 words. FREE in eBook format from Smashwords this week only! By Seattle writer Michael Ostrogorsky.

What do you do when you discover your parrot is a witch? A witch with a coffee addiction. And she needs your help to save your world from a goddess of war and her zombie army of the dead.

Our heroes, a couple of history professors, together with a coven of witches comprised of a pandemonium of parrots and one black cat, may finally have encountered a villain they simply can not defeat. How do you fight a goddess that controls death and time?

Dragons. Zombies. Cannibals. Pterodactyls. Coffee. Parrots and Witches. More coffee! The perfect summer read, whether you're heading to the beach, the cabin, the boat, or just out to your back yard deck.


And be sure to check out the Blue Tara Trilogy, the first three books of the Princess Tara Chronicles. Available in eBook format from Smashwords, and eBook and dead tree editions from Amazon!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Smell the Sea and Feel the Sky

Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
Smell the sea, and feel the sky,
Let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic.
Van Morrison 

Our Hyacinth Macaw Parrot Princess Tara feeling the sea and sky at Seattle's Alki Beach:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Refined

Coming out Memorial Day weekend, 2018 in eBook and dead tree editions from Smashwords and Amazon! Book Four of the Princess Tara Chronicles, Part One of the Kālarātri, or Black Night Trilogy.


What do you do when you discover your parrot is a witch? A witch with a coffee addiction. And she needs your help to save your world from a goddess of war and her zombie army of the dead.

Our heroes, a couple of history professors, together with a coven of witches comprised of a pandemonium of parrots and one black cat, may finally have encountered a villain they simply can not defeat. How do you fight a goddess that controls death and time?

Dragons. Zombies. Cannibals. Pterodactyls. Coffee. Parrots and Witches. Can't wait? Get a sneak peek at Chapter One here. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Parrots and the Fallen Woman


Gustave Courbet - Woman with a Parrot - 1866
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gustave Courbet was no stranger to controversy. He was a man of strong political views which occasionally erupted into activism, in particular during the revolutionary year of 1848 and the Commune in 1871. He was anti-intellectual, anti-clerical and anti-establishment and these socio-political opinions had an impact on the subject matter he chose to depict. All this gained him a reputation as a provocative firebrand but he nevertheless exhibited regularly at the Salon, protected by powerful patrons. At the 1849 Salon he was awarded a gold medal.

Critics found plenty to criticize when they were confronted by Woman with a Parrot at the 1866 Salon, complaining about the model’s ungainly pose and the artist’s lack of taste. The principal problem however was the blatant sexuality of the painting in which a young woman can be seen sprawled across a couch, her legs slightly splayed, the tresses of her luxuriant hair spread out against a disarranged white sheet, part of which has, perhaps fortuitously, entwined itself around her upper leg. Most of the sheet has become a tangled heap leading to questions in the mind of the viewer as to how this might have come about. The young woman is diverted by the eponymous parrot whose outstretched wings, revealing its striking plumage, echo the massed locks of her hair.

Why the parrot? As a result of some curious labyrinthine medieval logic (the call of some parrots was thought to resemble the word "Ave" used by the archangel Gabriel to greet Mary at the Annunciation) the parrot became one of the many attributes of the Virgin. By association the bird later came to be used as a secular companion to women. Their sumptuous and exotic appearance and provenance (and the consequent expense of acquiring one) enhanced their allusive use by some artists as a pointer to those qualities in the sitter. By the 18th century, a bird that had flown its cage came to be associated with a fallen woman. The parrot therefore came to embody both the exotic and the erotic.