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Tom’s harsh words comes back to bite him…Weekend Writing Warriors…#8Sunday…

Hey All! I’m back again doing the #8sunday with the wonderful  Weekend Writing Warriors!  I really loved reading the other snippets! This week’s excerpt from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid shows the scene where the press catches Tom off guard on the red carpet.

“So you didn’t have December in tears after you said and I quote, ‘The very idea of
being with her makes me sick to my stomach?'” asked a stocky, nondescript looking bald man
towards the back.
Tom faltered, the words of denial stuck in his throat. While he hadn’t used those
exact words, he did say something along those lines to his handler, Patrick, in the dressing
room after the show. Whoever overheard him must have told her, which in turn had made her
cry. Tom truly felt like pond scum. He had to find a way to make it right with her.

Read more great snippets from my fellow Authors at WeWriWa’s blog

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The Angie/AMB Ovation Awards nomination announcement

I’ve been announced as a finalist for

 Outstanding Debut Author

of Interracial Romance 2015

 in the 

The Angie Ovation Awards

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The Outstanding Debut Author Awards recognize an AA/IR/Multicultural romance author who has demonstrated strong literary potential and contributions to the genre. The award is designed to both recognize and further the recipient’s professional development activities.

–quoted from http://www.angelinembishop.com/2015-finalists.html

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid
by Tamara Philip

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?


I laughed and cried along with the characters. I fell in love with the story line and the Characters. I Love Tom! He was the most down to earth man with a heart of Gold! December AKA Dee banter and sweet talk had me on a emotional roller coaster.I would love to have friends like Clarissa and Terrence. This book (genre) is a book that I have never read. Tamara wove magic when writing this and also has made me become a fan of Romantic Comedies. Awesome!!! …April Nichols Baker

Despite having placed the book down due to being busy, as soon as I picked it up again, I had no problem being wrapped back up into the story. The characters are able to be connected with and each have their own quirks that give them life. The tone of the book is so casual that it feels as if you’re right in the thicket of the story’s environment. Additionally, the tone complements the characters very well as it emphasizes the thoughts of each of them that makes their situations feel real. Anytime a book can make me use my imagination to paint the picture, it’s doing a darn good job…. Kelsey

Who doesn’t like a gritty love story. The romance plays out to be true to imagination with a real flare for an intimate setting and flawless character portrayals, the character ‘Trace’, being my favorite. The authors writing style sucks you in to the pages and I found I couldn’t put it down.

I was actually late for an appointment yesterday as I was so engrossed reading this book on the train that I missed my stop lol. I hope Tamara brings a lot more romance to our lives, and I will definitely be watching out for more books to come by this talented new author…. Pennie Mae Cartawick, Author of the Sherlock Holmes book series

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 Tamara Philip

Tamara Philip

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.
On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.



Congratulations, Tamara!

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Website: http://www.tamaraphilipwrites.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPhilipwrites

Book Website: http://www.thetroublewithplayingcupid.com

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Book Release Blitz- Control:Predator & Prey, #3 by James D. Horton

by James D. Horton
Series: Predator & Prey, #3
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dark Fantasy
Cover Designer: Miranda Horton
Release Date: October 24, 2014

Two weeks have passed since Lily became a vampire and things couldn’t be worse. She is starving, out of control, and Wolf has vanished. Her maker, Athene, is patient, but fails to help Lily tame the beast within. After Lily’s introduction to Society goes horribly wrong, she is sent to train with Griogar, a narcissistic vampire with questionable tactics.

A powerful member of Society, John Genosoa, has secretly arranged for Wolf’s mate to return. The distraction works. Wolf and Luna’s reunion is passionate, yet laced with memories of insurmountable loss. Even so, neither is able to refuse the animalistic magnetism drawing them together.

When Lily reaches a new low during a session with Griogar, Wolf reappears. She’s furious, but vulnerable to his charm and follows him beneath the City. Lily finds out Wolf has spent ages chasing a legendary tale of transcendence and discovers who has been keeping him away.

Lily is forced to put aside her heartache when Genosoa’s plan threatens the City’s inhabitants. Genosoa’s magic is strong, but not strong enough to keep the existence of vampires a secret from humans. He needs souls to sacrifice.

Wolf, Lily and Luna are dispatched by the Keeper and must act fast to stop the killing of innocents. Screams of agony and a scene of destruction greet them, but they are confronted with a much more sinister obstacle and it’s too late to turn back. What begins as a battle turns into an all-out war for their very survival.

Ancient histories are told, myths are revealed and dangerous paths are taken in Control , the highly anticipated third installment in the Predator & Prey series by author James D. Horton.

Book 3: Control
Start the Series from the Beginning!
Book 1: Predator & Prey
Book 2: Beast

James D Horton is the breakout author of the Predator & Prey series which features an urban fantasy setting with a paranormal romance story. Lily is the star who falls in love with enigmatic Wolf, who is not a nice vampire. The story starts in Predator & Prey, continues in Beast (Predator & Prey, #2), and in the newly released Control (Predator & Prey, #3).

James is also the author of two popular non-fiction books which focus on relationship advice presenting the successful actions that he and his fiancé use to make their relationship better every single day with their six children.

He is currently working on the next installment of the Predator & Prey Series.

He lives in Lamar, MO with his fiancé and their children, plus the ever annoying Spock, a Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua.

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Character Interview with Jack Vance, the protagonist of The Manipulator by Steve Lundin

A Top 100 Amazon best selling book- The Manipulator by Steve Lundin is a satirical techno-noir business thriller about advertising, greed, and the out-of-control edge of a media addicted culture. It’s a darkly humorous and prophetic look at the evil twins of marketing and communications just a few years over the horizon, when master media manipulators will insidiously shape almost every aspect of our programmed and highly regulated world. Powered by an authentic perspective, The Manipulator is a fast moving, snarky action packed story that will keep you turning pages while you should be working!

ManipulatorBlogBannerAvailable NOW! On Sale October 24-30th for only $.99 cents!!! 

The hilarious author, Steve Lundin gave me the inside scoop (thanks to Elite Book Promotions) on his main character to learn more about him. So I thought I’d share it with all of you!!

Without further adieu here’s my cheeky interview with Jack Vance, CEO of Blowfish Communications

and the protagonist of The Manipulator: Jack Vance FinalA Satirical Tech Noir Business Thriller (Really)!



How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

Who said I was an adult? There are many questions concerning my father that are unsettled, including who is responsible for his death. I saw him, as a 78 year old man, expire in a hospital bed from gunshot wounds. Come on, a guy his age should have died from prostate cancer or something a little more respectable. In terms of my mother, I’d love to find her but those federal witness protection programs are getting better and better. One day though…

What do you want from life?

To build the world’s smartest global marketing firm with take no prisoners type A hard chargers. Love and puppies and Facebook are for people with too much time on their hands.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

You make your own luck, so my first wish and last wish would be that I never, ever get asked an inane wish question again.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

A SAT phone, a kindle and some sunscreen. I’d stick around long enough to catch up on some reading then call in a lift home.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?

Well, my father is deceased, my mother is in a witness protection program and I have no siblings. So it’s just me and my business associates. I treat everyone based on the amount of respect they have earned. I have no time or interest in helping those who project pathos or expect obsequiousness because of their power or position. In other words, if you haven’t earned my attention through your own hard work, don’t waste my time and I won’t waste yours, because you’re probably already an expert on that.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

Over a bottle, usually

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The hangover and the bar receipt, in that order.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

Trust is earned. I have had enough experience with users, cads, charlatans and scumbags to count my fingers after shaking hands with most people for the first time.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

The smell, then the window.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

If it’s my room and my people they damn well better notice that it’s time to get to work. If it’s someone else’s room I’d rather be an observer than the center of attention. I keep a running tally of how many people think they can get away with picking their nose in public places. You would be amazed at the results.

Describe yourself to me.

I’m a strategic idea guy who specializes in the most attention getting and provocative marketing campaigns in the world. You probably read about the Phantom jets that I had buzz the Macy’s Parade to advertise new Jet Blue routes. Yeah, that was me. And I got kicked out of NY because of it, which means that they’re too thin skinned out there or I’m too funny. Either way I’m a Chicagoan now, but not the high squeaky voiced, fat assed, acid washed jeans, sausage eating variety. Opinionated? Yes. Creative? Yes. Funny? Depends on who you ask. You want to know more about me? Read the book, cheapskate!

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

Good mescaline always brings my Third Eye into the equation.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

I didn’t expect anything and was raised by a German nanny who my father smuggled out of Berlin after the wall was erected. If anything she gave me the one lesson that has served me well: be doubtful until proven otherwise, keep an escape plan handy and gun control means using both hands.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

A great single malt, a 500 HP engine and the rare honest marketing person (I have yet to encounter the third but I am hopeful).

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Fire myself from my own agency and give myself enough of a severance package to retire. If I did I’d be broke.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Creativity, intuition and a nose for good alcohol.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Good alcohol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

Getting an escort onto the International Space Station to do a live Skype broadcast promoting a new Russian condom. We call it an out-of-this-world fucking case study on our website.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

Not fired the wrong people fast enough over the Holidays.

Describe your ideal mate.

She can reload a .45 magazine while solving a Rubik’s Cube, doing shots, fending off reporters and pulling up her size three bikini bottoms.

What are you most afraid of?

The banker that says no.

What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Smart, creative, hardworking people. They are hard to find. I can find self-absorbed, effected toadies lurking in just about every one of the 100 resumes I receive on a daily basis.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

My email address.

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A silvertip grizzly can smell people and fear from 18 miles away. That’s the kind of head start I could use.

Illustrations By Mitch O’Connell  MOC Illo SM

stevelundin2headshotSteve Lundin is the Chief Hunter and Gatherer of BIGfrontier, a Chicago media strategy boutique. He is an award winning marketing professional, journalist and pop culture anthropologist. He has written hundreds of feature stories for a diverse assortment of regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, International Watch and Aviation History. As a marketer he has had extensive experience successfully revitalizing consumer and business to business products and services for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to two guys in a garage.

In 2000 he founded theBIGfrontier event series, a regional marketing/technology thought leadership showcase that has hosted over 70 significant national speakers.Lundin is formerly trained in Journalism/Cultural Anthropology with graduate work in clinical psychology; his métier has always been research driven measurement of human motivation, tempered with creative gut instinct. He has also worked as an artist, photographer, made television commercials, published a comic strip newspaper and may hold the record for the greatest number of published Mickey Spillane interviews. If he could do it all over again he’d be a PI. 
 Get in touch with Steve: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevelundin.marketingnightmares
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Authors with Flair interview with…Angela Kay Austin

She’s done everything from songwriting to acting, not to mention she plays various musical instruments, fellow VHP author and resident superstar, Angela Kay Austin is definitely a writer you want to get to know more about.  Her books including her latest, Rumer, is out now on amazon and all other ebook devicesrumer_cvr_for_nt_book_club_extras

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?

As a child, I dreamed about selling book, one day.  That it would become a super bestseller, and that I’d be able to do all kinds of great things for my parents and travel  But, in order for that to happen, I guess that you actually have to submit something, once in awhile.  I submitted a few stories to teen magazines and magazines for women over the years, but none of them were ever published.  It was not until Love’s Chance was published that I realized this dream could be realized!

In less than 30 words, tell us about “Rumer”

The story of a woman: wife, mother who forgot that she once felt and, still deserved, a passionate love, not just friendship from her man and love of her children.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I would steal the cast from Addicted!  Rumer would be played by Sharon Leal, and William Levy would be an awesome Sebastian Ortiz.  I’d have to replace Boris Kodjoe (sadly) with Morris Chestnut (smiles.)

why did you write “Rumer”? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?  When the idea for this story came to me, there were a lot of stories in the news about Ministers and their sexual orientation.  I scrubbed the original idea for Rumer, and the resulting book, I think, is much more the story I wanted to tell verses feeding in to what was happening then.

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Maya Angelou.  I have loved her my entire life.  Her books inspired me, and I would only hope that mine could one day touch a fraction of the people her work has.  Toni Morrison.  Who hasn’t read something by Toni Morrison, and when they finished it, didn’t think…wow.  Her work makes me think and feel.  To be such an expert in that ability is unimaginable for me.  Ahh… A girl can dream.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

I don’t really write racy.  I do write passion, and I think I write them pretty well Male emotion is hard for me.  I always have to tap my resident pool of men on the shoulder to ask them if or why or when would a man do or say certain things.  It’s the only way that I feel I can make my men more legitimate, and not just my watered down version.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Buy a home in Italy!  With a huge wine cellar

Are you on facebook or twitter?

I can be found at: @AngelaKayAustin or www.FaceBook/AngelaKayAustin

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Love’s Chance was my first, but it’s no longer available.  My first publisher no longer exists.  I plan to release it as a self-published work.  Currently, I have six pieces that are available.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Broken Dreams, True Fantasies



Tackled by the Girl Next Door by Susan Scott Shelley and Veronica Forand

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When a retired NFL player returns home to sort out his life, he finds his future in the girl next door.

Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.

Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: October 15, 2014

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22710011-tackled-by-the-girl-next-door

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Meet The Authors

Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.


She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.

Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.


Author Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.

She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

Veronica is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.

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Website:  http://www.susanscottshelley.com/

Blog:  http://www.susanscottshelley.com/#!blog/c1cod

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Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Forand/309646382425740

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Tom calls December for the first time…Weekend Writing Warriors…#8sunday…10/12/2014

Hey All! I’m back again doing the #8sunday with the wonderful  Weekend Writing Warriors!  I really loved reading the other snippets! This week’s excerpt from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid shows the scene where Tom kinda sorta prank calls December…

“Hello?” December whispered into her phone, trying not to wake up Terrence, who
thankfully hadn’t stirred.
“What kind of name is December anyway?” Tom blurted out, cringing even
though he was all alone in his hotel room.
“Um, who is this?” She asked, warily, tiptoeing into the living room area.
“I am so sorry, I don’t know why I said that,Can we start again? “He said apologetically.

Tom could practically feel her eyes narrow.
“Is this a telemarketer?” She responded, suspiciously.
“No it’s Tom. Tom Elmswood.” Such a long bout of silence held the line that he
thought maybe she’d hung up on him.

Read more great snippets from my fellow Authors at WeWriWa’s blog

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