Tamara Philip, Author

Where Love blossoms…

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#FF…#Feature & Follow blog lovin’ blog hop

Follow Friday Button Hi everyone! I’m Tamara, the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid and I always follow back! I just think it’s the right thing to do!

So when I heard about #Feature&Follow I knew I had to participate.  Want to know more?

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, The rules are…

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  8. If you’re new to the Follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog


To see this week’s list of People to Follow and to sign up  go to- http://twinjabookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/feature-follow-8-ff-are-you-also-writer.html


This week’s Question:
Are you also a writer and what genre or did you ever consider writing? – Suggested by The Pegster Reads
I’m a writer and my preferred genre to write in is Contemporary and Fantasy. I started seriously writing again because of my Fanfiction addled years  writing and reading in the Glee,Merlin, Doctor Who, Law and Order UK fandoms. It changed my life (and my sleep cycle) and it fueled my desire to create stories again, something that I’d thought I’d lost for good after graduating.
Anyways, drop me a comment or a like, and I’ll follow you back if you follow me 🙂


Being an Interracial romance writer

As an interracial romance writer and a woman in an interracial relationship, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Do I want to make race a plot point or not? If I did I could possibly race awareness to different issues or situations that someone in an interracial relationship may face. and I would absolutely love to do that because that is beyond relevant and intensely important to me, now and in the future. Alas, so far, (I’m new to the literary world) I haven’t been that kind of writer.

Trust me when I say it is not a choice I make on purpose, I just let the story flow through me the way it does. In future books it could happen but in this particular book, The Trouble with playing Cupid  it just honestly never came up. just like how it being non-erotic wasn’t premeditated.

That being said when I read interracial romance novels, which happens to be the kind I favor, I like reading how the authors address the issue. I like this because for some people race has always been a huge issue in their lives and it deserves, no it NEEDS to be talked about.

Not everyone has been as lucky as I have been to not have it shoved down their throats as if being black or being in an interracial relationship is a bad thing. I’ve only had to deal with it since being with Chris, my fiance. and only on rare occasions. Family and friends and strangers on the street have had their say but it has been so far apart that I can still count it on both hands. We’re surrounded by people who accept us, for which I am eternally grateful.

I was  also fortunate enough that when I was on the dating scene, I never had to have the awkward race conversations. I’m black all day every day, and the guys who liked me (of varying non-black races) and who I liked back obviously knew this and we just carried on, and that’s how I envision the romance between my characters. Personally that is the reason why I am light on character’s physical descriptions.

I know I’m in the minority in this case, just like I’m in the minority for writing books with no sex in them. It doesn’t mean that I think sex or race is irrelevant,  it just means that I suck at being a mature writer!

Either way, I applaud and appreciate the authors who address how people react to interracial couples or how it affects the people within the relationship, with candor. I wish I could be like them and maybe I will be as each book progresses.


How to alienate your secret crush in less than 10 minutes: The December Brown story


Or at least that’s the way it starts when the pop singer’s meddlesome talk show host friend tries to play cupid on live TV. The object of her affection, handsome actor Tom Elmswood didn’t know what to expect when they met, but is there still a chance at romance for these two lonely celebrities?

-The Trouble with Playing Cupid… Check out the 4 chapter preview of my debut novella..