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The Trouble with Romance (The sequel to The Trouble with Playing Cupid) by Tamara Philip

The Trouble with Romance


In the sequel to The Trouble with Playing Cupid, December’s best friend and agent, Clarissa Gregory, finds herself as the latest person destined for love.
Love never felt so good for pop singer December Brown and her boyfriend, Hollywood heartthrob, Tom Elmswood. A year later and they’re still crazy about each other. Now it’s their turn to be the well meaning but still pretty terrible matchmakers.

Except, for Clarissa, it isn’t only meddling friends pushing her towards the dashing detective Peter, but fate itself.

Will December convince the cynical Clarissa to take a chance on romance? Or is she right, that love really is just too much trouble?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book as always with Tamara Philip March 1, 2015

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Great book as always with Tamara Philip. What I really enjoyed about this book was not only the romance, but with seeing Clarissa’s relationship with her best friend December. They way that she admires her friends reaction to stardom, the conversations they have, dealing with a stalker!!! It just makes the reader feel like they are a part of the friendship and Hollywood.
Enough about the friendship though, this time around it’s Clarissa’s (December’s best friend) chance at love, but as we can all relate to, love is never easy or come at exactly the moment that you’re expecting it. I’d have to say there is quite a bit of suspense in this book and if you’re up for a wild ride, this is the book for you.

~Neva Squires-Rodriguez
Author of the Liliana Series

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Diverse Book Tours presents my review of Thelonious Legend’s Sins of the Father

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This was going to be a special year for the Parker sisters. Eve was going to dominate in the classroom and on the basketball court.

Gwen was going to make the starting five and go down in history as the greatest prankster ever. Ana was going to do as little as possible.

But without warning, all three sisters gain extraordinary abilities that defy science… powers that come with a cost. Now all they want to do is make it through the school year without drawing any undue attention, while racing to find a cure before the side effects of their new abilities kill them. Eve’s temperament, Gwen’s fondness for pranks, and Ana’s predilection for money, however, are challenges they must overcome to achieve their goals. Because if they can’t, they’re dead…



My Review

So I literally just finished reading this book, not even an hour ago so everything is very fresh in my mind.Therefore I may have to come back and change somethings once I’ve had time to truly mull this amazing book over.

This is the authors debut novel and WOW he comes straight out of the gate rearing to go.It was fast paced, energetic drama from the first page to the last and I know the rest of the series will only get better as Thelonious Legend’s writing style improves and evolves.

I loved that the 3 sisters were so popular, despite some of their claims. I mean they had tons of friends, and were part of so much after school sports groups that I felt a little jealous!  I’m not a sports person so I didn’t know what most of the stuff was regarding Basketball, Football, Tae Kwon Do and I swear there was more! I think the author could go ahead and skimp on those details next time LOL.

Messing around with all those school kids took time away from the insanely interesting plot going on. which I felt was sometimes rushed because of the time skips. I wanted to know how the girls found out about Dave, or how they would have reacted to their father (first hand) when they found out, how their parents worked it out because that was such a huge breach of trust on Barry’s side, I wanted to know more about Elizabeth’s situation, lots more should have been devoted to Ana since she was the brains of the outfit and I felt Eve was too limiting because she was so self involved. Also the girls did not talk like middle schoolers, they were high schoolish and I think I would have believed it more if they had been. They were so much more advanced in many aspects. I definitely wanted to read more about the baddies and the reasoning behind their mindsets and Dave’s reasoning for stealing it in the first place and so much more, hopefully that will be in the rest of the series that I can’t wait to read!!

So I guess I did enjoy reading about all of the characters and their backstories because it was wonderfully diverse and well written. It was all the sports talk that kept dragging me back out of the story while I clung onto the plot for dear life. I also loved the book cover and I think this book would be a fantastic tv series especially on Nick Teens or the Disney Channel.

Great Job, Thelonious!




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Author Information

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IT Professional by day, but by night I use my pen and pad as a canvas to explore questions of race, identity, privilege and class in a science fiction setting. Eclectic reader with a fondness for the classics and first generation Hip Hop snob. Don’t start none won’t be none! Philadelphia Eagles football fanatic and I also enjoy MMA from the safety of my couch. On the weekends you can find me wine drinking, rock climbing, fishing, or being an unpaid chauffeur to my daughters’ activities. Also I’m a snark purveyor and been making with the funny since it was called the ‘Dozens’. Get at me!


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Website: Official Blog

Facebook: Sins of The Father Page

Twitter: @TheLegendBooks

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Diverse Book Tours presents Claudia Guadalupe’s Pig Park…10 Things About Pig Park edition


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10 Random Thing about Pig Park

  1. I first set out to write a play about a mom and pop bakery fighting for survival, needless to say it went a different direction.
  2. The protagonist’s name was Tomasina until–much like an old fashioned skirt–I shortened it.
  3. Pig Park’s working title was MasaAmerica–a play on the Spanish word for dough (masa) and Meso-America.
  4. I imagined the delicious marranitos (ginger pigs) from Bowie Bakery in my hometown of El Paso every time I sat and wrote about the marranitos at Burciaga’s.
  5. The marranito on the book’s cover is not from Bowie Bakery, rather from Gussie’s across town. 
  6. Skinny pigs, sugar-free ginger pigs, are a made up delicacy
  7. There was no pyramid in the initial draft of the novel.
  8. The pyramid was inspired by a man who walked into the community organization I worked at looking for sponsors to build exactly that. 
  9. The real life pyramid was going to be a wood frame topped by thousands of candles.
  10. Although I might not want to admit this, I’m most like the mom character in the novel. Yep, I’m a totally a mom


Plot Summary:

It’s crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family’s bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something’s not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. And then there’s the new boy who came to help. The one with the softest of lips. Pig Park is a contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths people will go to in the name of community–and maybe love.

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Claudia GM Author Photo (2) About the author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Claudia is the author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008) and Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014). She grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

Author Links
Website: http://www.claudiaguadalupemartinez.com/
Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/pages/Claudia-Guadalupe-Martinez/107095645999600
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1010472.Claudia_Guadalupe_Martinez