Tamara Philip, Author

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Perfect for Book Clubs- The Trouble with Playing Cupid (with book club starter packet)

Remember falling in love for the first time? The highs and lows? The butterflies in your tummy? Then that sweet, sweet relief when you finally got to be with the object of your affection? Feel that feeling all over again… Then The Trouble with Playing Cupid is the book for you.

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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? 

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Character Interview with Samantha Miller

Hi All, I’m the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid, a sweet romance novel. Or in other words, the polar opposite of Ben Burgess Jr’s latest book, the juicy, gripping Wounded. Which tells the tale of Samantha Miller, the compelling protagonist, as she navigates the ravaged war zone of her heart.

Luckily for me, I got to find out the scoop on the Wounded star and help introduce her to the literary world:

 Hi Samantha, Describe yourself to me.

Curvaceous, green eyed beauty that is always well kept (Manicure, pedicure, hair done, nails done). I’m 5’8” thick in all the right places, and a firm ass that won’t quit! LOL

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

I would say I’m more visual which is why I’m good in photography.

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

I’d say I evolved into a woman who can adapt to any situation and can survive any shitty problem life throws at me. I feel I exceeded my expectations of how I thought I’d turn out.

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

My friends and spending time with them moves me. I cherish my time spent with them. They are my family.

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?

I’d say the one thing I’ve always wanted to do is fall head over heels in love with a woman. I don’t think it’ll ever happen because I don’t think I could ever wholeheartedly trust someone with my heart. If for some crazy reason I did, I know I would be disappointed and hurt. I’m not morbid, I’m a realist.

What do you consider are your strengths?

I’m honest, street smart with a little book smart. I’m emotionally strong and I take no shit from anyone. I think those are pretty good strengths. Continue reading


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Authors with Flair…Adrienne Ruvalcaba interview

Adrienne Ruvalcaba‘s The Prostitute’s Daughter is a gripping, intense, edgy and yet sweet novel. How does one book accomplish all of that? Perhaps it’s a reflection of its author and all the layers of her personality?  Luckily for me, she allowed me to interview her in all her mysterious glory…

 In less than 30 words, tell us about The Prostitute’s Daughter?

The Prostitute’s Daughter is the story of a man who loves a woman who doesn’t believe in love. He loves her even when she isn’t capable of loving herself.

How long did it take you to write it?

It took me five years to write this book. I wrote it in my spare time while I was dealing with a things, including the end of an abusive marriage, going to engineering school full time while single parenting two small children, working, and coming to grips with serious health issues and a subsequent diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?

The plot idea came from my intimate experience with survivors of abuse. At a young age, I witnessed a very dear loved one go through unspeakable abuse. I also witnessed this person’s metamorphosis into a completely different person. This person never received the love they needed and deserved, and, as a result, they never healed properly. I too am a survivor of abuse, but I was able to find peace and healing through love and support. The redeeming power of love is sometimes the only way to drive out certain kinds of darkness in one’s soul. The Prostitute’s Daughter is a story that captures that concept and gives it an emotionally fulfilling little fairytale twist.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I’m definitely more of a doer than a talker. I’m a person of few spoken words, but I’m very good at plodding along like a machine and accomplishing one small, manageable task after another. I’m all about the daily grind.

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Authors with Flair…Neva Squires Rodriguez interview

Have you ever read a book so emotionally charged, so captivating that you think to yourself, how did the author come up with this plot? or I’d love to pick the author’s brain? Well here’s your chance…

Neva Squires-Rodriguez, the author of the riveting Liliana series, has given me the inside scoop on what makes her tick and how her twisted mind created such an electrifying debut novel. (Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter @NevaRodriguez22

In less than 30 words tell us about Liliana.

Liliana” is a hot and steamy romance that starts off with a bang and is filled with deception, unexpected twists, and endless suspense!

The Liliana series is in 3 books, how long did it take you to write the first novel?
Yes, book one took nearly fifteen years. I kept putting it off due to raising my children, going back to school and ultimately laziness.

Why did you write it? Or better yet where did the plot idea come from?
The idea came from a re-occurring dream. Every night I tried to push the dream further, until finally I decided to write it down on paper.

When you decided to become a writer, why didn’t you choose a pseudonym?
I didn’t choose a pseudonym because I wanted everyone to know who I was. I wanted to be remembered and I wanted my readers to know where my roots were. I added my maiden name in because I wanted to show my readers that I’m multi-cultural.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?
I actually realized that I wanted to be a professional writer when I was in fifth grade. I entered a writing contest with a friend and our story won first place. A team of actors played out our story in front of the school. It was definitely a memorable experience for me.

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

Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz and Audre Lorde, because these are two of the female writers that I respect and enjoy the writing of most. I would definitely want to find out what feedback they had for me.

Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Definitely never trying. When you think that you are going to fail, the worst that can happen is that you can be right? You could fail, you already know that and have prepared yourself for that. You might as well try and confirm your failure. (A little English humor there.) As an author, I have failed numerous times. I must have sent out at least fifty query letters and it would have been so easy to give up and crawl back under my rock, but God inspired me to push on and hey, check it out, I found a great publisher who valued my twisted ideas. Always give it a try and never give up-never.

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Diverse Book Tours…We need more Diversity in books..ALL books!

Representation Matters!! I’ll say again and again until the day I die. It matters so much to see a character in a movie, on tv, in a book, in cartoons etc that looks like you, in some shape or form.

When I was growing up, I loved to read. I mean, I really, really loved to read but I always seemed to steer away from YA novels and romance novels because I couldn’t connect to them. None of the heroines were  described to look anything like me, or any of the other characters for that matter. I was a teenager looking to read about teenage things and I wanted representation but there weren’t very many options (Hell even as an adult it still gets a little dicey depending on the genre). That’s why the We Need Diverse Books movement is important. It means that another little girl or boy will be able to find a book with characters that they can truly relate too. 

and Diverse Book Tours puts that plan into action. Writing and reading go hand in hand. By making writers accountable for bringing diversity into the literary world, we can ensure future generations of readers have characters that represent them to fall in love with. From People of color, to the physically challenged and everyone in between, we all deserve to be seen and heard.

I’m not a book blogger usually, but I’m joining this revolution and I think you should too. If you’re a blogger, reviewer or author, you can sign up to be part of the Diverse Book Tours that’s that happening on September 1st 2014. Check them out at their website http://diversebooktours.com/ for more info on how to be a Book Tour host!

I’m in! Are you?

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