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Awesome Guest Tamara Hogan On TV & Books

Hi friends. I messed up 😡 I lost this post. However, Tamara Hogan is incredibly gracious and wonderful, so I hope you all give her a warm welcome. (And make up for my screw up by being really chatty, ok? Please?)

Taste MeLimecello and I ‘met’ via Twitter – initially because of books, reading and writing, but we also seem to share a brain when it comes to the TV shows we enjoy. Whenever Bones, American Ninja Warriors, or So You Think You Can Dance (#SYTYCD) is on, you might find Limecello, me, and several other denizens of Romancelandia exchanging tweets as we watch.

For those of you not familiar with #SYTYCD, it’s a competitive reality show where, after weeks of open call auditions and a brutal weeding-out process working with professional choreographers, a final group of twenty dancers representing various dance genres is selected to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.

Chase MeYes, I said genres! Like books, dances are categorized by genre. Contemporary/modern, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet are #SYTYCD mainstays, but ballroom, Broadway, Bollywood, and street dancing are elbowing their way onto the stage. As with books—as with all creative endeavors—a dance that sends me into paroxysms of joy might leave someone else utterly stone cold, and vice versa. Lime and I disagree vehemently about whether the right dancer won #SYTYCD Season Eight. (I’m a massive Melanie Moore fangirl. Lime feels runner-up Sasha Mallory was robbed. *Totally totally true. Lady Gaga threw her shoe at Sasha not Melanie! Also, I can’t resist. This is one of my favorite SYTYCD routines ever and I think one of the best it has ever had. Ok I’ll shut up now.)  They both possess exquisite technique and an uncanny ability to convey emotion with their body.  I can only aspire to do the same with words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages.

Touch MeMy Underbelly Chronicles series is a bit of a sub-genre mash-up, making it challenging to categorize. My former publisher marketed my first two books, Taste Me and Chase Me, as urban fantasy romance—which some readers agreed with and some didn’t. The series’ origin story has paranormals of many types—incubi, succubi, vampires, sirens, Valkyrie, werewolves, and faeries—secretly living among us because their ancestors’ spaceship crashed here on Earth several millennia ago, marooning the survivors—but the action very much takes place in the here and now. So is the series urban fantasy romance? Paranormal romance? Science fiction romance? Reviewer consensus seems to be “paranormal romance with a sci-fi twist”, and I think I’ll take their word for it. (I’m indie-publishing now, and as South Park’s Eric Cartman would say, “I do what I want!”) The bottom line for me is that I write stories I’d personally want to read.

I hope Tempt Me tempts you! Here’s the blurb:

Tempt MeA sex demon and a preacher’s kid? Heaven forbid!

Technology whiz Bailey Brown is one of two humans alive who knows a very important secret: that humanity has shared their planet with paranormals for millennia. When an obsessed hacker from her past threatens to expose the secret, Bailey and her Sebastiani Security colleagues must use every weapon at their disposal to stop him. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and she can’t let herself be distracted by her boss’s gorgeous brother, even if he is temptation incarnate…

Incubus sculptor Rafe Sebastiani hasn’t produced a decent nude in over a year, since he made the most selfish mistake of his life: sleeping with Bailey Brown. Now, with a deadline looming, his cranky muse has finally allowed him to express his memories of that incendiary night in clay. But when his brother asks him to pose as Bailey’s lover to provoke her dangerous ex, he jumps at the chance…to sculpt her, to protect her, and to earn the right to tempt her—and only her—for the rest of their lives…

Wanna read an excerpt?  Here ya go!

Whether you tweet while watching TV or not, what shows are must-see TV for you? Are you TEMPTED (ha!) by any of the new season’s offerings?

One randomly-selected commenter will receive a copy of Tempt Me in paperback or their choice of available digital formats.

Learn more about Tamara, and her award-winning Underbelly Chronicles series, at www.tamarahogan.com.

Ready? Set? … And … GO! 😀

Review: Tempt Me by Shiloh Walker

Tempt Me by Shiloh Walker
Contemporary Romance released by Shiloh Walker Inc. Feb 15, 2011

Tempt me…
She’s a temptation he can’t resist…
Roxanne ‘Rocki’ Monroe’s life is full of secrets and hidden heartaches. Cole Stanton would love to heal her pain and chase away the ghosts of her past, but she’s just a complication he doesn’t have room for in his life.
Or so he thinks.
It doesn’t take Cole long to realize he’s more than willing to let temptation get the best of him, more than happy to deal with complications if that’s what it takes to get her.
What he has and what he needs are two different things…and what he needs is Rocki.

Rocki Monroe is a heroine many people will like. She’s smart, savvy, and strong willed, but human. Rocki also owns her own lingerie store, and designs many of the products sold. I liked that she had well developed interpersonal relationships and a core group of friends. Rocki is independent, but knows when to ask for help. She’s happy with herself, and that’s a character I think we can all enjoy reading about. Her warmth and personality come through clearly, and within the first few pages, if not chapters, you know exactly what kind of person she is – and would love to have a friend like her in your corner.

Cole Stanton seems like, and almost reads like the perfect hero… (well, other than you know, being engaged to another woman at the start of the story), but I actually don’t feel like I know him that well. We know he’s a District Attorney (and yes, cue the lawyer jokes – there’s some of that), but otherwise… not much about him. We know he’s loaded. However, I just got the feeling it wasn’t a huge city, so… I expect Cole is independently wealthy. It seemed like he had no base. It’s hard to explain, but all I knew about Cole was how he felt about Rocki, really, and that he’s generally a good guy. That’s probably enough for most people, and it was definitely sufficient for the story, but I would have liked more. I think part of it is due to his ex-fiancee Mara – I found her to be too one dimensional. I know there are straight up evil bitchy people out there, but if it/she was so bad I don’t know why Cole stuck around so long. Yes, it’s “explained” and I understand sometimes it’s hardest for us to see the people around us clearly… Still.

There is one “throwaway” line that I loved, and I think will resonate with many readers.

“That’s because you are beautiful.” Rocki lifted a brow. “Beauty doesn’t have anything to do with the size of your clothing.”

Which she says after a woman in the store admits the corset she bought makes her feel beautiful – a nice surprise as most of the other corsets she’s tried haven’t worked for her. Speaking of corsets, perhaps it’s my unfamiliarity with them, but sometimes the descriptions were a bit lost on me, which made me sad because Rocki is almost always wearing corsets in this book. (Which is a nice touch and fitting considering her occupation…)

There’s a slight blip when an “ominous voice” is heard in a crowd, and I didn’t quite believe that. Personally I think if you know someone well, even after a period of time you’ll recognize his/her voice. (Or at least, I’ve noticed that.) Anyway, there were a few such instances that took me a bit out of the story. I’ll say the “suspense” is the sub plot, and unfortunately for me it detracted from the story. I felt that there wasn’t enough focus on Cole and Rocki. The other events seemed to diverge from Cole and Rocki’s budding relationship. I don’t want to give spoilers, but I felt an effort was made to “hide” who the “villain” was, and that it was a bit too coy.

Over all, I liked the characters. Rocki and Cole are personable, as were most of the secondary characters. As an aside, I expect some of the groundwork laid for Lacey’s story will come to fruition. The characters were very human, and they had definite depth. The interaction between Rocki and Cole was fun, and I enjoyed reading it, but for me it was missing that extra something to make it click in that “perfect story” way. There were, however, some nice touches of humor and I actually laughed a few times.

What I’m trying to say is that I liked the characters, but less so the story. I think the ending has something to do with it – it’s just a smidge too… tentative for my taste. Granted the story takes place over the course of only a few days. I guess I just wanted more about and on Rocki and Cole, not the other events that took place, with stalkers and hospital trips, etc. It would’ve been nice to see them react to each other, not to circumstances.

I can see Ms. Walker writing more stories set in this town – possibly with the characters from Tempt Me making only cameo appearances – or even just being mentioned. If you’re a fan of Ms. Walker you’ll want to check it out – it’s a novella that would be a nice read when you have a free evening.

Grade: C –