Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Special interview with contemporary romance author Tamra Lassiter

Today features an interview with contemporary romance author Tamra Lassiter, and an excerpt from her new novel, Something to Lose.

Tamra will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too.

Blurb about Something to Lose:
Everyone has something to lose.

Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?

Excerpt from Something to Lose:
I finish and place my plate and fork on the coffee table and turn to face Joey. He’s totally into me, or seems to be, but is it enough for him to want to go for the full gusto? He leans towards me and lightly kisses me just below my right ear. The motion does absolutely nothing for me other than make me feel a little nauseous. It’s not like when Seth’s lips touch me. Thoughts of Seth make my cheeks flush. Joey must take that as a good sign because he goes for my lips next. I fight the urge to flee and try to fake enjoyment. Does it work? Can he tell?

Joey’s hands move around my neck. He pulls me closer. I pull away and look to him shyly.

“You feel it, don’t you?” he asks, a creepy smile on his face.

I smile, as if I’m embarrassed. I know my cheeks are still flushed, mostly with worry for what I’m about to do. I nod my head towards Comb-Over and Crooked Nose, who have just taken seats at the table. “Can they go somewhere?” I ask as innocently as possible. I even bat my eyelashes a couple times just for effect. Joey smiles again, this time triumphant, a knowing smile and then snaps his fingers. The men exit my apartment without saying a word.

What are four things you can’t live without?
My family, my dogs, my computer, a good book.

What is your favorite television show?
Big Bang Theory. I’ve loved it since the very beginning. I was afraid early on that it would be cancelled because shows that I love usually meet a quick and painful death.

What is something you’ve lied about?
I don’t lie much, but it does happen occasionally. The only ones that I can think of are when I faked illness to get out of something that I couldn’t easily just say ‘no’ to.

Who is the last person you hugged?
My daughter, Natalie. She’s always been my snuggle bug.

Do you like kissing in public?

I think a quick peck is okay, but anything more than that is uncomfortable for everyone around you. My daughter usually makes an “ewwww” noise for any kiss she sees.

Author bio and links:
Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Andra Lyn said...

OMG! Big Bang Theory is my FAVORITE! I just love how nerd culture is actually becoming cool. Everyone is encouraged to let their freak flag fly these days!!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Karen H said...

I have to laugh every time I read this excerpt when you refer to the goons as Comb-over and Crooked Nose. How hard is it to come up with names and nicknames? Oh, and what comes first the character personality or the character name?

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Rita Wray said...

Nice interview, thank you.


Anonymous said...

Great interview!


Unknown said...

It's so funny to me that nerds are becoming cool. Thanks to computers, the nerds are rich! A big switch from back when I was a Mechanical Engineer. There wasn't much cool about it back then. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Karen!
I generally form the character personality first, and then give them nicknames. Comb-over and Crooked Nose were pretty easy to come up with when envisioning mob lackeys. I like having a few funny things in my books.

Anonymous said...

cute interview

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http://harpsromancebookreview.com said...

Love the blurb.

Unknown said...

Thanks very much for having me today!

bn100 said...

Lovely interview

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Mary Preston said...

I'm a Big Bang Theory fan too. It's so funny & clever.


From Head To Tale said...

I love finding new authors to read. I hope that the tour is going well for you.

I like the Big Bang Theory too. I am going to borrow the term snuggle bug from you.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Lisa. Fingers crossed to win.

skeeterlee63 @ gmail.com


Unknown said...

I couldn't live without my computer or books either. (And naturally, my family.)

Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

LhasaLuma said...

I like your writing discipline! That must be tough! Good luck with the book release and thank you for the giveaway! Looks like a good read! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com