RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour – 9/7/14

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The Rave Reviews Book Club is an online book club of more than 500 independent authors and readers. One of the programs sponsored by the book club is honoring an author as the SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR for one week. Part of that program is a book blog tour featuring the honored author on several blog sites. I am honored today to be hosting the book tour for SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR TAMIE DEAREN.

WELCOME TAMIE

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Hi! I’m Tamie Dearen—wife, mother, grandmother, dentist, Jesus-lover, musician, composer, and author (as of 2013). I’ve published four books and a novella in The Best Girls Series, and one Young Adult Fantasy, Alora: The Wander-Jewel. As a relatively new author, I’ve found Rave Reviews Book Club to be a great resource for information and a wonderful place for mutual support. 

Starting as an Author

 I’m a relatively new author. Before January of 2013, I’d only written poems, songs, and professional papers. My first poem was published in third grade, and my next publication was forty years later in the Texas Dental Journal. But in January of 2013, during my extended mid-life crisis, I was lamenting the fact that all of the great romance stories were centered on young people. Why couldn’t an older heroine find excitement, romance, and a second chance at love? I decided to try writing the book I wanted to read, and so Her Best Match was born.

I wrote the story of Anne Best and sent it to friends, chapter by chapter, like a serial story. I think that’s why it’s so long… No one wanted it to end. Since my friends, both young and old, loved the story, they encouraged me to write about Anne’s daughters as well. And then they asked, why don’t you publish the books?

And I thought, “Why not?”

Anne is basically an improved version of me. We both lived in Texas, went to Baylor University, got degrees in Chemistry, married young, had two daughters, like to sing, like to run, hate drinking water, and fear public speaking. I’m also clumsy like Anne, especially wearing high-heeled shoes. But I let her be a little younger. And she’s naturally pretty, outgoing, and has thick brown hair. That’s nothing like me, but I always wished it were true.

And the two daughters, Emily and Charlie are very similar in personality to my own girls. So much so, that I started occasionally calling my children by their corresponding character names. (They only found this humorous the first couple of times it happened.) My husband jokes I killed him off before the book even started, but I maintain that Steven Gherring is only a slightly more buff version of him.

But since Young Adult Fantasy is my favorite genre to read, I also wrote Alora, and I’m hard at work on the sequel. I would describe Alora as urban and medieval fantasy, with a touch of romance.

So now I’ve got five novels and one novella published, with one on the way and a lot more in my head. And thanks to Rave Reviews Book Club, my books are finally gaining momentum in the marketplace.

Follow Tamie online:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamieDearen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tamie-Dearen/1384772145109650

Website: http://tamiedearen.weebly.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tamie-Dearen/e/B00FS21B4Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Amazon Book Page: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Dating-Rules-Romantic-Comedy-ebook/dp/B00HZZT5ZO/ref=la_B00FS21B4Y_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409862785&sr=1-3

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Thanks for visiting, Tamie.

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38 Responses to RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour – 9/7/14

  1. I love that you put so much of yourself into Her Best Match. I haven’t read any of your books yet, and my TBR is huge, but I’m going to pick up a copy of Her Best Match. Thanks for hosting, Kenneth.

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  2. Bill Ward says:

    I love hearing about your mid life crisis! I think mine is still with me and I’m 60! Congrats on your well deserved recognition.

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    • Author Tamie Dearen says:

      Thanks so much, Bill. I think I’m still in extended mid-life crisis as well. Perhaps we can keep it up until we’re 70! I’m following you on Facebook now.

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  3. Congratulations Tamie. I enjoyed reading how your books started and the inspiration behind them. Enjoy your time in the “Spotlight”.

    Thank you Kenneth for hosting Tamie.

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  4. You know what line stuck with me the most, JESUS LOVER! Kudos to you! So am I (even though sometimes I do like to stomach-punch and push people from very high shelves)… Thanks for the host, Kenneth!

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  5. jinlobify says:

    I haven’t read “Her Best Match” yet. It will be my next read, but I want to congratulate you for your blog tour. It will be a week full of excitement for you, so relax and enjoy your tour. I am sure you will get a lot of support from us #RBBC members.

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  6. Tamie! It’s so cool you made Spotlight Author! You know, the only book you’ve written I haven’t read is Best Laid Plans. I love the series. So much fun with plenty of laugh out loud moments. But I still think your best book is Alora: The Wander-Jewel. I hope it gets plenty of mentions this week, too.

    Enjoy your time in the Spotlight. You’ve definitely earned the recognition.

    And thank you Kenneth for hosting Tamie today.

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  7. Author Tamie Dearen says:

    Kenneth, Thanks so much for hosting me. You have an awesome blog here. I’m following you now!

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  8. Author Tamie Dearen says:

    Kenneth, you made me laugh! There’s always someone around to call you a “youngster”, right? My folks were still called “the kids” by my great uncle (95 yrs old) when they were in their 70s. 😀

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  9. harmonykentonline says:

    Hi Tamie! I really hope you enjoy your spotlight tour! I was stunned to read that you didn’t start publishing until January 2013, Wow! You have really been writing, girl! 🙂 I wish you every success. I have your best girls series, but it sounds like I’ll have to take a look at Alora at some point too! Thanks, Ken, for hosting Tamie, today. It’s great to have such supportive members in our club! 🙂

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    • Harmony, thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comments. Always fun to host the spotlight author.

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    • Author Tamie Dearen says:

      Thanks, Harmony! My writing has slowed down considerably since I’ve started trying to actually “sell” a few books. LOL Thanks so much to you and all the other great supportive people at RRBC and to Kenneth for hosting!

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  10. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Congratulations Tami. Sorry I’m so late. Had a computer crash and still recovering. You know I wouldn’t miss your tour for the world. Especially since you had me all into your book “Her Best Match”. When you told me that Anne was you I nearly fell off my rocker. I love your book. Have a wonderful tour. Kenneth. Tami is perfect for your site. Thank you for hosting her.

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  11. tlckids4915 says:

    I am only into the second chapter of Her Best Match and am already having trouble putting it down. Can’t wait to dive into the entire series:) Congrats on your honor this week and thanks for hosting once again Kenneth!

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  12. Marlena H. says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved Spotlight, Tamie!! I hope you enjoy every minute!!!
    Ken, thank you so much for hosting Tamie. You are an incredible supporter and we so appreciate you!! 🙂

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  13. Loren Weaver says:

    It’s so cool to hear the story behind Her Best Match! I loved the book, and find it awesome that you write what you love to read.

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  14. Author Tamie Dearen says:

    Loren, here’s a secret. (I actually used my son-in-law’s real name in Best Dating Rules.) I don’t think he knows because he’s never read it, and I probably should have changed it. But I just couldn’t bring myself to give Spencer a different name. LOL

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  15. Ken, thank you for hosting Tamie on your blog! 🙂 Sorry I’m just now getting here…I tend to read blog posts in blocks of time. (It’s a time management thing I’m trying out…we’ll see how this goes. Lol!). xoxo Tamie, I love how you think – why not, indeed! And I’m thrilled to see you in the SPOTLIGHT! You certainly deserve this honor. I’m going to be watching your writing career with great interest; no doubt, you’ll do BIG things! Congrats, sweetie! xoxo 🙂

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  16. beemweeks says:

    Congratulations, Tamie. A well deserved honor! Thanks for hosting, Ken!

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