Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hot Shade by Tamara Lush



Hot Shade


Tamara Lush
 
Ah yes! A book that takes place on one of Florida’s own beautiful beaches! Well, you should just see the smile on my face, and I am only on page three. Call me prejudice, but I favor Florida and Ohio books, I just can’t figure out why. ::Smirk::  But…if you know me, than you are a step ahead of the game, because you know why!

Skylar Shaw is a journalist who ends up on a very interesting assignment. Said assignment ends up covering a plane crash with some details that end up requiring even further investigation. During this investigation, Skylar meets Luca Rossi a handsome Italian hunk, who has a big secret of his own. Luca has been in hiding for two years, he once was a journalist who had been working on an exposé about the Mafia, which destroyed his own life, and sent him into hiding.

After Skylar and Luca have discovered one another, they start dating, and having a magnificent relationship, building from friendship straight into love.  And Luca knows now that he has Skylar, he doesn’t want to let her go, not now, not ever. He has been alone far too long. 

As for Skylar, she has a story, and she refuses to let it go, and she thinks she can have love, and a story, and make them both work. When she reports on a murder in the swamp, things get a little more heated than she had anticipated. Now Luca and Skylar are both forced into hiding.

Their love life ends up being nothing like either of them had ever dreamed. Skylar and Luca feel unsafe on the Florida shores, least wise, once you uncover secrets that might not have been yours to tell….


I totally fell in love with this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat, not sure what was going to happen next. I was worried, and imagining everything so clearly. I was right there. I was certain I was watching a Movie. I positively give “Hot Shade” five huge stars. This is an extremely enjoyable book, more mysteriously and passionate than many other books I have read! If you haven’t bought this yet, I suggest you do, you will be glad you did!

Here are my questions for Tamara:




1. What made you write this book? 

I've loved romance novels since high school and thought about writing a romance for years, since my early twenties. I put the concept of writing a novel on the back burner while I concentrated on my journalism career. In 2012, I read a non-fiction book by an Italian journalist named Roberto Saviano. He wrote an expose on organized crime, and then went on the run under police protection because his life was in danger. (It still is). My imagination kicked in, wondering about his day-to-day life. Since he was a young journalist, I wondered if he had a girlfriend -- then started to consider what would happen if he fell in love with someone while evading the mafia. My hero Luca was inspired by this real-life hero.



2. How long did it take you to write this book?

It took me about three months to get a draft and then another few months to edit. It went through more editing with Boroughs Publishing Group editor Chris Keeslar. In all, it was fourteen months from when I started writing to publication.

3. What is your favorite scene in this book?

When Luca dances with Skylar at the Sloppy Iguana bar to the song 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' during 80s night. They both know they're in love with each other but are trying to take one last stand against falling too deep.

 
4. Of all the books you've ever read, even as a child- what is your favorite?

That is a tough question. Ooh. So tough. I would say Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. Non-fiction, I think Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. 


5. Who is/are your favorite Author(s)?
Lisa Kleypas, Molly O'Keefe, Tiffany Reisz.


6. What are your hobbies?

I'm currently into the adult coloring phase. You had some coloring books on your Facebook page that made me envious! I also walk a lot with my dogs and do yoga.


7. Have you ever had writers block?

No, not yet. It's not a luxury I have as a journalist. I try to write fiction every night, even if it's just a few words.


8. Do you ever imagine yourself as one of your characters? (Be honest now!)

I think it was easy to imagine myself as my heroine, Skylar Shaw, because I once was a rookie reporter at a small newspaper. I had to reach back in my fuzzy memory to recall what I felt as a new reporter, though, because my attitudes and approaches to stories are much different now.


9. Have you met any other writers?

I've been privileged to meet and work with lots of talented non-fiction writers, people that I look up to immensely. My favorite story about meeting a famous writer was when I was in college. I met journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson. I was nineteen and asked him what was the best thing I could do to become a journalist.  "Be a Playboy bunny," he said. I did not take his advice.




10. What are your future goals?

To continue to write news during the day and romance at night. To inform people of what's going on in the world and to entertain them, too.



11. Please share with us your social links and book links, etc:

WEBSITE/NEWSLETTER: http://www.tamaralush.com/
For all of the purchase links, I have them in one handy place: https://www.booklaunch.io/tamaralush/hot-shade


Thank you for reviewing my book and having me on your blog! Your questions were excellent!







Thank you for reviewing my book and having me on your blog! Your questions were excellent!



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Hot ShadeHot Shade by Tamara Lush
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ah yes! A book that takes place on one of Florida’s own beautiful beaches! Well, you should just see the smile on my face, and I am only on page three. Call me prejudice, but I favor Florida and Ohio books, I just can’t figure out why. ::Smirk:: But…if you know me, than you are a step ahead of the game, because you know why!

Skylar Shaw is a journalist who ends up on a very interesting assignment. Said assignment ends up covering a plane crash with some details that end up requiring even further investigation. During this investigation, Skylar meets Luca Rossi a handsome Italian hunk, who has a big secret of his own. Luca has been in hiding for two years, he once was a journalist who had been working on an exposé about the Mafia, which destroyed his own life, and sent him into hiding.

After Skylar and Luca have discovered one another, they start dating, and having a magnificent relationship, building from friendship straight into love. And Luca knows now that he has Skylar, he doesn’t want to let her go, not now, not ever. He has been alone far too long.

As for Skylar, she has a story, and she refuses to let it go, and she thinks she can have love, and a story, and make them both work. When she reports on a murder in the swamp, things get a little more heated than she had anticipated. Now Luca and Skylar are both forced into hiding.

Their love life ends up being nothing like either of them had ever dreamed. Skylar and Luca feel unsafe on the Florida shores, least wise, once you uncover secrets that might not have been yours to tell….

I totally fell in love with this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat, not sure what was going to happen next. I was worried, and imagining everything so clearly. I was right there. I was certain I was watching a Movie. I positively give “Hot Shade” five huge stars. This is an extremely enjoyable book, more mysteriously and passionate than many other books I have read! If you haven’t bought this yet, I suggest you do, you will be glad you did!


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