Guys, you know me: I will never lead you astray and I’m going to prove it with today’s Author Spotlight! Meet Tamara Allen. She’s this amazing writer from Houston, Texas whom I had never heard of before last week. But let me tell you, everything she’s written is so enchanting and well, plain good that I had to share her with you. Let’s be honest: great writing and good stories? That’s a rarity these days!
Now I’m pretty easy when on the hunt for a new book. Requirements? A little romance, some action, preferably a solid plot. And lo and behold, here’s Tamara Allen, waiting patiently to be discovered. She has written four delicious novels:
The Only Gold – Jonah Woolner’s life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It’s a satisfying life until he’s passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who’s convinced Reid’s progressive ideas will be the bank’s ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there’s more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid’s charms—but unlocking the vault to all of Reid’s secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.
Losing his promotion—and perhaps his heart—is the least of Jonah’s difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their
If It Ain’t Love – In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.
Whistling in the Dark – New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.
Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless
and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.
When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?
Downtime – On assignment in London, FBI Agent Morgan Nash finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart when the case he’s working goes awry. But fate has other plans, he discovers when he wakes in a world far removed from his own.
At work cataloguing ancient manuscripts in the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie inadvertently creates the magic that pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century and into the nineteenth. It’s an impromptu vacation which may become permanent when the spellbook goes missing.
Further upsetting Morgan’s search for a way home is the irresistible temptation to investigate the most notorious crime of the nineteenth century. But it’s the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra that becomes the most dangerous complication of all.
The Only Gold was a fantastically written bank caper story and Whistling in the Dark is a stark and moving portrayal of life right before the prohibition-era in NYC. I’ve lived in NYC for 14 years and Tamara’s depictions of old world Manhattan are riveting and lush. I’ve only read two of her books so far but they have been meticulously plotted, gorgeously written, and engaging in a way that I haven’t seen in a long time. Delve in and enjoy yourself!