Friday, October 5, 2012

Away From the Spotlight by Tamara Carlisle - Virtual tour and giveaway

Today we're welcoming author Tamara Carlisle to the blog on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for her contemporary romance, "Away From the Spotlight".

Tamara will be awarding two (yes, TWO) $25 Amazon GCs to randomly drawn commenters at the end of the tour, so comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner over there on the left, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win prize!

The author was brave enough to share some things we might not guess about her, so let's turn the floor over to her!

Five things you might not know or guess about me by reading Away from the Spotlight:

I’m A Compulsive Multi-Tasker

Except when writing my novels, I can’t do only one thing at a time. I have to have multiple things going at once. At the office, I often am writing a presentation, answering questions from a co-worker on the office chat program, participating in a conference call and thinking about the plot of my latest novel, all at the same time. Maybe that’s why I’m always tired. Good thing there’s Sugar Free Red Bull!

I Don’t Do Ambivalence

I tend to love something or loathe it. I am rabid about my alma mater, the University of Southern California, and my favorite sports teams, music, places, foods and books, among other things. Away from the Spotlight refers to one of my attributes in this regard when Shannon Sutherland, as the first-person narrator, mentions that she is “evangelical” about her music – that is me in spades. I love my music and try to turn everyone I know into fans.

I Think Argument Is Sport

I love to engage in banter over just about anything – sports, music, politics, you name it. As long as I’m talking with someone who understands the sporting nature of the argument and doesn’t take it too seriously, it is a lot of fun. I started young. When I was growing up, my father was a master of clever banter. At the dinner table, my mom, sister and I used to try to best him. If you could insult my father well, you would receive a standing ovation. I did not carry over that tradition into my household, but my daughter does have quite the sarcastic, argumentative streak as well – I think there must be a gene.

I Love to Make Sports-Related Bets with Friends

I am a member of two football pools, one for college football and one for pro-football. In addition, I often make side bets with friends and co-workers. I had a long, long winning streak, wherein I made the prizes as embarrassing as possible for my opponents. For example, I made a UCLA alumnus wear a USC baseball cap to work for an entire day and post a picture of him wearing it on Facebook. He was subjected to a lot abuse as a result (USC and UCLA are cross-town rivals), and I loved it. My friends and co-workers were gunning for me when I finally lost a bet. The loss meant that I had to post a picture of myself on Facebook wearing a Notre Dame Leprechaun costume and standing in the Fighting Irish pose. This was painful enough for me as Notre Dame is a hated USC rival and I was subjected to a lot of abuse on Facebook. Then it got worse. The picture went viral at my client company (I am a business consultant) – one of my so-called friends and co-workers e-mailed it to many other co-workers, and created a poster, which was then posted in the hallways, elevator banks, break rooms and bathrooms on three floors of the office building that housed my group. I have yet to live this down.

I Used to Chase Rock Stars

I visited my best friend from college two weeks ago in L.A. We were reminiscing about “the good old days,” and she brought up an old song that KROQ (a Los Angeles alternative rock radio station) used to play called, The Fanatic, by Felony. The lyrics talk about chasing limousines. Yes, we actually did that a few times – and a few band tour buses as well. I think I might write a romance novel about a musician with all the grist for the mill from my rock star chasing days – actually, I’ve started two already.

In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman Will MacKenzie. Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship. Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so. Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart? Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?

“I met someone. His name is Will. He’s English, I think.”

“That would be different for you.”

She wasn’t wrong. I had very casually dated a number of men I had met in the various pubs in Santa Monica. They were from all over Europe, but not one of them had been English for some reason. There were Scottish, Irish and Welsh men among them, but never English. I had commented on occasion on the fact that I never seemed to meet English men at the English pubs I frequented.

“I’m going to see him again tomorrow night.”

“What’s he like?”

“Drop-dead gorgeous, smart, funny and with excellent taste in music. Just my type. Well, better than my type, actually. It’s hard to believe someone that perfect has any interest in me.”

“Please” Rachael said. “You get hit on every time we go out.”

“That’s overstating things quite a bit.”

“You seem oblivious to it half the time.”

I guess I did ignore some of it. When you spend time as part of a female minority in bars full of drunk men, it was hard not to think that some of them would have hit on me for no other reason than that I was female, regardless of how I acted, what I said, or what I looked like. I therefore learned that getting hit on wasn’t necessarily a compliment and, the later it happened in the evening, the less of a compliment it was.

Tamara Carlisle is a former attorney and business consultant. Away from the Spotlight is her first published work of fiction. She currently is working on two additional novels: one is about love in the music industry and the other is a work of paranormal fiction. Tamara currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her British husband and daughter. For further information, go to

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Tamara’s Goodreads Author Page also includes a blog detailing trivia relating to Away from the Spotlight.


  1. "I think argument is sport". You would fit very nicely into my family. Other people tend to look on in horror.


  2. Thank you, MJ and It's Raining Books, for hosting me today. I look forward to checking in throughout the day and chatting. I know what you mean, Mary. I defininitely have to tone it down for others.

  3. I love the five things, thanks for sharing them.

  4. Thank you, Ingeborg. I appreciate your joining us here this morning.

  5. Those five things are really fun. Who was the best rock star you chased down?

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  6. I think it's always nice to know about the author. It helps explain where the author is coming from when writing the novel. Good job on the post.

  7. Thanks for sharing

  8. Shannon, I have a number of stories. The best rock stars I chased down were Echo and the Bunnymen. They and the people who worked with them were very nice to me for years. I initially met Mac (Ian McCulloch) in L.A. in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis briefly (my friend and I worked on the USC Concert Committee and knew where bands stayed so we just "happened" to be sitting in the lobby after the concert). A little over a month later, I was in Edinburgh at a pub and left my friends there to go to bed early as we were leaving the next day for Liverpool (home to the Bunnymen). The band playing next door was Black Sabbath without Ozzy Osbourne. When the show was over, the crew went to the pub next door. One of the crew members started talking to my two friends and they asked him about a pin he was wearing. It turns out that it was a Bunnymen pin and he normally worked with the Bunnymen, but was out on tour with Black Sabbath during the Bunnymen's break from touring. My friends dragged him back to our B&B to meet me. He gave me the business card for the Bunnymen's Manager and the name of the woman who ran their office in Liverpool, and told me to stop by the office and mention his name when I was there. We did and hung out with the band for a few hours. Will Sergeant gave us a ton of leftover merchandise and they were all were very nice to us. After that, every time the Bunnymen, Mac, or Electrafixion (a temporary incarnation of the Bunnymen) came to Southern California to play, my friends and I hung out with them, their management and their crew (including, for a few tours, the man I met in Edinburgh). I also remained in contact with the woman who ran their office for quite some time. She subsequently worked for a PR firm and took me out to see one of her bands when I was in London on a later trip. The last time I saw them in concert was at The Fillmore in San Francisco a few years ago. I took my daughter and got a table on the balcony. Their manager came and sat with us before the show and brought my daughter a set list afterward. Will waved from the stage. My daughter thought I was so cool after that. Sorry for the long-winded story, but it truly is my favorite.

  9. Yikes! My last response was a bit long. Thank you to dtsinsr and Susie for joining us as well.

  10. I love talking sports, too, though I have a few sore spots, being a hockey fan! Good luck with the release...


  11. Thanks, Vitajex! I used to go to L.A. Kings games with my friend Heather, who is the basis for the Rachael character in Away from the Spotlight. They were a lot of fun. Now that I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I need to go to a San Jose Sharks game, but I haven't done it yet.

  12. Thank you for hosting me today. I had fun! I look forward to following your blog.

  13. Thanks for sharing your 5, Tamara. Coming from NJ, there were a few rockers I hoped to catch glimpses of--at their favorite hangouts.
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  14. Enjoyed getting to know you better. Thanks for the giveaway

  15. Thanks, Catherine and Joye, for joining us! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

  16. Congratulations to Mary P. and Shannon R. for winning the Amazon $25 gift cards! I appreciate everyone who joined me on my tour. Please stay in touch on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads!


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