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Book Review: The Trouble with Romance by Tamara Philip

The Trouble with Romance
by Tamara Philip

(The Cupid Series Book 2)

Book Description

In the sequel to The Trouble with Playing Cupid, December’s best friend and agent, Clarissa Gregory, finds herself as the latest person destined for love.
Love never felt so good for pop singer December Brown and her boyfriend, Hollywood heartthrob, Tom Elmswood. A year later and they’re still crazy about each other. Now it’s their turn to be the well meaning but still pretty terrible matchmakers.
Except, for Clarissa, it isn’t only meddling friends pushing her towards the dashing detective Peter, but fate itself.
Will December convince the cynical Clarissa to take a chance on romance? Or is she right, that love really is just too much trouble?

About the Author

Tamara pic with frame 1NOMINATED for Outstanding Debut Author in Interracial Romance 2015.
After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean. The Trouble with Playing Cupid was her debut novel, and The Trouble with Romance, Book 2 in the Cupid Series. Writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark. On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her next novel.

Amazon Review

reviewed by Neva Squires-Rodriguez
Great book as always with Tamara Philip. What I really enjoyed about this book was not only the romance, but with seeing Clarissa’s relationship with her best friend December. They way that she admires her friends reaction to stardom, the conversations they have, dealing with a stalker!!! It just makes the reader feel like they are a part of the friendship and Hollywood.
Enough about the friendship though, this time around it’s Clarissa’s (December’s best friend) chance at love, but as we can all relate to, love is never easy or come at exactly the moment that you’re expecting it. I’d have to say there is quite a bit of suspense in this book and if you’re up for a wild ride, this is the book for you.
~Neva Squires-Rodriguez
Author of the Liliana Series

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A Taste of… Tamara Philip

Four Free Chapters of Book 1 and Book 2

The Trouble with Playing Cupid and
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The Trouble with Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip Now in Audiobook, Too!

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Can you hear it now? YOU BET!

The Trouble with Playing Cupid

by Tamara Philip

now available as an AUDIOBOOK on Audible, iTunes, and on Amazon!

Also in All Ebook Formats and Print Editions.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

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Tamara Philip

NOMINATED for

Outstanding Debut Author in Interracial Romance 2015

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Reviews

Loved It!

I laughed and cried along with the characters. I fell in love with the story line and the Characters. I Love Tom! He was the most down to earth man with a heart of Gold! December AKA Dee banter and sweet talk had me on a emotional roller coaster. I would love to have friends like Clarissa and Terrence. This book (genre) is a book that I have never read. Tamara wove magic when writing this and also has made me become a fan of Romantic Comedies. Awesome!!!

  April Nichols Baker

The danger of drunken texts

A very well written sweet story. I especially liked how the celebrities came across as real people who were lucky enough to have jobs doing something that made them happy (and pays well!). It could have used a little more conflict – a backstabbing ex, some racist relatives, a kidnapping, but on the other hand, it’s nice when people just get along without a lot of unnecessary drama. Plus, you can see where conflict might come up in the next book.

Note: I didn’t know bw/wm was a thing so now I’m intrigued! In any case the woman is clearly described as a light skinned black (or possibly biracial) woman. Think Halle Berry, not Lupita Nyong’o. To the author, if the skin tone of the cover model is the worst thing somebody can find to say about your work then well done, madam! Well done!

Nina E

 

 

The Trouble with Playing Cupid audiobook is narrated by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, professional voice actress, owner and producer at Gypsy Audio, residing in the Pacific Northwest. Gwendolyn is a constant source of quality narration and production, and has delivered novels in audiobook format for Vanilla Heart Publishing for nearly two years. She is a favorite VHP audiobook narrator and producer due to her broad range, excellent characterizations and inflections, professionalism, and extraordinary high quality production standards, and these are just a few of the reasons we’re thrilled to be working with her on these projects, and on many projects to come.

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PRINT

http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Playing-Cupid-Tamara-Philip/dp/0692286470

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Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Playing-Cupid-Tamara-Philip-ebook/dp/B00M3DQIT4

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Apple iBooks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trouble-playing-cupid/id904044120

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and the FREE Book Club Discussion Packet

with full color printable bookmarks, author bio and photo, discussion starters, and synopsis –

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid Sneak Peek Video

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http://youtu.be/bim-4yDtDSA

VHP’s Tamara Philip ~ Finalist for Outstanding Debut Author of Interracial Romance 2015!

Tamara Philip

Finalist

Outstanding Debut Author

of Interracial Romance 2015

The Angie Ovation Awards

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The Outstanding Debut Author Awards recognize an AA/IR/Multicultural romance author who has demonstrated strong literary potential and contributions to the genre. The award is designed to both recognize and further the recipient’s professional development activities.

–quoted from http://www.angelinembishop.com/2015-finalists.html

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid
by Tamara Philip

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

REVIEWS

I laughed and cried along with the characters. I fell in love with the story line and the Characters. I Love Tom! He was the most down to earth man with a heart of Gold! December AKA Dee banter and sweet talk had me on a emotional roller coaster.I would love to have friends like Clarissa and Terrence. This book (genre) is a book that I have never read. Tamara wove magic when writing this and also has made me become a fan of Romantic Comedies. Awesome!!! …April Nichols Baker

Despite having placed the book down due to being busy, as soon as I picked it up again, I had no problem being wrapped back up into the story. The characters are able to be connected with and each have their own quirks that give them life. The tone of the book is so casual that it feels as if you’re right in the thicket of the story’s environment. Additionally, the tone complements the characters very well as it emphasizes the thoughts of each of them that makes their situations feel real. Anytime a book can make me use my imagination to paint the picture, it’s doing a darn good job…. Kelsey

Who doesn’t like a gritty love story. The romance plays out to be true to imagination with a real flare for an intimate setting and flawless character portrayals, the character ‘Trace’, being my favorite. The authors writing style sucks you in to the pages and I found I couldn’t put it down.

I was actually late for an appointment yesterday as I was so engrossed reading this book on the train that I missed my stop lol. I hope Tamara brings a lot more romance to our lives, and I will definitely be watching out for more books to come by this talented new author…. Pennie Mae Cartawick, Author of the Sherlock Holmes book series

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid Sneak Peek Video

or

http://youtu.be/bim-4yDtDSA

Tamara Philip

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.
On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.

Congratulations, Tamara!

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Website: TamaraPhilipWrites.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPhilipwrites

All Romance Ebooks’ HUGE October Party

Who IS this? And why is he giving away such awesome prizes?

 

Who is this?

 ARe Monster Max

It is Monster Max and he is here to give away thousands of treats including ebooks, readers, swag, gift bags, and more to thousands of readers just like you!

All Romance Ebooks is having a HUGE October Party and Vanilla Heart Publishing is Celebrating!

Vanilla Heart Publishing’s Great 8 – Chelle Cordero, Lauren Shiro, Malcolm R. Campbell, Charmaine Gordon, Angela Kay Austin, Susan Berry, Tamara Philip, and Neva Squires-Rodriguez have donated prizes and are thrilled to offer you more than 70 fabulous books at AllRomance!

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All Romance Ebooks is giving away thousands of individual eBooks, thousands of dollars in eBook bucks ranging in value from $10.00 – $100.00, eBook readers, swag bags, gift baskets, jewelry, print books signed by the author, and lot’s more! Prizes are being furnished by a number of individuals and companies, including Vanilla Heart Publishing’s Great 8! The prize donor and prize value will be identified in the pop-up notification. Email contact information for the individual donor’s hard good will be supplied on request.

To Enter

 

Browse – Buy – Check your library to see if you’ve won a prize!

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(Prizes are given randomly upon checkout.)

The Fine Print: You must be 18 years of age and a registered customer of AllRomance.com or OmniLit.com to enter. Not registered? Easy to do! NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. In lieu of entering via purchase, readers can complete an on-line entry form. “No Purchase Necessary” entries will be limited to one per person. Those prize recipients will be notified by November 4th. Ebooks will be delivered automatically to the reader’s library. Ebook Bucks will be added automatically to the reader’s account. Readers will be asked to provide shipping information for hard goods. If we don’t receive a response about shipping information within seven (7) days, the prize will be forfeited. All Romance will not be held responsible should any of the prize donors fail to ship in a timely fashion or at all. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of checkouts/entries. Prizes will be awarded randomly based on checkout order.

 

Book Review: The Trouble With Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip

The Trouble With Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip

5 Stars     A Really Fun Read!

Tamara Philip’s debut novel was filled with a lot of humor and fun. I was amused by the misunderstandings and the characters were endearingly real. Ms. Philip’s descriptions of the settings were believably real and made it easy to feel as if the reader was watching the story unfold right in front of us. I look forward to more books from Tamara Philip.
(reviewed by Chelle Cordero)

Book Description

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.
Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

From the Back Cover

How to alienate your secret crush in less than 10 minutes: The December Brown story…

Or at least that’s the way it starts when the pop singer’s meddlesome talk show host friend tries to play cupid on live TV. The object of her affection, handsome actor Tom Elmswood didn’t know what to expect when they met, but is there still a chance at romance for these two lonely celebrities?

Book Promo: The Trouble With Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip

The Trouble with Playing Cupid

by Tamara Philip

Now Available in All Electronic Editions!

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 Tamara Philip’s Debut Novel

 

Book Description

 July 23, 2014
One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities
would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.
Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

About Tamara Philip

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.

On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.

Buy Links

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Website: TamaraPhilipWrites.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPhilipwrites

About Tamara Philip – VHP Author

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.

On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.

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coming soonThe Trouble with Playing Cupid
July, 2014 (electronic editions), print edition TBD, audiobook TBD

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Website: TamaraPhilipWrites.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPhilipwrites