Thursday, January 8, 2015

Name Before the Masses tour and Giveaway - Cameo by Tanille

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Tanille will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Why do you write juvenile fiction? What draws you to it?

I love YA as a genre because of the drama, the discoveries and the lessons lean red about life and friendship. This is a period in our lives where we changes our ideas so often. We self-reflect and really learn what friendship means to us. We also start to form our early relationship patterns and we cover up things we don't like leading to hidden insecurities. These aspects dealt with during teen years make it such a ripe playing field. There is so much room for creativity and character expression. I also think my love for teen movies is a huge part of what draws me to this genre. I feel like my books are teen movies that play out on the page.

Pretend your protagonist is at school and opens his/her locker – what will we see inside?

You will see lipgloss in a light peach or lip colored pink. You would see school books and a personal diary. You would see an iPod full of dance music. You would find a yoga mat and light sweater for just in case. She would have half a picture of her and her ex Craig. Nia might even have her college acceptance letter taped to the inside door as a motivator.

What’s your favorite sweet treat?

I have a love for brownies. I am slightly allergic due to the egg content. I try to get vegan brownies. I only buy them a couple of times a year and make it last for a few days. But the joy in eating a brownie is like a slice of vacation. If I ate a brownie everyday I'd probably give up coffee and mellow out a bit. If only!

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I wanted to be an actress because I loved movies. As I grew up I realized how fun it is to dress up as characters. How cool is it is live out a story and try on new perspectives of people very different from you. I still thinking acting and movie making has a special place in my heart. It led me to discover my love of writing.

What superpower would you love to have? Why?

I would like to fly. The reason is I think there is so much to see. And I imagine it would be freeing. I can just feel the refreshing air against my face while in the sky. I also ilk the idea of having your own place in the sky you can go to to gather your thoughts and escape the influences of our world. Messages to buy this and pay attention to that are so pervasive. It is tough to find space to collect your own thoughts and dream up your own possibilities. I would love to be one with the birds if only for just a day.

Sum up your book for Twitter: 140 characters or less.

Fall in love again with this sassy romantic YA thriller @Cameothenovel1 complete with free music downloads

Favorite hot beverage. Why?

Café Latte is my favorite warm drink. I have it with Almond Milk. It is the perfect mix of taste and delight. I love the taste of espresso. i also love the extra kick especially when I am working through writer's block.

Ideal summer vacation.

I have been converted to a Disney lover. I think my favorite summer vacation is Disney World. I love the inspirations. The imagination options are endless. There are so many parks. Plus the resorts have fun activities. While I enjoy other places I feel like the parks make this an extra special option.

You’re stranded on a desert island—which character from your book do you want with you? Why?

I would want to be with Jason. He is full of surprises. He is resourceful. He can kayak. He can probably swim and he has a protector type of energy. So if any wild animals comes about I don't have to worry about who will be willing to fight for our lives.

Favorite pizza toppings

I love veggies on my pizza like peppers, garlic and olives. Pizza is such a treat. I can only have dairy free pizza but I make the most of it. Sometimes I even sneak a real slice of veggie pizza and the consequence of congestions for the net 24hrs. I have to admit it is worth it.

New Pop R & B Song "Baby Comeback to Me" by Tanille free with purchase of Cameo. Email us Cameo by Tanille is your next sinful beach read. Be 17 again! This page turning who done it is packed with mystery, drama, and steam. Nia is a high school beauty who discovers she's being stalked by someone in a secret underground society. Everyone is suspect. The pressure is mounting and problems are stacking up. Who is behind all of this? Which one of her friends is connected with this secret society? And why?

It was pitch black outside as the full moon glistened through the vinyl blinds that adorned Gary’s half window in his bedroom. His room was nestled in the far corner of his parents’ craftsman- style house in Hempstead, Long Island. The scrawny seventeen-year-old sat at his desk in an oversize, droopy wifebeater and Snoopy boxer shorts. His hair was jet black and gelled down into a curly fade. His bedroom was dull, full of computer science books and a series of coveted Stephen King thrillers—a lonely boy’s surrogate girlfriend.

“Uh! Got to keep these passwords straight,” Gary exclaimed out of frustration.

Gary slid open his desk drawer full of colorful Post-it notes with various codes and passwords written all over them. It seemed like nowadays you needed a password for everything. There was even a code to get into his front door. He took out a new pad and wrote down a username and password for his Tracebook account. A lamp slammed to the ground behind him near his bedroom door. The bedroom went dark. Gary turned around to see what had happened. He heard footsteps in the hallway. He slapped his hand over his open mouth as if a fly might make its way inside while he trotted to the door.

Senior quarterback Craig stood outside Gary’s bedroom with his back against the wall like an operative from Mission Impossible. Dressed in a tight, black mock-turtleneck muscle shirt, his muscles bulged like those of a beefy club bouncer. Michelle crept up the hallway to stand next to Craig, dangling a large roll of duct tape in her hand. Craig ducked his head into the room to see what was going on. Michelle pressed her nude lips together and batted her overdone smoky eyes. She ran across the bedroom door to the opposite side. With her back to the wall, she took a look inside the room. Gary had picked up the lamp and was reaching to turn it on. There will only be light when I say there will be light, she thought to herself.

Michelle tugged on her black Kangol hat to signal. Craig charged into the room, grabbed a hold of Gary, and forced a pair of socks into his mouth. He pulled Gary’s hands behind his back like a crooked cop from a gangster movie. Gary struggled like an insect caught in a spider web. He wiggled every which way to no avail. Michelle stood at the open bedroom door with a wicked half-smile playing across her photo-perfect, dark-chocolate face. She batted her false eyelashes for a dramatic finish.

Gary jammed his heel into Craig’s toes. Craig threw Gary down onto the floor, and Michelle slammed the roll of tape against Craig’s chest.

“Tape his hands up,” Michelle commanded.

Craig grabbed the tape. She walked in to examine the room. “Lucy! Get in here, now!” Michelle called out.

The petite, mousy-brown-haired Lucy walked into the room, looking as pale as a ghost. She had missed her last two tanning sessions to complete photo excursions for Michelle. It didn’t bother her, though. Lucy was just glad to have been the one asked to be in Michelle’s exclusive presence. Lucy had a digital camera hanging from her wrist. The camera hung down lower than the hemline on her denim miniskirt. Lucy snapped several pictures of Gary as he squirmed on the floor. Michelle worked her way over to Gary’s computer.

Craig came from behind and put his hand in Michelle’s.

“This is sooo great. The yearbook committee will love it,” Lucy whispered in a little girl’s voice. She always thought it made her seem nicer and less threatening, the complete opposite of Michelle.

“This better get me prom votes. I don’t have time to waste,” Michelle said.

About the Author:

Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children's green book series "Jordan & Justine's Weekend Adventures." She is also the author of the new media young adult novels with music "Cameo by Tanille," and "Broken by Tanille."

The Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout her novels.

Tanille has been writing music and books since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.

Readers of her latest young adult romance novel "Broken by Tanille" get free music downloads of her new Pop R&B hits "All of Me," "Feel It," "Baby Comeback to Me," "It's Not Okay," and "What's a Girl to Do" all written, performed and co-produced by Tanille.

The Undercover Starlet Reading Project is a new project we've launched, tasked with inspiring young teens in urban communities to reads and express themselves. We are committed to going above and beyond to reach youth with inspiring messages.

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  1. I liked the interview

  2. Thanks for a great interview! Xo Tanille

  3. Thank you for having such a great blog.

  4. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about you.

  5. Thanks I enjoyed the interview and I love pizza too , well worth the stuffy nose

  6. Great post! I liked the interview best! Looking forward to reading the book!

  7. Great post! I liked the excerpt best. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. I will totally have to add this book to my "to-read" list.