Saturday, 22 September 2012

eARC Review & Interview: The Imposter by Tiffany Carmouche

Goodreads Synopsis

“Alaska? Who goes to Alaska?” Escaping an abusive ex boyfriend, Nicole, a struggling young single-mother, convinces her best friend to travel to a place she knows little about, in search of better life.
Nicole is scared of getting hurt again, but Dylan’s chiseled body and chocolate brown eyes captivate her. And soon she finds herself in the arms of the sexy lead singer.
In Alaska, she discovers the power of friendship
and true love and begins to let down her guard.
But is her security a facade?
Soon Nicole’s innocent beauty taunts a sinister man,
and she is caught in a web of deception and danger.
She realizes someone she trusts has been stalking her.
Petrified, she wonders, how can she escape? Miles of wilderness surround her.
She hears something. Someone is there. Should she cry for help or stay silent? Will she be saved or will she be hunted?
New author, first novel, and wow - what an amazing job Tiffany has done. There wasn't a moment that I wasn't engaged with the characters or the plot. I was able to read this novel in two sittings; I had on planned on it being more (simply because I was tired and needed sleep), yet on the first night of reading it, I attempted to put it down, but my mind won the battle. I had to keep reading. I simply had to discover what happened next.

The build up of mystery and tension in this suspenseful romantic novel is superbly done. I found myself constantly holding my breath and nervously listening for creaks in the house. There were some beautifully crafted romantic moments that had me swooning for Dylan, and several moments when I shed a tear. Stunning!

The novel flowed very well, effectively creating a good balance of suspense, character interaction and the lovely romance. I did figure out fairly early on what was happening and made my predictions, yet that didn't effect my enjoyment. It simply made me want to keep reading to check to see if I was right. Yes, I am that reader! lol!

The ending. Oh my! Tiffany, what an ending you have created. I have no idea what to expect for book two, other than I can not wait to read it, and no doubt it will be as wonderful as The Imposter.
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1.   Tell me a bit about yourself and your work.
I love to experience life. I fell in love with my high school sweetheart but unfortunately we didn’t live happily ever after. Like Nicole in The Impostor, when I was in my early twenties I travelled to Alaska, to escape an unhealthy relationship and try and find a better life for me and my daughter.
The Impostor began as my memoirs but quickly the characters took over the pages and I had fun finding out what was going to happen next. I love writing! It is a journey and much like my adventures throughout the world-- there is an excitement in putting words on a blank page and creating something out of nothing. The Impostor is inspired by a season in my life, but the trilogy takes us on a woman’s journey to overcome obstacles, find herself and experience true love.
2.   Out of all of your work, which is your favourite character and why?
It would be a tie. I love Dylan; Dylan is a modern day prince charming who sweeps you off your feet, despite all the efforts you make to avoid his advances. His sexy body, spirit of adventure, and protective devotion captivate you and you are left breathless. He is deliciously beautiful and definitely one of my favourites. But Bradley is loyal, adorable, and Nicole’s male best friend. I have to say if I met either of them, I would consider getting married again. lol. :)
3.   What are your current projects?
I am currently finishing the second and third book in this Trilogy. The projected release day of the second book is in December.  The other projects aching to be written, I have tucked away until I finish this trilogy. I have some ideas for spin off books with the other characters of the Impostor Trilogy and a sensual paranormal trilogy is patiently waiting to be written as well.
4.     Do you have a specific writing style?
I think conversational. I love writing poetry and have fun playing with language but The Impostor is in the voice of a twenty two year old girl and I try to stay true to her voice. My voice depends on what I am writing.
5.     Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My parents encouraged imagination. My father was an author and “What if,” was one of his favorite lines.  When my mom brought us to the park, we created alternate worlds on the jungle gym.
Outside the family, my 5th grade teacher took an interest in my work and even got my poetry published. When he saw how much me and my best friend loved creative writing he gave each of us a blank journal and asked us to fill it by the end of the year. That was my first novel. As a teenager I would sleep with a pad of paper by my bed so as ideas popped into my head I could scribble them down. You could easily tell whether I was in love or heartbroken by the tone of the writing.
6.     Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?
I realized what I want in a guy. I realized that writing the book is just the beginning!
7.     Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I get my ideas from life experiences and just crazy thoughts that just pop it my head and demand to be expressed.
8.     How do you cope with writer’s block?
I don’t. My writing needs a muse. If I don’t have one, I don’t write. My problem is that this muse usually visits me when I am traveling down the highway at 55 miles per hour and can’t write the ideas down!
9.     How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
I send a psycho killer to hunt them down. No I am joking...It depends how it is written. I know that there is always room for improvement for everything. I know I can’t please everyone and I am okay with that. I would prefer someone email me their critic rather than plaster it on the front page but that is just me. I don’t mind criticism as long as it is constructive.
10. What’s the nicest thing that a reviewer has said about one of your books?
I appreciate all my good reviews, here are some you can choose the one which would be best for your audience.
Reviews

"Knowing that the story has a basis on the author's experience brings the words into an eagle eye view. This book offers a great deal of social significance and insight into the ideals and dreams of women, as well as their fears and struggles. It's not just romance. It's not just mystery. It's about growth, acceptance and having the spirit to continue. Life can be beautiful, if you have the persistence and determination to see it through."- Aleta O’Brien

"I love the fact that the characters evolved and built the suspense. Nothing beats a good plot and a hot guy too! If Tiffany Carmouche is not on your reading list, add her!" - India Wilson
 
“I LOVED IT! It was great to see how the main character grew as a person--mistakes, unexpected love and all. The suspense pulls you forward and keeps you up at night. The men are steamy too (which never hurts)! Add The Impostor to your reading list!” –Rocky Guzman

"I loved the suspense of The Impostor. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book! I love Dylan and Nicole. The love story is like a fairy tale!"
- Amy Barnhouse

"Nicole had a vivacious personality, and her enthusiastic desire for adventure was believable. Tiffany did a nice job of portraying Nicole's vulnerability as a young mother desperate to provide her daughter a better life. Throughout the book, she kept her main character's actions, thoughts and dialogue consistent with that of a young woman. The same could be said for the other characters--they were easy to visualize, and I liked the way they interacted with each other. In addition, she did a nice job of establishing the settings. She also took advantage of Alaska's scenic landscape in several of her chapters, and provided well-crafted descriptions of the settings. -Lolita C

Randoms:
1.     Other than writing, what special or unusual talent(s) do you have?
 I actually began sculpting when I was writing to get into the head of my character and I actually did my first acrylic as well because my character was an artist and I wanted to see what it was like to mix paints. I usually dabble in charcoal and pencils but I think sculpting has become my favorite.  I love to dance ballroom, salsa and bachata. And I sing in the shower. J I used to fly, I wanted to be a pilot but stopped before I finished, and it is a dream of mine to get my licence.
2.     Favourite TV shows at the moment?
I love the TV shows NCIS, White Collar, and Fairly Legal, but mostly love movies, and music.
3.     If your house was attacked by feral zombies, and they were tearing apart your house with their Über super strength, what five items would you save? 
I’d probably die! I would freeze like a deer in the headlights. I am such a chicken --I sleep with the hallway light on...My daughter would probably be the one who would save me! But if some miracle happened and I found my superhero strength,(Besides people and pets), I would begin with my computer--all my characters would need to be rescued of course, pictures--I am such a sentimental fool, my phone--without it I would die--I would lose all my contacts,
4.     Dangerous this one: Five words a loved one would use to describe you?
 Passionate, Sassy Compassionate, Adventurous, and Spontaneous.
 5.     If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you 
      think the title should be? 
 She survived! I love the quote, “when life knocks you down, stand up, dust yourself and scream.... ‘You hit like a bitch!’ J

A huge thank you to Tiffany for sharing the release of The Imposter with us.
It really is an amazing book.
 

1 comment:

  1. I can so relate to Tiffany and wish her all the best. Interview/blog well done Bex.

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