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Five Books Everyone Should Read: Author Tammara Webber

Posted September 6, 2015 by Holly in Features | 4 Comments

Five Books Everyone Should Read is a feature we’re running in 2015. We’ve asked some of our favorite authors, readers and bloggers to share five books that touched them or have stayed with them throughout the years.

5 Books Project

Today we have romance author (and a Book Binge favorite), Tammara Webber, here to share her list of five. She’s possibly the first of our guests to actually stick to the 5 books rule…no cheating for our girl.

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Books produce such incredibly subjective responses from individual readers, and even the same reader could have a different response depending on age, education, personal experiences and/or mood at the time. (I remember reading Silas Marner in high school—sort of. I read it again in my late twenties and cried.) I narrowed my five to romance since that’s what I write, and then narrowed it to books that affected me personally as a reader and a writer. I came to romance writing through reading historical romance (teens and twenties), through romantic classics and women’s fiction (twenties and thirties), and ended at young adult—which in many ways I’ve never really left. So here goes!

 

the truth about foreverThe Truth About Forever (Sarah Dessen) ~

Expect the unexpected.

Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned.

But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

I think every author can point to The Book That Made Her Decide to Write. Not necessarily the book that planted the desire to write, or the one that encouraged her to try writing non-novel things like short stories or poems or memoir-type journal entries. That one comes along much earlier, or at least it did for me. I mean the book that speaks to her own writer’s voice and whispers, If you work very hard, you could write something like THIS. For me, that book was The Truth About Forever by Young Adult icon Sarah Dessen. This story takes two people mired in the painful, guilt-ridden baggage they’ve each dragged forward from their pasts and allows them to slowly find the way they fit together—the way they heal each other. It’s a beautiful love story layered over the painful process we call coming of age. I will never forget the lovely, deeply satisfied feeling I had when I closed this book.

 

emmaEmma (Jane Austen) ~

When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse — one of Jane Austen’s immortal creations — flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its considerable wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman’s progress toward self-understanding.

If you’re at all familiar with Jane Austen, you know Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read all of Austen’s novels, and I admit that it’s my favorite. But Emma is the one I’m adding to this list, because Emma Woodhouse is the heroine who grows exponentially in the course of an Austen novel. Where Elizabeth Bennet wakes up to the reality of her own biases but is in many ways the same strong woman start to finish, Emma is the daughter of a wealthy landowner who believes she can do no wrong. She’s young, rich, and spoiled like she invented the word. Though she isn’t purposefully mean-spirited, her failure is in manipulating others as if they are chess pieces, all in the name of “helping” them to be better people or make superior matches when her true motive for doing all that manipulation is because it amuses her. This is where her growth and development must occur, and watching her smack into her deserved comeuppance and the near-loss of someone she’d been too preoccupied with match-making to realize she has loved all along is as gratifying as it is painful.

 

What I Did For A DukeWhat I Did For A Duke (Julie Anne Long) ~

For years, he’s been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he’ll seduce Ian’s innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he’ll capture her heart . . . and then he’ll break it.

But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke’s dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anythingshe won’t do for a duke?

Historical romance was the first genre of romance I read—handed to me by my best friend in tenth grade (Fabio-cover conveniently ripped off so my lie-like-a-rug, “It’s for school!” answer to Mom would succeed). I was a sheltered kid and had no idea such books existed. By the time I was twenty, I had a full-blown addiction and soon figured out my find my favorite type of romance: one that was as sexy, sensual, and romantic as it was thigh-slapping hilarious. This more recent contribution—a story of revenge turned on its head by unforeseen passion—is definitely one of those. I went from laughing out loud to my husband saying, “Good part?” (I have one of those faces during the hot stuff, apparently) to tearing up from the utter sweetness, and back again. I don’t venture into historicals often anymore, but the Pennyroyal Green series is my exception, and What I Did For a Duke (published 2011) is my to-date favorite of the bunch.

 

the sky is everywhereThe Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson) ~

Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

This book made me laugh out loud and cry, often at the same time. I lost my little brother to AIDS a few years ago. There’s something about losing your only sibling that leaves you feeling cleaved in two. If you were close—as Lennie and her sister Bailey were (the story opens just after her death)—you will never be the same and you know it. I can’t imagine dealing with the pain and confusion of that loss so young. This character, like Emma, is one who constantly makes mistakes the reader can see coming a mile away: refusing to move a single item of Bailey’s belongings in the room they shared… getting emotionally entangled with her sister’s grief-stricken boyfriend… taking for granted the one new relationship that offers her acceptance and healing. (As we all know, characters don’t listen when we yell at them!) I reread this one as part of my homework for this post. It’s been five years, but I love it still.

 

The Lumatere ChroniclesThe Lumatere Chronicles (Melina Marchetta) ~

Critically acclaimed and universally beloved, the Lumatere Chronicles – consisting of Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, and Quintana of Charyn – is now available in its entirety in this e-book collection! Discover the fantasy trilogy that reviewers have called “thrilling, romantic, and utterly unforgettable” and that School Library Journal recommended for “fans of the intricate fantasies of Megan Whalen Turner or George R. R. Martin.”

I’m cheating! This is a trilogy. If you’ve never read fantasy, this is your chance to read one from Australia’s foremost contemporary young adult literature, Melina Marchetta (known best for Jellicoe Road). I’ve enjoyed many series, but I chose this for Everyone for several reasons. First, there is no weak book—all three are equally strong, contained stories of their own. Each focuses on a different character or couple (so you can try the first one and stop there, if you desire), but they’re tightly interwoven, so you will learn more about each character as you progress through the series. Literary fantasy, with its world building and maps and invented politics, usually doesn’t appeal to me, but Marchetta has a way of making it accessible—and then there’s the romance. GAH. So good. Her writing is gorgeous and evocative, and the slow climb of the astounding story arc from the first book (Finnikin of the Rock) to the last is AHHMAZING.

About Tammara:

Bio: I write contemporary, romantic, coming-of-age fiction (Young Adult and New Adult). Represented by Jane Dystel (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management). I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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Review: Sweet by Tammara Webber

Posted July 20, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Sweet by Tammara WebberReviewer: Holly
Sweet by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #3

Publication Date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
Pages: 340
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four-stars

From the author of NYT bestsellers Easy and Breakable - a new standalone novel in the Contours of the Heart series
He's the love of her life, but he doesn't know it.She's his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.He was damaged and wild, but resilient.She's always been obedient; now she's restless.
Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society's opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.
And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:Sweet.

We first met Boyce and Pearl in Breakable, a retelling of Webber’s smash hit Easy, as told from the point-of-view of Landon Lucas Maxfield, the hero of Easy. We learned more about his mother’s death and his downward spiral during his teen years there. Boyce was his tormentor for awhile, and eventually one of his best friends. As I noted in my review of Breakable, the bits with Boyce and Landon were some of my favorites.

Boyce and Peal grew up together in a small coastal town. (Aside: I had this picture in my head, from Easy and Breakable, of an East Coast small fishing village, but I’m pretty sure this was set in Texas, which totally threw me off.) He saved her life when he was seven, and has kind of looked out for her ever since. They formed a great, if unlikely, friendship that they maintained even while Pearl was away at college. When Pearl comes home after graduation with plans to attend the local marine biology program instead of med school, her parents kick her out and she ends up moving in with Boyce. For years they’ve skirted around their attraction to each other, but living in close quarters makes it hard for them to deny how much chemistry they have.

When they give in to the inevitable, both know it’s nothing but scratching an itch, because what they have is way too important to ruin with messy emotions. Except it’s never that easy, and before long both hearts are engaged.

This book started out a bit slow, with very little happening between Pearl and Boyce and a lot of info dumping. As soon as they started interacting all the time, the story really picked up and I fell right into it. I loved their relationship. They truly were best friends who relied on each other, opened up to each other and had a deep and very sweet bond.

Boyce’s need to care for Pearl, both emotionally and physically, was really adorable. I loved that he kind of adopted her as his responsibility, not out of obligation, but out of love and caring. It wasn’t a one-way street, though. He opened up to her in ways he couldn’t with anyone else. He trusted her with every part of himself, even the stuff he didn’t give to Landon, his best male friend.

I finished the book with a smile on my face and flutters in my belly.

4 out of 5

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Sweet by Tammara Webber’s Teaser

Posted April 21, 2015 by Rowena in News, Promotions | 0 Comments

Holly and I are fans of this series and are looking forward to reading Boyce’s book.

Sweet

He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.
He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient; now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:

Sweet.

(A Contours of the Heart novel – can be read as a stand-alone story)

We’re delighted to share with you lovely readers a teaser from the book before it releases. Check it out:

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series – NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series – YA/NA).

I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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Author Interview (+ Giveaway): Tammara Webber Talks About Breakable

Posted May 12, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 17 Comments

Tammara Webber, bestselling author of Easy, is here today to talk about her latest release, Breakable, cat cuddles and being stuck on a deserted island.

Tell us about Breakable.

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Breakable is a companion novel to Easy. Both a prequel of Lucas’s life before Jacqueline (when he was Landon), and the story of Easy from his perspective, Breakable was written for readers who craved more about Lucas when they finished reading Easy.

 What prompted you to write Landon’s story?

Lucas didn’t “speak” to me when I was writing Easy. I saw him from Jacqueline’s point of view only – and that was fine with me. I wanted Easy to be her story, and having him remain so silent made it easier for me to keep it exactly as I intended. It wasn’t until around a year after I first published Easy when Lucas finally began telling me his story. Once I started seeing bits and pieces of it, I had to write it.

Was it difficult writing overlapping timelines?

Technically speaking, this was the most difficult writing project I’ve ever tackled. The overlapping timelines were a challenge to manage, but writing Lucas’s view of the Easy story inside one of those timelines drove me to drink (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!). Readers may think it’s easier to rewrite a story into a different perspective than it is to craft an entirely new story, but that’s just not so. (This was true for me, and for several other authors I know who’ve done it – all of us have vowed to never do it again.) The story can’t be altered. The dialogue inside scenes can’t be altered. I made up for this as much as possible by writing “outside the lines” – including scenes that were only alluded to in Easy and beefing up scenes that faded into black in Jacqueline’s perspective.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

 The moment I struggle to sit up, I’m love-attacked by my cat, Moose, who acts as if my being asleep for a little while was tantamount to having left home for a week. My wonderful husband brings me coffee in bed and saves any complex questions or bad news until I’ve downed at least one cup. I’m a slow-waking sort of girl.

You’re stuck on a deserted island. What 5 things do you wish for?

(Having seen Castaway, watched Lost religiously and read Tracey Garvis Graves’ On the Island, I would be utterly terrified to actually have this happen. I would die SO FAST.) I’d wish for fresh water, my glasses, my inhaler, my husband and a cell phone with miraculous service and just enough battery power to get me rescued asap! If I have all that… I would want a box of my favorite romance novels, a crate of some decent Pinot Grigio, a hammock, a fruit tree, and lots of sunscreen to protect my ungodly pale, I-don’t-tan-I-burn skin.

 

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A Contours of the Heart Novel

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise—until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

Tammara Webber c Ami KellerTammara Webber is author of the New York Times bestselling New Adult novel Easy, the first novel in her Contours of the Heart series, and the Between the Lines series.  She is a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life.  Before writing full-time, she was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon.  She married her high school sweetheart, and is a mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.  Connect with her online at tammarawebber.blogspot.com, twitter.com/tammarawebber, and www.facebook.com/TammaraWebberAuthor.

 

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Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Posted May 12, 2014 by TG in Reviews | 0 Comments

breakableTG‘s review of Breakable (Contours of the Heart, Book 2) by Tammara Webber

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

We first met Landon Lucas Maxfield in Tammara Webber’s Easy, but we didn’t really get a complete picture of him. While Easy was definitely a romance, it was also Jacqueline’s tale. This is Landon’s story. Told in alternating past and present chapters, the book details his life prior to meeting Jacqueline, as well as his point-of-view in Easy, without being repetitive. I didn’t feel like I’d just re-read Easy from Landon’s point-of-view, but more like I was reading his story with little bits of Easy woven in.

New Adult is a genre primarily dominated by first-person point-of-view. The recent trend is to write the tale from the heroine’s POV then release the same novel from the hero’s POV down the road. I don’t necessarily dislike this, but I feel like if I read the story once, I don’t need to read it again. However, Webber takes a different route through the trend, following it in a rather innovative way. Instead of just re-writing Jacqueline’s story from Landon’s point of view, stopping at familiar landmarks along the way, she told what was mostly off-page in Easy, while still incorporating the more familiar scenes. Nothing seemed tired or worn out in it, and it was refreshing to recognize my favorite scenes from Easy, along with the new material.  Overall, Tammara Webber did a great job in making sure her readers got a companion piece, instead of a recount.

That is not to say that you have to read Easy before you can read Breakable, or you won’t understand whats going on. Webber made sure that Breakable could stand alone or with Easy. Because it is a strong independent novel who doesn’t need a prequel to make it whole.

My only quarrel with the story-telling was that it seemed a little rushed during Lucas’s chapters (those retold from Easy), like she was in a hurry to get to the next Landon chapter (those from his teen years), but I didn’t want to throw it out the window or demand my money (ha!) back by the end. I did want to see a little bit more of his emotions and thoughts while interacting with Jacqueline though. I think that would have made it complete.

I’d definitely recommend this to my friends without hesitation (all of them. Muahaha).

4 out of 5

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