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Obsession and Sacrifice
Obsession and Sacrifice is the second book in a romantic trilogy about unexpected love and a woman's fight for survival.
When Nichole wakes up in the hospital room from a coma, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Only the scars on her body reveal some horrific event took place and she is lucky to be alive…alive…but could she still be in danger?
Her only hope to rediscover her past and avoid a killer's obsession lies in the hands of two men: sexy Dylan, her boyfriend, who used to captivate her and now prays she will remember how much they cared for one another, and Bradley, her charming best friend, who has secretly loved her all along. She feels safe around both men, but to her, they are strangers. Nicole must decide who to trust, not only with her heart, but with her life.
They are rivals--both men want to win her love. But they are allies as well. The two vow to give her a second chance at life and both will sacrifice everything to make sure she survives.
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When Tiffany Carmouché is not writing Romance novels, you can find her sculpting, traveling, teaching, singing, dancing, escaping in music or enjoying her family.
She loves to travel. Sky diving in Alaska, riding camels in Africa, working with orphans in Argentina, dancing salsa in Ecuador, scuba diving in Hawaii, traveling throughout Spain, swimming under the stars in Puerto Rico and walking the cobblestone roads of Assisi, Italy are a few of her adventures. Her most cherished moments, however, have been watching her two beautiful daughters strive to accomplish their dreams.
For many years, she put her passions on hold. She lost sight of who she was and the things that made her truly happy. She says she felt almost defeated, but now she is recommitted to savoring experiences both in the novels she writes and in the life she lives each day. And her secret hope is anyone who is struggling will realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how hard the fight, no matter how many times you have been knocked down, it is always worth staggering up to your feet and learning to breathe again.
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Hi Tiffany and welcome!
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a single mom. The most important thing about me is I have two beautiful daughters who define my existence. I have experienced a lot of amazing things but they are my biggest accomplishment. I am truly blessed!
Me? I grew up, knowing I could conquer the world, so off I went. I never have been into material things as much as adventures. I love discovering new places. Each one becomes a part of you, something that can’t be repossessed, stolen or broken, it is yours. Little did I know when I set off on my adventure to Alaska that it would be turned into a novel and shared with the world. I have had some amazing experiences but I have lived through a few struggles as well. But I am beginning to see the silver lining and am not being sucked under the current as much anymore. I hope somehow my pain can be an inspiration to others during their dark times. One of my goals is to create a Women’s Center to help women realize their potential and never accept abuse whether it is mental or physical.
*What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
My niece, Deanna convinced me and others in the family to do the Nano Write a Book in a Month. I didn’t know what to write about so decided to write about my past. When I was in my early twenties, I escaped an abusive relationship and fled to Alaska to start my life over again. I had convinced my best friend to travel to this place we knew nothing about so I could try and begin over again. I was a young single-parent, working long hours at a dead end job. Alaska became an adventure. It was the most beautiful place I had ever been and I began rediscovering myself. It began as my adventure, but as I began writing, the characters developed a mind of their own and they took over the pages. It became fun discovering what they were going to do next.
Are there any other genres you’ve written?
Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Suspenseful Romance, Poetry, Children’s stories, Inspirational, and Non fiction. The Impostor was the first book I tried to publish.
Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
This is a blurb about the first book in the trilogy.
First Novel in the series, The Impostor, A Love Story
The Impostor, A Love Story is the first novel in a Suspenseful Romantic Trilogy about unexpected love and a woman’s fight for survival. It is a captivating story of growth, acceptance and having the perseverance to begin again.
“Alaska? Who goes to Alaska?” Nicole, a young single mother, escapes an abusive ex-boyfriend and leaves behind the broken dreams of becoming an artist. She travels to Alaska, a place she knows little about on a journey of self discovery, in search of a better life.
Nicole’s scared of getting hurt again, but Dylan’s chiseled body, chocolate brown eyes, and charm captivate her. She begins to fall in love. In Alaska, she discovers the power of friendship and true love and starts 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. Someone evil is stalking her. Someone she had trusted.
Will she be saved? Or will she be hunted?
“The Impostor is not just a romance, not just a mystery but an insight into the ideals and dreams of women, as well as their struggles and fears.” Aleta O’brien, Fluer De Aleta
Are you working on anything new right now?
I’m writing the third book in the Alaska trilogy. A new paranormal romance trilogy is aching to be told, as well as spin off novels with the other characters in The Alaska Trilogy. I was talking to someone the other day and telling her about my experience in Menominee Michigan while I was in flight school with gorgeous young pilots from around the world. While I was there, I actually got to get in the back of a pickup truck with a 750 tiger. She begged me to write the book...so that may be on the agenda also.
What inspires you to write?
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Just do it! Write for you! Enjoy and let go. I would never try and get your first draft perfect. The first draft is for exploration of your theme and characters. Just as any relationship it takes time to get to know them. Get down the ideas, the story, and let your pen/keyboard take you away. Once you have a rough draft then you can begin to perfect it. Some people spend so much time on the perfect first chapter and then finish the book and have to cut it.
The other thing is follow your heart, I was told by so many people what I was doing was crazy. If I had listened, I wouldn't have had half of my experiences and that is what defines me! I was told by many people that my trilogy wasn't a romance because it didn't follow some formula. I didn't want to write to a formula. I wanted to tell the story. Yes, sometimes it is important to listen to feedback, but it is your story and YOU are the creator. Enjoy! And edits, some people hate them, I love them because it helps me grow as an author, but most of all...I get to spend more time with my characters. Both my editors, Sandra Urdall for The Impostor and Gale Deitch for Obsession and Sacrifice are amazing. I loved them because they never tried to change my voice. Stop looking at the blank page and CREATE!
What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
I’m reading the new arc of Ashes and Ice and OMG YES!
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to manifest the glory of God that is with us. It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone, and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson.
When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing?
All the time! My characters are feisty! And there are times they do stuff that I am like WTF! Now I got to change my plan! My book actually began as a suspense about when I went to Alaska and found out a killer from Florida was stalking me-true story...then one day Dylan popped into my book and I fell so in love with him I couldn't stop writing about him and my Suspense Novel became a romance...
It is that damn muse!
If you could be any character in any novel, who would it be and why?
Nicole (in the first book) is really based on me in many ways...when I went to Alaska, I was a naive girl who wanted to see the world. I didn't realize there were people in the world who were not nice...and well, dangerous. My sister is always telling me I am too trusting. I guess that is why I came back from Alaska to marry my ex...I and gave him 100 chances--stupid, I know... I believed in love. I still do... I just have to find someone who believes in it too! What is funny is I have gotten feedback that Nicole is one of, let me see how did they put it, “Ugh, she was so smack worthy to me...Nicole was the most naive, hard headed character ever for me.” I had to smile because I can be. I still put myself in danger sometimes and trust people maybe I shouldn't but I can’t live in fear. YES, I have learned I can’t trust everyone but I so want to! I have also been told Nicole is one of the most courageous characters they have read about—mostly by young mothers. (I actually cried when someone told me that because there have been times in my life, it took courage to get out of bed.) I was more afraid of how I was going to provide for my daughters when everything I had worked for was stripped away then I was when I was being stalked by the guy in Alaska.
Do you have a day job, other than writing?
I teach ballroom, and choreograph routines for wedding couples, Quince’s and performances. I also teach couples who have been married for years, which is my favorite. Sometimes Couples haven’t looked into each other’s eyes for years. There is something about the magic of dance, the magic of being in each other’s arms for 45 minutes. For that lesson, the world is gone and all there is the music and learning to feel what it is to communicate without words and experience each other’s bodies in a new way. It is adorable to see them blush and fall in love all over again. I created something called Dance Therapy. Whether a couple has a strong relationship or has grown apart, dancing together will only strengthen a relationship.
What is your preferred method of writing:- The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?
Depends on what I am writing...I have the next Trilogy all plotted out but haven’t written a word. Other projects I never plot... I am telling you it is my muse... and sometimes he/she/it is pretty unpredictable!
Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?
I use aspects of people I know or have known, yes even Dylan and Bradley... I am sick I let them get away!
If you don’t like a character you’re writing about, what do you do?
a. Kill them off instantly
b. Get over it and learn to like them
c. Give them a whole new personality
Get rid of him/her in rewrites...
Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
I like to write in silence but love music for inspiration while I am thinking.
A link to the my music videos
Face Down and Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Beautiful by Secrets in Stereo
If you were stranded on a distant planet:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Dylan and Bradley...can I have them both? I love both of them so much I have two endings to the trilogy... even I do not know who will win lol... I will have to see when I am ¾ through with book three which ending I will use. J Dylan is the incredibly sexy, strong and could protect me from anything. When he would look into my eyes the world disappear so I wouldn't realize I was marooned. Bradley is sexy, sweet and that best friend that you can’t live without. They would be my top choice!
Which type of book do you prefer to read?
Paperback...there is something about the white pages and black words, and a paperback seems more intimate to me than a hard cover. I love to curl up in bed with one and let the pages take me away! When I received mine in the mail it was like Christmas.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? (Such as, you can only start writing after you've scoffed all the choc-chip cookies and drank 3 cups of coffee or only after you've listened to a certain song or playlist?)
I like to dance around the house, in my Victoria Secret underwear singing at the top of my lungs so my neighbours can hear me... no...but really...I should find a theme song lol... Nothing... no fun ritual but now you got me thinking...
Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
Yes! Yes! Yes! I have the most amazing cover artist. Su from Earthly Charms! She listens and lets me guide the inspiration but she has this magic touch that pulls all my crazy ideas together to create something breathtaking! I love her! And my formatter, Benjamin Carrancho, at Damonza’s Awesome Book Layout is amazing, he listened to my ideas and you should see the paperbacks! He did such an amazing job!
What is the best thing about writing for you?
My secret affair with Dylan and Bradley. I am hoping one of them will pop off the page so I can run away with him! J
How many novels/books do you typically read in a month?
When I am writing it is hard, I get consumed. But it is fun to find stolen moments and get lost in a book!
What is your favourite genre to read at the moment?
I know this is boring to some...but I love non fiction. I love inspirational books like Napolean Hill, Zig Zigler, etc. I love refreshing my Spanish and learning something new... I want to teach myself French and Italian for my travels.
Who’s your greatest inspiration to date?
WOW!...wow...how can I choose?...My mom is one. She was so far beyond her time! A brilliant woman! In the 1960’s when a woman’s place was in the kitchen, she was a pioneer in Learning disabilities. She opened a Center and fought the school systems to get help for students in need. A lot of the programs that are available today are because of her consistent advocacy. She was an amazing poet and a breathtaking artist...and a wonderful mom. She taught at George Mason University and could do just about anything! The sad thing is, all of her life she fought for other people and put everyone else first. Right when she was about to begin living her dreams, she had a stroke and now suffers from partial lobe dementia... Not a day goes by that I don’t question why? Why this had to happen to her! She should be living her dreams right now. My mom...I would have to say, my hero is my mom!
Which of the following suits you best?
a. Thrill Seeke
b. Mildly Meek
c. Totally Chilled
I would definitely have to say thrill seeker. I have sky dived, played with tigers, travelled the world...I like to live...I haven’t had as many adventures recently but I’m planning for new adventures. I do have times that I am Mildly Meek and totally chilled but I want to rediscover the adventurer and grab life by the balls J
If you could Time Travel, what year would you visit and why?
I like to sculpt and do artwork...I would love to go back in time, and become an apprentice of Michael Angelo, or one of the Greek sculptors. Or live in a time where I could attend a Grand Ball and meet my prince charming. Hard question. There are so many magical times in history. Even if I could go back in time 10 years, when my father was alive and my mother didn’t have dementia and TOTALLY appreciate every moment I had with them. To listen to their stories, and write them down and to not let the hectic-stupid things I thought were so important get in the way of spending more time with them. If your parents are still around, stop everything and call them to tell them how much you love them!
Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies?
Ballroom dance, Salsa, Bachata, Art. I was studying to be a pilot and would love to continue my training. I love spending time with family and love to travel. I went to Hawaii with $35. Maybe not one of my smarter moves but I ended up living there for 5 months. Loved it! I think my #1 hobby is trying to rediscover myself and experience life!!
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night night night! J Mornings... BOO!
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
Editing!!! It is amazing how many stupid typos there are in a 370 page book. They are such a pain. Not the grammar but the stupid things like auto spell check!!! I don’t mind the editors notes, I actually like that part of it...it is the stupid typos that take 100 readers to find them all that drive me crazy! (Okay 100 readers is an exaggeration but... )
How long does it typically take you to write a novel?
It depends on how much time I have. I wrote The Impostor in a month during Nano Write a Book in a Month Challenge but beta readers/ editing/ etc. took months because you need to wait for others to finish reading. The second book in the Trilogy, Obsession, took about three months. They are both about 350 ish pages.
How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
It totally depends on the day. 0-24hours, J well, maybe not 24 hours, I do have days where I get a cup of coffee and don’t even change out of my PJ’s and forget to eat the rest of the day... I lay on my bed with my laptop and type away.
Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
Laptop and pen/crayon/lipstick/napkin/palm--whatever I can get my hands on when the muse strikes. J
If you didn't write, what would you do instead to fill the creative void?
Dance! I love to escape in the music which is one reason dance is in my novels. I love to sculpt--love art. I don’t have much time for it though. A dream is to go to a Greek island with a canvas and disappear. I also love to sing. I have a secret dream to sing in a club in New Orleans and one day, release a CD.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Oh my--how can I choose? I have been to Italy, Spain, Morocco, Hawaii, Alaska, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and around the US...and have stories waiting to be told from each adventure.
I would have to say it is a four way tie! I need to go to Venice one day. OMG, that would be so amazing. I would love to walk down the little cobble stone roads and experience the charm of southern France, or enjoy the beauty of the Greek Islands....and last but not least, I would love to scuba dive in Australia! Now look what you did! You gave me an itch!! Anyone want a visitor? I can sleep on a couch! J Or any handsome man want to whisk me away and take me around the world...my divorce is almost final and I am looking forward to my first kiss lol.
Love your name by the way
Thank you Tiffany for being on the blog today and sharing a little about your writing and non writing life!
Well that's it folks, I hope you've enjoyed today's post as much as I have, and don't forget that The Saturday Showcase and Sunday Spotlight will be resumed as normal in a couple of weeks, as next weekend we have another totally fabulous Blog Tour!
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