Friday, March 15, 2013

Meet the author of an 18-month Amazon best-seller!


Today I get to welcome author Tammie Clarke Gibbs to my blog. Her new Time Travel Romance, Sworn to Secrecy, has just come out, and she's living the dream, so I was delighted to get the chance to interview her. 

Welcome Tammie...

Behind the Scenes with Author Tammie Clarke Gibbs & the Hero of her new Time Travel Romance, Sworn to Secrecy....
Tammie Clarke Gibbs is the author of the #1 Kindle Best Selling Gothic/Time Travel Romance Island of Secrets which has been consistently on three of the Amazon Best Seller Lists for over eighteen consecutive months. She is the author of three novels and multiple non-fiction titles. Tammie resides with her husband, son, and a very spoiled Maltese in South Georgia. She loves to hear from her fans and can be reached at her website and via email 
 
I saw on your website that Island of secrets has had 16 consecutive months on Amazon bestseller lists. That's pretty impressive. How long did it take for it to get there and how did you feel when you first realized you were a bestselling author? Do you ever get blase about something like that? Actually, it's surpassed that and now sits at eighteen months. The past couple months it's bounced a little back and forth but still basically spends time on the lists. Making the #1 Spot was the coolest thing ever! Of course, I freaked! I took like a thousand screen shots.  I made the first Best-Seller list after being published six months. Island of Secrets has been out a little over two years. So I think for a book that's been out a while to have such staying power is indeed awesome. If you do get blasé about it, I'm not there yet.
Secrets seem to be a theme in your book titles. Are they an important theme in your stories too? Did you set out to write about secrets or did it just happen that way? They really are. With the first book it was sort of just  a part of it, but with the series it's a theme. I  really didn't plan to, but it sort of just happened and it's been really great and I have lots of ideas for future series books.
Of course, a related question--did you set out to write romance or did it just happen that way? My very first attempt at writing was more of a suspense/horror, I had to write a short story a week for a class in high school and the ONLY one I didn't make an A+ on was my attempt at a romance. I had a male teacher, and he told me I was wasting my talent. I guess you'd say he was my first mentor. He kind of discovered I could write and told me after reading my first story that he thought I'd discovered what I should do with my life. Pretty heavy news for someone dealing with high school social items, but it struck a chord, and I guess he was right. I believe there are two reasons I write romance. I love reading romance AND as I was exploring my new-found  craft, the only local writers group was an RWA Chapter. It was natural that I try my hand at it. Island of Secrets in its raw form was partially developed during that period of time.
What sort of books do you like to read? What did you read before you started writing--or have you always been a writer? I've always enjoyed romantic books, but I also love suspense and mystery books.
What can you tell us about Sworn to Secrecy? Where can readers find it? Sworn to Secrecy is Book Two in my new series Undercover Heroes and while it can be read as a stand alone does feature some of the characters from Book One Keeping Secrets. I really like series that you're not lost reading if you happen to do so out of order. If readers enjoy Sworn to Secrecy they will probably like to go back and read about Jeremy, Quincy and Magen and how they all fit together.  Sworn to Secrecy does bring my two readerships together. My first book Island of Secrets was a time travel and my second book Keeping Secrets was a Historical Romantic Suspense. This book blends those two things together and I love the way it turned out. I can't wait to get started on Book Three of the series.  My novels are available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com I've included links below as well as a short excerpt of Sworn to Secrecy.  Thank you for having me on your blog.
A little something from Tammie:
Be sure to visit all of the bloggers and authors that are hosting me during the Book Launch Celebration for Sworn to Secrecy for your chance to win prizes and read more about me and my books. I have something special planned with each of them.


During the launch, you can grab a copy for just .99. After March 20th, the price goes to its list price of $3.99.



  An unlikely alliance...a love born from the ashes of adversity....Dak Bartholomew is a US Secret Service agent. When he wakes up locked in a dark room it's just another day until he realizes that he's not alone.

Elizabeth Porter would like nothing more than to plunge her knife through the stranger's heart for all the trouble he's caused.

Together they'll take an unexpected journey to a time and place they could never have imagined and discover a secret they'll be sworn to protect.

Don't miss Tammie's other novels-
ISLAND OF SECRETS: GOTHIC TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE
KEEPING SECRETS: HISTORICAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE



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Excerpt of Sworn to Secrecy Copyright Tammie Clarke Gibbs

Dak Bartholomew felt a trickle of blood run a cold wet trail down the side of his face from the open gash at his temple.
He struggled to open his eyes, and after several moments succeeded. Focusing on his surroundings took several more, but eventually, he could see the small, dank-smelling room in more clarity than he even desired.
The only light came from a single window, its pane’s blackened all but for one small section.
He pulled himself off the filthy mattress and felt his way toward the light. The window had been painted from the inside, and it appeared that someone had literally scratched at it until a small stream of light was allowed in from the outside. Instinctively, he reached into his pocket for his knife, but it wasn’t there. Nothing was there.
There was a faint cry from the corner of the room. Startled, Dak stepped back into the darkness.
He felt his way along the bed until he came to what he thought was a wall.
The darkness was deep and black, and the light cut only a sliver through it, leaving the rest of the room engulfed in an ebony sea.
He was weak from having been drugged or loss of blood. He wasn’t sure which. Either would have given him an excuse to forget he wasn’t alone and cower, but the pitiful whimpers stoked within him a steely determination.
“You there,” he called and waited for an answer.
The room was quiet in response. No whimpering. No breathing.
“Are you hurt?” Dak asked this time, and his voice was softer. Still there was no answer.
He took several short steps, feeling his way along the wall in the direction he’d heard the sounds coming from.
“I won’t hurt you,” he said, this time louder. “I…”
Dak felt a dirty hand on his mouth and something sharp at his side.

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