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News from Tamara Hogan
Hi there!
 
As it has probably been for you, it’s been a busy summer here at Chez Hogan.

Chase Me Released

My second Underbelly Chronicles book, CHASE ME, was released in June. CHASE ME follows archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and geologist and metallurgist Gabe Lupinsky as they discover some otherworldly items—and an inconvenient attraction to each other—at an archaeological site located in northern Minnesota.

While researching four-season archaeological practices, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce Koenen, an archaeologist at the Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist, about how a site located in the northern part of the state, with its ore-laden land, relatively recent glacial history, and hard winters, would be managed. “Minnesota ain’t Egypt,” said Bruce. Truer words never spoken!

RWA Nationals

July was all about promoting CHASE ME with signings and a blog tour, and then gearing up for the Romance Writers of America’s annual national conference, held this year in Anaheim. The week of the National Conference is like running a very pleasant week-long marathon. Pacing oneself is definitely recommended!
 
Crammed into that week:
  • Disneyland with Mark!
  • A full-day tour of the LAPD’s training facilities with the Kiss of Death RWA chapter
  • Lunch with one of my favorite writers, Nalini Singh **squee**
  • The 500-author-strong “Readers for Life” Literacy Signing
  • Pizza, wine, and catching up with my Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blogmates
  • Workshops, workshops, workshops! My friend Susan Sey and I presented a workshop on developing three-dimensional villains called “Superbad: How Unleashing Your Villain Can Unlock Your Story.”
  • Parties!
  • Awards! TASTE ME, my first book, was named a “Best Dark Paranormal” finalist in the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter’s Prism Awards. To my surprise, I won! In an even bigger surprise, TASTE ME was also named “Best First Book” and “Best of the Best!”    
  • Writing! Being I had an early August deadline for TEMPT ME, I had to get some work done, too—typically from 6:00 a.m.– 8:00 a.m. No rest for the wicked. ;-) 

The Underbelly Chronicles

In early August, I turned the manuscript for my third book, TEMPT ME, in to my editor. TEMPT ME is reformed hacker Bailey Brown and sculptor Rafe Sebastiani’s story. I’ve gotten an early glimpse at the cover treatment, and yeah, my cover artist Aleta Rafton hit it out of the park once again. How can she make a snowstorm look utterly hot?

Underbelly Chronicles Book Four doesn’t have a title yet, but I can report that reading a book called “Vampire Forensics” in public definitely gets you a second glance or two.  
 
Until next time, keep on reading!

Tammy
Tamara with her Prisms
Me with my Prisms!
Tamara before her workshop
Me at RWA Nationals before the Superbad workshop
Chase Me
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CHASE ME continues to get some wonderful reviews:
 
“Hogan’s sharp, funny dialogue and strong but subtle character development elevate both the story and the fierce chemistry.” – Publishers Weekly

"A great new twist to a paranormal series..."
- EBook Obsessed

"It's sweet. It's fun. It's downright naughty." - Pure Textuality

“Gabe. Where can I get me one of him?” – Redheads Review It Better

“…tickled all of my Happy Reader buttons.” – One Good Book
 

Winner!

And the winner of the Kindle is… Eva Millien! I’ll contact you by email to get your snail mail address. 

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