Thursday, February 20, 2014

Once Upon a Masquerade Book Tour: Review + Author Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Once Upon a Masquerade book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an interview with the author and a giveaway for a $25 gift card and copies of Once Upon a Masquerade. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Once Upon a Masquerade
Release date: February 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance

New York City, 1883

A Prince Charming meets his match...

Self-made shipping magnate Christopher Black first spies Rebecca Bailey at a masquerade ball and is captivated by her refreshing naivete and sparkling beauty. She's a stark contrast to the hollow behavior of the ton and the guile of his former fiancée, but the closer he gets to her secrets, the further she pushes him away.

A Cinderella with a secret...

Rebecca is drawn to the charismatic Christopher from the first, but she cannot risk him discovering that she is really a housemaid impersonating an heiress. Her father's life depends on it.

A Happily Ever After that could never be...

When Christopher's investigation of the murder of his best friend leads him straight to Rebecca, he fears his ingenue may be a femme fatale in disguise. Now he must decide if he can trust the woman he's come to love, or if her secrets will be his downfall.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A lovely romance, with secrets and thrills in store, Once Upon a Masquerade was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a truly enjoyable read.

Rebecca was a great heroine. She was strong, determined, and very loyal to those she loved. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

Christoper was also wonderful. He was clever and sweet and very determined once he set his mind to something. He could be frustratingly stubborn at times, but it was never a big issue. Overall, I really liked him.

The romance was good. Rebecca and Christopher were very sweet together. Even with all the obstacles in their way and both of their reluctance to admit to it, their feelings were always obvious. And, the attraction between them was there from the moment they met, with a lot of steaminess along the way. I thought they were perfect together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were surprises along the way, and I never suspected who turned out to the be culprit behind all the chaos. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Once Upon a Masquerade was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book  and I truly enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

A small town girl with a big imagination, Tamara Hughes had no idea what to do with her life. After graduating from college, she moved to a big city, started a family and a job, and still struggled to find that creative outlet she craved. An avid reader of romance, she gave writing a try and became hooked on the power of exploring characters, envisioning adventures, and creating worlds. She enjoys stories with interesting twists and heroines who have the grit to surmount any obstacle, all without losing the ability to laugh. To learn more, stop by her website: You can also find her on:

Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)
Thank you! I’m glad to be here too. Thanks so much for inviting me.

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?Editing is the easiest for me. The words are already down and I’m just moving and adding things here and there. Writing the first draft is a lot harder. I find myself making faces and rapping my head on the keyboard more often than I’d like to admit.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?I
 regularly cast the characters of my books, but for whatever reason I didn’t with this one. Let’s see…I’d say Henry Cavill and Michelle Trachtenberg.


What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Usually I just keep writing. I know, that sounds like a Catch-22. How can you write if you’re blocked? For each of my books, I have a Word document called something like Playing Around Doc. If I get stuck, I go into that document and talk to myself. I think through whatever the issue is I’m struggling with. I go over all the facets of the problem, and then I brainstorm ideas to choose from. I find the more ideas I write, the more creative they become until I find the solution I’m looking for.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
My critique partner, Barbara Longley, inspires me every day. She’s amazing. She writes both contemporary and time travel, and to watch her career grow has been a joy. I also belong to a chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Our smaller group is the Midwest Fiction Writers. These writers are so supportive, and they never give up. It doesn’t matter what they’re struggling with – a writing problem, a career setback, or a personal crisis. They inspire me to write the best stories I can, and to plow through any difficulties I come up against.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’ve written three romances since Once Upon a Masquerade. One is the first book in a pirate series about a ship captain looking for his brother, who was kidnapped by pirates. He ends up joining the crew of the ship where is brother was last seen in order to find him, and instead discovers a beautiful stowaway he must hide from his shipmates.

The other two books are paranormal romances. I have a tendency to write new types of paranormal beings, or at least a twist on what’s out there. One involves a man trying to save his species by finding the one person left with an immortality gene. After he finds her though, he comes to realize the experiments just might kill her, which sucks because he’s fallen in love. So what does he do? Save his people or sacrifice the one person he cares most about?

The other story has a man possess by a beast spirit that is taking over his mind and body, and the only woman who can save him is a witch who’s never known magic. Can she exorcise the beast before it takes over?

So far none of these books are under contract, but I’m hoping they’re the next ones out. Fingers crossed.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
I’d love to actually visit 1883 New York City where Once Upon a Masquerade is set. Many of the events and people in the story are real. It would be great to see it all live – the Vanderbilt masquerade ball, Delmonico’s restaurant…the opera “La Mascotte” at the Casino theater. How cool it would be to actually see what I’ve researched.

Summer or winter? 
Winter – I live in Minnesota doncha know.

Cat or dog? 
Cat. Love the attitude.

Tea or coffee? 
Coffee (sometimes tea in the afternoon or evening, but always coffee in the morning)

Book or movie? 
Book – the book is always better than the movie

Bad boy or boy next door? 
When reading: bad boy; in real life: boy next door

Thanks for coming!
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card (US only) and 3 e-copies of Once Upon a Masquerade (INT). Ends February 22.
Good luck!

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  1. the content sounds interesting :) would love to read

  2. No problem. Thanks for coming!

  3. I look forward to reading your book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  5. love the cover

  6. Love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!