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Blog Tour: Deadly Image by Tamelia Tumlin

Hey guys!

Welcome to today's blog tour! First up, let me start off with apologising for this late post, my computer was lagging like crazy! So today, let me introduce you to Deadly Image by Tamelia Tumlin.

Readers may go to her website to enter to win one of two $10.00 Amazon gift cards she'll be giving away at the end of the tour.

·                     Print Length: 113 pages
·                     Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (July 6, 2012)
·                     Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
·                     Language: English
·                     ASIN: B008IJ5FPA

Deadly Image

Gone without a trace ...

Lexi Yates knows she hasn’t harmed her three-year old daughter, yet the Louisiana town of Gator Bayou seems to think she’s guilty. With her daughter missing, the evidence stacking up against her and her faith in God tested to the limit, Lexi must find a way to convince FBI agent Ace Valdez she’s innocent before she becomes the next target.

Ace Valdez doesn’t trust easily, and he certainly knows better than to fall for a case, yet there’s something about the widowed mother that makes him want to believe she’s innocent, but evidence doesn’t lie. Or does it?

Long Novella - about 36,000 words

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Tamelia Tumlin

Tamelia Tumlin sold her first story to Dogwood Tales Magazine many years ago while taking a creative writing course in college. The short story titled "The Traveler" was the feature story for that edition. After graduating college in elementary education, life, a teaching career and a wonderful son consumed most of her time. However, in the past couple of years, the yearning to pen fabulous romantic tales of to-die-for heroes and spirited heroines has taken over. Ms. Tumlin has worked with several online publishers, but she is now writing for Steel Magnolia Press. Juggling motherhood, teaching and writing is a challenge, but one she welcomes to pursue her passion. Her novels range from sweet and sassy to dark and dangerous.

And now, let's welcome Tamelia to the blog for an author interview!

AB: Tell us about yourself…
          I’m a mother, teacher, writer and one day hopeful world traveler.  Motherhood is my first love and priority, but my passion is writing and traveling.  I write in several genres, but my latest book is a Christian suspense novella entitled Deadly Image.

AB: What genre do you write and why?
          I write strictly romances, but I do vary a bit in the sub-genres of that category. I’ve written books that range from sweet and sassy to dark and dangerous.  The genre I write depends on the mood I’m in and the characters who wish for their story to be told next.

AB: Tell us about your book….
          Deadly Image is the first book in my Inspirational Intrigue line.  I plan to eventually write more in this genre. This book is about a mother who is desperately trying to clear her name and find her missing daughter.  The evidence is stacking up and my heroine is the only suspect in her daughter’s disappearance. The setting of my story is the fictitious town of Gator Bayou, Louisiana where most everyone seems to think my heroine has harmed her own daughter in some way.  Everyone, except my hero who is an Hispanic FBI agent  with a  few issues of his own to overcome while he’s trying to find the missing child.  Luckily, he is very thorough in his investigation and doesn’t automatically assume the heroine is guilty.

AB: Why did you write this book?
        Well, I can’t sing. I can’t dance. But, I can write. Since this is my talent I wanted to use it to glorify God.  This is my second Christian novel. The first one was published a few years ago by White Rose Publishing. I love to watch Criminal Minds, NCIS and Law and Order, so naturally writing a suspense novel seemed like a good idea. The idea for the book came to me a few years ago, but I never had time to write the story until recently. Incorporating the Christian theme into the novel was quite easy and came naturally. Not all of my romances are necessarily Christian, but I do feel we should use our God-given talents for Him as well when we have the opportunity.

AB: The heroine in your story has a medical condition. Can you tell us more about it and why you chose to give her one?
        Yes. Lexi had a traumatic childhood. This left her with an anxiety disorder. I chose to give this condition to her for several reasons. One, there are many people under severe stress or who have also had traumatic experiences and they require medication to control their anxiety. Giving my character this issue made sense with her past and it also can help readers who have experienced this medical issue relate to her.  The other reason is because I too have experienced anxiety attacks.  I don’t take medicine for them since, thankfully, they are few and far between, but from personal experience I can tell you they are very frightening. You really do feel as if you can’t breathe, your body starts shaking and you can become very nauseous. Not to mention a few other not so pleasant symptoms. These attacks can come out of the blue and without warning. I’ve even had them while I was sleeping and woke feeling like I was suffocating.  For me, the worst is feeling as if you can’t get enough oxygen. Very frightening, indeed. After sharing my attacks with other, I’ve learned this is not an uncommon problem and many people have or have had a panic attack at one or more times in their life.

AB: Since your book is a suspense, did you have to do any research?
        I did have to do a bit of research on police procedures. I also had to contact the FBI for a bit of information regarding their CARD branch.  The most difficult part was making sure the evidence and timeline of events were correct and made sense.

AB: What are you currently working on?
      At the moment I’m working on a roman tic fantasy series called the The Gatekeepers. This is not a Christian series, but rather a cross between paranormal and fantasy. The Gatekeepers are dragon shifters who guard the portals to their home realm. The first novella, A Dragon’s Seduction, has already been released through Steel Magnolia Press. I’m working on the next novella in the series and hope to release it by late August or early Septemeber.

AB: Where can we find you? (facebook, twitter, blog, website, etc)
       I’d love for my readers to connect with me on the social media!  I’d be honored to be added to their social circles.

AW: Where can we find your book?

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