Sunday, November 16, 2014

Camy Tang Book List

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Interview with Camy Tang
Name one thing about yourself that would shock readers if they knew.
I don’t know if this will shock readers, but I love paranormal romance! Yes, give me a vampire or werewolf any day! I am unashamedly a fan of Twilight, and recently I started getting into the TV show, Bitten. I guess paranormal romance is fun for me because I know that none of it is true, whereas sometimes contemporary fiction makes me sad because I know some of the sad things that happen are true.

When not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to knit, spin wool into yarn, and I’m currently training to run the Honolulu Marathon in December 2014!

What is the strangest real life situation that is in one of your stories?
This isn’t a personal situation that happened to me, but it happened to my roommate. All of the “house troubles” that Trish runs into in Only Uni are totally true. My roommate ran into each of them when she was house hunting, and when she told me about them, I had to put them in the book.

Have you traveled to do research for your books?
Yes! I traveled to England in 2013 to do research for my first Regency romance, which comes out in August this year, titled Prelude to a Lord. It was an amazing trip! My favorite places were Bath and Newstead Abbey, so half the book is in Bath, and the hero’s estate is modeled after Newstead Abbey, the home of Lord Byron.

Do you laugh and cry while writing your books?
I didn’t used to cry as much, but lately since I’ve started early peri-menopause, I’ve been crying even at commercials! I recently wrote a scene in “Necessary Proof,” a romantic suspense novella in the First Kisses collection (it’ll be out on March 15th), and I started bawling as I was typing. I think I scared my husband because he rushed into my office with this panicked look on his face and said, “What? What’s wrong?”

Me: “It’s just the scene I’m writing.” (sniffle sniffle sob sob)

him: “Maybe you should write happy books.”

Me: “This is a happy book. I’m crying because the scene is happy.”

him: (puzzled look)

Do you write about places you have lived?
Sometimes. The Sushi series is set in San Jose, where I’ve lived, but Protection for Hire is set in San Francisco, which I’ve only visited. I’ve only visited Sonoma, I’ve never actually lived there, yet I set my Sonoma romantic suspense series there because I love the city and surrounding areas.

What is your go-to snack?
Potato chips! and taro chips! and Cheetohs! and veggie chips! and Pringles! and shortbread cookies! and gingerbread cookies! and that’s only what’s in my snack closet right now! (yes I actually have a snack closet)
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Written under the pen name Camille Elliot
Prelude for a Lord
Early 1800s England was not very accepting of women playing certain instruments. Specifically the violin. Alethea Sutherton was the type of female who when told not to do something...did it. She excelled at playing the violin, even if only within her own home. A violin that was from one of two people who ever had shown her love, she now finds her treasure the target of a thief.

Lord Dommick, Bayard, is scarred by war and now his family has been scarred as well. Nasty rumors from his former betrothed has put his sister’s coming out into a poor light and he will do what he can to restore his families reputation. The last thing he needs is to be tangled up with the prickly female violinist who is already shunned by the London ton.
As important as family is, honor and protecting is also a strong trait in Bayard. He cannot let Alethea battle the unknown enemy alone. He also is too honorable to allow any woman to be entangled with his scarred heart.

A romance with suspense tangled throughout the story. A young woman who goes against the norm to love her base-born sister and find solace in her own musical talent. The story keeps the reader unsure who the villain is. It also reminds the reader that both in fiction and real life how easy it is to try and get by on our own instead of turning to God. A wonderful read. I hope that we will see more books about the secondary characters who also came to life in this story.
**Received a copy through the publisher for an honest review
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First Kisses Anthology
Six popular authors have pulled their talents together and wrote these six stories. Each story stands alone, not connected to the other authors. Romances from the 1800's to the present day. People who are hurt and scarred and don't think that love could be in their futures. They are wrong of course. It's a great mix of stories. Two of the stories are suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat. All six are page turners. I hope that more stories will come from these as there are some great secondary characters as well.

The Rambler's Bride by Linda Goodnight
Jericho North has traveled over a hundred miles to reach his brother's homestead. Each mile that passed he hated the woman more who had tricked his brother into marriage and caused his death. He was going for revenge. Only it seems God has something else in mind.

Esther North is doing the best she can without a man around. Dealing with her cousin's powerful husband and keeping up with the farm. When the dark handsome stranger appears and helps her, she starts to hope. But will he stick around or just pass through?
Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe by Janet Tronstad
Buddy Hamilton was a simple truck driver who wanted a piece of land and a home to call his own. Nothing more. Growing up in foster homes convinced him he'd never be a family man, wouldn't know how. Then he met Penny Rose and her brood. At first they scared him, and then intrigued him. Especially the way the young woman lived out her faith so strongly that he was learning more about God through her actions.
Her Mule Hollow Cowboy by Debra Clopton Parks
Maddie Rose was determined to work as hard as her male partners on the ranch that was willed to them all. She finally had a place to belong. Putting her past behind her and deciding if she couldn't have her dream, at least she had this.

Cliff Masterson thought he was living the dream being on the bull riding circuit. Now that his dad died, he stopped to realize maybe he'd been running all these years. When he went to stay with his brother Rafe and look for land in Mule Hollow, he never expected to find someone that could fill the empty hole in him, even if she was a stubborn spit-fire of a woman.
Deadly Hunt by Margaret Daley
Tess Miller is a bodyguard and she cherishes her time at her uncle's cabin twice a year. Time alone. This trip isn't going quite as she planned when a man who's been shot makes it to her cabin's door. And she's his only help since they are a long walk from anywhere.

Shane Burkhart was just enjoying some time in the mountains, hiking and photographing. Next thing he knows he wakes up in a cabin being tended by a woman. He's been shot. Worse yet...it might not have been an accident.
Necessary Proof by Camy Tang
Alex Villa had spent time in prison, he has since become a Christian and changed his ways but someone is setting him up. He is determined to clear his name and to continue fighting against the drug dealers in Sonoma.

Jane Lawton has felt alone this past year. She's tired of being used, now Alex appears at her door and needs her computer skills. And as she always does for anyone, she helps him. Who knew what danger it would bring to her doorstep? And also how much healing would come from it.
Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
Haley Carston had been moved from one place to the next. Then her aunt invited her to stay and finish high school. She was finally home and had friends. And gave her heart away for the first time. Until it all fell apart. Her aunt's health has brought her back to town.

Maddox Michaels has the world on his shoulders and has since he was a teen and his dad drank himself to death. Now he's trying to keep the farm afloat, raise his niece and deal with his depressed brother. How can he make room for Haley in this mess that's his life?
**Received as ARC for review
Sealed With A Kiss
Mail-Order Sunshine Bride by Janet Tronstad
Eleanor “Nellie” O’Reilly arrives in Miles City, Montana Territory with her son. As a widow she saw no other choice beyond the ad for a being a mail-order bride. Elias Henderson seemed to be a stable businessman.

Sheriff Patrick MacDonald ends up with the chore of retrieving the woman and child after Elias gets in a fix. His preconceived idea of her does not match up with the real thing. And he definitely does not seem to fit her idea of a good man.
http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/2011/08/dry-creek-series-by-janet-tronstad.html

Deadly Intent by Margaret Daley
Texas Ranger Sarah Osborn has a new case working with an old love. A man who broke her teenage heart fifteen years ago. If she doesn’t find out who is after Ian O’Leary, she could lose him a second time. Permanently.

Ian is a former FBI agent with plenty of men who might want to do him harm. The list of suspects is plenty long and most look pretty guilty. Margaret Daley does a great job of keeping the reader guessing which suspect is the villain.

Unshakeable Pursuit by Camy Tang
Dr. Geoffrey Whelan and nurse Maylin Kinley have captured the attention of some bad guys. They have no clue how or why. Only a few warnings and face to face encounters with the thugs. One thing Geoff knows for sure is that he’ll protect this woman with all he has. He won’t fail again...like before.

As always Camy Tang writes a compelling story that has you breathless from running and dodging bullets. Your brain gets a work-out as well as you try and figure out what is happening and who is behind it. Always a great suspenseful romance from this author.


With Love Cowboy by Lacy Williams
Ryan Michaels has been in love with the same girl for twelve long years. He never told her. And now she’s coming back home after being away in the military. Her mission was over and his was going into full attack...to get the girl he loves to fall in love with him.

Ashley Reynolds joined the military after she felt her parents betrayed her. Now her career is over, she no longer knows who she is or what she’ll do. And she wasn’t there for her parents when they needed her. The biggest question of all, what to do about Ryan Michaels?
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Sonoma Series
Book 1: Deadly Intent
Naomi Grant's family owns the Joy Luck Life Spa in Sonoma, CA. She was the head massage therapist but since her dads stroke she is in charge. When Dr. Devon Knightley comes in the spa she hopes he has come to see her. The last few years she had visited with him at the Zoe International dinners but he never called her.

When Devon said he was looking for Jessica Ortiz Naomi is deflated but not surprised he would be looking for that beauty. As Naomi searches to find Jessica her whole world shifts.

After finding a patron murdered at the spa and then attempts at Devon's life everything starts pointing towards Naomi being guilty.

The suspect and reason for the murders is well hidden through the book. And the mystery is stronger then the romance, which does not make it less at all. Your just busy deciding who the murderer is knowing that the romance will work out. Although Naomi is from a Christian family while Devon's is not, in fact his father is proud to be an atheist. Looking forward to the next book in the series Formula for Danger.
Book 2: Formula For Danger
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Rachel Grant is a Dermatologist at her dad's spa, Joy Luck Life. She is the oldest of three daughters and is always pushing herself to get her dads acceptance, but always falls short.


Edward Villa has a way with exotic plants and flowers at his greenhouses and is helping her with her special basil plants that she will be launching a cream to help with scars.


Edward was thinking of Rachel in more then friend terms when she suddenly dug into her work harder, it triggered his negative feelings towards his workaholic dad and he backed away. But now Rachel was in danger and it seemed someone was out to perhaps kill her and Edwards planned on protecting her with his life.


Rachel has done all the work and research on this cream and yet someone just wants to steal it away and get the credit. They need her files first and then need Rachel dead to complete their plans.


It seems danger finds these two on every turn until they have nowhere to turn but to God, which they should have been doing the entire time.
Book 3: Stalker in The Shadows
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Nurse Monica Grant wants to start a free children’s clinic. After helping a migrant workers son because they couldn’t afford a hospital visit, it has been her dream. Now that the dream is getting closer to reality she is getting threats to stop or else. By the tingling on her neck that makes her feel she’s being watched….they might be serious. But she is not a quitter and definitely not a victim. What would someone have against a clinic to help children?

Shaun O’neill is back in Sonoma, feeling like a failure. He wasn’t able to save his sister, Clare, and he failed at protecting others while he was a border patrol agent. When he happens to be near Monica when she receives “a gift” and a note from the same person who murdered his sister….he knows nothing will stop him from protecting her and from catching the killer this time.

Stalker has you searching right along with Shaun and Monica for the stalker. Camy had several shady characters to choose from and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The stalker also has a unique brand of “gifts” he likes to leave his intended victims. The book brings back friends and family from the first two books, Deadly Intent and Formula for Danger, the stories of Monica’s sisters; Naomi and Rachel.
Book 4: Narrow Escape
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Arissa Tiong has been raising her niece for a year, not even knowing her brother was going to be a father when he was killed three years ago. Her life changes drastically once again on the day that the local gang kidnaps Charity and her. After her escape there's only one man she trusts enough to turn to. She can only pray he'll help them.

Nathan Fischer hasn't really been living the past three years. Not after a man he thought he knew and trusted had betrayed him. Nathan was left with a limp, no longer fit to be an officer and a bitterness towards God and his dead partner. Then a blast from the past comes to him for help. How can he help the beautiful Arissa when he can barely face her as he feels less than whole since the shooting?

As one finds faith...the other has lost it. Can God really be in control of their lives when every turn brings more danger? This fast moving, page turning, suspense romance will take you on twists and turns and keep you running until the end. Well, it will keep the characters on the run and if you are a visual reader like me...it will feel as if you were with them. Another great addition to the Sonoma, California series.
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Sushi Series 

Book 1: Sushi For One
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Alexis Sakai's life has just taken a few unexpected turns. The biggest one is that her grandma has declared she gets a serious boyfriend or else. And yes, her grandma has the power to enforce or else. Lex finds that going against Grandma can be like trying to climb a waterfall. She does keep running into one guy but he just don't fit her list of what she wants in a man.

This story is both serious and humorous. Four cousins have become Christians and they still struggle with their new beliefs at times. This series is about these four gals and their struggles with life and family. As the next four oldest single girls they are in the sights of the family. And it's a very, very large family. I find the story to be captivating and held my attention so it was hard to put it down.


Book 1.1 is The Sushi Toss, which is a short, free read on Camy Tang's blog. The Series continues with Trish's story in Only Uni, Venus's tale in Single Sashimi and finishes with Jennifer in Weddings and Wasabi.


**Free Read**
Sushi Toss 1.1
Trish is at her cousins wedding and it's time for the bouquet toss. She does her best to hide behind a large aunt and bald uncle (using the glare off his head to help hide her.)
Seems all the single women feared this part of the wedding while all their parents were hopeful not have spinsters for daughters.
Just enough of a short story to wet your appetite for the next Sushi book, Only Uni.
Read it for free on Camy's blot or at this link on goodreads:
Book 2: Only Uni
Trish Sakai wants to show the cousins, who are also her best friends, she let down that she's serious about being a better Christian. She'll get her Divinity degree and volunteer at church more, that should do it. When things are going wrong lately she's sure it's punishment from God for her sins the past year. Changing isn't so easy though when her grandma keeps trying to get her back together with her irresistible non-Christian ex-boyfriend.

This book has some real life situations that are pretty intense and yet mixed with humor. It shows the struggle to understand forgiveness and that you can't earn it from God. And that sometimes even when we change there're consequences to our past that follow us but we must move forward, excepting God's grace.


This series starts with Sushi for One? and then book 1.1, The Sushi Toss, which is a short, free read on Camy Tang's blog. Book three is Venus's tale in Single Sashimi and finishes with Jennifer in Weddings and Wasabi. A unique series worth reading.
Book 3: Single Sashimi
Venus Chau lives a very controlled life. She works in the gaming world and being a woman is a disadvantage. When she was fat she was one of the guys or invisible. Now that she lost weight they look at her with other ideas. She just wants to get her program bug free and start her own company. Even if it means taking a job with Drake Yu and going to Grandma for help. Two things that go against everything in Venus.

I found this book to the be the most emotional. The characters are written in a way that they come to life and their trials come through the pages. The jealousy, betrayal, aggravation and trying to walk in four inch stilettos all seem to come alive. I say this in a positive way as the author has done a really good job of bringing the book to life.

Four cousins out of a large family have become Christians. The books are about their struggles within the family and in their own personal walk with God. The series starts with Sushi for One? and then book 1.1 The Sushi Toss, which is a short, free read on Camy Tang's blog. Book two is Trish's tale in Only Uni and it ends with the fourth book, Jenn's story, Weddings and Wasabi. A unique series worth reading.
Book 4: Weddings & Wasabi
Jennifer Lim, the quiet cousin. The cousin who does what she can to keep peace. Until now. Jenn has snapped and no one is going to walk over her again. She's learning to say no to the overwhelming aunty's. And she would like to say yes to the dangerous Harley riding Edward Castillo.

This is the final book in the series. A little shorter than the previous books. It ties a few things together that have been mentioned previously. Once again Camy Tang has some pretty serious issues in the book but also lines it with humor, like a goat in the backyard. As with a good series it's always a bit sad to finish the final book and say good-bye to the characters that have come to life.

Four cousins out of a large family have become Christians. The books are about their struggles within the family and in their own personal walk with God. The series starts with Sushi for One? and then book 1.1 The Sushi Toss, which is a short, free read on Camy Tang's blog. Book two is Trish's tale in Only Uni and book three is Venus' story in Single Sashimi. A unique series worth reading.
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Protection For Hire Series
Book 1: Protection For Hire
A unique and different book. Between the Japanese mafia, Chinese Triad, an abused woman trying to hide with her son from an abusive husband trying to murder her and more . The book is full of action, humor and even a love story between two people who's lives could not be more opposite.

Tessa Lancaster has worked for her Uncle Teruo since she was sixteen. He just happens to be the head of the Japanese mafia in San Francisco. Seven years ago Tessa took a murder rap to protect someone in her family. Three years ago she became a Christian while in prison and three months ago she was released. She is now living with her mother who she was never close with, she can no longer carry weapons and it seems no one wants to hire an ex-con or is it the fact that most people turn white with fear at the name of Tessa Lancaster, the most ruthless mafia enforcer around. How does a woman prove she is different. She still has her temper but her heart has been changed as a Christian only the world won't allow that change.

Charles Britton is a layer who only wants to exceed at his job and become a partner. His mother asks him to help Elizabeth St. Amant, her godchild from Louisiana. Charles agrees and when he meets her he can't believe who Elizabeth has for a bodyguard, the very woman he helped put away for extra years, the ruthless Tessa Lancaster. Only she seems softer than seven years ago and even caring. Charles had thought her beautiful even back than and now it's even harder to keep his eyes off of her.

As Charles & Tessa work together to protect Elizabeth and find out why her husband is trying so hard to kill her, they find an attraction to each other as well. Only Tessa must remind herself that Charles would take anything he learned about her beloved uncle and turn him in, they are from two different worlds. A book worth reading and a series to look forward to.
**Received through NetGalley for review.

Book 2: A Dangerous Stage
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Book Blurb
Tessa Lancaster worked for her uncle in the Japanese mafia until she was sent to prison for a murder she didn't commit. Now, after finding God behind bars, she takes odd jobs as a bodyguard to keep her distance from the family business. In A Dangerous Stage, the second book in Camy Tang's Protection For Hire Series, Tessa gets caught up in the web of lies surrounding a shady singing competition. Hired by one of the contestants, she works with Charles Britton--the lawyer who sent her to prison--to discover the dark figures manipulating the contest behind the scenes. Tessa's abilities will be tested like never before as she's forced to balance the safety of her client's family and her deepening relationship with Charles. In the midst of the chaos, she holds on to her faith to keep her safe and bring down the shadowy organization.

My Review
Tessa Lancaster has avoided Charles Britton for a full year. Now she has a new client and Charles has been included in the case. She is to be the bodyguard for a thirteen year old girl who is too computer wise and had her fingers on a computer when she shouldn’t have. Working around Charles has her heart pulling her towards him and her anger and unforgiveness pushing her away at the same time.

Charles Britton finds his attraction to Tessa hasn’t changed in the year since they worked together. If he wanted to climb the success ladder though he needed to leave her behind. His coworker might be right in suggesting he starts dating and finds the right woman to help his career. Becoming a senior partner is what’s most important in life after all, right?

Tessa is still a fairly new Christian and struggles with things like forgiveness. She has come a long ways from her old life but is still on her way to becoming a new creation and letting go of the old. Charles has some situations in his life that have him looking at his own walk with Christ.


I started reading and couldn’t put the book down. Camy Tang gives the reader a story filled with adventure and suspense. And humor as well. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

5 comments:

  1. I hope you enjoy my Sushi series, Judy! Thanks for posting about my books!

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  2. Very interesting interview. I really enjoyed it Camy. Your Sushi series sounds really good too. Have a great week-end!

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  3. Love this interview! Any chance of seeing a werewolf show up in one of your stories? I need to get me a snack closet. I didn't know I was missing it. Good luck on running Honolulu Marathon! Keep us posted on how you do! I love reading your books. I think about your characters even after I've finished the book. I've added more of your books to my tbr pile!
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

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  4. Hi, Camy and Judy... I enjoyed the interview. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with the Regency era, Camy, especially since you've become so adept at contemporary inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the give-away!

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  5. OMGosh, Camy, I loved your interview! I know that look your husband had on his face because of the tears! My husband has/had the same face many times. I am excited to hear more about your Regency book, I hope you will come back and visit Judy and all of us when it is coming out! The snacks made me smile, I like that you have a closet. See you in late July....whispering hopefully! :)

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