Thursday, April 24, 2014

Booksigning this Saturday in Franklin, TN

BOOKSIGNING in quaint, historic Franklin, TN 
this Saturday, April 26 at Landmark Booksellers, 
during the Franklin Main Street Festival

Have you ever been to Franklin, TN? It's a lovely town on the outskirts of Nashville (about 20-25 minutes or so from downtown), and this weekend is the annual Franklin Main Street Festival. We'll have copies of all the Southern Mansion books available.

I'll also have a special little "pink something" for the first 20 readers who stop by. More details on the festival hereAre you planning on coming? 

Sure hope our paths cross this weekend!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Favorite Quotes from A Beauty So Rare

I recently asked some blogging buddies to share their favorite quotes from A Beauty So Rare. Here are just a few. Some of them actually made their own pictures, too! So cool!

Made by Brandi Fitzpatrick (Thanks again, Brandi!)

Made by Brandi Fitzpatrick (Thanks again, Brandi!)

Quote submitted by Kara from A BookLover's Heart

Feel free to pin!

To Whisper Her Name $1.99 e-book #DailyDeal

CBD and Kindle are both offering a $1.99 e-book #DailyDeal for my novel TO WHISPER HER NAME, a Belle Meade Plantation novel and USA Today Bestseller, TODAY ONLY. 

I'm writing the second book in this series now and love being back at Belle Meade Plantation again. Have you read Ridley and Olivia's story yet? If you did and you enjoyed it, I'd be grateful if you'd share this with your reading buddies today!

"Beautiful. Powerful. Stirring.”
Cindy Woodsmall, NYT bestselling author

"Pure reading pleasure."
Liz Curtis Higgs NYT bestselling author

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pinterest Scavenger Hunt

Join me for a Pinterest Scavenger Hunt and win 1 of 7 copies of A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series. 

PIN IT and share the love

The questions are posted below and the giveaway runs through Sunday night, April 27. The answers to the questions can be found on my Pinterest pageNot on Pinterest? Doesn’t matter. You can still participate and find the answers by using this link

Your correct answers must be submitted to (numbered 1 - 6) by Sunday, April 27, midnight Central to be entered into a drawing to win one of seven copies of A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series. 

  1. On the A Beauty So Rare board, find the pin that shares the seamstress who sewed the dress on the cover of A Beauty So Rare (featuring the heroine, Eleanor Braddock) and *click the pin* to discover what the seamstress’s most challenging part of making the pink dress was. 
  2. On the A Lasting Impression board, find the pin where Tamera shares about the desert seasons in her life––those times that helped her write about a certain relationship in her novel, A Beauty So Rare. *Click the pin* to learn what specific relationship Tamera mentions in that blog. It’s the relationship between which two people?
  3. On the My Novels board, find the pin where Tamera shares about the inspiration behind A Beauty So Rare. *Click it* and watch the video to learn the true history that ties the Belmont Mansion (the setting of A Lasting Impression and A Beauty So Rare) to the real Insane Asylum that existed in Nashville in the 19th century.
  4. On the Recipes from my novels board, what's the recipe from A Beauty So Rare that is posted most often on that board (doesn't necessarily have the most re-pins)? It's also a favorite of Eleanor's.
  5. On the My Loves board, find the pin that references Easter weekend then *click it* to learn what kind of fish Tamera caught this past weekend.
  6. On the My Novels board, find the pin for the book trailer for A Beauty So Rare, then *click it* to watch the video. What is it that Aunt Adelicia is determined to find for Eleanor?
  7.  BONUS: LIKE Tamera's Facebook Page for an extra chance to win.

In your email, remember to number your answers from 1 to 6, like this:
1. Answer 
2. Answer
3. Answer
4. Answer
5. Answer
6. Answer
7. I liked Tamera's FB Page!

Hope you have fun with it, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Note: Pinterest is not sponsoring this promotion nor are they formally affiliated with it. 

Book trailers for novels

Have you seen the book trailers for A Beauty So Rare and To Whisper Her Name? I'm curious... Which do you like better and why?

A Beauty So Rare
a Belmont Mansion novel
set against the real history of Belmont Mansion, Nashville, TN

To Whisper Her Name
a Belle Meade Plantation novel
set against the real history of Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, TN

Easter Weekend

I hope your Easter weekend included time spent with loved ones. Mine did. I enjoyed a day with family & friends at the lake and I caught my biggest fish ever. A striped bass, my husband tells me. Was such fun. Oh how I love these guys... 

And yes, Jack wore a life vest on the boat, too. I didn't even know they made life vests for dogs, did you? 


The inspiration behind A Beauty So Rare

Did you know that A Beauty So Rare is chock-full of real history? Let me give you a tiny peek into the historical research that went into my writing A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series...

Were you familiar with any of this history before?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blessings this Easter

Just stepped outside on the back deck to thank Jesus, yet again, for bearing the weight of my sin and shame so I wouldn't have to, so that I could live with Him eternally. By his wounds, I am healed and made whole. Thank you, Lord, for the cross, for your sacrifice. He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Blessings to you and yours this Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Beauty So Rare at Kroger

Attention Kroger Shoppers!

Did you know that A Beauty So Rare is on sale now at Kroger? I kid you not. 

The next time you visit your local Kroger store, breeze down the book aisle and let me know if you see Eleanor there in all her pink glory! If you do, snap a pic and share it here! 

I suggested to the Kroger book rep that we set up a display of books with sacks of russet potatoes, either that or strawberry milk, but apparently my idea didn't go over too well... : )

Are you a Kroger shopper?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Overcoming in the Desert Seasons

Do you like deserts? Not desserts, mind you, those are much easier to love. But deserts. Specifically, the desert times of life. Those seasons in our earthly journey when our hearts feel dry and empty, purposeless. When our spirit can grow weary due, perhaps in part, to a prolonged illness or injury, to trials or troubled relationships, or maybe disappointment in a career. Those times when there seems to be no end in sight to the "soul drought...." 

KEEP READING at Overcoming with God where I'm sharing about the desert seasons of my life and what I've learned through them. I'd love to hear what God has taught you, too. So I hope you'll join us!

Meet the Woman Behind the Cover Dress

Beth Schoenherr,
Seamstress Extraordinaire
who sewed the dress on the cover of
A Beauty So Rare
Hey friends!

Have you ever wanted to meet the woman who sewed the dress on a novel cover? Then please allow me to introduce you to Beth Schoenherr, the ever-so-talented seamstress who sewed Eleanor Braddock’s dress for the cover of A Beauty So Rare. 

I’m thrilled that Beth was willing to share about her experience in making the dress, and I love the behind-the-scenes glimpses she shares. I hope you will, too!

Tamera: Where did inspiration for the dress for A Beauty So Rare come from (both the style and color)?

Beth: The style, of course, was determined by the post–Civil War timing of the story.

I believe the cover designer and editors talked about a garden setting and felt pink would look lovely against the backdrop of the green foliage and other flowers, which it does! I then had the fun of finding the right shade of pink to keep it a believable color for the time. Hot pink or neon pink, of course, would never do!

Tamera: Um, no. LOL! Not even Adelicia Acklen could have coerced Eleanor into neon pink! ; )

Keep reading... You'll gain a new appreciation
for all these pleats!

Tamera: Have you made dresses for photo shoots before?

Beth: I started doing period costumes for men, women, and children in amateur theater in 1999 and then had opportunities in the following years to progress to working in the costume shop of a professional theater. This is my first costume for a photo shoot, however.

Tamera: How cool, Beth. I’m so grateful for your work on this dress. Well done!

Tamera: Do you have an appreciation for period clothing? And if yes, what’s your favorite style of women’s dresses from history?

Beth: I do enjoy period clothing. I don’t think I can pick one favorite style though. I just enjoy the various and changing silhouettes and fabrics throughout the history of fashion.

Tamera: Understandable. I have many "favorites," too!

Tamera: What’s the most challenging dress you’ve created for a cover (and what was most challenging about it)? Also, what has been your most challenging sewing project in general?

Beth: As I mentioned, this is the first dress I have made for a cover. It has been really fun and exciting to create this dress from scratch and then see it on the cover of this book. A new experience I had when making this dress was the cartridge pleats at the back of the skirt. The pattern called for the front and side pieces of the skirt to be pleated to fit into the waistband and left only a five-inch opening in the back of the waistband. Then I had to fit the 50-inch-wide piece of fabric for the back part of the skirt into that five-inch opening. I thought, “There is no way I’m going to get that much fabric into that little space.” But the cartridge pleats worked fabulously at neatly pleating 50” down to 5”.

The most challenging costume I worked on was a waistcoat designed and then cut out by someone else and given to me to sew. Not a single piece matched up in size to its coordinating piece. There was no extra fabric to work with so I had to just rework the pieces I had while making sure the finished garment would still fit the actor it was designed for. Definitely a “make it work” project!

Finally, probably the most thrilling dress I got to make was the first complete dress for a play at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Many of my costumes prior to that had to be remakes of existing dresses or costumes due to tight budgets. But I was graciously given the opportunity to sew, from start to finish, the schoolteacher dress in Little House on the Prairie: The Musical, which premiered at the Guthrie and then went on to tour nationally. It was so exciting to see the professionally-designed dress come together step-by-step and then to see it on stage.

Tamera: I bet that was a rewarding experience with Little House on the Prairie: the Musical, Beth. Congratulations! I’ve always admired people who know how to sew, and sew well! 

Thank you for sharing your talent and time with us – and with the cover of my latest novel!

For more "behind the scenes" glimpses from the photo shoot for A Beauty So Rare, visit here.


Photo Shoot for A Beauty So Rare

Have you ever been on a photo shoot for a novel cover? 

If you haven't, then I'm right there with you! But I'm so grateful that my publisher took a ton of photos for me on the photo shoot for A Beauty So Rarethe second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series

Here are a few behind-the-scenes glimpses…

And now, if you're willing to be so bold, I'd love to know:

1. What's your biggest pet peeve about historical fiction novel covers? 
2. Which do you prefer in historical women's fashion: hoop skirts or bustles?

To read about the woman who sewed Eleanor Braddock's dress for the cover of the novel (and to learn what the most challenging part of the project was), click here!


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