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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

VBRT & GIVEAWAY: Away From The Spotlight by. Tamara Carlisle

Away From the Spotlight

by Tamara Carlisle



In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman Will MacKenzie. Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship. Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so. Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart? Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?

Away From The Spotlight was an emotional roller coaster ride for me, really it was.

Shannon is a law student who meets the man of her dreams in Will. Will falls for Shannon right away. He cares for her, and so to protect her he doesn't reveal to her what his career is. He keeps it from her, because he thinks it will be too much for her. 

Will tries to keep his fame from her, but the truth comes out, and they have to deal with it. When Shannon realizes who Will is, she doesn't believe that she is good enough for him. Shannon doesn't believe that she deserves someone like Will. 

Will believes that he is complicating her life, and all she deserves is normalcy. They embark on a journey of self discovery to find out if they can be together Away from The Spotlight.
Will they be able to make it work or will it be too much? I think you should pick up Away From The Spotlight, and Find out.

This is the author's debut novel, and she did a wonderful job. The depth of the characters were refreshing and completely believable. Will and Shannon's story blew me away. It was totally Romantic with a twist ending that I was not expecting. I actually cried real tears, and that should let you know the depth of emotion I felt while reading this story. 

I recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good emotional romance. All I can say is have your box of tissues near.

****4 1/2 Stars out of 5


I took the opportunity to confront John.  “What was that in there?  You know those are Will’s friends.”

“I know.”

“Will is my boyfriend.  You shouldn’t be doing things like that and particularly not in front of his friends.”

“Which is it that bothers you: that I was holding your hand or that Will’s friends might see?”


“I’m not sorry.  I need your friendship right now.  Anyway, isn’t that what friends do?”

“We’re not five-years-old.  At our age, no, it’s not what friends do.”

“Don’t be mad.  I’m sorry.  I can behave myself.”

“Can you?  Because I don’t know if we can be friends if you can’t.”

A pained look crossed John’s face.  “Yes, I can behave myself.  Please.”  We were silent as we continued to walk to my car.  As we approached my car, John asked, “Uh, can you give me a ride back to Max’s?  Because my car’s there and I’m kind of stranded.”

I rolled by eyes and grimaced.  “Get in.”

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Tamara Carlisle is a former attorney and business consultant.  Away from the Spotlight is her first published work of fiction.  She currently is working on two additional novels:  one is about love in the music industry and the other is a work of paranormal fiction.  Tamara currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her British husband and daughter.  For further information, go to http://www.tamaracarlisle.com. 

Tamara’s Goodreads Author Page also includes a blog detailing trivia relating to Away from the Spotlight.


  1. Good morning! Thank you so much, Tawania, for such a wonderful review! I am so glad you liked the book. I look forward to checking in and chatting throughout the day!

  2. Nice review! The book sounds lovely as well, looking forward to read more about it.
    Did something special serve as an inspiration for this story?


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  3. Thank you for joining us, Ami! The inspiration for the story was all of the furor surrounding the "Twilight" actors in 2008-09. I could not open my Yahoo browser without some rumor or story about them. I recall a photo of the paparazzi surrounding them at LAX and it was frightening. I felt sorry for them and wondered how you would date and know that they liked you for you - you would either have to date someone who knew you before you were famous or someone who didn't know who you were. Who wouldn't know who these people were? A law student, too wrapped up in school and working to have time to pay attention to popular culture. I wrote the first arc of the story with that in mind and the story almost wrote itself from there. Hope you enjoy the book!

  4. WOW ... you cried? That's always a good indicator of an emotionally powerful book.

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  5. The more reviews I read, the more I'm dying to read this book. Great review!

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  6. Thanks, M and Jane, for joining us here today. You know I've read my own book a number of times and it makes me cry still - and I'm not one for crying much. I hoped to have readers invest in the characters so that there was an emotional impact in the story. Jane, I'm glad you like the sound of the book - I hope you enjoy reading it.

  7. Thank you for the review, I'm looking forward to reading the book.


  8. Congrats on another great review and to have another reviewer in tears. It must have such an emotional impact to do so. Very interested.

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  9. What a great review for your book, Tamara. Congratulations. I believe you have found your readers. To provide an emotional read is a huge success.

  10. Thank you S4B and Maggie, for joining us here today! I'm glad you both enjoyed the review and I hope you like the book, S4B. I appreciate your congratulations, Maggie. Maggie is an author as well, who should be checked out at Maggie's Meanderings.

  11. Congrats on the debut! Great review and this excerpt was such a teaser...I loved it!

  12. Glad you liked the excerpt and review PC! Thanks for joining us today. A big thank you to Tawania for hosting me today and for your wonderful review! I am so glad that you liked "Away from the Spotlight."

  13. I do enjoy an emotional romance thank you. Your review was helpful.


  14. Thank you, Mary, for joining us today. I'm glad you liked the review and I hope you enjoy the book!

  15. Another delightful review, I think it's important at least for me it is, to be emotionally invested in the characters, it's always the case for my favorite books. Looking forward to see if it will be the case here as well.
    Is it a stand-alone or is it part of the series?

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  16. Hi, Gala! Thanks for joining us here. "Away from the Spotlight" is a stand alone book. I hope you enjoy the story!

  17. Away from the Spotlight sounds delightful and congratulations on another great review for the book and I don't think I've read a lot of reviews where the reviewer was in tears while reading the story.


  18. Thank you for the congratulations, Lyra. I hope you like an emotional story because it makes me cry too and I'm not generally one for crying. There is a HEA though, just a little on the unusual side. Hope you like the story.

  19. Thanks for the warning, so I wont be reading the book in public, but I love emotional stories.

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  20. Thanks for joining us, Lena! You don't want to have your makeup running all over place in public - good call. I hope you enjoy the story.

  21. Congratulations to Jess1, winner of the $25 Amazon gift card! I am extremely grateful to Tawania for hosting me and reviewing my book, and to everyone who joined us here and elsewhere on my tour. Thank you and I hope you'll keep in touch!


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