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The author has stopped by to share some thoughts with us and to let us meet a character in the book.
Cameo is a thriller about a young girl, Nia, from New York who slowly realizes she is being stalked. She has to go beyond her trust issues and really investigate some of her own beliefs as everyone in her life comes into question. Everyone is a suspect. And why would she be a target anyway? When we meet Nia she has just fallen from the popular grace. She was dumped by the star football player. Her number one goal is to get through school and go to college. In her mind the high school experience is totally overrated. It’s usually when we think we know everything that life throws us for a loop.
My life/writing balance is challenging as of late. There is life. Then there is the music that comes with my books and lyrical writing and producing. Then there is writing. What I have done over the past few weeks in just clear out a certain number of days for writing then dedicate the next week to music. Additionally life makes it tough because I almost never get as much done as I think. I try to clear days out then one thing or five things come up that need to be addressed and you become time crunched suddenly. The way I find balance is to be flexible. Understand that time for writing may be straight forward as scheduled. And when it is not because life and family interrupts know that I did my best and rest assured it will get done.
Ideas come from things we have seen. Ideas come from “what if” notions. Like “what if” she were like this. “What if” this character said this. “What if” they went out to this location. Then you start to build. Sometimes the “what if’s” make sense. Sometimes you realize that those ideas belong to someone else in the story. I thnk ideas also come from listening to other people’s stories. Real life is where the best inspirations come from. I try to integrate ideas spun from real life tales where possible in my stories. I think that is important.
My best friend is Nia. I love everything Undercover Starlet. I have other friends sure but Nia keeps me sane. One thing I hate is that some people refer to me as pretty and well they are shocked when we start talking about grades and I actually have a good average. Girls can have it all. I tend to get into a little trouble with bad boys. But who doesn’t. It’s like chocolate. You know you should stop eating it before you’ve devoured the entire bar. Yet I never stop. I figure if I’m half way done what’s the point. Just finish the other half. Things going around at school have me a little nervous. I almost never keep secrets. I mean I don’t mean to. I am queen of make-up tips and I can do a mean manicure. But I’m not just shopping. My look is important but my friends are more important. I secretly hope Nia and I can go to college together. She may get annoyed if I tell her. She is on this independence kick. We’ll see what acceptance letters come back. Keeping my fingers crossed. Best friends forever.
New Pop R & B Song “Baby Comeback to Me” by Tanille free with purchase of Cameo. Email us Music@Tanille.com. Cameo by Tanille is your next sinful beach read. Be 17 again! This page turning who done it is packed with mystery, drama, and steam. Nia is a high school beauty who discovers she’s being stalked by someone in a secret underground society. Everyone is suspect. The pressure is mounting and problems are stacking up. Who is behind all of this? Which one of her friends is connected with this secret society? And why?
Enjoy an excerpt:
“I lost your number. I … I thought you were pretty and stuff. …”
Wait a minute. He thought I was pretty even when I had full cheek acne, although I did have a mean blowdry and fly ’70s flip bangs. I couldn’t believe I was becoming one of those superficial girls I disdained just to prove I was too fly for him. By the way, I haven’t used the word “fly” this much since sixth grade. This was going nowhere but down.
“Save it. It’s just fine. We’re seniors. That was a long time ago,” I said.
I could see in his eyes he didn’t believe me. “The economy is in a recession, an undiagnosed recession. That’s a hot topic,” I said.
“Nia, I’m not trying to get you back,” he said.
My mouth dropped. It was like a slap in the face. “We weren’t even dating!” I yelled.
“I just want you to know what happened. I would never not call a girl. Especially one like you. … Look, I lost your number in my locker or something the day of my last final. I just couldn’t find it. I called everyone I knew, but apparently you weren’t social—at least that’s what one of my boys said.”
Jason wanted to say who said it. I could see it in his face. Was he blaming me for him not calling me? Can we say arrogant?!
“So it would have been better for several other boys at school to have my number? Hmm. What kind of girls do you deal with?”
Jason shook his head. “Nah, it’s not like that. That was rude. I’m sorry.”
“So what ideas do you have for the project? Me being a social recluse and all, I don’t get out much. But I do fill up on CNBC. What’s your source? Sports Illustrated?” I said.
“I didn’t think of any on the way here,” he said, disappointed that his lack of a topic suggestion proved me right, that he was behind the ball.
My eyes searched his face. I had promised myself I wouldn’t be a jaded cliché. You know, girl’s boyfriend breaks up with her, and girl hates all boys. He was looking at me but not the way I wanted him to. “I was wrong,” I said.
“That was big of you.”
Now I was the one who was shocked. That was something I would totally say. I laughed lightly under my breath.
“Um … I’ll do some research on the current economic conditions. … Gas prices, retail sales, stock market points,” Jason said.
“I’ll check into real estate prices, analyst opinions, and federal reserve interest rate news,” I said.
He was taking detailed notes. He looked at me, then down at my hands, as if he expected me to do the same.
“Let’s say we’ll collect one year’s worth of research,” I added.
“All right.” He sighed as if he was relieved. “I’ll do some tonight.”
“Me, too,” I said. I pushed my chair back, and he flew out of his seat. He pulled my seat out a little more.
“I got it,” he said.
“It’s already out.”
He held his hand out.
“I can get out of my seat by myself. This isn’t 1890.”
Yet again he looked at me, disappointed.
About the Author: Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children’s green book series “Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures.” She is also the author of the new media young adult novels with music “Cameo by Tanille,” and “Broken by Tanille.”
The Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout her novels.
Tanille has been writing music and books since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.
Readers of her latest young adult romance novel “Broken by Tanille” get free music downloads of her new Pop R&B hits “All of Me,” “Feel It,” “Baby Comeback to Me,” “It’s Not Okay,” and “What’s a Girl to Do” all written, performed and co-produced by Tanille.
The Undercover Starlet Reading Project is a new project we’ve launched, tasked with inspiring young teens in urban communities to reads and express themselves. We are committed to going above and beyond to reach youth with inspiring messages.
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