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  • #724

    tammayauthor
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    Hi everyone and welcome to my booth!

    I’m Tam May and I’m excited to be taking part in this year’s OWS CyCom.

    I started writing when I was fourteen and writing became my voice. I write historical fiction and historical mysteries. My fiction explores the past to find the future and this defines my characters’ journeys in my books.

    My first book was published in 2017 and is a collection of contemporary short stories (which you can find out more about in my booth in the Other Genres forum). In 2018, I realized my writing interests and voice really belonged in the past so I started moving in the direction of historical fiction. This year, I’m relaunching myself in that genre and I’m way excited about it.

    I’ll be kicking off a series this year, a historical family drama set in Northern California during the Gilded Age. The first book of the series, The Specter, will be out on June 28, 2019. The second book, Tales of Actaeon, will be out in the fall of this year.

    I also write historical mystery fiction and I’m currently working on a series, also set in Northern California, at the turn of the 20th century (yeah, I love the San Francisco Bay Area). So look for that in the near future!

    I live in Texas but call San Francisco and the Bay Area home. When I’m not writing, I’m reading classic literature and watching classic films.

    I’ll be posting more in the future, but for now, here’s where you can connect with me:

    Website: https://www.tammayauthor.com

    Blog: https://thedreambookblog.wordpress.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammayauthor/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammayauthor

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tammayauthor/

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tam-May/e/B01N7BQZ9Y/

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16111197.Tam_May

    BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tam-may

    Hope you all enjoy the conference!

    Tam

    #1518

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    ~~~Now on Preorder~~~

    The first book of my historical fiction series, The Waxwood Series, is now available for preorder!

    To what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?

    In 1892, people gather to mourn the death of San Francisco socialite, Penelope Alderdice. Among them is a strange little woman who claims to have known “Grace” as a young woman in the small coastal town of Waxwood. But Vivian, Penelope’s granddaughter, has never heard of Grace or Waxwood.

    Vivian journeys to Waxwood and eventually discovers a packet of letters her grandmother wrote forty years ago.

    As Vivian confronts the specter that holds the truth to the secrets and myths buried in the family consciousness for forty years, she is forced to examine her grandmother’s life as a mid-19th century debutante and her own life as a Gilded Age belle.

    To order your copy, check out this link.

    To find out more about the Waxwood series, go here.

    #1519

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    Vivian is the main character of the series. She plays a role in every book and her perspective becomes the observing eye on all that goes on in the Alderdice family and other characters affected by the family who make an appearance in the series.

    To find out more about Vivian and the Waxwood Series, go here.

    To order your copy, check out this link.

    #1520

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    Although Penelope Alderdice is essentially deceased in Book 1, her character and her past life drive the series forward. She is, indeed, a “specter”, the phantom that hovers over the Alderdice family throughout the series. She plays a central role (in an indirect way through letters) in The Specter.

    What kind of woman was Penelope? She was a woman outside her time, aware of the limitations put upon women in the 19th century, even in a liberal city such as San Francisco. She had pluck, she had spirit, she had intelligence. She insisted on forgoing the European tour so popular among the debutantes of her time to spend a summer in “the country” on her own. She loved art and she could draw fish down to the last gill.

    And yet, even after her taste of autonomy and art, she went back to the city and took her place among the San Francisco social elite and became, in Patmore’s words, “the angel in the house”. Why?

    You’ll have to follow the series to find out!

    To find out more about the Waxwood Series, go here.

    To order your copy, check out this link.

     

    #1521

    tammayauthor
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    Larissa Alderdice is Vivian’s mother and the matriarch of the family. She is not an easy woman to understand. She is always poised, always collected, with only glimpses of emotion when she allows her to lose control (which isn’t often). Her Nob Hill friends admire her greatly and look up to her as a role model of the social matron. But what really lies behind Larissa’s enormous self-control and her fear of the past?

    You’ll have to follow the series to find out!

    To find out more about the Waxwood Series, go here.

    To order your copy, check out this link.

    #1522

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    My book, The Specter, is part of a 4-book series called the Waxwood Series.

    Waxwood is a fictional name I gave to a small coastal town located in Northern California somewhere between San Francisco and Monterey. Inspirations for Waxwood include the Monterey/Carmel area and a little bayside town called Benecia which I had a chance to visit in 2018 and instantly fell in love with. Benicia has some of the characteristics I describe in Waxwood — a lovely pier close to the railroad tracks (now no longer functional) a small bay that mirrors the massive bay in San Francisco, a city park with a gazebo, and a main street (with historically preserved buildings).

    Throughout the series, Waxwood is, like many towns in the West during the 19th and early 20th centuries, in a state of flux. The Waxwood of the 1850’s that Penelope Alderdice visits in The Specter is a very different place than the one her granddaughter Vivian visits in 1892 and even still different than the one in which the Alderdice’s vacation 6 years later in Book 2.

    To find out more about Waxwood and the series, check out this link.

    To order your copy of Book 1, The Specter, out on June 28, 2019, go here .

    And if you’re interested in reading my blog post about Benicia and my visit there, you can go here.

    #1523

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    ~~~Tam’s Dreamers Reading Group~~~

    Tam’s Dreamers is my reading group. I post updates about my current and new releases as well as book-related fun stuff. I also do a live post every Friday about something that inspires me or my writing.

    So come join me here!

     

    #1524

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    ~~~Tam May’s Street Team~~~

    Do you know I have a street team? This is where you can have first access to all my books’ ARCs (advanced review copies), glimpses at excepts from upcoming works, first looks at teasers and covers, plus access to special giveaways and drawings!

    You can join me here.

    #1525

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    Would you like to receive updates on my writing, new release information, book recommendations, interesting and fun links, access to special giveaways and a free gift? Then come sign up for my newsletter!

    More information and sign up form here,

    #1528

    tammayauthor
    Keymaster

    The Waxwood series is set during the Gilded Age. Thanks to Mark Twain, we have a colorful way of defining the last quarter of the 19th century America :-). This was a time of great change in the United States, as the foundations of commercialism, materialism, and commodity that make up our modern world today were established during this time. It was also a time of great innovations, of new thoughts and ideas, and, because of its excesses and glitz, led into one of the most reform-oriented eras of America at the turn of the 20th century (something we could use even today, couldn’t we?)

    I wrote a blog post a while back about the characteristics of the Gilded Age, which you can read here.

     

     

     

     

    Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Hofball in Wien. Aquarell, Wilhelm Gause, 1900, Historisches Museum de Stadt Wien: Andrew0921/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old)

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