Monday, April 21, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway ~*~ Something to Lose by Tamra Lassiter

Background of the book

Something to Lose is set in lovely Canandaigua, New York, one of my favorite places in the world. My cousin moved there eight years ago and my family has visited every summer since. The downtown area is quaint and the lake is beautiful. Canandaigua is one of the Finger Lakes, which means that the lake is long and skinny. Yep, like a finger. I love boating right down the middle of the lake and checking out all the houses that line the shore, wishing that someday, one of them could be mine.

I wanted to write a romantic suspense novel set in this area, which to its credit doesn’t ooze suspense There was a time, however, when the Rochester area did have its share of trouble. The mob was very active in Rochester and Buffalo in the seventies and eighties. The mob is a horrible reality, but people are intrigued by mafia life and the stories somehow make for good entertainment.

In Something to Lose, I present the idea that the mob is still active in this area. I have no reason to think that it is, but I have no reason to think that it isn’t either. It doesn’t seem like a far stretch to think that it’s still around, working underground and trying to conduct their business under the radar. I have a very active imagination, but in the end, Something to Lose is a work of fiction.

In addition to setting my book in Canandaigua, I wanted to write about a woman with a Polish background. I’ve been blessed with a large, Polish family myself and I wanted to pay homage to the greatness that it is. My family isn’t all sunshine and roses, I don’t think any family is, but the good outweighs the bad a hundredfold.

Something to Lose
by Tamra Lassiter



Everyone has something to lose.

Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?



I finish and place my plate and fork on the coffee table and turn to face Joey. He’s totally into me, or seems to be, but is it enough for him to want to go for the full gusto? He leans towards me and lightly kisses me just below my right ear. The motion does absolutely nothing for me other than make me feel a little nauseous. It’s not like when Seth’s lips touch me. Thoughts of Seth make my cheeks flush. Joey must take that as a good sign because he goes for my lips next. I fight the urge to flee and try to fake enjoyment. Does it work? Can he tell?

Joey’s hands move around my neck. He pulls me closer. I pull away and look to him shyly.

“You feel it, don’t you?” he asks, a creepy smile on his face.

I smile, as if I’m embarrassed. I know my cheeks are still flushed, mostly with worry for what I’m about to do. I nod my head towards Comb-Over and Crooked Nose, who have just taken seats at the table. “Can they go somewhere?” I ask as innocently as possible. I even bat my eyelashes a couple times just for effect. Joey smiles again, this time triumphant, a knowing smile and then snaps his fingers. The men exit my apartment without saying a word.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.


 Giveaway ~*~ 
One random person who comments will win a $50 Amazon or B&N Gift card.  To increase your chances, make sure you follow the tour HERE and comment often


  1. Thanks for hosting me today! Great to be here. :)

  2. Very interesting background thank you.


  3. Your books all sound very good. I'm not a huge fan of contemporary stories, but I do love a good romantic suspense/mystery story. Is there any other time period or genre you would like to set a story?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. I'm glad my books sound interesting to you, especially since you're not a contemporary fan. I love movies set in other time periods, but I'm not big on reading Historicals. I would love to write one, though, if a story ever comes to me. :)

  4. Sounds like a good read.


  5. Ok this excerpt's got the ick factor going today, lol. Just what is Camden playing at? I'm actually laughing and cringing at he same time!

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    1. Definitely an icky moment! I still feel creeped out every time I read it.

  6. Had to chuckle at Comb-Over!


  7. Interesting book info

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. I love it! I would have never thought to set a book there! Thanks so much for the guest post. I feel like I'm getting inside information!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  9. Thanks for the chance, sounds good.
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  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and info on a good looking read! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com