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Tamara lives in the piney woods north of Houston, Texas, where she spends her time on administrative work, taking care of her family, and writing when she gets the chance.

Whistling in the Dark won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Best Gay Novel. The Only Gold won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Best Gay Novel.

Whistling in the Dark (2008) is included in my Best XXI century Gay Novels (2000-2009).

Further Readings:

Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press; New edition (January 3, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210492
ISBN-13: 978-1590210499
Amazon: Whistling in the Dark
Amazon Kindle: Whistling in the Dark

New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

The Only Gold by Tamara Allen
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818383
ISBN-13: 978-1615818389
Amazon: The Only Gold
Amazon Kindle: The Only Gold

Jonah Woolner's life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It's a satisfying life until he's passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who's convinced Reid's progressive ideas will be the bank's ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there's more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid's charms--but unlocking the vault to all of Reid's secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.

Losing his promotion--and perhaps his heart--is the least of Jonah's difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.

More Spotlights at my website:, My Lists/Gay Novels

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards

Date: 2013-12-13 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

''Whistling in the Dark'' and ''The Only Gold'' are two of the best historical I've ever read. I think that Tamara Allen deserves a greater readership, but the only think i can do is to recommend her books to all my friends.



Date: 2013-12-14 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
that is the only thing we can do, and continuing doing

Date: 2013-12-13 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thoroughly agree with Antonella's comment above, Tamara is a wonderful author and her historical novels capture their period perfectly.

Can I also add a rec for Tamara's novella 'If It Aint Love' - still available as a free download, I believe!

Date: 2013-12-14 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for the link, I'm sure readers will love to have it

Date: 2013-12-14 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Another fan here. I've really enjoyed and thoroughly recommend all of Tamara's novels.

Date: 2013-12-14 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
mine too, read everyone of them and loved it


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