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The New Neighbors Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: The New Neighbors

Author: Tamara G. Cooper

Genre: Cozy Suspense

Release date: September 6, 2023

Something isn’t right

Just when Sophie thinks life is returning to normal again, new neighbors move in next door. Right from the start, she senses that something’s off, something isn’t right…

Strange things begin to happen. Murders. Drones stalking her. Her home ransacked. Someone chasing her, hunting her. What is going on?

Burke Maguire, an old boyfriend who recently returned to their hometown as a police officer, isn’t as available to her as he was with their first case. He knows she’s in trouble, so why isn’t he helping her? Something isn’t right…

As she freefalls deeper and deeper into danger, she must outsmart the people after her, but will she figure out the who and why in time to stop their nefarious plans? And, for heaven’s sake, where is Burke when she needs him?


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About the Author

Tamara G. Cooper lives in Texas with her husband, one son, and four dogs. She enjoys the simple things of life: picnics, hiking, swimming, church, friends. She loves writing suspense with a touch of romance.





More from Tamara

Who can you trust? Looking into your best friend’s eyes, have you ever wondered if you really know her? Is who she’s presenting to the world—to you—really her?

How would you know if it is or isn’t?

Sophie O’Brion is a bestselling author in The New Neighbors. She’s a little quirky, funny, curious to a fault, daring, and loves writing murder mysteries that answer these very questions.

But what if these questions pop up in her life? An old boyfriend that she hasn’t seen in years comes back to Forman Falls and wants to be friends with her again. Should she trust him? Then, new neighbors move in next door, and she suspects something isn’t right. Strange things begin to happen. Murders. Drones stalking her. Her home ransacked. Someone chasing her, hunting her.

What is going on?

Who can she trust? Anyone?

I hope you read The New Neighbors, Book 2 of the Sophie O’Brion Mysteries series. I would suggest you first read The Vacant House, Book 1. Enjoy!

Interview with the Author

  • What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?


My favorite book of all time could not receive the accolades it deserves, even though it has received some. Eric Metaxas’ book, Amazing Grace, is an exceptional book in every way. When I finished it, I turned it over and read it again. Brilliant.



  • What was your hardest scene to write?


This is a tough scene to talk about, but it’s the answer to your question. I wrote a scene once of a man raping an unconscious woman (she was drunk) in an old, empty, dusty warehouse with someone watching from the shadows outside. There was such depth to this scene, real depth of character with all three characters. I had to get inside the head of that rapist, and it wasn’t pleasant. I sent this first scene of a book to a publishing house editor, and she wrote me back a personal note. She thought the scene was well written and drew her in, but then she said something that I took to heart. She said I could obviously write a tough scene, but to be sure to write not for drama’s sake but to tell the story. Those words stuck with me, and I chose that day to never write for drama’s sake. I remember everything about that scene. I can choose to go to the “dark side” and scrape the bottom of humanity, or I can stay in the light. I choose to stay in the light. I write about difficult subjects sometimes, but I’m careful to keep the light on when I do.



  • What comes first, the plot or characters?


The plot and characters dance together in my brain! I’m also a songwriter. When I write a song, I don’t just hear the words. The music comes with them. They’re a couple, so to speak. When I finish writing a song, I have the music as well as the words. It’s the same with writing a novel. I’m a Pantser, a seat-of-the-pants kind of writer who never outlines a book. I sit and type what I imagine, like watching a movie. I think most writers outline their books. For a Pantser, that first draft is like an outline. As to the plot and characters, they’re intertwined. When I edit the book, I add more characterization and setting to complete the story.



  • What do you like to do when you are not writing?


I love to write, but when I need a break, I hit the trails! I love anything to do with the great outdoors. A simple hike or a difficult hike, a picnic with my family, swimming (in a pool, not a lake), camping out, bicycling, walking in my neighborhood or on a long walking path, and playing catch. Being outside is therapeutic for me!


  • If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?


This is a tough one. I’m a historian, and I can think of hundreds of people with whom I’d like to have dinner! But if I had to choose—and I’m assuming you mean someone other than Jesus—I’d choose George Washington. He was a giving person, a strong man of faith, a pray-er who got up at four in the morning to pray, a true patriot who guided this country into greatness, and he loved God with all his heart. I’d ask him questions about the Continental Congress, being a surveyor in his early years, leading men into battle when the odds were so against them. I’d like to ask him about the crossing of the mostly frozen Delaware River on Christmas Day and surprising (and capturing) most of the Hessian army. For months, Washington had lost every battle, so this victory boosted the morale of our troops. If I had the privilege of eating with George Washington, I’d fix him lamb and mutton (served at his first state dinner), a fruit salad (he loved fruit), and a cherry pie (he loved cherries). And then I would thank him for his service to our country.


I’ve so enjoyed being on your blog, Denise. Thank you for hosting me!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 14

Stories By Gina, April 15 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 18 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, April 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 20

A Reader’s Brain, April 21 (Author Interview)

Lights in a Dark World, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 22

Life on Chickadee Lane, April 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 24

Artistic Nobody, April 25 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, April 26


To celebrate her tour, Tamara is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.