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Born in Seattle long before Seattle was cool, Indie Author Amy Tupper moved with her parents to Paris, France for three years in the mid ’80s, where she attended the American School of Paris. While there, she had many adventures, like the time she became separated from her friends after a Bryan Adams concert and spent a couple of interesting hours hanging out with a hooker while her father got out of bed to come pick her up.
Having survived France mostly unscathed but highly impressed, Amy returned to the U.S. to complete her studies at an enormous high school in Northern Virginia. It was there, hiding in Creative Writing class, that she wrote her first book. With that done, graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a degree in Communications.
Amy now lives in Morrisville, NC, working as a mid-career telecommunication professional. She lives with her husband, a nice man who wants to know what's for dinner, and two tween daughters who over accessorize. When not throwing a meal together last minute, writing, or knitting while watching TV, Amy attends as many alternative rock concerts as her babysitters will allow.
Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)
on Sep. 09, 2011 :
Not a bad book for a young adult but for an older audience I found it lacking a little. I liked the characters and found they were for me the best part of the book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
The Book Diva's Reads
on July 09, 2011 :
Amy Tupper has provided a slightly different coming-of-age story in Tenderfoot. Julianna, or Jules, is starting college when she notices that her sight has changed. She can read the text in a book from across the room. She can also hear through walls and her sense of taste has gone completely wild (she can actually picture the surroundings of an animal when eating meat and diary products). If that wasn't weird enough, she can also "hear" the thoughts of others, okay not everyone but just one person . . . Nicholas "Nick" Grimm. Jules learns that Nick is a troll or faery and basically her protector. He was also her mother's protector and her grandmother's protector. Nick has been protecting the special women in her family for generations.
College is hard enough without throwing all of the faery items into the mix but add some romance and Tenderfoot raises the ante. Jules learns to handle college, even the boring aspects. Jules also must come to grips with her "romance" with Andrew, another freshman and fencer extra ordinaire. Tenderfoot realistically explores the drama and angst of college while adding first love and faery lore into the mix. Jules doesn't weave spells, she can't fly, and she doesn't have superhuman strength. She does have grit and determination and is a likable character.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 19, 2011 :
TenderFoot is a paranormal story about a college Freshman who has very strange things going on in her life that she doesn't understand while meeting new friends, and is torn between two handsome men. Jules, Andrew, and Nick are complex characters but very lovable characters who are surrounded by very lovable friends,who perhaps will be life long friends. I found myself experiencing a love/hate feeling for Nick which made him all the more interesting and entertaining! TenderFoot will have you involved with the characters and their lives as the drama unfolds to reveal a delightful ending. The story will leave you wanting to see more from Jules, Andrew, and Nick, perhaps a book two sharing more adventures with them. I give this book a five star.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)