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It is 1979 and Tamara Ames is in desperate trouble. She's just turned 16, homeless, friendless, and six months pregnant! What's she going to do? Where's she going to go? How's she going to care for herself and her baby?

Having left Eugene, she arrives in the (fictional) lumber town of Fir Valley, Douglas County, where she stubbornly sets out to make a new life for herself and her child. Unfortunately, she becomes one of the victims in a horrid scheme to steal her newborn baby. When she figures out what has happened, she refuses to give up her baby without a fight, even if she has to take on the town's most powerful and richest family. Through it all, Tamara's one controlling thought is, ''What's the best thing I can do for my baby?''

The storyline is as complex as it is sinister. There is evil personified, treachery, deceit, greed and murder. There is also the totally human need for family and love--the love of another and the love FOR another. Some of the scenes and language are necessarily gritty, but that's the way life can (but shouldn't) be. However, there is also tenderness and poignancy, especially for a lost child in pain who is, in turn, having a child. The author doesn't ask you to pity Tamara or excuse her bad decisions, but you ARE asked to try to understand--put yourself in HER shoes--don't judge, just reach out a hand to another human in pain and fear. These are very real characters and they draw you in immediately; their motivations include self-interest, self-sacrifice, self-doubt and selfishness. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book, because I couldn't put it down.

This is B K Mayo's first published novel. Another in the growing list of Douglas County writers and artists, Mayo has worked with ''at risk'' children (as part of the education system) for 20 years; the last 5 were as In-School Suspension Supervisor in Roseburg High School. Several Amazon.com reviewers talked about the ''suspense with mysterious twists'' while containing ''a lot of heart.'' One reviewer ''got so involved with the characters that I felt like traveling to Oregon and looking (them) up so I could talk to them--but, oh, that's right, it's fictional.'' I understand this last comment very well, as I, too, had very intense, negative feelings for one of the characters (as I was meant to have). This is a fine author with lots of good books waiting in his fertile mind. I look forward to his next one. --Tricia Dias, Douglas County News Copyright 2009: Reprinted by permission of the reviewer

About the Author

B K Mayo is a member of the Willamette Writers Association. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including Zahir, The Wordstock Ten, and Waterfall of Words. He is also a contributing columnist for The News Review of Roseburg, Oregon. While honing his skills as a writer, Mayo worked as a park caretaker, an accounting clerk, a school bus driver, a library aide, a teacher's assistant, a special education teacher, and a high school detention room supervisor. His novel Tamara's Child was inspired by his work with at-risk youth. Mayo currently lives with his wife, Karen, in an area of southwestern Oregon known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua.

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  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Fir Valley Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RRF8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On his way to becoming a writer, B K Mayo worked as a fire alarm salesman, a college bookstore manager, an IRS tax auditor, a park caretaker, a school bus driver, a library aide, a special education teacher, and a high school detention room supervisor. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including "Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction" and "The Wordstock 10: 2011." His first novel, "Tamara's Child," inspired by his experiences working with at-risk youth, won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in the Young Adult book category. It was also named a Finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Mayo is also a columnist for "Encore," a monthly magazine insert published by The News-Review of Roseburg, Oregon. Mayo and his wife live in an area of southwestern Oregon known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua. Learn more about the author at www.bkmayo.com.

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Love is a powerful thing, but how to apply it is the real problem. "Tamara's Child" tells the story of a teenage mother, who faced with her new child, wants to do everything she can to protect it and care for it. When plans are put in place to separate her from her child, Tamara is left asking if resisting is really the best thing for her and her child. "Tamara's Child" is a thought provoking and heart string jerking tale that should not be passed up.
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Other than for the mystery involved in this wonderful novel, Tamara's story could belong to many of the at-risk teens whom I have met and become friends. Their stories, like Tamara's, are never simple; the solutions to their problems are never easy. As I read Tamara's story, I felt that I knew her. Hers is an amazing story that describes in its own way the dilemmas that many young people face, although most with a lesser degree of intrigue. B K Mayo has told Tamara and her child's stories with such clarity that it grips the reader's attention and pulls them forward, making them want to know more. The only thing more that could be asked of the author is a sequel that continues the stories of these beautifully strong people. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0981588476/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1260544554&sr=8-1&condition=new
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I did enjoy this book and was ready to give it a 4 star rating until I read Felicity's Story. This completely baffled me, if she had heard the full story when she first met Tamara, I could have understood her anger and despair. However, to simply ignore her Father after all the loving care that she received and ignore his efforts to contact her, yet still take his money, simply because she found she had been adopted, simply didn't ring true to life. This girl had lost her Mother but there is a very special relationship between a father and daughter and after twenty-one years that would be difficult to break. I hardly think that a young woman who's ambition was to become a doctor to help the suffering would have ignored her Father, and carried on in such a pathetic and selfish manner. I agree that if a child is adopted it should be told at a very young age but this reaction was unrealistic. Apart from this, I for one do not agree with teenage pregnancies, having seen too many young peoples lives ruined both the Mother's and the childs.
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This book is in my 'top five' of truly enjoyable reads. The book was not at all what I expected when bought it, and as I realized how the story was playing out I was more and more excited. It is a very good story with people that I could identify with. I was shocked and angry during the part of the book. It seemed like some of the people were truly evil and I wanted to rescue Tamara. I was also involved in the suspense in the story story. I wanted to read faster so I could find our what would happen next. Besides the good story, though, the book is extremely though provoking. As in 'real life' what is evil is to be hated - but the clarity fails when dealing with the perpetrators of the evil. The evil doers were clearly not evil people, but their misguided intentions clearly could not justify their actions. The question about how the 'ends justify the means' is clearly asked but is not answered. This is sold five-star read.
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I loved this book. Tamara is a pregnant teen and finds herself without support from the babies father or her family. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The writing is in such detail and also very suspenceful. You feel you are right there with Tamara and you want to keep reading to find out what will happen to her next.
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This is not the sort of book I generally read, an award-winning novel about a pregnant teenager whose life is in turmoil. Rejected by friends and family, with nowhere else to turn, she runs away to her ne'er do well step brother in Fir Valley, Oregon. She has no way of knowing when she arrives in this strange new place that she is putting herself and her unborn child at risk, only that she has reached the end of her resources and is desperate for help from any source.

This sounds like good fare for the young adult fiction market, and that is probably why it has been so well received in that quarter, but I would argue this novel is much more than that. B.K. Mayo has written a dramatic thriller that introduces the reader to many moral dilemmas faced not only by sixteen-year-old Tamara, but by several of those with whom she comes in contact, and the story raises a number of complicated questions regarding motives and family and love and morality.

Mayo is an accomplished writer who has created some very memorable characters and has allowed them to show themselves to the reader without passing his own judgment on their actions. The result is the kind of complication in motives and morality that rings true to life. His portrayal of the desperation and chaos that marks the lives of America's social and economic underclass is poignant and sympathetic. And yet the novel also shows how Tamara's strength of character, driven primarily by her determination to have and provide for her child, somehow carries her through the darkness of her present circumstances and eventually leads her to the kind of self-knowledge that will allow her to find her way to something better.
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