Friday, December 13, 2013

Marionette blog tour and 'Tis More Blessed BIG giveaway

Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn't insane, but she acts like she is. Why?

After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn't believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn't want to find herself and she doesn't want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn't had since her birth.

During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn't come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.

To add to Paige’s woes, while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn't out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?

My review:
Paige Alexander is heading off to college and in love with her incredible girlfriend Jess. But then she slits her wrists. As a promise to Jess, Paige agrees to see a therapist while going to school. No one truly knows her and she likes it that way. Yet she never breaks her word. Some promises are easier to keep than others.

MARIONETTE is honest and original. There are a lot of stories out there of teen angst, but many are written with rose-tinted glasses. Not this one. The reader is taken on a real and emotional journey with suicide, abuse, and gay issues. Nothing is held back nor is it overly done. The fact that there's no pretense won me over and sucked me into the story.

Each character was crafted wonderfully, layer upon layer to their personalities. These are people all of us could know. No stereotypes or flat cardboard players. I liked just when you thought you had someone figured out, another layer was revealed. Nothing happened fast. It was a slow unveiling and suitable to the damaged soul Paige is.

It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. It's not fast-paced nor does the mystery keep waving right in your face. You find out something new, get comfortable with it, and then there's the next twist. I thought I knew where it might end, but I was surprised where the tale took me. It's not often a book can surprise me anymore.

Purchase MARIONETTE here:
Amazon US * Amazon UK

About the Author:
T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. Marionette is her second novel. A Woman Lost was her debut novel.

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With the success of Creepy Freebies in October,
Milo James Fowler is hosting 'Tis More Blessed this December!
Click on the generous folks on the list below giving stuff away today!

FREE stories and raffles.
'Tis the season for giving.

1.Milo James Fowler - Every Friday2.James Garcia Jr. - 27th
3.Christine Rains - 13th4.Alex J. Cavanaugh - 16th
5.Madeline Mora-Summonte - 20th6.Stephen V. Ramey - Every Friday
7.Yolanda Renee - Every Friday8.Gay Degani - 20th
9.M.K. Theodoratus - Every Friday10.PK Hrezo - 6th
11.Stephanie Loree - 27th12.Jeff Beesler - 27th
13.Jeff Chapman - 27th14.M Pepper Langlinais - 27th
15.Jay Lake - 6th16.L. Diane Wolfe - 13th
17.KV Taylor - 20th18.Julie Flanders - 13th
19.Simon Kewin - 13th20.Gini Koch - 20th
21.Sherry Ellis - Every Friday22.Rhonda Parrish - 6th
23.Helena Soister - 13th24.Martin Willoughby - Every Friday
25.Michelle Ann King - 6th26.Mary Rajotte - 13th
27.Anthony J. Rapino - 6th28.Cherie Reich - 6th
29.E. Catherine Tobler - Every Friday30.Anne E. Johnson - 20th
31.Tyrean Martinson - Every Friday32.Cat Rambo - 13th
33.Peter Coleborn - Every Friday34.T. B. Markinson - 13th
35.Madeleine Sara - 6th36.Camille G. Campbell - 20th
37.Cat Sparks - 20th38.Chrysoula Tzavelas - Every Friday
39.Stevie Carroll - Every Friday40.Anne Barwell - 27th
41.Kristy Gillespie - Every Friday42.Misha Gericke - 27th
43.Dona Watson - 6th

Today is the one year anniversary of the 13th Floor series!
Last year on December 13th, I released 1301 - THE MARQUIS.
It remains one of the most popular stories in the series, and you can read it for FREE!
Get yourself hooked.

In celebration of its anniversary, I'm giving away one signed copy of The 13th Floor Complete Collection (US only) and a digital copy (open internationally).

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  1. Great review! Marionette sounds like such an intense read, and that cover is just plain awesome.

    Also, wow, can't believe it's already the one-year anniversary for the 13th Floor series. Congrats on accomplishing so much with it this past year! I'm so glad I had the chance to read it. :)

  2. Happy anniversary! I'm loving the series so far and I'm looking forward to reading more over the holidays.

    Thanks so much for the review. So glad you liked it.

    Happy Friday and hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Happy anniversary!

    T.B.'s book sure sounds intense and interesting.

  4. Congrats on your one year book anniversary. And thanks for sharing about T.B.'s book. It sounds like a different contemporary story.

  5. Congratulations, TB!
    And already have your books, Christine.

  6. Sounds like you picked another good one, Christine. You do wonderful reviews.

    Happy Anniversary, Marc! You're still my favorite ex-demon!

    Happy Friday the 13th!


  7. Happy Anniversary!!! Woo-hoo!

    I'm really looking forward to TB's book, love the cover and she rocks. Thanks for sharing your review.

  8. Great review, and great list of giveaways. THANKS! :)

  9. Happy anniversary!

    I enjoyed the review. T.B.'s book sounds like a great read.

  10. That sounds like a very cool book! Happy Anniversary!

  11. I've heard so many good things about this series. I hope I win! :)

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

  12. Way to go, Christine + TB!

  13. Happy Anniversary and great review!

  14. Happy Anniversary and great review!

  15. Great review... am reading this book now and loving it... just been a bit slack in doing the review due to edits.

  16. That looks like a fascinating series. Congratulations on the anniversary.


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