Latest Release from TB Markinson

TheMiracleGirl (1)Remember A Woman LostA Woman Ignored, Marionette, Confessions from a Coffee Shop and Claudia Must Die? These are enjoyable reads that have been written by TB Markinson. If you have picked up any of these stories, you will be pleased to know that she has brought out a new tale: The Miracle Girl. 

Blurb:

Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction. When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life. Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media. Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Excerpt:

Maybe it was best to make a clean break. College was over. Like she said, time to grow up.  

          I wiped my eyes, determined to be strong. A small object by the door caught my attention. It took me a second or two to finally figure out what it was. Claire’s matching friendship bracelet, the one we made our first summer together when we were co-counselors for a day camp. Since the day we had made them, neither one of us had taken them off. That was her parting gift: a clean break.

          I snatched her bracelet from the floor and then yanked mine off. While rolling both of them in my fingers, I made a decision.

          Yes, it was time for me to grow up. Leave my college love behind. Move on with my life.

          The next morning I boarded a plane and never intended to see Claire again. It wasn’t until the plane took off that I realized I had made a terrible mistake, but it was too late. Or so I thought.

          Running was easier.

If this excerpt has whet your curiosity (and it has certainly whet mine), you can head over to Amazon or Goodreads to obtain T. B. Markinson’s latest novel. You can also connect with her on the following social media:

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Book Review: Confessions from a Coffee Shop by T.B. Markinson

When I heard that TB Markinson was publishing her third novel, I cheered for her. It is a wonderful thing to see a fellow blogger achieving her dreams. To show support for her, I agreed to read her story and write a review.

Markinson, T. B. - Confessions from a Coffee ShopConfessions from a Coffee Shop is a story centered on  Cori Tisdale, a woman who was a basketball star at Harvard and was a promising author with a lucrative book deal. She is, however, unable to finish her novel. In addition, her live-in girlfriend (Kat Finn) has a shopping addiction which leaves her in debt. In order to make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop. She meets an an old crush (Samantha Clarke) while working there. Cori’s friendship with her causes tension between herself and Kat. The novel describes how Cori manages the variety of problems that have appeared in her life.

I liked the way the novel began – it drew me right in and made me curious about the characters. I cringed on behalf of Cori and understood her thoughts on the conversation she was having with her mom – and her embarrassment at having someone from her past walking in. My empathy for the main character continued while I was reading the story. The story line itself follows the plot of a typical mainstream romance story – with the exception that Confessions from a Coffee Shop falls under the genre of lesbian romance. The story is a light read that includes conflict between the lovers, love scenes (the love scenes are between two women) and a resolution of the conflict.

I would recommend this novel for readers who enjoy stories of light romance. Personally  I preferred Markinson’s novel, Marionette, as the story delved a little deeper into the main character. In her latest novel, the author does not explore as much the reasons for her main character’s decisions and choice. I kept wishing that she would do so as I felt Markinson did this well in her second novel.

If you wish to get to know TB a little more – or read other reviews of her books – head on over to her blog, Making My Mark, and say hello.

Other blogger reviews on Confessions from a Coffee Shop

My Review of Marionette 

Coming Soon: Confessions from a Coffee Shop

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Confessions from a Coffee Shop by T.B. Markinson

Review of Confessions of a Coffee Shop by T.B. Markinson

A blogger interview:

Confessions … from an American in London

Book Review: Marionette by T.B.Markinson

010I cannot remember when I came across the blog The 50 Year Project.  I decided to follow it because I was intrigued by the blogger’s desire to read the books and watch the films that were on her list – and I enjoyed looking at photos from the countries she had visited. Through her posts, I came to learn that T.B. Markinson wished to write and publish a book – and then she did it! She now blogs at Making my Mark where she writes book reviews, author interviews and also posts about her own books and experiences in self-publishing. She has now self-published her second book, Marionette. 

I began reading the story soon after it arrived on my e-reader. From the very first paragraph, I was drawn into the story:  I was placed in the head of Paige Alexander, a girl who is on the brink of young adulthood. Within the first few pages, Markinson had me guessing: unexpected phrases caught me off guard and delivered an unanticipated beginning to this story.

Written in the first person, the reader gets an insight into the personality of the main character. As I turned the pages of this book, I began to understand why Paige had made the decision to slit her wrists in an attempt to end her life. The conversations with her therapist, and those with her peers, highlight her lack of confidence and self-esteem. Paige is a young woman who has yet to stand tall for what she believes in; and to share with others who she really is. The fear she has of her parents prevents her from thinking clearly and remaining true to herself.

While reading the story, I found myself cheering Paige on with encouragement. What I liked most about this character is that she grows stronger during the story: the woman she loves, her therapist and her friends all encourage her to be true to herself despite her fears. The encouragement is done in a supportive way; and acceptance is shown with the pace that Paige sets herself. Slowly Paige begins to trust those closest to her and shares the secret of what has caused her fears.

Marionette has been listed under the genre of Lesbian Romance. This was my first reading of a book of this genre and I found I was pleasantly surprised. Markinson tastefully introduces the relationship between the two women and I felt, while reading the novel, that it was secondary to the story. Much of what Paige struggles with is the need to be open with others about her relationship with Jess, her girlfriend. It was interesting to see how Paige works at hiding her sexual preferences, and how she eventually comes to acknowledge Jess’ presence in her life.

Would I read something else written by this author? Yes. She did not disappoint me. Unlike other self-published books I have read, Marionette was formatted correctly for my e-reader. There were no glaring grammatical errors to offend me; and the novel had obviously been edited. I celebrate that a fellow blogger has achieved her dream of publishing and that she has created an enjoyable piece of writing.

Have you read a novel from the Lesbian Romance genre?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013