T.B.Markinson’s Latest Release

ACluelessWoman (3)I have recently read T.B. Markinson’s novel The Miracle Girl (my review is here) and already a new piece of writing is available to enjoy. You can now read the story linked to one of Markinson’s earlier works: A Woman Lost. 

This story centers on graduate student, Lizzie Petrie, who feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.

When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.

Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.

Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.

This story sounds like it will be a fun read. If you wish to get the first book in this series (A Woman Lost) for free, you can subscribe to TB’s Reader Group here. If you wish to read the current story in the series, you can buy the novel at the following links:

Amazon US       Amazon UK      Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia        Goodreads

You can follow T.B.Markinson at her blogs 50 Year Project or Making my Mark.

Book Review: Claudia Must Die by T. B. Markinson

claudia_frontI have just completed the fourth novel by T. B. Markinson, Claudia Must Die. From the first paragraph of this story, I was hooked. I had all these questions in my mind as I was reading the first page: Who is this Claudia? Why was she being hunted? Why was she looking for a woman similar in appearance to herself?

As I read on, my questions were answered – but my curiosity did not wane. Claudia is a woman on the run: she has left her gangster husband taking a lot of his money with her. She finds a way out of her dilemma but her plan goes awry. Unplanned events happen one after the other and snowball into a solution Claudia never thought of happening.

I enjoyed this novel by Markinson and believe it to be her best yet. This story is different from the others she has written and yet the story has been well told. Markinson’s characters are believable and their actions realistic. Claudia’s original intentions may be suspect – and yet one grows to understand the reasons for her actions. I found myself flipping the pages of my reader quickly to see whether the end may be a positive one for her. For a light read that has a bit of thrill in it, I recommend Claudia Must Die.

To connect with T. B. Markinson, you can find her on her blog Making My Mark.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

New Release from T.B.Markinson

claudia_frontToday T. B. Markinson releases her latest novel: Claudia Must Die.  I am excited about this new release as the storyline appears to be a little different to what Markinson has written before. (She has published A Woman Lost, Marionette, and Confessions From A Coffee Shop.)

Blurb: Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead. Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life. In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage. The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?

An excerpt from the novel:

At first, everything had been roses and wine. When others warned her about Dennis, Claudia laughed it off.

“Use your head,” Claudia’s mother had said. “How could a man in his early thirties make so much money owning a handful of run-down bars in two small towns in the West?”

“What, you think he’s a drug dealer or something?” Claudia had broken into hysterics. “He hardly looks like a gangster, Mother. Dennis doesn’t wear any jewelry. Not even a wedding ring.”

In Claudia’s mind, a gangster would at least wear a gold necklace. And, he had excellent table manners. There was no way Dennis could be a thug. How many scrawny five-foot-six guys were?

          They had married after seven months. Neither had intended to marry so quickly, but they had visited Vegas for a long weekend, got drunk, and got hitched. It wasn’t until Claudia moved into Dennis’s house that she started to notice things. He wouldn’t come home for days, and when he did, he refused to tell her where he had been. He racked up a lot of mileage on her car, not his. When Claudia asked about it, his reply was a cold stare that made her legs feel like jelly. Granted, one of his bars was in Greeley, but that was only a twenty-minute drive from their home in Loveland. How did the miles add up so quickly?

          After a year, they started to fight constantly. Verbal arguments. After another year, the fights turned violent. Claudia ended up in the hospital—still nothing serious enough for her to walk out. Not yet. Instead, she started hoarding cash. In the beginning, it was a little bit here and there. It was simple. Claudia would request cash back when she used her debit card at the grocery store. Dennis liked her cooking; he never questioned how much his wife spent on food. When she realized her embezzlement plan would take years, not months, The Hunted chose a more drastic solution. The next time her husband crossed the line …

If this excerpt has whet your curiosity, 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:

Twitter        Facebook        Blog        Goodreads     Amazon Author Page

I am currently reading Claudia Must Die and I am enjoying every page so far. Look out for my book review soon.

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

Book 47:Confessions from a Coffee Shop – T.B. Markinson

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