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truth1The Truth She Knew is now available on Amazon for pre-order! Just click here while it’s on sale. If you’re interested in reading the early reviews on Goodreads, click here. I have to admit the reviews have been overwhelming and humbling.

Since the book hasn’t been released yet, and a preview isn’t available, I wanted to share the first few pages. I know I always like to preview before ordering. I worked with an amazing editor from HarperCollins, and she will also be editing book 2 in the series which I just finished the rough draft yesterday.

This series is contemporary fiction and new adult. It’s 17+ due to language, sex, and some violence.

Copyright © 2016 by J.A. Owenby

Chapter 1

Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me. She reminded me of this on a consistent basis, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t change her mind. Finally, I had to make a choice: her or me.

My heels clicked against the cold tile floor of the hospital and my heart fluttered as I searched the room numbers.

I rubbed my clammy hands against my jeans as I saw the ladies’ restroom and hurried toward it. I needed a minute before I reached her room. I pushed the door open and scanned the bathroom for anyone else. It was empty.

My purse landed with a thud on the bathroom counter. I turned the cold water on, splashed it on my cheeks, and wiped my face with a paper towel.

“Breathe,” I muttered. “She can’t hurt you anymore. You’re grown.”

My pep talk wasn’t working. Fear was gnawing at my stomach.

I reached into my bag, grabbed my powder compact, and touched up my makeup. My green eyes shone brighter against the redness left from my tears. I ran a brush through my long, blond hair and dabbed a hint of gloss on my lips, more out of habit than need.

“Let’s do this, Lacey. Suck it up,” I said to my reflection. I released a slow, deep breath and headed out of the restroom and down the hall toward the ICU.

My hand trembled as I approached her room and reached for the door handle. I didn’t know what to expect. What would it be like, seeing her after all this time?

The door opened and closed behind me without a sound. I pulled the curtain aside and tried to comprehend what was in front of me.

The room was silent except for the rhythmic whoosh of the breathing machine. The ventilator had left its mark on Mama’s face, and her upper lip was swollen and bruised.

As I pulled the chair closer to her and sat down, I half-expected her eyes to flutter open and her lips to whisper what a bitch I was. But she lay still.

My goodbyes had been said years ago, but this was different; this was final. There were no more second chances, or third. None, ever again.

I stood up and paced around the tiny room. I should have been holding her hand and begging her to wake up so we could forgive each other, but I couldn’t. It didn’t matter how many years we’d been apart—every time I thought about her I remembered how she had cost me everything. And not once did she ever utter the words I’m sorry. In her mind, it had all been my fault.

I leaned against the wall and tucked a piece of hair behind my ear. In spite of my resistance, tears pooled in my eyes.

“Are you happy now?” My voice quivered and only the sound of the ventilator responded to my question.

It amazed me how I could love her and hate her at the same time. I knew I was supposed to love and honor my parents, but how could I when she had almost cost me my life?

My mind raced with dark memories and then I realized that for the first time in my life I was minutes away from being free. Relief washed over me as the tears flowed down my cheeks. I pushed the memories away. With freedom just around the corner, I needed to say what I felt even if it was locked away deep in my heart.

I approached Mama and brushed her thin, brown hair away from her forehead. I stared at her, her image burning into every part of my mind. Her eyes were closed with no movement and there was no response to my touch. She’d already left—her body only remained breathing due to the machines.

“I’ve missed you, Mama,” I whispered. “As much as I hate you, I love you more. I wish things had been different. I wanted you to love me so badly. Maybe now you finally will.”

I kissed her forehead and stepped back, wondering if death would finish the job quickly. Knowing Mama, she would hold on as long as she could to capture everyone’s attention for her grand finale. The doctor thought it wouldn’t take any longer than a few hours for her body to stop breathing on its own. I hoped it would happen sooner.

I left Mama’s room and walked down the hall to the ICU waiting room. My older sister Krissy, the golden child, was leaning against the wall as she stared out the window.

“Krissy,” I said as I approached her.

She turned toward me, her eyes rimmed with redness. We stared at each other for a few moments, and then I nodded.

“Lacey, are you sure? You don’t need any more time?” Krissy asked.

“I’m sure.”

She pushed herself off the wall, wiped her eyes, and turned away to find the doctor. It was time to disconnect the machine.

With my goodbyes said, I walked toward the exit to the hospital. I burst through the sliding doors and came to a quick stop as the fragrance of the spring rain filled my nose. The walkway was lined with bright green grass and an abundance of red and pink tulips. The last drops of rain slid off the tree leaves as I breathed it all in. It was breathtaking.

I was finally free.

Thank you all for your support!

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I haven’t actually written a post for a while, but I hope everyone has enjoyed the reblogs.

If you follow my FaceBook page you know I’ve been busy running through edits with my editor and that the title of my novel changed from “Hidden Tears” to “The Truth She Knew”. My editor felt the new title encompassed the story on a much deeper level.

We are currently working on the cover as well as the blurb and I should be finalizing those soon. The other exciting news is that “The Truth She Knew” has changed from a stand alone novel to a series. I’m currently 30 pages deep into writing book two.

I also sent the novel to my first beta reader and here is a little bit of what she had to say.

“I cried, I laughed, I was hot mad, and I couldn’t put this book down. For the first time in my 46 years, I took a book with me to run errands and read it while waiting at the drive-thru! I’m going to dream about book 2 tonight just so I can know what happens next.”

I’ve learned so much from working with a professional editor and moving through the process of publishing. I’ve been surrounded by wonderful people that are supportive and excited. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

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I’m really excited that this weekend I will begin collaborating with a designer concerning the cover for my upcoming novel “Tears in the Sun”. There are so many elements to the story I’m truly hoping to deliver the depth and complexity of the novel. However, when it’s ready you all will be the first to see it!

In the mean time, my friend had my short story image turned into a book. I thought it looked really cool! Since it’s a short story I never really thought about what it might look like. I just thought I’d share.

Thank you, everyone, for you support of my stories and the novel. We are on schedule for a spring 2016 release right now.

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“Want to keep your brain in shape? Well according to this Discovery News segment, diving into works of fiction rather than data and textbooks might be the best way to stay sharp.

(We bookworms have known this for years, of course. But it’s nice to see mainstream media finally hopping on board.)

Check out just how big an impact reading fiction can have on your cognitive ability in this video at  http://tinyurl.com/oxs7xle 


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Authors-Writing1When Jason Brick, and Harvey Burgess asked if I’d like to participate in a questionnaire, I thought it would be a great way to share and connect. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Jason, or had the pleasure to meet him, I’ll recommend his website. Jason is also from Portland, Oregon and a freelance writer. He has valuable  information on his site. Please visit Jason at Brick.Comma.JasonThatWriterGuy.

Harvey’s a published mystery author who I’ve interviewed on my blog.  Click here to read. His site is: http://kisshergoodbye.authorsxpress.com. Did I mention I can’t wait until his next book? AND 50% of royalties from “Kiss Her Goodbye” go to StandUpToCancer organization.

I’ll also recommend other authors at the bottom of this post. So stop by and visit them.

1) What is the working title of your next book? “Tears In the Sun”

2) Where did the idea come from for the book? I’d written a short story, and after some thought and encouragement from others, I decided to work on the novel.

3) What genre does your book fall under? Fiction

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? I could normally answer that question when I begin writing, but I haven’t decided yet.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s the story of a young woman torn between her own needs for an identity, and the needs of her mentally ill mother.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’d love an agency, but I’ve also considered self-publishing. The jury is still out.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I’m just beginning, so a while 🙂

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Funny, I’ve searched the last several days for realistic fiction, and although I’ve sound similar books, nothing like mine. “Mommie Dearest” maybe.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? A lot of factors contributed to this story, but I believe the last piece was a conversation I had with Darlene Craviotto. She encouraged me to write it.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? “Tears In the Sun” is a story concerning a young woman who deals with a mentally ill mother.

Here are some great authors I’ve chosen to participate in the fun:

Dena Weigel Bell, whose blog you can find at:  http://denaweigelbell.wordpress.com/

Sandra Bellamy, who can be found at: http://quirkybooks.wordpress.com/

Dan Stone at http://firstadream.com/
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Evertaster” by Adam Glendon Sidwell, is the most creative and fun story I’ve read in years! If a mid grade novel isn’t for you, then read it to your children, grandchildren, kids you babysit, or a gift for someone’s birthday. It will inspire them to use their imagination!

“Evertaster” brings not only an imaginative plot, but characters that you identify with no matter your age.

Guster, the main character, is a particular eater, and has the gift of ample taste buds, which often lands him in hot water with his mother since he refuses to eat her meals. Mom has four children, Mariah the oldest, Zeke who should not be behind the wheel of a car, Guster, and the baby Henry Jr. The last thing she has time to deal with is Guster’s pickiness. However, out of sheer desperation, she takes the family to downtown New Orléans, in hope of finding something for Guster to eat. After locating a pastry shop, Guster meets the Master Pastry Chef that gives him an antique eggbeater, and then proceeds to die. Exasperated and stunned, mom and crew begin to leave when the Red Chef appears and wants the eggbeater. He will stop at nothing to obtain it, and the secrets it holds within. The journey begins.

My favorite part was Joggling the Bovines! I laughed out loud as I visualized these men with their cows. It’s funnier than the milkshake commercial for Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. If you want to know more concerning joggling bovines, click here.

“Evertaster” reached #1 on Amazon its first day. I hope you will join us on the journey of “the one recipe”, and would love to hear your opinion.

Adam Sidwell just tweeted me saying the Evertaster Trailer is now available!

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I just purchased “Evertaster” today. What is “Evertaster” you ask? I asked the same question.

The title sounded interesting in itself, so I hopped over to Amazon to take a peek. Hmmm, it’s a middle grade novel. I read books about serial killers and vampires, and I’m forty-one, so why would I be interested in this book? I’ll tell you why. The idea is original. I applaud original. I’ll applaud original all the way to the bookstore to purchase this book, or in this case, to Amazon!

The first few pages show great promise with pace and characterization, and might I mention, chocolate. Oh yes, my favorite food.

Here’s the description on Amazon:

“A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy.

When eleven year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city, they meet a dying pastry maker who tells them of a legendary recipe called the Gastronomy of Peace — a recipe created hundreds of years ago, shrouded in secrecy, sought after by connoisseurs everywhere and rumored to be so delicious that whoever tastes it will never want to eat anything else again. When they’re forced to flee for their lives, Guster, his clever sister Mariah, and the rest of the Johnsonvilles set out on an adventure that will take them to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves, where they discover that their search is more than just a quest to satisfy Guster’s cravings — it is a quest that could change humanity forever.”

After reading the description, I’m curious about the author. Let me introduce Adam Glendon Sidwell:

“In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.”

Ok, this guy sounds fun! I’m on board. Hop over to Amazon for the introductory price and read it with me. http://www.amazon.com/Evertaster-Legends-Adam-Glendon-Sidwell/dp/144147384X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339646495&sr=1-1

I’ll be following up with a book review. I hope you’ll join me, and share with your children, grandchildren or any other kiddo that loves great stories.

So, let your inner child out to play, and read “Evertaster”!

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