Thursday, February 19, 2015

"This Much Is True" by Katherine Owen

This Much Is True
(Truth In Lies Book 1)
by Katherine Owen

This Much Is True is the first book in Katherine Owen's Truth In Lies series. Also available: The Truth About Air & Water (read my blog post).

This Much Is True is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.
Tally Landon is just trying to survive the death of her twin sister, graduate from high school, and escape her tragic story by pursuing her ballet career in New York. She doesn’t count on Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s baseball wonder, to affect her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn’t count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love.
Lincoln Presley’s life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn’t; until he meets up with the girl he saved in that burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine’s Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she’s told, he’s in far too deep to ever really let her go.
Fate has a different set of plans, but when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains.

Excerpt (from Chapter Eleven – Tally’s POV)
I sit between my two best guys—my dad and Tommy—and take solace in the fact that I can be a spectator and have free reign to watch the pitcher on the mound without anyone questioning how closely I do, including the guy himself. According to my little brother, Stanford is up nine to seven in the top of the eighth over Oregon State. All I know is that Lincoln Presley is winning in more ways than one. With me.
I still like him. I still want him. Intrigued by the unexpected possession that Lincoln Presley has over my mind, body, and soul, I have trouble breathing most of the afternoon.
“Awesomely good at baseball,” Tommy says more than once over the course of three hours.
For his part, Lincoln Presley remains focused on the game. He commands the entire field of play with his indelible presence. He doesn’t even glance up my way.
The field dust permeates the air and my psyche, obviously, but I still manage to love the way the sun lights up his dark hair whenever I get a glimpse of it sticking out from under his red and white baseball cap. I ran my fingers through his gorgeous, wavy head of hair just last night. I’m possessed. I have to stop thinking about him. I have to stop staring at him. Stop it, Tally. Stop now.
Yet I find myself intently watching the way his leg muscles move and stretch as he winds up for another pitch or the way his fingers curve around the ball each time, just before he throws. What the hell is wrong with me?
My heart speeds up the longer I watch him. My face gets hot, too. It’s time for a break from the spontaneous combustion that seems to be taking place inside of me. I steal a glance at my dad. He looks over at the same time and smiles wide.
“Thanks for coming today. You made Tommy’s day and mine.”
“Sure. We won’t get to do this all summer.” I frown. “I wish Mom would have come.”
“She wanted to. She’s tired today.”
“She’s tired every day.” Bitterness seeps into my voice. I look over at him with a silent apology. “Dad, is she going to be okay?”
“She’s trying. We all are. It’s hard on her—between losing your grandmother last year and Holly; it’s all been a bit much for your mom. Don’t worry. I’m keeping a close eye on her.”
“Are you?”
My dad gets this guilty look but doesn’t answer for a long while. “It’s hard on all of us, Tally. What’s happened.”
“Yes. It is.” I look unseeingly at the baseball game. My interest wanes. The catapulting emotions for this guy I just met and the upheaval in which I find myself and my life just about pulls me under.

Praise for the Book
"This is not just any book. This is THE Book. It will keep you wondering, guessing, bargaining and praying for a happy ending..." ~ Debbie D. at BOOKISH
"They continually destroyed each other; it was terribly good. Can you admit to loving a book that left you so crushed for the majority of the novel?" ~ iErlyn Books Hug Back Blog
"Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart, be prepared for angst and as such you might want chocolate, a box of tissues, a protective case for your kindle, and someone to hold your hand or at least talk with during this roller coaster ride of a story." ~ Back Off My Books Blog
"So if you love a good angst filled dramatic romance...this one is amazing. I give it five stars." ~ Reading Haven
"It's been months since I felt so emotionally impacted by a book, I highly recommend you give This Much Is True a chance. It's not just a love story it's a life story about learning to love yourself first. This story is so much more than you can imagine or than I ever expected." ~ Romance RW Blog
"Good story that will have you at the edge of you seat and wanting to throw your kindle, nook or book through the window. You get it all here, without cliffhangers and forced romance. This book is so good, you don't even need the sex! Yup! It's like your favorite flavor of ice cream :)" ~ KMAC Lit Jungle Blog
"Amazing read that leaves a serious reader hangover." ~ JHeart, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author
Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling Truth In Lies series (a series despite despising "series") beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The Truth In Lies series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.
About Owen's fiction ... This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a "non-word" she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, "do what you must, Princess."

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