“Marionette” by T. B. Markinson

Something new for Restlessjo.  I can’t imagine life without a book, so I’m always interested when a blogging friend is about to self publish.  It’s a whole lot of work, in addition to the talent it takes to actually write the book.  I feel very privileged to be involved in this process, even in a small way.  The cover reveal is today and it hits the shelves in December.


Title: Marionette

Author: T. B. Markinson

Cover Designer: Derek Murphy

Publication Date: December 2013


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?

About the Author: T B Markinson

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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  1. Jo, you have done a superb review of TBM’s book, thanks for letting us know about it. It sounds intriguing – exactly my kind of book!
    Congratulations TBM, I wish you well with the book!


      1. I enjoyed your comments Jo. It’s great reflecting on each others feelings and understandings. That what blogging is all about and friends are for isn’t it! Oh and I’ve also been across to TBM. I even decided to put my name down to get the newsletters. Thanks for sharing the plot with me. I think it could be a very interesting read.


  2. ti conosco come una donna estremamente generosa e questa iniziativa ti fa molto onore
    alla tua amica scrittrice dico -in bocca al lupo-
    a te un abbraccio
    do you know how a woman extremely generous and this initiative makes you much honor
    to your friend tell-writer in bocca al lupo-
    a hug to you


      1. I hope it flies off the shelves! My writing’s plodding along, thank you. I’ve written one and a half novels but I’m not sure they’re good enough and I’ve started a third now, which I hope will be better. I still need a lot of practice… !


      2. I understand that. Marionette will be my second published novel, but actually it’s the first novel I wrote many years ago. When I pulled it out, I ended getting rid of 80-90 of the original story. Practice is key. And keep writing. Have you had an editor look at any of them. Mine was fantastic and really helped me shape both of my novels. It’s a team effort.


      1. That’s very kind Jo, but I haven’t published it. I can’t even bring myself to read it through again, which tells me it’s not good enough. I hope the one I’m writing now will be better.


  3. Congratulations to TBM and thanks Jo for introducing your friend and her book. I cannot agree better about life without a book is tough, because I chain-read, and sometimes keep a book of fiction and another non-fiction going at the same time. 🙂


    1. I love to have several books to choose from and I usually have more than one going at the same time. And I love non-fiction. usually history. I’m a proud history nerd. Thanks for your congrats.


    2. I usually have a travelogue (surprise!) on the go as well as whatever fiction (which is usually visible in the Goodreads widget in my sidebar) To be fair, blogging severely affects my reading time these days, but I always read in the bath 🙂


      1. I already did, Jo. Thanks a lot for introducing this lovely lady to me, I’m so happy I met her. And you too, of course. The www is great!
        Big hug, Jo
        Good night, sleep tight


    1. It’s a “team” effort, Viveka. I met TBM through the 50 year project and we both like tennis, so sometimes we’re chatting about Rafa/Novak while we’re blogging 🙂


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