The reviews are arriving!


As the release date of Marionette nears, the early reviews are arriving. Sending a novel to reviewers is nerve-racking. Each time I send one, I close my eyes when I hit send and hope for the best, but prepare myself for the worse. I’m happy to report that so far the reviews have been positive and I thought I would share some snippets today.

Please let me know if you would like to receive a review copy. I have a few ebooks left.

“Paige had a wicked / sarcastic sense of humor that often had me laughing out loud. And I loved the “cast of characters” that made up Paige’s college life. They were all so relatable!” Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat.

“What made the greatest impression on me as I read Marionette was that it is truly the whole package. There’s a little bit of everything – secrets and mystery, suspense, power and corruption, humour, gay/lesbian issues, abuse and psychological issues, and romance, and they all meld together perfectly to create a wonderful journey of discovery and healing. Markinson’s skills as a writer impress me more and more with each novel she writes. She is like an artist who paints a picture with words so that you can actually visualize the scene you are reading, and while doing so she also draws out every emotion for the reader to experience along the way.”– Cindy Taylor

“T.B. Markinson skillfully weaves a tale of real and raw emotions that the reader feels a part of while at the same time addressing social issues such as gay/lesbian acceptance in society today as well as stigmas attached to seeking professional psychiatric care. There is a lot packed into this book!”– Beth Ann Chiles

“Marionette pleases in every way that you would want a book to please you and it takes a serious topic (suicide) and it gives it the care, attention and thoughtfulness it deserves. I wasn’t counting on there being a rather significant suspenseful element, which in less capable hands could have been a huge detractor from everything else.”– Angie

“I actually thought l knew where the book was going so l was taking my time with it till l got to about 25% then l couldn’t put it down. It literally became a suspense for me and I kept turning the page because l wanted to find out how Paige was going to come out of her misery and the answers to all the twists in the book from the other characters, and l was not disappointed.”–  Maame

“The novel is full of dark humor and realistic, smart dialogue. This is an intelligent first-person novel that includes both suspense and romance.” — Lynn Kear, author of Black-Hearted Bitch

“Once you get into this novel you will find it hard to put down and you might find yourself saying “just one more chapter” even an hour past bedtime.” –Melissa Vincent

“MARIONETTE is honest and original. There are a lot of stories out there of teen angst, but many are written with rose-tinted glasses. Not this one. The reader is taken on a real and emotional journey with suicide, abuse, and gay issues. Nothing is held back nor is it overly done. The fact that there’s no pretense won me over and sucked me into the story.” – Christine Rains, author of The 13th Floor Collection

“She’s a breath of fresh air in the literary world who’s writing sucks you into a world rich in character. I cannot recommend this book more highly, it inhabits a world completely alien to my own yet from the first page I was hooked.” – Rob Wood

I would like to thank everyone for reading an advanced copy of the novel! The book will be released in December.

Here’s the synopsis:

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?

The ebook will be available via Amazon. Don’t have a Kindle, no problem, here’s a link to Amazon’s app download site, which lets you easily download FREE apps so you can read on your phone or on your laptop, PC or iPOD.

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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27 Responses to The reviews are arriving!

  1. I’m with the other reviewers. I love what I’ve read so far. In fact, the more I read, the more I love it! Had to make myself stop last night so I could get some sleep.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. I am so excited for you!! The reviews are all amazing, and as you know I couldn’t agree with them more. Marionette is a fantastic book, and I know it’s going to be hugely successful :). And now I feel a little famous too with part of my review on your blog LOL!

  3. bulldog says:

    Well all is looking up for you… good for you…

  4. Sherri says:

    Wow, fantastic reviews TB, you must be thrilled! I’m so swamped otherwise I would read it now but I’ll wait until it’s out and get it on my Kindle App as soon as I’ve read the other two books I’ve promised to read for other bloggers!!! This sounds like a really great story, anything with a ‘psycological’ bent to it is my cup of tea 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Sherri. I hope you are enjoying the other books. Send them my way if they need help getting reviews. I still have some availability in 2014 (so it won’t be a fast turnaround) and I’m always willing to help.

      I’m looking forward to your guest post here! Have a marvelous weekend.

  5. Geoff W says:

    Can’t wait to read it! I will get around to it eventually 🙂 Might skip everything I wanted to read and do a quick re-read of Hunger Games this weekend…

  6. Congratulations on all of your fantastic reviews! I’m really looking forward to reading it. I haven’t read the Hunger Games series either…so many books, so little time. I wish I could take an entire year off and just read. 🙂

  7. Wow, you reviews sound great. I’m not a big book reader doe to time constraints coupled with exhaustion; but I’ll make an effort to get to it eventually … Maybe when it’s adapted into a film. Seriously, I will try to get to before 2015 (that’s not a typo).

  8. benzeknees says:

    Those are some amazing reviews! Can’t wait to start reading!

  9. Awesome reviews! It truly is an incredible book. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  10. Congratulations! I think the whole process of publishing is bad for the nerves. We’re all here to help you through. 🙂

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