A Friend’s Dream

23 Oct

Every writer dreams of seeing their book in print, of walking into a Barnes & Noble, of logging onto Amazon.com and seeing the cover of their novel.

You rub your fingers across your name and smile. It’s a cool moment where you close your eyes and realize … I did it.


Something that every writer anticipates happening one day.

Me? I’m still working on that … I’m driving through the winding road trying to get through all the detours.

But I’m happy to say that my friend T.B. Markinson over at the 50 Year Project is already at her destination. Her first novel A Woman Lost, published earlier this year is doing well and her second novel is already in the works, ready to debut in December of this year.

She’s one of those high achievers whose probably a piano prodigy, rock climber, and future Pulitzer Winner.  But she’s also a friend and I’m happy to help her out on her writer journey, because even after your book gets published you still need a little help getting the word out. So for the second time this month I’m putting my not-so-exciting unpredictable life events, which I try to spin into comedic moments, on hold.

Today, I’m here to introduce you to Marionette … and to help unveil the cover.



T.B. Markinson's Second Novel

Design by Derek Murphy


Here’s a quick sneak peek.

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?


You’ll have to buy the book in December to find out.


14 Responses to “A Friend’s Dream”

  1. TBM October 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM #

    Thanks so much for the post! And just so you know, I can’t play any musical instruments and no one (and I mean no one) wants to hear me sing. As for rock climbing–if my life depends on it, I give myself a 50-50 chance. Maybe I should start lifting some weights to up the odds.

    I wish you luck with your writing. Seriously, I want to read your books and I know they’ll be great!

    • The Guat October 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM #

      Thanks! I’m working on it 🙂 And I could have sworn you were a rock-climbing musical genius pub reviewer extraordinaire. 🙂 Good luck with the release party in December 🙂

      • TBM October 24, 2013 at 12:18 AM #

        Oh when I sing, I feel like a musical genius. But you probably don’t want to witness that yourself.

  2. cravesadventure October 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

    I will have to check this out – thanks for sharing. Happy Thursday!

    • The Guat October 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

      Most definitely! She’s a super cool chick and good writer.

  3. Jackie Cangro October 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM #

    Yay! I can’t wait to read this one. I read A Woman Lost and really enjoyed it.

    • TBM October 25, 2013 at 5:56 AM #

      Ah, thanks Jackie!

    • The Guat October 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM #

      Nice! Be ready its coming out soon.

  4. Cayman Thorn October 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM #

    You are such the Cali girl, not to mention a loyal friend. Both, very good things.

    • The Guat October 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM #

      Nice thanks! I am a Cali girl…loud and proud dude! TBM is good people and I always want to pay it forward for published writers.

  5. The Hook October 27, 2013 at 4:57 AM #

    You picked a winner, my friend.
    T.B. is, as they say, the real deal.
    Great share.
    Great writer.
    Two great souls.

    • TBM October 29, 2013 at 4:48 AM #

      Thanks for the kind words Hook!

    • The Guat October 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM #

      Yes … she’s most definitely a winner! Very cool writer I love her travel pieces and pub reviews. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • TBM October 30, 2013 at 3:30 AM #


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