Truth & Lies #1
Truth & Lies #1
By: Jamie K. Schmidt
Releasing September 30th, 2015
Truth & Lies Series
Aged out of the system and battle worn from unsuccessful foster care, four women on the cusp of adulthood find passion and their paths in life through the help of an anonymous fairy godmother type who calls herself the Benefactrix.
Book One: Truth Kills
A healing and emotionally fragile girl unknowing falls for the nephew of the man who killed her family.
College freshmen, Phoebe's new lover is sexy, creative and willing to let her act out all her dirty fantasies. Unfortunately, Keith's not telling her the truth about who he really is and the secret past that binds them together. When his Uncle breaks out of prison to search for the "girl who got away," Keith risks losing the best thing in his life by admitting to Phoebe that his Uncle killed her parents.
Phoebe Jones lost her family during a home invasion when she was only thirteen. She's the only one of the four girls who remembers a loving family. The Benefactrix has given her a full boat scholarship to the local college, where Phoebe meets a graduate student who wants to do a story about her family. But Keith Parker isn't without his own demons. His Uncle, now on death row, was one of the men who broke into Phoebe's house eight years ago. What started out as a project for understanding and healing is complicated when Phoebe & Keith act on the explosive desire between them.
Phoebe craves to be in control sexually and Keith is more than willing to let her have her way with him. What started out as a hot fling rapidly becomes something deeper. Keith knows he'll lose her if he reveals who he really is, but the lie has taken on a life of its own and threatens to destroy not only their relationship but Phoebe's fragile self confidence and freshly won self esteem.
If Phoebe Jones could have skipped her high school graduation ceremony, she would have. But she promised her three best friends, that she wouldn't flake at the last minute. After all, they were the only family each other had.
While she listened to the Valedictorian drone on about social responsibility and the environment, Phoebe let her guard down and allowed a forbidden fantasy to come forth. Looking out of the corner of her eyes, she found a family on the sidelines. Phoebe pretended that the blurry couple was her mother and father watching proudly, sneaking pictures of her in her cap and gown.
When an unexpected tear leaked out, her breath shuddered out of her in a ragged sob. She was too old for this shit. Blinking, Phoebe turned and proved to her aching heart that they were strangers. Her own parents were dead. Gone for eight years. Murdered. Sacrificing themselves so she could escape. Phoebe shook her head violently.
No. She would not revisit that night. Not here. Not now. Not ever again.
"You okay?" Kelly, her roommate from the group home, whispered. Kelly had been raised by her grandmother until she was ten. Then dementia hit and Grannie burnt the house down with them in it. The fire fighters had only been able to save Kelly.
Phoebe didn't trust herself to speak, but she nodded. Kelly gripped her hand and Phoebe clung to it like a life line. Kelly didn't let go, and thank God for that. Phoebe looked around, desperate to find a friendly face in the crowd. She spotted the matron and two of the day staff. The other girls from the dormitory style home were scattered around. Phoebe caught a glimpse of them here and there. They weren't close. Most of the girls were came and went so fast, forging friendships were tough and most of the time weren't worth the effort. Not when she had Kelly, Larissa, and Maryann.
Craning her neck, she caught Maryann's eye from several rows behind them. Maryanne’s family cooked meth. The state took her away when she was ten and her parents never showed an interest in taking her back, which was just as well because they were in and out of jail most of the time. Maryann waved and then mimicked taking a huge drink from an imaginary glass.
I hear ya, sister.
USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon's top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble's top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen's Wings.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn't pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.
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