TTT- Top Ten Books To Read If You Are Open To Self Pubs!

This Much Is True made the list with other awesome books & authors! I’m stoked!!!



Book Rock Betty


So yeah..
I thought it was freebie week for top ten tuesday. It’s not.
My bad, yo. I’m sure life will go on.
I love getting book recs from friends, but the best feeling ever, is to stumble upon a book on Amazon that sounds awesome, is self published (or started out self published), and actually ends up being better than the books being pushed by publishing houses! I love finding needles in the haystack! There are so many crappy self published books out there that readers and bloggers have created an unfair stereotype and avoid them like the plague. I get it.. I do. When I started getting more book mail from publishers, I had to cut back on accepting self published book pitches. It is a big risk to take one on because it is a complete crapshoot. BUT… some of these self published books eventually get scooped up by…

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Illustrated Temptations: The Truth About Air and Water by Katherine Owen

Gel at Bookish Temptations put together this image gallery complete with quotes for The Truth About Air & Water. I’m blown away doesn’t begin to cover it. LOVE THIS!!!! Thank you, Gel at Bookish Temptations. I’m thrilled at your thoughtful depiction of this story line.

Best, Katherine Owen

Bookish Temptations


WOW. This is the exact word that I uttered after reading Katherine Owen‘s book—The Truth About Air & Water. This is the second book on her Truth and Lies Series. Although you can actually read this as a stand alone novel, I really think that you should start with book 1—This Much Is True, because the story of Linc and Tally was introduced there. I am really kicking myself for not being able to read the book 1 first. And I will as soon as possible because I want more from this author!;)

It was heavy, it was sweet. You’ll laugh and you’ll definitely cry. There’s betrayal, lies and reconciliation. Gosh! You’ll feel everything in this story. I was such an emotional wreck at some parts of the book that I had to pause and take a break. Which is good—I love this kind…

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A review of Fade In by M. Mabie


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Fade InFade In by M. Mabie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I encountered Ms. Mabie when she was first starting out as a book reviews blogger. Her stellar writing and spot-on assessment of various fiction captivated me, and I have followed her religiously ever since.

I’m thrilled that she has taken pen in hand to write a novel. I do think the two writing roles are completely different. As a blogger, you hold the power and sway with your words. As a writer, introducing work–that will be seen, admired, distilled, and dissected by the public–well, there’s a big difference in what we allow through.

Given all of this, I will borrow from Ms. Mabie’s playbook and rate her novel according to her 55¢ system because it makes my life a whole lot easier and I think it’s fair. Amazon should be using this system. It actually applies thinking about all the different parts that comprise a novel. Love that!

Scoring equates to possible points by a fifty-five cents rating. Perfect = 55¢ Scoring of book was utilized from Fifty5Cents book reviews. blog.http://fifty5centsbookblog.wordpress….



Here is my honest review of Fade In by M. Mabie.

Plot/Story: 1-10¢
I combined this. I don’t know why. Just go with it.
Main Characters: 1-5¢

The opening scene of this novel will capture you. It’s funny. We glimpse Tatum Elliot at her fiery best at her doctor’s visit being told she needs to change up her lifestyle and prepare for the future in which she will go blind. An indelible fact. One that Tatum seems determined to battle and basically ignore. Mabie does an excellent job of showing the heroine’s flaws and weaknesses, and I think most readers at this point will sympathize. Then, Mabie goes further by introducing a little humor, which is present throughout when Tatum shows the world her panties, and some guy whom Tatum mistakes as a potential assailant tries to help her out. Too funny. I loved it. Every time I think of that scene it brings a smile to my face.

Readers are introduced to Ben Harris in Chapter Nine. In my opinion, this is a little too late. Frankly, I would like to have seen a little more of Ben and less of Kurt, the former boyfriend. Ben remained a bit of a mystery throughout the novel. That is the one point I would make as a fellow writer, flesh this guy out a bit more. Dual POVs would have been interesting for this storyline. Ben’s bent on helping (or is that forcing?) Tatum to cope with the gradual onset of her blindness. Ben is sexy. He seems younger than Tatum by a lot, and I’m not sure why. Readers don’t have enough to go on to answer the questions around Ben because he remains mysterious on many levels throughout the story. At times, I felt a bit anxious as a reader—anxious for Tatum—sensing her vulnerabilities around this guy.

Secondary Characters:1-5¢

Winnie is Tatum’s best friend, and she was a great supporting character. There’s a whole different aspect to their relationship because Winnie is semi-famous and yet these two get along so well and the bestie is a great support to Tatum. Winnie is about to marry Cooper, Tatum’s brother, and he also has his sister’s best interests at heart. There does seem to be a lot of subtext here. I think the secondary characters are supportive of Tatum but worry about her at the same time. Mabie does a good job with the dialog, and that comes through in these scenes with the secondary characters.

Setting: 1-5¢

The setting for this novel mostly takes place in New York City, and readers get a glimpse of life in the fast lane when producing a television show. Late in the novel, there’s a change of scenes from one side of the country to be other. In doing this, readers get pulled out of the storyline developing between hero and heroine and the writing turns from showing to telling. It is hard to manage multiple scene settings, and when there are too many, it does distract the reader instead of adding to the story. Not fatal, but not helpful.

Humor: 1-5¢

Mabie writes with an intrinsic flare for humor. Our heroine has a potty mouth and a delightful sense of humor and that really comes through on every page. She’s going blind. Readers are sympathetic but also get lulled into Tatum’s false sense of ignoring this fact, which garners even more sympathy. She can laugh at herself, and she gets in some precarious situations where she gets injured by not being able to see peripherally and readers will feel for her. Mabie handles most of this with humor. It makes for an entertaining read. I write dark angsty love stuff so it was intriguing to me to see how Mabie handled this aspect. The same storyline by me would have been handled way differently. Mabie’s take is refreshing and I enjoyed it very much.

Attention/Retention : 1-5¢

There are a few places I would have cut out to keep the storyline mainly focused on Tatum and Ben. Just a little back story about Kurt may have sufficed instead of doing entire scenes with him revisiting the break-up for a few chapters. Not necessary. We get where Tatum is. She’s closed off. She’s in denial about her life changing because of her condition. She’s pissed off. The whole Kurt thing was an unnecessary side show that didn’t add to the plot. In addition, the trip across the country needed to have some sort of resolution to it, it didn’t, which then invariably distracts the reader for no apparent reason. Instead, we come away distrusting Ben realizing he has a secret of some kind.

Vocabulary: 1-5¢

The vocabulary for this novel is fine. It’s not lyrical. It’s not literary. It’s an entertaining read with just the right amount of seasoning in humor that makes it delightful. Typographical errors hurt this novel in my edition. I marked them all and supplied them to Ms. Mabie and told her to fix them. I trust she has.

Steam: 1-5¢

Here’s where Ms. Mabie and I don’t see eye-to-eye on sex scenes. I see this often enough in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance books that I read. Some writers step onto this path and take up the clit language which I absolutely hate. Everyone has read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and some writers take up the vocabulary from that novel and invariably miss the whole point of writing a really good sex scene. Also, writers! Listen up! There does not have to be FIVE plus sex scenes in your novel. And yet, this is the recipe I keep seeing over and over: ¾ of the book is this sexual tease between the two main characters and then the last ¼ of the book is sex, sex, sex, sex. Hate that! It’s boring after the second sex scene and your readers are skipping that. Trust me. Don’t do that. And be considerate of your word choice for anatomical objects. Is this erotica or a romance? Pick one. Don’t depart ¾ of the way through the book and write erotic trope like everyone else if it is indeed a romance. Okay? Good.

Value: 1-5¢

Pricing of a novel is so subjective. I hate it. I play with the pricing of mine all the time. You’ll love this book, and you would pay more for it. I bought this novel for $2.99 but would have paid more. It’s a great read.

Ending: 1-5¢

And at last, we hear from Ben, which proves my whole point about doing a novel that includes more of his point of view. Whine over.

43¢/55¢ – Four stars

All you need to know is this is a great read. It will entertain you. You will be like me; you’ll walk away remembering the opening scene and think I just “love” that girl.

Huge congratulations to Ms. Mabie on a wonderful debut novel. Nicely done!


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Katherine Owen
Writer | Dark angsty love stuff

The Truth About Air & Water (Truth in Lies, #2) by Katherine Owen

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

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KO’s Writerly Views on the Truth In Lies series


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The Truth About Air & Water (Truth in Lies, #2)The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen

This is the second book in the Truth In Lies series. I’ve written both This Much Is True and The Truth About Air & Water as standalones. Why?

Well, with This Much Is True, I wrote a book that is really two books in one, since I hate cliffhangers, and I thought I was done with Linc and Tally. This Much Is True became a bestseller on Amazon in September of 2013 and I’ve gained quite a few new rrrreeeaaadddd-uhs since then. The constant drumbeat for more of Linc and Tally became louder and the fact that these characters wouldn’t leave me alone led me to this latest novel, The Truth About Air & Water which released August 24th, 2014, a whole year later.

Prolific, I am not. Mostly, because I am angsty writer and develop plot lines that do not follow somebody else’s work beyond the boy meets girl theme. Secondly, back to why I wrote The Truth About Air & Water as a standalone, I rose to the challenge to write a storyline where new readers could start here and not be completely lost about Linc and Tally’s love history. Clever, indeed.

But having said all of this, I would encourage readers to read This Much Is True first because so many readers recommend doing this very thing, and there are many of you reading both novels straight through. Awesome!

And, as part of my gratitude and general enjoyment at seeing this phenomena of reading both book one after the oterh, This Much Is True is on sale at an incredibly cheap price on Amazon so you can do so. Believe me, I appreciate readers spending a half day or so reading my stuff. Okay, a day. These are full-length novels and This Much Is True is incredibly long, but if you can find the place to cut TMIT down; you just let me know.

Onward. If you are familiar with my writing, you know I don’t take it easy on readers. Like ever. So if you’re looking for the happy trope with a weak heroine who falls for the bad boy and then the two proceed to have sex for the latter half of the novel on every page so that you actually grow tired of it all and start skipping pages, I’m not for you. If you like your fiction to dive deep and include more complex plot lines where you can actually experience the character arcs just by reading the story because you have actually been transported to their world, this book might be for you.

What I am most proud of with The Truth About Air & Water is I take Linc and Tally to a whole new level and really delve into the what if question: what happens next when you have everything?

Readers who’ve read my work, especially This Much Is True, are now holding their breaths. Ah!!!!! I hear you.

I don’t want to give the plot away. And I must stop to thank my readers who have already read The Truth About Air & Water for not doing so either as part of their rave reviews for this one.

Let’s just say when everything’s perfect, KO comes along and shatters it.

As I tell all of my readers, prepare properly. Advil, wine, tissues, and perhaps an even stronger drug of your choice may be in order. And, as Lincoln Presley would say, “Do what you must, Princess.”

Additionally, you cannot have a problem with the f-word because I don’t. If you’ve checked all those boxes discussed above, read my work and enjoy the novel and hang on. Also, this has been coming up…do not start this novel right before you are planning to go to bed. You will be up all night reading. There is a point in the middle where you will not be able to put it down. Just sayin’. Epic, indeed.

Lastly, I love to hear from readers. If you need virtual hand holding while reading this one or the first one (TMIT), send me a message. As some readers will attest, I am here for you. ♥


Katherine Owen
Writer | Dark, angsty love stuff


Love a 6-star review on a 5-star scale for This Much Is True. It’s such a thoughtful review. I’m so touched by this blogger taking a chance on me. #loveit!

Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss


Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.

Since Valentine’s Day, Tally Landon has owned the most tragic story at Paly High. Now, she just wants to graduate, pursue her ballet career in New York, and leave this personal tragedy of hers far behind. Her best friend convinces her to attend one last party–a college party–where she meets Stanford’s latest baseball wonder. Tally has a little fun at this guy’s expense when she lies about her age and who she really is, intent on being someone else for just one night. After all, what’s the harm in a few innocent lies, especially when she’s so good at telling them?

Lincoln Presley’s future is all mapped out. There is only baseball. With the big leagues circling with a lucrative offer, the star pitcher is solely focused upon securing…

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