Hi everyone! I have another great guest post for you today. The lovely Eileen Cook has something fun to discuss with you.
I read Eileen’s Unraveling Isobel & loved it! She’s a pretty funny lady. 😉
Title: The Almost Truth
Author: Eileen Cook
Published: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Stand Alone
Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.
With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose…
The first time I fell in love I was sure it would last forever. It was clear he was the perfect guy for me: smart, funny, and he had a cute smile with a tiny chip out of his front tooth. I wanted our relationship to last, but it didn’t. It wasn’t him, it was me, I fell in love with someone else.
I didn’t intend to cheat. And I’ll freely admit that the new guy was trouble. He was a classic bad boy. He wasn’t the type to share his feelings, but if you spent any time with him it became clear that he was a really great guy. He just needed the right woman who would understand him, someone who would look beyond his tough exterior.
That relationship didn’t last either. I don’t like to think that I’m flighty, but the next guy was irresistible. Oh, the next guy. Who doesn’t love a guy who can solve a murder and kisses you in a way that makes the rest of the world disappear? How could I say no to him?
At least I’m not a love em and leave em kind of girl. I keep all of my past loves around. They’re lined up on the shelves waiting for me to fall in love with them all over again. I can’t help myself- I fall in love with boys in books.
I think I first fell in love with boys in books because I could understand them. This was in stark contrast to real boys who were a complete mystery to me. I was shy in high school. I could never think of the right thing to say. I was the one who always managed to get hit in the face with the volleyball in gym class, and if someone was going to fall in the cafeteria- odds were it would be me. When I laugh really hard I tend to snort. There was no line of real boys waiting to date me. However, there was a huge stack of books and imaginary boys waiting for my time.
I believe falling in love with imaginary book boys helped me figure out what I wanted in a real guy. When I met my husband he had many of the qualities of my favorite characters. And he thought my snorty laugh was cute. It was destiny.
My heart may now belong to my husband, but I still can’t give up my books. Those relationships are life long. Join me in celebrating Valentines day by grabbing a book and curling up with your favorite imaginary guy.
Thanks, Eileen! Gotta love those book boyfriends! Atticus from the Iron Druid Chronicles will always be my main man.
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.