Friday, August 19, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Hiding from the Truth (Finding the Truth Series #2) by A.B. Medley

Title: Hiding from the Truth
Series: Finding the Truth Series #2
Author: A.B. Medley
Publication Date: August 16th 2022
Print Length: 275 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Secrets don’t keep.

Lucy’s are life-changing and dangerous.

Her darkest one is an abusive ex who will stop at nothing to control her, leaving only a smoking ember of who she used to be.

She thinks she’s alone in the battle to get her life back.

Then she meets Tate.

The one man who seems to tear down every defense she’s built around her heart.

The problem is…he doesn’t want a relationship and she wants it all.

Tate’s no stranger to secrets, but he’s content until he meets her.

At first sight, he’s enamored by Lucy.

But the more he discovers, the deadlier her truth becomes.

Now he’s determined to keep her safe whether she wants his help or not.

Suddenly—the ice around his heart is melting, leaving him helpless to fight his feelings for her.

Can they overcome their pasts and the real danger they face to give love a fighting chance, or will they keep hiding from the truth?

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EXCERPT:
I’m quickly jolted awake by a nightmare, rather than a dream, and when I open my eyes, Tate is there standing over me in the almost darkened room.

His eyes are glued to mine, searching for answers. This is exactly why I didn’t want him here. I won’t answer the questions I know he wants to ask. “What were you dreaming about?” he asks quietly.

“I don’t remember,” I lie. Lies shouldn’t roll off my tongue so easily, but years of Taylor’s escalating abuse have perfected my ability to hide the truth. I rub my hand over my eye then wince realizing my mistake. My face feels like a punching bag. I don’t even know what I look like right now, but I can’t imagine it’s good.

Tate leans closer. “Oh, I think you do, darlin’.” He continues to study me. I shift and hit the button for the lights, flooding the room harshly.

“What do you want, Tate? I already told you I’m fine, you don’t have to be here.” As I speak the words, my heart cracks under their weight, or rather the weight of the lie. But also, the weight of the truth—I want nothing more than for him to climb in this bed with me and hold me all night.

“I told you I’d swing by and check on you before I left.”

“How long have you been in here?” I make myself hold his stare even though I’m quivering inside.

“Long enough to know you were having a nightmare. Long enough to hear you call out someone’s name.” He glances back at the bruises on my arms, clearly able to see fingerprints. I start to move my arms to hide from him like I did before, but he stops me.

“I want to know what happened to you, Lucy. Even if I believed Jade gave you the cut on your forehead and black eye, there’s no way in hell I’d believe the bruises on your arms are from her. It’s a handprint, and a big one.”

His eyes bore into mine. For a few desperate seconds, I think about telling him the truth, but I don’t. Why would I? I don’t owe him anything. I’ve hung out with him all of one time. I won’t give him the one thing he’s after—another notch for his belt. That’s all I’d ever be to him. I know guys like him, and it’s all about the thrill of the chase and once it’s over, they’re done.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I say what I hope will make him mad enough he’ll give up this ridiculous pretense that he gives a d**n about me.

“Lucy, cut the crap. Is someone hurting you? Is it the guy from the bar the other night? You said his name.” He seems angry. Why does he care?

“Listen, I already know you aren’t interested in anything but a fling. You won’t get it from me, so please leave. I don’t need you pretending to be my hero. I can take care of myself. Thanks for saving me and checking on me, but I’m good.” I can’t look at him this time. My chin is wobbling.

“I don’t know who told you—” he starts, but I cut him off.

“Does it matter? It’s true isn’t it?” I ask while pinning him with my glare, finding my backbone again.

He puts his hands in his pockets and sets his jaw. “That’s what I thought. I’m sure you can find another piece to chase. You don’t need me,” I say as casually as I can.

“Lucy,” he starts again.

“Don’t,” I respond.

He finally turns and walks out the door. Once he’s gone, I turn down the lights again and I quietly cry.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A.B. Medley lives in Tennessee with the love of her life and two sons. Her husband stole her heart when she was sixteen and their relationship is one of those meant to be love stories you find in magazines and novels.

She is a dental hygienist who loves to read and has always dabbled in writing. When she's not making people's smiles shine, she enjoys belting out songs with her boys, dancing, raspberries, baseball, and anything vintage. Like any proper Tennessean, Sundrop is her drink of choice.

She loves her family and friends fiercely and believes in always chasing your dreams.

Deception in the Truth is her debut novel—but now she's hooked, and there's more to come!

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17 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Where did you get the idea for this book- do you ever use ideas that you have seen or gone through for an idea for one of your books

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  3. i cant wait to read this. congratulations

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  4. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  5. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 3:35 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  6. The excerpt sounds really good - would love to win this one!

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  7. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  8. I am curious to learn about Lucy's secrets.

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  9. I love stories about deep, dark secrets!

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  10. Love the excerpt and the Sundrop reference, I'm from Tennessee too !

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  11. looks like a fun one

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