Lady Reader's Blog Tours presents another exciting week long tour! Just in time to read in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa or your favorite hot beverage, J. J. Lyon's fun private investigator mystery, with a twist, TRUTH is REALTIVE; the first in the A Truth Inducer Mystery series is here. A giveaway, great posts, reviews and best of all? Fun!
TRUTH IS RELATIVE
By: J.J. Lyon
Publisher: Gem Cache Publishing
Genre: Who Dunit-Mystery PI - (Fiction/Mystery)
Anthony Blackwell’s “gift” compels people to confess their deepest secrets.It corrupts his relationships, derails his career and drives him toward eviction—until he becomes Anthony Bishop, private investigator.
His first case drops him into a deadly family drama that will save him financially, if it doesn't kill him first.
Who can resist a great first line: "The Monday before Thanksgiving, my car disappeared...
From the readers:
"I love the premise of this book, it's like PI Morrow meets Liar Liar."
“This book reminded me of the stone movies Tom Selleck was in. It has the rough feeling of the west but is written smoothly so that it's hard to stop reading. I'm hoping there is/will be more.” Stefanie Andersen - Logan, UT
“A very interesting and innovative plot.” Billie H - Lamesa, TX
The world didn't have enough mysteries with a sense of humor, so I wrote one.
From other authors:
"What a fun, great read! I loved the characters and the concept was one I'd never heard of. Reading was an absolute pleasure."
--Rebecca Belliston, author of Sadie and Augustina
--Rebecca Belliston, author of Sadie and Augustina
"Even though Anthony’s "gift" makes him an effective detective, it is almost impossible for him to establish meaningful relationships. Anthony finds himself in situations fraught with danger, but tinged with humor. His charm and good looks draw people to him, but they quickly regret revealing their darkest secrets. I found myself laughing out loud and reading to find out what happens next. It’s easy to get caught up in the fresh and intriguing story. Lyon has so much imagination and skillful writing, I look forward to reading whatever she comes up with next."
--Carole Warburton, author of A Question of Trust and Poaching Daisies
J.J. Lyon is a wife, mom, public relations professional and recovering journalist.Her passion for prose and love of the American West are so intertwined; she doesn’t think she can separate them. When J.J. runs out of words, she reaches for her camera, takes off on a back road and returns home with a bucketful of inspiration.She lives in a mountain valley with her husband, three children, some cats, two goats, a bird and a basset hound.
What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to write. My sister Valerie was probably my inspiration for that—she read to me and we made up stories together.
What is your preferred genre?
My Truth Inducer books are mysteries, but they blend in a touch of the paranormal and a tiny bit of romance. My reading pattern mixes genres, too.
Tell us your latest news?
I’m working hard on the next installment.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work?
Anthony Blackwell has an unusual effect on people: When they are in his presence, they spontaneously confess to him. It pretty much ruins his life until he becomes a detective—which isn’t to say detective work is easy for him, either. His first case puts him in the middle of two controlling, conflicted, powerful families. It could save him financially, if it doesn’t kill him first.
How long did it take you to complete?
About a year.
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
No, the people are fictional. But I once had a friend whose fiancé ended up marrying her cousin. The circumstances of her story were different from those in Truth is Relative, but it did make me wonder how the cousin-drama would play out in a family that would sacrifice an individual member to stay “united.”
I was also a small-town reporter, and several times the person I interviewed would open up and tell me some fascinating things—only to call me the next day full of regrets for saying too much. Then they asked me to strike the best parts of the interview. Those experiences played heavily into Anthony’s “gift.” I wondered what it would be like if everyone confessed to me all the time, and there was no way to turn it off.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
Nope. I had a graphic artist put it together. Her name is Caitlin Willey, and she’ll be famous someday.
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
The St. John’s Inn was an important setting in the story, so I sent Caitlin some photos that looked like I envisioned the lodge. She looked up some other photos, and we went back and forth on the design until she had a painting that looked a lot like the picture in my head—only better.
Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I start with an outline, but I’m not married to it. By the time I’m done I’ll probably have deviated from it a lot.
Do you write under a pen name?
Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
I sure do. Quality matters. Ethics matter. Sadly our industry is getting a black eye due to bad writing, plagiarism and aggressive marketing tactics. Stay true to your art and your story. They deserve your best!
Ok, now some fun questions….
Coffee or Tea?
Dr. Pepper with vanilla on ice. But I’m cutting back.
White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Lindt Excellence 70 Percent Cocoa.
What is your favourite colour?
Winter or Summer?
Summer if I’m outdoors. Winter if I want to get any writing done.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
Nobody. I’ll stick with the devil I know.
What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
A well-stocked Kindle library, a sense of humour and clean underwear.
Are you a technology buff (i.e., have every electronic gadget known to man)?
No, but I really like my iPad. It’s changed the way I write.
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed?
Maleficent surprised me. I went because my daughter wanted to go, but it was great fun. I plan to catch it again at the dollar theatre.
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