Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

[Guest Post] A Woman Lost by T B Markinson

on June 5, 2014

Today, author T B Markinson (who interviewed me in December) is sharing an excerpt from her LGBT romance book A Woman Lost, which is on sale at 99c/99p until 11 June 2014.  Isn’t that a lovely cover?


womanlostI grabbed my chai from the barista in the coffee shop, and announced, “Peter called.”

“Who’s Peter?” asked Ethan, and poured an insane amount of sugar into his coffee before we sat down at the table. He always ordered the special of the day, never a fancy drink with a shot of this or two squirts of that. He loved coffee with sugar and none of the hoopla.

“My brother, you ass.”

“Oh, my god! How is God?” He straightened his starched shirt. To say he was fastidious would be an understatement.

“He called to tell me he’s getting married. Oh, and get this: he wants me to join him, his fiancée, and my parents for dinner.” I blew into my steaming cup of chai. The vapors fogged up my contacts, and I had to blink several times to see again.

“You said no, didn’t you? Tell him you have a violent case of the clap and if you sneeze they’ll get it.”

“I’m meeting them Monday night.”

“Jesus! You do like your public floggings.”

“He asked me to bring Meg.”

Ethan giggled as he stirred his coffee. “Talking to you about your family always makes me feel better about my own messed-up situation.”

“Yeah. When I told him we broke up, he actually said, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ Like he gives a crap.”

“He did not! He always was such an ass. C’est la vie. So bring the new girl.”

“Sarah? Are you kidding? She’s not ready to meet the family. And besides, I insinuated I wasn’t seeing anyone, so I can’t bring her now. It will seem desperate.”

“Don’t you mean you aren’t ready to introduce her to the family, and other things, I might add?” He gave me a knowing look.

“That could be the case.” I smiled and took a huge gulp of my chai.


Elizabeth “Lizzie” Petrie has it all. She’s rich, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. None of this matters to her mom. Les-Bi-An. That’s all her mom sees.

Even though Lizzie insists her mom’s antagonism does not bother her, Lizzie distances herself from her entire family. When her brother, Peter, calls her out of the blue to announce he’s getting married, Lizzie’s entire life changes drastically. Peter’s fiancée wants to bring the lesbian outcast back into the family. Will this desire cause Lizzie to lose everything dear to her?

Sarah, Lizzie’s girlfriend, is ecstatic about this change in Lizzie’s personal life. Sarah, the hopeless romantic, wants it all, including settling down with the fiercely independent Lizzie.

Can Lizzie be tamed? And can she survive her family and all of their secrets?,

Author Bio:

T B MarkinsonT. B. Markinson is a 40-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. A Woman Lost is her debut novel.

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One response to “[Guest Post] A Woman Lost by T B Markinson

  1. TBM says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. I really like the cover that Derek Murphy created for me. Hope you are well.

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