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This Much Is True: Truth In Lies, #1

Length: 678 pages10 hours


A ballerina who lies.                               A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything. 

Tally Landon just wants to escape her tragic story. A one night stand with Stanford's most famous baseball player proves to be the best way to forget about her loss. Lying to Lincoln Presley about her age and name is her modus operandi, but forgetting the guy proves to be next to impossible. Tally's lies have an uncanny way of revealing her truth--she's scared, she doesn't trust anyone, and she is in a desperate search to be loved for who she is.

Lincoln Presley hasn't been able to get the girl he saved on Valentine's Day out of his mind. Meeting up with her at his cousin's party was a chance he was willing to take if only to learn her name. Their connection is intense. Tally's intense. But now, all of her lies threaten to derail his baseball career. Major League Baseball's number one draft pick has a choice to make. It won't be easy. It never is.

Fate brings them together. 
Fame and lies tear them apart.
One truth remains.
This much is true.

This is the first novel in the TRUTH IN LIES series. The series is comprised of the following books:


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Q & A with Katherine Owen

Q: How would you describe THIS MUCH IS TRUE?

Owen: The short version? This is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet romance. The story is about a young ballerina engulfed in tragedy, encountering the one guy, who can save her. It's dark...

Q: How does THIS MUCH IS TRUE differ from your other novels?

Owen: I've never written anything nearly as angst-filled and tragic. It's a dark romance. Tally is tough. Many don't like her. Tally doesn't like herself very much, and readers who get that, get my work. This is a story that stays with readers. 

Q: Tally's character is different than the other female protagonists you've written. What inspired her?

Owen: Tally came to me when I was taking classes with The Writers Studio. At first, she was an artist. Edgy. Dark. Lincoln Presley came to my mind fully-formed and as a famous baseball player who is good-looking and nice yet hides his own emotional baggage. Linc didn't change very much from when I first thought of him. However, Tally did.

Q: Why ballet? Why baseball?

Owen: There are not a lot of love stories about a ballerina and a baseball player. I wanted to explore the nuances that come with fame and athletes.

Q: Your work has sometimes been described as dramatic and highly emotional. Is it over the top?

Owen: I write from a very personal, empathetic perspective and lean toward exploring love and loss in all of my novels. I strive to understand how love works and how we survive loss. Some readers don't believe in love, especially at first sight. I've experienced that so I write it true. That's about all I can say. One person's drama or lack thereof (can we call that apathy?) is another's true north. Some people don't think Interstellar is really a love story. Oh.......


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