Yesterday's Lies by Terri D.
What Secrets do you keep from the one you share everything with?

Secrets. Lies. Half-Truths. A poignant tale of a circle of close knit friends whose lives are more intertwined than they realize. That is until the blurred lines of Love, Lust and Friendship begins to reveal the half-truths and lies that exist. Will the secrets they all hold from the past ruin their friendship and lives forever?

Excerpt from Yesterday's Lies by Terri D.

                                 Journal Entry -- Tuesday
As each day passes my thoughts of you and desire for you increase. When I close my eyes, I can drift back in time and feel your touch and I imagine I hear your voice. Oh how I wish I could hear your voice. I've let you get under my skin, and I feel very vulnerable because I know I'm in a position to get hurt. You told me when we first met, you were not looking for a relationship, and I agreed to your terms. I never expected you to be such a nice guy. I really want to call you but I promised Jada I would wait until Thursday.
In the middle of my entry, I checked the clock and it was only 10:15 pm. It's not too late to call, I thought to myself. I grabbed my phone and dialed the number. The phone rang four times. I was just about to disconnect the call when he picked up and answered with a simple, “Hello.” 
“Hi Darien,” I said. “This is Toni.” 
“Well hello, Ms. Toni,” he said and I felt like he was smiling through the phone. “I was just thinking about you.”
“Really?” I said. “That’s funny because you didn’t call me I called you,” I said with a hint of sarcasm.
“About that,” he started, “I wanted to call you but I got sent out of town on business suddenly yesterday morning. I didn't have your cell number on me. I've been in meetings all day long and have not had a minute to log in to send you an email.” 
Trying to sound cool, I said “Darien its okay. I was just concerned because I had not heard from you since you left my house on Sunday, and I had not seen you around the office either. I thought maybe something had happened to you and I just wanted to check on you.” 
“Oh I see, well as you can hear, I'm doing okay.  I'm in Miami right now and am not sure, when I'm coming home.  Hopefully this weekend, but not sure I really want to fly all the way back home just for the weekend when the only thing waiting for me there is my empty bed and my fish.” 
Trying to sound very nonchalant, I said, “Yes I can understand that.” 
We talked for another few minutes. Then I said, “Darien it’s getting late so I need to go. Did you save my number in your phone?” 
“Yes I did.”
“Okay so call me when you can.”
 “I will Toni, I promise.” 

Journal Entry Tuesday continued…
I broke down and called you and even though Jada is going to have some choice words for me, I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed talking to you. Our conversation left me wanting more. I'm trying to put my finger on what it's about you that intrigues me the most. I think it's a combination of a number of things.
First of all, I like your confidence. You carry yourself like you know exactly who you are and what you want. That's a real turn on. In addition, you try to act like you're a player and women do not mean that much to you, but I can tell that you really like women. The way you talked about your mom and little sister I can tell you really like women. I mean most straight men like women. They love us and want to make love to us, but they do not really like us. I can tell you do. It's the way you listen that makes the difference. Women like to be heard more than anything else. I could write so much more but am very tired, so am closing for now. I'm looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow.
I placed my journal back in its hiding place, put my cell phone on the charger, and prepared to turn in for the night. As soon as I turned the light off my cell phone rang. I looked at the clock and it said 11:00 pm. Who is calling me this time at night?  I thought to myself. I reached over to grab my phone off the charger to look at the number. It was an unfamiliar out of town number. I think the same one from the other day. Who is this who keeps calling me?  I thought. I considered letting it go to voice mail again but I had a feeling I needed to take this call so I answered, “Hello”.  

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Yesterday's Lies by Terri D.
ISBN-10: 098318870X
ISBN-13: 978-0983188704



Intimate Conversation with Terri D.

Terri D is a long-term transplant resident of Harrisburg, PA.  She is a single mother of three who has written poetry and short stories all of her life.  Her children have always been her inspiration to push to get to the next level.  She writes as a way to express herself and to document her inner most feelings.  Terri D published her debut novel titled Yesterday’s Lies earlier this year. 

BPM: Tell us about your journey becoming a successfully published author.  Do you have anyone in your life that was heavily influential in your deciding to become an author? 
I have always kept journals and written poetry and short stories.  One of my best friends who I have known over 20 years has always enjoyed my writing, she always complimented me on how well I express myself in writing.  I didn't plan on writing a book I just had an idea and started writing one night last summer.  After a few chapters I shared what I had written with my friend and she encouraged me to continue and finish the story.

BPM:  What have you realized about yourself since becoming a published author?
I have realized that there is a lot of creativity inside of me that has been buried deep for many years.  It's finally coming out and at times it overwhelming.

BPM:  What are some of the benefits of being an author that makes it all worthwhile?
One of the best things is talking to people who have read my book and they talk about the characters like they are real people.  I also enjoy that they understood what I was trying to say.  Some of the hidden messages or back stories were very well received and understood and that makes it all worthwhile when readers understand and can relate to your characters.

BPM:  Do you have any advice for people seeking to publish a book?
My advice would be to do a lot of research before jumping in.  This is something I would do differently if I could do it all again.  There is a lot to learn in this industry and I am still learning.  There is a lot more to it than just writing a book.

BPM:  Share with our readers the “behind-the-scenes” dish!  Introduce us to your book and the main characters. 
Toni and Jada grew up together and are best friends.  They attended Jr high, High school and college together.  They dated best friends David, Jr. and Benjamin.  The four had their lives all planned out until a tragic event in senior year of college would take all of their lives in a completely different direction. Do you have any favorites? What genre is the book? Contemporary fiction On Kindle or Nook? Currently available on all ebook formats.

BPM:  Are any scenes from the book borrowed from your world or your experiences? 
The poem from the prologue is actually a poem I wrote several years ago.  The journal entry itself is made up but the situation which the poem is about was real.  Adding it to the book was a last minute decision but I am glad I did.

BPM:  What should readers DO after reading this book? 
Ask themselves the questions What secrets do you keep from the one you share everything with?  and Just how far would you go to protect your friends.

BPM:  Share with us a quote or brief excerpt from one of the most powerful chapters. 
"Today is one of those days where I sit back and reflect on my life.  It's so easy to complain about your life and all that's going wrong or missing in it.  Then something happens to someone else.  It makes you thankful that it was not you. You also feel bad about all the complaining you were doing about your problems."
BPM:  Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
I wrote it as entertainment however there are some strong messages in the book.  I would like for my readers to really think about their relationships and the decisions that they make everyday when interacting with each other.  Sometimes we hide things or keep secrets to spare feelings but in the end we are doing ourselves and our friends a disservice by not being honest and truthful. 

BPM:  How do feel about selling digital books vs. selling in a brick and  mortar store? 
I think we authors have to be flexible and change with the times.  There are many readers who will continue to read books but right now there is such a big push towards eBooks.  We have to be prepared to provide our readers what they want.

BPM:  What has been your most difficult hurdle to leap?
Marketing has been the most difficult hurdle thus far.  I have had a lot of success in my local area mostly due to word of mouth and people wanting to support a local author.  Trying to expand and get exposure further away from home has been a challenge for me thus far.

BPM:  We are here to shine the spotlight on your new book, but what's next? 
So many readers have asked questions about what happens to the characters in Yesterday's Lies so I am currently working on a sequel. Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases. Yesterday's Lies is currently the book of the month for August for three different book clubs.  They are DJ Gatsy's book club, The Divas Read 2 and the Reading Rendezvouz Reviewers How may our readers follow you online? I am on facebook under Author Terri D.  I am also on Twitter under Author Terri D.
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