Today's Truth by Terri D.


What secrets do you keep from the one you share everything with? Secrets. Lies. Half-Truths.  Toni and Jada grew up together and are best friends in Yesterday's Lies.  They attended Jr. high, High school and college together.  They dated best friends David, Jr. and Benjamin.  Yesterday's Lies is 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.


In the sequel, Today's Truth brings the characters of  Yesterday's Lies back together to honor their departed friend.  They're each keeping secrets in an attempt to shield each other from the pain that the truth will cause.  What they don't realize is that their efforts will all be in vain.  One of them holds the key that will open the door and the sins, lies and secrets will come to the light.  

Today's Truth is filled with suspense, drama and twists that  you will never see coming.  Will the secrets they all hold from the past ruin their friendship and lives forever?

Primary message in the book, Today's Truth by Terri D:  Think before you act.  These friends were not intentionally trying to hurt one another,  but in the end they did.  If they had each taken the time to think about the entire situation before making rash decisions things would have worked out much better.


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ISBN-10:  0983188718;   ISBN-13: 978-0983188711
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Welcome from Terri D author of Yesterday’s Lies and Today’s Truth



Hi! I am Terri D author of Yesterday’s Lies and Today’s Truth, which are contemporary fiction novels with a blend of drama and romance.

Today’s Truth brings the characters of Yesterday’s Lies, my debut novel back together to honor their departed friend David Jr.   Today’s Truth picks up 1 year after where things left off in Yesterday’s Lies.  Everyone is preparing for the memorial for David, Jr. who was killed in a tragic car accident.    On the outside everyone appears happy and settled into their lives.  On the inside they are each keeping secrets in an attempt to shield each other from the pain that the truth will cause.  What they don’t realize is that their efforts will all be in vain.  One of them holds the key that will open the door and the sins, lies and secrets will come to the light.

Told from each main characters perspective as the story unfolds the reader gets to experience each characters thoughts and emotions about what is happening.

I will now read brief excerpts from each of the main characters as they prepare for the memorial gathering.

I will start with Benjamin.  “ I thought about what I would say tonight when it was my turn for my reflection.  When I received the initial email invitation, it stated that everyone needed to be prepared to share a reflection about David, Jr.  I decided to talk about our basketball years together.  Those were some of the happiest times of my life.”

Next I will read an excerpt from David Sr.   As I drove towards Harrisburg, it seemed the closer I got, the more I wished I had not agreed to come.  At first, visiting with Jada and the kids was a good distraction, but now it was too painful.  Especially going to the house and seeing things just the way my son left them in his office….. I shifted my thoughts to what I would say to everyone about my son’s life.  I would talk about how he gave back to the community with his coaching and mentoring.  David always loved sports.  He aspired to be a professional basketball player.  When it became clear that wasn’t going to happen, he was devastated.  I remember the speech his mother gave him over the phone that night.  She used the age-old adage when life throws lemons at you make lemonade. I smiled at the memory.

As Toni prepares for the event she decides to write in her journal.  She writes:

I think for the gathering tonight I will focus on my view of Jada and David Jr’s  relationship and how it always inspired me.  In addition, I will recount some of the funny stories we all s hared from high school and college.  Tonight, I want to see Jada smile again.

And finally an excerpt from Jada.  As she prepared the house for the memorial gathering she stumbles upon some letters.  She says:  After reading the 1st letter about 20 times, I opened them all, and throughout the course of the night, I drank wine and read every letter Benjamin had written Toni.  I experienced every emotion imaginable: Anger, disappointment, disgust, pain, pity and jealousy just to name a few.  In the end, I was very angry, and as the sun rose, I knew this little gathering tonight was going to be like nothing, Toni, Benjamin, or David, Sr. would expect.  I needed a couple of hours of sleep.  Then I would get started on making a few changes to the plans for tonight.

Spring is in full bloom and summer is fast approaching.  While preparing your vacation bag please be sure to include Yesterday’s Lies and Today’s Truth by Author Terri D.  Both can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Books amillion.com or through my website at WWW. AuthorTerri D.com.

Today’s Truth is filled with suspense, drama and twists that you will never see coming.

Are you ready for the truth?


Again my name is Author Terri D and my book Yesterday’s Lies is currently available and Today’s Truth will be available online through Amazon.com Barnes & Noble.com, Books a million.com and on my website www.AuthorTerriD.com

 

 

 


 


Excerpt from the prologue of Today's Truth



Dear Journal,

My name is Toni Dickerson. Wow, I still can’t get used to my married name––Dickerson. Yes, I’m married, FINALLY. Darien and I met at work and married about six months ago. We now have a four-month-old son named Darien, Jr. but we call him Lil’ Darien. We work for American Health Products; I’m a sales rep in Marketing, and he’s a manager in Accounting. I love my job in Marketing and am in conflict about returning to work now that Lil’ Darien is here.

The past year has been full of life changing events for my friends and me. My circle of friends, as I have referred to them over the past decade, include my best friend Jada, her husband David, Jr., who was killed this past year in a terrible car accident, and my long-lost love Benjamin. The four of us grew up together in Greenbelt, Maryland, attended the same high school, and then went to Penn State together. Things were great for the four of us until our senior year of college.

Benjamin and I had a bad fight and broke up for a couple of months at the end of the summer heading into our senior year. During that time, we both started dating other people. I dated a guy named Vinny, or Vince as I later found out. A month after Benjamin and I reconciled, I discovered I was pregnant. Benjamin was favored for a first round pick in the NBA draft. I knew my pregnancy would be a distraction for him, and I wasn’t sure whose baby I was carrying, his or Vinny’s. An opportunity came up for a marketing internship in Chicago, so I jumped at the chance to take it. I needed some time to think about how to handle the pregnancy and establishing paternity.

A few months into my internship in Chicago, I received a call from Jada that Benjamin had been hurt during practice for the playoffs. It was thought to be a career-ending injury. Benjamin was devastated and had fallen into a deep depression. He was not responding to anyone and asked to be left alone until he was ready to talk. Jada was calling to let me know that this included me, as well. I wasn’t buying it at all. I tried calling and emailing him, but didn’t receive any response. After a few days, I considered traveling back to Pennsylvania to see him in person. However, a quick glance in the mirror at my protruding belly quickly brought me back to reality. There was no way I was springing this pregnancy on him while he was going through this. So, I decided to give him some time.

Meanwhile, I would work on trying to contact Vinny to let him know about the pregnancy and that we would need a paternity test. Vinny and I only dated briefly, and I was not able to locate him. He attended a college in Pittsburgh, and obviously, the information he gave me was only partially true.

After the first month of not hearing from Benjamin and not getting any responses to my messages, I became depressed. After three months, I decided the best course of action was to put the baby up for adoption and move on with my life. I was scared and alone with no one to turn to. Jada’s life was moving along just fine, while I was pregnant and alone, not knowing who had fathered my child. I asked myself how I got here. There was no answer.

My love, Benjamin, had disappeared from my life for seven long years without so much as a phone call, letter, or an email. Looking back over the past decade, I now realize I wasted seven good years of my life mourning the loss of Benjamin and trying to find that love I felt with him with so many Mr. Right Now’s along the way.

I was in a deep state of depression for a long time. I know that Jada and David, Jr. moved here because they were concerned about me. It took me two years to halfway get over the loss of Benjamin, and once I did start dating again, I had a string of unfulfilling and emotionally abusive relationships. Jada was always there for me, trying to help pick up the pieces whenever I suffered another heartbreak.

(  Continued....  )


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About the Author
Terri D.  is a long term transplant resident of Harrisburg, PA. She was born in Detroit Michigan and grew up in the Washington DC and Suburban Maryland area until she left to attend Chatham Hall a private boarding school in Virginia. She attended Queens College in Charlotte North Carolina as well as Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.  She is a single mother of three. Terri D has kept journals and written short stories and poetry all of her life.  Website:  www.AuthorTerriD.com.  Follow Terri D. on Twitter:  www.Twitter.com/AuthorTerriD
 

 

 




Yesterday's Lies by Terri D.



What Secrets do you keep from the one you share everything with?
 

Secrets. Lies. Half-Truths.  Toni and Jada grew up together and are best friends in Yesterday's Lies.  They attended Jr. high, High school and college together.  They dated best friends David, Jr. and Benjamin.  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. ”

(  Continued....  )


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Intimate Conversation with author 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  in 2011 and her second novel  Today’s Truth  was released in the Spring of 2012.  For more information about Terri D please visit her website at:   www.AuthorTerriD.com  or  visit her fan page on Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriD.

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 in 2010.  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:  If you were not a writer, what would you be? What are you passionate about, besides writing books? 
I love music and I love to sing.  If I were not spending so much time writing I would spend more time singing in church.

BPM: Introduce us to your book, Yesterday's Lies  and the main characters.
Toni and Jada grew up together and are best friends in Yesterday's Lies.  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. Yesterday's Lies is contemporary fiction  and currently available on all ebook formats.

BPM:  Share with our readers the “behind-the-scenes” dish from  the sequel  Today's Truth!
Today’s Truths brings the characters from Yesterday’s Lies back together as they prepare for the 1 year anniversary of David Jr’s death.  They all have mixed emotions about the memorial and they are all still keeping secrets that revealed could impact their lives and test their friendship.

BPM:  Do you have any favorites? 
What genre is the book?  On Kindle or Nook?
My favorite character is Toni.   It's Contemporary Fiction.  It will be available on all ebook formats.

BPM:  Are any scenes from the  Today's Truth borrowed from your world or your experiences? 
There is one situation in the book that comes from something I experienced but I can’t reveal it as it would spoil it for the readers.

BPM:  What impact will Today's Truth have on readers?
Today's Truth will answer many of the questions the readers had from Yesterday's Lies

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 I go to protect my friends?"

BPM:  Share with us a quote from one of the most powerful chapters from Today's Truth
"I wish I could explain to someone how hard it is to be alive when the only person you have ever loved and felt connected to is gone.  I wondered if I would ever be able to love again.  The love David and I shared was so pure and perfect; is it even possible to experience something like that twice in your lifetime?  Most people aren’t even blessed to find that type of love once.”

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? 
I have several projects in mind but at this point I have not decided which one I am going to focus on next.  For the next few months I will primarily be promoting Today’s Truth.


BPM:  Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases.
Yesterday's Lies won the AAMBC 2011 Book of the Year award.


BPM:  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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ISBN-10:  0983188718;   ISBN-13: 978-0983188711
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Infidelity by Author Terri D.



I wonder if infidelity hurts more if the person who betrayed you is still alive or if its worse if they are dead before you find out about the cheating? I recently went to the movies to see the movie The Descendants with George Clooney. I was a very emotional movie. The long and short of the movie is that George Clooney's wife is in a boating accident and ends up in a coma. While in the coma just as the doctor tells him she's not coming out of it he finds out that she was cheating on him. Fortunately she had a living will so he did not have to make the decision to keep her alive or not. George's character was shocked and hurt but as portrayed in the movie it seemed worse because he couldn't confront his cheating spouse and get answers to the one question that was burning within him... WHY???

It brought me back to Jada one of the main characters in my books Yesterday's Lies and Today's Truth. Jada's husband David Jr. cheated on her but she has no idea and he is now deceased. Her friends are doing everything they can to keep the truth from her. If the truth is revealed to her now it will be a year since he died. Will the pain be more or less because he is dead? Check out Today's Truth coming May 2012 to see how Jada reacts when Yesterday's Lies become Today's Truth.
 


Purchase Today's Truth by Terri D.
ISBN-10:  0983188718;   ISBN-13: 978-0983188711
http://www.amazon.com/Todays-Truth-Terri-D/dp/0983188718



About the Author
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 in 2011 and her second novel Today’s Truth was released in the Spring of 2012.  For more information about Terri D please visit her website at www.AuthorTerriD.com  or visit her Fan page on Face Book   http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriD.


 




Toni & Benjamin is it too late for them?
By Author Terri D.

 


 

This tragic love story gets slightly more than an honorable mention in my book titled Yesterday's Lies. Toni and Benjamin were high school sweethearts who dated into college and planned to marry. A tragic event in senior year of college took their lives on separate paths. Benjamin made a life changing decision without knowing all of the facts. In an effort to spare her feelings her friends decided to shield her from the truth and Toni was left in the dark wondering what happened to Benjamin.

Toni waited for Benjamin to return to her after the tragic event (not going to give away the details. You have to read the book :-]  ) Her waiting was in vain. After several months a distraught, hurt Toni makes the decision to move on with her life. The pain from her abrupt ending with Benjamin has left her damaged and looking for love in all the wrong places. Toni longs to feel what she and Benjamin had with every man she meets. She has a terrible habit of jumping in with both feet. Giving way too much of herself too soon. The seven years between Benjamin abandoning her and the beginning of Yesterday's Lie's was an emotional time for Toni as she experiences a series of heartbreaks.

Toni experienced physical and emotional abuse as well as dishonesty (married men who claimed to be single) and infidelity. The pain from being abandoned by Benjamin is so unbearable that Toni cannot even speak his name. Toni and Jada (Toni's best friend) never even discuss Benjamin. It's like he never existed.

Meanwhile Benjamin is counting the days until he can be with Toni again. He has no idea that she is unaware of his situation and isn't waiting for him. He has been writing to her and thinking about her for seven long years. Waiting to pick up where they left off. Toni has been trying to mend her broken heart. When Benjamin returns will it be too late for them to pick up where they left off? 

Today's Truth picks up where Yesterday's Lies left off and will answer this question.  Pick up your copy today to find out what happens to this romance interrupted.   

 
Purchase Today's Truth by Terri D.
ISBN-10:  0983188718;   ISBN-13: 978-0983188711
http://www.amazon.com/Todays-Truth-Terri-D/dp/0983188718



About the Author
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 in 2011 and her second novel Today’s Truth was released in the Spring of 2012.  For more information about Terri D please visit her website at www.AuthorTerriD.com or visit her Fan page on Face Book   http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriD.

 

 


 

 


 

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