Truth is Relative by JJ Lyons. A Book tour, Top 10 & Giveaway

 

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 
Pages
: 275 
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



From
the author:

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 

“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 
 

Amazon | Goodreads 

 

We all have read books that touched us in such a heavy way that we wish we could experience that first feeling all over again. Sadly, we can’t but its fun to think about what books we would re-read if we could feel that again. J.J Lyons did me the great honor of giving me her top 10 list of books she “Wishes she could read again for the 1st time” for my readers here at Journeys & Life.

I hope you all enjoy it – Michael

Web-500

 

Top Ten Books I wish I could read again for the first time

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I don’t know how it would go to read Tolstoy for the first time now, since so much of what he did is out of style now. We’re taught not to write like that anymore. But the characterization! It was wonderful, and I don’t think I’ve read any male author that did a better job with female characters.

  1. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx’s style fascinates me so much, I’ve dissected it. Her use of names, her dark humor, her word choices. It would be great to discover it all over again.

  1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

I wasn’t prepared for how funny this book was, or how thought-provoking.

  1. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The prose was so beautiful, and the story was unforgettable. I loved Reuben, hurt for him when he made mistakes, and shared the awe he felt for his father, who was a man most people would overlook.

  1. The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry

This Victorian-era mystery is really two mysteries for the price of one. The story that haunted me the most, though, was William Monk’s quest to discover who he was after a blow to the head took his memory. It would be a tough thing, figuring out who you are from the clues others give you–especially if all those clues point to a person who isn’t very likable.

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkein

Again, the pace of writing has changed a lot since this was written, but I remember how immersed I was in this world when I read it the first time. I’d love to feel that sense of wonder again.

  1. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

This is another book about a young man most people would just write off. But Tyler makes his story sing, and I’ve never forgotten it.

  1. Girl of Fire and Thorns

A dear friend recommended this book, and I loved it so much, I was texting her about it while I read it. I loved the whole series, but it’s the latest book I measure all the others by, because when I read it, my internal editor was completely silent. I was just wrapped up in the story.

  1.  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

I enjoyed this story via the audiobook, and I’m sure the voice talent of Macleod Andrews added to its beauty. I’m amazed at how an almost cartoonish theme turned into such a wonderful listening experience, and how much I loved the characters.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, this is a favorite for many people. But I believe it will be a classic, remembered decades from now for the way Collins pioneered a spare writing style that still reads like poetry. I’m tired of hearing professor-types diss it.

The author has lowered the price of the book just for the tour! If you like well-wrought mysteries with a touch of humor and a twist of thriller, grab your copy and make sure you let your friends know too! 

 

Chapter One – Truth is Relativeby J. J. Lyon

The Monday before Thanksgiving, my car disappeared. Or it might have been
late
 Sunday night. The day was half over before I even looked outside.
Instead I focused on an ugly painting until I realized I was hungry. I was out
of bread and low on groceries in general. I cleaned my brushes, grabbed my
keys, opened the front door, and stared at gray asphalt where my Mazda used to
be. A few dead cottonwood leaves swirled there before the wind swept them off.
 
I didn’t bother calling the police. My car hadn’t been stolen,
it had been repossessed. 
 
My cell phone buzzed. It was my brother, Bart. “Hey,” I said.
“Hey, Bro. How’s life in the Big City?” Bart wasn’t being
ironic. Compared to our hometown of Jersey, Cheyenne was enormous.
“It’s good!” I stepped back into Sam’s Café and tried to think
of something else to say. Something that would back up my lie.
“Great. When are you coming for Thanksgiving?” Bart asked.
 
My brain scrambled, too busy to pay attention. I didn’t need a
car. The abandoned café was a great studio, with north-facing windows and
indirect natural light. My work happened right at home.
 
My work was also stacked against the walls, waiting for a
gallery to accept it. The art that was already in a gallery had hung there for
months. I needed a day job. A car would help.
“Tony? Hello?”
“Huh?”
“What about Thanksgiving?”
“I don’t know yet.”
“Whaddaya mean? I thought you were your own boss.”
“Yeah, but I’m pretty …” I glanced out at the empty parking
place. “It’s hard to get away right now.”
Bart was quiet, and when he spoke again he sounded unusually
hesitant. “So how are you really?”
“Fine. I’m doing great.”
“Yeah, okay. You know what you need? A night out.”
“No, I don’t.”
“Yes, you do. I can tell you’re depressed.”
“I’m not depressed.”
“C’mon, Tony. Think of everything we could learn about the
beautiful women of Cheyenne.” Bart could afford to be fascinated by my new
ability. He didn’t have to live with it.
“I’ve got to go get some groceries,” I said.
“Fine.” Bart sounded annoyed, but he didn’t argue. “Fine, I’ll
talk to you later.”
 
I turned away from the café window and walked to my bedroom,
which was actually a converted storage area in the back of the café. A walk-in
cooler had once taken up most of the space, but it had been ripped out and sold
the last time the place went out of business. There was room for a twin bed and
a battered dresser from Goodwill Industries. I pulled my wallet from the top
drawer and retrieved my old bike from the back of the building.
 
It was a cold ride to the store. Cheyenne’s legendary wind
pushed against my side and cut across my hands. I’d forgotten my gloves. I
zipped my jacket all the way up, stuffed my hands in my pockets, and kept
pedaling, glad I had at least one useful talent. God gave me excellent balance.
 
My mind whirled as fast as my bike wheels, tallying my other
useful abilities. I was decent at hanging Sheetrock, and I could tape and
texture as long as the customer didn’t mind it a little antique and heavy. As
for roofs, I’d done it all—patch, replace, steel, asphalt. If I had a truck I
could rent myself out as a handyman. I could work in blissful isolation most of
the time.
A gust of wind broadsided me. I went down in slow motion,
shifted my weight, scuffed on the pavement with my feet. In the end my shoulder
hit the road before I could pull my hands out of my pockets. The car behind me
screeched to a stop and a woman got out. “Are you all right?” she asked.
 
“Fine,” I said. The front bike wheel spun uselessly. My arm
hurt. I scrambled out from under the bike, trying to place the woman’s voice.
“Anthony?”
Recognition registered in my gut as much as my ears. I knew that
voice. The last time I had heard it, its tone had been much angrier. “Hi,
Heather,” I said.
“What are you doing out here in the cold on a bike? I heard you
drove a hot Mazda.”
“Not today,” I said.
“I heard you got fired, too. Twice.”
Technically I only got fired once. The other time I quit before
the ax fell.
 
Heather wasn’t in my fan club, but she wasn’t being rude,
either. She was just under my influence. After thirty seconds in close
proximity, people began confessing to me. I didn’t know why this began
happening. For the first year or so, I didn’t realize it was happening at all.
But as soon as my “gift” began manifesting itself, my life started rolling down
a rocky slope.
 
“I almost drove by when you fell.” She brushed dirt from my
sleeve. “I knew it was you and I don’t want to talk to you, but it looked bad.”
“It’s all right.” I stepped away from her brushing hand.
She didn’t leave. “Can I give you a ride? Please say no. I don’t
want to be in a car alone with you, pretending I don’t remember how you—”
“No thanks.” I gripped the handlebars and pressed my weight on
them a little. 
She nodded. “You wouldn’t accept help from me anyway. Bart,
maybe, but not me.”
“I don’t need it. I’ll see you later, okay?”
“Okay.”
 
I rode the rest of the way to Safeway with my hands on the
handlebars. My fingers numbed in the wind. The pain in my arm faded to a dull
ache, and I shook off the encounter with my ex. In the store parking lot, the
lights shone in the murky daylight. It was early afternoon, but the thick
clouds fooled the light sensors into thinking it was dusk. I went inside the
store and found some sandwich meat on sale and a package of rubbery cheese
slices. I picked up some day-old wheat bread and waited in line behind a thin,
fortyish man with a few days’ beard. He wore dirty jeans and a sweatshirt
stained with what looked like motor oil. After thirty seconds, he turned to me.
 
“My wife left me this morning,” he said.
I nodded. If I didn’t acknowledge him, he would only repeat
himself. Louder.
“She put her ring in my hand and said, ‘I’ve got to go to work.’
I said, ‘Can we talk about this?’ and she said, ‘It’s too late.’”
I nodded again.
“How can it be too late? Twelve years, and she can’t even talk
about it? Isn’t twelve years worth a little discussion before you throw your
husband in the garbage?”
“Yeah,” I said.
“I know I didn’t pay attention before. I mean, when she was
going around all mopey and resentful. I just figured she’d work it out. And
sometimes she tried to tell me something and I’d change the subject, ’cause I
could only hear that her life sucked so many times—”
“They’re ready to ring you up,” I said, nodding to the sales
clerk.
 
The man stepped forward. I stepped back. So far, ten feet looked
like the magic distance. More than that, and most people were out of the range
of my gift. Less than that and I was in the confessor’s bubble.
 
“Are you in line?” a young mother asked behind me.
“Yeah. I’m just, uh …” I glanced at the man, who was now deep
into an emotional conversation with the salesclerk. Apparently I wasn’t far
enough away yet. I took another step back. “That guy needs a little space.”
 
The mother peered at him. “Is he crying?”
“I think so.”
She shrugged. “It figures. I get it all day from these two.” She
nodded to her cart. A baby in the front clung to the push bar and gummed it
with a slobbery mouth. A curly-haired toddler sat in the main basket, his fist
buried in a box of cereal. “Maybe they never get over it. ‘I need this,’ ‘I
want that.’”
I nodded.
 
“And then their dad comes home and he needs dinner and he wants
sex. Everybody’s gotta have something.”
I took a step forward.
“Can’t anybody see that I’m tired? Look at me. I haven’t had a
shower in three days, and I’m supposed to be a sex goddess?”
I glanced at her. She was frumpy. “Looks like it’s my turn.” I
stepped up to the counter the crying man had just left.
She followed me, closing the space I had opened between us. “I
mean, I’m doing good to be conscious at the end of the day.”
“Maybe you should tell this to your mom.” I hoped to deflect her.
I didn’t want to hear any more—not today.
 
“She’s in Alabama,” the young mother said. “Everybody I know has
a mom who acts like a built-in babysitter, but I’m stuck here alone in the
cold.”
“Ten fifty-four,” the salesclerk said in front of me. I dug my
wallet out of my jacket pocket and handed some bills to her.
“You have the most amazing blue eyes.” The clerk leaned forward.
This might have been interesting, if she were not sixtyish, wrinkled, and
stinking of cigarettes.
I held out my hand. “Can I have my change?” 

 

 

 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. 

 

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