||Good Oak Press, LLC
||August 1, 2012
What happens when a good woman is deceived by the people she trusted the most?
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Photographer Carrie Daniels has been left penniless and desperate. When her former mentor offers her a job as an art model for a private commission, Carrie has no choice but to accept. However her luck soon goes from bad to worse when the new man in her life isn’t who he appears to be, and Louise’s photos of her fall into the wrong hands. Can Alex Montoya, a long-lost friend from her past, save her from ruin?
Even though Carrie had lived in Phoenix for most of her life, she never quite got used to the intense, stifling heat of the Valley summers. Even at ten o'clock at night it was likely to be over one hundred degrees outside. Steve and Allison, however, seemed to take it in stride. This year they were hosting a Fourth of July dinner party at their home, with most of the festivities taking place in, and around, their backyard swimming pool.
"To you, from Allie," said Carrie as she presented Steve with a platter of hamburger patties and hot dogs. He thanked her and loaded them onto the grill. On her way back to the kitchen, she overheard a bit of a conversation between two of Steve's coworkers.
"Too bad Alex couldn't make it tonight."
"Yeah. He's a lot smarter than the rest of us. He's spending the holiday on some beach in San Diego."
Alex. Just hearing the name brought back memories of her long-lost other best friend. Over the years Carrie had deeply regretted losing touch with Alex. She often wondered whatever became of him. No doubt he was probably married by now, and he had a family as well. Wherever he was, she hoped he was happy. She wandered back into the kitchen.
"Penny for your thoughts," said Allison.
"You look like you're a million miles away, girlfriend."
"Oh, sorry." Carrie set the empty platter into the sink. "I just overheard a couple of the guys from Steve's office talking about someone named Alex. It got me to wondering whatever became of our Alex."
"Good question. I have no idea. I've wondered about him from time to time myself, although he was more your friend than mine. But he spoke Castillian Spanish..."
"His dialect," replied Allison. "Don't you remember? His father's family came over from Spain, so they spoke a different kind of Spanish. It would be like you talking to an Englishman."
"You're right, Allie. There's nothing sexier than a guy who speaks with a foreign accent, so admit it. You did have a crush on Alex."
"No, I did not," said Allison with a smile. "I just said I liked his accent."
"Sure you did."
After a good laugh Allison decided to change the subject.
"You know, I really don't know a lot of Steve's coworkers either, and I certainly don't recall ever meeting one named Alex. Since we work in different parts of town, I'm rarely near his office during business hours, and this is the first time we've invited any of them to our home in a good two or three years."
"I see. And I've also noticed that you've had a happy glow about you all evening. What's going on?"
"Nothing," she said, coyly.
From the Author of
Can a young woman and her relationship make it through twisted and horrible circumstances which arise from “The Deception”? Carrie Daniels is a woman caught up in a tornado of dishonesty and fraud. She is desperate to take care of her mother and recover from a break up of a long-term relationship. Carrie finds herself going to great lengths to make the money needed to survive; however, she is manipulated and used.
Carrie is oppressed, but her inner strength and determination to survive is strong. When Carrie finally fights back, she finds an unexpected ally from her past. The sparks fly between them and it was like they never were parted. However, Carrie gets thrown over and over again, and the relationship is taken for a roller-coaster of emotions. Will their love be able to survive through the harrowing circumstances in which Carrie is thrown in?
Scorned love, desperation, revenge, identity theft, and reunion of lost love are just some of the wonderful plot twists and turns woven into “The Deception,” by Marina Martindale. Ms. Martindale wove each character into fully developed and interesting people. “The Deception” is timely book, full of wonderfully rich characters, action-packed adventure and heart-wrenching circumstances.
This book will have you hooked from beginning to end. "The Deception," is a non-stop adventure and keeps you turning the page as it draws you in from the beginning!
Truly, “The Deception” is one of the best books of 2012! Five out of five star book!
From Rachel Andersen author of A Nurse’s World
Mariana Martindale knows how to create sleazebags and jerks you love to see receive their comeuppance. In DECEPTION Carrie, the plucky protagonist faces challenges at every turn. Martindale keeps the reader cheering for her and booing the bad guys (not always men) until the very last page. A time or two I even smacked my fist and said “Gotcha!” Hurrah for Mariana Martindale! She’s done it again.
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