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The Convenience of Lies

The Convenience of Lies

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“It doesn't matter if it's right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?" 

Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, Mackenzie, who describes her crush on a "bad boy," Ramon and her relationship with her best friend, Kira. 

During the course of the story, Mackenzie does her best to attract the affections of Ramon while her friendship with Kira evolves. Eventually, the different characters' property starts getting vandalized and a mystery develops as Mackenzie and Kira try to get to the bottom of who is behind the vandalism.

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GENRE: Young adult suspense
PRINT LENGTH: 191 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: November 14th, 2014
ISBN-10: 9527114470
ISBN-13: 978-9527114476
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback

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Portuguese (A Conveniência das Mentiras)

Excerpt from the book

I feel a tear squeeze out of my eye, and my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. I double over and nearly fall on my face. But then, our hands brush together. I feel a jolt go through my whole body. I have to stop and gasp for air. I wonder if she is thinking the same thing I am. Does she want to hold my hand? Would she feel comfortable doing that? Do I want to hold her hand? My mind starts to feel like scrambled eggs. Our hands brush together again, and this time we clasp each other. My heart skips a beat, and my face starts burning red. I think my heart has just sped up. This is my first time ever holding a girl’s hand. Are people going to think we are lesbians? I feel my eyes start to dart around, looking at the faces of everyone near us. Everyone is distracted, nobody seems to notice us. I feel my mind start to settle. Suddenly, I realize there’s a new skip in my step. Kira has never ceased to make me feel appreciated and wanted, I realize, as I remember back to when I first met her...

We met on the first day of school, at Verdad High. My family had just moved from my home town to the city of Verdad. I couldn’t wait for the new school year to start because I had been wandering around at home all summer with no friends to see or hang out with, and no driver’s license, so no way to get out and explore this new city. I couldn’t wait to finally interact with other people my age, aside from my sister. In my home town, I had been bullied more than I would like to remember, and so I saw this move as a fresh start. I also knew that first impressions are the most important, so I knew I needed to act open to meeting new people, and I had been preparing myself to act as friendly as possible. I was clinging onto the idea that my life would finally make the turnaround I had always wanted. The first day of school was going to weigh heavily on my happiness for the rest of my high school experience.

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GENRE: Paranormal suspense
PRINT LENGTH: 338 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: June 9th, 2016
ISBN-10: 1534655565
ISBN-13: 978-1534655560
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback

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I am comfortable in the dark, when the moon slumbers and clouds dim the stars and the smell of the earth rises in the still air. Perhaps that still moment is the only place I am comfortable. My years have been long and have seen me travel nearly all of this world, often alone. I have given life and dealt death, but I offer no regrets. Regret is a waste of effort when justice brings the guilty no peace. I will see justice in the end, I am certain of that, for all that I have done, and all I have not.

So much has gone now and I am ill at ease with the time, the waiting, here at the end of my life. The ancient game is played out and three souls, born together in the lost pages of time are as they were meant to be … but to tell that story, my story, I must go back to the beginning, before I came to be, before any of us had come to be.

It begins near to the birth of time, or man's keeping of it, when three brothers entered into an unholy bond, bound by blood to the night, trading the daylight for eternal life. The stories tell of their calling, the slaughter of their mortal families, and the beginning of what would be called The Family. The middle brother, a brutish man named Crenoral, chose my mother to be his first bride. She had been a farmer's wife, and was pregnant, only barely so, when Crenoral came and called her into the night. She followed him, bringing me with her, and leaving behind a mortal family of two sons to mourn her. It was some time after that when I came to be born.

Our existence and all of its dark burden was new to us then. There were no rules to our existence, save for the drinking of blood and the death that rose with each sunrise. The Family was small, those three brothers, their brides and the occasional other whom they adopted along the way. In all, there were no more than twelve in my earliest memories, aside from Crenoral and his brothers.

I was born in a dark, dank cave somewhere in the Caucasus to a mother who wasn't exactly beautiful. She learned early how to make use of what gifts she was given, and when she chose, could be dynamically attractive, terrifying and compelling at once. I can still see her long, angular face and hair as black as the night, which made her appear somehow harsh, unforgiving. Her green eyes burned eerily in the darkness and smoldered in the firelight.

The Ark

The Ark

Forever

Forever