It’s Here: My Novel

womanlostToday I’m thrilled to announce that my novel, A Woman Lost, has been published. Currently the ebook is available via Amazon. I’m in the midst of figuring out how to get print copies out there as well and I’ll keep you posted on that project.

Before I discuss my novel I want to say thanks to all of you. During this journey so many of you supported me, cheered me on, offered advice, and sent me useful links and contacts to help me decide which path to choose. This would have been a much more daunting task on my own. Thank you to everyone who helped. Your kindness is much appreciated.

So far the reviews have been encouraging.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an uplifting story that reminds us all of what really matters most in life.” –Cindy Taylor

“To say that I could not put this book down would not be far from the truth at all. I started reading it on a flight from Minneapolis to Salt Lake City and finished half in that short flight. I was sucked in from the first page and wanted to know more about the characters that she so ably brings to life. For me a good book is one that is realistic and engaging and “A Woman Lost” fulfilled both of those criteria. The main characters are real—they are believable and as in real life they have real life stories. At times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and try to shake some sense into a couple of the characters because it was obvious to me what they needed to do.” -Beth Ann Chiles

“The writing style is very easy.  The story flows well and the characters are well drawn.  A great debut!”  –Lynn Williams

As I’m sure you can tell by the hour of this email I can’t put your book down …  I was up until after 3am finishing the book.” –Rob Wood

If you are interested in reading my book or are currently reading it and you are a Goodreads member I have a favor to ask. Please mark on Goodreads that you either want to read it or are currently reading. And if any of you do read A Woman Lost and enjoy it please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Your review doesn’t have to be long and each four and five star review will help me out greatly.

Before I provide the synopsis of the novel I wanted to mention that I guest posted on a couple of blogs this week. First, T. F. Walsh was kind enough to let me talk about my novel on her wonderful blog. If you don’t follow T. F. you should. She’s an amazing writer and a wonderful blogging buddy.

Also Emily Luxton interviewed me about climbing Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. Many of you wanted to see a photo of me at the top. I haven’t included this photo on my blog but if you hop over to the interview, you’ll find my goofy photo. When I saw it later I was surprised I was actually smiling since I was exhausted from the experience. Emily’s blog is an amazing travel blog that I highly recommend.

Again I want to say thank you. All of you have been wonderful during these past two years and I wouldn’t have been able to finish my first novel without all of your help and support. Have a wonderful weekend!

Synopsis of A Woman Lost:

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Petrie has it all. She’s rich, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. None of this matters to her mom. Les-Bi-An. That’s all her mom sees.

Despite’s Lizzie’s insistence that her mom’s antagonism does not bother her, Lizzie distances herself from her mom and the entire family. When her brother, Peter, calls her out of the blue to announce he’s getting married, Lizzie’s entire life changes drastically. Peter’s fiancée wants to bring the lesbian outcast back into the family. Will this desire cause Lizzie to lose everything dear to her?

Sarah, Lizzie’s girlfriend, is ecstatic about this change in Lizzie’s personal life. Sarah, the hopeless romantic, wants it all, including settling down with the fiercely independent Lizzie.

Can Lizzie be tamed? And can she survive her family and all of their secrets?

Amazon US 

Amazon UK


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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105 Responses to It’s Here: My Novel

  1. ARK says:

    Congratulations TBM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ARK says:

    Good to hear about your new novel. I am in a business meeting. Will read your whole post once this idiotic meeting is over. Love ya!!!

  3. I’m so pleased for you – here’s to a bestseller!

  4. Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! I just knew you could do it, and I know that this book as well as all your future novels will be very successful because you are an amazing writer :). Congrats my friend!

  5. Melly says:

    Congratulations! What an incredible achievement, I can’t wait to read it. =)

    • TBM says:

      Hello and thank you! How have things been?

      • Melly says:

        They’ve been good, setting up our new home and entertaining my sister. Hopefully I will be able to get back to my book by next week. It has taken a backseat to all of the other activities the last few months no excuse, I know ;).
        Just know you have done an amazing thing…you have finished and published a book! Incredible! I think it is 4 out of 5 Americans think they “have a book in them” but I’m sure it’s only like half of one person actually ever finishes one. So congrats, enjoy the moment and then get back to your computer and write some more. =)

      • TBM says:

        Oh I know how long it takes to set up a new home. And then add family to the mix and I completely understand why your book has taken a backseat. Same thing happened when we moved here. The first few months were insane and I was drained emotionally.

        Thank you for your kind words. I can’t wait to hear the news that you’ve published yours

  6. vinnieh says:

    Congratulations on this marvellous achievement.

  7. bulldog says:

    TBM I’m proud of you and so excited for your part… well bloody done…

  8. Jackie says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. 😀

  9. Congratulations!!! So thrilled for you. I wondered what that glow on the horizon was, now I know it was you beaming with joy from over the pond.

  10. Congratulations TBM! What a wonderful thing!! 😀 I have a Nook so I will have to wait for the print copy?

  11. winsomebella says:

    Congrats! It is on my “to read” list at Goodreads :-).

  12. Colline says:

    I would buy it from Amazon. Let me know when they have print copies and I will head on over and do some shopping. 🙂

  13. wolke205 says:

    Congratulations!! I hope it s going to be a bestseller 😀 The next days I won’t have Internet cause of our moving, but I want to read your book asap! When you get print copies, please let me know!! I don’t know the exact name of the site, but there s at least one where you can put your book on online and everyone who wants a print copy can buy it and they print it. So you don’t have to print them on your own 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Good luck with moving! I don’t envy you one bit. As of now, I’m looking into Create Space for print books. That way I don’t have to store all the print copies, which is a good thing–I don’t have the space.

  14. woohoo! congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. adinparadise says:

    Congratulations to you, TBM. What an achievement! I like the synopsis, and will go to Amazon, as I would love to read your book. 🙂

  16. Letizia says:

    How exciting – congratulations! You must feel such relief (and butterflies in your stomach at the same time!).

    I will go to Amazon now to download it and will tweet it out to my (meager!) twitter followers too (hey, they say every little thing helps, right? 🙂 )

  17. edelweiss says:

    Congratulations!!! 😀

  18. thaygoulart says:

    Congratulations on your novel!!! I’m happy for you. What about Amazon Brazil? Hahah!

  19. T.F.Walsh says:

    Congrats on the awesome reviews… so excited for you:) Thanks for the mention too.

  20. Lynne Ayers says:

    Congratulations!! So exciting for you.

  21. pattisj says:


  22. aFrankAngle says:

    Congratulations!!!! … and a reason for a pub trip! 😉

  23. Georgia says:

    Congratulations TBM, I’ve got your book now and was hooked by the first scene. Very much looking forward to reading the rest of it

    • TBM says:

      Thank you so much for saying that. I hope you enjoy the rest! Have a wonderful weekend and I enjoyed your post on London. It’s funny the stuff we take for granted when we live here.

  24. Beth Ann says:

    Argh—I am so behind on reading blogs!!! Finally getting around to maybe catching up a bit this morning!!! I feel famous seeing my excerpt on your blog! But seriously—I did love it and your style is so engaging. Congrats and best of luck with it! I think it is going to be a winner!!! Thanks again for letting me read it!

    • TBM says:

      I know how hard it is to catch up after going out of town. Hope the laundry isn’t too daunting 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words and I’m glad you enjoyed the novel. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that others like it as well.

  25. Meanderer says:

    Many congratulations! All the very best with your book 🙂

  26. Cheers to TBM (lifting my coffee cup to you here). Congratulations on your first publication! Your dedication to your writing is evident in this debut novel. I wish you continued success in all your endeavors. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      What kind words. Thank you very much for the support and encouragement. Enjoy your morning coffee. It’s afternoon here, but I’m about to make a cup of tea and settle on the couch to read. Have a lovely weekend!

  27. lynnsbooks says:

    Well done. Very happy for you.
    Lynn 😀

  28. Carole says:

    A huge pat on the back to you, T.B.!! Such an accomplishment and an inspiration to me. Must get writing. . . .

    • TBM says:

      Yes, keep writing. Even if you only write a 100 or 200 words a day. they add up. I wish you the best of luck and I can’t wait to read yours.

  29. wordsurfer says:

    Congratulations! You must feel so proud! 🙂

  30. bocafrau says:

    I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to start reading, especially after reading the first chapter. I’m almost finished with the book I’m currently reading and should get to it very soon. 🙂

  31. Fergiemoto says:

    Yay! Congratulations on the book and I wish you huge success with it!
    I also read the guest posts you did! Awesome!

  32. Vishy says:

    Congratulations TBM! Looking forward to reading your book soon. I totally loved what Beth ann Chiles said about your book – about wanting to get into her Kindle and shake some sense into some of the characters 🙂 Emily’s interview with you on climbing Mount Kinabalu was quite interesting to read. That top of the mountain picture was quite nice too! Thanks for sharing!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks, Vishy. I wanted to shake some sense into the characters as well. But they were fun to create and to write. I wish I remembered to take my head lamp off the top of my head for the Mount Kinabalu photo. you only get a brief moment to pause for a photo so I couldn’t go back for a re do.

  33. Hooray! I’m nearly done reading A Woman Lost. I’m about 90% finished (don’t you hate how the Kindle can’t give you a page number?). I’m so enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it all turns out for Lizzie!

    • TBM says:

      I hope you like the end. And why can’t Kindle give a page number. It says the approximate number of pages and we know Amazon loves crunching numbers. I hope to start your book on Tuesday. Can’t wait to read it actually to help me prepare for my NY trip! Wooohoo!

      • Oh, dear. Maybe after reading you’ll never look at the subway the same way again.
        Now I think in the next edition I should have an introduction with a disclaimer. 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I’m wondering how much the experiences will relate to mine in Boston and London. Can’t wait to find out!

  34. The Guat says:

    Dude I read your friend Emily’s review and it rocked.
    “… inescapable past as a springboard into the future rather than an anchor in something you want to be free from…” Pretty awesome. Congrats! Waiting on the paperback edition 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thanks, TG. Will let you know when the paperback is out. Glad you have a wonderful birthday, even with the Hooters mishap 🙂

  35. CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to read it but will have to wait for the paperback i’m afraid. no kindle. it’s very exciting and all the people who follow you are so excited for you. you are a gifted writer and photographer-just so excited for you!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for the kind words. Will let you know when the paperback is available. have you been keeping yourself busy this summer with your food projects?

  36. we have. the season has been a little off-nothing seems to be ready at the time it normally is. we’re about to drive 5 hours this weekend to pick peaches since we missed them last year and again this year. It’s nice reading all the comments on your book. you are well loved by the people who follow you.

    • TBM says:

      Picking peaches sounds fun. I would be tempted to eat them right then and there. Thank you for the kind words. Everyone has been wonderful and supportive. It makes things easier 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  37. Valentina says:

    TBM, this is such a great news, congratulations and much success. I am an author myself of three books and I know how excited it is. I don’t have a kindle yet, I still like to hold a book in my hands, or like to have the author reading the book on CD while I am driving. I will change my habit soon.

  38. Anna says:

    Congratulations! And good reviews from readers already! 🙂

  39. Jo Bryant says:

    I am so ridiculously proud of you !!!! Ridiculously !!!!!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks, Jo. That means a lot. How’s your book coming along?

      • Jo Bryant says:

        Just starting to get back in to it. I gave up with all the hassles I had with sad computers then no computers. I guess I really got out of the habit. And I have been trying to get this laptop all set up with programmes and all the stuff I used to have. I lost all my bookmarks, contacts, the works when they stole the computers. But I am almost there…so hopefully I will get back in to it with a bang.

      • TBM says:

        I hope so. I can’t wait to see what happens! I am sorry to hear about all of the computer issues and everything. How horrible. And dealing with the break in as well. That’s a lot.

  40. Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment, and the reviews are terrific.

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