My Novels


T. B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.





Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.

When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.

Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.

Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.


“Loved it!” — Beth

“I think we all want a woman like Sarah.” — Cheryll

“The book is excellent.” — Nilsa

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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?

Praise for A WOMAN LOST:

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance as this was one of the best lesbian contemporary books I’ve read.” — Lipstick Lesbian Reviews

“This is really a story I truly loved … She has a fan for life!” — Mismatched Bookends

“It’s a fast-paced read with a topic that is current yet timeless.” — Boca Frau Blog

“Enjoyable and engaging story full of great characters. Loved it a lot! Definitely a page turner.” — Tranquil Dreams Blog

“And long after I read the last page, Lizzie, Sarah, Lizzie’s mom “the scotch lady”, and Maddie, the fiancé, lingered on my mind and in my heart…. I truly loved this book!” — Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat

“T.B. Markinson clearly captured a strong main character that has flaws, and a pompous family that freely slings judgments at Lizzie every chance they can. A Woman Lost is a fulfilling and lovely read.” — Sage Adderley, author of Invoking Nonna

“The story kept me turning the pages until the end. Great read!” — Katie McKnight, author of Secrets Revealed

“This is a powerful and inspiring story about relationships and trust and not being afraid to face your fears … She drew me into the story and keeping me there until the very last page.” — T. F. Walsh, author of Cloaked in Fur

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AWomanIgnoredFinalHistorian Lizzie Petrie remains nothing more than a lesbian in her bitter mother’s eyes. The suppressed hurt of that superficial assessment means she still catches herself off guard when thinking of Sarah as her wife. The couple has endured the fallout of Lizzie’s insecurities and set-up house in Fort Collins, Colorado. Now their relationship is about to be tested again.

When her wife announces she wants to have a baby, Lizzie panics. A baby? The thought of sucking an egg from her ovary and implanting the resulting embryo into Sarah’s womb terrifies her. Lizzie constantly worries if she’ll make a good mother.

Just when she starts to make peace with the idea, Lizzie’s estranged family enters her life again. The news is anything but good, and she finds herself wondering how to make amends with her aloof mother, stranger of a father, and self-centered brother.

Deep down, Lizzie is more loving and caring than she ever gives herself credit. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to open a woman’s eyes to her full potential. But at what price?


“This was a wonderful story, the relationship between the characters seem very real and brutally honest.” — Melissa Vincent

“Their conflicts were emotionally powerful, yet there was some humor to take the edge off serious matters.” — Medeia Sharif

“TB has a way of mixing humor, sadness, love and friendship into a wonderful and captivating story.” — Cheryll Jones

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ConfessionsFromACoffeeShop (1)Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?


“I could not put it down because the characters were so wonderfully diverse, and I really found myself becoming attached to them and wanting to find out the paths their lives would take.” — Cindy Taylor

“I flew through this and couldn’t help but smile the entire time I read this novel.” — The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

“The author weaves a tale that captures you and prevents you from putting the book down.” -Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat

“Highly recommended.” — Maadwoa 

“Gotta love an author that keeps you coming back for more.” — Tome Tender BlogSpot

“A good, entertaining read. Just like a good cappuccino – hot, tasty, some froth and topped with sweet moments.” — Rainbowbee

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Nobody should ever have to lose a baby before it’s born. Both author Cori and artist Kat feel hollow, yet their strong bond enables them to go on despite tragedy since they’ve been through thick and thin before.

The couple has the support of family and friends, though their romantic antics scream for Cori and Kat’s help. This work of LGBT fiction explores the many facets of sexual identity and attraction. From the philandering of Cori’s high-profile uncle, to the throuple situation of their endearing friend Harold, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to love in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kat has some big life change surprises in store and has been conspiring with Cori’s mom and aunt behind her back. Is the couple headed for another tragedy in this lesbian romance, or will their enduring love conquer all?


“Loved the book!! Laughed out loud, cried a tear, got hot under the collar — what more can you ask of a book?” — Amazon Reviewer

“I just finished reading your book. It’s 1:49am NY time. I had a few chapters left, but did not want to wait to finish the book.” — Amazon Reviewer

“It was brilliant” — Amazon Reviewer

“I just loved it! It had romance, sex, and intrigue! I love the characters, and always look forward to their stories!”  — Amazon Reviewer

“Awesome read.”  — Amazon Reviewer            

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Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall.

Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this
contemporary lesbian romance. The girls pair up for a history project, and it soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds.

The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s
limited means. Ainsley’s sexually fluid, quirky, and carefree cousin helps her
investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense
builds in this work of LGBT fiction.

Family scandal erupts, making the inevitable truth come out about Maya the Gray.

Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?


“Best yet!” — Amazon Reviewer

“Do hope to read about these characters again!” — Amazon Reviewer

“I enjoyed it very much.” — Amazon Reviewer

“Great book. Really enjoyed it.” — Amazon Reviewer

“I really loved this one – thanks!” — Amazon Reviewer

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Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?


“The Miracle Girl is phenomenal!” — Christine

“The best one yet.” — Shellie

“I don’t often give 5 stars to books, but I loved this book.” — Heidi

“Impossible to put down.” — Windowwasher

“I was hooked by the first sentence.” — Cheryll

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK


Marionette (7)At the age of seventeen, Paige Alexander had it all planned. She wrote a letter, sat in the bath, and slit her wrists. Her plan failed.

Her best friend, Alex, is dead.

Paige can’t get over her twin sister blaming her for a tragic event in their past.

Colorado is in the midst of voting on lesbian and gay rights and Paige is terrified to come out of the closet, fearful for her life.

Many people in Paige’s life are keeping secrets from her. Will she piece everything together before it’s too late?

In this gripping first-person narrative, a young college student grapples with more than first loves or coming of age.  In a world filled with homophobia, suicidal feelings, and a dysfunctional family, Paige cuts her wrists in an attempt to free herself from the crazy life that’s all she’s ever known.

Could there be new lessons in store for Paige?  With the help of her girlfriend, friends, and a compassionate therapist, can Paige find the safe space she needs to heal, grow, and cut her strings?

Praise for MARIONETTE:

“I highly recommend this book not only to young adult readers but to mature readers as well since many difficult topics are addressed.” — Lipstick Lesbian Reviews

“The ending was definitely shocking and unexpected.” — This Girl Reads A Lot Blog

“Marionette is something I will definitely be keeping on my Kindle and reading again.” — Angie

“The book has mystery, action, suspense, and sadness woven together to make it a good, fast paced novel. An interesting book with a lot of emotions and drama woven together.” — Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

“I read Marionette in one sitting. Then I went back to read it again for this review and was just as delighted the second time.” — Reviewed by Jo Bryant for Blog Critics

“You know how sometimes a book just slowly creeps up on you and before you know it, you are right there, in the moment and the rest of the world has disappeared? Marionette by T. B. Markinson did that to me!” — Tome Tender Blogspot

“I thought I knew where it might end, but I was surprised where the tale took me. It’s not often a book can surprise me anymore.” — Christine Rains, author of Fearless

“The novel is full of dark humor and realistic, smart dialogue. This is an intelligent first-person novel that includes both suspense and romance.” — Lynn Kear, author of Black-Hearted Bitch

“MARIONETTE is a satisfying, thrilling read that delivers from the outset and packs a powerful wallop at the end.” — Matthew Peters, author of Conversations Among Ruins

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ClaudiaMustDie (2)Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.

Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.

In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.

The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?


“The novel is action-packed and suspenseful, with some humorous scenes.” — Medeia Sharif Blog

“What follows is a hair raising, seemingly never ending chase which is like a revolving crime circle where everyone is after each other but where some of the players end up becoming unlikely partners in order to survive.” — Cindy Taylor

“T.B. Markinson delivers again with her fourth novel, Claudia Must Die, in a fast-paced comedic story of kill or be killed.” — Rachel Author Barnard Blog

“For me, this book is a real winner. The characters, plot twists, and deliciously dark humor make it a most enjoyable… and quick… read.” — I Think, Therefore I Yam Blog

“This unique thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat.” — Christine Rains, author of Fearless.

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10 Responses to My Novels

  1. samokan says:

    Not a very good reviewer, so I will just wait for this to come out. Good Luck 🙂

  2. sounds good. I’ll get it 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy the ride you have set out to do.

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  5. Zakiya says:

    AH I DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD A BOOK. I love reading your blog and actually read the books you review if I haven’t already read them, I’m going to now hunt down your book. I imagine ’cause I enjoy reading your blog, I will enjoy the book, It’s awfully intriguing.

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