TRUTH

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“Good for you.” He leaned toward her, his eyes devouring her entirely, until she questioned her 

own presence. “Your ability to admit your displeasure is refreshing. It encourages me to be honest, 

too.”

 

Claire did her best to glare, “Honesty. That would be a refreshing change.”

His expression remained soft and so were his words, “You should know ...I am sorry.”

The world as Claire knew it, shifted. Perhaps it was an earthquake, they do happen in 

California. Why couldn’t he be domineering or abrasive? That she could resist. But, apologetic, in 

the depths of her soul, she never expected to hear those three words.

“What?” She tried unsuccessfully to subdue the overpowering trembling. The volume of her 

voice rose exponentially with each phrase, “You’re sorry?” The years of submission, incarceration, 

and domination bubbled out. No, not bubbled–gushed. This was not  his house. She was not 

sequestered away from the love and support of others. She’d say whatever she wanted, and then 

tell him to leave. If he didn’t–she’d call security. They were after all, on her call log. “Well, Tony, 

I believe I need a little clarification. Tell me what exactly you’re sorry about. I’ll gladly give you a 

few options.” 

 

The fury surging through her veins wouldn’t allow her to remain seated. She stood and paced, 

around the coffee table, in front of the large windows, back to the chair and again to the coffee table. 

She felt his eyes on her, as she made multiple slow and methodical loops. Her mind was a whirlwind, 

a tornado, of words. Each syllable vehemently rushed to get out. Instead of opening the flood gate, 

Claire took a few deep breaths. She wanted to proceed slowly, clearing away the debris cluttering her 

mind, and choose the right words. Finally, she began, “First, you’re sorry for invading my privacy 

for years, years before I even knew you existed. Second, you’re sorry for kidnapping me, isolating, 

controlling me, and manipulating me. Third, you’re sorry for lying to me, pretending you cared 

and oh yeah, marrying me. Fourth, listen carefully Tony, this is a big one...you’re sorry for framing 

me for attempted murder, resulting in incarceration in a federal penitentiary.” She sat back down, 

arms once again crossed over her breasts. It was the most direct she’d ever spoken to him, and it felt 

liberating. Unfortunately, the resentment coursing through her veins wouldn’t allow her to relish her 

new found independence. 

 

She expected her words to incite anger; after all, she’d experienced his anger before. 

Nevertheless, carelessly and unapologetically Claire forged ahead. “I would prefer the words, but 

you are welcome to say, one through four, if that’s easier for you.”

He leaned forward. Cautiously she looked up into his face. Her body trembled. The cause may 

have been the fury she’d just released, or perhaps fear of his anticipated reaction. Then she took in 

his expression and without warning the trembling stopped. His eyes were soft, the color of melted 

chocolate–even sad, overflowing with regret. He reached for her hand and gently tugged. Slowly, 

Claire released her appendage, allowing it to sit in his large palm. Tenderly he closed his fingers 

encasing her petite hand. 

 

“I’m deeply sorry for one and four.” He rubbed the top of her hand with his thumb. “I did 

provide you with an alternative destination for number four.” Claire exhaled audibly, Tony 

continued, “I’m not proud of two, but three would never have happened without it.” His tone 

deepened and slowed, “I am not, and never will be sorry for three. And, for the record, I never lied 

about or pretended to love you. I didn’t realize it at first, but I have loved you since before you knew 

my name.” He slowly lifted the hand he held and lowered his lips to the firm soft skin. “And, you 

forgot our divorce. I am sincerely sorry for that also. Had I known you would be released so soon, 

we could still be married.” He placed her left hand on her knee, and stroked her empty fourth finger. 

“You could still officially be mine.”

Aleatha Romig is a bestselling author, who has been voted #1 "New 

Author to Read" on Goodreads July 2012 - Present! She was also #9 

most followed author on Goodreads - July / August 3013. 

 

Aleatha has lived most of her life in Indiana growing-up in 

Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living 

south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart 

and husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. She 

works days as a dental hygienist but enjoys spending her nights 

writing. When not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she 

likes to spend time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include 

exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your 

dreams! 

 

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. 

In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her 

daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to 

travel to places in her novels and around the world. 

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 

by Xlibris Publishing. October 2012 Ms. Romig rereleased 

CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was 

released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of 

the Consequences Series, is scheduled for release in October of 2013!

 

Author Links:

 

Twitter: @AleathaRomig

 

Facebook: Aleatha Romig

 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/

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Website: http://www.consequencesbyromig.com

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Elizabeth - 5 handcuffs

Ok... I had to let this book simmer a bit in my psyche before review... My delicate, almost crushed psyche. Thanks a lot ms. Romig. Where can I forward my therapy bills?

Book one totally murdered my psyche...until the last pages. Then it ignited a fire within me to rush straight into this book. I ran into the flames. I jumped in the deep end of the pool.... I need a tshirt stating I survived these books. These books, this story... Tony the sociopath evil monster and Claire the lost soul will make you scream, cry, shudder, smile, and make you want to commit crimes....

Book three... I will be medicated until it exists... Plz ms. Romig... Take pity on your dedicated readers... :/


 
Joanne - 5 handcuffs 


You definitely need to wear your big girl pants when you read this series. Also, if you have a family - make crock pot meals or some freezer casseroles, because you won't want to put them down. I kept seeing "keep calm and love Tony" shirts, and while reading consequences,all I wanted to do was beat him senseless and call the cops, - yes call the cops on a fictional character......that's the kind of mind fuck these books are, they drag you in and all you can do is buckle up and keep your tray in the upright position. My friends Kelly Findlay and Elizabeth Santiago warned me.....they said....wait.....you will warm up to Tony and understand this shirt......I thought they were mad.....Kelly lives in England, so I thought....those Brits....WTF??.......Elizabeth, in Las Vegas....I thought...sin city has taken her brain.......what's she thinking? .... Soon i found out..........You Just HAVE to read it......This series is not to be missed. Aleatha Romig a fucking genius, I bow down to her. She pissed me off, she made me cry, she made me laugh, she made the hair on the back of my neck stand up while my stomach did complete sets of twists and turns. I hated these books, I love these books.....I wish I never found them, I am so glad I did.

I want to kick this author in the shin for what she put me through ......and I want to hug her ....and in the same breath tell her I love her for giving me the ride of my life. I absolutely can not wait for the next one..... Convicted....

This series raised the bar. Watch out all other books ....game on.. 

Kelly - 5 handcuffs


Prepare to buckle up and take a twisty-turny ride with this fast-paced, powerful, strategic page-turner of a sequel.

Yes, Aleatha Romig has hit the ball out of the park again! But I am delighted to announce that this time, my once tattered and torn mind remains fully intact. Whereas Consequences left me numb, Truth has ‘somewhat’ pacified. I’m not saying parts of this book is a walk in that ball park, it certainly isn’t as some events had me gripping my kindle in annoyance and frustration, but what is great about this second instalment is the vibe - it’s a total contrast to Consequences; a refreshing transformation as I embraced Claire’s newfound strength and freedom.

Anthony Rawlings’ character was all-consuming in Consequences, that I truly hated him. But… in ‘Truth’ he takes a little backseat in the earlier pages as we follow Claire as she adapts to her time in Prison, and her initial disbelief at being pardoned and released early. Her freedom should be a time of celebration and yet she knows that Anthony would never have agreed to her untimely release. Running from the enemy that is her ex-Husband, whose resources are unlimited, is the biggest challenge that Claire will ever face - except, she’s not bowing down this time as she puts on her investigator hat and delves deep into Anthony’s past. As her findings start to prove damaging, she knows she can’t go at this alone. Investing in the help of Simon’s ex-fiancé Amber and her Brother Harry, they start to unravel the mystery that is the Rawlings/Rawl’s empire.

However, Anthony isn’t giving up that easily. A part of his vendetta has been played, his promise fulfilled. She has suffered sufficiently and regardless of his past sins and Claire’s inability to ‘do as her told,’ the façade wasn’t all a fallacy. He wants her back and he will stop at nothing to get his way…

As new characters are introduced and a back-story unfolds, we learn that what we think is the ‘Truth’ may not always appear as it seems, especially when you don’t know who you can trust. Many questions that reared its head in Consequences are answered in this strategically ‘game of chess’ natured sequel as the pieces move and fall. Will she take the king? Will he take the queen? And who will make it first to, ‘checkmate?’

I knew this would hit the 5-star shelf. How could it not? Aleatha Romig is one clever lady! I felt myself going through a transition period while reading this. I won’t deny that some aspects proved predicable as I guessed correctly at a few things, but what’s truly remarkable is Anthony Rawlings was my public enemy number 1. I despised this man! But by the end of this book, I felt my loyalties waning as my allegiance started to make a 180 turn. I’m not all the way there and not totally convinced… but there could be hope for Mr Rawlings yet!

 

Book Info:

Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ 

vendetta. When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. 

Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. 

Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed 

plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love. Their passion 

and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect. Yet, reality was a 

roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as 

Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, 

Claire drove away. A fateful decision which set a well laid plan into motion. 

However, unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past 

the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings.

There were others who saw the TRUTH.

Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison

release for Claire. Not just a release – a pardon. According to the law, her 

crime never happened! Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her

past... can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit,

become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a

game? And does the game master have different plans? How does Sophia

Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect

the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that 

his goal? TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, 

introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig 

skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create

a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming 

relationship survive? When buried sins are discovered they threaten not

only Tony and Claire’s future -- but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be 

revealed in time?

1. Did anything inspire you to write “Consequences” and “Truth”?

Or was it more random than anything?

AR~I believe it was more random. I had the “thought” of the opening

sceneof Consequences. 

Everything has grown from that. The characters have taken on lives and

personalities of their own. I’ve loved watching them blossom! 

 

5. Can you name some funny and/or random things that happened while

you were writing “Truth”? (It can be something that happened in the story,

or something that happened with your family. Anything at all!)

AR~I wrote about six beginnings to Truth. That’s based on the Epilogue of

Consequences. I took the story many different directions.

It wasn’t until I came to terms with where I wanted the story to go that I

was finally able to start truly writing. Once I did, Mr. Jeff told me that no

one would like it. He said the readers would be upset.

It wasn’t that I didn’t care—but, I can’t write that way. I have to write what

I want to write. I’ve learned that it isn’t possible to please EVERYONE.

Therefore, I’ve decided to please myself. 

Funny thing—the ratings and reviews are fantastic for Truth. 

 

6. In three words, describe Tony. In another three words, describe Claire.

AR~Tony—complicated—broken—and unaware

Claire—survivor—needy—resourceful 

 

8. When did you start writing novels?

AR~I began Consequences, my first novel, in 2010. 

 

9. As you're also a novelist, who was or is your favorite author when you grew up and why?

AR~I wasn’t much of a reader until I had to read “The Incredible Journey” for a report. It was the first time a book held me captive. My favorite novel of all time is “Gone With The Wind”. I honestly fell away from reading while my children were little. It was John Grisham who brought me back. I love thrillers. I love trying to figure things out and being surprised.  Since then, my interests have broadened—Romantic Suspense—Erotic—Psychological Thrillers... I enjoy a wide range.

 

10. Who is your inspiration?

AR~I have met many authors who I consider inspirational; however, I’d say my grandmothers were my inspiration. That isn’t because they wrote books—they showed me, by example, how hard work and sincerity make a lasting impression. 

 

11. Apart from writing novels, what else you do? Are you a full time writer, if yes, what do you when you're not writing? Have any hobbies or obsessions?

AR~I’m not a full-time writer yet. I will be in three weeks. Currently, I have NO life outside of work and writing. That is my plan for the future—to have a life as well as an obsession. Writing is my obsession! I LOVE getting lost in my manuscript. I will sit down and suddenly five hours have passed.  When I’m doing other things the manuscript and the characters will infiltrate my thoughts. It is the most addicting thing I’ve ever done! I’d say if I’m not writing, working, or with family, I’m reading.

 

13. Do you have any exciting stories about your latest novel Truth that you think will be of readers interest?

AR~When I wrote Consequences, I did not plan on it being the beginning of a trilogy or a series. I thought it was a standalone book; however, my readers wanted to know what happened next. To be honest, so did I. Tony and Claire wouldn’t leave me alone. I thought about them constantly. I needed to learn the TRUTH of their story. I mean, did Claire really love him? Did she only go on with their relationship because of Stockholm syndrome? What about Tony? Why would he do what he did at the end of Consequences? Were Claire’s consequences planned from the beginning? How do their ancestors fit into the story? I had SO many lingering questions...the only way to learn the answers was to sit down and write.  I can just say...after surviving the Consequences—everyone NEEDS to learn the TRUTH! 

 

14. Anything else you want to share?

AR~The final book in the series is CONVICTED. I’m super excited about this installment. I kinda have a reputation as a “Mind F***”.  I take that title seriously and quoting Tony, “I didn’t want to disappoint—public failure isn’t an option.”

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