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The last time Dajah Moore took a chance, she was eight, and a wild, downhill bike ride left her with a scar on her knee - which is nothing compared to the ones that now criss-cross her heart. Life has made Dajah into a cautious and wise sister who’s a hardworking accountant that doesn’t hand out second chances. When she meets Rick Trimmons, the handsome corrections officer, she falls hard. Everything about Rick, from his soulful eyes to his straightforward talk, tells Dajah she’s met someone who will never play her, but Rick‘s five year old daughter Kanisha and the antics of Kanisha’s mother —Gina— says different. With the emotional resonance of real, complicated lives, True Lies is about life’s uneasy answers, and how sometimes we live lies for so long, it becomes our truth....
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Margaret Johnson-Hodge is the author of 10 novels, many receiving national acclaim. She has garnered rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Midwest Book Review, The Dallas Morning Star, The Quarterly Black Review, Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine. She is the recipient of the Reviewer’s Choice Award for her first novel “The Real Deal” and her seventh “A Journey to Here,” earned her an “Author of The Year” nomination. Her works were considered by Showtime and Hallmark for book-to-movie options and have made bestseller lists numerous times. Her novels have been used as part of the curriculum at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and she was invited by Harvard University to submit a short story for their literary magazine. Originally from New York, Margaret continues to pay that great city homage with every story that she writes. Her 11th published novel “Tumbled” (part three of the bestselling novel"True Lies" trilogy) will be arriving to bookstores in fall of 2013.From Publishers Weekly:
An African-American woman gets more and less than she bargains for as she falls for a man with a child in the latest romantic drama from Johnson-Hodge (Some Sunday; Butterscotch Blues). When accountant Dajah Moore meets corrections officer Rick Trimmons, the attraction is instant. There's just one problem: Gina Alexander, the mother of Rick's four-year-old daughter, Kanisha. For Kanisha's sake, Rick still lives with irresponsible, hard-partying Gina, who is several years his junior. His feelings for Dajah spur him to end the relationship, but things don't exactly go smoothly from there. Dajah and Rick argue constantly, and unemployed Gina is a relentless irritant manipulating, blackmailing and stealing from Rick, using Kanisha as her trump card against him. Then he devises a scheme to purchase a two-family home so that he can be closer to his daughter; of course, once they move in (Rick downstairs, Gina and Kanisha up), it's a complete disaster, and Dajah finds herself running out of ways to "deflect the drama." When Gina gets arrested and loses custody of Kenisha, she resolves to better herself, but her renewal could be what finally forces Rick and Dajah apart. Despite clich‚d prose, much of it devoted to the woes of supporting characters, Johnson-Hodge moves easily and realistically between the middle-class world of Rick and Dajah and the seedier realm in which Gina operates. More importantly, she has created characters that, despite their flaws, readers will actually care about.
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