I love Wednesdays because it means What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Jamie K Schmidt to the blog. I think you’ll enjoy her guest post and learning more about her latest release Truth Kills. I already want to get to know her heroine better just by what she shared :)
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Take it away Jamie…
Jamie K. Schmidt
Phoebe Jones, my heroine in Truth Kills—the first book in the Truth or Lies series, is a freshman in college. She is an orphan who was aged out of the system, but granted one year of her dream college by a mysterious donor known as the Benefactrix. She wants to become a journalist, so the first thing she does is join the college newspaper, The Sentinel. This was her first article:
The Freshman Fifteen is what the average weight gain a freshman can expect to gain in their first year of college. Here are five tips to keep that from happening to you:
- Water, water, everywhere! Keep a filled bottle of water with you at all times. Most of the time when you feel hungry, you’re actually thirsty. Drink a bottle of water before every meal.
- Snack healthy, and cheaply! Popcorn kernels are about $5 for a silo. That will last you all year. If you can’t snag the air popper from your parents, you can make your own with a brown sandwich bag. Put in a ¼ cup of kernels and a tsp of olive oil. Fold down the bag and shake. Put it in the microwave until all the kernels top popping.
- Limit pizza to once a week. I know. I know. This is a tough one.
- Eat six small meals instead of three big ones to cut down on snacking. Make sure you have a serving of fruit and vegetable with every meal
- Take a half hour walk around campus every day. In addition to hauling your books all over the place getting to and from classes, the extra exercise should keep those fifteen lbs. far away.
Her editor thought it was a little tame. He marked it up and told her to spice it up a bit. She was writing for a college audience not Woman’s Day. Here’s what actually got published in the paper:
How to Still Fit Into Your Jeans After Freshman Year
- Drink light beer, it’s mostly water. Get the low carb option, if available to stop bloat. If you don’t have a fake ID or don’t want to drink, grab lemon slices and sweet and low packets from the cafeteria and make your own lemonade and drink that instead of soda.
- If you spend all your money at the mall on fun things, there won’t be any left for snacks.
- Order a veggie pizza.
- Eat at the dining hall for all your meals. You’ll wind up existing on shredded carrot salads because that’s the only thing you recognize.
- Sex burns lots of calories. Have at it. Just be safe. Use a condom.
Phoebe goes on to write a Freshman’s Guide to Sex column and asks her faculty advisor to help her out with the fun parts.
Tell me what advice you would give to a incoming college Freshman.
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Truth & Lies #1
Jamie K. Schmidt
Released Sept 30th, 2015
Truth & Lies Series
Aged out of the system and
battle worn from unsuccessful foster care, four women on the cusp of adulthood
find passion and their paths in life through the help of an anonymous fairy
godmother type who calls herself the Benefactrix.
Truth Kills: Book One
A healing and emotionally fragile girl unknowing falls for the nephew of the man who killed her family.
College freshmen, Phoebe’s new lover is sexy, creative and willing to let her act out all her dirty fantasies. Unfortunately, Keith’s not telling her the truth about who he really is and the secret past that binds them together. When his Uncle breaks out of prison to search for the “girl who got away,” Keith risks losing the best thing in his life by admitting to Phoebe that his Uncle killed her parents.
Phoebe Jones lost her family during a home invasion when she was only thirteen. She’s the only one of the four girls who remembers a loving family. The Benefactrix has given her a full boat scholarship to the local college, where Phoebe meets a graduate student who wants to do a story about her family. But Keith Parker isn’t without his own demons. His Uncle, now on death row, was one of the men who broke into Phoebe’s house eight years ago. What started out as a project for understanding and healing is complicated when Phoebe & Keith act on the
explosive desire between them.
Phoebe craves to be in control sexually and Keith is more than willing to let her have her way with him. What started out as a hot fling rapidly becomes something deeper. Keith knows he’ll lose her if he reveals who he really is, but the lie has taken on a life of its own and threatens to destroy not only their relationship but Phoebe’s fragile self confidence and freshly won self esteem.
Turning back around, she stood up on her tiptoes until she thought she saw the back of Larissa’s head. Larissa had been a door stop baby, dropped off at a hospital. She never knew her family. She didn’t even come with a note pinned to her blanket. Larissa had been Phoebe’s first friend at the home. She loved hearing about Phoebe’s parents and the little details of a “normal” life. For some reason Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday were the best things Larissa ever heard of and would never get tired of hearing Phoebe talk about how it used to be.
Kelly, Maryanne, and Larissa. That was the sum total of the people who would cheer for her when she walked up on the rickety stage to accept her diploma from Principal Barnes. And at the ripe old age of eighteen, Phoebe was about to be aged out of the system and those people would be lost to her as well.
She was not going to cry. If she started, she wouldn’t stop and that would ruin the ceremony for her friends.
“Just another day,” Kelly murmured.
Phoebe nodded and pulled herself together. Nothing new here. She forced her chin up and willed this endless ceremony to end. It wasn’t as if they would never see each other again. None of them had any money to go very far, except maybe Kelly. Her boyfriend Chad was loaded and liked giving her expensive treats. He was taking her away on vacation tomorrow to Belize to celebrate. But that was only for a week because Kelly had a job to get back to at the camera shop. She’d been working there since she was sixteen. It didn’t pay anything, but she was able to work on her own projects in between transferring people’s pictures from film to digital.
After Kelly got back from Belize, Phoebe and the other girls would start their transition into adult housing, leaving the group home that had housed them since they were ten-years-old.
Graduation was supposed to be a day of hope and of new beginnings. She should have been looking forward to a fun summer and then off to college in the fall, somewhere far away from Connecticut and the memories. Except her grades hadn’t been that good. So she’d take night classes at her safety school, and maybe next year get accepted into one of the larger universities. Paying for that would be another thing to worry about. Just not today.
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USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.