Not To Us: A Love Story

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If you get a second chance, do you take a different path? 

Ellie's perfect world unravels. 

A best friend's betrayal ends her marriage. 

An alarming diagnosis threatens her life. 


It all leads to Michael... 
But, fate soon tests their perfect union. 
And, begs the question: If you get a second chance, do you take a different path? 

"There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, irrevocably; it’s the endings that we’re unprepared for. My life has become a roller coaster ride mixed with equal amounts of pure joy and exposed fear; and, sometimes, this unfathomable incredulity. This arrives in spurts, like adrenalin or injected heroin; well, how I imagine injected heroin would feel. That’s when I consider that change—change, its inevitability—is coming. And, I can’t stop it." 

Not To Us is an insightful look into one woman’s personal journey in discovering the only way to keep her one and only wish is to trust the ones that count, beginning with herself. 

Key Words: Epic love story, Starting Over, Infidelity cheating romance, Grief and loss, Surviving loss, Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction Romance, New York and Paris and Seattle, Bestseller romance 

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About the author

"The Truth About Air & Water, Book 2" is now AVAILABLE. Readers say READ "This Much Is True, Book 1" FIRST. Both are standalones, but that's what readers say to do.

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With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama in her writing, and essentially toy around with the unintentional complications of love and relationships (in her fiction). She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising 'series') beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water

Note: The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally. Look for Tell Me Something True in 2015.

About Owen's fiction...This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a "non-word" she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warn readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, "do what you must, Princess."

Katherine Owen is always writing or thinking about writing. She lives in an old house near Seattle with her family where she is working on her next book, like always, while her family wishes she would clean and cook more often. Cinderella, she is not; and she constantly reminds them of this.

Visit her website at for novel updates and more about the day-to-day machinations of a writer's life and because her website in her words "is awesomely stunning." OR connect with her or twitter @KatherineOwen01 or catch her on Tumblr...

If you want to be among the first to know about Owen's next novel release, sign up for her newsletter: or visit

Katherine Owen | Writer of the dark, angsty love stuff

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Apr 30, 2011
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 "Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind." 
Compelling and provocative, SEEING JULIA is the story of a young widow struggling to find herself who seeks only a normal life after tragic loss.

Julia Hamilton is at the precipice of her life, looking over the edge and seeing nothing. The unexpected meeting of Jake Winston saves her from reckless self harm, but their illicit connection leaves her questioning her past, her life, and herself most of all. She battles heartbreak over her loss and guilt over the inexplicable attraction to Jake. Then, she learns of betrayal by the one person she thought she knew and discovers that nothing is at it seems about her life or even herself.

SEEING JULIA is rich, edgy, compelling fiction that explores the vast toll that grief can take and all the amazing ways that love transcends just about everything else.

Please Note: Be advised that SEEING JULIA contains adult language and adult situations and is not appropriate for young readers. (Mature Young Adult/ New Adult/Adult Fiction)

Owen won the Zola Award and First Place in Romance category with the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in July 2010 with Seeing Julia. If you enjoy the tender scenes of P.S. I Love You, the poignant story lines of Nicholas Sparks, and the twists and turns in plot lines like those of Jodi Picoult, you are going to LOVE Katherine Owen's novel Seeing Julia!


" authentic look at grief and love. I believe anyone that has ever loved someone, lost them, and found a life and another love will devour Seeing Julia. Be forewarned: keep a box of Kleenex handy, as you will need them."

"...You get a little of everything in this book. Love, anger, angst, misery, retribution, they're all in there and make for a wonderful read."

"...Seeing Julia was everything I look for in a great book. Heartbreakingly sad, funny, enlightening, and best of all, heart mending...five stars are not enough..."

If you like dark, edgy compelling fiction with elements of love and romance, look for Owen's other works in contemporary fiction/romance by simply searching for her other novels, NOT TO US, WHEN I SEE YOU, and the Truth In Lies series including THIS MUCH IS TRUE and THE TRUTH ABOUT AIR & WATER.
Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child’s disappearance, and of one woman’s unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love—all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond’s incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight.

Six-year-old Emma vanished into the thick San Francisco fog. Or into the heaving Pacific. Or somewhere just beyond: to a parking lot, a stranger’s van, or a road with traffic flashing by. Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. And so she searches for clues about what happened that morning—and cannot stop the flood of memories reaching from her own childhood to illuminate that irreversible moment on the beach.

Now, as the days drag into weeks, as the police lose interest and fliers fade on telephone poles, Emma’s father finds solace in religion and scientific probability—but Abby can only wander the beaches and city streets, attempting to recover the past and the little girl she lost. With her life at a crossroads, she will leave San Francisco for a country thousands of miles away. And there, by the side of another sea, on a journey that has led her to another man and into a strange subculture of wanderers and surfers, Abby will make the most astounding discovery of all—as the truth of Emma’s disappearance unravels with stunning force.

A profoundly original novel of family, loss, and hope—of the choices we make and the choices made for us—The Year of Fog beguiles with the mysteries of time and memory even as it lays bare the deep and wondrous workings of the human heart. The result is a mesmerizing tour de force that will touch anyone who knows what it means to love a child.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Michelle Richmond's Golden State.
Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything. 

Tally Landon is just trying to escape her tragic story and graduate from high school so she can pursue her ballet career in New York. She doesn't count on meeting Lincoln Presley, Stanford's baseball wonder, nor on this chance meeting with him affecting her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn't count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love. 

Lincoln Presley's life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn't; until he meets up with the girl he saved from the burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine's Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she's told, he's in far too deep to ever really let her go. 

Fate has a different set of plans and when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains. 

"...You want this book, trust me." Kimberly Faye Reads Blog 

"It's raw and real. There are no rainbows or unicorns. There is only life and sometimes life is ugly." Judging Books By Their Covers 

"This is a book that needs to be experienced fully. What I can tell you is to prepare yourself for one gutwrenching, emotional, devastating, tear filled and painful read." Dirty Girl Romance 

"This book was filled with mixed signals, missed opportunities, and power struggles as each player of this game called love fought to win the ultimate prize...This book was a stellar read." Roxy's Reviews 

"If you are looking for a book with raw emotion, loss, love and the power of hope, then this is the book for you! A 5 star read!" Old Victorian Quill 

Author's Note: A coming of age story? Could be. A powerful love story? Most definitely. An unforgettable read? Most likely. Intended for mature audiences in age 17+? Absolutely. 

This best selling new adult contemporary romance novel will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride and is the first book (which should really be two books) in the Truth In Lies series, but it can be read as a standalone. It is 432 pages long in 12-point type so carve out some time. 

UPDATE!! The second book in the The Truth About Lies series, The Truth About Air & Water, book 2  is NOW AVAILABLE. 

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