Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Better Believe It (+ Giveaway)


Better Believe It
By Fern Ronay
Publication date: December 3rd, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Jada Marlone’s life appears to be perfect on social media. She has a loving husband, a beautiful child, and a successful career. What she doesn’t post about is the disconnect she feels in her marriage, the difficulties of motherhood, and her strained relationship with her mother.

Resigned to never being truly happy, Jada runs into an ex-boyfriend. While trying to decide whether the coincidence is her second chance at happiness, Jada begins having dreams that feature her dead cousin Gina.

With Gina’s help, Jada starts to uncover the real reasons behind her life decisions. As Jada tries to figure out her future, uncontrollable events threaten her resolve. Will she be able to draw from all she learned from Gina, or will she risk making the same mistakes twice?

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Now here's an excerpt for your reading pleasure.

Gina swirled a lo mein noodle with her fork and leaned in. “So, do you think it was a conspiracy?” she mocked in a high pitched whisper. “Do you think he acted alone?”

I rolled my eyes and bit into my greasy egg roll.

“Holy shit!” Gina cackled, leaning back in her chair, her knees lifting up as she howled. “What a couple of geeks! I mean, honestly.”

She shook her head and went back to twirling her noodle. “Fucking dorks.”

“Shut up. Please.”

“No wonder Grandma and Grandpa quit.”

“I wasn’t cool enough for them?” I asked.

“No. I’m kidding,” Gina said. “They didn’t quit. It doesn’t work that way. But I can see why they needed me. After we knew he’d be there, it was obvious that it was about to get complicated. I mean, not complicated like ‘tracking Oswald to Mexico’ complicated, but you know.”

“Would you shut up?” I glanced up from my egg roll. “Wait, you knew he’d be there? How?”

“We can see things. Like flies on a wall. We could see that the guy you still think about was going on a business trip to San Francisco and that your case was going to have depositions there the same week. And—‘God help us all’ as Grandma and Grandpa would say—we could then see you’d be staying at the same hotel. Of all the gin joints.”

She was wearing one of her white T-shirts. It showed a drawing of a melting ice cream cone with little paper-doll-like children holding hands as they surrounded it.

“How do you know I think about him?”

“We can see that too.”

“You can read minds?” I asked.

“No. We can read hearts.”

Meet the Author: Fern Ronay

Fern Ronay has lived in NYC, Chicago, and now sunny Los Angeles with her husband, but she will always consider herself a Jersey girl.

She is the author of two novels, Better in the Morning and Better Believe It, and is the host of the podcast Signs from the Other Side, as well as a host at the AfterBuzzTV network.

Follow Fern on Instagram @FernRonay and check out her free ebook at

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  1. I suspect a ghost could read my mind and/or heart better than I manage some days.
    Thanks for the intriguing excerpt.

  2. I think we all wonder about the choices we've made at times. It sounds as though this explores that question in an interesting way. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  3. The final line of that excerpt is a heart punch! Sounds like a great book!

  4. This story sounds unique, captivating and very special. I enjoyed the beautiful excerpt. Thanks.

  5. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  6. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I enjoye the excerpt! Thanks!

  8. Interesting premise. Gina sounds like a fun character, someone you would want to hang out with.


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