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Hello Fans of Consequences,
If you have read Consequences and would be interested in being a "critical reviewer" of my Truth manuscript. Please contact me at:
In your email please tell me why I should chose you. The slots are limited.
Please know, you MUST read and keep the information Confidential. I also require rapid and honest response.
I am looking forward to reviewing your emails. Thank you all for helping me make Truth even bigger and better than Consequences! Aleatha
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Published on April 16, 2012 16:23 • 379 views • Tags: consequences, critique, review, truth
Hi Everyone! I am so excited to announce the winners of my "Birthday Give A Way".
Because CONSEQUENCES is published in two different written versions, I decided to give an autographed copy of each version away for my birthday!
Congratulations to Amy from San Antonio, Texas... you are the winner of the "White covered CONSEQUENCES".
And Congratulations to Stellar. You are the winner of the "larger print, black copy of CONSEQUENCES".
The story is the same. REMEMBER EVERYONE...TRUTH is coming, November 2012.
Congratulations again, Amy and Stellar!
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Published on July 21, 2012 18:58 • 207 views • Tags: consequences, contest, give-a-way, romig, truth
I admit I have a problem. It is a good problem, CONSEQUENCES is finding an audience. It is selling and my Kindle Sales Rank is moving. Here is my problem. I want to know where it is every minute. Thanks to the wonders of smart phones I can access the number from anywhere! That is not good when I'm working (Yes, I hope my wonderful boss doesn't read this) or driving (never, that's not legal in Indiana) or standing in line at the grocery store.
I have tried to show restraint.
Being that Consequences is about a psychological roller coaster... I find it funny that I ride one too. Not even close to the trauma experienced by Claire. My roller coaster is from expectations. When Consequences was released in August of 2011, I was happy if the sales rank stayed in the 100K range. It started in the 1M, hoovered around 300K, then slowly descended into the 100K. Then I would be excited to be under 100K... time passes. As recently as a week or so ago I was thrilled to finally penetrate the 10K mark.
Recently, CONSEQUENCES fell (or in actuality rose) to 4200! That is amazing! And since my publisher doesn't tell me sales #'s I really don't know what it means... but it is GOOD! No, to paraphrase Tony (the tiger not Rawlings) it's GREAT!
So why does seeing 5,000 (Amazon updates the ranking every 2 hours, so flucation is constant) make me pout? Truly that is fantastic.
Someday maybe I'll develop a thicker skin and learn not to obsess. But, today isn't someday. So thank you all for making my obsession something I can smile about! I am loving this emotional roller coaster.
Just think, in two more months I'll have two books to obsess over. I can't wait for TRUTH!
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Published on September 06, 2012 15:01 • 401 views • Tags: consequences, fiction, obsession, romance, romig, suspense, thriller, truth
I love... LOVE all the reviews and comments from CONSEQUENCES readers. I truly try to read every one of them! What amazes and thrills me is the depth of emotion people feel for my characters. Claire Nichols and Tony Rawlings came to life in my head and screamed to get out! I love them both in so different ways!

Writing CONSEQUENCES I wanted more than anything to portray Claire as a strong individual in unbelievable horrific circumstances. It's easy to sit back in our bed or on our couch and read about her awful life and say "get out...leave" tell me, where would she go? Where could she go that Anthony's wealth and influence couldn't find her?
I don't want to give too much away... but I do want to say, I NEVER intended for her to appear weak. She stands up to him in her own way... in a way, few, if any, others do or can...

However, it thrills me to read that someone is so upset with her decisions they want to throw their book or Kindle across the room (please don't). That is an amazing compliment... my characters evoke emotion. One reader called CONSEQUENCES an Emotional Thriller! Another and Emotional Roller coaster! That is wonderful... LOVE Anthony Rawlings - or - hate Anthony Rawlings... the fact you have internalized him and Claire are enough for me. But then again, I know the TRUTH. ;)
In a very short time you can too. I believe CONSEQUENCES is a puzzle... it is up to the reader to "put it together"... TRUTH is a game and it's coming together... CONVICTED (due out in late 13 or early 14) will ... (guess we need to wait to find out!) Thank you for your strong emotions! Please keep spreading the word! We want everyone ready for the TRUTH!
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Published on September 18, 2012 16:48 • 550 views • Tags: consequences, romance, romig, thriller, truth
September 24, 2012 was definitely INTERVIEW MONDAY for me!
An interview I completed weeks ago appeared on an awesome blog Rachelle's Window
It was so much fun to answer these questions and work with Rachelle.
Then, at 9:30 AM, I appeared live on COMEDY THERAPY RADIO with comedian and author, Brad Tassell!
This was a great experience. At first I must admit I was perplexed by Brad's promo: "Brad Tassell will interview CONTROVERSIAL author Aleatha Romig". I wondered, why am I controversial? However, as we spoke and I reflected over the emotions my readers are experiencing I understood.
The experiences Claire endures in CONSEQUENCES are indeed controversial... they are horrific and should in no way be down played. As a female I think it would be unbearable. That is what makes Claire so strong! She endures!
Then the question of Stockholm Syndrome causes the reader to question Claire's motivation for some of her decisions. How would you respond? Can we really say, unless we have endured?
But, Controversial... after reading reviews and blogs, this is what I see as the most controversial part of CONSEQUENCES. It is the unbelievable emotions felt by is the feeling that after all is said and done, many still want a Happy Ever After.
Controversial? Crazy? Insane?
Some may think so. However, I believe many of us want "GOOD" to prevail. We see glimmers of good, glimmers of love, glimmers of hope, and want to believe even a glimmer of good can triumph over a platter of evil.
It is a very female trait to want to "make it better" we want to believe in hope.. in the future... in TRUTH!
Are my readers crazy? Or as one blogger wrote... are the readers sane and Tony crazy?
It goes back to CONSEQUENCES evoking overpowering emotion! If you haven't rode this roller coaster, jump aboard! If you have, tell everyone you know... because... many of your answers are coming!
TRUTH will be here in November! Let's find out who is the crazy one!
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Published on September 25, 2012 04:48 • 474 views • Tags: consequences, emotion, interview, romig, truth
Spoiler: This is for readers of CONSEQUENCES. If you haven't read the first book of my series, please don't read this:

From Chapter 1 of TRUTH, the second novel in the CONSEQUENCES series:

Jane Allyson, attorney, wondered why it wasn’t more difficult. Removing a prisoner from a medium security penitentiary should be harder. Yet, with the governor’s signature and a piece of paper, Claire Nichols was now riding in the passenger seat of Jane’s Toyota Corolla, wearing jeans and shoes from fourteen months earlier.
Claire chose to wear the blouse Jane brought for her. It was slightly large, but nonetheless, as Jane viewed Claire in her peripheral vision, Claire didn’t seem concerned. Instead, she appeared mesmerized by the landscape, occasionally sighing or dabbing her eyes. Jane tried to imagine Claire’s state of mind. Of course, her client was emotional; her entire life had just abruptly changed – again. It would be a difficult transition for anyone.
Sporadically, Jane checked her rearview mirror. There were no signs they were being followed. However, if the benefactor of the $100,000 knew about Claire’s release, Jane worried he or she might be waiting for their departure.
Breaking the silence, Jane said, “I didn’t speak with your friend. But, her assistant said there’ll be a ticket waiting for you at the American Airlines counter.”
“I don’t have identification.” The sudden realization frightened Claire. Could this oversight land her back in prison?
“Yes, you do. Iowa issued you an identification card identifying your personal belongings. You have all of that don’t you?”
Claire hugged the small bag. All of her possessions in the entire world were contained within the small nylon bag. Along with the items from her cell, Claire’s bag held the blue cashmere sweater and jewelry she’d been wearing upon her arrest. At twenty-nine, it seemed like such a small accumulation. “I do. I didn’t realize the identification card would work outside of prison.”
As Jane turned the Toyota south onto highway 235, she inhaled deeply and breached the uncomfortable subject. “Claire, I need to tell you something. The petitioning for your pardon wasn’t my idea.”
The trance holding Claire Nichols' thoughts captive released its hold; she zeroed in upon her savior, the person who’d freed her from a life of solitude. However, after so much time alone, conversation was difficult. Claire tried desperately to fill the silences. If one person spoke, then it was time for the next. Very easy, she could do it. “What do you mean?”
Jane told Claire about the anonymous letter, the almost complete petition for pardon, and the certified cashier's check. She didn’t mention her fear as she entered the penitentiary. She waited to see if it was shared.
Claire asked, “Who would spend $100,000 for my release?”
“I don’t know.”

Claire observed the expression, body language, and tone of the woman next to her. It had been a while, but she believed Jane spoke truthfully. Her attorney didn’t know who planted the seed for her emancipation.
Jane continued, “I can tell you, initially, I believed whoever this was, they wanted you released without associating their name. I believed they were protecting themselves from your ex-husband.”
Claire ingested her words, it made sense. She reasoned, if Tony knew someone helped in her release, who knows what he might do. Then she registered every word, “Initially? Jane, what do you mean initially?”
As Jane answered, her Toyota headed south toward the Des Moines International Airport. “I have to admit, I’ve had another thought.” Claire didn’t speak, but listened and watched. Jane continued, “What if the petition, letter, and money came from an unlikely source, someone to whom $100,000 was nothing?”
Claire’s emerald eyes opened wider. The elation which had filled her lungs evaporated. No longer involuntary, breathing required thought. She stammered, “You think it was Tony?” Claire fought an onset of nausea, “Why would he do that?”
“I really don’t know. I just know the best thing is to get you out of Iowa especially before the press frenzy begins.”
Claire hugged her belongings close to her thumping chest. She remembered the unrelenting press and more importantly her ex-husband. Old fears made her heart to race. Looking again at Jane, Claire noticed Jane’s eyes darting between the landscape ahead and the one behind in the rearview mirror. What if Tony or someone else were following her? Claire replied, “Yes, please, let’s do that.”

The American Airlines’ agent at the counter didn’t question Claire’s Iowa state issued identification. Within minutes she handed Claire her boarding pass -- a nonstop first class ticket to San Francisco, departing in ninety minutes.
Each step toward the concourse removed a little of Claire’s heaviness. The anxiety and apprehension she’d experienced under Tony’s rule knocked at the door of Claire’s heart and soul. She tried desperately to suppress those fears. Her counsel’s attention and kindness helped to alleviate the burden. Claire truly didn’t have time to process her sudden freedom. Turning toward Jane, she inquired, “Tell me again about the pardon. Do I need to check in with anyone?”
Jane explained, “Everything associated with the charge of attempted murder is now gone. The arrest, plea, incarceration… it’s all gone. Your record will appear as though it never occurred.” She emphasized, “Claire, the last fourteen months never happened.”
“Thirty-six.” Claire corrected.
Jane looked into her client’s eyes. She saw the victim’s eyes of over a year ago, not the eyes of an attempted murderer. The sadness combined with confusion told Jane, release wouldn’t be that simple. Removing Claire from the walls of Iowa’s Correctional Institution for Women was easier than removing the past thirty-six months from her memories. There was nothing Jane could say. Getting Claire safely out of Iowa was her only goal. “Please take care of yourself.” Jane said as she pulled an envelope and a card out of her purse. “Here is my card with my cell and office number as well as email. If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And in this envelope is something I believe should belong to you.”
Claire took the items from her attorney and slowly opened the envelope. Staring back at her was fifty dollars in ten dollar bills and a cashier’s check made out to cash for $100,000. “No, Jane. I can’t accept this. This is for you. It’s your payment for helping me.”
“The cash will help with incidentals until you reach your friend. And, as for the check, it’s a ridiculous amount of money for a few hours’ work. You get settled. When you can, send me an appropriate payment for my services. Consider it seed money to start your new life.”
“But we don’t know who it’s from.”
“No, we don’t. If perhaps it’s from whom we suspect, wouldn’t he be happy to learn it went to you?”
Slowly Claire’s lips turned upward; she shook her head. “No. No, he wouldn’t.” Claire scanned the mingling crowd for a familiar face. Exhaling with relief at the sea of strangers, Claire continued. “And for that reason, I accept.” The two women embraced. “Thank you, Jane, for everything.”
Claire straightened her shoulders, and turned toward the gate. It’d been sometime since she’d flown commercial, but she knew Jane wasn’t allowed past security without a boarding pass. Thankfully, no one else would be either.

Jane watched as Claire passed the TSA agents and disappeared into the crowd of bodies. With an audible sigh, Jane thanked God no one recognized her client, and the reporters hadn't been notified. She had no idea how long it would take interested parties to learn of Claire’s release and flight. However long, Jane hoped it was long enough.

Claire Nichols sat in a row of connected black vinyl chairs, holding all of her worldly possessions and soaking in the scene around her. There were people talking, reading, and even sleeping. Periodically the dim background noise shattered with announcements over the PA system. They told of flights boarding and others delayed. No one noticed her. No one cared that only four hours earlier she’d been a prisoner of the state of Iowa. The buzzing in Claire’s brain began to dull, and her pulse steadied. In another thirty-five minutes she’d be boarding a plane. Claire hoped she wouldn't hear an announcement saying her flight was delayed. She may not remember her initial arrival to Iowa, but she was savoring her final exit. Returning was not on her agenda.
Her inner monologue was interrupted by the sound of her name, “Ms. Nichols?” A large security officer bent down to speak quietly near Claire’s ear.
Startled by the man’s closeness and words, she managed a response, “Yes? I’m Claire Nichols.”
“I need you to come with me please.”
Oh God, no! She thought. Please let me get on this plane. Involuntarily moisture returned to Claire’s eyes as the shrill sound of alarms reverberated within her head. Trying to speak steadily over the deafening panic, only she could hear, she uttered, “I’m sorry. I don’t believe I can do that. I can’t miss my flight.”
“Ms. Nichols if you will please come to my office, I’ll explain everything.”
Claire gripped her bag and contemplated her next move. She shouldn't have left Jane, not yet. She had Jane’s card; she could call her. Her voice and tone exposed her apprehension, “I really don’t want to go with you.” People began to stare.
Speaking in a hushed whisper, “Ms. Nichols, your ticket has been cancelled.” She shook her head in protest. “It’s all right.” Moving his lips near her ear, as to not be overheard, “Please settle down, your ticket was cancelled, because there’s a private plane coming for you.”
The security officer’s voice came through a long dark tunnel. The tunnel closed. Only blackness…

TRUTH is coming! November of 2012, please tell your friends. Everyone needs to be ready!
ConsequencesTRUTHTruth Truth (Consequences, #2) by Aleatha Romig
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Published on October 04, 2012 21:04 • 3,246 views • Tags: consequences, excerpt, november, romig, truth
Is it wrong to enjoy writing and reading about manipulation? Does it make it any better if the manipulator is handsome, cunning, smart, powerful and frick'n sexy as hell???
Feel free to answer my rhetorical questions... however, the fact is, I LOVE it!!!

When writing the following scene from TRUTH I couldn't stop smiling! If you haven't read TRUTH...or CONSEQUENCES please don't read this scene. For those who have.. come take a peek at the way my mind works!

Chapter 16... **SPOILER**I wanted a stronger more confident Claire. In my humble opinion, that strength wouldn't come in prison. She needed the support of others. Her new and old friendships provided her reinforcement and her refound strength began to emerge. This was first seen when she was kick-ass solid confronting Phil in San Antonio...(oh that made me smile too!)

Now she plans to show Tony the "new stronger" her. Knowing his ability to manipulate, she gives him only a few hours notice that their dinner venue has changed. Although I wanted to portray Claire as strong I believe it is very difficult to outsmart a master manipulator.

<spoiler> When his (Tony's)tall body inclined, allowing his lips to hover near her ear, her body tingled. Then, without warning he spoke. Claire's fantasy evaporated. Reality struck with a slap that only real life can elicit. Tony whispered, “I am glad visibility wasn't your goal for this evening. I would hate for you to be disappointed.”
Before Claire could respond, they stepped from the lounge into the restaurant; she gasped. Her neck stiffened as she took in the empty restaurant. No longer was her subconscious filled with memories of love and pleasure, but control and manipulation. The harshness deflated her lungs. Claire fought to breathe, experiencing the sensation of suffocation she’d suffered during the years of his domination.
With new found determination, she turned toward the sly smirk of her ex-husband, “Tony, what have you done?”

What made this even more fun was his reaction. Yes he'd manipulated the situation; nevertheless, he was IMPRESSED with her effort!

I loved showing that Tony's manipulation was still present, yet at the same time we get a glimpse of a changed man from the one in CONSEQUENCES!!!

Please, tell me what your reaction was while reading that scene for the first time... even if you have a hate/love relationship with Mr. Anthony Rawlings... I find it hard to believe you didn't smile, shake your head and say "That son-of-a-bi***" And LOVE every minute of it!
Truth (Consequences, #2) by Aleatha Romig
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Published on November 15, 2012 13:07 • 1,458 views • Tags: anthony-rawlings, consequences, manipulation, romig, truth
Excerpt from CONSEQUENCES: They left the bedroom together just before 1:30, and Tony spoke. “I'm sure you realize, but I am going to say it for the sake of clarification. Just because we are engaged, divulging private information is still forbidden.”
Claire looked up at his eyes and wondered what he possibly thought she would say to his associates. “I promise I know that.” They continued to the front stairs, where muffled voices could be heard from the sitting room. “Now who am I meeting?” As she asked, the voices came into range, her eyes moistened, and she looked to Tony for confirmation. “Is it really them?”
He gently held her shoulders, “Yes, I invited them to surprise you for Thanksgiving, but now you have even bigger news to share.”
“I can tell them ...?”
He smiled. “Of course."
Wishing you all a day filled with hope, just as Claire tried so desperately to hope for a better future...
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Published on November 22, 2012 09:32 • 484 views • Tags: anthony-rawlings, consequences, romig, thanksgiving, truth
By now most of you have read or quoted this famous review of CONSEQUENCES which appeared on Amazon: I think I need therapy after reading this book

Summary: This story is powerful. It's deeply moving and very emotional. And, it's completely horrific. So, on one hand, it deserves five stars for being so good, but on the other hand, I might sleep better if I had just passed this one by. So, I am rating it 4 stars... because I did like the story even while I hated it. And, I will read the sequel, because I need to know good will triumph over evil...

Well, I started thinking... when does one believe they're in need of therapy and why? I did what everyone else does when they have a question - I Googled it!

According to Therapy and Counseling.Org people often seek counseling when they are overwhelmed and stressed due to various life circumstances. Sometimes they have had recent or past life traumas, such as abuse, loss, illness or accidents. Many times they begin therapy following a crisis, something that has turned their world upside down, like the addiction of a loved one, adultery, or witnessing a violent incident. It could be a feeling of aloneness and just wanting someone to listen and care.

Here is my question: Can a book bring out those feelings in someone?
and if it does... Is that bad? or Does it mean you're human - with the capacity to love, lust, hate, hurt and rejoice outside of yourself?

IF it is the former... doesn't that mean you’ve received a gift? I mean, sometimes real life gets tough. Sometimes it is amazing - but sometimes a break from reality is wonderful. Now if that "break" infiltrates your dreams at night and your thoughts during the day - isn't that a testimony to the author?
I recently experienced that with a series I read... and while worn out - I'm grateful.
BUT - more than that, I'm honored that so many of my readers have experienced these strong emotions while reading my CONSEQUENCES SERIES
Talking and sharing is always a bonus... so spread the word - tell your friends to read! Remember, misery loves company! And be sure to check out The Consequences Series: Group Reads, Group Therapy & Group Hugs! There are some great people who will listen and give you virtual hugs!

In the meantime, know your comments of joy, frustration, irritation, triumph and elation have been a gift! Please keep them coming... and tell the world to read my series! And I will continue to teeter on sanity - after all, if I really sought therapy and Tony disappeared from my thoughts and dreams... CONVICTED would never make it to your e-reader! I promise to avoid counseling until it is published!
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Published on November 30, 2012 14:56 • 903 views • Tags: consequences, romance, romig, thriller, truth
I remember my father telling me, "Money earned is so much sweeter than money received... by a gift or a prize."
I didn't understand. If your talking money, I'll take it anyway I can get it.

Fast forward... I'm older... yes, Tony was born the same year as I! For the reader who said she thought I was Claire's age...I LOVE you! But the truth is, I'm older.

Recently, due to all of you, I've experienced some of what my father talked about... earning money by hours, days, weeks, and months of work. It feels fantastic!

Last week I watched my husband graduate from college with his BS in Education. I was so proud. I watched him work so hard to fulfill this goal.

Today, I watched our oldest son graduate with his BS in Industrial Management. I can't describe my feelings! He "earned" that degree...

There were times we told our son, "Work hard, it will pay off."
I'm partial, but my son is a VERY hard worker. He put in hours and hours as a high school wrestler and did well... not great. Others did half the work and did great. We said, "Hard work pays off..." He didn't see it. Nonetheless, he kept working.


I've experienced some recent "Pay Off" not monetarily, but with AMAZING reviews and comments from readers.

It is true... the hard work, time and dedication makes the final award SO MUCH SWEETER!!!

I hope that anyone who reads this understands what I am trying to say... don't give up! Don't settle for anything less than that amazing self-satisfying feeling of the SWEETEST Success! The success that ONLY comes from hard work and dedication!

Nothing has ever felt better!
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Published on December 16, 2012 18:07 • 669 views • Tags: consequences, hard-work, romig, success, truth