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betweenby Joy DeKok


Her Cinderella night turned Titanic. 

Everything was going just fine for Olivia Morgan. Until the dead guy in the elevator, her lover’s dismissal of her, the loss of her dream job, and an FBI agent who is looking into the past she’s worked so hard to hide. What’s a woman to do when she’s suddenly un-kept, a murder suspect, and has her own personal stalker? Olivia uses her artistic talent to remember and reveal what she knows. Will it save or convict her? 

“Joy DeKok’s new mystery is one of those books that haunted me from page one. Meaning, when I wasn’t reading, the story kept drawing me back, making me wish I could set everything else aside and just finish it!”

“An emotional and suspenseful story.”


“Well handled subject of lives traumatized by child abuse and rape. I will look forward to the next of the series.”

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CIR: What gave you the idea for this novel?

DeKOK: The inspiration for Between the Lies came from women in my life. These women haven’t ignored their difficult pasts, but have overcome them with brutal honesty and in some cases, going all the way back so they could move ahead. They aren’t women who are constantly doing more – they are women who are revealing more of who they are. In their 30s and older they are becoming artists, leaders, teachers, mentors, and life savers. Some have faith in God. Others don’t. This series introduces readers to them.

CIR: Given the depth of subject matter, what was the writing process like?

DeKOK: My writing process has changed a little with this book. I’m working part time for my husband while he rebuilds his career in our 50s, am helping my dad take care of my mom who is battling dementia, and have some health challenges of my own. This means that my writing time is less. When I sit down now, I don’t have the luxury of easing into the story – I have to be ready to go. That’s a challenge for me, and it’s also an excellent life lesson; if you want to do something enough, you will do it no matter what. Even when your heart is breaking for those you love, when starting over in your 50s is hard, or when your body fails you. Maybe especially then.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?

DeKOK: I’d love for readers to be entertained and in the process, realize how amazing they are when they are themselves.

CIR: What is the main character like?

DeKOK: Olivia is a woman coming out of hiding – from a childhood full of pain and an adult relationship that diminished who she is and her talent. She’s stronger, sassier, more beautiful, and smarter than she imagined. Like most of us, she’s scared and scarred.

CIR: What themes do you address in this book?

DeKOK: Abuse, the loss of a child, the loss of a childhood, friendship, going back, self-discovery, and triumph.

CIR: There is a series title here.  Is there more coming?

DeKOK: There is – book two is already in process and I hope to release it next year. Olivia is still the main character, but she’s involved in a new mystery full of danger and suspense for her as well as Isabella – a young woman who is missing and presumed dead.

Although there is no graphic content in this novel, references made to rape and sexual abuse may not be appropriate for all readers.

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