Monday, December 3, 2018


With: Michele PW

Congratulations to "Janet K.", the winner in Michele's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

I had never intended to write this book.

When I originally conceived of this storyline, I had assumed it would be a part of "It Began With a Lie" (the first book in the Secrets of Redemption series).

But, it wasn't working.

The more I worked on "It Began," the more confused and complicated the book became.

I started to despair I would ever finish it.

And then, I realized what I had been given. I was supposed to write a series, not a single book.

I had never written a series before. Not only that, I had barely even considered writing a series.

But, once I realized my original book idea was actually a series, everything fell into place.

"This Happened to Jessica," is book two in the Secrets of Redemption series, where we finally learn the truth about what happened to sixteen-year-old Jessica that long ago night. It's part psychological thriller, part mystery, part romance with a dash of paranormal.

Michelle is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card + digital copy of IT BEGAN WITH A LIE to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Title: This Happened to Jessica
Author: Michele Pariza Wacek
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
Series: Secrets of Redemption #2
Genre: Psychological thriller/mystery/romantic suspense

Becca would like nothing better than to put the past behind her and focus on making Redemption her home. But what do you do when the past refuses to stay buried?
Becca still can't remember the night sixteen-year-old Jessica disappeared from a party, never to be seen again. Which is bad enough (especially since she was supposedly the last person to see Jessica alive), but it's not the worst …

Strange events are making Becca think there's a link between what happened to Jessica fifteen years ago and the darkness happening now.

With help from her friends and her teenage crush, Daniel, Becca races against time to uncover the truth about Jessica before another sixteen-year-old girl is doomed to the same fate as Jessica.
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Start at the beginning of Becca’s story with IT BEGAN WITH A LIE!

The first in her brand-new Secrets of Redemption series, bestselling author, Michele Pariza Wacek brings you IT BEGAN WITH A LIE. Becca was hoping for a fresh start for her troubled family, but instead, she is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers, one that threatens not only her sanity but her life. Fans of Nora Roberts’ paranormal suspense novels, GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn and classic Stephen King will devour this psychological thriller with an eerie twist of romantic suspense.


About Michele PW:
Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. You can reach her at She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.


  1. Oh cool new to me author. Both books look interesting. Love suspense and trying to figure out who did it. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Series are great. Congratulations on Book 2!

  3. Some stories are just meant to be part of a series. Sounds fantastic.

  4. interesting inspiration

  5. This is my kind of book, mystery, paranormal, romance! I can't wait to read these.

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  6. The mind will sometimes block out memories too painful for us to remember. It may seem good, but that lack of memory leaves one wondering what happened. As the blurb implies, it can also be dangerous. This sounds like a good suspenseful read.


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