Also by this author: The King, The Virgin, The Queen, The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years, #4), The Bourbon Thief, The Bourbon Thief, The Night Mark, The Red, Michael's Wings: An Original Sinners Collection, The Lucky Ones, The Chateau (The Original Sinners, #9), The Rose, Winter Tales, The Priest (The Original Sinners, #9), The Pearl (The Godwicks, #3)
Published by 8th Circle Press on March 15th 2016
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Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire...
Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: “I met Eleanor.”
So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Stearns,” a moving coda to the RITA® Award-winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers' Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.
This collection also includes “The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber,” a companion 36-page story written exclusively for The Confessions.
And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview.
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The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection by Tiffany Reisz
Ok, readers. . .are you in need of an Original Sinners fix? Then you must read The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection by Tiffany Reisz. Be forewarned, however, this collection is not intended to be standalone and readers should already have read all eight Original Sinners books up through The Queen first. The Confessions is divided into three parts – well, actually four if you count the Fun Facts about Father Marcus Stearns AKA Søren. And you will definitely want to count it. Parts one and two are the confessions of Søren and his Eleanor, and part three is an interview in which you get to live in the mind of the author (an amazing place to live!) if only briefly.
I’m going to forego any comments that might be even remotely construed as spoilers. Instead, I’m going to bless you with some quotes which, to me, not only reveal the heart of the characters but the heart of the author. Despite the fact that I already have clear mental images of both Eleanor and Søren, they are clearer than ever to me as they go one to one with their confessions to Father Stuart Ballard.
“She has a fearlessness to her I’ve never encountered before. She’s not afraid of me. She’s not afraid of anything. She’s smart, dangerous, manipulative, and utterly untamable. She is the freest person I’ve ever known. I couldn’t get her to shut up with a ball gag and a muzzle.” § Søren Magnussen (Father Marcus Stearns)
“I know all his darkness. I could carry that. I could handle all the bad stuff and the hard stuff and the scary stuff he’s told me. And here was this one beautiful shining secret part of him, and that’s the part he kept from me? It’s not fair. We aren’t sweet people, Father. Not me, not Kingsley, not Søren. We’re a lot of things but we aren’t sweet. And all along he had this sweet fantasy, this lovely longing for something like a teenage girl imagining her wedding day, and he never shared that with me.” §Eleanor Schreiber (Nora Sutherlin)
“The simple life is a mirage. It’s like a perfectly clean and polished wine glass. And you want that pristine chalice, but the second you reach out and pick it up, it’s covered in your fingerprints. It’s only clean until it’s yours, then it’s dirty. That’s the simple life. It’s simple until you show up and start using it.” §Father Stuart Ballard
“I love straddling the line. It’s where art lives. And people love having their buttons pushed. That’s why we ride roller coasters.” §Tiffany Reisz
It’s a little scary to disagree with Mistress Nora, but I must go out on a limb here and disagree with Nora/Eleanor’s statement above. I do think there is an element of sweetness that runs through each member of the Unholy Trinity. One of the best things about this series is the way the author joins Nora, Søren, and Kingsley together with bonds of sweetness, goodness, and tenderness.
I encourage you to treat yourself to this glimpse into the souls our Sinners. Secrets will be revealed as always, some surprising and some heart-rending. The Fun Facts part is a great addition because it fulfills one of my favorite qualities of the Original Sinners books: questions are answered, and even more questions are raised. Just so you know. . .my newest book boyfriend is Father Stuart Ballard. Who could have predicted I would fall in love with an 81-year-old priest!?!
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