#MondayBlogs – A Mystery Plucked from Real Life

#MondayBlogs – A Mystery Plucked from Real Life

As a delicate rain mists my parched Seattle garden, I can’t help but breathe a sign of relief. My favorite season is here, autumn. Not for the pumpkin-spiced everything or the return of school for my kids. No, it’s because the pace of life slows a tad. Once again, I find time to snuggle in with a good book. And I’ve finished yet another one I’m excited to share with you.

Meet JT Twissel

janToday, I’d like to share one of my favorite authors with you, JT Twissel. If she were a man with a quasi-British last name, movies would be made out of all her books. But, for now, she writes for the sheer love of the craft and for the readers that pester her to give them more dammit, more! (I may be one of those prodding fans. Okay, cripes. I am.)

JT Twissel (Jan) was born in a small town in Massachusetts and raised primarily in Reno Nevada, leaving home at eighteen to see the world. Eventually she settled down, living first in Chicago and then in the San Francisco Bay area where she obtained a degree in English from UC Berkeley. She worked as a newsletter editor, a process analyst, project manager and technical documentation manager before becoming a full time writer. Aside from her children, she’s most proud of the years she spent as a Make-A-Wish volunteer, interviewing children with life-threatening conditions and helping arrange their wishes.

Via Twitter:  @jttwissel
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Willful Avoidance

imagesInspired by a true story. . .

Maya Bethany awakes as though from a seventeen-year coma to find herself in bed with a stranger—her husband—who is on a course that will ruin not only her life but those of her children as well unless she does something. But what and how and who will help her? Certainly not the flirtatious millionaire she works for. Nor the jaded lawyer who urges her again and again to compromise with the tax man. No, they only complicate her life at a time when she’s just trying to survive. There will be no white knights to save her. She has to do it herself.

Willful Avoidance is a term in the tax man’s lexicon that refers to the refusal of a spouse to obtain knowledge which he or she needs in order to competently cosign income tax returns.

JT Twissel spent fourteen years fighting the franchise tax board, ultimately appealing to the highest tax court in the state of California, the Board of Equalization. The charge against her: willful avoidance. She wrote this fictionalized version of the story as a cautionary tale. If you think what happened to her can’t happen to you, think again.

My Review:

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An old lady from NoCal I drew last year.

As an author myself, I know how much time and love it takes to craft a novel which makes me feel all the worse for wolfing down JT Twissel’s latest book in a matter of hours. Within the first chapters I came to care about Maya and her uphill battle against a horrible ex-husband and the IRS. Grounded in reality, her story was dramatic, funny, tragic and wonderful.

What I appreciated most is that Twissel didn’t write what the readers wanted to read, but instead wrote the organic journey of Maya with all her ups and downs. The result is a book with a story you could chew on and with twists that kept me reading late into the night! An added bonus of this book was coming away with a rudimentary understanding of our tax laws. Twissel, you’re a sneaky one. Have you ever thought about teaching the subject at the university?

Willful Avoidance spans multiple genres. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Legal, Women’s Fiction, Humor, Literature & Fiction, Contemporary Women, and Political – there’s something to entice every reader. Why not suggest it for your next book club read?


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In her own words:

“The battle for Innocent Spouse Relief, which is at the core of Willful Avoidance, is based on my own fun and games with the taxman.  Before the release of the book I wrote a largely satirical, five-part series on my blog on the subject.  If you’re interested, here are the links:

Five Deadly Sins in the Eyes of the Taxman: http://jttwissel.com/2014/12/04/five-deadly-sins-in-the-eyes-of-the-taxman
Language in the tax code that might surprise you. Especially if you don’t understand financial documents your spouse insists you sign.

The Three Easy Pieces:  http://jttwissel.com/2014/12/11/the-three-easy-pieces
The minimum requirements for Innocent Spouse Relief if your spouse’s financial fandangos leave you in the crosshairs of the IRS.

Secrets of a Kick Ass Tax Woman:  http;//jttwissel.com/2015/01/21/secrets-of-a-kick-ass-tax-woman You can fight the taxman.

Off to See the Wizard: http://jttwissel.com/2015/01/27/off-to-see-the-wizard Facts about the court of last appeal.

Confronting the BOE:  http://jttwissel.com/2015/03/25/confronting-the-boe  The scene insist the courtroom as final, final tax appeals are being heard.

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