Are you ready to take it?
Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancé is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.
In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?
AMANDA (ah-MAHN-dah)- Latin- Meaning lovable or worthy of love. Fitting. I've always had an affinity for love.
Being born in sunny San Diego in the mid 80s to a young military couple gave me plenty of insight into the dynamics of a romantic relationship. Somewhere between moving coasts every three years, I found myself engrossed in fairytale romances and dressing up like a bride. My first real love was writing.
By my sophomore year in a new high school in Virginia, I had a slew of short stories, songs, poems, and articles to my name. Writing was fun. It was a way to get the emotions, dialogue, and pictures out of my head, and create a destiny for my characters. I had no intention of making a career in writing, because it wasn’t what I did, it was who I was. In reality, I wanted to be an actress. Ah, to be the face of someone else’s authored story. The plan was to move in with my aunt in L.A. after graduation, but I had a change of heart. Instead, I stayed with my high school sweetheart (now husband) and attended a film school in Norfolk, VA. It was at this school that I discovered my love for writing screenplays and felt compelled to follow that path.
But . . . as the practical girl I was brought up to be, I decided to go to a real university. While working full time, I completed my BA in Psychology in four and a half years. Becoming a couples therapist had always been my “backup” career and there I was on my way to solving love's most complicated quandaries one couple at a time.
With all my new free time after graduation, I decided to turn my full-length screenplay into a novel in hopes it would help my screenplay sell. I think I was in the middle of writing chapter two when I realized that everything I had ever written was to prepare me for that moment when I knew I was a novelist. Talk about the affirmation of my life. Now my plan is to solve love's most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.
“Everyone should have this book on their shelves. I know this will be one I return to again and again and I cannot wait for the next release from this writer, as she has gone straight on my favourite writer list.”
- Noemie T Verlan on behalf of BestChickLit.com
“The Man Test was a funny contemporary book of the length a woman will go to prove she is right.”
- Teresa Beasley
“Normally romance novels don’t get a very high rating with me… even though I absolutely love them… the fact is they are quite predictable… but Aksel’s book is about so much more than whether the girl gets the perfect guy in the end… it is
funny and sweet and absolutely heartbreaking as it delves into the world of love and shows the many sides of it”
-RG Dole, Dolewrites
“A fun, comical, yet serious at times great book to definitely take your mind off the mundane! I highly recommend it!”
- Laurie Here
“Rock-solid dialogue, strong characters, a well-edited book that is very enjoyable to read. I’d recommend this to anyone, and I’d definitely put it into the hands of someone who’d just been cheated on.”
– Julie Valerie, Julie Valerie Book Blog
“A humorous and well written book "The Man Test" was an absolute great read.”- Debbie, Evie Bookish