Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify individual freedom and independence. She has written novels of different genres including historical, mystery, and romance fiction as well as short stories. She is one of the successful new indie authors whose novels have topped the charts in the popular ebook format. Her three previously published novels, Noble Vision, A Dream of Daring, and Fugitive From Asteron have been Amazon Kindle Best Sellers and won 11 book awards. 

ABOUT  Just the Truth 

100 years after women were granted the right to vote and in the era of “fake news,” Just the Truth, is a relevant political thriller about Laura Taninger, a newswoman with unwavering integrity fighting against the overpowering institutional and economic pressures compromising journalism, as she uncovers suspicious circumstances that just might manipulate an upcoming election. 

In Just the Truth, the businesses of Laura Taninger’s family-run corporation, Taninger Enterprises, are the subject of covert political retribution by public officials who abuse their power and the public trust by targeting political enemies. The Taninger family faces pressure to discourage Laura from investigating the president and his administration. Will the family members be pragmatic, try to avoid controversy, and cover up a huge scandal, or will they defend Laura? How can businesspersons and private citizens stand up to intimidation from powerful officials and partisan groups wishing to silence their views?

TALKING POINTS

  • 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, a great time to celebrate women’s achievements and independence, and a reason Gen chose to make her main character a woman.
  • In January, Congress held a hearing over concerns of voting machine security. 
  • There are two approaches to journalism, represented by different characters in the book. One is the commitment to truth and the other allows bias to distort the truth. We see the latter in modern “fake news.”
  • Studies show that Americans’ trust in the media is dropping. This shifts the balance of power away from citizens and requires that journalists fight hard for the truth despite the circumstances.
  • America faces a threat from federal agencies exerting power over private citizens and businesspersons to curb their free speech and political activities. 
  • Attacks on free speech are happening on college campuses, where too often a diversity of views is not tolerated.

TIMELY TIE-INS 

  • May – Get Caught Reading Month
  • May 3 – World Press Freedom Day
  • June – summer vacay/reading lists
  • June 22 – Positive Media Day
  • July 7 – Tell the Truth Day
  • July 30 – Paperback Book Day

AWARDS

For previous books…
Foreword Book of the Year Finalist
Midwest Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction
Midwest Book Awards Finalist in Romance
2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist in Regional Fiction
2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist in Multicultural Fiction
Writer’s Digest, International Book Awards Finalist