Thinner Skin

by Billie Jean Diersen

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Brace yourself.

      Like any Marine wife worth her salt, Jackie Thompson can improvise, overcome, and adapt with the best of them.  A left-leaning intellectual among mostly right-leaning leathernecks, she is also adept at making waves and riding out storms—that is, until she meets walking disaster Sergeant Rob Copeland and his fiancée, Katrine.
      Although accustomed to finding herself in hot water thanks to her unreliable verbal filtration device, Jackie is unprepared for the havoc caused by the ambitious but unstable sergeant, and devastated by what she discovers about Katrine in the aftermath.
       Set in Minneapolis during the First Gulf War, Thinner Skin packs the tension of a military drama and the momentum of a Grisham thriller but with fewer casualties, no terrorists, and only one lawyer. As funny as it is suspenseful, it will leave readers breathless with its rapid-fire pacing, abundant edgy humor, and exhilarating hairpin curves.

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About the Author

Billie Jean Diersen

Billie Jean Diersen is an author of long fiction, short stories and essays. A veteran military wife with a background in juvenile justice and youth development, she holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from Troy University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hamline University, and a Black Belt in Human Nature from the School of Hard Knocks.

When she's not writing, Billie enjoys harassing her two adult children and hanging out with her husband and their handful of high-maintenance felines.

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“A novel about the complexities of relationships, the nature of romantic chemistry and dating in the digital age.” ---Kirkus Reviews  

“Insightful and entertaining!...A great read I would highly recommend.” ---Diane Kelly, best selling author and recipient  of the 2012 Reviewers Choice Award

Unmatched is Billie's first published novel and is available in Kindle and paperback formats. It chronicles the misadventures of Roxanne Browne, a happily married advice columnist who gets more than she bargained for when she convinces her husband of fourteen years to join an Internet matching service to test claims it can create lasting relationships using its research-based compatibility matrix.

Quirky, contemporary, and humorous, Unmatched tackles themes like compatibility and commitment, and takes a lighthearted look at the choices people make and the needs and emotions that drive them.

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Thinner Skin

left quotation mark'It's complicated'

                only begins to describe the relationship dynamics in Billie Diersen's bold, brave, and engaging novel, Thinner Skin…At times titillating and at others heartbreaking, this tale tackles the fluid subject of gender roles and sexuality in the context of a military family...

"Diersen expertly crafts a story that is edgy and captivating, with touches of raw humor and characters who demand your attention...twisting plotlines keep the reader wondering until the final act."

--Diane Kelly, bestselling author and recipient of the 2012 Reviewers Choice Award

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