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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Readers Guide
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416578048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416578048
  • ASIN: B003A02X70
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Billingsley's latest (after Can I Get a Witness?) chronicles the devilishly rude awakening in store for Houstonite Nina Lawson after she wins $8 million in the lottery. Not only are family members she hasn't seen in years itching to share the loot, but her fiancé, Rick Henderson, starts counting on his piece before the check's in the bank. Things get even more complicated after Todd, Nina's ex-husband, ends up not being an ex; turns out his hoochie mama girlfriend, Pam, spent the divorce filing fee on a Fendi bag. Pam urges Todd to wrangle a chunk of Nina's dough, and he agrees, though with a near-reasonable motivation: to get his ailing Grams a new heart. The ensuing slapstick is fast moving and hilarious as Billingsley ponders how Nina's impulse to do the right thing gets her in trouble—and yet, somehow, love (and God) provides. (July)
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About the Author

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the author of the nonfiction book Help!  I've Turned into My Mother and six previous adult novels: My Brother's Keeper, for which she received the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author from the Black Writer's Alliance and the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association; the national bestseller and #1 Essence bestseller Let the Church Say Amen, chosen for Library Journal's Best of 2004 list for Christian fiction; I Know I've Been Changed, a main Selection of the Black Expressions Book Club and #1 Dallas Morning News bestseller; the sequel to Let the Church Say Amen and a USA Today 2007 ?Summer Sizzler? and Essence bestseller Everybody Say Amen; The Pastor's Wife, also an Essence bestseller and Can I Get A Witness.  Her previous teen novels are Friends 'Til The End, Fair-Weather Friends, Getting Even, With Friends Like These, Blessings in Disguise, and Nothing But Drama, all available from Pocket Books.  She is also a contributor to the anthology Have a Little Faith.  She welcomes readers to her websites at

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Reshonda Tate Billingsley is a very talented writer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wanda B. Campbell on July 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
When Nina Lawson wins the lottery, the seemingly happy life she shares with her fiancé begins to crumble as family, including her cheating ex-husband and his girlfriend, stake claims on her new found wealth. Through the heartaches, Nina soon learns that money does in fact, change people and in the process learns a valuable lesson on forgiveness.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley does it again. The Devil Is A Lie is a well-crafted story that proves money isn't the answer to everything and it certainly doesn't buy happiness. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a well written, thought-provoking story with a flare for some good old-fashion wisdom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 9, 2009
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Ever wondered what it would be like to never have to worry about finances again? Nina Lawson is a step away from claiming millions after winning the lottery. Even though she fantasizes a bit with Rick, her fiance', she stays level-headed. She is set on saving some money, helping out her family, and ensuring Rick gets his own business up and running. She is thrown for a loop when her ex-husband pops back into the picture, with his new woman in tow, the one he cheated on her with, and they're claiming half of Nina's fortune. I'm sure you're wondering how, with him being the ex and all? Well, he really isn't her ex since the girlfriend went shopping with the money he gave her to mail his paperwork for the divorce.

Nina soon finds out that with all the scheming going on, money can't buy everything, especially happiness. While trying to figure out how to handle her relatives with their hands out, her ex, and her fiance', with his increasingly rude attitude regarding the money, she learns that sometimes things aren't what they seem. She also learns a lot about herself in the process, and in the end about family; how they might just surprise you when you least expect it.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley has a knack for portraying the "down home" feel of family and the dynamics between them. I would highly recommend THE DEVIL IS A LIE to readers with an interest in heart-warming stories with realistic characters and situations. Though the drama is abundant, it doesn't overshadow the story; the message is clear, even before completing the book. THE DEVIL IS A LIE is a wonderful read showcasing how important it is to stay true to yourself, and that even during what should be happy times, the devil will show up and try to show out. In spite of this, in the end, love always prevails.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Wallington on August 10, 2009
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Nina and her ex-husband, Todd, were high school sweethearts. Against the advice of family and friends they married young. It seemed like they had proved everyone wrong as they were married for about ten years, but then Todd got the wandering eye and wondered what it would be like to experience another woman. Todd files for divorce and becomes involved in a relationship with his new woman, Pam. Only, Todd soon finds the grass is not greener on the other side. Pam is irresponsible, money hungry and selfish. Pam's character flaws lead to the demise of their relationship and to Todd being able to help the person he loves the most, his grandmother. In ReShonda Tate Billingsley's newest novel, the Devil Is a Lie, Todd and Nina must come to terms about their respective relationships and the problems that greed brings.

Nina can hardly believe that she has the winning lottery ticket. In her mind, she makes all kinds of plans for the money, including helping her new man, Rick Henderson, open his gym. She even has a plan to help out her money-grubbing relatives, even though they can hardly wait for the check to clear before they are at her door holding out their hands. However, on the day she was to get her check, things come to a screeching halt as Todd and Pam are also there with papers stating they are entitled to half of her winnings.

When I first saw the title and synopsis of this book, I thought, okay drama and more drama, but I was surprised. Todd turned out to be a sensitive and caring person with a conscious. Nina and Todd's gullibility at times was so aggravating, and I found it a little hard to find compassion for both of them. I really liked that Billingsley took this subject and did not give it the usual neck rolling, argumentative twist. I think readers will like this book and the lessons learned by Nina and Todd, that money is not the cure all or end all.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Urban Reviews VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
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Nina Lawson's life has changed dramatically within one year. She got a divorce and got engaged to her personal trainer, but one thing she was not counting on was winning the lottery. She had played the lottery occasionally, but when she found five dollars, she thought maybe it was her lucky day, and it truly was. She won $16 million dollars. Her and fiancé Rick Henderson could finally have the life they deserved. She would pay off her debt, help Rick get his gym off to a good start, and take a much needed "all expense paid" vacation to the Bahamas.

Once word got out that Nina had won the lottery, family, friends, and even some enemies came out of the wood work with their hands out. What she was not expecting is to see her "ex-husband" Todd Lawson waiting in the lottery office with Pam, the woman he cheated with and the reason they got divorced. Well, come to find out she's still married to Todd due to her divorce papers were never filed properly. Todd is demanding half of her winnings, and there's nothing she can do about it since they're technically still married. Even though Nina thought her luck had changed for the better, all it did was bring more drama than she could ever afford.

I have always loved reading books by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, but The Devil Is A Lie was not one of her best. The story was just a little too predictable for my taste. You kind of figure out halfway through the book what is going to happen. It dragged a little in certain parts of the book, but the story does try to pick up towards the end of the book. Even though the book was very predictable, I still continued reading The Devil Is A Lie because Billingsley is such a great author. That is why I'm still looking forward to her next book. I just hope it's better than this one.
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I am a former news reporter and anchor, who now writes books full-time. I'm the author of 35-plus books and a mother to three. My sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit, Royal Ties Productions and Bobcat Films. (Oh, and I do make my film debut as well! Look for me in the church scene!)Honored to have won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Say Amen, Again and been nominated again in 2013. I am also the cofounder of Brown Girls Books, a boutique publishing company with over 20 authors. I'm also a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate. Not only do I love writing, I love reading almost as much!

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