Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Eye of the Storm by M. Stratton Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

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Evie Taylor loves her life in Boston, running her bookstore and café, but an accident has made it so she needs to return home to take care of her grandmother. With extra time on her hands, she decides to start looking for the monster that haunts her best friend’s nightmares. A chain of events starts no one could see coming.

When the last person she ever expects shows up and rings her grandmother’s doorbell she finds herself in the middle of danger. Bound together in a common mission, they’ll search the world looking for answers. But can they find them in time or will they end up paying the ultimate price?

As the storm rages around them, they find each other, and the calm in the Eye of the Storm.


~My Review of Eye of the Storm~

This book completely blew me away. I never saw the storm coming, the calmness of the eye lulled me into a false sense that everything was going to be OK, but then it all came back, full force.   

I feel like I have been waiting for this book to come out forever. After reading the first one, After the Storm, I needed to know more. The Troublesome Trio are still up to the antics. They provided a well needed break from all the ominous events happending during Evie's and Anthony's search for Lexi's attacker, Jeremy. You just know something horrible is going to happen. What I didn't expect, was the turn in the plot.

This was another one of the causes of a "book hangover". I just couldn't put it down.  The worst part is knowing it isn't over yet. There is still another book to come. I'll be impatiently wait for its release. 


MEET THE AUTHOR


M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.

Things you don’t know about M. Stratton:
1. She loves the movie Twister… she can say all the lines along with the actors. She will also use those lines in real life as often as possible.

2. Halloween is her favorite holiday. She starts planning months in advance. She has more Halloween decorations than Christmas.

3. She once made up a monologue about her love of chocolate chip cookie dough for her high school drama class.

4. There are times she thinks she is so funny she has tears running down her face while laughing at herself.

5. M. can play the clarinet but is in awe of anyone who can play the guitar, piano or drums, pretty much anything where your hands have to do two different things at the same time.

6. Cary Grant is her favorite actor. When she was in high school after Cary Grant died one of the cable stations ran a marathon, she watched his movies from 6 in the morning all day and night until 4 AM the next day.

7. Reading has always been an escape for her. She can devour a book in hours. When she moved in with her husband she literally donated over 1,000 books and saved over 1,000 for herself. She can reread books over and over again if she loves them. There are some that she has reread about once a year for the past 20 years.

8. She eloped after knowing her husband for only two months in 2006. They are still married over seven years later.


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~My Review of After The Storm~

What can I say about this book? It was a wonderful love story. The character development drew you in from the beginning. I loved the way the relationship between Lexi and Noah grew and developed. I felt it grow in my heart. Noah would do anything for Lexi, she just had to be willing to let him in. It wasn't all sex, which was a nice change. There were some sex scenes, but not until the foundation of a long term relationship was developed. It just fit well with the story.

There were three old ladies at the senior center where Lexi volunteered that were hysterical. The things that came out of their mouths and their antics were completely unexpected. I think they were worse than a bunch of dirty old men. Never knowing what they were going to do next kept me reading for more.

The first chapter threw me off. I hadn't read the synopsis in a while, and didn't expect the Prologue. It was told from the point of view of the guy watching Lexi Once I started the first chapter, I was really confused. But trust me, it comes back, and boy does it. It took a while (which I appreciated because I was too wrapped up in the Lexi/Noah relationship part of the book to want something to overshadow that).

Overall, it was a great book. It ends with a HEA (YEAH!) for Lexi and Noah. There are 2 more books planned in the series, but focusing on different characters.







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