Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Release Blitz: The Storm by Samantha Towle

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STORM (noun)—a turbulent disturbance; a disruption or dispute.
Jake Wethers’s life is perfect. He’s married to the woman he’s always loved, and they have three beautiful children. The Mighty Storm is still going strong, and his record label is thriving.
Jake has everything—a life he thought he would never have and one that he didn’t think he deserved.
Not so long ago, Jake’s life wasn’t perfect. The unexpected and untimely death of his best friend, Jonny Creed, sent an already out-of-control Jake spiraling down further.
Drug addiction. Alcohol. Women.
Jake was in the fast lane to following Jonny to the grave until Tru Bennett walked back into his life and changed everything.
But now, the past that Jake left behind has come back to find him. And what the past brings with it is going to be one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced.

3.5 Stars

Review by Lisa Kane

I have been counting down the days to this novella's release. More Tru and Jake-yes please! This is a difficult review to do without giving away any spoilers. Jake and Tru are fairly settled (or as settled as Jake could ever be!) have three kids; two boys and a girl and Jake thinks his life is perfect. He starts out this particular day just like any other day -that is until Stuart drops a bombshell on him. One that is going to change his life. How can he tell Tru? How will this affect his kids? This news can be the best news or the worst-both light and dark.

I guess I can never escape my past. It was destined to come back and haunt me in one way or another.

Jake and Tru have faced tons of obstacles before, but are they strong enough to keep their marriage together when faced with their biggest challenge? Tru is a remarkable woman and she loves Jake above all things. But is love enough?

I turn to her. "Tru..."
She meet my stare, hers steely with determination and looking a hell of a lot stronger than they did a moment ago.
But that's Tru. When I can't be strong, she is for the both of us.

This novella is not really a Tru and Jake novella. Yes, Tru is in integral part of it, but it is more about fate and chances to make things right. To do the right thing. It's about loyalty and making the hard choices but knowing that there is truly only one path to take. Sometimes when we think the worst thing that could happen is happening to us, it turns out to be an unexpected joy and one we never could see coming our way.

I need to see my family's beautiful faces as well as hear their voices right now.

Storm took an unexpected twist in the story line. I won't say I wasn't disappointed that the story wasn't more Tru and Jake because I was-although the parts that featured them and Tom and Denny (with a tiny bit of Stuart thrown in) was sheer gold! But there was a subplot that became the focus of the story and it became less about them and more about a different character. That twist was interesting and the ending-I did not see that coming! I'm not sure how I feel about it. It may have provided some clues to unanswered questions, but it left me depressed. I think I would rather have had the illusion of what happened than the reality.

"Talk me through this, Jake. Tell me everything." She guides me over to the seats. "We'll figure this out together. It's going to be okay."

The Storm Teaser
I’m just mid piss when I hear my baby girl’s sleepy voice from behind me, “Dada, why I not have a peenis?” Shifting to the side so that I’m covering myself from Belle’s view, I glance over my shoulder, a chuckle escaping me. “’Cause you’re a girl, Beauty.” “But I wanna be a boy, like you, JJ, and Billy.” She juts her lips out, pouting. “I wanna peenis!” She’s standing there, demanding a penis, in her Disney princess pajamas, with her arms folded across her chest, her foot tapping. God, she is exactly like her mother. Not that Tru ever wanted a cock—well, aside from mine inside her, of course. But Belle has Tru’s steely determination, and she looks exactly like her mother, which means trouble for me when she’s older. But like I know how to handle my wife’s temperament, I know how to handle Belle. “Okay, Beauty, how about this?” I say in a pacifying tone, holding in my laughter. I tuck myself back into my pajama pants and go to wash my hands. “Why don’t you ask Santa for a penis for Christmas?” The second that I’ve said it, I know that it sounds all kinds of wrong. It’s so wrong that I wish to God I could take it back. “Santa, give me a peenis!” Belle starts squealing, jumping around and clapping her hands. “Fuck. Shit! No!” I panic as soon as the words leave my mouth, knowing exactly what Belle is like. A goddamn parrot is what she’s like. “Fuck! Shit! Santa, peenis!” Belle starts to mimic, hands still clapping together. Crap. Tru is going to kill me. Kill me dead. “Christ.” I cover my face with my hands. “Belle, no.” I reach down and pick her up. She wraps her little chubby legs around my hips, her hands clutching at my neck. “Don’t say those words. Bad words.” I touch my fingertip to her nose, staring into her big brown eyes—Tru’s eyes. “Fuck. Sh—” “Bad words,” I reiterate, giving her a serious look. “We do not repeat those words. Ever. And especially not in front of Mommy. Okay?” “So, Santa gimme peenis if I say no bad wowds?” “Oh God,” I groan. “Santa! Peenis!” She giggles. “Breakfast, Belle!” I exclaim. “You want some Frozen cereal?” I say to distract her. That fucking annoying Disney film is her favorite, and she will only eat that particular brand of cereal. “Fwozen!” she shrieks. Then, she launches into the chorus of “Let It Go” as I carry her out of the bathroom, heading downstairs to the kitchen where my tribe should be.
AboutTheAuthor samantha towle
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
Book 1 - The Mighty Storm
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Book 2 - Wethering the Storm
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Book 3 - Taming the Storm
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