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Friday, July 17, 2015

Center of Gravity - A must read!!

I have had a lot of fun getting to know Author Laura McNeill and I'm so excited to share her and her book here on my blog today! This book is well written and definitely worth the read!
Plus, come see the interview I got to do with her (Below in Extras)

The truth could cost her everything. 

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It's temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game? Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.

Pre-Order your copy today.  

After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter. 
Laura works at Spring Hill College as the school’s web content and social media manager and​ is active in her community—participating in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers.
Laura was recently awarded a 2-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. Her novel, Center of Gravity, set in Mobile, Ala., will be published in July of 2015. Laura is represented by Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein, president of McIntosh and Otis literary agency in New York.​ Her writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer competition.
She holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children

Just so you get a chance to know the author a bit better, here are some fun interview questions I got to ask her and her responses!

1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

- Good health and happiness for my children

- A meaningful life

- Successful writing career with satisfied readers

2. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?

I actually like my own little office :D

3. Where do you actually write?

The small office in my house

4. How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

Once I have the plotting and outline finished, about 6-9 months

5. What are your inspirations?

Other writers, my children, people who do good in the world and give selflessly, people

who overcome amazing and daunting challenges to succeed

6. How did you come to write this particular book or series?

Based on personal experiences of my close friends

7. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

Revising, revising, revising – it’s a process of getting comfortable with it and

understanding that it will only make the book better

8. When and why did you begin writing?

2008, after my second son was born -  had tons of stories from my TV reporting days!

9. How did you come up with the title?

I was lucky, this one just came to me and stuck as the perfect (I think!) title

10. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member?

My fellow writer friends

11. If you could travel anywhere in the world for thirty days and just kick back and relax, 

where would you go, would you take anyone with you and why would you chose this

vacation spot to go?

Santorini, Greece

12. What is your favorite late night snack?

Pretzels and chocolate

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