Wednesday, June 15, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Into the Light by Aleatha Romig


INTO THE LIGHT
By Aleatha Romig
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Blurb

An investigator's search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price...


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Published through Thomas and Mercer and scheduled to be released June 14, 2016


Exclusive Excerpt

Sara

Mute as I was, with my eyes covered and my hand encased in Jacob’s, no one but my husband noticed my lack of participation. I remained still as he continued to relay my nonexistent responses, leaving me a bystander to my own story and unable to affect its outcome.
Maybe this wasn’t real, maybe it was a bad dream and the scene would soon fade. My stomach twisted as their exchange continued and they discussed my insubordination and correction. Each time Brother Timothy condemned, Jacob reminded him that my transgressions were alleged, not proven. It was as if suddenly I were on trial in my hospital room instead of in a court of law.
It wasn’t until I heard the word banishment that their conversation again registered. Whatever had been said had apparently been the parting word. Murmurs floated above the sound of various sets of feet exiting, then finally there was silence. When the door clicked closed I released my breath.
Turning toward my husband, I waited for an explanation. Nothing. I was about to pull my hand away when I felt a tug on my right arm and a woman spoke.
“Brother Jacob, Dr. Newton would like to examine Sister Sara now.”
So many brothers and sisters. So unfamiliar.
“Are you giving her more medicine?” Jacob asked.
“After the doctor comes. He’d like her to be awake.”
“Tell him he’ll need to wait until morning. She’s had enough commotion for her first day.
Bring her medicine, something to drink, and let her sleep.”
I pressed my lips together in protest. Not that anyone noticed. They were doing it again. Discussing me while I was right there. Why does no one else find this wrong?
“I’m sorry,” the woman, who I assumed was a nurse, said. “The Commission hasn’t approved her intake of fluids. Refusal of nutrients is an approved decree.”
Jacob’s grip tensed. “I’m quite aware of the Commission’s approved decrees.”
“I’m sorry, Brother. I didn’t mean to . . .”
“It’s been over a week. She needs more than what she’s getting from that needle.”
“I believe they’ll discuss it in the morning since Brother Timothy was able to see and talk to her. They should have a revised decision by tomorrow. I can’t go against . . .”
Jacob sighed and his grip remained tight. “I understand,” he conceded. “Then bring me ice chips. If we hurry before they melt, they’ll be solids and not liquids. That won’t violate the Commission’s authority.”
“Brother?”
“Bring me ice.”


Title: Into the Light
Author: Aleatha Romig
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Series ( The Light #1)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
Just based on blurb of the story alone, I had to read this book.

I had no previous knowledge of the author’s previous works, writing style, nothing. So I jumped into this one with a whole lot of blind faith that it would be just what I was after.  That the story would deliver on the hook and draw that the blurb promised.

It did. Boy, did it ever.

Before I jump into what might possibly be the vaguest review I’ll ever write (because based on content alone, this one is going to be very hard to review without giving pertinent detail away), I will state a couple of things most readers should know before delving in.

While this book does have romance within its pages, it’s honestly secondary to everything else contained within. It also needs to be stated that as it is part of a series, it does end in a very cliff-hanger sort of way. One hell of one too based on the final lines of the story.

That being said, if you’ve made it this far, I will admit next that for the first 20 percent of the story, I had a rough time with it. Now with that being said, I’m sure you’re wondering how it still pulled out a 5 star review if I struggled at all with it. Here’s why. It’s been a long time since I sat down and read something that wasn’t saturated with falling in love, sex, you name it, anything to do with romance driven stories really. It’s very rare lately for me to pick up something where romance fell to the backburner, and being new to the authors writing style, I had to be walked through it.

This plot though, it intrigued the hell out of me. Still does. It’s one of those books that consistently makes you think. And what you think you know, you don’t know at all. From one minute to the next, I thought I had things nailed down. Who the players were, bad guys versus good guys, I truly thought that I had figured it out long before things started being revealed.

Nope.

I know and I knew nothing.

My hat is off to this author because where this story with as drawn out as it was should have eventually put me off, it didn’t. I ate up the information I was given. I treated every piece like it was a puzzle and I continually tried putting them all together in a complete picture. I never could of course, not until near the end when the real bombshells starting coming out. The pacing for this story, the time in which things were delivered and real character motivations and such were shown was brilliantly done. It is a longer story, but where the author could have chosen to still just dropped it all at once, she didn’t. She used that length to her advantage, creating one heck of a spell binding take in the process.

There are multiple POV’s here and at first, you wonder how it’s all going to intersect. How all of these people are going to eventually come across each other and enter each other’s lives. It doesn’t take too long to see how Stella plays into Sara and Jacob’s tale, or even how Stella’s boss does, along with her officer boyfriend, but it’s a slow burn getting to just how deeply everything runs and I loved it. I loved getting to know these characters individually the way I did, before things really hit the fan. It made connecting to the story they told that much easier and enjoyable.

I’m not sure what else I can say here. As I said, this book, it’s got a lot of moving parts and at any given point, giving away just one of those parts, would expose the entire thing. It’s definitely a book that needs to be read in order to experience and it’s my hope that people do just that. Give this a chance even though it might be a departure from the author’s earlier work, because I do not believe they’ll be disappointed. As a newcomer to this author, I definitely wasn’t.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this story before official release. This was a journey I am so glad that I took and one that I eagerly await to continue when book 2 is released. Absolutely incredible read.


About the Author


Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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