Rising Storm Midseason 1: After The Storm by Lexi Blake ~ Release Day Launch

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Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” for the Midseason Episodes of this serial opera are bestselling authors Lexi Blake and Larissa Ione who have brought their vision of Storm to life.

So get ready. The storm is coming.

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Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

In the wake of Dakota’s revelations, the whole town is reeling. Ginny Moreno has lost everything. Logan Murphy is devastated by her lies. Brittany Rush sees her family in a horrifying new light. And nothing will ever be the same…

 

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Rising Storm Midseason Episode 1 (March 29): Lexi Blake’s After the Storm
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Rising Storm Midseason Episode 2 (April 5): Larissa Ione’s Distant Thunder
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Check out this fantastic excerpt from AFTER THE STORM!

 

“I didn’t know I was pregnant until I woke up from the accident.” Ginny’s voice was an impassioned whisper. “I found out two things that changed my life in that moment. I found out that my best friend was gone and that I was pregnant. And I prayed so hard that I hadn’t lost all of Jacob forever.”

Forever. That’s what she was looking at. She was looking at an entire lifetime of being a mother without a son. She loved her daughters dearly, but she would mourn Jacob forever. And this selfish girl was equating her pain as though they were the same. As though one night of spreading her legs gave her the right to mourn him.

“I think you woke up and realized you had two options. Take care of that baby alone or worm your way into Jacob’s family and his money.”

“I never cared about the money.”

Celeste wasn’t going to listen to that tripe. “Of course you did. Not enough to keep your legs closed. You say you loved Jacob but how long did you wait before you hopped into bed with that Murphy boy? Did you even break it off with my brother-in-law? How many men do you need on your string?”

“I’ve never slept with Logan, but I will admit that I’m in love with him. I love him in a way I never loved Jacob. Jacob was my best friend, but I know now that he wasn’t my soul mate. I pray with everything I am that this is his child, that we receive a miracle because I don’t want him to be lost forever, but I won’t hide what I feel for Logan and I won’t pretend it’s nasty. Not even to placate you, Celeste. I want to make things right between us and that means apologizing to you. Celeste, I’m so sorry I hurt you. I never meant to. I should have been braver. I should have been stronger, but I woke up and the world had crashed around me and I wanted the love you could give me. That all of you could give me. I’m sorry that it brought you so much pain.”

Something about the way she was standing there enraged Celeste. How could she stand there looking so innocent? How could she say exactly the right things to garner empathy? Celeste didn’t want to empathize. She wanted to fight and tear up things and destroy the world around her because it seemed so damn intent on destroying her. She wanted to burn it all down.

She didn’t feel her hand snap back, didn’t quite understand what she was doing. The world seemed tinged in red at the corners as though rage now filtered her vision. And it slowed everything down. In horror she realized she was going to strike Ginny Moreno. Her hand was going to bring justice her words never could.

And then it slapped against flesh. A strong hand circled her wrist and Travis stared down at her like he had no idea who she was.

 

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Review:

Jill’s Review

Can I tell you how I excited I was when I heard there would be midseason episodes of Rising Storm? I have been missing my weekly dose of Storm, Texas. I am as hooked on these as I am on my actual soaps on TV! Really – my guilty pleasures – reading and and drama filled soaps. All that much better when they are wrapped up in one package!

I was a little bit nervous when I cracked open the pages of Lexi Blake’s episode, After the Storm. You know that feeling when a show has been on hiatus… eeek – will I remember where we left off? Will I remember everything that is going on? What if I confuse who is who? No need to worry – as soon as I started reading everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING came rushing back to me.

After the Storm picks up right where we left off – in the path of destruction that was left behind from Dakota’s huge reveal. It seems as if in one way or another her announcement has touched everyone in this town. (I know that this is BAD… but the dirty, salacious, gossip this produces is like soap opera porn!) everyone is reeling and people’s lives are forever changed.

Dakota is going to have a hard time after all of this, and part of me is heartbroken for her. I can’t stand her… but I want to swoop in and fix her. It is like I can see the potential in her, but she just keeps self-destructing. But the one good that came out of this – Ginny had to own up to everything she has been a part of. She had to face what was going on and start to make restitution with everyone for her role. It was good to see her start to take control again and to start to step from the teenage role (which let’s face it – she is. She is a COLLEGE STUDENT!) to that of an adult. The transition is needed as she motherhood is looming. The most frustrating character – the Senator. He just has his head in the sand. He really thinks he can walk away from it all and come out on top. OOOH, do I love to hate him! He is such a pompous ass – and not in that oh so sexy, alpha, domineering way that melts your panties. I mean in the – I would love to smack him across the face and give him a swift kick in the ass -way.

I definitely recommend that you tune into this series. Just start from the beginning 😉 They are addictive, quick reads that will grab you and suck you in!

I received a complimentary copy of After the Storm in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

Author pic- Lexi BlakeAbout Lexi Blake:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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