Monday, June 20, 2016

Into the Light (The Light #1) by Aleatha Romig: Blog Tour Review & Excerpt


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 reports the news from 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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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.”

Author Bio:

Aleatha Romig voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads, July 2012 through now! She is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writer's of America.

She has lived most of her life in Indiana, growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist and enjoys spending her nights writing. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends and patients. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and writing.

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world. CONSEQUENCES, her first novel was released in August 2011 and has sold over 20,000 copies. TRUTH, the sequel was released October 2012 and has surpassed 10,000 copies in less than 3 months!

Aleatha originally published through self publisher Xlibris a subsidiarity of Author's Solution/ Penguin Publishing. In October of 2012 she re-published on her own, a true Indie Author. Later that month she published Truth through Romig Works. Aleatha is happy to be represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Review by Michelle:

Not even halfway through Into The Light I knew this story was no different than all the others. No different in that it is just as mind-blowing, pulse-racing, gasp-inducing, and just plain incredible as every single other book with the name Aleatha Romig on the cover. Other than that, it is in fact wildly different than we are used to and yet just as intricate, gripping, nail-biting, and utterly satisfying as we have come to expect from this author. Immediately upon finishing I was left wide-eyed, exhilarated, and giddy over the twists and turns, the shocking ending, and the overwhelming awe I felt and have always felt after reading one of Aleatha Romig's stories. Even better than I imagined before getting started, even better than I ever anticipated when I decided early on I was already in love with the book, and even better than I could possibly expect when I thought I had it all figured out, only to have my jaw-dropped and my mind completely blown.

What a journey! With an intensely heavy prologue sure to steal your breath, Aleatha Romig, a true master of mystery and suspense, starts this book off with a bang and never once lets up, taking you on the most wonderfully elaborate and winding road of mixed emotion, intrigue, and anxiety. You begin the book with a million questions racing through your mind. You become so confused by possibilities along the way you don't know which way to turn, and as always, you never know who to trust. In the end you will be stunned and amazed and hopefully as completely in love with this author's writing prowess and the array of emotions she so effortlessly evokes while firmly perched on the edge of your seat the whole way through as I was.

Into The Light is another thrilling masterpiece. Just when I thought to myself, "there is just nothing better than your mind working a mile a minute to take in every single detail of a complex and enthralling enigma, tracking all the clues, and forming theories all while savoring each and every minute of a fascinating and expertly written story," I found that putting each piece together and believing you know it all only to find that you may have had that "I KNEW it!" moment on a few fronts, but where it really counts, you actually had no idea is even more exciting and amazingly satisfying than being correct in your assumptions. Aleatha Romig never ceases to amaze and astound me. She never fails to produce stories that are so addicting, so electrifying, and so smart you can't help but be utterly consumed, to be swept off your feet, and to be overcome with admiration for someone with such an amazing talent.

I already find myself counting down the days until the release of Away From the Dark with breathless anticipation. I cannot wait for more of Ms. Romig's masterful artistry, more of this spellbinding story, and more of these compelling and enchanting characters.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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