Thursday, December 12, 2013

Storm Warning by C. Quinn and E. Lee

C. Quinn and E. Lee's amazing new novel in their Broken Heartland Series, STORM WARNING, is out today and we are excited to join in the release day launch for it. STORM WARNING is a thrilling Young Adult Contemporary you are not going to want to miss! Check out what we have for you today and then enter to win in the release day launch giveaway! There's also a fantastic excerpt for you. But be aware! The Storm Is Coming...

Sometimes you don’t see the storm coming until it’s too late...

Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and privileged.

For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

One has a secret.
One has a crush.
One has been lying.
One will get caught.
And one might not make it out alive.

They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.
Hope’s Grove was small. Everyone knew about her parents, and she was already dreading facing them since the news of her dad’s affair had hit. But facing them without her brother and her best friend would be her worst nightmare.

After the girls had said their goodbyes and she’d watched her friend’s taillights fade down the drive, Ella Jane scuffed her boots along the winding dirt road that led her home.

She was about halfway there, watching the sun sink low in the evening sky, when the unmistakable rumble of a pickup truck came barreling down the road behind her. She stepped aside to let it pass without looking back. But it didn’t pass. It slowed practically to a stop right next her.

She turned, wondering what the heck the driver’s deal was. There was more than enough room for him to go around. But the smiling face beneath the backwards trucker hat sent the words on the tip of her tongue swirling away with the dust the truck had riled up.

She bit her lip and grinned. Warm brown eyes gleamed in her direction. “Hey there, Ellie May. Need a ride?”

She rolled her eyes. Why Brantley Cooper couldn’t call her by her actual name was beyond her. But as long as he was talking to her, she really didn’t care much what he called her. He can call me ‘flower’ if he wants to.

He was a year older than her and a year younger than her older brother, Kyle. Smack in the middle of their ages and grades in school and usually smack in the middle of their arguments. Coop kept the peace. Balanced them out perfectly.

The three of them had met at the same time as kids but Coop and Kyle had become like brothers instantly. She’d always tagged along wherever they went. Kyle had whined about it when they were younger but Coop always made her feel welcome. He held doors open for her so she didn’t get left behind, made sure to invite her despite her brother’s protests, and lately he’d even stopped by and hung out even when Kyle wasn’t home. And this year, she’d be a junior and Coop would be a senior. With her big brother away at college, she couldn’t help but fantasize about what might happen if she and Coop spent time together alone.

"Hey, Coop. Lynlee just left so I was just…” She glanced toward home. Kyle wasn’t back from football camp yet, and her mom was baking herself to death, trying to keep her mind off of everything.

“Yeah, I heard the Wicked Witch was moving west. You up for some fishing? I have to drop my bike off at the house but we could swing by the lake after.”

She should get home. She knew she should. Should order a pizza and convince her mom to take it easy for a night. Except…it was Coop. And in all her sixteen years, he was the one boy she’d never been able to say no to.

“Yeah. Yeah I’m up for it.”
Ok… I just finished the book, its pouring rain outside and I have NO idea how I am supposed to write a review. My heart is beating a mile a minute… this rain is not helping…ok bare with me here I go. 
Welcome to summertime in Calumet County, Oklahoma; the best part of the year for kids, right? Well, maybe not this summer. After this summer, five lives will never be the same again.
Storm Warning centers around five main characters. Some are from the countryside of Hope’s Grove, while others are from the wealthy side of Summit Bluffs. Let me introduce you!
Country Bumpkins:
  • Kyle Mason – He just received a football scholarship which will give him a full ride to Oklahoma State University. He should be excited for this but his Dad just left his Mom and now he is worrying about his Mother, his little sister EJ and the family company, Mason Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance. I am 100% #TeamKyle.
  • Brantley “Coop” Cooper – Coop is starting his senior year in high school, is Kyle’s best friend, loves dirt bikes, and is a very hard worker. His family is struggling with money issues and he is trying his hardest to help them stay ahead. He secretly has a crush on EJ but hasn’t had enough courage to tell Kyle yet.
  • Ella Jane “EJ” Mason – EJ is Kyle’s little sister. She is sixteen, a junior in high school and has had a major crush on Coop for as long as she can remember. She is hoping since Kyle will be away at college that it will finally be the perfect time for her and Coop to start their relationship. 

Wealthy Kids -
  • Cameron “Cami” Nickelson – Cami is starting her senior year in high school. She’s been dating Hayden for two years, though it’s more of an arranged relationship than true love. They are the king and queen of their school; she is also a Pageant Princess on the side. Although she lives the charmed life, Cami’s parents are horrible. Her Mom is a former beauty queen and has VERY high standards for her daughter. Her father uses her to climb the political ladder while he shacks up with his assistants on the side. 
  • Hayden Prescott – Hayden is the stereotypical rich playboy. He has a gorgeous arranged girlfriend but still gets a little on the side. He plays Lacrosse for his school, which he’s good at. In addition to being good at sports he maintains a 4.0 GPA. His parents buy him a Bentley, which he crashes, so for the summer he is being sent to his Grandparents house to help out some friends on their farm.
These five characters spend their summer, their choices and interactions entwining their lives in ways they aren't
even aware of. 
Storm Warning has a little bit of everything in it. Good times, bad times, love, hate, your first everything, teenage drama and pure heart ache. It also touches with real life problems that families as a whole struggle with on a day-to-day basis. Honestly, I felt like I was in high school again watching a CW series and I loved it! No joke…Tuesday nights (shoot I think it was Tuesdays, its been awhile) was my favorite night of the week. I would watch my show with my friends on the phone and then we would stress about the ending/teaser for next week. I will admit it, I was a One Tree Hill junkie and this totally took me back! Good times, good times.
While reading this story you couldn’t tell it was written by two different authors. The story held my attention all the way to the end. Speaking of the end… I need book two ASAP!! I need to know what happened and who it happened to. I will be 100% honest, I am not a fan of cliffhangers AT ALL. If a book is going to have one it needs to be a damn good one…and so I tip my hat to E. Lee and Caisey Quinn, you gave me one, a BIG one! Amazing job ladies! 
Let me leave you with this:
“Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late…."




About C. Quinn and E. Lee:

Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol' dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee and C. Quinn's paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly, or the fact anytime Luke Bryan was mentioned on a social media site both of them were tagged, or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn together—calling out to one another, “Y'all should write a book!” Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series,  Broken Heartland.

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