To say that I have been impatiently waiting for this blog tour is a huge understatement. I am super excited to share with you today Aleatha Romig's Consequences! This is most definitely one of my top favorite reads of 2013! I've been shouting from the rooftops the sheer genius of Aleatha since finishing this book. I only wish I had saved all the texts between myself and a friend after talking her into reading it so I could share them here. Here's a little sample of what I do remember. They went something like this:
Me: Keep reading.
Her: What are you making me read? What is wrong with this man?
Me: Keep reading! It's going to get much worse before it gets better.
Her: Seriously, did he just do that? He's a (insert string of profanity).
Me: Just keep reading.
Her: I HATE Tony! He is seriously disturbed.
Me: Keep on reading!
Her: OMG! Really? Really?
And so on, and so on, and so on! I'm sure you get the picture. So, keep on reading to find out more about this compelling story!
Author: Aleatha Romig
Tour Organizer: Hardcover Therapy
Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings.
Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting.
More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor.
With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure Midwest values and beliefs. Encouraged by memories of a loving upbringing, she gains strength in the simplest of joys: solitude in nature and good in the face of evil.
His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony’s tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion.
Utilizing vivid detail, this 167,000-word novel unfolds like a movie, before the eyes of its readers. From the opening criminal abduction, through twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Anthony’s motivation becomes evident.
Anthony and Claire must decide if they will stay true to one another, or allow preceding actions to result in justifiable Consequences.
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.
Aleatha 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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While still in the bathroom, her heart rate increased as she heard the faint beep again. He didn’t knock. He just opened the door and entered. Claire imagined him surveying the empty suite. If she stayed in the bathroom, would he eventually come for her? Or leave? He waited silently in the bedroom. It took a minute or two. But slowly, Claire opened the bathroom door and entered the suite.
She used all her strength to suppress the fears that screamed to get out, determined to meet him head-on at his mind game. The first things she saw as she entered the suite were his eyes, his dark black eyes, resembling voids or black holes. His lips were moving. He was talking, yet Claire could only hear the memories of the previous night. She walked to the bookcase at the far end of the suite, feigning strength.
The fake resolve melted as she turned to see the eyes staring directly at her. Then almost instantaneously, he was there, right in front of her. His proximity caused her stomach to wrench, bringing back the nasty bile from earlier.
He grabbed her chin, pulling her eyes and face toward the dark voids. His strong voice was deep, slow, and authoritative. “Shall we try this once more.” It wasn’t a question but a statement. “It is customary for one person to respond to the greeting of another. I said good evening.”
Claire’s knees went weak at his touch. She wanted to yell, to run, but she couldn’t let herself. If she couldn’t be strong, she could at least avoid fainting. “I’m sorry. I don’t believe I am feeling well.” With his grip still upon her chin, she knew he could feel her body tremble.
He repeated, “Good evening, Claire.” This time, it was more drawn-out. His eyes were so cold. Claire couldn’t distinguish what they said, only see the depth of their infinite darkness.
“Good evening, Anthony.”
OOOOO+-Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!
Do you ever wonder what drives people to do the things they do? Say the things they say? Behave the way they behave? According to Anthony Rawlings, BEWARE! Every action has a Consequence. And, things aren’t always what they seem. So begins our journey into Consequences, the dark, fascinating, psychological, sometimes romantic, most times not, thriller by the amazing Aleatha Romig.
First off, let me state simply that Aleatha Romig is a BRILLIANT, TALENTED writer. Written in third person, much of this book was in narrative form focusing on Claire’s inner monologues. Ms. Romig’s simplistic yet eloquent writing style reminded me of Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel series. For me, it contained just the right amount of description and didn’t succumb to wordiness, overwriting, or overuse of adjectives which almost always slows down a story for me.
The plot of this book is so deliciously disturbing. Yes, deliciously disturbing. Oxymoron, I know. It is a dark, angsty, fascinating, intriguing, riveting, distressing, heart-wrenching ride that evoked a plethora of emotions. (What was that I just said about overuse of adjectives? Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) I was confused, angry, horrified, happy, sad, worried, anxious, you name it! For me, there is nothing better than a book making me intensely FEEL every. single. emotion. of the characters as if I was experiencing their situations myself.
Don’t assume you know what’s going on. It’s confusing. Aleatha eases us into the storyline. But believe me, this book had me teetering on the edge right along with Claire from page one. Just when I thought I knew what was happening…NO! Did that just happen? OMG! The twists and turns were easily overwhelming and exasperating.
Some chapters didn’t make sense, yet I knew they would do so eventually. I had faith that it would all be tied together and sure enough, it was, in one big super twisted knot. I finally figured it out when I was at the 76% point. While I had inklings here and there about what was going on, why Tony was doing what he was doing, I was constantly second guessing myself, I really didn’t know for sure and believe it or not, I liked it that way. It kept me on my toes, I enjoyed that it wasn’t clear cut. Even though I was guessing and trying to formulate my own theories, I didn’t know for certain if I was on the right path.
When having the pleasure of meeting Aleatha Romig after the Boston Author event she mentioned having a fondness for being able to evoke real emotions in her readers. Well, congratulations, Aleatha! You certainly achieved your goal with Consequences. It was a high impact, emotional roller coaster ride with a few loop-de-loops thrown in for good measure. I loved Claire. I hated Tony. I was distressed. I was frightened. I was teary-eyed. I wanted to kick Tony in his you-know-what! I wanted to scream, yell and cry! I wanted to hug Claire. At times, I was proud of Claire. At other times, I wanted to throttle her. I didn’t trust Tony. But then I wanted to. And I was so darn torn. Torn to absolute shreds! And then, I hated Tony some more! You see where I’m going with this? The plot was so intense, I found myself holding my breath without even realizing it, especially during those last few chapters. And oh, that Afterward! Absolutely BRILLIANT! I was one big mess following that Afterward! One big huge sniveling MESS! This entire story ripped me to shreds.
So many questions that still needed to be answered. Consequences left me wanting more, much more! I am anxiously looking forward to finding out the Truth! Yeah, I started reading that immediately! No delayed gratification for me. I jumped right into that one. Stay tuned. The Truth blog tour will be coming your way soon.
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