Blog Tour with Giveaway & Review – Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

The truth could cost her everything. 

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It’s temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game? Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.

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~ Sneak Peek ~

I stroke Sam’s downy-soft head and drink in the scent of baby lotion. Before he was born, other moms always shared stories about the fierce love that surges in a woman the moment she gazes on her newborn’s face. How childbirth pain disappears, replaced by an intense need to care for and protect this amazing creature at all costs. It’s so true, but the remarkable thing is this: no one mentioned it could happen the other way around. The same bond can form—just as deeply, just as strong—when a child without a mother finds you first. It happened with Jack, which makes me doubly blessed. A precious baby and an adorable son. How lucky can one woman get?They’re my world. Which is probably why Mitchell teases me relentlessly that he’s neglected. In fairness, I’ve pointed out several times that a spouse has to be home to get attention. His reply? He wasn’t quite ready for baby number two. A fact he divulged right about the time morning sickness hit me full force.
A little. Too. Late.
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~ Review by Julie ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I give this story 4 books as this was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It had everything I look for in a book the mystery, crime, twist and turns. I couldn’t put this book down and just had to know what was going to happen next. This author had my emotions going in all directions. I really loved this book! I just wish the ending would have given a little more detail on what the future holds for this family. I guess I just didn’t want this story to end.

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~ Review by Laura ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

On the outside, Ava Carson’s family looked perfect. Her husband Mitchell was the vice president of advancement at a newly minted college. They had two wonderful boys, Jack and Sam. A picture perfect family but all is not what it seems. Mitchell turns out to be a different man than the one she met and married. Besides being manipulative and controlling, Ava discovers Mitchell has a dark side along with a dark secret.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started to read the book. I wasn’t disappointed. Not at all. I was hooked right from the beginning! It has been a long time since I’ve actually rooted for the main female character. Ava is a caring and brave woman. I liked having the different points of views ranging from Ava to Mitchell to even Jack. I smiled and cried while reading this story. I truly enjoyed it. I give it 5 books!!

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After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter. 

Laura works at Spring Hill College as the school’s web content and social media manager and is active in her community—participating in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers.

Laura was recently awarded a 2-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. Her novel, Center of Gravity, set in Mobile, Ala., will be published in July of 2015. Laura is represented by Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein, president of McIntosh and Otis literary agency in New York. Her writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer competition.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children

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One response to “Blog Tour with Giveaway & Review – Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

  1. Thank you so, so much for your kind reviews – I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! I’m so excited to be highlighted on your website! Thank you so much for being part of the Loving the Book blog tour!
    Hugs! Laura

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