Thursday, May 24, 2012

eye of the storm: run, Kieran, run!

Welcome to the first post of my new Thursday series, temporarily called Story Time. (I'm open to ideas for an apt title, something that sort of rhymes with Thursday and implies reading, authors, stories, new, fresh voices... Story Time was my best one yet, but then again I haven't been sleeping much lately.)

STORY TIME THURSDAY:  Eye of the Storm by Denise Moncrief

The story opens with Kieran awaiting a storm in an isolated house, all alone. Suddenly, the door bursts open and in lurches this man (well of course he is cute, doh, but that's beside the point), obviously hurt and dripping with blood. He proceeds to collapse on her floor, but only after he pleads with her not to call for help or involve the cops. I am paraphrasing of course; Denise did a much better job at setting the stage in incredibly detailed nuances.

“The muted hammering of the downpour filtered through the clapboard siding and filled the room with dulled hints of fury.”

I was hooked from page one.

Eye of the Storm is a romantic mystery, a short story (relatively longer than typical ones) about being caught in seemingly unsolvable circumstances, in the dead quiet that belies the impending storm. Without giving away too much of the plot, let me just say that I did not foresee the twists that ensued.

This was a very enjoyable read though I could see how, because of its length, some events may be deemed a little rushed. I wish the author would consider turning this into a full book and developing the story more. The characters are compelling and their backstories are juicy enough to make that possible.

Denise Moncrief blogs at Suspense, She Writes
Her eBook is available at Still Moments Publishing

Thursday Story Time for 5/31: Pray by John Prescott 
(For an up-to-date list of scheduled books, click Upcoming Book Reviews on the menu bar above)

Same time, next week?

Meanwhile, here's a topic: discuss!

You are alone, isolated, sort of on the run yourself, and here comes trouble. Do you stay and find out more, or do you get the hell out before he wakes up? How curious and adventurous are you? What are the reasons why you would (or wouldn't) run, Kieran, run? What would you have done in Kieran's place? 

I will hold a random drawing for the folks who comment on this post, to give away the pdf of the book. There is nothing to "follow" or "like", no rules, nada. Just say hi, or grunt, answer the question, or not, but please do indicate, in writing, that you want in on the giveaway. The winner's name will be announced next Thursday.

Also, if you can come up with an awesome title for my Thursday Story Time, I'll send you a $10 Amazon gift card. Deal?

Under construction: The name of this blog is being changed to Megan Blogs (thanks to the advice of people much smarter than me). Please bear with me during the rehauling process. I'm assured the mess will eventually make way for a much tidier digital experience both for you and for me.


At 5/24/12, 5:44 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

1st let me say that I am in love with Denise and anything that she writes!
2nd... I can hardly wait until you participate in Pondering with a Purpose too... and thank you for saying my subjects are goood.... I often wonder???
3rd have a great holiday

At 5/24/12, 5:47 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Brenda, I agree with all of the above :)
Have a wonderful holiday as well!

At 5/24/12, 6:00 PM , Anonymous Heather said...

Grunt :)

I'm liking this new series. I would check his pockets and do a quick Google search on his name before deciding to stay or to go.

At 5/24/12, 6:11 PM , Anonymous Leanne said...

Hmm...I'll have to think about a catchy name. That is sort of tough. And what would I do?
Freak out and run out the back door!!! Good looking or not, a bleeding man bursting into my house? I'm certain you'd hear my shrieking at your place!!!

At 5/25/12, 8:45 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Very nice. Though, again, without giving too much of the plot, his wallet was missing his ID... Thanks for the grunt :)

At 5/25/12, 8:46 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

LOL Leanne, I can totally visualize that (and hear you all the way over here).

At 5/25/12, 9:19 PM , Blogger Hilary said...

Megan Blogs... I like that... I love Denise and have to read her work.... I am pretty adventurous... But not too good at using caution... sigh

At 5/26/12, 12:26 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

[I swear I answered this comment, hello senility, have me met?]

Thanks Hilary :) This was Denise's first book for me, I'm looking forward to reading the rest. Are you less cautious because you know now someone (Mark) has got your back?

At 5/27/12, 6:41 PM , Anonymous Susi said...

I would probably stay because the nurturer in me would want to help and take care of a wounded soul and body. I couldn't help myself. I usually worry about the consequences after. Not always smart, I know.

At 5/27/12, 8:16 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You will totally agree with what the heroine does, then. If you do read the story, I'd love to know what you thought of it, Susi.

At 5/29/12, 3:53 AM , Blogger Blueberry Pancake Publishing said...

Hi Megan.. Just stopping by to say hi. I haven't read this book but will try. I have to order it in English and blah blah blah the story of my life right now. :) I'll try to look ahead at what you're reading and participate when I can. Cute idea! Talk to you soon. And yes, I wish I knew how to answer my post with americangirlinholland.blogspot but lol it's still my name. Hopelessly tech challenged:)

At 5/31/12, 11:12 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting. Most, if not all, of the books on my list are available in eBook format, which you can read with a Kindle or an iPad, and which are probably easier to get from the Netherlands than regular paperbacks. (I know for a fact that Unyoked is free for download today, 5/31, from Amazon)

Also, If you comment on the reviews, you'll be entered in the random drawing :)

You have to change your Blogger profile name from Lisa Jochim to americangirlinholland or whatever variation you want to be shown when you comment with your Google ID. Let me know if you need help with that.

At 5/31/12, 12:44 PM , Blogger Denise Moncrief said...

Hi Megan! Thanks for the wonderful review. I love the question you asked and enjoyed reading everyone's responses. What a great idea! I have your blog bookmarked, so I'll be stopping by from time to time to see what's new.. And...I like the idea of turning Eye of the Storm into a full length book. It's hard to turn that many twists in 15,000 words or less!

BTW I love the new blog name. Thanks again!

At 6/1/12, 11:46 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Denise :) I'm so glad. Your book will always be special to me, as it was my first review in this series.

Your visits and comments are always welcome. Also, I'll be the first in line to read the book! You can do it, you can do it. Do it!


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