MIDSEASON 2: DISTANT THUNDER
Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…
Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.
But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.
Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.
With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” for the Midseason Episodes of this serial opera are bestselling authors Lexi Blake and Larissa Ione who have brought their vision of Storm to life.
So get ready. The storm is coming.
– SYNOPSIS –
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …
Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.
As Sebastian and Marylee plot to cover up Sebastian’s sexual escapade, Ginny and Dakota continue to reel from the fallout of Dakota’s announcement. But it is the Rush family that’s left to pick up the pieces as Payton, Brittany and Jeffry each cope with Sebastian’s betrayal in their own way…
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It had only been three days since the Great Founders’ Day Disaster, but it felt like a month. For the first twenty-four hours after Dakota’s revelation, the town had been mostly shell-shocked. Then the story started spreading through social media, and last night after Marcus dropped Brittany off after dinner at Murphy’s, she discovered that someone posted the Founders’ Day Disaster on YouTube. The media had descended on Storm like locusts this morning, and her father, whom she’d only seen in passing since Founders’ Day, had adopted a shelter-in-place stance.
Brittany had given him suggestions on where he could shelter in places that were much, much hotter than Texas, and then she’d run out the front door toward her car, only to be swarmed by reporters.
“Ms. Rush, is it true that your best friend is pregnant with your father’s baby?”
“Ms. Rush, how do you think this scandal will affect your father’s reelection campaign?”
“Ms. Rush, did you know about the affairs your father was having with your friends?”
Ugh. She and her mother shouldn’t have left Francine’s cabin so soon, and Jeffry certainly should have remained with one of his buddies. But when Marylee snapped her fingers and went into crisis mode, everyone came running and fell in line like good little minions.
“This blows,” Jeffry said, looking up from where he was lounging on the couch with his iPad.
“What blows?” She sank onto the love seat across from her brother. “The game you’re playing? Or the fact that we’re trapped like animals? Or maybe the fact that our father is a lying, cheating bastard who slept with our friends? Or the fact that my best friend is going to give birth to our little brother or sister?”
Yep, she might be a little bitter. And it was ex-best friend.
He tucked his feet under him on the couch and sighed. “Yeah.”
“I can’t believe Mom thinks we need to be here for him—”
She broke off as their mother, Payton, came around the corner with a tray of finger sandwiches and a pitcher of lemonade. They hadn’t spoken much about any of this, and Brittany wasn’t sure how to go about it. As far as she could tell, her mother hadn’t so much as shed a tear over the fact that her husband had knocked up a girl young enough to be his daughter and had probably slept with a dozen more.
“I brought you something to eat,” Payton said, and if she’d heard Brittany talking, she was choosing to ignore it. “Your father and grandmother are finished with their meeting with Mr. Stayton, and they’re on their way up to talk to you.”
“This should be good.” Jeffry reached for a sandwich as their mother put them on the coffee table. “I was wondering how long it would be before we got the circle-the-wagons lecture. Five bucks says he tries to convince us that everything Dakota said was a lie.”
“I know you two are angry and confused and you have a lot of questions,” Payton said as she took a seat next to Brittany, looking all prim and proper in a subdued green dress and gray scarf. “But we’ll get through this. I promise.”
– REVIEW –
When last we visited Storm, Texas, the townsfolk were reeling with shock, dismay and disgust.
Sleazy Senator Sebastian Rush was revealed to be in the running as the baby daddy for Ginny Moreno’s “Little Bit, and both Ginny and Dakota Alvarez were exposed to be the newest members of the Senator’s “I Like ‘Em Young and Fresh” club.
Lives were ruined, dreams were dashed and hearts were broken.
Fortunately for her family, matriarch Marylee Rush is without a heart. While the collateral damage piles up in Storm, Marylee has already enlisted the services of crisis manager Oliver Slayton to resuscitate Sebastian’s re-election campaign. A strategy in place and armed with a stack of Non-Disclosure Agreements, it’s Marylee who methodically busts the balls of anyone standing in the way of her son’s successful re-election. (One does not need a blood test to recognize that Marylee Rush and J. R. Ewing must share mitochondrial DNA.)
Will anyone stand up to this Machiavellian Matriarch of Storm? Will Logan Murphy ever forgive Ginny Moreno for not letting him get in on the “baby daddy derby”? Are Payton and Francine finally going to do the deed? Will Marylee Rush rue the day she lured Hector Alvarez back to Storm? We wait with bated breath . . . .
Distant Thunder is the second Mid-Season novella in the Rising Storm Series. Author Larissa Ione seamlessly picks up the threads of predecessor Lexi Blake’s After the Storm and weaves plot magic. While Distant Thunder offers very little resolution to the many sub-plots, author Ione masterfully sets up story lines that leave the reader salivating for the next installment. Well done, Larissa Ione!
*ARC received in exchanged for an honest review.*
Experience Rising Storm Here…
Rising Storm Midseason Episode 1 (March 29):
Lexi Blake’s AFTER THE STORM
Rising Storm Midseason Episode 2 (April 5):
Larissa Ione’s DISTANT THUNDER
RISING STORM NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP
– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
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