Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog Tour (with Deleted Scene): Before the Storm by Sarah Dosher

Welcome to our stop on the Before the Storm blog tour.  We've got a ton of treats in store for you today so read on for a Deleted Scene, the playlist, an excerpt and some awesome teasers - oh and don't miss Heather's review or the giveaway!!  

Life isn’t always what it seems.

What you think you know can change before your eyes. Fathers abuse, mothers deceive, best friends betray, sisters dismiss, love controls, and anger consumes.

After graduating from high school, Easton Grace knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. His goal for the summer includes two things: avoiding his father’s wrath and protecting his sister. His carefully laid plans are quickly changed when a new girl comes to town causing him to lose his tight grasp of control on everything, including himself.

Easton believes in only two choices – right and wrong, black and white. But he will soon discover that the lines between the two sometimes blur.

Can Easton find his path before it’s too late - before the storm?


Sometime between Chapter 15 and Chapter 19 - Before the Storm



I finally got away from my sister’s watchful eye. I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be today and even more importantly there wasn’t anywhere I wanted to be. I wanted a break, a timeout from life. Everything was spinning out of control because they were all losing their minds…or I was losing my mind, I wasn’t exactly sure.

I heard footsteps approaching in the dry sand of Sunflower beach.

“What in the hell are you doing here?” I yelled at Dean.

“Well I assume the same thing you’re doing here – trying to get away from you and everyone else.”

I didn’t respond I just glared at him.

“Lily’s upset.” He said like I didn’t know my own sister was unhappy and that we were the cause.

“I know! What did you say to her?” I demanded.

“I told her what you wanted me to, I told her we were done and we could never be.” He took a deep breath and closed his eyes. “Isn’t that what you wanted?”

“No, that’s not what I wanted. I wanted you to stay away from her in the first place. Stay away from her until you grow up enough to deserve her.” I stood from my place on the rock and moved toward him. “Why would you think you could be with Lily when you were just messing with that red head? Are you trying to hurt her?”

“I didn’t do anything with Mindi. Not that I expect you to believe me, but it’s the truth. You’re determined to turn me into the bad guy and I think you’re doing a good job at it.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” I snapped.

“The harder you push the more you hurt her, not me.”

Not available on Spotify: 
Break in the Storm by the Great Divide
The Storm of Life by Randy Travis

A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted. 
—Billie Holiday 

Past… I walked through the field until I was near the barn and I could hear Dean and Lily.

“So you never have?” Dean asked her.

“No, have you?” she asked.

“Yes, but it didn’t mean anything.”

I stopped outside the barn and peeked between two loose boards. Lily was sitting on a hay bale, and Dean was standing right in front of her. He reached up to push her hair out of her face, then stuck a sunflower behind her ear. I watched as he slowly leaned in and put his lips on hers.

I immediately ran around the corner and into the barn.

“What are you doing?” I shouted.

They jerked apart and looked at me, but neither spoke.

“You kissed my sister!” I snapped at Dean.

“Umm, I…uh, we…”

“You do not kiss my sister.” I grabbed Lily by the arm and pulled her behind me.

“We were just kidding around, Easton,” Lily said from behind me. “I’ve never kissed a boy before, so Dean showed me.”

I turned around and glared at her.

“You don’t need to know how to kiss a boy.”

“Calm down. All her friends had, but she hadn’t. No big deal.”

“It is a big deal to me. Keep your lips to yourself, okay?”

“Okay.” He laughed.

“We’re going home,” I said and led Lily from the barn.

Before we were through the barn door, I saw Dean wink at Lily, and she blew him a kiss.

“Oh, come on. I totally saw that. Stop it, you’re weirding me out.”

“Hey, wait. Was that movie good? I wanted to watch it with you!” Dean yelled as we walked toward home.

“Yeah, the movies real good. Not scary at all, so you can watch it all by yourself tonight after Grandma Violet goes to bed.” I laughed to myself.

5 Glorious stars!!

Let me start off first by saying that Sarah Dosher is a friend of mine but she's also an extremely talented writer. If she ever stops writing I will drive my butt on over to Oklahoma and beat some sense into her. Now having said that and getting my peace out...

Before the Storm is a freaking fantastic read that had me on a roller coaster ride chock full of emotions. She did something that some of us are too scared to do. She went back to the beginning. The very beginning, before the storm when things were still not alright but it was before tragedy struck Easton. This is Easton's story. Having read Haven from the Storm and getting to know Easton some in that book made me love him all the more in this one. I went into this story with my eyes wide open already knowing the outcome with tears constantly brewing and then finally falling hard. 

Taylor is the girl from Easton's past that has now come back to town. A pivotal point in the book for me was Easton's reaction to seeing Taylor for the first time; an awareness that was lingering. There was that instant connection where you just knew that they were meant to be.

Easton's character is one for the record books. I don't mean character as fictional, I mean his overall character as a man. I loved his compassionate and and care taker attitude. Always one to protect his litter sister Lilly from the dangers of their father as well as the dangers of falling for his best friend. 

Before the Storm is a book that will leave you with tears pooled in your eyes and your heart begging for more. I'm glad that Sarah took the chance and wrote his story because it was certainly worth telling. Easton is a hero and one that will forever live on!

Sarah Dosher was born and raised in rural Oklahoma where she currently resides with her cowboy husband and twins (one cowboy and one cowgirl).

She is addicted to books and The Golden Girls. Her love for reading inspired her to write her first novel, Haven from the Storm. The prequel, Before the Storm, was published in August 2013 and the final in the series, Sanctuary from the Darkness, is set to publish early 2014. Dosher's first contemporary romance titled A Blue Tale will be released December 2013.

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