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Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Tour: Center of Gravity By Laura McNeil

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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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


TOP TEN/15 -  

1.       As a child, I announced to my parents that I wanted to become an Indian Princess when I grew up

2.      I insist my children use impeccable Southern manners, including the use of "sir" and "ma'am."

3.      I adore flavored coffee and always have at least 3 different kinds on hand.

4.      I've lost my keys so many times that on of my good friends bought me a Tile

5.      I’ve been known to sit in my car in the driveway in order to finish the end of an audiobook.

6.      I've held summer jobs in theme parks, an ice cream factory, and a grocery store.

7.      I love the color pink.

8.     I'm perfectly comfortable talking to complete strangers.

9.      I once covered a "lost emu" story as a reporter for WWNY-TV News 7 in Watertown, NY

10.  I'm definitely a morning person.

11.   I went to Syracuse University law school for about month--long enough to realize that law was not the career for me

12.  I know entirely too much about superheroes

13.  I’m a dedicated Mac and iPhone user.

14.  I do say y'all, though I was born and raised in Upstate New York.

15.   A favorite quote about writing is this: “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut 


1-      Mitchell lowers his voice. “I don’t trust many people,” he reminds me. “It’s just my nature to


look out for you and protect my family. You're so important to me. You’re my everything. Just


remember that, okay?”


“Okay.” I echo and smile brightly to reassure him.


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  1. Andrew–

    I'm so thrilled to be highlighted on your website! Thank you so much for hosting Center of Gravity and for being a part of the Loving the Book Blog Tour!

    ~ Laura

  2. You're very welcome. Come back anytime