Monday, September 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Stella and Dane by Deanna Roy

I will have an Excerpt, Review, and info on the Tour Giveaway. First, let's get to know the Author! 

Deanna is the author of Baby Dust and Stella & Dane, interrelated books on the hardships we
sometimes face while searching for that ideal love and looking to build a family.

Her articles and short stories have been published in many magazines including The Writer
magazine, The First Line, and publications by SCBWI and the Writers' League of Texas. Her
best work has been collected into a short story collection Single Edged Blades.

She lives in Austin, Texas, with her two daughters and new husband. They were married 6.9.12!

Twitter: @deannaroy

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 7/14/12

Stella is one step from leaving her honky tonk town when bad-boy Dane roars through Main
Street on his prized Harley-Davidson. Their dangerous romance keeps the locals talking, but
when Dane is sent to prison for manslaughter after a bar fight, the couple discovers their love
runs deeper than their reputations.

My Rating:

My Review:

More of a 3.5 on my scale. I really need to find some half stars! 

This story was different from what I expected in the way it was written and the way the story progressed. It starts off by jumping right into things. Stella is a bit of a wild child. She knows what she wants and she goes after it! What she wants is Dane, even though he is already hooking up with another local. 

Dane knows that Stella has trouble written all over her, but he just can not resist her. Let me just say, Water Tower=HOT STUFF! 

This book was a bit depressing, you as the reader are rooting for them so much and the things they are put through and have to endure is just heartbreaking. This is the ultimate relationship of highs and lows! There is a lot of great things in this story. For me the mid to end was a little slow, understandably so because of the circumstances. It just started off so fast paced and really tapered off at the end. 

Overall great story and I will definitely be reading more by Deanna Roy in the Future! 

(only fitting it's from the best scene of the book in my opinion!)

STELLA approached the water tower with trepidation. She peered up, curious if Dane was
already there. But the night was dark, no moon, and she couldn’t see anything but the gray
gleam of streetlamps reflecting dimly on its surface. If the platform held any secrets, it kept them
close to its metal belly.

Despite this being a date of sorts, she’d resorted to tennis shoes, unable to consider heading up
the ladder in heels. She still did the miniskirt, though. Not much could make her wear anything

She set her purse behind the concrete base to one of the steel legs and jumped to grasp the
first rung of the ladder. Usually she had someone with her for the initial boost. But she could do
it alone. She swung back and forth, grasping the metal tightly, until she had enough momentum
to bring her feet up and above her head to catch on the ladder. Her leg crept up until her knee
was over the rung, then the other, and she pulled herself up to sit on the lowest bar.

A low whistle below made her pause. She looked down.

“Impressive mount, good form. Definitely worth a replay.”


She turned around on the ladder. “And the score?”

“Nine point nine.”

“Really?” She turned back around and began climbing. “I think I just got robbed.”

She finished the first tier, reaching up to cover the gap to the second ladder. A hand grasped
her ankle, startling her. She gripped the bar tightly.

Dane was just below, grinning up at her, teeth bright in the dark.

“You scared the crap out of me!” Stella tried to pull her foot loose. His grip was firm, sure, then
became gentler, a caress. Still, she was hopping mad. “How did you get up here so fast? You
trying to kill me?”

He rose a few more feet, pulling up next to her. She shifted over, and he swung behind. “I
wouldn’t let anything happen to you.”

He pressed her against the rungs, one arm encircling her waist.

With anyone else, she might have felt panicked, trapped. But she didn’t, just a zip of danger,
and the thrill of him behind her, four stories in the air.



Deanna will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 

September 6:  Jersey Girl Book Reviews
September 7:  Reviews by Molly
September 7:  STOP 2  The Bunny's Review
September 10:  Crazy Four Books
September 11:  The Brunette Librarian
September 11:  STOP 2 Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More
September 13:  Queen of the Night Reviews
September 14:  It's Raining Books


Deanna Roy said...

Thank you for a thoughtful review! I *can't say* how we researched the water tower scene, but we DID have five friends standing by on speed dial for 1. bail money 2. hospital visitation.

Fun book to write!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an emotional roller coaster, but also involving!


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

thank you for hosting today!

MomJane said...

This sounds like a sensitive story and one that I would love to read. Loved the cover. Don't know what it represents, but it does look like she is a wild child.

Catherine Lee said...

Congratulations on your recent marriage. How wonderful!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Chelsea B. said...

Congratulations on your new release, Deanna-- and your new marriage! :-)


marybelle said...

STELLA & DANE looks like a great read. I do want to know what happens next in the water tower.


Chrysrawr said...

I am sure to follow this tour! Thanks for hosting!


Karen H in NC said...

Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

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