Center of Gravity

About the Book by Laura McNeill


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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Center of Gravity Reviewed by Felita Daniels

I’m not sure saying I enjoyed this book is technically correct. It is great writing and there are well-drawn characters. If you, or someone you have cared about, has gone through a rough divorce with children in the mix, this may hit close to home. But it is suspense at its best, in that, you keep turning the page because you want to know what is going to happen next, and how it’s going to all wash out.

I fell for little Jack at the first mention of his action hero mindset. My own son loved comic books and could tell me about all their super powers. I am sure this is partially why I felt so much for Jack and all that he was going through as an eight year old.

This book does shift point of view quite a bit, but the author clues you in by listing the character’s name at the top of the chapter. If you like intense drama and suspense, this book may be one you will appreciate.

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About the Author

AuthorPhoto_CenterOfGravityAfter 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.

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  1. Lisa Brown

    Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Betty W

    I enjoyed the entire post and the review confirmed my impression of the book~a real page-turner that is so intense you’re compelled to read because you must know what happens! Thank you for a great post and contest!I

  3. Felita – Thank you so much for your thoughtful review of the book. It does tackle an intense and sometimes uncomfortable topic …. but I hope that it resonates with the many people who have been through such trials and inspires them to stay strong!

    xo, Laura

  4. Rita Wray

    I liked the review.

  5. Mai T.

    Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?

  6. Victoria

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Betty W

    This sounds like an intriguing book~such a different premise! Thank you for sharing!

  8. REE DEE

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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