Friday, September 20, 2013

Review of Stealing Fire by Susan Sloate

How do you recognize your soulmate?

In glittery 1980’s Los Angeles, Beau Kellogg is a brilliant Broadway lyricist now writing advertising jingles and yearning for one more hit to compensate for his miserable marriage and disappointing life.

Amanda Harary, a young singer out of synch with her contemporaries, works at a small New York hotel, while she dreams of singing on Broadway.

When they meet late at night over the hotel switchboard, what begins will bring them each unexpected success, untold joy, and piercing heartache ... until they learn that some connections, however improbable, are meant to last forever.


STEALING FIRE is, at its heart, a story for romantics everywhere, who believe in the transformative power of love. 
STEALING FIRE was a Quarter-Finalist (Top 5%) in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.  Susan will be awarding a notebook perfect for journaling to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  Excerpt  
Oh, God, it was him, the bastard who had upset the switchboard operators and bellowed through the lobby loudly enough to alert all five boroughs. At three o'clock in the morning, asking for room service. Unbelievable.

Amanda leaned back in her chair. Her stomach was tightening inexplicably. "I'm sorry," she said finally, when she could control her voice. "Room Service closes at midnight."

There was a pause. "Oh. What time is it now?"

She looked at her watch. "Ten after three."

 "Then whom am I speaking to?"

 "I'm the night operator.  This is the main switchboard."

 "Well, main switchboard, you must all sound alike down there. I could swear I talked to you earlier tonight."

Well, how about that. "You've got a good ear, 704. I was on duty earlier."

 "Good Lord. How long are the shifts around here?"

 "Eight hours for everybody else. I’m working a double today."

 “Why?"

 "Maybe I just love it here."

 "I guess you do. But I hope you're well compensated."

Trust a man to think of money first. "That’s not my major concern."

 "Glad to hear it."

Okay, enough's enough.  It's been a long day, made even longer by him. No reason to shoot the breeze with this guy. "Excuse me, I have other callers. Sorry I couldn’t help you."

"Well, better luck with them."

 "Look, if you'd called earlier—"
    
"Absolutely. My fault entirely, for falling asleep after a cross-country flight, a time change and a screw-up in hotel administration. Forget I even mentioned it." The phone clicked in her ear.
    
She sat for some moments before she noticed she was trembling. This was the second time he'd undermined her—and it bothered her.




About the Author

Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of more than 20 published books, including Realizing You (with Ron Doades), for which she created a new genre, the self-help novel, and the 2003 #6 Amazon bestseller, Forward to Camelot (with Kevin Finn), which took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production. The much-anticipated reprint, Forward to Camelot (50th Anniversary Edition), will be published by Drake Valley Press in October 2013. She has written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which was honored in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns, and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC. Stealing Fire was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and combines autobiographical experience with Susan’s lifelong love of the musical theater. She is proud to be related to Broadway legend Fred Ebb, the lyricist for Cabaret, Chicago, All That Jazz and New York, New York.


REVIEW: 4.5 / 5 Stealing Fire is a unique story line, you're going to love. I was pleasantly surprised with this story and didn't expect to like it as much as I did.  The author not only pulled me in, but kept me reading until the end of the book.  I want to say so much more about Ms. Sloate's book, but I can't without spoiling the read for others and we don't do spoiler reviews here.  Just - Read it!
  

4 comments:

Mary Lou Gerrish said...

I have read STEALING FIRE and really enjoyed it. This is a love story for the ages with characters that you can not forget. Don't miss this one, a real page turner and tear jerkier.

susansloate said...

Thanks, Mary Lou! The greatest pleasure - and biggest surprise - about this book has been how many people have given a thumbs-up to this novel that New York agencies assured me NOBODY WOULD EVER WANT TO READ. I cherish every smile and tear it evokes!

susansloate said...

And thank YOU, Let's Get BOOKED!, for hosting me today and for the lovely review. I LOVE it when readers like my work - you've made my whole day!!

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