Blog Tour: Into the Light (The Light #1) by Aleatha Romig

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Into the Light (The Light #1) by Aleatha Romig. I share an excerpt and some teaser images.

Into the LightTitle: Into the Light
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: The Light #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
An investigator’s search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where sheโ€™s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigatesโ€”despite warnings from her police detective boyfriendโ€”following a twisted trail that leads her through the cityโ€™s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world sheโ€™s awakened toโ€”an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedienceโ€”and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she canโ€™t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

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Excerpt:
Sara
My thoughts drifted to that night after service, the hunger in Jacob’s touch and the way his lips had claimed my body. Just the memories made me tingle. Lying back on the bed, I held my side and sighed. If only he werenโ€™t so worried about my ribs.
Courtesy of the truck ride yesterday, the injury was more aggravated then it had been. Iโ€™d tried hiding it. Shaking my head, I wondered if it was possible to hide anything from him. According to Elizabeth it wasnโ€™t allowed. The way I saw it, I wasnโ€™t lying. I was withholding information for the benefit of both of us. By the way his breathing became labored and his body hardened that night at the clinic, I wasnโ€™t the only one who wanted to make love.
It seemed as if it didnโ€™t matter if I told Jacob what I was thinking or not; he knew. Somehow he always seemed to know, sometimes even before I did. Maybe it was because weโ€™d been together so long.
If only I could remember how long.
The sound of the rising garage door pulled me from my carnal thoughts, and I covered my cheeks. With a giggle I hoped they werenโ€™t as flushed as they felt. If they were, he would know what Iโ€™d been thinking . . . I shook my head. I didnโ€™t want that conversation. Exhaling, I willed the pink away.
When I heard the garage door lowering, I stood and made my way toward the stairs. Wearing the boot on my right foot made walking with my cast much easier. As I approached the landing, I took a deep breath and visualized the stairs. Since Iโ€™d counted them multiple times, I knew there were fifteen steps. I might not have my sight, but I was trying to be as self-sufficient as possible. I made it only to the second step from the top when I heard his voice.
โ€œSara?โ€
โ€œIโ€™m coming down,โ€ I called, taking one step at a time, cautious not to go too fast.
Even before I reached the bottom step, I knew he was there. When we went to service, Iโ€™d realized why I associated him with the scent of leather; it was his coat. When he wasnโ€™t wearing it, just the right amount of aroma lingered around him. When he wore it, as now, the leather scent was overpowering. That, plus the sound of his boots walking and stopping on the wood floor, prompted me to stop on the fourteenth step. If I went one more, I was afraid Iโ€™d run into him.
โ€œSara.โ€ His voice came from very close.
Gripping the banister, I tilted my face toward his. Smiling and hoping my cheeks had returned to their normal color, I replied, โ€œYes?โ€
โ€œDid you hear the garage door go up?โ€
โ€œYes.โ€
โ€œAnd what did you think that meant?โ€
โ€œI assumed it meant you were here.โ€
โ€œSo you knew I was home and yet you chose to not greet me?โ€
What the hell?
โ€œAnswer me,โ€ he demanded, his tone now too calm. โ€œWhy werenโ€™t you waiting for me at the door?โ€
The thoughts Iโ€™d entertained upstairs evaporated. I knew this tone. I not only recognized it, but with everything in me, I wanted to avoid it. My heartbeat quickened and my mouth dried like the Sahara. โ€œI was on myโ€”โ€
Interrupting, he rebuked, โ€œOn your way is not there, waiting as youโ€™re supposed to be. When I return, I expect to find you waiting for me, greeting your husband.โ€
The bubble of apprehension that had waned and waxed in my chest since I awoke nearly three weeks earlier began to grow. โ€œAt the door . . . wh . . . Iโ€™m sorry . . . I didnโ€™t know . . . you didnโ€™t tell me toโ€”โ€
He grasped my arm, the harsh movement a stark contrast to the eerie calmness of his voice. โ€œDo tell, Sara, are you blaming me for your forgetfulness?โ€
What the hell is his problem?
โ€œIโ€™m sorry,โ€ I pleaded. โ€œIโ€™m not blaming . . . I didnโ€™t remember. If you told me . . . from now on, Iโ€™ll do it.โ€
โ€œMust I remind you of everything?โ€
โ€œIโ€™m trying to remember; I am. Iโ€™ll be there from now on, at the door, when you come home.โ€
โ€œPerhaps you need a reminder?โ€
My body sagged and my knees weakened. The bubble within me grew and popped, filling my nervous system with dread. โ€œNo. I donโ€™t need a reminder. Iโ€™ll remember from now on. Please give me another chance.โ€ If it hadnโ€™t been for his iron grip on my forearm, I might have fallen to the step where I stood.
If I had, I wasnโ€™t sure if it would have been because of the sudden dizziness his tone induced, the bout of trembling, or that it wouldโ€™ve enabled me to beg. It wasnโ€™t something I was proud of considering, but to avoid his belt, at that moment, I was willing.
โ€œSara, go to the door.โ€
Inhaling more pleas, I nodded. When he released my arm, I stepped down and down again. Around the steps, past the closet, I found the door between the living quarters and the garage.
He was right behind me, his voice still eerily calm. โ€œYou may stand or kneel; the choice has always been yours.โ€
I swallowed the vile bile bubbling from my stomach. In that moment I couldnโ€™t for the life of me fathom that merely minutes ago I had been having pleasant thoughts about this man. I also couldnโ€™t imagine kneeling.
Who does that?
I brought my feet together, straightened my neck, and said, โ€œIโ€™ll stand, thank you.โ€
He reached for my chin and lowered it.
โ€œThis is where you are to be when I arrive, and if you choose to stand, your head will be bowed.โ€
โ€œYes, Jacob.โ€

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aleatharomig1About the Author:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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