Title- The Storm and the Darkness
Series- The House of Crimson and Clover Book # 2 
By-Sarah M. Cradit
Publication Date-July 6, 2013

Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown- Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.

With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island.

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What Reviewers Are Saying About The Storm and the Darkness:

"A suspenseful adult thriller. Reading this book felt much like riding a roller coaster, from the building crescendo, to surprising moments of laughter, to an end that satisfies with a strange mixture of relief, sadness, and a hunger for more."
"The Storm and the Darkness is a very well written fast paced story, I couldn't put it down."
"Sarah Cradit's writing is tight and masterful. There were no points during the journey through reading this novel where I thought anything could have been removed or expanded upon. Her keen sense of how to pace a book and her ability to use just the right language to express the desires, fears and hopes of her characters is flawless."
"I highly recommend The Storm and the Darkness, a tale of mystery, drama, and suspense, and the prequel, St. Charles at Dusk."
"Cradit has the awesome talent of making each character believable. Making the reader sit on the edge of their set waiting for more."
"If you like to read and fully immerse yourself into your reading this is the book for you."
"Now I just have to get my hands on the first book, and the next and next and next until I am satisfied!"
"Wow. Mystery, magic, suspense that even made me slightly jumpy, family and just enough romantic intrigue to keep me well, intrigued :) The writing is fabulously done, I loved how Sarah M. Cradit tells a story."

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The House of Crimson and Clover Series

The House of Crimson and Clover series follows the lives of two New Orleans families: the august and mysterious Sullivans and Deschanels. The Sullivans, a family of hard-working Irish lawyers, have come from nothing and built a life they can be proud of. The Deschanels, a moderately wealthy family who became extremely wealthy by siding with the North during the Civil War, betraying their people. Both families have a dark and rich history, full of secrets, and full of surprises.

The books in this series unravel the stories of both the individuals as well as the families themselves, discovering the ways these families and their secrets intersect, and each story pulls us even farther into their stories.

While the series is meant to be treated as one long narrative, each book can stand-alone and be enjoyed without having read the other books.

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Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Sarah is the author of the Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson and Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, and even paranormal. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.

Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn't working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.


1. What inspired you to write this book?
As silly as this sounds, it initially did come to me in a dream. I dreamt about this old house that was off in the woods that I remembered from childhood. In the dream, I was stranded there, and the sequence of events from there were both interesting and terrifying all at once. When I woke up, I wrote it down, and the idea snowballed from there. Those woods became a small island community in Maine, and that house became the home of the St. Andrews brothers.

2. What characters do you connect with most?
I love them all for different reasons, but the most natural voice for me is Nicolas’. Whenever he’s in a scene, the whole room lights up. This is a man who walks into the room and becomes the center of attention without saying a thing. I’ll always love him.

3. What's your favorite book-turned movie?
Lord of the Rings, without question. While I can probably point to 100 things that were inconsistent with the books, it is still the best adaptation of Tolkien’s word to date, and there’s no greater gift than the one Peter Jackson gave us fans by coloring in Middle Earth. 

4. If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
I’m tempted to say Nicolas, but it would probably be Oz. Oz is loyal, smart, funny. He knows how to have a good time without spending a night in the drunk tank (I’m looking at you, Nicolas).

5. Can you tell us about any other books you're writing?
I am currently working on editing book three of the series, The Illusions of Eventide. The book centers around Nicolas Deschanel, who is still reeling from the circumstances at the end of The Storm and the Darkness. Fleeing to his family’s remote property for some alone time, he comes in contact with Mercy, a woman who begs for Nicolas’ help after pouring out a sad story about an abusive husband. Problem is, none of it is true. Mercy is a 2500 year old Empyrean who is using Nicolas to achieve the goal she’s been seeking for centuries. 
The tentative release date for the book is December 14th. 
In 2014, I will be working on books 4 (Midnight Dynasty) and 5 (Moonlight and Midwinter).

6. What do you do in your spare time?
I would say writing, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that my writing is actually my second career. So between my day career and writing, I don’t have much spare time. But when I do, I read, and I love to travel. I also love studying history, so sometimes I’ll crack open a non-fiction Tudor biography and just lose myself.

7. Who's your inspiration?
I’m inspired by several people throughout history who ignored the criticism and saw their lofty goals to conclusion. Julius Caesar. Alexander the Great. Cleopatra VII. Anne Boleyn. I was raised to believe I could be, or do, anything I put my mind to, and I still believe that. So did they.

8. If you were stranded on a desert island which character do you want by your side?
Finn. As a fisherman, and a man with a sixth sense for weather patterns, he would probably have the best chance for survival. And he’s muscly and strong, so he could keep me warm at night :)

Oz gets an honorable mention here, too, because of all the character I’ve written, he thinks and responds the best under pressure.

9. Team Edward or Jacob?
Neither :) Not a Twilight fan. If I DID have to pick, I’d say neither. Both presented very unhealthy relationships for Bella (yes, okay, I have read them).

10. Team Peeta or Gale?

Gale. I was honestly shocked when she ended up with Peeta. I’m not sure if it was the unsympathetic writing toward Peeta, or if I just liked Gale better.

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This book sounds so very thrilling. I have been following the various reviews. I really want to read this book. Ms. Cradit has done an excellent job creating a book that enthralls and commands attention. Thanks for the opportunity. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!!

My curiosity is certainly peaked. Thank you for sharing with us about this intriguing read, have added to my wishlist :)

I'd guess not very many of us would be prepared for a Maine winter! Sounds like this could be a really good read. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway, I'd love to have a copy of this book.

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  1. The soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun's rays from the atmosphere.
  2. The period of the evening during which this takes place, between daylight and darkness.
dusk - gloaming - nightfall

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