Saturday, December 5, 2015

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW - Julie Solano's and Tracy Justice's THE DEAD OF WINTER (Seasons of Jefferson #2)

Title: The Dead of Winter
Series: Seasons of Jefferson #2
Authors: Julie Solano & Tracy Justice

Release Date: Nov 24, 2015

For one group of teens, a cruel, twisted fall changed everything.
Relationships. Trust. Destiny.
Now, living with the harsh consequences of their choices, is there hope to mend what fall has left broken?
Find out as the story continues. 



Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 10/10 

The ending of When Fall Breaks left me broken and full of questions, suffering a massive book hangover. When I was finally able to get my hands on The Dead of Winter my heart soared knowing I would get some resolution, and I gobbled this book right up. I've struggled with how to write this review without giving away spoilers and realize it's impossible. I've decided instead of giving spoilers, I will say that it was wonderful to catch up with the Jefferson HS kids/young adults. We learn just how much the car wreck affected everyone, from the angst and anxiety, to the heartbreak and healing. No one was spared, from Kaitlyn and Brody, Caden, Payton and Jenna. Julie and Tracy have blown me out of the water with yet another wonderful book. They write so seamlessly together that without knowing you think it's just one author sharing their immense talent. I'm so excited to see what comes next from these two beautiful ladies!!!


I wanted to give you everything. You were the first girl that I ever wanted to call back. The first girl I was proud to let wear my jersey. The first girl I ever stopped myself from crossing the line with. You were too good for that. Too good for me... I loved you with everything in me.

When Fall Breaks (#1) – Released: March 5, 2015

Kaitlyn Woodley is a beautiful, determined, high school senior, who embraces her small-town roots and country life. She’s studious, musically gifted, and headed for a successful career in swimming. Aside from a catty group of jealous girls, who taunt her mercilessly, Kaitlyn’s dreams are well within her reach. That is, until she becomes tangled up with the handsome Pistol Black, a rodeo cowboy, who not only turns every girl’s head in the county, but also turns her perfect world upside down.

Kaitlyn’s overprotective twin brother and best friends, begin to see signs that make them question Pistol’s subtle control over her. As secrets are unveiled, they intervene to save her from a possible path of destruction. To their surprise, when best friend Brody steps in to protect her, newly discovered feelings complicate an already volatile situation. Soon, everything begins to change. Old feelings die, new feelings emerge, and the once beautiful path they had traveled over summer, begins to alter with the season.

Will Kaitlyn’s closest friends be able to pull her from the destructive path she’s been led to follow? As the winds of time blast through their lives, the loyalty toward their best friend will remain stronger than ever. They are determined to protect her, even if one of them ends up getting hurt in the hunt for safety. One thing is for certain, none of this close group of friends will be left untouched when fall breaks. 

Julie Solano has lived in far Northern California, nearly her entire life.  She graduated from CSU, Chico, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development.  She later went on to Simpson University where she obtained her multiple subject teaching credential.  Julie enjoys life in the “State of Jefferson” where she lives with her husband and two children.  As a family, they spend their time tromping around the Marble Mountains and Russian Wilder-ness.  They also take pleasure in rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, off-roading, campfires, and living it up in the great outdoors.  When she’s not with her family, Julie spends her days teaching next door to her co-author, fellow prankster, and partner in crime, Tracy.  The most recent of their crazy adventures was to take on the challenge of writing this silly, little novel about life in their neck of the woods.  They hope you have fun reading this story which was inspired by their small town, rural upbringing, and the personalities of their four children.

Born and raised in Northern California, Tracy Justice is a wife, mother, and full-time teacher. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. One of her fondest memories growing up was herding cattle in the Marble Mountains with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding horses, running, hiking, swimming, and of course reading. After some encouragement from Julie, she decided to add “Coauthor” to her ever growing bucket list. She never knew how much fun it would be to write a book with her best friend. She hopes you enjoy reading this story as much as they enjoyed writing it.

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