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.
After 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
I have to admit that I despised Mitchell’s character almost immediately. He was so emotionally and verbally abusive not only to his wife, but his sons. A fact that is so confusing to Jack because he pictures his father as everything. Jack wants to do something to help so he comes up with the idea that if he is a superhero he can fix their situation. My heart broke for this little boy. He took so much on his shoulders hoping he could change things, really believing that having superpowers were the answer. And then the decisions he was finally forced to make in the end regarding his father…well let’s just say it is a good thing Mitchell isn’t real and I don’t know him. 🙂
Laura McNeill did a fantastic job making this family real and the emotion she pulls from the reader is extraordinary. She makes the characters come to life, even the ones I really didn’t want her to. And the ones I did, well I felt like I knew them personally. As you read Center of Gravity, the characters’ struggles become yours. That is what I liked the most about Ms. McNeill’s writing, the fact that it’s almost interactive. I feel her book is a work of art and I have no trouble giving it 5 stars. I look forward to reading more from this author. One-click Center of Gravity right away and find out what you’re missing!
Right in front of me, my sweet, charmed life fell to pieces. Everything destroyed; a
hailstorm’s wrath on a field of wildflowers. All I’d known—gone. Foolish me, I’d believed
in magic, clung tight to false promises. The lies, spoken from tender lips, haunt me now, follow me, and whisper into my ear like a scorned lover.