The truth could cost her everything.
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.
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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 stroke Sam’s downy-soft head and drink in the scent of baby lotion. Before he was born, other moms always shared stories about the fierce love that surges in a woman the moment she gazes on her newborn’s face. How childbirth pain disappears, replaced by an intense need to care for and protect this amazing creature at all costs. It’s so true, but the remarkable thing is this: no one mentioned it could happen the other way around. The same bond can form—just as deeply, just as strong—when a child without a mother finds you first. It happened with Jack, which makes me doubly blessed. A precious baby and an adorable son. How lucky can one woman get?
They’re my world. Which is probably why Mitchell teases me relentlessly that he’s neglected. In fairness, I’ve pointed out several times that a spouse has to be home to get attention. His reply? He wasn’t quite ready for baby number two. A fact he divulged right about the time morning sickness hit me full force.
A little. Too. Late.
5 Quick Questions with the Author
Tell us your latest news?
Very excited to share about Center of Gravity, which releases ! The idea stemmed from the breakup of my own marriage and that of several friends, who all had experiences finding out that the people we THOUGHT we knew were not "real" or "true." I always want to believe the best in people, and it's a hard lesson to learn when the person you should most trust is someone dangerous. At it's core, Center of Gravity is about seeing people for who and what they are, and finding the strength to start over. In Ava's case, she must also protect her children.
If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, John Green, Stephen King, and William Shakespeare (I've always been a Shakespeare fan ... it's the English major in me.) The others are all brilliant, create memorable characters, and are so prolific.
What books or authors have influenced your writing?
I would have to say Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper), Sue Monk Kidd (Secret Life of Bees), Elin Hilderbrand, but I also love Veronica Roth, Gillian Flynn, and Joshilyn Jackson. I'm such an electic reader!
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I would love to meet Sophie Kinsella. Love her Shopaholic series. It makes me laugh out loud!
Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I've always been a reader. I was an English major and have a master's in Journalism and one in Interactive Technology. I did PR for a while, then reporting for a local TV station. I anchored at 2 CBS stations for 6 years, until I had my second son, and the shift caught up with me.
Right now, I am the mom of two great boys, write, and do web content management and social media for a small, private college in Mobile, Alabama!