Reviews

The Storms That Fated Us

Reviewed by Dr. Karen Moriatry 

 

As the author of “Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy” about the incomparable Michael Jackson, I have read almost exclusively non-fiction during the past few years. When I began “The Storms That Fated Us,” I was casual and curious. It didn't take long, however, for me to get pulled into the story line, the suspense, and the intriguing relationship between Tia and Carson, old “friends” from high school five years before.


The book seemed both very timely and realistic to me, partially because of the exceptionally stormy winter of 2014. A frightening blizzard, a secluded cabin in the mountains, a man and woman reunited by Mother Nature at her fiercest, and a story of interesting flashbacks interwoven with the compelling events in the cabin all contribute to making this a real “page-turner.” It was unpredictable – a quality that I really like – and believable … and an emotional ride for the reader.

The title of the book is especially appropriate. There are storms on several levels in this novel – the storms of nature, storms of the human heart, and storms of a renewed relationship with an intense past. The main characters struggle with their dangerous physical challenges from the storm while they also struggle with their feelings, memories, and tumultuous relationship.

I definitely recommend this book and the author JP Summers, who delivers a suspenseful and unforgettable reading experience.

Reviewed by Joe Cool Review "J. C. Review"

 

I'm not sure "intense" is a strong enough word! Either way this is a DO NOT MISS!!

 

This book was VERY intense! I there were times during this book where I heaved a huge sigh of relief and thought I would finally be able to put the book down for the night......then I would read just one more paragraph (sometimes it was just the next sentence) and BAM something else would happen!


Well I will just tell you up front, this book will suck you in and not let you got until the very end! It is worth every single minute you spend with it! It was emotional and intense and life-threatening. I was thinking toward the beginning that it was going to be two people stuck in this palace of a cabin with no real threat.......BOY WAS I WRONG! They are not only fighting each other and themselves, but Mother Nature too! The place is literally falling down around them! Many times Tia wonders which she should be more afraid of - Mother Nature or Carson's rage against her!

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

What happens when you see your ex-best friend for the first time in years, fight horribly with them, and end up trapped in a cottage with them as storms swirl outside? If you’re Tia, you attempt to keep your distance and hope the storm ends soon, especially when said ex-best friend also happens to be the only boy you’ve ever loved. In The Storms That Fated Us, J.P. Summers writes a riveting tale of lies and deception and of course, misunderstandings. What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend in an amazing, if borrowed, cottage turns into a weekend of reckoning, truths revealed, and storms raging both inside and outside of the cottage. The initial reunion between Tia and Carson doesn’t go smoothly, to say the least, but with trees down due to the impending storm there’s nothing to be done but share a gigantic cottage filled with secrets and lies from years ago.

By using flashbacks, J.P. Summers gives us a clear picture of the friendship, secret love, and ultimate broken friendship that underwrites every word spoken between Tia and Carson. She has been carrying guilt and heartache for years, but she refuses to allow Carson to lay all the blame at her feet, which makes for some pretty amazing sparks when they do let down their respective guards. The Storms That Fated Us is a pretty apt title since most of the story is old hurts brewing until they erupt in a storm of blame and name-calling. At times the fights between Tia and Carson are pretty immature, but given the way their relationship ended it is no surprise they still relate to one another as teenagers.

Summers has written a pretty great story that forces you to ride the emotional roller coaster to the very end.

Interviews

An Afternoon With JP Summers

A few weeks ago I woke up early, brewed some coffee and decided to enjoy the quiet of my house before everyone got up.  I logged onto Fanfiction.net and saw that one of my favorite authors, txgal, now better known as JP Summers had not only posted an update, but that she had e-published one of my favorite stories, Moving On Without Him.  Immediately, I went to Amazon to check and sure enough, there it was. 

 

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I read her bio.  She lives in Wisconsin!  She’s a member of Tricky Raven!  The first thought in my head was that I had to meet this woman.  I needed to talk to her.  Not only because I am a writer myself with dreams of publishing, but because I had never met someone in my own state that wrote fanfiction. 

 

Immediately I posted a blog notice to congratulate her, followed by an email in which I hoped and prayed she would be willing to get together with me to talk about her new book.  In just a matter of minutes I had an answer from her.  She happily agreed to let me interview her for the site.

 

I must admit that when the day came I was a little apprehensive.  After all, I love her stories, but what if she turned out to be nuts?  What if she’s the Wicked Witch of The West?  What if she’s an axe murderer?  I could be driving two hours to certain death! 

 

You cannot imagine my relief to find out that JP Summers is one of the nicest and funniest women I have met.  She is thoughtful, insightful and was more than willing to share her new found wisdom on e-publishing.  And yes, we did joke about how our online friends wanted to know the truth about our meeting.  In other words, were either of us crazy?  We thought of a few practical jokes we could tell. Such as JP, a.k.a. txgal being stuffed in the trunk of Dragonfly76’s car and making calls for help from her cell phone in the middle of nowhere.  I’m not sure, but I bet her plot bunny was going wild. 

 

What I can tell you all is this.  I cannot wait to see her again. I’m thinking tailgating somewhere near Lambeau Field. I can already taste the beer brats and hear the laughter.

 

Dragonfly76, Administrator from http://trickyraven.ning.com/

Author and Migraine Advocate Invited to Capitol Hill

JP Summers is joining Clusterbuster’s and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy in Washington D.C. for their annual “Headache on the Hill” event in February

 

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JP Summers, Author and Advocate

 

PRLog (Press Release) - Jan. 31, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- JP Summers of Wisconsin never imagined her battle against migraines and cluster headaches would lead her to the front steps of Capitol Hill. She developed migraines at age 10, and by age 36, she became severely disabled. Eighteen months ago, disabling symptoms – including severe head pain, dizziness, imbalance, decreased motor skills and, blurred vision – made it impossible for her to drive and Summers lost a bank job she loved. She then began to research her condition and new treatments for migraines and cluster headaches. She also sought to spread awareness, and it was this mission that led to an invitation to join the ClusterBuster’s and Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy in Washington D.C. for their annual “Headache on the Hill” event. The event takes place February 10-12.

 

Summers, along with the other Clusterbuster representatives and volunteer advocates, will urge congressional leaders to support funding for headache research and also strongly request that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) reverse their decision to deny medical coverage for high-flow oxygen as an acute treatment for cluster headache attacks.

 

Additionally, they will also ask for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to give provide a solution to the problem of unfair reviews given to grants for migraine and cluster headache. The advocate group will also ask the CMS to cover the costs of oxygen for cluster headache and ask the Senate to renew funding through the military budget for chronic migraines and post-concussive headaches.

 

This past December Summers was contacted by Huffpost Live’s Nancy Redd to do a segment on chronic migraines. She opened up to the Host about the way her condition has not only changed her life but that of those around her.

 

About JP Summers

 

Summers is a wife, mother of three, and a women’s fiction author who has battled migraines for 26 years. When she was 10 years old, her parents had to drive 200 miles to the nearest Children’s Neurologist every few months to see if there was anything he could do to help give Summers relief from her migraine pain. It took years of trying various medicines until one, Imitrex injections, became effective enough that she could shorten the period in which she would have to deal with migraines.

 

As Summers continued to use her Imitrex injections into her early thirties something happened that she wasn’t expecting. She had finally grown immune to the only thing that had helped her. Unfortunately, she learned that she could not use some of the recommended medicines currently given to majority of migraineurs.

 

She became more educated about migraines from sufferers and was disturbed to learn that there is currently no cure for migraines. What shocked her the most was discovering that 36 million American’s live with migraines and 91% of migraine sufferers cannot function during an attack. Even with those statics, there has only been one innovative drug developed in the last 50 years for migraines.

 

It took months of trying out all types of medicines until Summers was finally able to try Botox injections as a form of treatment. She began her first round of injections in May 2013. Her second round in August was more effective. In October, she was able to drive for the first time 16 months, yet Summers still has limitations due to severe dizziness and migraine-induced vision problems that cannot be fixed.

 

Summers also suffers from cluster headaches. Nicknamed the ‘suicide headache,’ cluster headaches are most painful condition known to medical science. Cluster headaches affect approximately 1 in every 1,000 people. The suicide rate among suffers is believed to be in excess of 20 times the national average, yet it is astounding to find lasting relief from this neurovascular disorder. She lives on a 140 acre farm in northern Wisconsin with her husband and their children.

 

JP Summers' Writing

 

While Summers tried to figure out ways to cope with all of her the symptoms and severe head pain there were hundreds of people rooting for her to get better and back to doing one of the things she loved the most: writing and publishing books. Summers released her third book The Storms That Fated Us this past October.

 

The Storms That Fated Us is a story about two former best friends, Tia and Carson, who are brought back together five years after graduation under unfavorable circumstances. As a massive storm brews outside, another one develops inside, causing their treacherous past to resurface. Old wounds are exposed and it doesn't take very long for Tia and Carson to realize some things may never be forgotten or forgiven. With the strong winds from the blizzard of mass destruction leveling their only means of shelter one window and roof tile at a time, Tia and Carson must make a vital choice to either put aside their anger towards each other or let their heartache dictate what could very well be their final days.

 

Storms recently spent four days on Amazon’s New Adult & College Best Seller list. Summers credits SJ Publicity, her family, friends, readers, and the people in all of her support groups for her success.

Migraine Advocate's Novel Hits #1 in Hispanic-American Fiction

JP Summers' debut novel, "The Storms That Fated Us," tops 2 Amazon best seller lists

 

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JP Summers, Author and Advocate

 

PRLog (Press Release) - Apr. 9, 2014 - GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The suspenseful read, The Storms That Fated Us, by JP Summers reached #1 today on Amazon's best seller lists for Hispanic American Literature & Fiction and Hispanic American Literature. The novel also peaked at #13 on the Multicultural & Interracial Romance best seller list.

 

JP Summers is a dedicated advocate for migraine and cluster headache sufferers. She was recently invited to Capitol Hill for the annual “Headache on the Hill” event and has appeared on HuffPost Live to speak about her advocacy work and personal experiences with the debilitating headaches. She grew up in Texas but currently resides in northern Wisconsin with her husband and children. Her first full-length novel is a gripping romantic suspense read for adults.

 

The Storms That Fated Us Description

 

As Tia Deltoro's twenty-third birthday approaches, she looks forward to meeting up with her old high school friends and hitting the ski slopes. But what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend getaway in a beautiful cottage overlooking the mountains turns out to be a hellish nightmare when Tia unmistakably recognizes the person delivering their firewood. It has been five years since Tia graduated from New Holston High, yet she remains emotionally shackled to her past, or more specifically, to her ex-best friend Carson Rodriguez, the man holding the bundle of firewood. When he accuses Tia of setting up their chance meeting she fires back, running him off.

 

Unfortunately for these two former friends, Mother Nature decides to show them an intervention they'll never forget! The drastic shift in weather conditions causes Carson to return and wait out the horrific weather conditions in the confinements of the cottage with Tia.

 

While the storm rages outside, the two distance themselves to opposite sides of the living room for their own protection. Tia keeps herself distracted by looking at the old high school yearbooks she had packed in preparation for planning the upcoming reunion. Through a series of flashbacks, the memories come flooding back. She can't help but wonder how things could have gone differently if her ex-boyfriend Evan didn't always lure her back into his corrupting grasp or if Carson's on-again-off-again girlfriend Erin hadn't been so conniving.

 

In the end, all of the jealousy, secrets, and lies severed the ties that had held their four year friendship together.

 

With the strong winds from this blizzard of mass destruction leveling their only means of shelter one window and roof tile at a time, only one question remains... Will Tia and Carson be able to put aside their anger towards each other long enough to survive another storm?

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