Monday, April 2, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Beneath by Maureen A. Miller

Thank you for joining us for the Review and Excerpt Tour for BENEATH by Maureen A. Miller! This YA fantasy adventure with a touch of romance is the story of what happens when an accident in the Atlantic Ocean brings a fate, no one could imagine. Follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Book Blurb:

Beneath by Maureen A. Miller

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Page Count: 340

Format: Print and digital

An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean…

  It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill's family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.

  As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.

  With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend's brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.

  Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?

  On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Survival, Suspense, Teen--

Stella enjoys her trips out with her best friend Jill and her family on their fishing boat, but when Jill finds herself thrown overboard during a freak storm, she is convinced that she is going to die. But instead of drowning, she finds herself alive and in a strange dark cave. Luckily she is not alone, and with the help of Jill's older brother Colin, Stella tries to figure out why they are not dead and what is really going on.

I have out at least three of Maureen's books on my to-read list on Goodreads and I think I own at least one but I have not read one yet so I was really interested in reading Beneath, due to the author as well as the intriguing synopsis. It doesn't hurt that the cover is pretty too, just saying.

What a cool concept for a book, just the idea of this world hidden beneath the ocean, a complete secret that people have been inadvertently making their home out of since options are limited. It is also a really scary idea too. I also really enjoyed that the premise for this book was very realistic, something so extreme but potentially possible in the unknown of the underwater world. Oh and by the way, I find the depths of the ocean freaky so a hidden "cave" system that traps people totally seems legit.

​When pretty much everyone fell apart, due to stress/injury/attitude, Stella was able to keep her calm and put on her investigative journalist hat and get to the bottom of the secrets. And what secrets they were. I pretty much instantly liked Stella and her mellow attitude in the face of one of the most stressful situations. ​

​The ending is definitely not the end​ but really just the start of Stella's journey and there are way more questions and issues to come. I am very interested to see what Maureen has in store next for the characters that I grew to love. Whatever comes next, I know that Stella is capable and will fight for her friends.

​I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio:

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing. 

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website. 

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!

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