Blitz with Review: White Lightning


Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” is an incredible group of New York Times bestselling authors such as Lexi Blake, Elisabeth Naughton, Jennifer Probst, Larissa Ione, Rebecca Zanetti and Lisa Mondello who have brought their vision of Storm to life.

A serial soap opera containing eight episodes in season one, the season premiere of Rising Storm, TEMPEST RISING, debuted September 24th with each subsequent episode releasing consecutively this fall.

So get ready. The storm is coming.

About WHITE LIGHTNING: Episode 2 of the Rising StormSeries

Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

As the citizens of Storm, Texas, sway in the wake of the death of one of their own, Daddy’s girl Dakota Alvarez also reels from an unexpected family crisis … and finds consolation in a most unexpected place.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

I enjoyed reading “White Lightning.” I thought Lexi Blake did a great job of getting inside the minds of the characters.

I also thought she did well with point-of-view. She stayed with one character at a time, didn’t head-hop, and thought like that character would think.

The last episode was mostly about Ginny. This one focused on Dakota, Senator Rush, the sheriff, and Joanna.

It was interesting to learn more about each of those characters, especially since they are all so different. So far, I don’t particularly like any of the characters, which may lead me to lose interest eventually. For now I am content with just learning more about them. Some of them are so twisted that I can’t help but stay glued to the pages because I want to see what despicable thing they will do next.

I know what the authors were going for when they called these stories “episodes,” but I don’t think the Rising Storm series can really be compared to television, because there is so much that goes on internally with the characters. Unless the TV episode had tons of characters talking to themselves or having “asides” like in theater, I can’t imagine this working very well for television. There’s just too much that goes on inside people’s heads.

It works for the story, because it’s a way to let the reader know things that no one else knows, but it wouldn’t work on camera, at least not how it is written.

For example, Dakota doesn’t tell anyone how she feels about Ginny or why she feels that way. Without knowing that, her behavior would seem really weird. Or, as another example, no one would understand Dakota’s motivation for what she does in the bar, since all that is revealed inside her head only.

So, my point is, I don’t think it’s accurate or even fair to compare these to television.

That’s okay, though. It doesn’t really matter what the authors call it. I’m just going to think of them as serial novellas, because each new one picks up where the last one left off. (By the way, I would recommend reading these in order.)

If you like stories with characters who have secrets, selfish motivations, and aren’t above manipulation, you should check out “White Lightning.” While there isn’t physical danger like I’m used to in the stories I typically read, there is plenty of tension and drama to hold my attention.