Blog Tour & Giveaway: Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

“Shelley Gallus’ happy ending abruptly ended three years ago when her husband Max died. She has settled into life as a widow, braving Sunday mornings alone with a cup of Jasmine tea and a poor imitation of Max’s famous baked eggs and cheese, until her fragile recovery is shattered one morning when the doorbell rings. On her doorstep she finds handsome young Paolo, who bears not only an uncanny resemblance to her late husband but some unbelievable news: Max is alive!

Shelley would be overjoyed by the words she has been longing for if not for two small details. First, Max was blown to bits by a Madrid subway bomb. And second, Paolo claims to be her 32-year-old husband’s 32-year-old grandson. Still, the single spark of hope that she could be reunited with the love of her life is all Shelley needs to launch her across the globe with Paolo in search of Max.

During their journey, Shelley is preoccupied with memories of “The Slight Detour,” the budget European tour package where she met and fell in love with her tour guide husband. Reality descends as Shelley begins to realize that Max’s vivid stories of bloody Parisian rebellions, medieval Austrian monasteries, and doomed Venetian cities may not have been stories at all.

Shelley had always believed her marriage was the stuff of fairy tales. But when fantasy collides hard with reality, and she and Paolo come closer to discovering the truth about Max, Shelley faces an agonizing leap of faith before she can have her happily ever after.”

Combine part modern tragedy with two parts historical fiction and a healthy dose of realistic fantasy and you have Samantha Sotto’s ambitious debut novel Before Ever After. It’s a work of gradual advancement starting in what seems like an all to real modern day setting but taking its readers on a supernatural ride through the centuries. In the beginning I had some troube truly getting into the book, for some reason it went slowly for me. I almost put it down on multiple occasions to be perfectly honest.  However once I got into the “meat” of the novel so to say…I was hooked. Samanatha Sotto has a natural talent that is nearly impossible to deny was she weaves her tale of Max, Shelley and Paolo throughout time. She also has a meticulous eye for detail and well done research when it comes to the more historical aspects of her writing.

Sotto has created a book of both magical and realistic proportions that once truly began is perfectly paced and realized. It’s a detective trail in many ways following along the path and clues left behind by Max as he has traveled through years and lives over the centuries. What Shelley once considered stories may very well be first hand accounts and the honest truth.  As both Shelley and Paolo follow along the path the realize the man they both loved so very much was an individual so beyond their imagining but perhaps still the man of their dreams. But what will what they learn of him do to their present and their past memories?

In the end Samantha Sotto’s debut work will leave you wanting more and also craving the “Baked Eggs and Cheese” she so often mentions. When we lose a loved one it can be funny what we cling to…Sotto knows this and many other things about the human heart that come shining through in Before Ever After. This is a book of many mysteries, revelations and surprises…one which I don’t wish to spoil for readers because I believe they will enjoy it so themselves.

Book Giveaway

One lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own copy of Before Ever After. Giveaway ends midnight EST August 9, 2011. US/Canada addresses only please. The winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply comment below.

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Also make sure to check out all the other stops on this TLC Books Blog Tour for Before Ever After:

Monday, August 1st:  girlichef

Wednesday, August 3rd:  Stiletto Storytime

Monday, August 8th:  Bellas Novella

Tuesday, August 9th:  Amused by Books

Friday, August 12th:  Chick Lit Reviews

Monday, August 15th:  Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife

Thursday, August 18th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

Monday, August 22nd:  Books, Movies, and Chinese Food

Monday, August 29th:  Colloquium

66 Comments

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66 responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

  1. This book sounds great! It sounds like a historical fantasy, something I haven’t seen before! Please include me in your giveaway!

  2. I like Samantha Soto on Facebook (Colleen Turner).

  3. debbie

    I would love to read it, it sounds really good.
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  4. debbie

    I am a gfc follower
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  5. sam

    Hi, Courtney! Thank you for your thoughtful review!🙂
    *waves to the lovely ladies in the comment box*

  6. Rae

    This sounds like just my sort of book. Thanks for the review!

  7. Janis Rothermel

    Sounds like a great story! Cannot wait to read it.

  8. Amanda W

    This book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

  9. Amanda W

    I’m a follower.

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    Follow the author on twitter @amandawk

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  13. Sounds great! Please count me in. Thank you!

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  14. I subscribe via email

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  15. I follow via Twitter: @nfmgirl

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  16. I follow the author on Twitter: @nfmgirl

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  18. claire

    Would love to win! Read the sample pages and I was hooked.

  19. wyndwhisper

    the book sounds wonderful and i can’t wait to read it.

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  20. Oh my gosh, this book sounds SO good!! I had never heard of it, but now that I have it is going on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
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  21. I am a GFC follower of Stiletto Storytime

  22. I follow Stiletto Storytime on Twitter: @jwitt33

  23. I follow Author Samantha Sotto on Twitter: @jwitt33

  24. I liked Author Samantha Sotto on Facebook

  25. It sounds like an ambitious book – I’m glad to see it’s worth sticking with. No need to enter me.

  26. Georgina

    Would love to win this

  27. dorcontest

    I look forward to reading this. Sounds so interesting.🙂
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  28. dorcontest

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    Like Author Samantha Sotto on Facebook
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  32. Please enter me in the draw!

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. +1 following Stiletto Storytime by email

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. +1 following Stiletto Storytime by Twitter (@DarleneBookNook)

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. +1 Follower of Author Samantha Sotto on Twitter (@DarleneBookNook)

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. +1 Like Author Samantha Sotto on Facebook (Darlene’s Book Nook)

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Na

    This sounds like such an emotional read. I would really like to read it.

  38. Na

    I am a GFC follower.

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  40. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one – it sounds like a wonderful read!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  41. sam

    WOW! Thanks for all the responses! Good luck, ladies!😀

  42. Tressa

    Sounds like an interesting read and I am now completely curious to know how it ends. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +2 GFC follower, Twitter follower (TresSherm)

  43. Ovidio

    Sounds like a great read

  44. I’d love to read this. Count me in please.🙂

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  45. I follow via RSS

  46. OOPS! ignore the tweet for another contest😛 That was an accident.

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  47. I follow Samantha Sotto on Twitter
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  48. The first thing I thought of when reading the description was The Time Traveler’s Wife. This sounds like a good one!

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  49. I follow Stiletto storytime through Feed Demon

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  51. I follow Samantha on twitter.

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  52. I follow Samantha on FB.

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  53. I have had this on my wish list forever. I’d really love to read it, thank you for the chance at winning a copy!

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  54. I follow via RSS

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  55. I follow you on Twitter as @enterthedrew

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  56. I follow Samantha on Twitter as @enterthedrew

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  57. I follow Samantha on Facebook as Tiffany Drew

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  58. mamabunny13

    I would love to read it!
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  63. stilettostorytime

    Congrats to Tiffany Drew! You’ve won your very own copy of “Before Ever After”! Thanks to all who entered and Happy Reading!

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