Friday, March 4, 2011

In The Storm by Karen Metcalf - Book Tour and Giveaway

By Karen Metcalf

About The Book:
Abandoned by the world around her, Carly believes she is fated to a life of torment at the hands of her stepfather and is desperate for an escape. When she can bear the abuse no longer and gives in to a thunderous rage, she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar, yet beautiful, storm world. This limbo between dimensions appears to be her private sanctuary, but it may just be her purgatory.

No one escapes fate without sacrifice, but is the price more than Carly is willing to pay? 
About The Author:
There’s a phrase in the South: “telling stories”, which means telling lies. Growing up, Karen Metcalf told a lot of stories, which wasn’t always a good thing.

She was raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where she spent most of her time reading science fiction and horror. She continues to explore those worlds through her writing, today.

Karen is 23 years old, and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Where To Purchase:
IN THE STORM is available at all major digital book retailers for immediate download, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, and OmniLit, as well as on the Vagabondage Press website at
Charcter Interview:
I meet Carly on a back porch, somewhere, sometime; I’d rather not say.  There is a storm rolling in and she watches the approaching clouds with a smirk. 

Karen:  You were sixteen when IN THE STORM began; tell me about your childhood. 
Carly: Well, my father died when I was young, and I don’t have many memories of him.  My mother raised me alone for several years, though she dated around a lot.  Mitchell was born when I was eleven, and we don’t even know who his father is.  I did most of the raising, as my mother was too busy partying. Richard was just another of her drunken boyfriends, but for some reason he stuck around longer.  When she took off, she left him the house, so he agreed to keep us.  I think he considered us housekeeping for the most part.   
Karen:  We know that one of the things that contributed to your ability to go to the storm world was your anger. Can you tell me more about that?
Carly: I had to learn to control my anger pretty early on. My mother was young, stupid, and not ready to have me when she did. She was more concerned with her own life, and I was just a side note. A lot of men entered our lives and exited just as quickly. I had to tiptoe around everyone’s moods, tempers, and personalities.  I learned to put up a fa├žade and pretend that I didn’t see or hear anything, and was just a stupid kid. In the meantime, I was cleaning my mom’s puke off the sheets.  Holding all of this in for a very long time can’t be healthy, and one day I would inevitably snap.
Karen: Do you think other people have their own storm worlds?
Carly: I like to think we all have a storm world. Most of the world is lucky enough to never need it.  I say if you haven’t found your sanctuary yet, it just might not be time for you. It’s proof that things can always get worse, so maybe this isn’t as bad as you think it is. But don’t worry; it will always be out there waiting for you when you need it the most. Sort of the like the poem, “Footprints”. 
Karen: What advice do you have for other teens your age going through similar troubles at home?
Carly:  Childhood is but a portion of your life. It is supposed to be the best part, but not for all of us.  You have the choice to make your life what you want, and you don’t have to settle for the life someone hands to you.  Have faith in yourself, and don’t ever let them break you.  You are a wonderful person, and this too will pass.
Karen: I couldn’t have said it better myself.

WE HAVE WINNERS: aria and katsrus have been notified by email.

GIVEAWAY: Karen has graciously allowed me to offer three digital downloads of her book. So here is your chance to get a free copy. ( 3 books will be given away)

  • You must be 18 or older to win
  • You must leave a comment telling what point in the book highlight, sneak peak, or interview grabbed your interest.
  • You must include your email address in your comment
  • Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM March 15th. (CST)
Karen, we thank you so much for including Between The Pages in your tour. Your cover is beautiful, and the book's storyline is gripping. We wish you loads of success with IN THE STORM.


  1. The thing that touched me was Carly's childhood. Mine wasn't quite that bad but; it was not a happy one. It toke me a long time to heal. Her story sounds very touching & I would really love a chance to read it. I love the book title and cover.
    Sue B

  2. I am excited to read Karen's book. I believe she is going to reach and help people dealing with their private storms. I feel she is especially interested in touching the young lives today. It seems today's youth faces more and more turmoil. Thanks to "IN THE STORM", Karen for reaching many! I wish her much success! Congrats! Gwen J. Newman

  3. This sounds like a very interesting book. I think the thing that captured my interest would be the part where Carly is talking about the storm worlds and how everyone has one. My childhood was pretty good, but it still had moments where it wasn't great, as I'm sure everyone's has. Life has a way of being dysfunctional for everyone. I would love to find out more about Carly and her sanctuary and to read Karen's book. Books, in a way, have always been a sort of sanctuary for me. And I learned a lot from these books. Not everything turns out alright, but I always pick up something new and it helps to put my own life in perspective and give me insight about myself. I want to see if In The Storm will be like that for me. (email: windsaria(at)gmail(dot)com)