REVIEW - Fade to Black by Michele Stratton


Book Title - Fade to Black
Author - Michele Stratton
Publisher - Self Published

Devlin Cross was Hollywood's hottest stars. He had the pick of the scripts and the pick of the women. While on break from filming his current movie he takes a drive through the countryside and stops at a local art gallery. There the owner isn't star struck by having him in her shop.

Lily Walters is a single mother who wants nothing to do with men. Her goal in life is to raise her son to the best of her ability and give him the stable home life she never had. With her failed marriage behind her the last thing on her radar is a relationship, especially one with a famous movie star.

Not every break up is mutual. Some ex's never let go. Some will do whatever it takes to have that person back in their lives. Dead... or alive...



M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.

Things you don’t know about M. Stratton:

1. She loves the movie Twister… she can say all the lines along with the actors. She will also use those lines in real life as often as possible.

2. Halloween is her favorite holiday. She starts planning months in advance. She has more Halloween decorations than Christmas.

3. She once made up a monologue about her love of chocolate chip cookie dough for her high school drama class.

4. There are times she thinks she is so funny she has tears running down her face while laughing at herself.

5. M. can play the clarinet but is in awe of anyone who can play the guitar, piano or drums, pretty much anything where your hands have to do two different things at the same time.

6. Cary Grant is her favorite actor. When she was in high school after Cary Grant died one of the cable stations ran a marathon, she watched his movies from 6 in the morning all day and night until 4 AM the next day.

7. Reading has always been an escape for her. She can devour a book in hours. When she moved in with her husband she literally donated over 1,000 books and saved over 1,000 for herself. She can reread books over and over again if she loves them. There are some that she has reread about once a year for the past 20 years.

8. She eloped after knowing her husband for only two months in 2006. They are still married over seven years later.



"I love Michele Stratton's writing style. She has a way with her stories that pulls you in. I could not wait to read this book because I love all her books. This one takes the cake for creepy bad girls. She has a gift at creating the most disturbing bad guy while making the other characters so endearing. This book grabbed me on page one and did not let go!

Devlin Cross has everything. In his late forties, handsome, successful, and rich. He has been a movie star for a long time. He was always a self professed bachelor, never wanting kids, just living his life. Lily is a single mom living in New England. She has an 8 year old son named Leo and a best friend named Dory. She has opened an art gallery with monies from a trust fund from her step father when she was 35. She was never cared about by her mother, so she spends all her time focused on her precious son. He is her everything.

On location shooting a movie, Devlin decides to stop in a quaint little town and stretch his legs. Little did he expect to fall for the artist. Of course, Lily is very gun shy about letting him in her life. Her friend Dory convinces her to take a chance. Little did she know that by doing so, she might lose everything and everyone she loves. Hiding in the wings is Devlin's ex, Hayden. She is so warped and twisted, she believes Devlin is hers and she will go to any lengths to prove it. Killing and destroying anything and anyone is fine with her.

Will Lily survive this relationship? What about everyone she cares about? Can Lily and Devlin come out of this alive? Grab this book and settle in for a scary ride! And sleep with the lights on!"


Heidi gives Fade to Black

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