Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!!! Sun and Moon by Lee Strauss

Sun & Moon by Lee Strauss
(Book One in the Minstrel Series)

Coming January 26th! If you’re a fan of the movie Inside, Llewyn Davis, ABC television’s Nashville or Colleen Hoover’s upcoming novel, "Maybe Someday", the Minstrel Series is for you!

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each are complete standalone stories with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!

Katja Stoltz is a risk-taking singer-songwriter hoping to make it in the indie music scene in Dresden, Germany. Micah Sturm's a brooding uptown banker on a quest.

Driven to the streets, Katja is picked up by Micah - but he doesn't want what she thinks he does. There’s an undeniable attraction between them, a gravitational pull they both struggle to resist. Katja knows she mustn’t fall in love with this handsome enigma. There’s something dark lurking beneath the surface. He could be dangerous. 

And even if her life isn’t on the line, her heart most definitely is.

*not erotica - no explicit sex or coarse language 

This series is an exciting collaboration between Lee Strauss as an Indie Author and several very talented Indie Singer-Songwriters. Four original songs produced by Norm Strauss are featured in Sun & Moon and are performed by award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Kim McMechanMP3 links are included at the end. 

Check out the music video!


All the songs from the Minstrel Series can be found at BandcampThe Minstrel Series also has its own Facebook page. Go Like it to follow all the upcoming Minstrel Series news! Pre- orders now available at the pre-release price of 2.99! (Price goes up after launch)itunes | kobo | Barnes & Noble Amazon

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed Sun & Moon by Lee Strauss, a new adult contemporary romance novel. The reader is introduced to Micah and Katja. They both had traveled different paths in life, but they both had developed insecurities as a result of their pasts. I guess you can say their differences were like the sun and the moon, but they seemed to complement each other so well.

At first I thought that the story seemed oversimplified, but as the story went on I really started to understand each of the characters perspectives.  It was nice that some of the supporting characters encouraged Katja to have faith as she worked through some of her issues. And although I grew to love some of the characters, there was a balance between the characters that you grow to love and those that you love to hate—especially his mom Frau Sturm (Mrs. Storm). Can you only imagine her personality from that name?  She was just full of underhanded schemes.  In the past, Katja was abused and I appreciate the fact that the descriptions weren't overly graphic and the behavior wasn't romanticized. I liked the fact that the Hero and heroine experienced growth as a result of their past experiences.  Experiences that resulted in Katja being presented as a strong Heroine who could hold her own, and refused to settle for second best.

As for their relationship, it was a little more complex than usual and it wasn't solely based on looks or lust. And I just couldn't figure out if their families or insecurities would prevent them from being together.

There was a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Micah’s ex-girlfriend Greta. And Micah’s behavior was so bizarre in the beginning that I started thinking that Katja needed to just run as fast as she could especially with that mysterious locked door.  About 3/4 of the way through the story I just knew that I had it all figured out, but was shocked to find out what really happened towards the end.

Overall, Sun and Moon is a sweet contemporary romance novel that I would recommend to fans of Happily Ever After Stories.

Rating 5/5

I received a copy of Sun and Moon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


Lee is giving away prizes to celebrate the upcoming launch of Sun & Moon
Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card, MP3s of all four songs featured on Sun & Moon, and a 12 month calendar from Dresden, Germany featuring many of the settings found in Sun & Moon.

Dresden, Germany
Click on the Link Below to Enter Giveaway

About Lee Strauss Lee Strauss writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff as Elle Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places. Find out more at

Social Media Links

Twitter: @elle_strauss
YouTube channel

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