Cloudburst [NOOK Book]

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OUT OF A CLEAR BLUE SKY . . .

Since being taken in by wealthy Mrs. Jordan March and living in her exquisite home like a daughter, Sasha Porter’s traumatic past—destitute on the streets, and the shattering accident that killed her mother—seems like a fading nightmare. Beautiful and sophisticated, as bold and daring as her “sister,” Kiera March, Sasha still keeps her mother’s ...
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Overview

OUT OF A CLEAR BLUE SKY . . .

Since being taken in by wealthy Mrs. Jordan March and living in her exquisite home like a daughter, Sasha Porter’s traumatic past—destitute on the streets, and the shattering accident that killed her mother—seems like a fading nightmare. Beautiful and sophisticated, as bold and daring as her “sister,” Kiera March, Sasha still keeps her mother’s wise words close to her heart: never fully trust anyone. Inside her privileged new world, it’s advice that will prove more precious than gold.

. . . CAN ANYTHING STOP THE DOWNPOUR?

Against the wishes of Jordan’s husband, Donald, Sasha attracts the attention of Duane Banks, a shy, handsome athlete, and maneuvers her way into his heart. But Duane’s hidden torment soon explodes in a horrific tragedy that pulls Sasha into a flood of guilt and despair. And when someone she thought she could trust targets her vulnerability, Sasha recalls her mother’s warnings—and a violent storm of dark deceptions and shocking family secrets is unleashed. Will she sink or swim?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439181164
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 83,970
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

V. C. Andrews
V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, which was followed by four more Dollanganger family novels: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series, which have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into more than twenty-five foreign languages.

Biography

"The face of fear I display in my novels is not the pale specter from the sunken grave, nor is it the thing that goes bump in the night," V. C. Andrews once told Douglas E. Winter. "Mine are the deep-seated fears established when we are children, and they never quite go away: the fear of being helpless, the fear of being trapped, the fear of being out of control."

Andrews's novel Flowers in the Attic launched the popular genre sometimes dubbed "children in jeopardy" -- stories about young people abused, lied to, and preyed upon by their evil guardians. The author's own childhood was not nearly so lurid, though it did have an element of tragedy: As a teenager she had a bad fall, which resulted in the development of bone spurs. A botched surgery, combined with arthritis, forced her to use a wheelchair or crutches for the rest of her life.

Andrews lived with her mother and worked as a commercial artist until the 1970s, when she began to write in earnest. Most of her early stories and novels went unpublished (one exception was "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night," which appeared in a pulp confession magazine). Finally, in 1979, Flowers in the Attic made it into print. The book soared to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was followed by two equally successful sequels, Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns. Critics weren't always kind -- a Washington Post reviewer wrote that Flowers in the Attic "may well be the worst book I have ever read" -- but that didn't matter to millions of Andrews's readers, who devoured her gruesome fairy tales as fast as she could pen them.

As E. D. Huntley points out in V. C. Andrews: A Critical Companion, Andrews's novels fit neatly into the "female Gothic" tradition, in which an innocent young woman is trapped in an isolated mansion and persecuted by a villain. Andrews's own contribution was to take some of the themes implicit in early Gothic novels -- incest, sexual jealousy, and obsession -- and make them sensationally explicit in her works.

As most of her fans know by now, V. C. Andrews died in 1986, but new V. C. Andrews books keep popping up on the bestseller lists. That's because the Andrews estate hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to continue writing books in the late author's style. Andrews's heirs have been cagey about just how much unfinished work she left behind when she died, but testimony during a 1993 tax case suggested that Andrews had only completed a portion of Garden of Shadows, the eighth book (out of more than 50) published under her name.

Still, even if the vast majority of "V. C. Andrews" books weren't actually written by V. C. Andrews, many of her fans are happy to have her tradition carried on. Neiderman has drawn on Andrews's novels, notebooks, and drawings for inspiration. "Don't make this sound weird," he once said in a Washington Post interview, "but sometimes I do feel possessed." To the original V. C. Andrews, who believed in precognition and reincarnation, it probably wouldn't sound weird at all.

Good To Know

Andrews wrote nine novels before Flowers in the Attic, including a science fantasy titled The Gods of the Green Mountain. Later, when she was a bestselling novelist, she wanted to try her hand at different kinds of fiction, but her publisher discouraged her. "I am supposed to stay in this niche, whatever it is, because there is so much money in it," she told Douglas Winter. "I mean, I have tapped a gold mine and they don't want to let go of it. I don't like that, because I want to branch out."

Though V. C. Andrews went by the name Virginia, her birth name was Cleo Virginia Andrews, not Virginia Cleo Andrews. She had planned to publish her books under the name Virginia Andrews, but her first publisher printed Flowers in the Atticas the work of "V. C. Andrews" in hopes that the gender-neutral name would make the book appealing to male readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cleo Virginia Andrews
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 6, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      December 19, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Virginia Beach, Virginia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Recycling names?

    I haven't read this yet but wasnt Jordan March already used?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    BORING!!!!!!!

    this book was bad! im sorry i wasted 7.99 on it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Security Office

    Security is needed, and this is where hired officers watch the school grounds, inside and out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

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    4 stars

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    Posted February 22, 2014

    Lilywolf

    Shell? ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Hunting Grounds

    Full of prey even in the harsh winter moons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Council of angels

    Council of angels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Cloudclan hunting grounds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Bleh

    Bleh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Ken

    XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Uko

    Lol!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Tree

    The Sun Tree. Its braches seem to light up in the morning and sunhigh.





    ~•|Swiftstar|•~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Cloud

    Awdsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    VC Andrews books are GREAT!

    This book and all VC Andrews books are very good! They are good from beginning to end- a fast read because you just can't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Crystalfrost

    Another amazing story! I don't know how you're abke to make each chapter so awesome. Ur wording is awesome, as is everything else in ur story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    L&K

    Wow! Another amazing chapter! I feel really bad for Stormstar though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    The Story of CloudClan- Prologue Part 2 (Prologue Part 3 in next result.)

    "I'm going to try to get the kits out," he explained frantically.
    Suddenly, Snowgaze's shrieked, her pupils dialating to the size of saucers and her tail bristling. Still yowling her heart out, the white shecat bit down hard on the stick, until it splintered into small, wooden flakes. A small kit slipped out into the world, a dark brown one, followed by a shockingly large pool of blood.
    Nightfang, overwhelmed by the amount he had to do, nipped the sack off of the kit, and hurried to get the stick out of Snowgaze's mouth to prevent splinters. "Get me another stick," the night-dark tom ordered as he pressed his black paws against the white she-cat's stomach.
    Stormstar nodded, looking in horror at his beloved mates' blood.
    "Go!" Nightfang repeated his order, now sounding more urgent. Stormstar, yanked out of his terrible reverie, once again nodded and ran out. Seconds later, he came back with another wooden stick in his mouth. Nightfang snatched the stick out of the gray tom's jaws and put it in the shecat's mouth. Snowgaze shrieked again, and she bit down on the stick. Once again, a kit came out, and once again, Nightfang nipped off the sack from the white kitten. The dark medicine cat put his paws on Snowgaze's womb. "One more! You can do it, Snowgaze!" The two toms yelled encouragement to the writhing cat on the ground.
    Finally, the she-cat yelled one last desperate screech, and a small, crumpled, white tabby with silver stripes came out. Nightfang approached nipped the sack, and licked it gently. "This is the runt," he explained to the two cats. "She must be looked after better than the other two."
    Stormstar purred and licked Snowgaze on the forehead. "You did it," he chirruped.
    Snowgaze spoke slowly, in hardly a whisper. "Yes, I guess I did…" she breathed out and was silent for several moments. Finally, she mewed. "Bring them to suckle."
    Nightfang brought the three kits to their mother's belly. None of them suckled. Confused, Stormstar gently pushed and licked them. Only the white tabby she-cat stirred, finally slurping weakly at the rich, thick milk her mother had to offer. Nightfang desperately nuzzled the remaining two, trying to revive them. Neither of them made a move, or a sound.
    Nightfang sighed and turned to his leader, his eyes brimming with sorrow. "Stormstar… the other two didn't make it."
    Stormstar's amber eyes clouded with grief, and a low, sorrowful growl erupted from his mouth. He nudged his mate sadly. "Did you hear that? They're dead…"
    Snowgaze nodded, and shifted her eyes up to him. "My sweet, I must join them as well."
    Stormstar, suddenly realizing what she meant after a few seconds, pushed his muzzle into her stomach. "No! Snowgaze, /please/! You're the only reason I want to live now!"
    Snowgaze whimpered. "I'm sorry." Suddenly, her blue eyes looked up at them, already shining with the light of the stars. "Whatever you do, don't leave your Clan, don't rebel against it, and most of all…" she nudged the tiny kitten suckling weakly, "take care of the Clan's destiny. I love you." Then, she sighed, and her beautiful body crumpled as her spirit left it. Snowgaze was no more. Stormstar wailed, his yowl overcoming the sound of the wind, and pressed his nose to her soft fur.
    Nightfang looked sadly at the leader. "I'll- I'll leave you alone," he got up and left the nursery.
    Stormstar didn't notice the medicine cat leave, still sobbing into his beloved, white mate's sweet-smelling fur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Aprentince den

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Never fails to satisfy

    Loved it

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    the ghost writer of vc andrews is doing an excellent job.

    i am still reading this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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