The Thunder Beneath Us

Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best Lightburn and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. People said she was lucky, but that kind of luck is nothing but a burden. Because Best knows what she did to survive. And after years of covering up the past, the truth is threatening to shatter her seemingly charmed life as a talented writer rising up the masthead at an international style magazine, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous.

The Thunder Beneath Us is a gripping novel about learning to heal and forgive yourself before the sea of shame and secrets pulls you under for good. 

“Blades layers her narrative with twists, snap decisions, and deep introspection, building a story that feels realistic and human… A fascinating look at the way people process their own survival in the wake of death, and the many ways the past can wreak havoc in the present.” —Publishers Weekly

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About Nicole.

Nicole Blades is a novelist and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by Caribbean parents, Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine. She later co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks, and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health

Now a freelance writer, her features and essays have appeared in MORE magazine, Cosmopolitan,,,, BuzzFeed, SELF, and BlogHer. Nicole has been a speaker and panelist at BlogHer and MA Conference for Women. She also created Ms. Mary Mack, a blog that aims to bring compassion and common sense back to parenthood.

Nicole lives in Connecticut with her husband and their son.


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