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Beyond The Page & $50 gc Giveaway: “Sun and Moon (Minstrel Series #1)” by Lee Strauss

Jan 20
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Today it’s my pleasure to share an excerpt from SUN AND MOON,

book 1 in Lee Strauss’ The Minstrel Series.

There’s a giveaway too. 🙂




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

PRE-ORDER price $2.99

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“The law doesn’t care about people like my family.” Katja pinched back tears. “Women get beaten in their own homes all the time in my world. Girls get raped, and nothing ever happens to stop it. It’s not like in your world where money talks and you can manipulate those less powerful than you with a simple threat.”

Your world. My world. Katja held in a sob. Micah didn’t get it. He didn’t get her.

Silence filled the space, and an invisible force pushed them further apart. Katja lowered her window, suddenly needing fresh air. The world blurred by as the Audi picked up speed. Katja glanced at the speedometer: a hundred and eighty kilometers an hour.

“Look,” Micah said through tight lips. “I’m sorry if I overstepped. Your step-dad was being a belligerent imbecile. I didn’t have a chance to think it through.” He reached for her arm and tugged until he found her hand, then threaded his fingers through hers.

“Your mom and sister were sweet. I’m glad I met them.”

Katja’s gaze moved from their joined hands to his face. Could he really mean that? Did he not see the squalor they lived in? That she’d grown up in? Her mom couldn’t be more different than his fashion-conscious, high-powered mother.

He came from a world of privilege and entitlement, she from poverty and neglect. He might not think it mattered now, but it would. One day it would, and then what would she do? When the day came that Micah rejected her, what would she do?

A picture of her falling off the Augustus Bridge into the River Elbe flashed through her mind. The longer she stayed with Micah, the deeper the pain his parting would cause. Micah’s grip remained, but she let her fingers go limp.

“This isn’t going to work.”

Micah signaled and pulled sharply off the road. His dark eyes flashed with anger as he stared at her. “You’re not going to do this now.”

She turned away, pinching her eyes tight. She wouldn’t cry. Not here. Later, but not yet. Her lips tightened as they trembled. “You know I’m right.”

He touched her shoulder. “Katja, look at me.”

She didn’t want to. She wanted to get back, pack her things and leave.


She swallowed and looked at him. The look of longing in his eyes almost killed her resolve, but she breathed in deeply and stared back with determination. “You know I’m right,” she repeated.

“I know no such thing.”

“You might not want to see it now, but one day you will.”

“One of us makes the other one feel small and cold,” he quoted.

“Like the sun and the moon,” she whispered back.

“I thought I was the moon,” he said.

“No. It’s always been me.”

Micah sighed, then turned the Audi on and merged back onto the autobahn. The ride back to Dresden was quiet, the air between them, thick.

This was it, Katja thought. The end of their romance. She should’ve known better. She should’ve guarded her heart. Micah Sturm was too good for her. She’d never end up with someone like him. Never.

They entered Dresden and drove over the narrow, bumpy cobblestone road that led to Micah’s parking place. He stroked her arm, and she stiffened. If she looked at him, even for a moment, she’d dissolve into a puddle of tears.

“I don’t want you to break up with me today,” he said. “I know you really want to, but you’re very emotional right now, and I think you should wait until you have a clear head.”

“Our circumstances aren’t going to change by waiting,” she said.

“Can you wait two days? If you still want to end things by Tuesday, I’ll accept your decision. Not happily, but I’ll respect it. I’m just asking for a two-day pause before we make anything final.”

Katja’s chest squeezed hard. Dragging this out for two days would be like removing a Band-Aid slowly and painfully, like taking out stitches from a thick scar before it was properly healed. By yourself, without the assistance of a doctor.

Micah’s eyes were soft and pleading.

“I’ll still be the moon on Tuesday,” she said.

“Maybe not,” he responded. “I’m feeling awfully small and cold right now.”

If she loved him, she could give him this one last request. And she did love him. Her eyes tightened shut. Why did she let herself fall in love with this man? Stupid, stupid girl!

“Okay,” Katja heard herself say. She needed time to find a new place anyway. Somehow she’d get through the next couple days. She felt so weak and worn, she really didn’t know how. She needed another miracle.


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 McMechan. MP3 links are included at the end.

Check out the music video!

All the songs from the Minstrel Series can be found at Bandcamp.

The Minstrel Series also has its own Facebook page. Go Like it to follow all the upcoming Minstrel Series news!



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,
a 12 month calendar from Dresden, Germany featuring many of the settings found in Sun & Moon.
Dresden, Germany

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Lee Strauss author

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.


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