Blue Ridge Murder by Carolyn LaRoche – Book Blog Tour

Author: Carolyn LaRoche
Title: Blue Ridge Murder
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Marshall Brothers, #2
Release Date: September 26, 2020
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design

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A steadfast believer in “never again,” the only relationship parole officer Alayna Baron wants is with her job. When her roommate surprises her with a long weekend in the mountains, she reluctantly agrees—completely unaware it’s a singles matchmaking event. 

Widowed at a young age, Detective Evan Marshall thought he’d had his one chance at love. When his brothers send him away for the weekend, the thought of romance never crosses his mind. At least, not until he finds the intriguing Alayna stranded on the side of the road.

When an intense snowstorm closes the roads and bodies start piling up at the inn where they are staying, Evan and Alayna join forces in an attempt to keep the other guests safe. But even with a murderer hidden amongst them, Evan and Alayna find a spark neither are looking for. If only they can stay alive long enough to explore it.

He chuckled. “Winter Singles’ Weekend Getaway?”

Madeline hadn’t mentioned anything about it being a singles’ getaway. If this were true, her best friend would be hearing from her as soon as she had service again. What a waste of a trip—and a perfectly good vehicle. She had no intention of dating ever again, and her roommate knew that. He didn’t need to know she’d been duped though. 

Narrowing her eyes at his teasing tone, she crossed her arms over her chest. “Yeah. You got a problem with that?”

He held his hands up in mock surrender. “Not at all. My brothers signed me up for the same adventure as a gift. They think I’m depressed and it would cheer me up.”

“Depressed? That’s an interesting reason to send you on a dating retreat.” She shook her head, really beginning to consider the serial killer possibility. 

“They’re wrong.” He winked. 

Alayna shrugged. “My best friend thinks I need to spend more time with people my own age.”
He gave her an odd look but didn’t push the subject. “I can give you a ride the rest of the way. We can leave your car here for the tow truck. Then you won’t freeze to death waiting. In weather like this, it could take a while for them to get up here.”

Alayna looked from him to the car and back again. The temperature seemed to drop by the minute, and the snow fell faster and harder with each lost degree. She could realistically freeze to death by morning if she stayed. If she went, she could become the next missing person in the state of Virginia. Or she could be warm, dry, and fed within the hour. Her stomach growled, chiming in its vote for a meal.

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Marshall Brothers Series

Murder on the Mountain
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Science teacher by day, writer and baseball mom by night, Carolyn LaRoche lives near the ocean with her husband, two boys, rescue puppy and four cats. She loves crocheting, books, food videos and trying new recipes.

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1. Max’s Hallowe’en Adventure; 2. The Shadow of the Witchfinder by Wendy Leighton-Porter – Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz

A graduate of Exeter University, Wendy spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies before a change of career led her to writing children’s fiction. Currently residing in Abu Dhabi, she lives with her husband and beautiful Tonkinese cat.  

Wendy’s “”Shadows from the Past”” time-travel adventures, featuring 3 children and a rather special cat called Max, are aimed at the Middle Grade age group. This award-winning series also includes several shorter novellas that see Max the talking Tonkinese cat undertaking solo missions. Now working on the 18th book in the series, “”The Shadow of the Shifting Sands””, Wendy hopes that her love of history, myth and legend will rub off on her young readers as she takes them on a magical mystery tour through the past. 

 In his fifth solo mini-adventure, Max the talking Tonkinese cat, the feline hero of the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series travels back in time to the mid-seventeenth century. 

He doesn’t understand how this has happened until he recognises his surroundings and realises it isn’t the first time he’s been to this place. Why has he been brought to this tumbledown cottage in the middle of nowhere? All is about to be revealed…

In 17th century Essex, at a time when most people believed in witchcraft, the name Matthew Hopkins was enough to strike fear into the heart of many a woman who lived alone with only a pet cat for company… for Hopkins was the Witchfinder General.  

The 15th book in the Shadows from the Past series takes the time-travelling foursome back to the year 1646. It isn’t Max’s first visit to the village of Mistley Thorn, but this time his friends Jemima, Joe and Charlie are by his side.
Their mission is to bring an end to Hopkins’ campaign of terror. Will they succeed, or might this prove to be their most dangerous challenge yet? “ 


Max’s Hallowe’en Adventure (the prequel to The Shadow of the Witchfinder)

Snippet 1
In the stillness of the night a twig snapped somewhere behind him and, with a rush of terror, Max realised he wasn’t alone. Turning slowly around, he caught the glitter of a pair of yellow eyes amidst the dense foliage – someone was watching him. Trying to swallow the rising whimper of fear that threatened to burst from his lips, he called out in a tremulous voice that sounded more like a mouse’s squeak instead of the brave challenge he’d been aiming for.
‘Wh-who’s there?’
The leaves rustled as a dark shadow slunk out into the open.
‘Maximus Lancelot? I’ve been sent to fetch you. Follow me.’

Snippet 2
The two cats took to their heels, running for their lives. Streaking across the green, they dodged outstretched hands as people tried to grab them, fear of being thrown on the fire spurring them on. They headed towards the lane that led out of the village. If they could make it to the woods, they’d have more chance of escaping.
Suddenly, above their heads, a dark shape swooped down and Max ducked, fearing that someone had flung a blanket or a cloak to trap them. With his heart in his mouth, he ran even faster, pelting down the lane with Jack at his side. He felt someone grab him by the scruff of the neck and a shock of fear shot through his body like a lightning bolt, convinced that he’d been caught. 

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Amongst The Chaos by Samantha Harris – Book Release Blitz

Title: Amongst the Chaos
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 17, 2020
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design
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Chloe Anderson is a good girl. She doesn’t just follow the rules—she writes them. As an HR consultant who lives her life by the book, Chloe carefully cultivates every detail of her life to ensure a happy and successful future. Inheriting a male strip club wasn’t part of the plan.

Grayson Wyatt would be dead if it weren’t for his mentor—a woman who saved him and so many others from a life filled with violence and torment, helping them to rebuild after the abuse that tore them apart. So when she passes unexpectedly, Grayson is determined to see that her legacy lives on. He isn’t expecting a niece no one even knew existed to inherit it all, leaving the future of the club and those it protects uncertain.

But Chloe has more in common with Grayson and the people of Club Chaos than she realizes. And when her situation takes a dangerous turn, she finds solace in the embrace of this unconventional family. When the trauma of the past collides with the desire of the present, Chloe must fight her way through the pain to find the peace that lies amongst the chaos.

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Samatha “Sam” Harris lives in Pennsylvania with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid. 

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read. 

Want To Read More? Have A Look At These Top Tips

Some people always seem to be reading, but you just can’t find the time, don’t enjoy it as much as you think you should, or don’t think about it. However reading is something that can help you focus, take you away from the stresses of everyday life, and educate you to name a few of the benefits. There are also ways you can help yourself to read more. 

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Often it can be things as simple as finding somewhere comfy or making sure you have the right glasses from to get you off on the right start. 

Have a look below at some of the top tips to help you to read more: 

Don’t Go Out Without A Book 

Rule number one if you want to read more, is to make sure you have something to read. If you don’t have a book then it hard to read. Take one with you when you go out and about. Just pop it in your bag or even have an electronics version on a kindle or book reading app. This way is you do get 5 minutes here, and there you are able to pick up your book and read. 

Track Your Reading 

If you want to read more, it’s a good idea to keep track of how much you are reading. Not only is it interesting to see how much you read at different times or on different books, but it’s also interesting and fun to learn how long it takes you to read certain books from various authors. You will also have a log of all the books you have read. 

Join A Book Club 

It may sound a bit obvious, but this will well and truly work. You tend to have a deadline to read the book or at least read a set number of chapters before the meetings. You’re more likely to try and fit in some time to read if you feel as though it needs to be done by a certain time. That is unless you are fine with being the only person in the book club to not have read and been able to join in the discussions. It is also worth noting that there is no shame in holding your hands up and saying I didn’t have time or that you need a bit extra time to finish. 

Only Read What Interests You

It’s ok to put a book down and never finish it, especially if you don’t take an interest in it. If it doesn’t feel good to read or like it’s worth your time, then don’t read it. If you’re watching a tv series and can’t get into it, are you likely to continue? No. So, don’t do it with books. You also shouldn’t shy away from a book based on the opinion of others, just because they didn’t like doesn’t mean you won’t, and vice versa, if they loved it but you don’t read it. 


Read As And When You Can 

Got a few minutes on your break at work, at the end of your lunch break, while you’re having your morning coffee, or maybe even a bathroom break? Then take the opportunity to read. You will be surprised how many chances you get to read a few pages, especially when you go looking for them. If you have to wait in a queue, you may get more reading done while you are waiting then when you are eating. 

Read Before Bed

Reading before bed is loads better for you than watching television or scrolling through social media on your phone or tablet. Reading will help you become relaxed and be able to transition into a peaceful slumber easily. A lot of successful readers will read every night before bed. It’s part of their routine, one chapter by night light, and off to bed. 

Don’t Read More Than One Thing At A Time 

If you are someone who is trying to read more, you can easily fall into the trick of thinking you need to read anything and everything. This can leave you confused and getting books mixed up. When it comes to books, you don’t want to multi-task. You are much better off reading one book at a time. 

These seven top tips should help you to start reading more. Do you read? What do you do to help yourself read more and find the time? Please share some of your hints and tips in the comments section below.