18 September 2013

Vermont Escape Tour Stop!

It’s been two years since Jill Barlow’s husband was murdered. Being attracted to someone new isn’t what she expected when, after her father’s recent murder, she fled to Vermont.

A terrifying series of break-ins shatter the peace she’d sought. Jill shields her adult children from knowing the gambling syndicate will kill again for the damming evidence she possesses.

With the lives of family and friends at stake, will Jill be required to make even more sacrifices?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Jill withdrew the box and raised the lid. Pulling out tissue revealed the contents. A flash drive.

“What in the world?” She removed the device.

Jill written in Dad’s distinctive script on a folded white piece of paper.

Her heart jammed against her throat. The stationary in her unsteady hands wavered like a leaf caught by a zephyr. She opened the sheet.

Dearest Jill, I hope I’m able to answer any questions you have. If I’m not around, arrogance got me killed. You need to get out of Texas.

You told me how much you loved Vermont when you visited after George’s death. Go there. With me out of the way, you, Ellen, and Ethan should be safe.

I sent the original information on Greg Richardson and the actions of the consortium against me to an FBI agent. You know how responsible I feel for George’s death.

This copy is for you. I didn’t want you to be shocked when the news about the arrests hit the papers.

However, if I’m dead, the bad guys won, kitten. Use your own good judgment. Destroy this or not. Your choice.

You and the kids are everything to me.
Love, Dad

Jill’s whole body quaked. Tears slid down her cheeks before they became a gushing waterfall. Sobs gagged her. She stumbled into the bathroom where she threw up. Finally, she stopped. Weeping, she collapsed on the cold tile floor.

The sobs changed to whimpers, and then became short hiccups. She tried to stop crying. To catch her breath. To stop hurting

Well once again I was shocked with a book.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel about reading this book because it didn’t seem like my normal cup of tea, however after I started reading it I couldn’t seem to put the book down!  

The suspense that was in the book was just the right amount because it kept my attention and it made me want to read more.  There were some parts of the story that seemed like they were dragged out a little bit, but overall I still enjoyed the story.  The characters were written extremely well in my opinion, and the tension between Jill and Jerrod was off the charts amazing!!

I do feel a little let down when it came to the sex scenes; with all the tension I had hopes that there would be more of them!  Don’t get me wrong, the scenes that were in the story were still awesomely written, I just wanted more!

I did like the story line in general though because there was the right balance between all the different aspects of it.  It ended up working out very well for me.  And I COMPLETELY enjoyed the fact that this story isn’t about a young woman.  Jill is an older woman who has been though life and is still pushing forward with her life.

I completely enjoyed this story and I would recommend it to my followers!

Marsha R. West, a retired elementary school principal, is also a former school board member and theatre arts teacher. She writes romantic suspense, where experience is required. Her heroes and heroines, struggling with life and loss, are surprised to discover second chances at love.

Marsha, lives in Texas with her supportive lawyer husband. They’ve raised two daughters who’ve presented them with three delightful grandchildren. She admits to being at the beck and call of two dogs, who run her home. She loves to travel and sometimes those places wind up as a setting in her books.

She’s currently editing her latest work in progress and enjoying the experience of her first book launch. 

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  1. Morning, Crystal. Thanks for having me today and for the lovely review. I'm glad you like my older heroine. I've heard lots of positive comments about her.
    I'll pop in now and again to see if your readers would like to chat, and I hope they sign up for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Marsha!!! I loved your book and how its completely different than what is the "big" thing right now!

      I will be checking into other books by you as well!!

  2. Love the idea of Marsha's book, having a mid-age protagonist. With the baby boomer generation, more people can relate to this age group. Marsha, I know you will do well with your books.

    Great blog, Crystal. Enjoyed it!

    Susan Bernhardt
    The Ginseng Conspiracy coming 1/14

    1. Thanks, Susan. I hope the aging of our population is on my side. LOL Guess we'll see. Thanks for stopping.

  3. Great interview! I agree the book is a great read. Just be sure you have plenty of time, because once you start reading it, you won't put it down.

    1. Hey, Jerrie. Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping here at Crystal's fun blog.

  4. Enjoyed the post, Marsha and Crystal.

    I agree, Vermont Escape is a wonderful read.

  5. Hey, Leona. So glad to hear you enjoyed VERMONT ESCAPE. Appreciate you stopping by.

  6. Looks like a great book would love to read soon.