by Marsha R. West
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Museitup Publishing
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 85,600
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
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.
About the Author:
Marsha R. West, a retired elementary school principal, is also a former school board member and theatre
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.
Connect with Marsha R. West
Today is “National Be Late For Something Day.” Some of us don’t need a special day for this. LOL We are always late. Are you one of those people? I confess to having my troubles getting to events on time.
For instance, my Pilates class begins at 10:30. It takes just under twenty minutes to get there from my house if I make all the green lights. Any logical thinking person would make sure to pull out of the garage at 10:10. I like to think of myself as a logical person. It says so on all of those personality inventories we are always taking. J
But you see, I’m a pretty busy person, and I almost always try to cram one more thing in before leaving. Just one more email to read. Write two more sentences. Read one more blog and comment. Delete a couple of emails. Take a moment and water those plants that are gasping. You know there is always one more thing to do.
Then I have to make the potty stop before I can get out of the house. I need to fill up my thermal cup with ice and water. Where are my sunglasses? The keys I’m pretty good about keeping hooked to my purse. Thank goodness. And heaven forbid I plan on making a stop before or after Pilates and have to make sure I have all of whatever for that task. Before we lost our puppies, I had to make sure all the doors were closed to every room possible to limit the places where they could get stuck. As they aged, the pups, especially our Jack Russell, became senile and just forgot where she was and what she was doing. L But the aging thing is topic for some other time.
Bottom line, instead of pulling out of the garage at 10:10 as I ought, it’s generally more like 10:15 or 10:17. The stress this causes is crazy. Do I get there late? Do I speed? No good answers. Guilt beats at me from all sides. I’m such a bad person!
You may be thinking I should just plan to leave five to ten minutes early. That would plug in up front some of the time that just seems to disappear. Kind of like folks who have trouble getting up on time. They set there clock to go off a couple of times before they actually have to get up.
My problem is I’m one of those work-a-holics you hear about. I get a lot of satisfaction out of all the things I accomplish in a day. You know the type. I have a list and check off the items. It’s great. But that does result in my trying to accomplish too much in any given amount of time, so I often run late, feel guilty, stressed, and frustrated. My DH doesn’t care for it too much either. J
So what about you? Are you the punctual one in your family? Is this is a day you can appreciate? Or are you more like me and need a day to encourage you to do things on time. What tricks do you use to be on time? I’d love to hear from you.
Jill Barlow reached for her make-up kit and brushed against the one thing she’d been doing her damnedest to avoid. Her heart rate tripped into overtime.
It was the package she received days after her dad was murdered. That was one month ago, but she couldn’t face opening a reminder of the nightmare.
Pictures of her vigorous father mixed with recent images of his closed casket. Nausea hit. Again. Damn. Why would someone blow off her father’s head? She hadn’t stayed to find out. She’d run.
She’d pushed herself on a four-day trip from Texas to Vermont. Emotionally and physically exhausted, all she wanted to do now was unpack her pajamas and climb into bed. Habit required she clean and moisturize her face. Habit provided comfort when life was chaotic. Habit could get her through the worst. Or not.
She removed the package and dropped it onto the bed in her Woodstock Inn suite. It lay on the white coverlet like a scorpion.
Sweat drenched her palms. Hands propped on her knees, she leaned over and drew in needed oxygen. A minute passed, and then she straightened.
“Okay, open this. Every time you come across the thing, you implode, morphing into a quivering mass of mush.” Two years since her husband George died. Now a second murder, and Dad was gone. No wonder she’d lost the battle against stress and babbled out loud.
My 5 Star Review
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review.
Finally something to enjoy for my own age. Please do not understand me wrong, young love is beautiful and energetic and vital, but mature love brings another dimension to life, and in this case, a book, which I enjoyed.
Compelling. Interesting. Suspense. As the plot unfolds, you are drawn into the life of Jill Barlow. Her fears and struggles as she tries to stay ahead of imminent danger. Protecting those she loves. You learn about her paranoia, how she handles starting over after the death of her husband. Sorting out her life while running from an unknown enemy. Plus buying a business with all its hiccups, and a budding new romance that have its own complications and joy.
Jerrod Phillips the ideal man to be with her, but their first impressions of each other left them at a loss for words. Not sure where it will end. Age brings wisdom and with that also greater responsibility, care so that you do not find the head over the heels feelings as in younger romances. It is more subtle, more understanding giving it an edge that I have enjoyed. Thankfully we have a mother figure in Anne who helps them along with her genuine care for both the main characters. Bringing them together in a sly manner that worked...Okay I will not give any more than that away. **wink-wink**
The author's easy writing style made this a wonderful story that you get lost in as the suspense grows. From page to page you learn more about her life and challenges, her fears and accomplices. Her love for family and friends a driving force that kept her strong and resilient.
Seeing that I do not come from America, I loved the descriptions of Vermont, the weather and the integral part it played in the day to day life setting. Making the story believable and interesting at all times.
In all, a wonderful read with enough suspense to keep you guessing till the end with a beautiful conclusion that makes you believe that love is still possible at our age.
Winners' Choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card OR a $10 B&
Gift Card OR an eBook copy of "Vermont Escape"
OR 2 prisms that reflect rainbows from Marsha R. West(3 winners to be selected)