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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Murder on the Mountain by Carolyn LaRoche 💕 Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Romantic Suspense)

She trusts him with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?

Emma Thomas hasn’t been home in years. Only back in Staunton for a few months, she plans to put her investigative reporter skills to use in exposing the trafficking group using her peaceful, idyllic hometown to move drugs. But when she stumbles onto more than drugs, bullets start flying and she has to ask the one person she left Virginia to avoid for help.

Detective Adam Marshall has been working this cartel case for months. On the precipice of breaking the organization wide open, he can’t believe the one woman he’d never been able to get over now holds the key to closing his case. His head warns him to steer clear, but his heart won’t let him walk away when Emma’s life is on the line.

Thrown together by chance after so many years, Adam and Emma work together to break the biggest case of both of their careers and heal some old wounds in the process. Falling in love wasn’t on the docket for either of them, but things don’t always go as planned.

Emma reached up and straightened the collar on the flannel shirt he wore. As a kid, he had always been half a mess. One shirt-tail untucked, unruly hair, a half-popped collar. Emma liked things neat and orderly and had always been the one to keep him straight. It was kind of nice to do it again. She smiled up at him. "I feel the same way. This is our home and I hate what these criminals are doing to it."
He toyed with a strand of her hair. "So, you'll behave and let me do my job?"
She pushed him away. "I'm not a child, Adam."
Adam put his arms around her and pulled her close. Emma studied the floorboards, hoping Adam didn’t notice the heat in her cheeks. She couldn't be sure it was from her anger at him rather than his nearness so she chose to believe the former.
"Look at me, Emma." He spoke softly but there was something different in his voice. Something she hadn’t heard there before. Not when they were kids and definitely not in the last few days. "Emma? Please."
Slowly she looked up at him. He had those storm clouds in his eyes again. "What?"
"You are the farthest thing from a child. When I look at you, I see a woman. A woman I want to know better. A woman I never thought would ever walk into my life again. Fate brought you back to me and I'm not about to take that lightly."
A single tear escaped the corner of her left eye and ran a trail down her cheek. "I don't want to lose you either. You were the best friend I've ever had. We should have supported each other after Miranda's death, not run away from each other. Maybe if we had, so many things would have been different."

Carolyn LaRoche & the Setting of Murder on the Mountain

Several years ago, we took a camping trip to a little town in Virginia called Staunton, which is actually pronounced Stanton. Virginia is full of cities and towns with names that are pronounced completely differently from how they look spelled out. It was a real learning curve for us to become “locals” in our home state. The city of Staunton sits at the side of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, something we didn’t know when we randomly chose that location to take our trip. We spent several days exploring the area, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway and learning the history of the area. We are both southern transplants so the years we’ve lived by the ocean translated into an intense ache for the beauty of rolling hills and tree filled valleys. I fell in love with Staunton and the Blue Ridge Mountains on that trip. They became a favorite setting for my books, second only to beautiful beaches of southern Virginia.

Murder on the Mountain, the first book in the Marshall Brothers series, fully takes advantage of the lush, green mountains and quaint, picturesque town. Rising star and talented investigative reporter Emma Thompson has reluctantly returned home with a tarnished reputation and a questionable future. She needs a really big break to regain her stronghold once again in the world of journalism. So, when Staunton is rumored to be a drop spot for a major crime cartel, Emma jumps at the chance to investigate. Following a lead from a questionable source, she ends up witnessing a murder and is left with no choice but to turn to the one man she’d hoped to avoid the rest of her life for help, Detective Adam Marshall. It turns out he’s leading a multi-agency task force to investigate the very same criminal syndicate as Emma. They just have to put the past aside to protect her and give her a future.

There are several historical preservations along the Blue Ridge Parkway that are open to tourists. Although I chose to fictionalize mine, the old abandoned mill with the water wheel pays homage to these stone cottages and other structures nestled deep along the mountainsides. There’s a restaurant in Staunton called Mrs. Rowe’s that is famous for its pies, bread puddings and other deserts. Emma’s uncle owns Pop’s Diner in Staunton modelled after Mrs. Rowe’s and he is famous for his burgers and fries. As I write this article, we are planning a road trip there this weekend to get baked goods and drive along the parkway. I’ll take plenty of photos and notes for my next book in the series.

I have lived many places in my life. I grew up in upper state New York. I spent my early twenties in Connecticut, taking the train to New York City on the weekends for Broadway shows, museums and visits to Central Park. When I got married, we lived near the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. We now call southern Virginia home and are within a few miles of many beautiful ocean beaches in Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I feel fortunate to have been able to experience so many amazing places. My mom used to tell me I inherited a bit of a Gypsy soul from my father and while moving as often as I’d like isn’t practical at this point in my life, living in places like Staunton with my stories is the next best thing for sure.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of my latest release, “Murder on the Mountain” today!


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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