Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Marguerite Ashton

Dear Reader,

I want to thank you for giving Detective Lily Blanchette a chance to invade your personal reading space. As a person who’s addicted to books, I understand the importance of being invested in a character that I want to see win, solve a crime or to find their soul mate. And that’s what goes through my mind every time I start a new story for Lily.

I’m aware of my different writing style, but I think it comes from my days as an actress. I found it hard to relax in front of the camera. But the minute I got behind one, it felt more natural to me. Just like writing Her Final Watch. The beauty of seeing Lily’s story unfold in front of me was amazing.

For me, I had the pleasure of doing rewrites and edits, with the hope of creating a novel that you’ll enjoy. However, you as the reader, get the better deal. You get to see Lily’s life unfold without interruption. And I’m grateful because she goes through complex challenges in each book. You’ve got betrayal, murder, deception and family drama. There’s at least one thing in the list that we can all relate to. On top of that, Lily’s smack in the middle of an investigation. Talk about stress.

If you’re still reading this letter, and I hope that you are, let me explain Lily’s dilemma. It’s been two weeks since she killed her husband in self-defense and learned that she was pregnant. Now she has a decision to make. The choice is, to have a family, or let her child be placed for adoption. But before she can come to grips with the latest news, an undercover cop is murdered, and everything points to the mob.

That's when it hits home for Lily. She's the lead investigator. Her victim is a colleague and a mother. At this point, there's no turning back. She has to find her killer.

I don’t know about you, but I would stay in bed and binge-watch movies to help cope. But Lily, no way. She’s an alpha female who knows what she wants and will bend the rules to solve her case. The thing is, she’s still vulnerable. She’s risking her life, and with every second that passes, she hopes this isn’t her final watch.

So, thank you for your time and being the devoted reader that you are. I look forward to hanging out with you to discuss the book and answer questions.


About the Author
When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.

She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe. 

A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in
Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible.



About the Book:

Speaking second-hand truths can be deadly …

Detective Lily Blanchette will stop at nothing to solve a murder. Her current case involves the killing of an undercover cop working to bring down the mob for prostitution and drugs.

But Lily's usual laser-like focus on the case has been disrupted.

Two weeks earlier, she learned she was pregnant by her murderous husband whom she'd killed in self-defense. Unsure whether to keep her baby or place the child of this cruel man up for adoption, Lily keeps the pregnancy a secret from her colleagues.

Under mounting pressure to solve the case, Lily arranges a sit-down with a local mob boss only to find out her suspect is also wanted by them. But before Lily can warn her team, she and her new partner, Jeremiah, are shot at, and another body is found.

When she discovers Jeremiah has a connection with the underworld, she is pulled into a conflict that swirls around the boss's son who's hell-bent on revenge.

To add to the complexity of the situation, Lily learns that her victim might still be alive if it wasn't for opportunistic Assistant District Attorney, Ibee Walters, who has a twisted vision of justice.

As Lily gets closer to finding the killer, she unravels ugly secrets that point to Ibee and Jeremiah - placing Lily's life and her unborn child in danger.



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