Friday, November 13, 2015

Loreth Ann White's In the Waning Light Blog Tour with a Spotlight and Guest Post

I am so excited to have Loreth Ann White here at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight and Guest Post.

Thanks Loreth and Sourcebooks for allowing me to join your In the Waning Light Blog Tour!

Please take it away, Loreth!

Beware of Shelter Bay by Loreth Anne White

Take a jumble of funky, coastal, tourist towns with colorful, artsy buildings, crab pots, driftwood art, little boats jostling each other for position in a harbor, gulls wheeling in the sky, and you have a smiling picture of a summer vacation. But chase out the tourists and the ice creams, and bring in the cold. Add brooding mist and incessant rain, and a driving ocean wind. Layer it with the haunting moan of fog horns warning those foolish enough to be out in the heaving surf of an Oregon coast winter, and that’s when the dark, wet things creep out.

Welcome to the Janus faces of Shelter Bay, home town of my heroine, Meg Brogan, of IN THE WANING LIGHT.

Meg grew up here. This coast and weather shaped her, like it shaped everyone else in the small town, and it hides its dark secrets well behind a smiling touristy façade. And it is to Shelter Bay that Meg, a true crime writer, must return in order to face her own past, and write the story of her own sister’s brutal murder.

Meg resists the trip in every way. She’d left Shelter Bay a lifetime ago to forge a fresh start, and not once had she returned. But while at first blush she seems to have everything now—a fabulous career, a forensic psychologist finance with James Bond looks and a bank account that matches his intellect—she cannot commit. She cannot move forward. Until she goes back and sorts out what went wrong in the past, only to learn that maybe the wrong man went to prison.

Maybe the murderer is still there, in that little town.

And maybe the locals will kill to guard their secrets, even if Meg is one of their own.

And maybe, her future lies really lies with a man from her past.

It was a trip down the Oregon coast with my husband and our black lab that inspired the setting for IN THE WANING LIGHT. We went crabbing in a small boat on Nehalem Bay and stayed at a tiny marina, just like Bull’s Marina, which is run by my hero, Blake. I was intrigued by the local characters, and how they were, in a sense, an extension of their environment. And how the weather up that coast could change moods.

I leave you with an excerpt of my heroine arriving in town:

And suddenly there it was. The fork in the road. The wooden sign swinging in the wind and rain. SHELTER BAY, home of white dunes and Dungeness crab.

Her chest cramped and she slowed, skin growing hot as she focused on the road hemmed by dune grasses. Then came lights. First, the old diner. She slowed to a crawl. It was still there—with its mini replica of the Shelter Head lighthouse, a landmark that had once defined home. She and Sherry had played in that small lighthouse, like a dollhouse at the bottom of the lawn, while her dad ate breakfast in the diner.

She passed the old motel. Crooked sign. Peeling paint. It was in an even worse state of repair now. Bates Motel, they’d called it as kids. Didn’t look much different from the old black-and-white Hitchcock movie version. She wondered if crows still roosted in the old cottonwoods at the back and beaded the telephone lines out front at dusk, black menacing shapes watching the cars go by.

Never catch me staying there. I’d rather be dead than caught staying in a place like that Sherry’s chuckle. Meg jumped at the memory, so vivid that she glanced over at the passenger seat, as if she might see the spectral form of her sister sitting there, conjured from micromolecules of memory.

Crazy that they haven’t spruced it up yet. Or demolished and rebuilt it . . . You going to stay at the old house tonight, Meg?

Meg dragged her hand down hard over her mouth.

Two decades after her sister’s brutal attack and murder, Meg Brogan has finally found happiness or so it appears. A bestselling true-crime writer, Meg has money, fame, and a wealthy fiancé. But when a television-show host presses her to tackle the one story everyone claims she cannot write—the story of her own family’s destruction — her perfect life shatters.

Determined to finally face her past, Meg returns to her hometown of Shelter Bay. Shrouded in cold, brooding fog, the close-knit coastal town harbors dark secrets and suspicious residents. One of the few people to welcome Meg back is Blake Sutton, her high-school sweetheart and the marina’s new owner. Desperate for clues, Meg digs through her family’s files. As Pacific storms brew outside, her passion for Blake reignites.

But someone doesn’t want Meg digging up the past. And that person will go to deadly lengths to prevent the writer from revealing a terrible truth.

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About the Author

Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, best-selling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries that have sold over one million copies world wide. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall. In addition, she has been a two-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers' Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her family.

When she's not writing you will find her skiing, biking or hiking the trails with her Black Dog, and generally trying to avoid the bears - albeit unsuccessfully. She calls this work, because it's when the best ideas come!

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