Thursday, September 19, 2013

VBT - Vermont Escape by Marsha R. West

Vermont Escape
by Marsha R. West
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Categories: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Museitup Publishing
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 85,600

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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 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. 

About the Author:

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. 

Connect with Marsha R. West

Prize is a $10 Amazon Gift Card, a $10 B&N Gift Card, an eBook copy of "Vermont Escape, AND two (2) Prisms that reflect rainbows from Marsha R. West. Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Sept 21. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Tour Schedule.

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My Review:  August 2013   ~ Review Copies ~

Vermont Escape

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank the author Marsha R. West for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed reading a novel with the main characters being around my age. The story draws you into the life of Jill Barlow. Everything she has gone through and goes through is very believable. Jerrod Phillips starts off making you feel like smacking him, but he comes around and is good for Jill. The suspense keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. I love what the author did with this story and look forward to reading more of Marsha's books.


  1. Hey, Dalene, thanks for having me today, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book. my next, TRUTH BE TOLD, should be out next spring by my publisher. Does everyone comment on what a neat first name you have? Sounds like a heroine in a romance. :)I'll pop in later to respond to others.

    1. once in a while some one will comment on my name, but most just try to shove an r in it, and that has become a number one pet peeve with me. :) I would love to see my name in a romance book, especially one of those the female has been through a lot in her life, but is strong for it and finally finds that happily ever after. :)

  2. Marsha, congrats on the new book. I really enjoyed it and look forward to your next one.

  3. Thanks for sharing Vermont Escape and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  4. Hey, Eva. Thanks for stopping. Good luck in the giveaway.