Tuesday, November 13, 2018

House of Ashes by Loretta Marion

For mystery fans who also like a touch of paranormal and romance, I bring you House of Ashes by Loretta Marion. Please enjoy an excerpt and then download your own copy. Leave comments and questions as you follow the book tour and then make sure you enter the giveaway!

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House of Ashes

Thirty-seven-year-old painter Cassandra Mitchell is fourth-generation to live in the majestic Battersea Bluffs, a brooding Queen Anne home originally built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, and still standing despite tragedies that have swept the generations. Local lore has it that there was a curse placed on the family and the house is haunted, though opinions are divided on whether it's by malicious or benevolent spirits. Cassie believes the latter―but now she stands to lose her beloved home to mounting debt and the machinations of her dream-weaving ex-husband.

Salvation seems to arrive when a nomadic young couple wanders onto the property with the promise of companionship and much-needed help―until they vanish without a trace, leaving behind no clue to their identities. Cassie is devastated, but determined to discover what's happened to the young couple...even as digging into their disappearance starts to uncover family secrets of her own. Despite warnings from her childhood friend, now the local Chief of Police―as well as an FBI agent who pushes the boundaries of professionalism―Cassie can't help following the trail of clues (and eerie signals from the old house itself) to unravel the mystery. But can she do so before her family's dark curse destroys everything in its path?

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About Loretta Marion

A true bibliophile, Loretta Marion's affection for the written word began in childhood and followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she crafted award winning marketing and advertising copy and educational brochures. She then applied her writing skills as a volunteer, establishing a Legacy Story program for hospice patients, which inspired her to create her own fictional stories. Her debut novel, The Fool's Truth, was a twisty mystery with whispers of romance. Her newest novel, HOUSE OF ASHES – A Haunted Bluffs Mystery, is the first in a series published by Crooked Lane Books.

When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey, and their beloved Mr. Peabody, a sweet, devoted and amusing “Corgador”.

Website: https://www.LorettaMarion.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LorettaMarionAuthor

Loretta Marion will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you for hosting HOUSE OF ASHES on the Goddess Fish Book Blast! So exciting to be part of this on the RELEASE DATE! I love questions and will check back later in the day.

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    1. As curses go, this one is pretty good - or bad - depending on which side of the curse you're standing! Hope you have the chance to find out!

  3. Who is your favorite character in your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Thank you for the good wishes! This is always a difficult question to answer because all my characters become a part of me. Cassie is the heart of the book and she fits into a category of characters I love - those who are flawed but try/want to do the right thing. I also have a crush on Police Chief Brooks Kincaid. And I just enjoyed spending time with the whole quirky bunch. Thank you for the great question!

  4. Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.

    1. Love reading families! I'll bet your Thanksgiving Day conversations are great!


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