About The Book

Publication Date: October 10, 2022

Reclaiming her life after a devastating riding accident, equestrian Emily Conners’ world shatters again when she discovers her friend and boss laying in a stall with a smashed skull. Now jobless and with a handsome cop underfoot investigating the case, she’s torn between wanting the killer found and keeping her own secrets safe.

Detective Justin Butler always gets his killer, but this victim has a stampede of enemies and few leads to go on. Stonewalled by the tight-knit equestrian world, he looks to Emily for help, but she’s strangely reluctant. Is she hiding something, or is she afraid of their growing attraction?

As the search for the murderer heats up, their hearts become entangled and their lives at risk, forcing Emily and Justin to work together to find the killer before they strike again.



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About The Author

Marla White is a story analysis instructor at UCLA and writing coach who lives in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Kentucky (go Wildcats!), where she took her first horseback riding lesson. After dabbling in hunters, barrel racing, and weekly trail rides, she fell hopelessly in love with the sport of eventing.  She conquered Novice level before taking a break to pursue novel writing but hopes to return to the saddle someday soon.  Her first novel, “The Starlight Mint Surprise Murder,” was published in 2021 followed by the first two books in her Keeper Chronicles series. When she’s not writing, she’s out in the garden, hiking, or putting together impossibly difficult puzzles.


Blog Tour Schedule

October 10

1: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
2: Novels Alive
3: Edgar’s Books
4: Beyond Romance
5: Long and Short Reviews
6: Author Deborah A Bailey blog
7: J. Lynn Rowan – Author of Romance & Historical Fiction

October 11:

1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love
3: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
4: Literary Gold
5: Twirling Book Princess
6: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
7: Welcome to my World of Dreams

October 12:

1: The Faerie Review
2: Paws.Read.Repeat  review
3: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
4: Lori L. Robinett’s Blog  review
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
6: It’s Raining Books

October 13:

1: Gina Rae Mitchell
2: Joanne Guidoccio
3:Read Your Writes Book Reviews
5: Straight from the Library
6: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
7: Girl with Pen

October 14:

1: Bibliomanaic Aza
2: Iron Canuck Reviews & More
3: The Key Of Love
4: Dawn’s Reading Nook
5: The Avid Reader review
6: Sea’s Nod

Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. Thank you for hosting, Dayna, nice to meet a fellow reader and gardener! I look forward to chatting with you all throughout the day. In the excerpt, Emily comments on the recent rain, something that rarely happens in LA but when it does can wreak havoc. The last time it happened, my street flooded out up to mid-tires of my car! Would you rather enjoy a book inside on a rainy day, or outside on a sunny beach?

    • You are most welcome, and I always love meeting fellow readers and gardeners! Our harvest season is nearly finished, but we had a banner year!

      Oh, flooding isn’t good! Living in a high desert community (Salt Lake City), we rarely have that problem. Drought is our issue. We pray (literally) for rain and heavy snowpacks to get us through the summers.

      I love reading on a rainy/snowy day with a cup of hot cocoa, snuggled under a cozy blanket. When I’m by the beach, I usually just soak up the sun and enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean.

      • Upside of LA, gardening is nearly year round.

        Oh we’re in a drought. It hasn’t rained in months so when it does it takes about 2 inches of rain and 20 minutes for the storm drains to clog and the tiniest dip in the road becomes a lake. Used to be no problem when I had my CRV but my much shorter Fit bravely slogged through LOL.

        Since we don’t have many days cold enough to snuggle, I’ll have to take the beach but you have a point, the sound of the ocean ususally puts me to sleep!

        • Very true! The upside of seasonal gardening is you get a break! LOL!

          Our cucumbers are about finished. We still get a few here or there, but not the 12-15 every few days we were getting in the summer. The tomatoes and peppers are still delivering, but probably not for much longer. Most everything else has been harvested. My flowers are still blooming, however, so I love that!

          What I love about our community garden is the drip irrigation. That is really the best way to water a garden!

          We have some areas that regularly flood whenever we get a heavy rain, too. But they happen so infrequently that it’s usually not an issue. I have a CRV and don’t think I could ever return to a lower-profile vehicle.

          I have a Hometics machine that I turn on at night to block out other sounds, which is turned to the sounds of the ocean. I love it!


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