Thursday, August 9, 2018

"Darkwater Secrets" by Robin Caroll ... and a GIVEAWAY! (JustRead Blog tour)

Darkwater Secrets blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


darkwater secrets Title: Darkwater Secrets
Author: Robin Caroll
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: July 17, 2018  
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense  

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?  

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Adelaide Fountaine is the general manager of Darkwater Inn. When Adelaide and Dimitri Pampalon, the hotel's owner, find a guest murdered in their room, Detective Beau Savoir, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is called in to investigate. Who got to the guest, and why was he murdered? Both Dimitri and Beau are interested in Adelaide, but, unfortunately, a secret from her past could have an impact on things.

The mystery was pleasant, and character development was solid. However, things get resolved early in the story, and it is somewhat easy to figure out, leaving the final portion (about a third) to fall a bit flat, though a few loose ends, relationship-wise, are tied up during that part. Descriptions are vivid and add to the enjoyment. I would have preferred this story a bit more had it been shorter. It is labeled as Christian fiction, but the faith element is not overwhelming. Issues such as rape, alcoholism, vigilante justice, and even a bit of voodoo are included (and this could potentially turn off some readers who expect the “average” Christian mystery/suspense novel. This book is definitely on the edgy side.). There is a minor romantic angle to the story, and the story is told mainly from those three perspectives (Adelaide, Beau, and Dimitri).

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the JustRead Blog Tour, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.


robin caroll

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

darkwater secrets blog giveaway

Enter for your chance to win:
  • print copy of Darkwater Secrets
  • your own key to the Darkwater Inn
  • a soy-based, French Quarter candle
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 6, 2018 and last through 11:59pm August 13, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.
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Gilead Publishing is hosting a Darkwater Secrets Mystery Party on Facebook August 14th from 7-9pm CST

Co-hosts include: Colleen Coble, DiAnn Mills, Cara Putnam, Carrie Stuart Parks, and of course, Robin Caroll.

Giveaways open for 24 hours after the event, if you can't attend for all the action!

Follow along at JustRead Tours for the full schedule & more chances to win!


  1. thanks for the heads up about all the extra edgy sides. Not sure if this book is for me!

    1. I understand. I like to mention things such as this so readers can make an informed decision when choosing a book.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Replies
    1. :)

      Good luck, Kim! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. bring on the edgy! love it! thanks, Leslie!

  4. Leslie, Thank you for your honest review. I'm with Carrie - Bring on the edgy. :)

    1. Caryl,

      You're welcome. I like to help other readers make an informed decision. I, too, like the edginess,but I know that not all readers feel that way. I don't want them to be disappointed, upset, etc, so I give a heads-up on such things when I can.

      Good luck, and thanks for stopping by my blog.