Guest Author – Carolyn LaRoche

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂 (last weekend before Christmas, wow it’s creeping up!). I’m thrilled to have the lovely Carolyn LaRoche visiting today to talk about her fab new release In the Shadow of the Shield, as well as a bit about her publishing journey. Thanks so much for being here, Carolyn!


Carolyn LaRoche Author picture-1Thank you so much to Shelli Rosewarne for inviting me to visit with all of you. I’m so excited to be here to share my newest release, In the Shadow of the Shield, the second book in the Secret Lives series. The first book in the series, Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos, made its debut through Limitless Publishing in November. It’s been a very busy month making my way through the series’ new home. The original publisher closed its doors just a few weeks after Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos was released for the first time and In the Shadow of the Shield never even made it to edits. Losing my place in the publishing world so quickly after finding it was disheartening but didn’t deter from moving forward.

Finding a new publisher was not something I intended to do right away. I’d been researching and looking around but after dealing with the first loss, I wasn’t anxious to jump back in again. While I mulled over my choices, I worked on editing and discovered I had a bit of a knack for formatting. If nothing else ever panned out, I was prepared to self-publish my already written books and then start over again. It was sheer luck that I happened upon #Pit2Pub on twitter and total whim that I decided to toss my hat into the ring. Imagine my surprise when the series quickly found a new home with an amazing publisher!

What I have learned through all of this is when one door closes, another truly does open. Had I not found that first publisher, I might not have met so many wonderful writers. I also probably wouldn’t have had a single clue as to how to present myself on social media, market my work or just make a presence for myself out there. The experience I gained there prepared me for future and I will always be grateful for that. I’ve also entered this second phase in my publishing journey with a lot more understanding of contracts and royalties and author ranks and blog tours. Having that knowledge this time around has made it that much less overwhelming and that much more enjoyable to watch my dreams become reality.

Thanks so much for sharing. I think it is great advice for any writers looking for a home for their work, whether their first or not, to make sure they look into everything carefully and find a good fit for them. Congrats on finding that! So, I’m sure we’re all dying to know about the book 🙂

In the Shadow of the Shield CoverBlurb

When a police officer falls, justice must be served.

Donnie Massey was an honest, skilled police officer. That’s probably what got him killed. When his wife Diana watches him die in front of her, the worst part is going to be telling their son, Jackson.

After a year of mourning, Diana decides it’s time to move on with their lives. The first step to getting closure is to visit Donnie’s grave. But when she gets there, she’s not alone…

Good cops are rare. Carter Ryan is one of them.

Mentored by Donnie, Carter is at the grave when his widow shows up. It may not be the best timing, but he needs her help. Carter admits the fallen shield may not have died in the line of duty, but was likely murdered while involved in a secret investigation with deep criminal ties. Diana agrees to aid in unveiling the truth. Donnie deserves that much.

The definition of insanity…

As the two work side by side, a new and delicate romance begins to bloom. But would falling for another cop be the worst mistake of Diana’s life, or the best decision she’s ever made? When the investigation leads them to an underground meth ring, their mission goes from risky to down right perilous.

After a brush with death hits too close to home, will Diana risk loving another cop? Or will their chance at happiness be forever buried in the shadow of the shield?


Ooh, well I’m intrigued already! If you’re wanting to get your hands on a copy, you can find at the following buy link:

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And don’t forget to follow Carolyn on social media if you want to keep up with her latest releases.

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Enjoy your Sunday x

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