A day in the life with Erica Bloom by Auralee Wallace

snowed-in-with-murderHi, I’m Erica Bloom, and I hate March.

That probably sounds weird, but let me explain. Most of the year, my small hometown, Otter Lake, New Hampshire, is postcard-perfect. There are sparkling lakes in the summer, rich colorful trees in the fall, and fluffy snow in the winter. But in early spring? Well, there’s mud. Lots and lots of cold mud. Nope, there’s nothing really fun about this time of year, other than maybe snuggling under a blanket with a hot, hot sheriff waiting for better weather to come.

Yeah, that might be nice.

Too bad mine dumped me.

That’s why I’ve spent the last twenty plus hours on planes, trains, and automobiles battling March-breakers and dodging a superstorm to get home to Otter Lake. I need to convince my ex that I am serious about our relationship, and that I am really, truly, for-reals considering moving home. The timing’s perfect. My mother is away downward-dogging in the Grand Canyon, and her island retreat is closed for the season. That means we can have the place to ourselves to reconnect without the entire town watching our every move. Nope, nothing’s going wrong this trip. No family butting in at the wrong times. No friends making judgments about our relationship. No interruptions.

Oh, and absolutely no turning up dead bodies. Yeah, I know, that sounds weird too, but they don’t call me Erica Doom for nothing.


You can read more about Erica in SNOWED IN WITH MURDER, the third book in the Otter Lake mystery series.

There’s no retreat and no surrender when Erica Bloom finds herself stuck in a snow storm with a stone-cold killer. . .

Erica has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire, to rekindle romance with Sheriff Grady Forrester at her mom’s island retreat, currently closed for the off season. Just ahead of a rapidly advancing storm front, Erica arrives to discover Mom has rented the lodge to a reality TV show. They’re filming the wealthy but awful Boatright brood, who’ve been summoned here by their patriarch because—so he says—one of them wants to kill him.

SNOWED IN WITH MURDER
Great television, terrible timing. Not only are Erica’s romantic hopes snuffed out like a candle flame, the nasty Nor’easter just became a superstorm…and no one is getting off the island ’til it blows over. When the power fails, it’s lights out for the patriarch. Now, marooned with a murdered millionaire and his feuding family, it’s up to Erica to take the killer by storm and get back to the business of reuniting with Grady—until death do they part!

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About the author
Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found pontificating about the Golden Age of soap operas or warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog at auraleewallace.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Two people (United States and Canadian residents only) selected at random will receive a print copy of Snowed in with Murder. Leave a comment below for your chance to win. The giveaway ends February 15, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Snowed In With Murder is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

40 responses to “A day in the life with Erica Bloom by Auralee Wallace

  1. Sounds like a series I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. This is a new author to me. This new book sounds awesome and thrilling. Love the cover too! Thank you so much dear Dru Ann for the chance to win!

  3. This sounds funny and cozy! Terrific. The perfect combination.

  4. Love the series! “Snowed in with Murder” sounds like a perfect read especially with the fresh snow outside. 😊

  5. Ah, the drama of Hollywood versus a superstorm! Sounds interesting! Thanks.

  6. Pick me, please!

  7. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series. “Snowed in with Murder” sounds like a great read since we had a record snowstorm here in Ottawa, Ontario yesterday (28 cm or 11 “), with more to come!

    • My van got stuck in that snow this morning, Grace. My neighbours had to dig me out. Your post made me check the forecast…NOOO!!!!! 🙂

      • Thank goodness for kind neighbours! I did not know you lived in Ottawa…cool! It’s only supposed to be another 10-15 cm (4-6″) of snow. We can handle that, right, Auralee?

    • Yah!!! Bring it!!!!
      I’m totally lying. If anyone’s looking for me, I’ll be crying in a snowbank somewhere. Bring hot chocolate.

  8. This sounds like a great book. Thank you for this chance!

  9. What a great feature and giveaway. Thanks.

  10. Pretty please Dru, I want to be your very lucky winner. This book has all the story parts that I love to read. Toss my name into your magic hat and let’s see what happens.

  11. My fingers are crossed that I am lucky enough to win the copy of this book. Thank you for including it on your blog for us.

  12. I want to win

  13. thanks for the chance.

  14. I think I’ve been on the computer too long — initially I thought balloon seller was bacon seller (weird, but intriguing). I’d love to have the chance to read Snowed in With Murder ~ Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. interesting review! I think I would really like this title

  16. I read the first in this series. Time to play catch up!

  17. Susan Slovinsky

    This one sounds like a winner; but it also sounds like I need to begin reading the series from the beginning. 🙂

  18. I’m tired of snow—but I’d still like to read this book.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

  19. Nothing like a hot sheriff to make a cold winter better 🙂

  20. This sounds like a really fun series~I’ll have to check it out!

  21. The best of intentions……

  22. Pauline Barlow

    I remember growing up in New England, in Vermont, and building snow forts for snow ball fights and igloos with blocks of snow. Yes,
    we snowed in several times. I’d like to read what Aurella Wallace has for us in this book.

  23. Agatha Christie, eat your heart out!

  24. This is a new series to me. Sounds like my kind of book. Adding to my TBR list.

  25. I’d love to start a new authors book.

  26. We’re getting hit with one storm after another – dug out the car surrounded by wet heavy snow this morning. Another storm is predicted for Wednesday.

  27. Not much snow in this part of MN this year but I do love a good super storm story!

  28. elainehroberson

    Another new-to-me author to try. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. A perfect book to read during winter weather.

  29. Work as a collections agent must be great for giving one insight into skullduggery.

  30. Snowed in with Murder sounds great. Can not wait to start reading.

  31. This book looks so good and I’d love to win it! Thanks for offering this giveaway!!

  32. A new-to-me author/series…..
    Thank you for the heads-up & giveaway……

  33. Marilyn Watson

    Erica Doom er Bloom..lol…this sounds like a fun mystery and I would love to read it.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  34. **** WINNERS ****
    of SNOWED IN WITH MURDER are Gram and Grace Koshida
    Congratulations!