Sunday, December 1, 2013

Reviews for The Catalyst and Blog Tour for Addiction

Hi Everyone,

  On December 7 - 14, I'll be on a blog tour for Addiction, the second book in The Riverboat Mysteries starting with Virtual Book Tour Cafe at  Every day you can go to VBT and click on the link for that day to follow me.  These tours are a lot of work, so I'll welcome anyone to follow me around and leave a comment.

Photo for The Catalyst here. I have received some nice reviews for The Catalyst, and I'm going to post them here.  It's shameless promoting of The Catalyst, but I have no shame. lol


My Review:

I found this to be quite the page turner. This book is a good whodunit mystery with a strong focus on family and relationships. I thought that the author did a great job bringing the characters to life and making them believable. I really enjoyed the relationships between the main character, Carolyn, and her children. The loving son with a secret, the older daughter with a problem, and the youngest child with more emotions than she can handle are all perfectly written. The tension between Carolyn and the youngest of her children was heartbreaking. I am so relieved that I have a good relationship with my children!

This book starts off with a bang and just keeps going. I was wondering who the bad guy was all through the story. There were so many people that were under suspicion that I didn't know which way the police were going to turn next. I wasn't really surprised by who the murderer ended up being, it was a horrible person, but it was a wonderfully twisting time getting there.

This book is perfect for anyone that loves to read about murder, mystery, family, relationships, love, and great characters. This is an adult story as there are mature topics and language.

Review from Barnes and Noble for The Catalyst by lovehistoryLH -  Set partially on a riverboat casino, The Catalyst, by Sandra K. Marshall is an exciting romantic suspense novel involving a murder mystery. Carolyn Madison and her family receive a shock: her ex-husband, the father of her children, is murdered. Could someone Carolyn loves be involved? Walt, head of security, a family friend, and a love interest to Carolyn, is one of many possible suspects. Carolyn’s children, Alan, Jolene, and Melanie all have something to say about what happened, and they strongly disagree.

Carolyn and Walt are great characters. They are developed well during the course of the suspenseful action. Melanie is a real brat, very hard to like. She can make a reader cringe. These characters are so real. Some you love. Some are infuriating.

Carolyn was going to fire her ex-husband as the figurehead of the company. Then he’s found dead. There’s a lot to keep a reader wondering here. If you like suspense with a bit of romance, why not check out this well-written story?
Review for The Catalyst:  Jessica Adkins at Bottles and Books Blog

REVIEW: Carolyn used to be naive and weak. Because of that she lost sight of herself, but not anymore. Now she is taking the family back. When her father died she vowed not to let his company and everything he worked for be lost and now is the time to keep that promise. The first step? Firing Robert Dubois, her ex-husband. Robert Dubois, rapist and thief, has been working in partnership to steal the casino out from under the family in order to sell it off and run away.

When Robert is murdered before he can run off, everyone seems to be a suspect, including his own family. His ex-wife, son, and daughter all have reasons to despise the man and yet one daughter clings to the hope that her father was a good man and not the monster her family all seem to think he is.

Can Carolyn keep rising above and regaining her strength or will she ever never be able to escape the demons of the past? Walt Tollhouse, a friend of the family's, and also her first love seems to believe she can, but it's all up to her. Keeping her family afloat, falling into love, and finding Robert's killer are all that matters to Carolyn and she will do anything to keep her loved ones safe and bring them together.

Sandra's book is one of suspense, justice, love, and family. With just the right combination of mystery, romance, and family, Sandra captivates her audience. Her characters are well defined and each individual's personality shines through to the reader allowing them to feel the characters emotions. I loved Carolyn's character and the strength and vulnerability she showed throughout the book. The plot is fresh and the suspense keeps you right on edge.

I enjoyed The Catalyst tremendously and highly recommend it to others.
To be honest with everyone, I had no idea how important reviews were until I started reading some discussion boards this week.  I decided I really must start flaunting my book reviews, so I hope you enjoy them. 
Thank you for reading my blog today.  Have a wonderful week, and I'll see you next weekend. 


Sandra K. Marshall

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Melissa Keir said...

Reviews do more than help promote our books, they give us the feedback to keep writing.

It's obvious that your book has struck a chord with the readers. Congrats! It sounds like the book stays with them long after they finish it.

I have it and can't wait to read it. :)

Kari Rogers Miller said...

Hi Sandy...Congratulations! I know reviews are important as I liken it to Broadway show reviews by the Theater critics. If a show is is not long for the stage! Great reviews entice readers to see for themselves. I have enjoyed reading your books. Keep up the good work.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Melissa and Kari. I appreciate your comments.