Monday, September 25, 2017

The Alibi by Marilyn Baron

In Marilyn Baron's The Alibi, a cover-up could cost heroine Merritt Saxe her life.
The Alibi
Marilyn Baron
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Crime Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
Merritt Saxe, newly hired public relations specialist with the Florida prison system, answers an urgent plea from their divisionís director, Willard Ware Baintree. Following his orders, she finds him in the apartment of his mistress, his bloody T-shirt and the mistressís dead body convincing her the criminal justice superstar is himself a criminal. The director claims he didnít kill the woman and coerces Merritt into being his alibi.
Meanwhile, as the director pulls her farther into his web of lies, Merritt breaks with her longstanding boyfriend and begins a steamy relationship with hunky attorney Israel Goodspeed, whose brother works for the director. Yet how can she trust Israel with her secret or her heart when she suspects the director has been orchestrating their relationship to keep her in line? Speaking out about the cover-up could cost her more than time in jailÖit could cost her life.

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Watertown was a misnomer, because there wasnít a body of water anywhere in sight. I soon learned Watertown was in the middle of Downtown Nowhere, the dictionary definition of a sleepy townóa town that was practically in a comaówhere the Spanish Moss grew thick and the Southern accents thicker.

Watertown, which wasnít even officially a town, was inappropriately advertised as the ìBest Town on Earth,î with some less than stellar eating establishments lining the wide parkway that led up to the courthouse square. Sprawled along the road were Sandraís Beauty Nook, Fensterís Hardware, Shelleyís Seafood, Watertown Bed and Breakfast, and Pizza Napoli. I hadnít been to many towns outside of Miami, but that slogan seemed like either deceptive advertising or the most hopeful attempt to, as they say in the South, put lipstick on a pig. I couldnít imagine spending the rest of my life in Watertown. Still, we were in the middle of a recession, and I was happy to have a job. When I got the job at the prison system, I endured the expected incarceration jokes.

ìHow long are you in for?î my father asked.

ìWhy does the prison system need Public Relations?î my mother wondered.

ìSo should I tell my friends that my girlfriend is doing time in the Big House?î Daniel teased.

No matter how many times I told them I was doing PR, not time, I continued to be teased mercilessly. Like every journalism major, I had visions of writing the Great American Novel. Mine would be entitled ìMy Year in Prison.î Which meant I had to stay on the job for at least a year. Just enough time for my next employer to see that I had staying power. A sense of commitment. A trait my boyfriend was definitely lacking. It turns out I could have written a blockbuster about what Iíd seen there. But, as I said, I was determined to carry my secrets to the grave, so my blockbuster exposÈ never materialized.


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* "Stilt House," a signed, matted decorative print by Florida artist Sharon Goldman. Stilt House is on St. George Island off the Florida  Panhandle, where The Alibi is set. The location is representative of where the hero and heroine go for their weekend beach getaway.
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About Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron
Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle age womenís fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. Sheís published 13 novels with The Wild Rose Press, five short stories with TWB Press and self-published three books. AmazonEncore republished her book Sixth Sense on September 15, 2015. Sheís received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel With Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal//Fantasy Romance. She is a Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) Maggie Award winner. She is the Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Stumble Stones: A Novel in the Romance Category. Sheís a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and GRW and winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn graduated with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She worked in Public Relations for AT&T in Atlanta for 13 years before starting her own PR firm. She serves on the 2017-18 Roswell Reads Steering Committee. She was selected as a featured author in the 2016 Atlanta Authors Series. She presented on a panel at the 2017 AJC-Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country) on September 3, 2017. Read more about Marilyn at
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