Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY

BENEATH THE SURFACE: Dive Team Investigations Book One by Lynn H. Blackburn

Genre: Suspense / Romance / Christian

Publisher: Revell

Date of Publication: March 6, 2018

Number of Pages: 352

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. This gripping tale from award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn will capture readers from the first page and won’t let them go until the final, heart-pounding scene.

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina, to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present.

Homicide investigator Ryan Parker finds fulfillment in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.


“With this book, author Lynn Blackburn has moved from the status of an upcoming author to watch and cemented herself as an author to note. Her exceptional storytelling skills shine as she weaves an intricate plot, populated with characters we care deeply about. Another up-all-night-because-I-can’t-put-down-the-book read.”

—Edie Melson, award-winning author, blogger, and director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

“Beneath the Surface is a swoon-worthy romantic suspense that packs a punch from page one. The nonstop action will keep you guessing until the end.”

—Rachel Dylan, author of the Atlanta Justice series

“Just when you think you can relax, Blackburn brings you back to the edge of your seat in this riveting, high-tension suspense story.”

—Patricia Bradley, author of Justice Delayed


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Author Lynn H. Blackburn Interviews

Homicide Investigator Ryan Parker,

Character from Beneath the Surface

LHB: Hi Everyone. I’m Lynn H. Blackburn and I’m excited to have Homicide Investigator Ryan Parker joining us today. Ryan, we wanted to ask you a few questions to let our readers know more about you.

Ryan: Great. I’m ready.

LHB: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Ryan: Sure. I live in Carrington, NC. I’m a homicide investigator, which I love. But my passion is diving. I’m the second-in-command on our sheriff’s office dive team.

LHB: That sounds fascinating. What does being on the dive team entail?

Ryan: Our dive team is made up of volunteers from all over the sheriff’s department. We’re all certified scuba divers, but we’ve received further training in underwater criminal investigation techniques. Our main purpose is evidence recovery from any aquatic environment. We have a large lake in our county, Lake Porter, so a lot of our work is done there, but we also work in rivers and farm ponds if that’s where the evidence is located.

LHB: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever found underwater?

Ryan: Can I suggest you read the first couple of pages of Beneath the Surface for the answer to that question?

LHB: Sure. We want to keep this interview spoiler free! So let’s talk about the people on the dive team. Do you get along with all of them?

Ryan: For the most part, yes. We spend a lot of time together on training exercises and when we get called out to recover evidence, so it helps that we’re friendly. One of my best friends, Gabe Chavez, is on the dive team now and we have a couple of younger officers who have turned out to be great contributors to the team.

LHB: Do you date much?

Ryan: Whoa! Where did that come from?

LHB: You’re a single guy. Great looking. Fit. Readers are curious.

Ryan: I don’t have much time for dating. I stay pretty busy with my work, and I help my sister with her kids.

LHB: So, you’re not interested in dating?

Ryan: I didn’t say that. I’d be interested if the right person came along. But I’m not out beating the bushes trying to find someone.

LHB: Great. Last question. What’s in your fridge?

Ryan: That’s easy. Bottle water, milk, sandwich stuff. Fruit. And leftover Italian from my favorite restaurant, Luigi’s.

LHB: Thanks, Ryan. It was great talking with you today. We’re all looking forward to getting to know you better in Beneath the Surface.


Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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Grand Prize: Print Copy of the Book, Library Card Socks,

Gone Reading Sign (wooden, 5"x7"), Reading Mug;

2nd Prize: Print Copy of the Book + $25 B&N Gift Card;

3rd Prize: Print Copy of the Book + $10 Starbucks Gift Card

MARCH 6-15, 2018



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