Book Spotlight: Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood

Long Shadows
(Common Law #1)
by Kate Sherwood
Date Released: January 2, 2016

About Long Shadows
LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

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An Excerpt from Long Shadows
Kayla took her time reading the sheet, then looked up at Jericho. “Eight years in the Marines, four tours of Afghanistan, several commendations including a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. You earned your bachelor’s degree while serving. After your honorable discharge you joined the LAPD and are currently a detective in their robbery and homicide division.” She frowned at him. “You couldn’t have just told me that?”

“You couldn’t just have told me what’s going on with my father?”

A sigh. “There’s a procedure for these things.” She tapped the paper in front of her. “It seems like you should know how that goes.”

“I know that the right procedure is the one that works. Did it seem like your hard-ass routine was going to work in this situation?”

She stared at him a moment longer. Then something in her gaze clicked off, or maybe on, and she sounded much more relaxed as she told him, “Your father was found by hikers at the bottom of a cliff in White Horse Canyon. We figured out where he’d fallen from, and discovered signs of a struggle. It seems like he was pushed. We’re investigating all possibilities related to that.”

Jericho made himself nod. Faced with the grim reality of it all, he wished he could go back to talking about brunch. “What were the signs of struggle? It’s solid rock along most of that ridge, isn’t it? Not the sort of terrain that would show footprints.”

She paused, her gaze cutting to the mirrored window, then back to him. “We found blood at the top of the cliff. It’s been identified as belonging to your father. And just spray, with no sign of what caused the injury, so our assumption is that whatever hit him must have been removed from the site, presumably by the perpetrator.”

Yeah, that seemed like a reasonable interpretation of the evidence. “Is there a theory? Motive, suspects? Anything?”

Another sigh. “Plenty of suspects with plenty of possible motives. You can’t be surprised by that. I mean, you said you hadn’t spoken to him for almost ten years, so maybe you were hoping he’d changed after you left?” She smiled wryly. “He did, a little. He got worse.”

No, Jericho really hadn’t been hoping for a change. He’d just been done with it all and trying to escape from the frustration. “So, how has the investigation gone so far? All these suspects and motives—you been able to narrow it down?”

“The investigation is still in the preliminary stages.”

“Well, where are you starting?”

Kayla’s lips thinned. “We’re starting where practically every Mosely investigation starts these days. We’re looking at Wade Granger.”

About Kate Sherwood
Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”--other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy--the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

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  1. Oh! This is an excerpt from the chapters shared yesterday.
    Anyway, I haven't said yesterday that the scenes were really effective. I want to crush the DEA & the Sheriff to pieces. LOL! Maybe that wasn't the goal but it's easy to hate them. :D I'd be lenient to Kyla, tho. But to the DEA, uh oh!

    Thanks for coming by to Dog-Eared Daydreams, Kate! <3


  2. Congrats on the new release Kate. I love the excerpt. You feel the tension growing.
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  3. Thanks, guys! If you decide to read the book I hope you enjoy it!

  4. I like the excerpt!


  5. Congrats on the release & thanks for the excerpt!

  6. Thank you for the excerpt, it certainly piques ones interest.
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  7. Thanks for the excerpt, looking forward to reading it.

  8. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway and revivew. I love gay mysteries and romance, and the review & exceprt make this sound like an intriguing plot with interesting characters. A definite tbr.
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