Tour and Giveaway for DARKNESS HIDES by J.C. Gatlin

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Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: DARKNESS HIDES by J.C. Gatlin

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 251 pages

Genre:  Mystery / Suspense

Publisher:  Milford House Press

Release date:  April 2021

Format available for review:  print and ebook (Gifted Kindle)

Will send print books out:  USA and Canada

Tour dates: June 14 to July 2

Content Rating:  PG-13: There are a couple of murders and mild language (damn, shit)

Book Description:

Someone she knows is watching.

Someone she knows is stalking.

And something hides in the darkness.

With a Category 4 hurricane about to make landfall, boat safety instructor Kate Parks is running out of time. Bodies are piling up–and they’re not from the raging storm. An injury may have ended her career as a Fish and Wildlife officer, but nothing can keep her away from the investigation.

And it doesn’t take long for her to see that the clues have one thing in common: a connection to the recent death of her five-year-old nephew.

In a brewing storm of rage, guilt, and family secrets, Kate fights to protect her grieving sister just as the hurricane threatens everything she knows and loves. But before her world is completely ravaged, she must uncover one final truth:

Run from the water.

Hide from the wind.

Flee from the shadows where a weeper seeks revenge.


I enjoyed any read that is a suspense, so when Darkness Hides came up for review, I had to read it because it just sounded like a very good read and I was not disappointed! This is one of those books that takes a few chapters to get into the story but then you just can’t put it down and it was a sleepless night for me reading this one.

Kate’s five year old nephew was killed in an accident and she is trying to be there for her sister. But in the meantime there is a Category 4 hurricane brewing. People are dying before their eyes and more and more Kate is wondering if it had anything to do with her nephews accident. Kate is determined to find out what is going on in this Florida town.

J.C. Gatlin creates a cast of characters that play their parts so well as the story unfolds. The story was intense since the 5 year old may have been involved. Kate does her best to keep up with the strict details of the story so she could really find out who was murdering these people and why. And why were people watching her so closely. You will find this out and so much more in this intriguing, interesting suspense that will stay with you for quite some time. This one is a Five Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Join me in reading this interesting interview with J.C. Gatlin

Can you tell me about your new book, Darkness Hides?

Darkness Hides is an Amateur Sleuth murder mystery set in Florida. In it, a former Fish and Wildlife officer launches an off-the-books investigation into a string of corpses that appear to have a connection to her nephew’s death. Then the hurricane hits.

What does the title mean?

That’s a great question. The title, Darkness Hides, has several meanings. The obvious connection is to a children’s book that a grieving mother reads to her deceased son titled Where the Darkness Hides. Figuratively, as a murder mystery, the title eludes to one of the characters hiding the darkness inside of him, as he has the capacity to commit several murders. 

Who is the main character and is she based on a real person?

Kate Parks is the “amateur sleuth” who gets wrapped-up in solving the murder mystery. She’s a young woman in her early thirties trying to put her life back together after a gunshot injury ended her career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. She’s also trying to mend the estranged relationship with her sister and reevaluating where her relationship is going with a rebel-with-too-many-causes boyfriend. She’s not based on any one person but is an amalgamation of many people. There’s even a little of me in the character. 

What inspired you to create this character?

There’s a pub where I hang out that has several local police and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission officers who also hang out there when they’re off duty. Kate was born from my conversations with them. They have a million incredible stories. However, I wanted to keep her as an “amateur sleuth,” so law enforcement became her back story. Now, getting involved in a murder investigation is outside her job responsibilities. Plus, she’s pursuing a murderer without a gun, which added another level of peril.  

Why do you write murder mysteries?

I’ve been an avid mystery reader my whole life. As a kid, I read all the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, as well as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. Those books inspired me to become an author as an adult. Mysteries have all the elements I love: plot twists, compelling characters with secrets to hide, and a good hook. My mysteries go one step further and deliver an unexpected ending. I put a lot of time in creating a suspenseful ending that keeps the reader turning pages.

What do you hope readers take away from Darkness Hides?

I want readers to have that rush that comes with reading a suspenseful book that they just can’t put down. Several people have told me that they stayed up till the wee hours in the morning to finish Darkness Hides because they just couldn’t tear themselves away from it. That’s my favorite type of book to read, and that’s the type of book I wanted to write. 

Meet the Author:

JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes mystery novels that include sunny Florida locales and quirky locals as characters. His last novel, H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word, won the coveted Florida Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery in 2019. He is active in the Florida Writer’s Association and is a board member on the Florida Writer’s Foundation, a charity organization that fights illiteracy.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ linkedin ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:


June 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

June 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

June 15 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

June 16 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

June 16 – GivernyReads – book review / author interview

June 17 – World of My Imagination – book spotlight / guest post

June 17 – Books for Books – book review

June 18 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 21 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – A Crane Between the Pages – book review

June 22 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

June 23 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway

June 23 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight

June 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 25 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

June 28 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

June 28 – The Eclectic Review – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 30 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

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July 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

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July 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

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July 8 – @books_and_bagels (Instagram) – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

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