Beneath the Surface (Lynn H. Blackburn) – Blog Hop + Giveaway

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~ About the Book ~


Title: Beneath the Surface
Series: Dive Team Investigations, Book 1
Author: Lynn H. Blackburn
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction 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.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

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~ About the Author ~


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.


Connect with Lynn:
Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Pinterest  //  Instagram

~ Did You Know These Underwater Investigation Facts? ~

  1. There are three main types of underwater recovery operations: body recovery, vehicle recovery, and evidence recovery. Searching for and recovering evidence is the most common activity for diving investigators.
  2. Underwater crime scene investigators are subject to the same chain-of-evidence rules and crime scene protocols as regular land investigators, but due to the environment they are working in, their search method is similar to conducting an archaeological dig.
  3. Many of the places diving investigators need to search are pitch black and mucky, sometimes even contaminated, making conditions very challenging indeed!
  4. Diving investigators generally have to search by feel, moving back and forth in straight lines along the bottom of the body of water, a little bit like mowing a lawn v..e..r..y  s..l..o..w..l..y. They work in pairs, holding onto a rope while sifting through the silt, mud, trash, and foliage at the bottom. As soon as the lead diver completes a section, the backup diver re-searches that area.
  5. As well as ensuring they follow all evidence protocols and perform a methodical search of the area, divers need to monitor dive times and air/gas consumption. Gas consumption varies with water depth, physical exertion, and mental distress (um, body recovery anyone?), so it’s important that these factors are closely monitored.
  6. Depending on the location of the investigation, divers may also have to contend with turtles (some of which can have very sharp teeth!), poisonous snakes, alligators, or inquisitive fish. You just never know what your hand might land on, and whether they’ll take it in stride or take exception to your intrusion!
  7. Because underwater searching is such a time-consuming process (and restricted by air/gas requirements), there is often the need for a secondary or back-up diving team to complete any search and/or recovery that remains unfinished.
  8. Body recovery isn’t for everyone. You can have all the right training, but nobody really knows until they attempt their first body recovery whether they can handle it mentally. Training with mannequins isn’t the same as recovering a real body—which may be in various stages of bloated decay! Yuk!
  9. In the event that there is a body to be recovered, normal procedure is to bag the body (or, er, parts thereof…) underwater, both to preserve the evidence and to prevent onlookers (which can include family and/or media) from seeing the body as it emerges from the water.
  10. Vehicle recovery can be quite dangerous. Divers need to be careful of entrapment or entanglement when examining a submerged vehicle, there’s the possibility of fuel (and cargo) leakage, and the process of getting the vehicle back to the surface needs to be carefully planned and executed in order to preserve evidence and avoid injury.
  11. Divers need to be mindful of exerting any effort that might interfere with their breathing when moving heavy underwater objects. Holding your breath is a no-no when scuba diving, and if you’ve ever paid attention when you exert effort to move something, you’ll find it requires conscious effort not to stop your breath at the same time!

Want to know more? Check out this article: What It’s Like To Be An Underwater Crime Scene Investigator

~ Giveaway ~


(3) Winners will win:

  • (1) Print copy of Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn
  • Surprised Bookish Treat

(US/Canada Mailing Addresses Only)


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Be sure to stop on every stop on the Tour Schedule for more chances to win!


~ Tour Schedule ~

April 23
Create Explore Read – Author Interview
A Baker’s Perspective – A Day with Special Agent ___

April 24
Savings in Seconds – Quote Hightlight
Grace in Our Moments – Guest Post from Author

April 25
Christen Krumm – Guest Post from Author
Among the Reads – Beneath the Surface & the Power of Prayer

April 26
Blooming with Books – Character Profile
Fiction Aficionado – Did you know this about diving investigators?

April 27
Remembrancy – Photo Tour of Carrington
Stories by Gina – Quote Highlight

April 30
The Christian Fiction Girl – Quote Hightlight
Daysong Reflections – Underwater Investigations & Evidence

May 1
Worthy 2 Read – Quote Hightlight
Kat’s Corner Books – Beneath the Surface with International Adoption

May 2
All of a Kind Mom – A Character Like Me
Robin’s Nest – Quote Hightlight
Edits & Reviews by Leslie – Food Beneath the Surface

May 3
By the Book – Quote Hightlight
Cafinated Reads – Quote Highlight

May 4
Book by Book – Playlist
Pacific Northwest Bookworm – Cookies Beneath the Surface

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14 Responses to Beneath the Surface (Lynn H. Blackburn) – Blog Hop + Giveaway

  1. nashpredsfan27 says:

    I never thought about the turtles, snakes, fish aspect, but it makes sense. Great facts!


  2. I enjoyed learning about underwater investigations. Interesting!


  3. WOW! These are awesome things! Really didn’t know most of these. So interesting! Thank you. We appreciate you!


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  5. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for being part of the blog hop for “Beneath the Surface” by Lynn H. Blackburn. Thank you so much for the compilation of Underwater Investigation Facts. I found them very interesting.

    I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  6. bellesmoma16 says:

    Love those facts! My dad works for FEMA and he’s a fire captain. His “specialty” is under water body recovery. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s very good at his job. He gets called in to help all over the world.


  7. 🙂 I’m pretty sure this article is in my research folder. I have so much respect for the real-life men and women who are underwater criminal investigators!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Grace and peace,


  8. Merry says:

    I found all these facts fascinating. I am sure the job takes quite an emotional toll too.


  9. carylkane says:

    Thank you for sharing these fascinating facts! I’m impressed by all that underwater criminal investigators do.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. This was very interesting to me, and I greatly enjoyed learning more about underwater criminal investigations. Thanks for participating in this tour!

    Liked by 1 person

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