Thursday, December 09, 2010

Blog Tour: Sun Tunnels and Secrets, by Carole Thayne Warburton

This is the last day of the Blog Tour for Sun Tunnels and Secrets, Carole Thayne Warburton's third novel.

The publisher, Walnut Springs Press, is giving away three copies of the novel, plus a lovely piece of Carole's pottery, represented by this graphic:

Here's the back cover copy, which sets up our understanding of this delightfully piquant novel:

On a trip to the Sun Tunnels in the Utah desert, Norma and her sisters find a body on the side of the road. But this awful discovery turns out to be the least of their problems. Norma's husband just passed on, and she learns he kept a secret from her for sixty years. LaRue is keeping a secret from Norma. The sisters' young friend Tony is keeping a secret about his famous father, and Tony's mother is keeping a secret of her own. Tony is secretly in love with his friend Kelli, who recently escaped from a polygamist cult. And who is the mysterious young car thief with whom Norma feels a special connection? Everything converges in Grouse Creek at the Fourth of July celebration. Will secrets prove everyone's undoing?
Carole used to write under the name Carole Thayne, as there is another LDS author using the name Carol Warburton. She gleaned ample experiences and met many intriguing people when she and her husband, Mick, were teachers in the two-room school in Grouse Creek, Utah. In addition to being an author, she is a talented pottery artist, and teaches that craft, as well.

Since I've been living in a small-town atmosphere for the last five years, I related very strongly to the characters and situations Carole wrote about in her current thought-provoking novel, Sun Tunnels and Secrets. Not that I've ever come across a supposedly dead body out in the desert, but the mind-set and the hilarity are the same.

Norma and her elderly sisters, Mabel and LaRue, are sometimes wacky, sometimes serious, and always capable of tugging on my heart-strings. The multitude of other characters reflect their heritages and the secrets they bear. The novel is an interesting journey into and through the many secrets that unravel in a small corner of a Western state and beyond.

Although the cover indicates this is an LDS novel, there is nothing restricting it from being read and enjoyed by a general audience, since little mention is made of Mormonism, other than in setting up the milieu.

Sun Tunnels and Secrets is available at 

Don't forget the giveaway, which I posted about here.


  1. Thanks for a great review, Marsha! I'm enjoying the book right now and will be posting my review next week. Like you, I found it to be a charmer!

  2. Sun Tunnels and Secrets sounds like a fun read. I love secrets. I love solving them even more. I look forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review!

  3. You're welcome. I love reading almost as much as I love writing. Or maybe the other way around. Who knows? They both are such a part of my life.

    Thanks for your comments.

  4. Sounds like a good book. Your review makes it intriguing!

  5. The cover alone makes me want to read it--more so after I found out that they used one of Carole's own pictures.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway and review!

  7. You do such a great job!

  8. I have this book but it is still in the TBR file. Maybe over the Christmas break I'll dive into all the secrets!

  9. The title and cover are intriguing. Sounds like a good read.

  10. I am excited to read Sun Tunnels and Secrets for a couple reasons.

    #1 - The main characters sound like my family, just change the names to Rosemarie, Marion, and Gwen.

    #2 - It is set in an area that I know well and it is always fun to read about your area from someone else's perspective.

    #3 - I love to support local artists and I'm from Cache Valley!


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