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Review and Giveaway: Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink April 16, 2018

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About the Book


Title: Treacherous Trails

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense

Release Date: March, 2018

Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?


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About the Author

author-pix-222x300Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

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To celebrate her tour, J.E. Grace is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

My thoughts:

What a great read. Action packed from the very beginning.

Ella is a character I easily came to care about. I liked the fact that she had a past she knew she had be forgiven for but still struggled with the shame of it, as so many of us do.

Owen, too, has his own struggles but is such a strong and wonderful hero.

From the beginning it is pretty clear what is going on, but things keep going wrong and turning around to make Ella look like the murderer.

A very good read. I highly recommend this one.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


Christmas Captive by Liz Johnson December 1, 2017

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Trapped at sea for a Christmas cruise wedding when criminals board and take over the ship, the navy SEAL best man, Jordan Somerton, and DEA agent maid of honor, Amy Delgado, must work together to stop the would-be kidnappers from leaving with Amy’s young niece.

My thoughts:

This one is a nail-biter. From the beginning until the end you never knew what was going to happen.

Amy is a strong woman, who will do what needs to be done to protect those she loves and Jordan is a strong man that will do what needs to be done to protect those HE loves, even those he doesn’t realize he might love.

If you are looking for a suspenseful Christmas read, this one is for you.

Visit Liz here.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.


Review and Giveaway: Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink November 16, 2017

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About the Book:

Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

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About the Author:

dana mentink

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!

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In honor of her tour, Dana is giving away a copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian in print or ebook, a horse scarf and a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter!


My thoughts:

What a great book. I really enjoyed this story with the suspense and romance, each were done very well and didn’t take away from the other.

The tension between Shelby and Barrett made for an interesting read and they were constantly being thrown together in life and death situations.

My mind kept trying to figure out who was after Shelby, could it be the obvious choice or someone who is more sneaky? You will just have to read the book to find out.

This is a great Christmas read with suspense thrown in, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


A Heart to Heal by Allie Pleiter August 4, 2014

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heart to Heal
Love Inspired (July 15, 2014)
Allie Pleiter


Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom’s Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.

The Courage To Hope.

Guidance counselor Heather Browning is desperate. She needs a mentor to help Simon, a disabled student who is struggling at Gordon Falls High School. Unfortunately, hotshot Max Jones is her only option. Confrontational and cavalier, Max uses his flashy persona to hide the bitterness he’s felt since his life-changing accident. Perpetually cautious, Heather finds Max’s bad-boy bravado as intriguing as it is infuriating. But as Heather and Max work together to build Simon’s self-confidence, they begin to trust each other. Max has never been slow and careful with anything. Can he be gentle with Heather’s heart?

Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of A Heart to Heal, go HERE.

My thoughts:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am consistently impressed with Love Inspired authors. They seem to pack the same punch as full length novels but in only about a 50,000 word count.

It did take me a couple of chapters to really get cozy with this book but once I did I was reading it very fast.

This is a unique story as both the hero and heroine have been physically injured. You don’t usually see too many books with physically imperfect characters. I love that Allie took the brave step to write this book and addressed some tough issues that a person in a wheelchair has to face.

I’ve never given a lot of though to what it might be like for someone in a wheelchair to date some who’s not, there are so many obstacles to overcome. Not to mention the trust issues regarding if the other person really cares about them or if they just pity them.

Max was probably my favorite character as he struggles with his anger toward God. Gradually he begins to soften but it takes a lot of time, he is quite stubborn. He reminded me of myself and many others I know 🙂

If you are looking for a short jolt of romance with some unique characters I recommend this book.

A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


Write to the Point with Patty Smith Hall April 2, 2014

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patty hallToday we get write to the point with Patty Smith Hall. She is giving away two copies of her book. So read to the end and leave a comment for her 🙂

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Well, that information alone could fill up a book! I’m Patty Smith Hall and I’ve been married for 30+ years to a man who still knows how to make me laugh even on my worst days. We have two very beautiful daughters and will soon have a son when our oldest marries the love of her life Oct, 2015. After living in Georgia for forty years, I followed my husband to Grand Rapids, Michigan but homesickness and aging parents drove us back to Georgia almost five years ago. As for writing, I started penning short stories almost fifteen years ago–Wow, didn’t realize it had been that long!

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I accepted Christ as my Savior the summer before I turned 10–I’d struggled with it after hearing the Salvation message in VBS and finally asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my heart on July 4th, 1971, my own personal Independence Day!

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My latest book, Hearts Rekindled was the third book in my WWII series. It revolved around Merrilee Daniels Davenport, landlord of the local boarding house forced to spy on her tenets in return for medical treatment for her daughter who has suffered a bout of polio. Things get complicated when her former husband, John shows up with a letter from the daughter he never knew about, determined not to be the absent father he himself had.

When I started this book, I’d intended for this book to be about how marriage is something you have to constantly work on, but the patty hall booklonger I wrote, the more it became apparent that this book dealt with the issue of abandonment. My hope is that the reader will take away the knowledge that people may leave you but God is always there, always waiting for us wherever we’re at in this life.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog monthly on the 30th at Christian Fiction Historical Society as well as every 6 weeks on the ACFW South Carolina website. Of course, for CFHS, I talk about events that shape history or the time period I’m researching for my next book. This Sunday, I’m writing on the gentleman who developed the first motion picture projector(and it’s not Thomas Edison!) On the ACFW website, I give short lessons on the craft of writing.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

I absolutely adored the Cheney Duvall series by Gilbert and Lynn Morris. The premise was fresh at the time–a woman doctor at the end of the Civil War who employed a male nurse with a secret past. Waiting for those books are what got me into writing fan fiction!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Right after I graduated from nursing school, I was injured in an attack by a patient which left me with severe nerve damage in my right leg. Needless to say, the nursing career I’d hope for was over before it had ever begun. I held on to that anger for years–I mean, I thought being a nurse was what He wanted for my life so why cripple me? The bitterness I felt got so bad, I was ready to throw away my marriage, my friends–I couldn’t see my worth. Then one day as I was once again whining, asking why God would do this, someone asked me why not? That question changed my whole outlook–life may not go as we planned but God is still there, still loving us. Our worth is found in Him. Now, all these years later, I see God’s fingerprints all over my life and I stand in awe!

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

My life verse is Romans 8:28–For we know that all things work together for those who love the Lord according to His purpose. In everything–the good and the bad–God is working in our lives according to His hopes and dreams for us.

Where can we find you on the web?

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thank you for having me today–I love visiting with folks who love to read as much as I do!

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. We appreciate your time.

Readers, Patty is giving away two copies of her book (U.S. and Canadian residents only). Leave a comment for her by April 8th at 5:00 pm to be entered.


Review and Giveaway: The Nurse’s Secret Suitor by Cheryl Wyatt September 30, 2013

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Nurse’s Secret Suitor
Love Inspired (October 1, 2013)
Cheryl Wyatt


Not even Cheryl Wyatt’s closest friends would dream that this sweet, shy intercessor plots mayhem during announcements at church. She is a Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home-mom, wife and writer who loves Jesus with all of her heart.

Joyful chaos rules her home, and she delights in the stealth moments God gives her to write. She stays active in her church and in her laundry room. She is convinced that having been born on a Naval base on Valentines Day destined her to write Inspirational Military Romance.

Cheryl loves to laugh and to make others laugh, so she often plans comedic moments for her defenseless characters in spite of their grumbling. She says it’s payback for when they refuse to obey the plots she’s set out before them.

Prior to publication, six of Cheryl’s manuscripts placed in ten RWA Contests. Two of Cheryl’s stories also placed First in ACFW’s Noble Theme Contest 2005 (Contemporary Romance Category), as well as ACFW‘s Genesis Contest 2006 (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Category).

She currently writes for Love Inspired. Her Wings of Refuge Series, about a team of USAF Pararescue Jumpers and the ladies who capture their hearts, can be purchased anywhere books are sold.


A Strong-Willed Heart
Trauma nurse Kate Dalton can handle any challenge—except love. The combat veteran dreams of settling down, but heartbreak is one risk she won’t take. Then a chance encounter opens her heart to a masked stranger…who might not be a stranger after all! Caleb Landis, the army medic behind the disguise, has always admired Kate, even though she only saw him as her best friend’s brother. What will it take for Kate to discard her fears and discover the man she’s always hoped to unmask?
Eagle Point Emergency: Saving lives—and losing their hearts— in a small Illinois town

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Nurse’s Secret Suitor, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I always enjoy reading Love Inspired Romance stories. They are a quick read and always well done.

The Nurse’s Secret Suitor was no exception.

The first chapter brings you into the drama as Kate is hit with the news that her parents are getting divorced. This happens in the middle of a wedding reception.

As she is being washed away in the emotion of this news a masked stranger comes a long and comforts her.

Throughout the book this benevolent bandit continues to bring Kate hope just when she needs it most.

Your heart will be drawn to Caleb (the masked man) who definitely cares for Kate even though she doesn’t see who he really is.

The questions in my mind kept me flipping pages: When will Kate find out about Caleb? What will she do when she finds out? Can they find a compromise and meet in the middle so they can have a life together?

You will have to read the book to find out 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or Books-A-Million.

Visit Cheryl’s website here.

Leave a comment by October 6th for your chance to win this book. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the author through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy April 9, 2013

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Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy

From the back cover of Fugitive:

“Help me.”
When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow’s help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney’s unswerving faith in Logan’s innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney’s heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.

My thoughts:

Fugitive is from Love Inspired Suspense. I have to be honest, I continue to be impressed with the work Love Inspired is putting out.

I had a pre-conceived idea of what Love Inspired was like. I thought, well, it’s a mass market book, they are short, they can’t be very good. But I was wrong.

This is the second Love Inspired Suspense novel I have read and enjoyed the first one as well.

Because the books are shorter this is a quick read and because it is suspense you will want to keep turning the pages. Shirlee McCoy has crafted a pulse-racing story that will keep you guessing.

The characters in this book are very likeable (at least the ones you are supposed to like). I can’t wait to get my hands on more of  her books.

The other great thing about Love Inspired is they are very reasonably priced, you gotta love that.

The only downside is that the book doesn’t release until May 7. So add this book to your wish list or pre-order it on your Kindle or Nook and it will just show up on your device the day of release.

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An egalley of this book was given to me by in exchange for an honest review.