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Book Review: Sins of The Past

8 Feb

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In Dee Henderson‘s Missing, a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with Shadowed, introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason‘s Blackout delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found — but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

 

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O’Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA’s RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at http://www.deehenderson.com.

dani-press-page-photoDani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves — the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

71ml9pouful-_ux250_Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-six books since 2007. She writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Lynette has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

 

 

 

My Impressions:

February is the month for love and romance, and when a story is paired with action-packed suspense, well, you really cannot go wrong. The 3-novella collection, Sins of The Past has all that and more — the wonderful writing of not 1, not 2, but 3!! of the best romantic suspense authors in Christian fiction. When you dive into this book you are in for a sweet treat! You get tough and determined heroines, hunky heroes with a soft side, and twists and turns that make the pages fly. The only down side? You’ll be done with this book in no time and be yearning for more!

I loved that each novella was classic Henderson, Pettrey and Eason. In Missing, the reader returns to Chicago to solve the case of a missing mom. In Shadowed, the reader gets the low-down on the McKenna’s parents romantic beginning, as well as adrenaline-fueled suspense. And in Blackout, the reader will be on the edge of her seat trying to figure out just what the main characters are missing. Characters are easy to like, and the plots will keep you guessing. The common thread of a sin from the past that plagues the main characters is a clever way of linking the stories.

So if you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s read, I highly recommend you pick up Sins of The Past. I loved it and I am betting you will too!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Top 10 Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Didn’t Read (But Should)

10 Jan

My TBR pile has reached staggering heights since I started blogging. Is it possible to have too many books? I think the problem is really not enough time to read — stuff like laundry and work just keeps getting in the way! In an effort to read what is on my shelves in 2017, I am practicing saying no to shiny new books. We’ll see how long that lasts. 😉 In the meantime, here is a list of the books that were released in 2016 that I failed to read, but really, really plan to. Can we put a freeze on 2017 releases until I get caught up?

For other bloggers woefully behind on their reading, check out The Broke And The Bookish this week.

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2016 Books That I Need to Read

The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Delilah by Angela Hunt

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

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The End of Law by Therese Down

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hall by Julie Klassen

Lead Me Home by Amy Sorrells

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The Shattered Vigil by Patrick Carr

Sins of The Past by Dee Henderson/Dani Pettrey/Lynette Eason

You’re The One That I Want by Susan May Warren

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Have you read any of these 2016 releases?

Which one should I read first?

Top Ten Tuesday — All I Want for Christmas Is . . . More Books!

20 Dec

Can anyone really have too many books? While that may be an ongoing argument discussion at my house, I choose to take the pro-book stance. So with that in mind my Christmas wishlist always includes books. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday features the books bloggers want to find under their tree. To see what good little bloggers are wishing for, click HERE.

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I belong to two book clubs so that assures I will make at least 24 book purchases each year. But who am I kidding? 24? That’s chicken feed! But to adhere to the spirit of TTT and for brevity’s sake, I am only listing 10 books that I want Santa to bring. What books do you want under your tree?

Top 10 Christmas Wishlist

Gathering The Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

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What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis

Why The Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green

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What books do you want under your tree?

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Looking Forward to 2017!

13 Dec

I can hardly believe 2016 will soon be ending. I have had a great year of reading! But now it is time to look forward to the hot new books to be released in early 2017. To find out what books other bloggers are looking forward to, visit The Broke And The Bookish.

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I only made it to March releases before finding my top 10 of early 2017! So many great books that will soon grace my shelves. Many are the next book in favorite series, so those are very much anticipated. I have a good mix of historical and contemporary, with plenty of suspense and a bit of romance. All are from favorite authors who never cease to satisfy. So without further ado, drumroll please . . .

Top 10 Anticipated Books of Early 2017

Home at Last by Deborah Raney

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith

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Still Life by Dani Pettrey

A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

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What books are you looking forward to?

 

Author, Author! — Dani Pettrey

12 Jul

DaniSpring2016I am honored to welcome Dani Pettrey to By The Book today. Her latest novel, Cold Shot, was By The Book’s June selection. We have found another favorite author! Thanks, Dani, for sharing with my readers today.

 

By The Book: Dani, your debut novel released just over 4 years ago, in May of 2012. Since that time, you have released six books, including your latest novel, Cold Shot. How do you write so fast?

Dani Pettrey: Ha. I feel like I write so slow. I have author friends who can write a book in three months. I need closer to eight, but thanks for saying I write fast ☺. I have to write at a pace that gives me enough time to make a book the best it can be and for me that time is a bit longer. It is hard to believe I’ve written six books in that amount of time. God is good.

BTB: All of your books have been on bestseller lists and received accolades from book critics and readers. Why do you think your books have struck a chord?

Dani: God’s grace. I really give Him the credit as all good things come from Him. As far as I can tell from the wonderful emails and letters I receive from readers, it appears they really fall in love with my characters. I think that’s so crucial in a story. If you can’t identify or empathize with the characters, it’s very hard to feel connected to the story.

BTB: Writing was a dream for you. What encouragement do you have for those who are pursuing a dream — whether it’s writing a book, launching a business, or changing careers?

51OX8So3TkL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Dani: Never give up. I read a statistic somewhere that said ninety-five percent of people who start out to write a novel never finish. It takes perseverance. It’s the same with any dream. You need to be dedicated and willing to stick to it for as long as it takes to achieve that dream. But it’s also important to fill yourself with encouragement along the way. Celebrate the steps you take even if some are baby steps—they are all leading in the right direction.

BTB: Your latest novel, Cold Shot, is the first in a new series set in the Chesapeake Bay. Tell us a bit about the series and why you chose the setting you did.

Dani: The Chesapeake Valor series is about four men who grew up together in a small, waterfront town in Maryland. They have been friends since Little League, but a tragedy and the disappearance of one of the friends just shy of college graduation, rocks them and fractures their friendships. In Cold Shot, they are reunited as their various law enforcement expertise is needed to solve the case. I chose the setting because it’s where I live and I wanted to share the beauty of this area with my readers. Also, living along the 95 corridor opened up a lot of wonderful fields of law enforcement we have in the area.

BTB: How does the new series differ from your first series, Alaskan Courage?

Dani: My Alaskan Courage series really focused on adventure as a key element and family relationships. My Chesapeake Valor series focuses more on the suspense aspect and friendships.

BTB: I think one of the most fascinating parts of writing must be researching. What kind of research did you do for Cold Shot? And, what did you learn?

51zFMwvAugL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Dani: Oh, boy. I did a ton of research — everything from talking with an incredible Forensic Anthropologist, a Baltimore County Police Officer, and several key people at the International Justice Mission, to reading everything I could find on the subjects I was covering, along with visiting the actual locations — another perk of setting a series where you live. I learned how to step-by-step process a crime scene from a forensic anthropologist’s perspective, where to hide a body in Gettysburg National Park (okay, not really, but I did pick the actual location while on a private research tour. It freaked our guide out a little, but we assured him it was all for researching a novel. Pretty sure he believed us ☺.), and I got to visit so many places I’d never really seen and enjoyed in my area.

BTB: What do you hope readers will take away from Cold Shot and your new series as a whole?

Dani: I hope they will take away the beauty of friendships even through the difficult times, the hope we have in Christ, and the freedom we experience when we extend forgiveness.

BTB: What are you working on now?

Dani: I’ve just finished book two in the series, Still Life, and am now in the beginning stages of writing book three. I hope readers will enjoy the entire series.

Thanks for sharing with my readers, Dani!

 

dpettrey3smDani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

Book Review: Cold Shot

23 Jun

51OX8So3TkL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

dpettrey3smDani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

 

My Impressions:

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey was By The Book’s June selection. My book club gave it a unanimous thumbs up for likable characters, non-stop action and an unpredictable plot. A great book for beach or poolside reading, this one gets our unequivocal recommendation.

A cold case soon becomes almost too hot too handle when a body is discovered on Little Round Top at the Gettysburg National Battleground site. Ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott join forces to determine the identity of the victim and bring to justice those who killed her. But with a slew of bad guys, tension between old friends and past trauma, this case is neither straightforward nor easy.

My group loved the main characters in Cold Shot, but also those secondary characters we are hoping will get novels of their own. Most are Christians who struggle with trust in a Father they know is good, but lets them experience pain and tragedy and exhibits His strength through their weakness. Both Griffin and Finley turn to God in prayer to guide their lives and discover the truth. Short chapters keep the action going, making this a page-turner with enough twists and turns to keep the characters and the reader off-balance. The depravity of the bad guys is discussed, but never graphically. You get chills, but no nightmare-inducing images. There was only one complaint expressed by all in our group — we have to wait 7 more months for book 2, Still Life, to come out!

Cold Shot is a winner from our new favorite author, Dani Pettrey. Grab your copy for your next weekend getaway.

Recommended!

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the copy I received through their book club coordinator program. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

June Book Club Picks

1 Jun

Two book clubs — Two very different books. 

This month my book clubs are reading two very different books. By The Book chose Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey, a book that will be sure to please the romantic suspense junkies in the group. Page Turners went another direction with the heavy, Pulitzer Prize winning All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Have you read either of these books? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

51OX8So3TkL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world — and friendships — crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet — until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern — a young social justice lawyer missing since spring — and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he — and those he cares about — are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

 

51sP4E-+9pL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.