About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Cold Case Connection by Dana Mentink: Review & Giveaway



About the Book





Book:  Cold Case Connection
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 1, 2020
Convinced his sister’s death wasn’t an accident, private investigator Sergio Ross is determined to catch her killer. But with all the clues hinting at a connection to another unsolved murder, he has to join forces with Helen Pike—a woman linked to both deaths—to find the truth. Can they follow the cold evidence trail to get justice…before they become the next victims?

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MY THOUGHTS.....

Within twelve years of each other two young women who were high school classmates are murdered but could these two deaths be related? Helen Pike and Sergio Ross both are determined to find answers but there's no love lost between them until threats and suspicious activities force them to work together. What follows is a tale filled with suspense, danger, and eventually, friendship and respect.

Helen and Sergio are both intriguing characters but what kept me glued to this book were their constant efforts to escape gun fire, explosions, and a fire that was deliberately set. I admired Sergio's efforts to provide a stable environment for his orphaned three-year-old twin nieces and I also enjoyed watching his animosity toward Helen turn into grudging admiration. As they continue to search for the truth, a change occurs and "He knew in that moment, he would give up everything, including his craving for justice, even his life, it it meant saving hers. If that wasn't love, he realized nothing was."

Author Dana Mentink has written a story that reminds us that even when evil appears, faith and trust will prevail. If you enjoy Christian fiction and romantic suspense you will certainly want to read Cold Case Connection.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and these are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



About the Author



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 forty 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, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube , Twitter, and Instagram


More from Dana

Cold Case Connection was really fun to write because it’s Helen’s story. She’s an intelligent, sensitive woman who is the sister to the men living on the Roughwater Ranch. Liam is her biological brother, but she’s just as close to Chad and Mitch who might as well be blood relatives. In this novel, Helen has to relive the worst moment of her teenage life, the night when a mysterious murder occurred during a teen prank. Helen is going to have to face the past in order to preserve her future. Cowboys, a case gone cold, a coastal ranch and a whole lot of danger…I hope you will enjoy the ride!

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Livin’ Lit, February 27
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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a Mentink giveaway bundle, including a bag, a copy of the book, and an Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Finding the Road Home by Tina Radcliffe

Finding the Road HomeABOUT THE BOOK

Some paths need courage to follow…

Can they find their fresh startwith roadblocks around every corner?

To care for her orphaned nieces and nephews, Daisy Anderson moved to a small town for a new deputy position—but now her job could be eliminated. With potential budget cuts looming, her only hope is to work with police chief Mitch Rainbolt to save their department’s funds. But can their fight for her job lead to something neither dared wish for: a future together?

MY THOUGHTS..... 


Finding the Road Home is the first book of a new series by Tina Radcliffe and it introduces readers to Mitchell Rainbolt, one of four siblings who live in Rebel, Oklahoma. Mitch is the police chief and an all-around good guy but he is carrying a load of guilt that he just can't let go. A new gal in town, Daisy Anderson, is also carrying a load---she is now the guardian of her five nieces and nephews and she's hoping that she and her own grandmother can make a home for these children who've recently been orphaned by the deaths of their parents.

The characters in this story are amazing. Daisy is determined, positive (most of the time), and a real go-getter! Mitch proves to be the a man that small children can love and look up to and he has known the challenge of providing a stable environment for his younger siblings. There are also great secondary characters that I hope to see in future books. Deputy Roscoe can't help but offer advice and Grandma Alice is both practical and encouraging!! She also has great vision because she recognizes the spark and connection between Mitch and Daisy long before they do.

Finding the Road Home has moments of laughter but it also touched my heart. As Daisy relishes her life in small-town Rebel and gets to know Chief Mitch, she realizes that 'Every day her life became more and more tangled in his, and she wasn't sure it was a good thing to put all of her trust in this one man.' (p. 161) Then, in a moment of clarity, Daisy knows that she must walk away because 'She was a mother of five, in love with a man who didn't have room in his heart for her or her family.' Is it possible for Mitch to let go of his past and somehow convince Daisy that they might have a future?

If you enjoy lovable children, wise grandmothers, steadfast friends, and two people who seem to be perfect for each other, you will enjoy Finding the Road Home. Tina Radcliffe has once again given readers great Christian contemporary romance and I can't wait to meet another Rainbolt sibling in the next book of the Hearts of Oklahoma series.

I received a copy of this book from the author. A positive review wasn't requied and I was not compensated in any way. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Originally from Western, N.Y., author Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina was a founding member and the manager of Seekerville, a 13 author blog, from 2008-2017. Seekerville has been a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner 2013-2017.

An RWA and ACFW Honor Roll member, Tina is also a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist. She is a four-time ACFW Carol Award finalist and a three-time ACFW Mentor of the year finalist.
In 2014 she won the ACFW Carol Award and in 2018 she won the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award. In 2019 she is a Holt Winner and an ACFW Carol Award finalist and an ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist.

She has finaled/or won over thirty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. As a short story writer, she has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine.

Tina is a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Kiss of Death Chapter, Faith, Hope & Love Chapter, Desert Rose Romance Writers,  Valley of the Sun Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance Writers and Greater Seattle RWA. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, their local affiliate, Christian Writers of the West. A popular workshop speaker, she currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

To learn more, visit Tina's : Website    Facebook     Twitter     Pinterest 

Tina also has a blog and she has shared two recipes from Daisy's Pies and Baked Goods.  The Peach Cake.is below and  if you would like the recipe for Aunt Jay's Fresh Peach Pie, you can find it on this blog post.

Peach Cake
2 eggs
3/4 c. oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c Ballard Farm peaches mashed
1/2 tsp salt
2 c flour

Mix and bake in a 9 x 13-inch cake pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Frosting
1 stick butter
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 c evaporated canned milk
1 egg yolk
1 c sugar
Boil until thick, stirring constantly. Cool 2-3 minutes and mix. May add 1/2 cup nuts. Pour over cake. 


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