Enter the Cold Shot by: @DaniPettrey sweepstakes!

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

See my review here!

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes

GRAND PRIZE:
Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize

ROAD TRIP REUNION GETAWAY

In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.

SECOND PRIZE:

FINLEY’S FAVORITES PACK

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second Prize
Finley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 value cedar wood steamer trunk and vivid Maryland coffee table photo book.

TASTE OF MARYLAND KIT

THIRD PRIZE:
COLD SHOT is sure to leave you with a craving for the mouth-watering snacks Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew enjoy in the story. If you wish you could sample Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind local fare too, this prize is for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The beautifully lithographed, $50 value Taste of Maryland Tin, including the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook and famed local treats such as Old Bay Seasoning, Maple Syrup, Maryland crab soup mix, specialty dip, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

How to Enter:

Go to: http://www.danipettrey.com/cold-shot-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 16 – March 7, 2016.

Sabotaged By: @DaniPettrey

Sabotaged - Alaskan Courage Book 5 - by Dani Pettrey

Sabotaged By: Dani Pettrey

It has arrived. It is a bittersweet moment for me, the final book in the Alaskan Courage series. Throughout these five books the McKenna’s have become my friends, they have become a book series I will re-read over and over. However, even with it being the end of the series, it did not keep me from devouring this book from the very start! Sabotaged may be one of my favorites of the set (However, I really am partial to Kayden’s story in Silenced). Pettrey has continued to impress with each book, with twists and turns you never know quite what you are getting into.

Reef’s story is no different,although through him and Kirra I believe that Dani has reached another level with her characters. I loved the characters of the previous book but there is something about Kirra and Reef that is very human and authentic. The problems they face on a personal and emotional level and you can connect with their struggles and inner turmoil of figuring how to navigate a new relationship with the baggage of someone’s past and working on moving on while embracing what God has planned for you.

I can never say enough good things about the Alaskan Courage series and I highly recommend all of them. Just a warning, once you start you won’t want to put them down, so you may want to purchase them all at once!

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Love in the Balance By @ReginaJennings

Molly Lovelace has grown up with the knowledge that she would be marrying someone for her families convenience, someone that would be able to contribute to her family and give them financial stability, someone that would bring Molly into society. Always with the latest fashion trends and never with a hair out of place Molly knows what her family expects, what they don’t expect is Bailey Garner. Bailey who is constantly switching jobs, with barely a dime to his name has captured Molly’s heart. lifelong friends and have recently become much more, Bailey attempts to keep his distance from Molly in an effort to gain the things that would gain her families approval and give Molly the life she expects.

When tragedy strikes her family, Molly finds herself choosing between Bailey and Edward Pierrepont, a man that can take away her families problems and provide for them all. However, Edward has a few secrets of his own that cause Molly to return to a town where she is no longer accepted and scorned for what has happened.

Regina Jennings has created such strong characters that you cannot help but love the story as you watch Bailey and Molly’s transformation and growth throughout the book.  Jennings has such a vivid writing style that you can imagine the town and people and you feel as if you are a member of the community. Jennings has written a captivating story about truth and love and acceptance and how many times the people that we least expect will teach us the most valuable lessons.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A life changing journey into the heart of God

A Woman’s guide to reading the Bible in a year: a life-changing journey into the heart of God By: Diane Stortz

How many times have we told ourselves that we were going to read the entire Bible in a year? To the point of printing out reading schedules, dutifully checking off each days reading plan, and than you get to the book of Leviticus or halfway through Numbers and find your motivation waning. In this book Stortz helps to guide us and encourages each of us to read the Bible with a small group, although she says that you can do it individually Stortz explains that when reading the Bible with a group provides accountability as well as a place to grow.

Each section provides a reading plan for the week, a general synopsis, as well as things to look for as you read as well as talking points to discuss each week. This is a great book for those who are looking to read the entire for the first time, or for the person who is reading it for the fiftieth time.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Firefly Island By: Lisa Wingate | Enter to win an iPad Mini and RSVP for Facebook Party!

Mallory Hale and Webster have had a whirlwind romance, after a month of dating, Mallory finds herself married, and all of a sudden mother to Daniel’s son Nick. With a new job in site Daniel moves his family to a small Texas town to work for the well-known Jack West. Mallory has heard about Jack West, and her first impressions are not good ones, hearing stories of how his wife and step-son disappeared years ago has put her on edge, and with Jack’s rules and keeping Daniel busy at all hours Mallory feels like she is in over her head.

Something is happening on Firefly Island. At night there are lights moving around the mysterious little island in Texas, but there is only one problem. No one is allowed on Firefly Island. Jack West has forbidden it, and closed off the entrance.

Lisa Wingate has crafted a rollercoaster of a story keeping you guessing with each turn of the page. She creates characters that allows you to get into their minds, and as soon as you think you have figured out the mystery she throws you for another loop and has you doubting your initial guesses.

I enjoyed all the various characters in this book and quickly found myself engulfed in the story, Wingate has a gift of creating characters that you want to get to know, the town of Moses Lake has such interesting characters that you cannot get enough of. The only downside of Firefly Island is that the ending happened and was resolved so quickly, I wish it had been drawn out more. That aside Firefly Island was a great book that needs added to your reading list!

Enter Today | 2/25 – 3/19!
Lisa Wingate Firefly Island iPad Mini Giveaway

 

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Shattered By: Dani Pettrey

Shattered By: Dani Pettrey

Newcomer Dani Pettrey returns with her second book in the Alaskan Courage Series which follows the McKenna family. Reef McKenna has returned to Yancey, Alaska after being away for long and Piper McKenna could not be happier, that is until Reef is arrested for murder, although Reef has shown up at Piper’s covered in blood he swears that he is innocent. Piper does not believe that her brother could ever murder someone but with the police wanting an open and shut case, and Landon looking focusing on the facts Piper knows it is up to her to find the truth.

Landon continues investing case and finds that Piper has been asking questions and searching for her own leads, Landon and Piper have had tension between them since the engagement party but he knows that Piper will not stop until she discovers the truth. Joining together Piper and Landon head to the Canadian back-country in search of answers. Throughout the search Piper feels as if she is being watched, but finding clues has her pushing aside her intuitions in search of the truth for Reef. Landon and Piper may be getting close to the truth and have caught the attention of someone dangerous.

Pettrey does not disappoint in her second book! If you loved Submerged you will love Shattered as you join the McKenna’s on their latest adventure! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns that you will never see coming! Make sure to block out the weekend for this one! You will not want to put it down!

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Make sure to Pre-Order your copy today! 

 

The Breath of Dawn By Kristen Heitzmann

The Breath of Dawn

Be prepared to not want to put this book down. The Breath of Dawn is the first book I have read from author Kristen Heitzmann and it does not disappoint. I have found that the books I am unsure about are the ones I end up staying up way past my bedtime reading.

Heitzmann has created two main character who do not find themselves in the position of a stereotypical suspense/romance novel. In most novels one character finds them in a situation where they need rescued, from a  person, themselves, their past, or many other things. However, Heitzmanns’ characters of Morgan Spencer and Quinn Reilly are both characters with a strong will, but both of them need rescued.

Morgan Spencer has suffered devastation in his life, his 2-year-old daughter, Livie, is the only thing that gets him through his day. On the other hand Quinn Reilly made a choice four years that put a man behind bars and a  threat on her life, now living under the radar, she lives in a world where she is always prepared to run, to not get too close to others. Morgan and Quinn quickly find their lives intertwining through circumstances, but it may just be what each of them needs to find themselves and both to start living again.

Heitzmann has created a story that will captivate you and keep you turning until the very last page. Her characters are strong and complex but also relate-able and fragile that you will connect to their stories. This book is hard to put into only one genre, Heitzmann is an amazing writer that can write across genres in one book from romance to suspense to mystery this book has it all.

If you are a fan of Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey be sure to add Kristen Heitzmann to your list of must read authors!

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been swayed in any way.

-Elle

Inescapable By: Nancy Mehl

Inescapable By: Nancy Mehl

“When we find our destiny, it gives us confidence…but not in ourselves-it is in God, who puts us where we are supposed to be and gives us what we need to succeed.”

Lizzie Engel has run away from everything. From the home she once knew, the people she loved, and she has continued to run but now with the threat of a stalker that the police can’t do anything about and being framed for stealing money from her previous employer, to protect her daughter she finds herself running again. Although this time, it is to the one place she never expected to run back to. Back to her Mennonite roots, to her childhood home. Kingdom, Kansas is more than off the beaten path and you wouldn’t be able to find it unless you knew it was there. Now with the threat to her and her daughter Lizzie heads back to a place she felt rejected her in the past as well as a strict father and a town that did not support her.

Lizzie has come face to face with her past and realized that maybe she got it wrong, that maybe the town was not all against her and that things were changing in Kingdom, she has a place to live and a job she has realized she loves but the threats have started showing up again and whoever was after her has found her in Kingdom.

Nancy Mehl will have you glued to the pages from beginning to end. You will find yourself relating to Lizzie’s character and how we all make the mistake of jumping to conclusions and only seeing the worst in each situation. I’ve never read any Amish  or Mennonite fiction in the past but with Mehl’s writing I am sure to add more to my reading list.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

-Elle

Full Disclosure By: Dee Henderson

Dee Henderson is back! And what a return she has made! Her latest novel introduces us to two new characters, Ann Silver and Paul Falcon as well as some guest appearances of some of our favorite characters from Dee’s books.

Paul Falcon, a seasoned FBI Investigator has been tracking down a killer for years, the lady-killer as she has come to be known is elusive and her cases quickly turn cold until now, Ann Silver appears to be just another cop at first but the case she drops on Paul’s desk can lead him to finally discover the identity of the lady-killer.

Paul is ready to settle down, he wants a wife, a family. Ann is content being single and living in the moment, never planning what the future will bring. A case brings these two together, and Paul finds himself wanting to be around Ann more than just for the case, but she has some secrets and Paul wants her to be able to trust him with those secrets. Ann likes Paul, but is not sure if he can handle her secrets.

Henderson has not lost her touch one bit! You will love the new characters and the story that she has woven between them. Throughout this book you will encounter many twists and turns you were never expecting! Just when you feel like you’ve figured out what happened a new twist is uncovered that keeps you glued to the pages!

I loved this book, and my expectations for a Dee Henderson book were exceeded beyond what I could have imagined for her latest story! Make sure to grab a cup of hot chocolate and curl up on the couch for a long weekend because you will not want to put this book down.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Full Disclosure releases October 2, 2012 be sure to pre-order it at your favorite bookstore/retailer and join in the discussion on the Full Disclosure Facebook Page.

-Elle

Exciting News!

My favorite author Dee Henderson, who has not written a new book in 6 years in releasing a new book in October! I am so excited and encourage you to go check out her other books! Especially the OMalley Series!

Bethany House Publishers will be releasing the book, there isn’t much information on it yet but I am sure it will be coming soon!

-Elle

 

Update: The characters in the new books are named Ann and Paul! Can’t wait to hear more about them!