Thursday, February 22, 2024

Book Beginnings, First Line Friday, & Friday 56: Trapped in Yosemite by Dana Mentink

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. I'm also linking up with Carrie at Reading is My Superpower for First Line Friday. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two. Freda is taking a hiatus right now, but Anne over at My Head is Full of Books has taken over until Freda returns.

This week I'm featuring Trapped in Yosemite by Dana Mentink. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book, and I loved it. It releases Tuesday, and I'll have my review up that day too. 

About the Book
When a massive earthquake levels the region, secrets and unknown dangers are exposed…

The ground in still-icy Yosemite National Park isn’t stable, and K-9 handler Von Sharpe fears the worst. But his worries are pushed aside when he sees an SUV viciously forced off the road…with his ex-fiancĂ©e at the wheel. It’s only when Stella Rivers steps out of the vehicle that the very ground under their feet cracks and breaks with the onslaught of a terrifying earthquake.
 
When her meeting with a mysterious client is ambushed, Stella witnesses the man being gunned down by a sniper and becomes a target herself. With the threat of aftershocks triggering landslides and floods, the new mom has no choice but to run to save her baby girl—even if it means teaming up with the man who has no idea he fathered her child.

Trapped in a dangerously unstable wilderness with a killer closing in, Von and Stella are running out of time to get to safety. And every fissure reveals a new secret that will shake them to their foundation…

Book Beginnings / First Line Friday
Stella Rivers scoured the dense shrubbery like she'd been doing for the past hour as if the branches might somehow reach out and snatch her van off the mountain road. Ridiculous, but the isolation raked her nerves.

Friday 56
Von woke at the sound of a baby crying in between bursts of gusting wind. He pulled himself from the cot, his muscles feeling every inch of the fire escape ladder the day before.

What have you been reading lately?

Cover Reveal: Elite Guardians: Savannah



Elite Guardians: Savannah

Book 1: Vanishing Legacy by Kate Angelo (releasing April 9)
Book 2: Hunting Justice by Sami A. Abrams (releasing May 21)
Book 3: Guarding Truth by Kelly Underwood (releasing October 15)
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Pre-order sale price: $4.99 each (ebooks) 
Retail price after release: $7.99 each (ebooks) 
Available in ebook, print, and audiobook

PREORDER
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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CRMPQ37T

Elite Guardians: Savannah series synopsis

This exciting new romantic suspense series takes Savannah by storm. 

In each story, these fiercely capable female bodyguards have to shield their important clients from looming threats, all while grappling with simmering feelings for the ones they protect. Between heart-pounding foot chases down River Street, daring underwater exploits off Tybee Island, and climactic showdowns at Forsyth Fountain, these Elite Guardians pursue justice, keep secrets safe, and sacrifice everything for the sake of those they’ve sworn to protect. 

With mystery, pulse-pounding action, and swoon-worthy romances in every book, this edge-of-your seat series is totally addicting from start to incredibly satisfying finish.

About the Authors:

Lynette Eason is the best-selling, award-winning author of over sixty books. Her books have appeared on the USA TODAY, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and Parable bestseller lists. Shehas won numerous awards including the Carol, the Selah, the Golden Scroll and more. Her novel, Her Stolen Past was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com 

Kate Angelo is a Publishers Weekly Bestselling Romantic Suspense author, minister, and public speaker from Southwest Missouri who works alongside her husband championing stronger marriages and families through their nonprofit. As Mom to 5 adult children, she's fluent in both sarcasm and eye rolls. Kate is a coffee addict, tech enthusiast, productivity guru, expert knitter, summer lake fanatic, prayer warrior, dog lover, avid reader, and a known klutz—just ask her doctor. Having aged out of foster care,  a unique perspective to her writing, breathing life into flawed characters who find hope and healing amidst danger. Subscribe to her newsletter to hear about her pet lion at https://kateangelo.com/

Award-winning, bestselling author Sami A. Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her30’s that she found authors that captured her attention. Now, most evenings, you can find her engrossed in a Romantic Suspense. In her opinion, a crime with a little romance is the recipe for a great story. Sami lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list. Visit her at http://www.samiaabrams.com.

Kelly Underwood’s favorite things are reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She was born in New Hampshire, but don’t ask her about snow, because she’s been a Florida girl since she was twelve. She writes book reviews for her blog bestinsuspense.com and is an active member of the Central Florida chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s a sucker for a good suspense novel, the kind you have to read cover-to-cover until the mystery is solved and the bad guys are in handcuffs. If you’re looking for her, she’s probably on her back patio with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Visit Kelly at kellyunderwoodauthor.com


Vanishing Legacy by Kate Angelo

For this Elite Guardian, protecting her client’s daughter just got personal. 

Elite Guardian Alana Flores, former LAPD underwater dive detective, just wants a fresh start in Savannah, Georgia, with her son. Hoping to repair their broken relationship and provide him a safer life, nothing could wreck her hopes more than finding a terrified, autistic child in her shed. 

Enter Cash Thomas, a widowed trauma surgeon struggling to raise his autistic daughter, Penny. He’s put his wife’s disappearance and presumed death behind him...until someone tries to kidnap his daughter. Terrified of losing Penny to the same cartel that supposedly killed his wife, he turns to Alana and the Elite Guardians.

But is Sonia really dead? Or is she behind the kidnapping attempts? Suddenly, Cash and Alana must keep their children safe, uncover the truth about Sonia, and find a way to outsmart the cartel before it's too late.

And what about the spark between them? Could this be the fresh start they both long for? But when their worst fears happen, will they lose everything?

With heart-pounding foot chases on River Street, underwater thrills off Tybee Island, and a climactic showdown at Forsyth Fountain, Vanishing Legacy will leave you breathless.


Hunting Justice by Sami A. Abrams 

A dark secret puts them in the crosshairs of a relentless killer...

Ex-detective and current Elite Guardian Noelle Burton survived a horrifying attack by a serial killer as a child. Now, determined to put the scars of her past behind her, she’s helping the Elite Guardians set up shop in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia.

More, she’s wondering if her friendship with Dr. Jonas Harris, an ex-ER doctor turned medical examiner, might be more. But he has his own demons to fight—namely guilt over the death of his wife.

When the sudden death of a colleague rocks his world, Jonas knows there's more to the incident than meets the eye. In fact, he may have been the intended target. Now he needs Noelle... not just as a friend, but as a protector. 

Together, they’ll have to unravel the threat that stalks Jonas. Clues lead them down a dark path, and when they stumble upon the chilling possibility of a serial killer lurking in the shadows, all Noelle’s nightmares come back to life. And when their friendship becomes something deeper, it’s clear they have everything to lose. 

Don’t miss this gripping story of resilience, trust, and the power of love in the exhilarating second book of the Elite Guardians: Savannah.


Guarding Truth by Kelly Underwood

The truth might destroy them both...

Former Army Ranger turned elite bodyguard Juliette Montgomery never forgot fellow solider Caleb Styles—or her feelings for him. But when the guy saved her life, it cost them their relationship.

Now, years later, Caleb hasn’t forgotten her either. But he has no idea she also lives in Savannah, Georgia, where he’s the guardian of his niece, Ivy, after her parents were killed.

Then he discovers that his brilliant niece’s computer skills have attracted a notorious hacker group. More, when Ivy tracks the hackers, she endangers Caleb's cyber-security company. Enter his need for the Elite Guardians.

The very last person Juliette thought she’d see again—let alone be assigned to protect—is Caleb. But no matter the attraction between them, she can’t afford to let her heart take over. Her focus has to be on protecting Caleb and Ivy. After all, they need all their wits about them to find the hackers and unravel their plans. 

When they discover the hackers’ true intent, it becomes a race against time. But it too late to protect their hearts from the truth?

An electrifying blend of suspense, chemistry, and unbreakable bonds, this romantic thriller is a must-read for fans of the Elite Guardian series.

Review: Radiant (Color Theory #2) by Ashley Bustamante

About the Book
Secrets Come in Every Shade

After the introduction of Yellow magic in a society accustomed to only Red and Blue magic, the world inside the barrier has become more complicated than anyone imagined. Ava, Elm, and the former students of Prism navigate life in hiding. They face discord, secrets, betrayal, and danger that looms ever closer as the Benefactors narrow in on their hideaway.

Ava is determined to keep everyone protected, even at the cost of her own safety. She explores dangerous aspects of her new Mentalist abilities—against Elm’s dire warnings.

Tensions escalate when a new visitor arrives claiming to know a way out of the barrier. While this may be the only way to escape the Benefactors, what awaits them on the outside? Will they gain allies or make an entirely new set of enemies?


MY THOUGHTS

I devoured this book. It was compelling, unique, and fast-paced. It's been well over a year since I read Vivid, book one, so while it took me a little while to get my bearings, once I did, I was fully invested and glued to the pages.

I enjoyed seeing the characters’ growth, and I loved that the worldbuilding became even more fleshed out. A lot happened in this book. There were some big revelations and twists that I didn’t see coming. I was surprised multiple times by the turn of events, and I was shocked by that cliffhanger ending. The next book can’t come out soon enough! This isn’t a standalone, so be sure to start with book one.

FOUR STARS

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Can't Wait Wednesday: Hybrid (The Hybrid Series #2) by Candace Kade

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Hybrid (The Hybrid Series #2) by Candace Kade releasing March 5.

About the Book
Lee Urban's search for truth could destroy everything.

After narrowly surviving several attempts on her life, Lee Urban retreats into hiding, seeking refuge with her family for the Lunar New Year. But the relaxing holiday turns into a heist when someone crashes the party with intel on the hybrid’s identity.

Driven by desperation, Urban accepts a position within the elite Dragons AI team, a high-stakes gamble that will propel her into the heart of the turbulent West. As she follows the elusive clues to the hybrid, the journey takes her closer to uncovering the truths about her own origins and the odd circumstances surrounding her adoption.

Tensions between the Enhanced and Naturals grow increasingly violent, and the Western Federation teeters on the brink of civil war. Urban's choices threaten to tear her family apart, and the secrets she unearths just might shatter the delicate balance of society.


What upcoming release are you eagerly awaiting?

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Book Beginnings, First Line Friday, & Friday 56: Radiant (Color Theory #2) by Ashley Bustamante

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. I'm also linking up with Carrie at Reading is My Superpower for First Line Friday. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two. Freda is taking a hiatus right now, but Anne over at My Head is Full of Books has taken over until Freda returns.

This week I'm featuring Radiant (Color Theory #2) by Ashley Bustamante.

About the Book
Secrets Come in Every Shade

After the introduction of Yellow magic in a society accustomed to only Red and Blue magic, the world inside the barrier has become more complicated than anyone imagined. Ava, Elm, and the former students of Prism navigate life in hiding. They face discord, secrets, betrayal, and danger that looms ever closer as the Benefactors narrow in on their hideaway.

Ava is determined to keep everyone protected, even at the cost of her own safety. She explores dangerous aspects of her new Mentalist abilities—against Elm’s dire warnings.

Tensions escalate when a new visitor arrives claiming to know a way out of the barrier. While this may be the only way to escape the Benefactors, what awaits them on the outside? Will they gain allies or make an entirely new set of enemies?

Book Beginnings / First Line Friday
"They're like locusts, aren't they?"

Friday 56
We all exchange uneasy looks. I don't think any of us are ready yet to relive our experience for an audience.

What have you been reading lately?

Review: Rocky Road (Sons of Scandal #2) by Becky Wade

About the Book
Christy Award Hall of Fame Author

FBI Agent Jude Camden handles every aspect of his job with by-the-book professionalism. There's no reason why his latest assignment—which calls for him to pose as the boyfriend of perfumer Gemma Clare—should be any different.

Except Gemma is different. She's creative, bold, and feisty. And as soon as she meets Jude, she wants to loosen him up, wrinkle his perfect shirts, and test every ounce of his towering self-control.

The FBI has an iron-clad rule against romances between those working together on operations. Jude's never met a rule he didn't respect. But adhering to this one is going to be tough because, as time goes by, he finds Gemma more and more irresistible.

Buckle up! It's going to be a rocky road.

Escape to Maine for this swoon-worthy "fake romance"! Banter, humor, perfume, and a mystery from the past intertwine in this sweet Sons of Scandal love story.


MY THOUGHTS

What a great fake dating romance! This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I adored the first book, and this sequel did not disappoint. It features wonderful characters, strong family dynamics, lots of laughs, some serious moments, suspense, mystery, and so much more! I enjoyed it so much!

I loved Jude. He’s a serious, no-nonsense, rule-following kind of guy who has a heart of gold. He’s the grumpy to Gemma’s sunshine. Their first meeting was a hilarious misunderstanding that had me literally laughing out loud. I liked Gemma instantly. She had a joyfulness about her that was contagious. Even when things were tough, she kept a level head, which I admired. I really enjoyed getting to know her family. I especially loved, and was completely invested in, the mystery surrounding her great-grandmother.

I had such a great time reading this book and am very much looking forward to the next in the series. This could technically be read as a stand-alone, but I’d still recommend starting with book one.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

FOUR STARS

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Can't Wait Wednesday: Writer on the Wall: A Suddenly Sadie Adventure by Joanne Bischof

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Writer on the Wall: A Suddenly Sadie Adventure by Joanne Bischof releasing February 20.

About the Book
An uplifting series for women who come for the friendships and stay for the views.

Ever since training for her first indoor rock climbing competition, writer and editor, Sadie McGillis has embraced a new love of the sport and the confidence of trying something new. And now that this Colorado book-lover is writing her first novel about these adventures on the wall, and in the single life—the pressure is on!

So begins the second book in the Suddenly Sadie series, where a single woman continues her quest for joy. Along the way, she’ll discover new-found friends, unexpected challenges, a rugged and kind rock climbing instructor, and the faith to make sense of it all. A light-hearted inspirational read about overcoming our fears, and embracing the challenges God has placed before us. Both in life . . . and in the pages. A celebration of adventures for Christian single women, the Suddenly Sadie series is great for women of all ages and walks of life!

Don’t miss book #1 “Sadie on the Rocks” -- where hope is found at all new heights.

What upcoming release are you eagerly awaiting?