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Betrayed by Sandra Robbins


Book 3 of the Firebrand Series, “Betrayed” is a fast-paced suspense that held my attention until the very end. Featuring Casey Morgan and Reese Alexander, the story finds them fighting for their lives as they attempt to discover exactly who wants them dead. Is it the group of militants in the surrounding mountains or could someone even more sinister be involved?

In the midst of all the action and suspense, Reese and Casey’s personal lives are also put to the test. Casey has always loved Reese but for some reason he has kept his distance. Only when Reese realizes how close he has come to losing her does he have to decide if his secret is reason enough to keep them apart.

As I have discovered with her previous books, Sandra Robbins is skilled at putting together riveting suspense stories that capture my attention and hold it to the very end. Well paced plot and strong characters who share a similar faith are just part of what draws me to her books. I enjoyed “Betrayed” and hope to have the opportunity to read more books by this author in the near future.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by The Book Club Network. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Casey Morgan is the only woman to have passed the rigorous requirements for induction into the Firebrand brotherhood. For six years with the group, she has been the perfect soldier as she carried out missions for the CIA with her brothers and has excelled at all she did except for one thing. She has never been able to get Reese Alexander, the commander of Firebrand, to realize she is also a woman who loves him very much. Tired of being ignored by Reese, Casey has left Firebrand to become a deputy sheriff. Her job soon takes her into the path of Malloy’s Militia, a violent group of survivalists who live in the remote mountains and are stockpiling weapons in preparation for waging their final battle when an atomic war comes. When Casey becomes the target of the militants and is abducted, it becomes clear their real agenda is to destroy Firebrand who they consider killers hired by a corrupt government. Reese must put aside the secret that has kept him from Casey for years if he is to save the brotherhood and the only woman he has ever loved.


Sandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer in the Christian market. When asked what she writes, she replies, “Christian fiction–Southern Style.” Her books in both romantic suspense and historical romance with settings in the South have been recognized in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for excellence in writing mystery, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for writing romance, the Holt, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Sandra enjoys hearing from her readers. To find out more about Sandra and her books go to or send her an email at




Still Life by Danni Pettrey


This series reminds me of why I sometimes wish I wasn’t a reviewer and could wait for the entire series to be published before I begin reading it. Both “Cold Shot” and “Still Life” feature a group of friends with a couple of them playing a predominate role in each book. I anticipate that “Blind Spot” will do the same. I spent some time trying to remember where each of them fit into the group but did not have time to go back and reread “Cold Shot”. Nevertheless, it did not detract from my enjoyment of “Still Life”.

Let me just say that “Still Life” is one intense suspense. Reading it made me want to bar the windows and doors for a night or two. The author paced the plot so well that the suspense built with each chapter and the mystery became more confusing. Several possible suspects made their appearance and it was difficult to tell whether any of them were guilty or not. Even the title has a gruesome meaning behind it but I’ll leave it at that.

Ms. Pettrey’s talent at developing her characters and their interaction is brilliant as well. Parker is a hero few women could resist with his Irish accent and protective side. Avery may be a bit more difficult to cozy up to with her apparent hard protective shell but once the reader sees her true heart, Avery is also pretty likeable.

I enjoyed “Still Life” very much and look forward to reading “Blind Spot”. I really hate to have to wait for it.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting.

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.

As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

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Photo Credit: © Michael Pettrey Photography

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of 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, 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. You can find her online at



Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce


There is a good bit going on in “Murder for the Time Being” which begins with a prologue that provides a bit of background about Lexi and her family. It did take me just awhile to figure out the connection but it clicked for me fairly quickly. The actual story begins with Lexi and her mom being caught in the middle of a bank robbery and the plot picks up its pace from that point on.

The novel contains a large number of characters, many of whom are not exactly who they appear to be – even some of the primary ones. Determined to discover who was behind the bank robbery and whether they were also involved in repeated attempts to kidnap her, Lexi reluctantly joins forces with Drew Sheffield, the town’s assistant undertaker. The danger continues to ramp up and clues are confusing. Are all the events connected to the robbery or is someone from Lexi’s or Drew’s past also involved?

Strong characters, exciting suspense, a difficult to solve mystery, a touch of romance, and steadfast faith combine to make this one riveting book. I enjoyed the way the author brought everything together so perfectly that it was difficult for me to guess how it would turn out. To top it off, there were more than one happy surprises near the end. You can call me a satisfied reader.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


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“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.

Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

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Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and home schooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.


Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.

In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.

This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.

After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”


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Home At Last by Deborah Raney


I have read and enjoyed all the previous books in the Chicory Inn series so it was almost imperative that I read the very last installment. “Home at Last” features Link, the very last unmarried Whitman child and he has received his share of flak about it. It’s not that he doesn’t want to marry – he just hasn’t found the right lady. That situation changed quickly when Link met Shayla Michaels and boy were they both in for some surprises!

The daughter of a racially mixed marriage, Shayla has known her share of prejudice and problems and due to extenuating circumstances she cannot seem to call her life her own. She has so many responsibilities that she fears she will never have a chance for her own husband or children. Link’s obvious attraction to her and his calm understanding threatens to undermine Shayla’s determination to avoid any potentially hurtful relationships.

“Home at Last” covers the difficult subject of racism from more than one angle and attempts to bridge misunderstandings between blacks and whites. A good bit of time was spent detailing the difficulties Shayla’s family had experienced due to their race and the vast difference in their life and the home Link had grown up in. A threatening situation brought added suspense into the story and unfortunate as it was, it added a bit of interest to the story. Shayla’s niece Portia brought in a nice touch of humor that also helped keep it entertaining. The book was well written and shared a timely message from a Christian viewpoint.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Litfuse Publicity. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Why did their differences matter so much?

Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he’s stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters’ efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.

All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother’s white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn’t repeat in polite–well, in any company. Her father’s family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry’s incarceration, life has left Shayla’s father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn’t people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?

Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girl’s aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee’s On, the bakery in Langhorne. Can Shayla and Link overcome society’s view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?

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Deborah Raney’s novels have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken Raney have traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the city of Wichita.

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