About the Book
Book: Act of Valor
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense
Release Date: June 1, 2019
A True Blue K-9 story …When airline employee Violet Griffin encounters several suspicious passengers, she’s thrust into the crosshairs of a drug smuggling operation. NYPD officer Zach Jameson and his drug detection beagle, Eddie, can tell this is no small-time threat. Someone’s gunning for Violet, and after recently losing his brother, Zach refuses to lose her, too…especially now that she’s gone from friend to the woman he’s falling for.
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What happens when you combine life-long friends, cops, drug-sniffing dogs, and tough damsels in distress? You get Act of Valor. The friends-to-lovers trope has always been a favorite, and Act of Valor satisfied that need with aplomb. With high action and soulful intensity, Violet and Zach danced around their feelings while fighting off would-be murderers with the help of Eddie the drug-sniffing beagle.
Violet is an easy favorite for the heroine category. She’s no shrinking violet (sorry, couldn’t pass up the opportunity). Her New York tough way of life is a breath of fresh air in the middle of a subway filled with overripe bodies. She might be a tad stubborn, but that just adds to the fun. Zach is far from helpless. He’s struggling from the death of his brother, blaming himself and God, but he never backs down from a challenge. When Violet becomes an intended target, he is willing to put his life on the line for his best friend.
From the spiritual side, Zach is struggling and Violet is there to help pull him from the mire. The message isn’t in-your-face preachy, but it’s undeniable…my favorite presentation. The writing style is like a bouquet, bright and crisp, clean and beautiful. No wasted words but filled with flowery language artfully arranged to present a complete package.
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, Barbour, and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. 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 (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
More from Dana
Cops and killers and beagles, oh my! It was a ton of fun writing the second book in the new True Blue K-9 Continuity series. First of all, I had the honor of working with some AMAZING authors. (It’s challenging creating a world together and keeping all those details straight!) I had the privilege of following the amazing Lynette Eason, so that’s always a plus! Second, I learned all about the astonishing world of beagles! Those critters are just amazing. For instance, the original beagles were tiny, only 8 inches tall and could be carried in a pocket, which is why they called them Pocket Beagles. I need one of those! The name beagle comes from the French, which is translated “wide throat” or “loudmouth.” This is well earned by Eddie in my story, who will occasionally let loose with the trademark baying. The beagles small size, general friendliness, and ferocious scent drive, make it the perfect dog to sniff around airports and get into compact spaces. Eddie enjoys doing just that with Zach, his handler and best friend. He earns those gourmet treats that Zach bakes up for him. Best of all, Eddie was rescued from death before he became a canine cop star! It’s just awesome when you can twine fact with fiction to come up with a tail wagging suspense story! I hope you enjoy the second installment in the series!