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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dana Mentink, Romantic Suspense Novel


Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, November 6, 2018, to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see right sidebar to follow), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog do not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To help provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 


Dana Mentink

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 thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, 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, Yogi, Boo Boo, their nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

Welcome, Dana. How do people react when they find out you write? 
Well, I’m a third-grade teacher as well so first off they mistakenly figure I must write children’s books. Second, they are usually very surprised to learn that I’ve written more than thirty novels. Once we get past that information, they are usually pretty curious to know about the job of a professional writer. 

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it? 
The cure for writer’s block is a legally binding contract! Kidding, but really if you’ve signed on the dotted line you don’t have the luxury of writer’s block. I get around “stuck” spots but writing more than one book at a time. If I get stuck in one, I mosey over to the other and that usually fixes the problem. Also, taking a long walk is pretty therapeutic. 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
I’m not a paranormal kinda gal. I just can’t get into stories with vampires and werewolves and the like so you’re probably never going to see that kind of novel from me. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? You guys. 
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits. 
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. 
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop. 
Mug or teacup? Mug. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Jungle Fire. 
Jungle Fire was originally published with Moody’s River North imprint. Sadly, Moody got out of the fiction business, but I was fortunate to be able to publish it digitally.

Back Cover Blurb: Nina Truman heads to the bus for a much-deserved furlough from her nursing duties. On the side of the road, a uniformed soldier stands idly, casually holding his gun—of little concern to her; soldiers are not uncommon south of the Mexican border. But he suddenly switches off the safety and opens fire, sending the occupants into chaos. Out of the forest storms Shaw Wilder and his bomb-sniffing dog, Axel. An improbable hero, who thinks being a missionary is like “shoveling sand uphill, useless,” also blames Nina for his sister’s death. 

Join Nina and Shaw on an expedition where every turn can mean death and discovering the truth may make life even worse. A page-turner right to the very end.

Where can readers find you online? 
Amazon Author Page
You Tube channel 

Where can readers purchase Jungle Fire?

Any parting comment? 
Thanks for having me! I surely do appreciate it! God bless. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.)
Has anyone out there in cyberland ever been on a wilderness type trip? Would love to hear about it!

Dana, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Dana is offering reader's choice of either an eBook or print (U.S. mailing address only) copy of Jungle Fire to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 6, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Christmas to Remember that includes Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

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  1. Jungle Fire sounds like a book not to miss. I have never been on a wilderness adventure...a little to scary for me! Thank you for the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Jungle Fire sounds like a book not to miss. I have never been on a wilderness adventure...a little to scary for me! Thank you for the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  3. Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is about as close as I’ve come to a wilderness adventure, LOL. We have enough wild things here in Texas that I don’t think that I would like a wilderness adventure.

    1. I wasn’t able to add my email and name:
      perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
      Perrianne Askew

  4. I agree-not into paranormal at all. This book sounds wonderful and like something I know I would enjoy. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  5. no, I haven't went on a wilderness adventure! I'm a follower! Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. I really haven't been on a wilderness but have been on camp adventures. I love finding new books and new authors to read. This book sounds like a good read. I hope I win.
    My email is donDOTstewartATzoominternetDOTnet

  7. My son went on a missions trip to somewhere in Africa and it was way out in the 'boonies'. Seems like that was kind of a wilderness experience. A company came in and set up tents, etc. Jungle Fire sounds like a good book. Here's hoping...
    anne at rightler dot com

  8. Went on a long road trip through thirteen states, but not really a wilderness adventure. Would love to read this!
    smincer10 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I’ve never been on a wilderness trip though did spend a week in the mountains of Guatemala on s missions trip. Thanks for a fun interview and giveaway. I’m a subscriber.
    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

  10. I've never gone on a wilderness adventure. Jungle Fire sounds very intriquing - I am a subscriber. Blessings!

  11. Jungle Fire sounds like a exciting story! It's not available in print? I wish it were as I can't read ebooks. jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

  12. I hope I win this book. Sounds like a great read.