When Leah St. James approached me to read and review SURRENDER TO SANCTUARY, I was thrilled to do so. My relationship with the authors of Wild Rose Press has been one of great success in terms of promotion and the introduction of new authors.
This particular book took me on allot of twists and turns with a huge roller coaster ride thrown in just for the heck of it. I love thrillers as much as I do romance so when you combine the two it usually rocks for me. My draw to the characters of Anna and David is in the fact that as strong as they are that is how sensitive they are to being hurt. They are tough FBI agents but still want what everyone else thinks about love and companionship. That does not make them anything but human in my book.
I asked Leah for a quick bio and this is what she has to say for herself….Leah's fascination with all things written began when she picked up her first Dr. Seuss book, and she has rarely been seen without a novel, or pen and paper, close at hand since. She enjoys delving into the deepest of human emotions—love and hate, bravery and cowardice, joy and despair—and how we, as human beings, relate to each other. Her greatest hope is to touch her readers' hearts and help them experience the joy that only love can bring. Married with two grown sons, Leah is a native of the beautiful Central Jersey Shore but now enjoys the peace and quiet of Virginia's Hampton Roads. Visit Leah at www.leahstjames.com or Connect with Leah on Facebook, Twitter and; Goodreads
Let do some Q and A…
I encourage everyone to celebrate a Little Victory every day. What is something you can celebrate today? I spent the afternoon working on a new writing project. So often I’m tied up with the “business” of writing, it felt good to just write!
If you could have a super power what would it be? The ability to levitate my car off the ground and fly over the traffic ahead of me when I’m trying to get home from work. : I live in Virginia where the drivers don’t have that fill-the-gap mentality. But sometimes I get impatient and revert into my old Jersey habits!
Did you have an Aha moment with a character? With Surrender to Sanctuary, the hero (David Owens) is introduced to a lifestyle that’s completely foreign to him. I realized partway through the book that he had become me…or I had become him…or something! Once I understood that, he became much easier to write!
I am proud to let you know that Leah sent me an autographed copy of SURRENDER TO SANCTUARY to be given away. To be eligible to win please leave a comment on “what are you passionate about?” then come back on Sunday - December 11th to see if you have won. Please remember if you do not come back, you will not know if you won, because I am going to need your address.
As always I wish you happy reading, encourage you to celebrate your Little Victories, and come back to see what book I am reviewing and offering up for a giveaway. Do not forget to cast your positive votes for me on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Your vote matters!
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REVIEW from Mary Gramlich "The Reading Reviewer"
by Leah St. James
05/10 - The Wild Rose Press - Paperback, 338 pages
What really is the persona cost of falling in love?
When Special Agent David Owens is partnered with Special Agent Anna Parker, he cannot figure out why. This is the first of the “what is going on” questions he has to answer along with why they are investigating an alleged drowning in New Jersey, how this case became top FBI priority, and most important of all can David keeps his passion for Anna under control.
After arriving on the scene David and Anna realize something is beyond not right on the shores of New Jersey. The woman was brutalized then dumped like yesterday’s rubbish but those are the first of the red flags going off in David’s mind.
When the investigation starts to go deeper into the details, and uncover the horrors of discovery are more than even hardened FBI agents are used to. Human trafficking is not where David or Anna thought the investigation was leading but once it takes them there, the steps to stop the nightmare will be done. Regardless of who is on their side, or will back them up David and Anna are partners during work hours and more importantly after they clock out.
This book takes a realistic look at the brutality of human trafficking and what steps everyone takes to stop it. The depth of Anna and David’s characters come through on each page showing how a well-written story unfolds regardless of the content. There is also a twist that no reader will see coming.