Friday, April 20, 2018

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink

About the Book
Title: Treacherous Trails
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense
Release Date: March, 2018
Falsely accused…
Can she escape the real killer?
In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?
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My Thoughts:
Treacherous Trails takes us back to the Thorn family and this time the story focus is on Owen Thorn who is recovering from an injury he received in an attack in the military. At the request of his best friend, Ray, Owen is keeping eyes on Ray’s sisters Ella and Betsy. However, Ella has crossed a really bad man and is now framed for murder. Things are not looking good for her and she really sees no way out as she tries to prove her innocence and protect her disabled sister. Owen is a take charge kind of guy and he is really protective of Ella since their childhood. Both are battling pasts that are less than stellar and both are fighting the love between each other. One because of fear of abandonment, the other because they don’t think they are good enough.

The overall message in this fast-paced novel I found very soul-satisfying. Sometimes we have to let go of the dreams that we thought best for our lives, and embrace the better ones that God has provided. I will say the villain in this novel was quite tenacious and really got under my skin in the way they just assumed they could get away with everything, very easy to dislike and the cold-blooded grip on other lives made me quite angry. Looking forward to the other brothers’ stories and hopefully to Ray’s as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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 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, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
Guest Post from Dana Mentink
Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

Blog Stops

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Book by Book, April 14
C Jane Read, April 15
Among the Reads, April 16
Genesis 5020, April 16
Carpe Diem, April 18
Cafinated Reads, April 18
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 20
A Greater Yes, April 22
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, April 24
margaret kazmierczak, April 25 (Interview)
Remembrancy, April 25


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!
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  1. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description, review and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

  2. I love a good suspense and Treacherous Trails sounds like it is chock full of it! I aprreciated hearing that the book also challenges us spirituall too. I really liked this comment you made in your review:

    Sometimes we have to let go of the dreams that we thought best for our lives, and embrace the better ones that God has provided.

    So very true! Thanks for your great review!