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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Death Valley Double Cross Author: Dana Mentink On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Death Valley Double Cross

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspirational Suspense

Release date: February 22, 2022

A killer seeking revenge

will stop at nothing to get it…

Pilar Jefferson is shocked to learn that her supposedly deceased father is alive and has been in prison—and now his ruthless former partner is after her. Fleeing on her wedding day was the best way to protect her loved ones. But now with her mother held for ransom and her ex-fiancé, Austin Duke, stumbling back into her life, can she keep everyone safe—and escape an assassin?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice

Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert
Book 3: Death Valley Double Cross
Book 4: Death Valley Hideout


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over fifty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


More from Dana

I remember standing on the edge of the lookout and gazing into the wonder that is Artist’s Palette in Death Valley. Artist’s Drive, which takes you to this breathtaking view, rises above Badwater Basin (the lowest spot in North America) and then meanders along twisting canyons and hills until it brings you to this popular tourist stop. The premier view is a place called Artist’s palette. It’s a sprawling pocket of color, hues of rose, ochre, green and gold tucked in the rippling landscape and teased to life by the desert sun. Isn’t that just like God? To lead us to surprises and wonders that await us in a sometimes hostile world? Every day we spent in Death Valley held a surprise, from the rocks that move mysteriously across the sands to the towering twists and turns of 20 Mule Team Canyon. There are only two things to do with a wonderous place like that…enjoy the divine bounty, and write a novel set there so others can come along!

I hope you will enjoy this third installment in the Desert Justice series. The first is Beckett’s story and then we had quiet cowboy Levi’s adventure. Now it’s brash pilot Austin’s turn. Will he get his happy ending after being dumped at the altar and wrecking his shoulder in an accident? Turn those pages and come with me to Death Valley to find out!

My Thoughts

Death Valley Double Cross is written by the one and only  Dana Mentink. Dana is one of my most favorite authors, and it is always an honor to be on a tour that is featuring her book. This book is book 3 in the Desert Justice series. I have read books  1 and 2, however, it is not necessary to read them in order. The author will mention previous characters, but you will not feel like you are missing anything. This is part of the Love Inspired Suspense line. 

One of my most favorite things about this author is the fact that she always starts her books off with action - and it does not let up throughout the whole story. She grabs you into the plot within the first chapter. I read this book in one day. Pilar Jefferson left ex fiancé  Austin Duke at the alter six months ago. She never gave Austin reasons why - and suddenly their paths cross again when Austin brings a senior dog (Oh how I loved Chunk) to her door step. Austin is SHOCKED to see Pilar and is scared for her safety when someone tries to break into her apartment while he is there with her. 

Pilar's father was part of a armored car robbery gone bad. He went to prison and Pilar always thought he was dead until her mother tells her the truth. Pilar realizes that her father's partner thinks that Pilar and her mother have the money hidden somewhere that was never recovered and will not stop until he gets his hands on it. If that means harming or worse Pilar and her mother - then so be it. 

Austin gets caught up in the whole mess. He was deeply hurt when Pilar left with no explanation. However, his heart knows that he needs to keep her safe. He enlists the help of friends and family - but they are still stand off ish towards Pilar. Can he protect her? Will they figure out where the money is?

The author writes such great descriptions in her stories. You can picture yourself on scene watching the story unfold. Her characters are well written, the story line is unique and intriguing. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of the first three books in the series (Paperback for U.S. Only) and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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