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Monday, August 2, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Missing in the Desert Author: Dana Mentink On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Missing in the Desert

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspy suspense

Release date: July 27, 2021

Five years ago, her sister disappeared…
Now someone is coming for her.

Who would believe that Mara Castillo’s sister—missing and presumed dead—suddenly sent a one-word text? Now Mara wants answers, even if it means stepping into a killer’s sights with her brother’s best friend, rancher Levi Duke, as her only protection. But with someone who has everything to lose after her, uncovering a long-buried secret could save her life…or claim it.


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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 nationa and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty 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

Hello, readers! Boy am I excited! Since the virus-that-not-shall-be-named is being brought under control, I am cautiously venturing out again and our first vacation spot will be a return to Death Valley. Papa Bear and I love the amazing diversity of Death Valley, from the salt flats, to the sand dunes, mountains, and everything in between. Writing this book allowed me to relive the incredible topography, as well as let my mind run loose imagining a cold case that warms up to fiery levels in this ferocious climate. Part of this story revolves around “Camp Town Days” which was inspired by the Encampment Days, an event held in November by a volunteer group called the Death Valley 49ers that aims to capture the pioneer spirit with their wagon rides, parade, poetry readings, a vendor show, and historical talks. I hope you can feel the desert wind in your face and hear the distant howl of the coyote as you dive into the second book in the Death Valley Justice series.

My Thoughts

 Missing in the Desert 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 2 in the Desert Justice series. I have read book 1, 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. 

In this book we see a sister who has been missing for several years. The sister is presumed dead.  Mara receives a one word text calling her a nickname that only Mara would have known. What does this  mean? Mara and her brother Seth are on their way out to a ranch that Seth and his best friend Levi have invested heavily in. On their way there, someone has their sites set on hurting Mara and Seth. They are shot at which causes them to crash. Mara feels like it is all connected to the disappearance of their sister. Especially when the suspect keeps trying to come back and eliminate both Mara and Seth. 

Levi feels bad that they are attacked. He also feels bad when their parents tell Levi that they did not agree with their son and their business adventure. They did not want him partnering with Levi. They make it known that they want all of his investment back. Levi wants to find out who is responsible. Levi and Mara team up to try and bring profits to the ranch, along with figure out who is trying to silence and sabotage them. 

Now with this author, she will take you on many twists and turns. So pay attention. This book will take you on a wild action packed ride. She always writes her scenery that you feel that you are there. If you are not a part of her Facebook group, you need to be. Dana is very reader friendly and always posts such fun videos and contests. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 28

Remembrancy, July 29

Inklings and notions, July 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 30

For the Love of Literature, July 30

deb’s Book Review, July 31

Through the Fire Blogs, July 31

She Lives To Read, August 1

Batya’s Bits, August 1

For Him and My Family, August 1

Pause for Tales, August 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 2

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 3

Genesis 5020, August 3

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 4

Bigreadersite, August 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 5

Blossoms and Blessings, August 5

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 6

Reviewingbooksplusmore, August 6

Older & Smarter?, August 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 7

Labor Not in Vain , August 7

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 8 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, August 8

Life, Love, Writing, August 8

Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Betti Mace, August 9

Daysong Reflections, August 10

Splashes of Joy , August 10

Blogging With Carol, August 10


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

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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