21 April 2022

A Strike to the Heart | Excerpt + Giveaway

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She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her.

Wisconsin, 1933―When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm don’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe.

Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle retired marine into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life.

Publisher: Iron Stream Media
Release Date: April 12, 2022



Lily led the way, and no sooner had they settled than Smokey climbed into his lap. She smiled at him over her mug. “They like you too.”

Too? His heart somersaulted, and he glanced at his feet. Pieter had curled up on his shoes. Smokey nosed his head under Miles’ arm, jostling his cup of hot chocolate. He ran his hand over the puppy’s back, and Smokey rested his paws on his chest, stretched his neck, and licked his cheek.

Lily gave a soft chuckle. “I can call them off if they bother you.”

“I don’t mind.” Miles swallowed back his emotions. No, he sure didn’t mind sitting here as if he belonged—as if he’d found a home with her just as the dogs had.

“They trust you.” Lily’s voice was quiet. “They don’t settle this quickly with anybody but Joey. Especially Pieter.”

“And you trust their instincts.” The hot chocolate amplified the cozy feeling taking root in his heart.

“Absolutely. Dogs have an innate ability to read humans, and my two are incredibly protective of me. The fact that they not only accepted you into the house without protest but are treating you as one of their own says all I need to know about you.”


Danielle Grandinetti is author of To Stand in the Breach and a book blogger at DaniellesWritingSpot.com. Her short stories have appeared in several publications and her writing has won the University of Northwestern Distinguished Faith in Writing Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Danielle especially loves quiet mornings served with the perfect cup of tea.


(1) winner will receive a signed paperback of A Strike to the Heart & $10 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 18, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 25, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Anonymous21/4/22 19:14

    Sounds like a great book.

  2. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for "A Strike to the Heart".

    Enjoyed reading the excerpt and can't wait for the opportunity to read the complete story.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. thanks for being part of the tour, Hallie :)

  4. I would love to read this.

  5. The excerpt describes a sweet and cozy scene which I like.