29 November 2022

Strike to the Heart Series | Excerpt + Giveaway

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She came to America to escape a workhouse prison, but will the cost of freedom be too high a price to pay?

1933, Wisconsin – Large animal veterinarian Katy Wells takes her patients’ welfare personally, so it’s no surprise when she stands up to angry farmers planning a milk strike or takes in an injured draft horse to save its life.But after a visitor from the past discovers her location and reveals a threat, she must choose between her work and her freedom, and whether to trust a man to keep her safe.

Publisher: Hearth Spot Press
Release Date: September 13, 2022

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: Hearth Spot Press
Release Date: September 13, 2022

He can procure anything, except his heart’s deepest wish. She might hold the key, if she’s not discovered first.

Chicago, 1933―Lucia Critelli will do anything for her ailing grandfather, including stand in a breadline to have enough food to make him a St. Nicholas Day meal. When she catches the eye of a goon who threatens her grandfather, she discovers the end of Prohibition doesn’t mean the end of the mafia’s criminal activity.

Retired Marine Scout Giosue “Gio” Vella can find anything, especially if it helps a fellow Italian immigrant, so he has no doubt he can locate his neighbor’s granddaughter, who has gone missing from a local church. Keeping her safe is another matter. Especially when he chooses to hide out with his Marine buddy in Eagle, Wisconsin, the site of a barely-held truce among striking dairy farmers.

Will Christmas bring the miracle they all need or will Gio discover there are some things even he can’t find, particularly when he stumbles upon the most elusive gift of all: love.

Publisher: Hearth Spot Press
Release Date: September 13, 2022


“I’ll be just fine.” He gave her a smile that slowed her thoughts and patted the hand he held to his cheek. “As you said, slaps will usually stun someone, but also make them angry so that they grab your wrist. Like this.” Joey moved his hand down her arm until his fingers wrapped around her wrist, making her arm seem frail, thin.

Katy swallowed.

“His focus will be on the point of contact—your right arm. That means, you need to use your left foot.”

“To do what?” Her heart pounded in her head, throwing off her concentration.

“Stomp. Hard.” He winked. “See how when I grab your wrist, I aim to pull you toward me? Instead of letting that get you off balance, use the momentum to stomp harder. Try it.”

“I can’t hurt you.”

“I’ve been stomped on by a cow. You won’t hurt me.”

“That’s not comforting.”

Joey laughed. “Come on, try it. On three, I’ll pull you toward me.”

Katy nodded. On three, he tugged, and she landed her heel on his instep.

Joey hissed. “You’ve got a heel on that boot.”

“I’m sorry!” She jumped back.

“No. That’s good.” He kept a gentle hold on her arm. “You want to cause pain.”

“Not to you.”

“I’ll feel better if I know you can handle yourself. Lil and Amy grew up with brothers, and Lily can shoot a shotgun better than me. I know they can handle themselves. Your turn to learn.”

“I’m not one of your sisters.”

“No, you most definitely are not. So don’t hold back. Please.” He cleared his throat of the emotion lacing his words. “After you stomp, you’ll have bent them over, giving you aim to land an elbow in their nose.”

“I’m not going to—”

“If it’s your life on the line, you will. That’s my point, Katy. Someone determined to harm you needs to be dealt with and not compassionately. Understand?”


Danielle Grandinetti is author of the Strike to the Heart series 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.

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(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of the Strike to the Heart series and a tote bag featuring a dairy cow.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 29, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 6, 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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