28 April 2023

Safeguarding the Witness | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


A treasure worth killing for…

Unless the bodyguard can protect them.

Kayla Swartz’s return to Snowberry, Montana, has been a living nightmare. She found her estranged father murdered, and unless she retrieves some missing jewels, Kayla and her three-year-old sister could be next. With nowhere else to turn, Kayla entrusts their lives to bodyguard Nicholas Galanis. But is hiding at a remote cabin in the mountains their best chance to survive… or the perfect opportunity for an ambush?

Publisher: Inspirational The Protectors Collection (Love Inspired Suspense)
Release Date: April 25, 2023


Kayla raced outside after Nicolas but couldn’t react quickly enough. The blast caught her off guard, knocking her off the front stoop. She tumbled down the stairs and landed on a patch of brown grass. Her ears rang, and she pressed her hands over them to muffle the sound. She blinked, trying to soothe the sting of tears.

Nicolas! her mind screamed. He’d been close, too close. If he was hurt—or worse… Kayla halted her anxiety-producing theories. She pushed herself back onto her feet. Her vision narrowed in on Nicolas’s large form sprawled on the front lawn. He’d always seemed indestructible to her. Please let him be okay.

The front door swung out, and Detective Reimer sprinted out, barking orders into her cell phone. She skidded to a stop by Kayla. “Are you hurt?”

Kayla shook her head. “No. Nicolas was near the blast.” “Emergency services are on their way.

Stay here.” Detective Reimer left Kayla with firm instructions before heading to Nicolas.

Nicolas would be all right. He had to be. The alternative clawed inside her.


Multiple award-winning author Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with jogging and binge-watching true-crime shows. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she’s enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card & signed copy of Safeguarding the Witness

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 24, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 1, 2023. 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.



  1. thanks for being on the tour, Hallie!

  2. Thanks for the review Love the cover!

  3. This suspense sounds even edgier with the safety of a very young child added to the mix.

  4. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing!

  5. "Warriors of the Heart" book series by Laurie Winter, is one of my favorites.

  6. This sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.