15 August 2023

Mountain Abduction Rescue | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


A wildfire threat…

becomes a missing person search.

A serial arsonist is out for revenge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains—and kidnaps park warden Hazel Hoyt’s son and his camping troop. Now Hazel must team up with the man who broke her heart, firefighter Mitchell Booth, to find the missing boys as wildfires blaze around them. But someone has no intention of letting the pair get off the mountain alive…

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: August 22, 2023


A gust of wind rustled the corner of a piece of fabric beside where the dog dug before lifting and twirling it toward them like tumbleweed rolling through an Old Western movie setting. The object caught on a group of weeds inches away from where Hazel stood.

Jackson’s superhero bandana.

“No!” Hazel dropped to her knees and buried her head in her hands.

Mitchell kneeled on one side of her, Bree on the other.

Their unified front to offer support.

Voices buzzed around her in a tunnel-like manner. Loud, but unrecognizable. Her father’s barked command for searchers to dig barely recorded in her brain. My baby is gone. Lord, why? Why? This couldn’t be happening.

She registered a hand resting on her back. Whispered words of comfort on both sides. She willed them away. Willed them not to be true. Her son was not dead. Words caught in her throat. She had to tell them to dig faster—she had to know—but her mind wouldn’t allow her to utter a sentence.

Duke ceased barking.

Smoke assaulted her nose, and she coughed.

Shouts sounded.

Fingers snapped in front of her face. “Hazel! Come out of it.” Her father’s growled words muffled nearby.

Someone grabbed her shoulders, shaking her, yelling at her. “It’s not Jackson!”

The words finally registered.

She shot to her feet as the scene before her came into focus and her ears cleared.

“Pumpkin, it’s a stuffed teddy bear,” her father said. “Not Jackson.”

Her father’s use of her nickname brought her out of the trance that had held her captive for an unknown amount of time. It had felt like an eternity.

Hazel’s hand flew to her mouth and tears of relief stumbled down her face. Thank You, God.

Mitchell brought her into an embrace.


Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at her website where there’s suspense beyond borders.

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(4) winners will win a $25 Amazon egift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight August 14, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 21, 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/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.



  1. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  2. that's such a powerful excerpt, isn't it? Thanks for being on the tour!

  3. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  4. This sounds like a great book!

  5. The synopsis and excerpt have intrigued me and I am looking forward to reading this book and series. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and the book details

  6. How did you decide on the book cover?

  7. Michael Law15/8/23 22:43

    I'm very excited to read this amazing novel.

  8. Great excerpt! Very compelling!

  9. This will be a tense story due to the suspense but also cause this reader's heart to ache for the abducted children.