Are you familiar with author Danielle Grandinetti’s wonderful series set in early-Depression Wisconsin? (With a taste of Chicago.) It’s a fascinating era. And what a story Grandinetti weaves over the course of the books–involving a female veterinarian, strikes involving dairy farmers, snipers, dog whisperers, granddaughters–and even the Mafia! What a series–with characters that will capture your heart. Oh–and some clean romantic elements as well! Here’s more about the books, plus a giveaway & snippets from the books so you can see for yourself Grandinetti’s talent with a pen.
Welcome to the Blog Blitz for the Strike to the Heart series by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Title: To Stand in the Breach Series: Strike to the Heart Author: Danielle Grandinetti Publisher: Hearth Spot Press Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian
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. To Stand in the Breach is the prequel novella to A Strike to the Heart, releasing April 2022.
Title: A Strike to the Heart Series: Strike to the Heart Author: Danielle Grandinetti Publisher: Hearth Spot Press Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian 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.
Title: As Silent as the Night Series: Strike to the Heart Author: Danielle Grandinetti Publisher: Hearth Spot Press Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Connect with Danielle by visiting daniellegrandinetti.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.
(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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Here are a few excerpts from the Strike to the Heart series
From To Stand in the Breach
He found her.
Desperately clutching the paper, Dr. Katy Wells slipped into the sheltered area between two of the buildings at the center of the small town of Eagle, Wisconsin. She placed a gloved hand on the worn plank wall of Town Hall and squeezed her eyes shut to block out the words on the letter. Fear’s insidious claws sank into her chest. Fourteen years of running, of staying one step
ahead of her uncle and other men who wished her harm … and she’d finally found security here, in this town, hidden as it was in the middle of the United States.
From A Strike to the Heart
Miles Wright pressed his eye to the A5 telescopic sight attached to his Springfield long-range rifle. Instead of being hunkered down in the trenches of Europe or in the humidity of Central America, as he would be if he’d stayed in the army, he flattened himself against the rough branch of a monstrous pine one hundred yards from the ruins of a stone house lost amid the
forests of northern Wisconsin.
He breathed deeply, the smell of decaying leaves filling his nose even as the action calmed his
heart. Dusk had come, but he could still spot the shadows of his four fellow retired soldiers darting from tree to tree toward the stone structure where Lily Moore’s kidnappers likely stashed her. His team was tasked with a simple rescue and had yet to meet any resistance. Miles’ job was to keep it that way.
From As Silent as the Night (just in time for Christmas!)
The highlight of the evening, however, were the last few songs, which the entire congregation was invited to sing. Lucia’s heart swelled full-to-bursting as she sang, but at the initial stanzas of “Silent Night,” she fell silent. Beside her, almost in a whisper, Gio sang for the first time that night.
Notte silenziosa, notte Santa …
Tears pricked Lucia’s eyes. Not just at the incredible voice she didn’t realize Gio had, but at how holy the moment felt. Around her, people she didn’t know raised their voices together. Young and old. Rich and poor. Farmers and city dwellers. American and Irish and Italian. It mattered not. All of them had one wish for this Christmas season …
… Dormi nella pace divina … to sleep in heavenly peace.
Would her peace return? Would her world right itself? Would she be able to spend Christmas with Nonno? Lucia glanced at the man beside her. Would there be a future for them?
I love Danielle Grandinetti’s characters, and the unique way she tells the stories of Americans in 1933. It’s a series well worth your reading time.