Blog Tour – Deep Extraction

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An FBI Task Force Novel, Book 2


DiAnn Mills

Genre: Contemporary / Mystery / Christian

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Date of Publication: April 4, 2017

Number of Pages: 413

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Cover hi res Deep ExtractionA pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional—the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.

Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer—and to each other—the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

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Praise for Deep Extraction

“Combined with intense action and stunning twists, this search for truth keeps readers on the edges of their favorite reading chairs.”  Romantic Times

“Mills many fans will devour” Library Journal

Goodreads readers praise Deep Extraction

“This was truly an amazing, suspenseful read that can be held up as an example of what good Christian suspense should be.”  

“DiAnn Mills’ writing is evocative of an excellent crime show. Sharp and to the point. Just how I imagine law enforcement work, think and talk.”

“Mills’ has captured the rush of adrenaline along with a good romance. Suspense and adventure are the real stars of this book.  Her motto is, “Expect an Adventure,” and she achieves it in this book.”



4 Agencies You Didn’t Know Worked with the FBI

DiAnn Mills

In the research stage of the FBI Task Force series, I needed to understand what Federal agencies and law enforcement associations worked with the FBI. The various agencies have unique expertise, and when united, crimes are solved and people protected. If a crime is not under the jurisdiction of the FBI, they must be invited to assist.

Four agencies that work with the FBI caught me by surprise.

  1. Local health departments.
  2. US Marshals
  3. CIA
  4.  Tribal law enforcement

“The FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement (OPE) builds bridges, creates new partnerships, and strengthens and supports relationships between the FBI and other federal agencies, as well as with state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement; national and international law enforcement associations; and others within the broad public safety, law enforcement, and homeland security communities. The OPE serves as the FBI’s primary liaison for the law enforcement community, representing the perspectives of chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement associations within the FBI.”

The information helped me to create Deadly Encounter. In this story, the FBI was asked to assist Houston’s health department and Police Department to solve a potential domestic terrorism crime.

In the second book, Deep Extraction, the Houston Police Department and the FBI were currently working a crime when a murder occurred. The FBI enlisted the help of a Deputy US Marshal.

In the third book, High Treason . . . actually, I’m not going to give the federal agency who works with the FBI just yet. But it is huge.

The more I write about the FBI and their extensive work, the more I want to know more.


DiAnn Mills headshotDiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at






April 20-May 4, 2017 

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20-Apr Missus Gonzo Review
21-Apr Books in the Garden Guest Post: 4 Agencies You Didn’t Know Worked With the FBI
22-Apr Chapter Break Book Blog Review
23-Apr Texas Book Lover Excerpt: Chapter 1, Part 1
24-Apr StoreyBook Reviews Guest Post: 4 Ways the FBI Assists Other Agencies
25-Apr Forgotten Winds Review
26-Apr Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books Guest Post: 6 Ways the FBI Investigates a Potential Threat
27-Apr Margie’s Must Reads Guest Post: 9 Crimes the FBI Investigates
28-Apr Reading By Moonlight Review
29-Apr My Book Fix Blog Guest Post: 10 Ways to Show Character Growth and Change
30-Apr A Novel Reality Promo
1-May Books and Broomsticks Review
2-May The Page Unbound Guest Post: 10 Ways to Show You’re a Strong Woman
3-May Momma On The Rocks Excerpt: Chapter 1, Part 2
4-May Syd Savvy Review


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Blog Tour and Review – The Grave Tender

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Eliza Maxwell

Genre: Women’s Fiction / Psychological Suspense

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of Publication: April 11, 2017

Number of Pages: 248

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Review – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Seeing all the hype around this series made me wary. I’m the type of person turned off, or turned cynical, by hype. But I wanted to give it a try. The only way this book was available to me was audio, so that’s how I read it. Continue reading “Review – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab”

Blog Tour & Review – Almost a Minyan

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Genre: Picture Book / Jewish Traditions

Publisher: Sociosights Press

Date of Publication: April 5, 2017

Number of Pages: 40

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Will she be the one to take Grandfather’s place? 

According to Jewish tradition, a quorum of ten adults is required for public worship. Almost a Minyan traces the story of a young girl whose father and grandfather are regular participants in the town’s minyan – until her beloved Zayde passes on.

Without him, it is even harder for her father to find enough people to make a minyan. Then one day, he brings Zayde’s tefillin to his eldest daughter. A striking new addition to the diverse books movement, Almost a Minyan shares important Hebrew terms and religious concepts through a compelling and beautifully illustrated story for children.


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 “A warmhearted introduction to coming-of-age in a worship community.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A story of inclusion, belonging and equality. I loved the modern, egalitarian, and traditional values shared in this meaningful story. This is a wonderful modern story for our children and grandchildren!”

Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

Congregation Shir Shalom, CT

Founder of the Women Cantors’ Network


“A delightful read for girls and boys alike, this poetic family tale brings a wonderful sentimentality to daily Jewish prayers. Moreover, the beauty of the illustrations contributes additional warmth to this snapshot of Jewish life. A nice addition for all libraries and all ages.”

Rabbi Jimmy Kessler, DHL, DD

Congregation B’nai Israel, Galveston


Almost a Minyan is a beautifully told and illustrated children’s book.

As an adult without much knowledge of Judaism or its practices, I still found the terms to make sense within the context, and there was a wonderful glossary at the back of the book that affirmed the meaning of many of the words.

I think the character’s desire to be an active part of her community, her love of her family, her concern for her father, and her nervousness at doing things right are mostly universal, and translate to people of all backgrounds, making it enjoyable to anyone.

I liked how the illustrations were themed. Watching the same scene as the main character is an onlooker to watching that scene where she is a part of it is a fun comparison.

Thank you to Sociosights press for the free review copy (this does not affect my review).


author pic KlineLori Sales Kline heralds from Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, PA, which hosts a wonderfully rich Jewish community that fueled her love for Jewish tradition, ritual and practice at home and at, “the shul.”  Following her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas in Austin, Lori chose to make Austin her home, largely due to the spiritual connection she felt in the close-knit Austin Jewish community.  In her spare time, Lori enjoys camping, celebrating Judaism with her husband and son, and friends. She previously authored the children’s picture book,  Josiah’s Dreams.




Susan Simon’s illustrations feature expressive children, humor, sweetness, and imaginative whimsy. She has illustrated seventeen children’s books. Susan lives in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, with the saguaro cactuses, the coyotes, the Catalina mountains, and her husband, D.B., a music theory professor at the University of Arizona.

As a very young child, Susan both learned from and fell in love with the goodness and beauty readable in some children’s book illustrations. Without having words for it, she understood very young the power of a picture to inform deeply. When she’s not trying to give her all to share with children that kind of quality in her own work, she enjoys walking her two beloved rescued mutts – Oatcake and Peach – riding her giant green bicycle, and playing her growly old accordion.

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One Signed Copy of Almost A Minyan

March 24-April 7, 2017

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3/24 Illustration Preview 1 CGB Blog Tours
3/25 Review Hall Ways Blog
3/26 Author Interview 1 My Book Fix Blog
3/27 Review Momma On The Rocks
3/28 Guest Post Texas Book Lover
3/29 Promo Missus Gonzo
3/30 Review Syd Savvy
3/31 Illustration Preview 2 Reading By Moonlight
4/1 Review The Page Unbound
4/2 Author Interview 2 Margie’s Must Reads
4/3 Review Books and Broomsticks
4/4 Excerpt Forgotten Winds
4/5 Illustration Preview 3 Chapter Break Book Blog
4/6 Review Books in the Garden
4/7 Author Interview 3 StoreyBook Reviews


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Stacking the Shelves – April 2

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the March edition. (Titles are links to Goodreads)


Up for Grabs by Heather Young-Nichols

Next August by Kelly More

Saffron by Cindy Caldwell

Stolen Chaos by A.C. Nicholls

Pearl by Dierdre Riordan Hall

Hector by Elizabeth Reyes [Review]

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie


A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (Again)

New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

A Darker Shade of Magic (audiobook) by Victoria Schwab (Again)

Idol by Kristen Callihan


The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell

Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet

Almost a Minyan by Lori Kline

#RockMyTBR 2017 March Recap


#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.

So how did I do in the month of March?

Altogether I read nine books in March, and ONE of them were for #RockMyTBR.

Second Position by Katherine Locke

Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? How are you doing?

Review – She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

I have actually had the privilege of reading and editing the next two books in the Sheridan Hall series for BookFish Books, but She Laughs in Pink is the first installment and I’ve just now gotten around to reading it.

(I may be procrastinating reading my actual TBR by reading a bunch of [unlisted] romances instead…)

30208416Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.

Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate. (Goodreads)

I give She Laughs in Pink 4.5 stars!

Even having read the next two books before this one, this book is as much about the journey as it is the destination! Yeah, I knew about who would end up where and with who, and even knew the *big* thing that would happen going in, but this book was STILL amazing.

I think Jess does a wonderful job of conflicting her characters. She’s found that New Adult space where the characters are having to grow past the comfort/stability of their teen years while exploring the freedom and emotions of college and life beyond.

I love how, although She Laughs in Pink is romance and a large part of the story revolves around it, there are other things going on too. Romance isn’t lived in a bubble, and I love that life keeps interfering and going on while Juliet and Chase try to figure their stuff out (both separately and together).

I also probably cried a lot in the last half of this book (which, if you know me, is totally a good thing for the book).

I’d recommend for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, especially with college-aged characters.

This Week’s Five!!!


Yikes! It has been a while! Anyways, here are five recent things that have brought a smile to my face or that I’ve found interesting.

  1. How could I not start this off with MY PLANTS? It is springtime, pretty much (although I missed winter, somehow….*side-eyes Texas weather*). So my garden is started, and of course it’s a continual work in progress. While I plan on blogging more about it soon, the best place to find quick updates is my Instagram.
  3. I’ve been playing the Fire Emblem Heroes app. While it’s definitely limited in relation to the actual games, it’s a somewhat-fun way to pass a little time on my phone.
  4. I’ve been trying to pick up on my writing again. It’s going alright so far. I’m experimenting with this particular project in which I just write, no planning and no plotting, because I seem to get stuck there and never actually move on. So I’m pantsing it.
  5. I’ve been enjoying listening to music lately. Sometimes I go through long stretches of time where I don’t listen to anything at all, but I’ve really been enjoying my headphones lately 😉

So, what are some things that have brought a smile to your face lately?