Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The peeping in my office...



Mama Jay tends to her four hungry babies.

I seem to have a bird theme invading my life lately. Dana Mentink here, and I'm excited to announce that my newest Love Inspired Suspense is out right now. It has got a bit of a bird theme running through it as the protagonist, wounded parole officer Mick Hudson, helps run a sanctuary for raptors. The heroine, Keeley Stevens, is a wildlife avian photographer. Here's the blurb below and a wee little bio.

Secret Refuge http://bitly.com/1LMRj12

HIS CHANCE AT REDEMPTION
Former parole officer Mick Hudson blames himself for the death of Keeley Stevens's sister. If he hadn't paroled a criminal, she might still be alive. When he hears that the suspected killer has been spotted in Keeley's hometown, he worries she might be the next victim. Keeley doesn't want to take help from the man who could have prevented her sister's death, but she has more than herself to worry about. She'll do anything it takes to protect her family. And Mick will risk his life to make sure that the past does not repeat itself.

Wings of Danger: The path to love is treacherous
 
Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and a two time ACFW Carol Award winner. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is honored to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Harvest House Publishers. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

So, since I've got a bird theme going on this two book series, it thrills me that from my seat in the garden where I penned these stories, I have lately been treated to the blessing of watching the kites start their new families. They are loud, big bodied white hawks which can hover (earning them the nickname of 'angel hawk'. In addition, there's a little nest of scrub jays in the tree just over my fence. What a pleasure to see these bird families grow and thrive from the seat in my "outdoor writing room!"

So what little birds are common to your area? What is your favorite bird to watch? Post your comment and I'll pick a winner on Sunday to receive a free copy (print or Kindle) of Secret Refuge and a little bird themed treat!


22 comments:

  1. We often get little willy wagtails flying back and forth under our veranda and perching themselves on our windowsill. Its always cute to watch them dancing outside our window! Tanya (tanya_terpstra@hotmail.com)

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  2. House finches and Lesser Goldfinches are definitely the most common birds seen around my house. The one bird that stands out as my favorite one to spot is the Vermilion Flycatcher. It has a brilliant red color and is very shy, so it's rarely seen. I feel blessed to have observed it. Count me in on the drawing for this bird themed treat. lill dot kohler at gmail dot com

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  3. We have a lot of sea gulls in our area, but there is a crow with white on it's wings that is always catching my eye.

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    1. We recently had to do a crow rescue! Our rescue efforts were not well received by the bird!

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  4. Love your books. Already read Hazard Homecoming and would love to read this one too. I read at least two Love Inspired Suspense books every week. Love them.

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  5. Birds common to my area are bluebirds, robins, cardinals, chickadees and others. These are not all little, but they're commonly spotted in my neighborhood. Although bullies, bluejays are my favorite because they're so beautiful. I love the chickadees because they are very friendly, and I love their little cute birdcall.
    I love your books Dana. Yesterday Bethany House asked what writer started me on Christian Fiction and I said Dana Mentink and Julie Klassen. ( :

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    1. So many lovely birds in your neighborhood! Thank you for your kind words!

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  6. Awe i already have the book and its great, good luck ever one

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    1. I went ahead and entered if i win will give to my daughter, i dont like to give special books away in case i dont get it back lol

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  7. We have Oregon Juncos, White-crowned sparrows, Anna's Hummingbirds, Ruby throated hummingbirds, Varied Thrush, Fox sparrows, Chickadees, Orange crowned warblers, Barn swallows, Purple Martins....I could go on and on!! :-) I love watching birds (so does my cat from the window, lol), they are just fascinating creatures! I have 2 bird books sitting on my shelf that I have check-marked which ones I've seen over the years. I think if I had my choice of professions, it would be to work on a bird of prey rescue/rehab site. My grandma used to bird watch too, so maybe I got my love of birds from her. She had a wonderful big back yard and some feeders where you could observe them with. I guess you could say we were birds of a feather...haha!
    I would love to win a paper copy of "Secret Refuge", thank you for the chance!
    teamob4(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I love Bald Eagles and where I live, I get to see them often!

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  9. i love birds and i love your books so im hoping i win, thank you
    Shirley Blanchard
    jcisforme@aol.com

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  10. Congratulations, Trixi! You're the winner of the book and bird prize! Email me with your address at danamentink@comcast.net and I'll send along your prize!

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  11. Whoooohooooooo.....doing a happy dance here!!!! Thank you so much, I'll email you my addy....can't wait to read this book :-) Redemption stories are my favorite!

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  12. We have wrens, morning dove, a woodpecker, sparrows, robins, blue birds, blue jays and many more. jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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