Friday, October 28, 2016

Let's find out about you, dear reader! A little fun and a giveaway!

More Information about Dana's newest release

Well hello, suspense lovers! Dana Mentink here and I'd like to share a bit about my latest release, Abducted. I thought it would be cool to do a kind of 'reader survey' format so we can find out more about your experiences, too. In order to make it extra fun, I'm giving away a print copy (U.S. only) or a digital copy of Abducted. Post a comment to be entered! Ready? Here goes.

1.  Abducted takes place largely on a fictional island set here in California's Channel Islands. Have you ever visited an island? Which one?

2. Heroine and missionary nurse Sarah Gallagher speaks both Spanish and English. Do you speak more than one language?

3. Hero Dominic Jett is disillusioned since the loss of his Navy career. He works as a dive master on a boat in Tijuana. Have you ever been scuba diving or snorkeling? Did you enjoy the experience?

4.  Abducted is the third book in the Pacific Coast Investigation series featuring the four Gallagher sisters. So you prefer to read series books or standalones?

5.  Sarah has three sisters with whom she is very close. Do you have a sibling you are very close to?

Thanks for sharing a little about your life! Here's a link if you want to subscribe my You Tube channel where I talk a bit about my books and do a monthly prize giveaway. Thanks for hanging out with me today!

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  1. I have visited a lot of islands along The Great Barrier Reef.

    I only speak English.

    I tried snorkeling once. I couldn't get the hang of it and swallowed too much water to make it fun.

    I like both series & stand alone reads.

    I have 5 sisters and a brother. I would have to say we would all be close.


  2. I have visited Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands
    English and French
    Never been diving but I would love to some day.
    I like series the best but also enjoy a good standalone mixed in.
    Two brothers but we're not neither very close nor estranged. We are comfortably connected.

  3. I've never been to an island.
    I only speak English.
    I've never been scuba diving or snorkeling.
    I enjoy both series & stand alone books.
    I'm fairly close with my 3 remaining siblings.
    Thanks for sharing with us! rw620 AT aol DOT com

    1. I'm not much of a scuba/snorkeler either. I like solid ground!

  4. 1. Never been to an island.
    2. Only speak english.
    3. Never been snorkeling or scuba diving.
    4. I enjoy both.
    5. My only sibling died in 2011.

  5. When I was a kid my parents had a small boat and we would go to Georges Island off the coast of Massachusetts. I took spanish in high school and was pretty good at it but after so many years I can only speak english. I was never the adventure type so snorkling was out of the question. I love books no matter stand alone or series. I have 7 siblings and since mom passed away in 91 we all sort off gone our own way. Mom was the glue to keep us together.
    Thanks for this chance

    1. Moms are so often the glue, aren't they? The Georges Island sounds lovely.

  6. 1....Dominican republic
    3 ....never
    4....both sister

  7. 1. Unfortunately not, would love to though.
    2. I really only speak English but I know a little sign language from my sister but not enough to carry on a conversation like her. :)
    3. No, again unfortunately I haven't been either but would love to.
    4. I love to read series b/c you get to connect more with the people and usually even in the next ones we get a brief glimpse of them again to know how their life is progressing. Standalone books end to quick when you are just getting to know and love the characters.
    5. I have a brother and we used to be closer but when he got married it changed. When it is just me and him though again, it is just like old times.

  8. I have been to many many islands, but my favorite is probably Victoria Island in Canada.
    I only speak English
    I have not been snorkeling or scuba diving.
    I like both standalone and series. I'm an equal opportunity reader.
    I have one brother and we are fairly close.

  9. I have been to the Hawaiian Islands
    I only speak English
    I have never been snorkeling or scuba diving
    I like both but I especially enjoy series
    I have only one sister left and we are close

  10. 1. I have visited Oahu, Maui, Iceland, the Bahamas, all of the Florida Keys down to Key West and Garden Key where Fort Jefferson is located.
    2. I speak English, French, and Swedish.
    3. I have been snorkeling in the Keys , and taught snorkeling as a Water Safety Instructor. A very interesting time was slowly snorkeling over sharks in a very cold Shark Tank Experience at Walt Disney World.
    4. I like books in a series, and I also like stand-alone books.
    5. The brother I was closest to in age passed away first, but I was closest to my older sister until she passed away. Now my remaining brother and I telephone often, and pray for each other more often.

  11. 1. I have not visited an island before.
    2. I only speak English.
    3. I have been snorkeling or scuba diving.
    4. I like both stand alone and series.
    5. Yes I am close to my middle brother who is only a year and a year older than me.


  12. I've never been to an island.
    I only speak English.
    I've never been scuba diving or snorkeling.
    I enjoy both series & stand alone books.
    I only have one brother and we have become closer since our father died.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. 1. I've been to Oahu and Isle of Skye.
    2. I only speak English
    3. I've not been scuba diving or snokeling
    4. I enjoy both stand alone and series.
    5. I have one sister but we are not real close.

  14. Hey Dana, what a fun giveaway!
    1. I visited Jamaica once on a one day cruise, it was very hot
    2. I speak and understand Spanish, but not quite bilingual
    3. No, never been snorkeling or scuba diving
    4. I prefer a series where each book can be a stand alone, but I like both
    5. I have two younger brothers that I'm close to and I love and appreciate a book series with siblings in the plot (Rachelle McCalla and Dani Pettrey have been my faves so far)

    Thanks again for the giveaway and your You Tube link, have a great weekend!

  15. Hi Dana! Would love to read your new book and the questions are fun!
    1. I live on Long Island and have been to Martha's Vineyard
    2. I speak English but took 2 years of french in high school
    3. I went snorkeling once but didn't care for it. The water was way too cold for me!
    4. I like both series and stand alone books.
    5. I was very close to my younger sister who passed away. Miss her lots!
    Have a blessed day!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. Hello!
    1. I have visited Maui a few times
    2. Nope, unless you count the noises me and my Husband use to communicate first thing in the morning. We are not morning people!
    3. Snorkeling many times, loved it!
    4. I love series, you get to know more about the characters.
    5. I am very close to my older Sister. We have a special connection.

    Thanks, this was fun. Many Blessings, Kristie

  17. 1. Yes, I've visited Bermuda
    2. I'm a nurse 😉 and soak some some Spanish in addition to English
    3. I've been snorkeling in the Bermuda triangle.... Survived, and enjoyed!!
    4. I like to read both series and standalone
    5. I have no siblings sadly. I wish....

    1. Forgot....

      1. Yes, I've visited Bermuda
      2. I'm a nurse 😉 and soak some some Spanish in addition to English
      3. I've been snorkeling in the Bermuda triangle.... Survived, and enjoyed!!
      4. I like to read both series and standalone
      5. I have no siblings sadly. I wish....

    2. Speak not soak... Wish I could correct...

  18. 1. I have visited Galveston and South Padre Island here in Texas.
    2. I don't speak any other languages. Some days I have enough trouble with English.
    3. I went snorkeling in February when I visited my sister in Hawaii. I had a great time.
    4. I like both series and stand alones.
    5. I have 2 younger sisters. We are fairly close.
    You don't need to enter me in the giveaway. I already have it.

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  20. 1. I have been to many islands in the Caribbean, Catalina Island off California, and Mackinac Island in Michigan.

    2. I speak semi-fluent Spanish as well as English.

    3. I haven't done either but would like to try snorkeling even though I am considered a "senior citizen."

    4. Love series.

    5. I do not have a sibling that I am close to but team taught with my BFF for 30 years and we consider ourselves "sisters by choice."

  21. Hi! I am ready:
    1. I have visited James Island, SC
    2. Yes, if I can count sign language.
    3.No, since I am not sure how my ears would take these fun adventures. They can hardly stand plane trips.
    4. I enjoy both, but standalones are easier since it is hard to wait for the next book in the series to be published!
    5. I am kind of close to siblings, for being in all different states.

  22. I've been to several islands - Vancouver Island, BC, Puerto Rico, Hawaii.
    No, I learned German in high school, but have not used it for many years.
    No, thought I might like to try snorkeling.
    I enjoy both, but it is sometimes easier to read standalones, because you don't have to try to figure out the connection between characters if you don't start the series at the beginning.
    Two sisters, not really close -- they are close in age and I'm the big sister.

  23. 1. I spent a summer on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay.
    2. Does Pirate talk count? ;-)
    3. Never....I'm not too crazy about being completely under the water for any length of time.
    4. I like both series and standalones.
    5. My little sister and I were very close as small children...then we grew apart during our teens. Now that we are both wives, moms and grandmothers, we are close again.
    This was fun! And thanks for the giveaway!

    1. I have to tell you that your little dog was quite entertaining in your Youtube video. Very adorable.

    2. Angel Island is lovely...and chilly sometimes! My little doggie is quite the stinker, but she loves to be in videos! Thanks for watching!

  24. I visited Oahu.
    I only speak English,
    Have not snorkeled nor scuba dived.
    I like series and stand alones.
    One sister and not especially close.

  25. No I have not visited a island,I speak English and a little Spanish and dutch,have never scuba dive,love both types of boooks , 1 brother but not close to him. Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

  26. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Dana! And congrats on the new release! To answer question number 4, I enjoy reading series, so long as each book is a story in itself that resolves with that book. I'm not a fan of the series that keep the story ongoing in each installment and don't have resolved endings.

  27. Oh, and my email for the giveaway is jerusha(at)JerushaAgen(dot)com. Thanks!

  28. 1. My favorite islands are Trinidad, Aruba and Costa Rica.

    2. I only speak English.

    3. No to snorkeling.

    4. I love to read both. With series I try to get more than I because I hate to wait for the next one.

    5. I am close to all my sisters. The closest one was my twin.

  29. 1. I have visited England and some of the Canadian islands.
    2. I speak English, French, and Spanish.
    3. Neither snorkeling or scuba diving.
    4. i enjoy both.
    5.I have three sisters, one deceased.

  30. 1. Mackinaw Island
    2. Only English
    3. No
    4. Both
    5. A sister and 2 brothers.

  31. And our winner is...Jerusha Agen! Thanks to all who participated!