Friday, May 15, 2020

Let’s Talk About First Books In Series. . . And How About A Giveaway!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you are all doing well.

A few weeks ago, we talked about the things we loved about book series. I think most of us can agree, when the series is good, you don’t want it to ever end.

So today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite series. 

Let’s start off with one of my favorite authors – Susan Sleeman.

Dead Ringer:  is book one of the Truth Seekers series. There are books in the series so far.

She was hiding from her past…

When a local woman goes missing and Sheriff Blake Jenkins delivers her blood sample to DNA expert Emory Steele for analysis, Blake discovers Emory is a dead ringer for the missing woman. Blake’s gut says the woman is related to Emory. But Emory rejects the notion, requiring a DNA test before she’ll concede that she does indeed have a twin sister she never knew about.
Now she’ll do anything to see it come to light.

Emory joins Blake in a search for her missing sister, but when an attempt is made to abduct Emory as well, they begin to think the abduction is related to Emory’s birth parents. Blake vows to keep her under his watch until they discover what this maniac is looking for and bring him to justice. But Emory balks at him wanting to keep her under constant surveillance as she’s struggling to come to grips with a former brutal attack, and she wants nothing to do with a man who might want to get close to her. When it becomes clear that Blake is the only one who can keep her safe, will she let him get close enough to do so?

Another favorite author and a super nice person, Susan May Warren. Here Montana Marshalls series is phenomenal.

KNOX is book one of this Inspirational Romantic Suspense Family Series

His voice threaded through her, as if it might be made of rawhide, designed not to break, to weather time and elements, as sturdy as the land he probably worked. Because yes, he wore cowboy like a second skin, the no-nonsense aura of hard work and get ’er done.

“Do I need to go back there and put some hurt on anyone?”

He wasn’t smiling, and she couldn’t tell if he was serious—maybe. Which sort of unrooted her for a moment. Um…

A woman in danger. A man who can't help but save her. But, at what cost?

I had the pleasure of working with Alana Terry on Summer of Suspense. She is a talented author and a super nice person.

Alana’s Identity Theft is book one of An Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense series
She can never go back. But the past is about to find her …

Will she recover everything she lost before the vast expanse of Alaska swallows her whole?
If you like faith-based suspense, heart-stopping action, and breathtaking wilderness, then you’ll love this adrenaline rush from bestselling Christian novelist Alana Terry.

This next author is new to me, but I’m loving her.

Convenient Lies, book one of the Nutfield Saga Book is by author Robin Patchen – This book is free on Kindle right now! What a great way to try a new author. 

She married her enemy…

When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire to gather enough money to disappear forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.

He never quit loving her.

Rae’s first love, Brady Thomas, discovers she’s home and in trouble. She won't tell him what's going on, but he's a detective. He'll figure it out. He’s going to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.

Her enemy nears.

Rae would love nothing more than to fall into Brady's arms, to allow him to protect her and her son, but getting involved with him will only put Brady on harm’s way. When Rae's husband closes in, she has to decide what—and whom—she’ll sacrifice to save her son. 

I’m a huge fan of Cara Putman’s. I love her books!

Beyond Justice is book one of the Hidden Justice series

Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden's currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?

The list goes on. I have so many favorites, including our own Nancy Mehl’s Mind Games, book one of the Kaely Quinn Profiler series.

Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.

I’d love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite series?

Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win one of these ebooks. I’ll announce the winner next Friday.

Until then, blessings always.
Mary Alford


  1. I loved the Hidden Justice series. Now I have more books I want to read. Haha

  2. Yes, I love Cara's work and I know what you mean about too many books. My Kindle is overflowing.

  3. There are so many great ones, I couldn't choose my favorite. They are all my favorite lol!

  4. I will say that Truth Seekers and The Montana Marshalls are 2 of my favorites!!!

  5. I have either read all of them or have them on Kindle except for Susan Sleeman’s. Such great books to start out wonderful series.

  6. Just finished Standoff by Patricia Bradley. It’s book one of the Natchez Trace series. I’m looking so forward to the next one. Now I’m reading Dark Water by Christy Barritt. Looks like there’s going to be more after this one featuring each one of the security team.

  7. I'm looking forward to reading both of those.

  8. I love the truth seekers series! Would love to own one! Thanks for a chance. paralegal7(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. This is a great list of books. I am excited about them all.

  10. I love Susan May Warren and Robin Patchen series from the above! Haven’t read other books yet. I fell in love with suspense after reading O’Malleys series by Dee Henderson.


  11. I have enjoyed reading books by all of the authors you have featured! I love Dee Henderson's books; my favorite of hers is: "Full Disclosure" Thanks for an opportunity to win one of the books! Badawson16 at aol dot com

  12. This book sounds like a great read. Would love to read and review paperback book. Book looks intriguing.
    Hope I Win.

  13. Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I've really enjoyed Kaely Quinn Profiler.

  14. The Hidden Justice series is AH-MAZ-ING!


  15. Kaely Quinn, The American Patriot Series, The Hidden Justice Series, to name a few.

    1. I haven't read the American Patriot Series. I will check it out.

  16. All of these look wonderful. I've never read any of Cara Putman or Alana Terry's books. I need to pick those up.

    1. They are great books, Donna. You will love it.

  17. Love Cara Putman's books and Mary Alford books for mystery and love Shannon Taylor Vannatter's Rodeo series

  18. There are SO MANY great authors and books in this list!

    1. And that's the tip of the iceberg. So many good authors out there.

  19. These are great authors! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. Time to announce the winner! And that is. . .Donna D. Donna, I'm emailing you. Thank you everyone for joining the fun!