Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Janice Cantore & Cold Aim

Posted July 9, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Janice Cantore, mystery/suspense, romance / 31 Comments

Happy Release Day to Janice Cantore & Cold Aim! I always love reading Janice’s novels & I’m really excited to welcome her back to the blog to chat about her new one 🙂

SERIES: The Line of Duty #3
Inspirational Romantic Suspense

RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2019
PAGES: 384

Police Chief Tess O’Rourke’s small town is still reeling from a devastating fire when the FBI asks for help: Could she shelter a witness in a high-profile human trafficking case? Initially reluctant to put the townspeople of Rogue’s Hollow at risk, Tess is swayed after she sees Pastor Oliver Macpherson’s genuine conviction to rescue those in need, a trait in him she’s coming to love more each day.

Tess’s fledgling faith is tested when crews of workmen from out of town come in to assist with the fire cleanup and she worries that one of these strangers might shine a light on things best kept hidden. Neither she nor Oliver knows that Rogue’s Hollow is already home to a suspect from a twenty-five-year-old murder case . . . and someone is taking cold aim at those Tess is sworn to protect.

When Love Shows Up: How Sacrificial Love Brings Restoration

by Janice Cantore

My book Cold Aim deals with the subject of human trafficking. I knew about the subject when I was in uniform, but now that I’m many years retired, it appears to have grown exponentially rather than having been stamped out. To traffic another person for profit is a vicious crime. Victims of human trafficking are modern-day slaves, used and abused for labor, for sex. The saddest part about the issue is that often the traffickers groom the victim, take the time to make them believe that they really care for them—love them, even. But they offer a fake love. Traffickers are criminals: they prey on the weakness of others with false promises and then exploit and use them. Sometimes the fake love creates a bond so strong, girls who are rescued run back to their abusers. Rescue alone is not enough to break the tie of the lie. The only thing that can destroy the lie, the fake love, is something genuine, something real.

When a shelter for trafficking victims was opened near me, I tried to see if I could help. I learned a lot about the issue, and two facts stuck out for me. First, a lot of young women who are trafficked go with their traffickers willingly. True, they are lied to and deceived, but the underlying problem is they often come from families or situations where they do not feel wanted or loved. If a teenage girl does not feel loved at home and she goes looking, the trafficker is there, waiting to exploit the situation. When the trafficker grooms a girl who feels lost, worthless, and unloved, she can easily fall for his stories and lies. Later she will discover that she was fed lies, but by then it will be too late.

Second, often girls are rescued, only to flee the safe house and go back to their traffickers. Even though they have been taken out of a dangerous and abusive situation, they think they are running back to someone who loves them. I saw this at the shelter. The first few nights the girls were there were crucial. Staff had to watch, listen, and hopefully know what the girls needed to feel safe. The shelter was fenced and secure to keep people from the outside—namely the traffickers—from getting in, but the fence also served to keep the girls in and save them from themselves. Still, the shelter was not a prison, and sometimes girls would flee its safety to go back to the pit. This situation circles back to the first problem: the girls were missing something at home that left them open, easy prey for a predator. When faced with a new situation, and possibly dealing with the issue that left them vulnerable in the first place, they chose to go back to the lie, the fake love.

Thankfully, a lot of the girls stayed and healed. In my observation, the ones with the greatest chance for success, healing, and a normal life were the ones who found a genuine love—a love to destroy the fake love, a love that would sacrifice for them and not demand that they sacrifice or that they allow themselves to be exploited to prove their love. I believe that it’s only the love of Christ that can destroy the fake and truly provide restoration for the girls and boys, women and men who are victims of the vicious crime of trafficking. When Christ’s sacrificial loves shows up, hurts, hearts, and lives are healed, truly and forever.

thank you so much, Janice! I love the tenderness of our Jesus to bind up the brokenhearted and bring beauty from ashes ♥

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. She has penned eleven romantic suspense novels: the Line of Duty series, the Cold Case Justice series, the Pacific Coast Justice series, Critical Pursuit, and Visible Threat. Crisis Shot and Lethal Target are the first two books in the Line of Duty series, which wraps up with Cold Aim (July 2019).

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31 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Janice Cantore & Cold Aim

  1. Elizabeth Litton

    I don’t know much about human trafficking, but the whole breaks my heart. I hope more and more of these girls (and boys) experience the awesomene love of Christ.

  2. Faith o

    I know about human trafficking from living in S.E. Asia. especially Thailand. It is very prevalent there and so sad.

  3. Carolyn Connell Theriot

    This is a new to me author. The subject sounds slightly disturbing, but yet very interesting. I would love to read it.

    • Carrie

      yes, definitely disturbing – as something like this should be! Her books are great 🙂

  4. Amelia

    Human Trafficking breaks my heart. It’s so sad how many people end up being trafficked.

  5. Caryl Kane

    The degree of evil that is in this world is unfathomable. The evil that humans inflict on each other breaks my heart. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  6. Kay Garrett

    I, too, believe that God’s love can overcome all the bad in the world. It only needs to be shown to those in need and accepted, both a process worth the time and effort to save the lost.

    Speaks badly of society that some will take such advantage of other is such a way.

    “Cold Aim” sounds like a very intriguing and though provoking book and one that I would love the opportunity to read.

  7. Trixi

    While I’ve not been a human trafficking situation, I have been in an abusive first marriage. What she says is absolutely true, I often went back to him because I had no other way out or thought this was the best I was going to get. It took the sacrificial love of a good female friend to show me that there is a better way! I eventually got the courage to call my mom who in turn called the rest of the family and they helped me get away with my young daughter. Without that, I don’t know where I would have ended up. I’m happy to say, I’m married to a Godly man who has shown me what true love is and we celebrated 22yrs in April. God used him to heal my heart and I’m so blessed!

    I hate that this kind of thing exists in the world (trafficking & abuse) and I’m glad there are organizations that help in so many ways.

  8. Nancy

    The tragedy of how we use people but cherish things in this world, when it should be the other way around.

  9. Nancy

    The tragedy of how we use people but cherish things in this world, when it should be the other way around…

  10. Amy M.

    Our church sponsored a “pajama party” for a shelter that assists trafficking victims. One of the workers told us that many times the girls are rescued with just the clothes on their back. The first thing they do is give them new pj’s and safe place to sleep. It broke my heart to hear the stories they shared with us.

  11. Rachel Taylor

    It if such a sad thing, human trafficking. I think the worst thing about it is the fake love the girls mistake for genuine love. Genuine love comes from God. This is the love that all of those girls need that nothing else on earth can give them. Christ’s love will never fail (1 Corinthians 13, just read the whole chapter.)

  12. Lisa Stillman

    These 2 sentences touched me: I believe that it’s only the love of Christ that can destroy the fake and truly provide restoration for the girls and boys, women and men who are victims of the vicious crime of trafficking. When Christ’s sacrificial loves shows up, hurts, hearts, and lives are healed, truly and forever.

  13. MJSH

    We have families in our church who are heavily involved in shelters for rescued girls and run an annual 5K with them to raise support. Even in suburban US, there’s a huge need for these safe places and I still have a lot to learn about how to help them.

  14. Valerie S.

    I am moved by Ms. Cantore’s deep desire to help victims of human trafficking and her willingness to do a deep dive to become educated on the subject. Kudos to her.

  15. MS Barb

    writing about human trafficking would be very difficult…Janice’s experiences as a law enforcement officer would give her a background & first hand experiences most of us will not experience…

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