Series Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Strike to the Heart series by Danielle Grandinetti

Posted December 1, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christmas, Danielle Grandinetti, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, romance / 9 Comments

Strike to the Heart Series JustRead Blog BlitzWelcome to the Blog Blitz for the Strike to the Heart series by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading for an excerpt from each book!

To Stand in the Breach

TO STAND IN THE BREACH by Danielle Grandinetti
SERIES: Strike to the Heart #0.5
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Hearth Spot Press
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2021
PAGES: 150

She came to America to escape a workhouse prison, but will the cost of freedom be too high a price to pay?

1933, Wisconsin – Large animal veterinarian Katy Wells takes her patients’ welfare personally, so it’s no surprise when she stands up to angry farmers planning a milk strike or takes in an injured draft horse to save its life.But after a visitor from the past discovers her location and reveals a threat, she must choose between her work and her freedom, and whether to trust a man to keep her safe.

To Stand in the Breach is the prequel novella to A Strike to the Heart, releasing April 2022.

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He found her.

Desperately clutching the paper, Dr. Katy Wells slipped into the sheltered area between two of the buildings at the center of the small town of Eagle, Wisconsin. She placed a gloved hand on the worn plank wall of Town Hall and squeezed her eyes shut to block out the words on the letter. Fear’s insidious claws sank into her chest. Fourteen years of running, of staying one step ahead of her uncle and other men who wished her harm … and she’d finally found security here, in this town, hidden as it was in the middle of the United States.

Until today.

Strike to the Heart

A STRIKE TO THE HEART by Danielle Grandinetti
SERIES: Strike to the Heart #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Hearth Spot Press
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2022
PAGES: 271

She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her.

Wisconsin, 1933―When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm don’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe.

Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle retired marine into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life.

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Pieter gave a sharp bark and trotted to the picture window. Smokey raised his floppy ears from his spot curled at Miles’s side. Miles’s senses went on alert, but Lily offered an innocuous explanation.

“It’s their dinnertime.” She gathered the empty mugs. Smokey scrambled to the floor to trot after her.

“May I at least see you to the barn?” Trailing them, Miles shoved his hands in his pockets.

“Because you want my company, or because you’re worried about me going out there in the dark?” Lily gave him a sideways glance before heading into the back room where she shrugged on a coat and slipped her feet into work boots.

Both, but he’d stay away from the personal. “Well, Pieter did seem to hear something. And we never got to discuss why you think you’re the bait.” Miles followed her outside. The dogs brushed past and headed straight for the barn.

Lily stayed beside him, her voice quiet. “It’s just that the lethal danger started when you rescued me.”

The moon that had been so brilliant last night—romantic, even—was now eclipsed by clouds. Darkness covered the fields in an inky blanket. Not even a breeze stirred the corn. The hair on the back of his neck rose—and not because of her observation.

“Come with me.” He grabbed Lily’s hand and hurried her toward the deepest shadows against the barn wall. “You shouldn’t be exposed out here.”


“Just humor me. Call your dogs and stay as quiet as possible while I make sure the barn is secure.” He pulled his Colt from his holster.

She gave a gasp so similar to the fearful one Mrs. St. Thomas had uttered earlier that it went straight to Miles’s heart. Throwing ramifications to the wind, he placed a gentle kiss on her forehead. Added a whispered prayer for her safety. Then disappeared into the barn.

As Silent as the Night

AS SILENT AS THE NIGHT by Danielle Grandinetti
SERIES: Strike to the Heart #1.5
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Hearth Spot Press
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2022
PAGES: 151

He can procure anything, except his heart’s deepest wish. She might hold the key, if she’s not discovered first.

Chicago, 1933―Lucia Critelli will do anything for her ailing grandfather, including stand in a breadline to have enough food to make him a St. Nicholas Day meal. When she catches the eye of a goon who threatens her grandfather, she discovers the end of Prohibition doesn’t mean the end of the mafia’s criminal activity.

Retired Marine Scout Giosue “Gio” Vella can find anything, especially if it helps a fellow Italian immigrant, so he has no doubt he can locate his neighbor’s granddaughter, who has gone missing from a local church. Keeping her safe is another matter. Especially when he chooses to hide out with his Marine buddy in Eagle, Wisconsin, the site of a barely-held truce among striking dairy farmers.

Will Christmas bring the miracle they all need or will Gio discover there are some things even he can’t find, particularly when he stumbles upon the most elusive gift of all: love.

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Lucia tugged on her coat, a threadbare one that had seen too many winters. Gio slid his arm over her shoulder and pulled her close. She didn’t balk; in fact, she seemed to tuck in closer.

Buon compleanno, Lucia. Happy birthday.” He lowered his chin so he could see her, but as he spoke, she raised her face to his, bringing her lips within a hair’s breadth of his.

Her eyes widened, but she didn’t move. A white puff of breath wisped between them. Cold stiffened his extremities, and he flexed his fingers. So many reasons to put space between them, but he had no desire to entertain them. He ran his gaze over Lucia’s olive skin, dipped to her lips, then up to her warm, brown eyes. They searched his own, neither pushing forward nor retreating, letting him decide whether he was done denying the truth to himself.

Si, this woman, she was special to him. He slid his hand down Lucia’s back, drawing her nearer until her lips touched his. Si, si. More special than any other.

Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is author of the Strike to the Heart series and a book blogger at Her short stories have appeared in several publications and her writing has won the University of Northwestern Distinguished Faith in Writing Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Danielle especially loves quiet mornings served with the perfect cup of tea.

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Strike to the Heart JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of the Strike to the Heart series and a tote bag featuring a dairy cow.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 29, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 6, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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