Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kristen Hogrefe Parnell & Hold Your Breath

Posted November 6, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Kristen Hogrefe Parnell, mystery/suspense, romance / 21 Comments

Kristen Hogrefe Parnell guest post

Please join me in welcoming author Kristen Hogrefe Parnell to the blog today to share something she hopes we’ll take away from her new romantic suspense, Hold Your Breath!

Hold Your Breath by Kristen Hogrefe ParnellHOLD YOUR BREATH by Kristen Hogrefe Parnell
Crossroads Suspense #2
GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2023
PAGES: 316

The end justifies the means—or does it?

Serial dater and travel blogger Jayna Scott lands a dream assignment in Bimini, Bahamas at Mario Delgado’s resort. But after she falls hard and fast for her host, she discovers his terrible secret. Her flight instinct sends her to the mountains of North Carolina on a trip with a Tampa church group, but Mario pursues her, determined to prove his actions were justified.

Private investigator Liam Bracken helps his best friend plan a surprise engagement in Beech Mountain to the woman he once liked. Now, the mysterious Jayna, the new addition to their group, tugs at his heart, but his instincts warn him she’s running from something. When Jayna emerges at the epicenter of his agency’s high-profile drug investigation, Liam prays he can save her—and guard his heart at the same time.


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hope and truth in imperfect stories

by Kristen Hogrefe Parnell, author of Hold Your Breath

Have you ever wished your story looked differently than it does?

So many people I know are walking through hard places right now. They never wanted these situations: a miscarriage, a surprise diagnosis, an unplanned expense, an impossible job situation.

Personally, one of my close family members is dealing with a diagnosis for a disease we had never even heard of four months ago.

As so many people have, I find myself asking, “Why?” It’s a valid question, and one our Lord doesn’t mind us asking—because it drives us closer to Him and His own wounds that He endured so you and I could experience the ultimate healing of His redemption (Isaiah 53:5).

When my thoughts start to spiral to “what ifs” that aren’t true, I am reminding myself to dwell in what is true. I have the gift of this time with my family. I have so many good gifts that God has given me, and He still has “good plans” in store for me to anticipate (Jeremiah 29:11).

One aspect of writing fiction I love so much is that I can present that hope and truth in the pages of my stories. In Hold Your Breath, my heroine Jayna very much wants her own “happily ever after,” but when she rushes into an engagement, her dream turns into a nightmare.

Yet all her pain, fear, and problems drive her into the path of private investigator Liam Bracken, a man who sees Jayna not as others see her, but as the Lord sees her: a woman who is broken but who has immeasurable value in God’s eyes.

Jayna’s past—and present—don’t have to define her. There is hope in her future, just as there can be in ours, no matter what we are facing today.

This Thanksgiving season, imperfect as it may be, I pray our lives will be full of thanks and giving, because God has ultimately provided all that we need: “the indescribable gift” of His Son Jesus (2 Corinthians 9:15).

How will you praise God right where you are today?

Kristen Hogrefe Parnell

Kristen Hogrefe Parnell writes suspenseful fiction from a faith perspective for women and young adults. Her own suspense story involved waiting on God into her thirties to meet her husband, and she desires to keep embracing God’s plan for her life when it’s not what she expects. Kristen’s books have won the Selah Award and the Grace Award, among others. An educator at heart, she also teaches English online and enjoys being a podcast guest. Kristen lives in the Tampa, Florida area with her husband and young son. Visit her online at

Hold Your Breath giveaway

Mountain Brook Ink is offering an ebook copy of either Take My Hand or Hold Your Breath (winner’s choice) by Kristen Hogrefe Parnell to one of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Hold Your Breath by Kristen Hogrefe Parnell?

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21 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kristen Hogrefe Parnell & Hold Your Breath

  1. I’m in the mood for a perfect pair of suspense and romance. Plus, this novel sounds like it chews on thoughtful questions (does the end justify the means?) I love these kind of books.

  2. Betty Curran

    The book sounds like a very interesting story. I enjoy reading about things that make me think about my own life and those things in the past that I regret.

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