today’s 2nd book: Christmas Forest Ambush
We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 19 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
CHRISTMAS FOREST AMBUSH by Kerry Johnson
GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2023
A young witness targeted—
and danger in the wilderness
When five-year-old Boone Harrington witnesses his father’s murder, he is placed in social worker Lucy Taylor’s care for the holidays. But after someone chases Lucy’s car off the road in Sumter National Forest, she and Boone turn to ranger Noah Holt for protection from a gang of ruthless gun traffickers. Can Noah keep them alive…especially after discovering Boone unknowingly has something these criminals will kill for?
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Noah stretched his arms above his head, then rolled his shoulders. He fought back a yawn. It had to be 2:00 or 3:00 a.m., and the storm system had pummeled the cabin with freezing rain and wind, leaving behind a bitter cold that snuck into the cracks and crevices of the cabin walls.
Would it snow overnight? He’d looked out the window earlier, but the glass was too foggy to see much. Thank the Lord he’d found a raggedy old coat shoved below the box of shoes. Lucy wore it on the cot, and Boone wore Noah’s other jacket like a blanket.
He’d dozed off in the chair in the corner for a couple of hours, but kept waking up. What had Shawn meant, Red Knight not available? Had something happened to Derek? If so, was it tied in with the Harrington murder? And, most importantly, could he trust Shawn Baxter?
On the flip side, why did he think he couldn’t trust his coworker? Shawn hadn’t done anything to warrant Noah’s hesitation. It was just…having a history with someone helped to know who they were. And he didn’t have a long history with Shawn like he did with Derek. Derek had had his back a couple years ago when two poachers tried to say Noah stole from them and damaged their vehicle. And he’d given Noah time off after Willard Tuttle’s murder and his brother, Jasper’s accident. Other than a tendency toward impatience and micromanagement, Derek was a competent and fair boss.
Noah closed his eyes. He should give Shawn the benefit of the doubt in this situation. Once they had a good night’s rest, Noah would lead Lucy and Boone up to the fire watch tower and attempt to rendezvous with Shawn.
A scratching noise came from the front window. His eyes opened. Tree branch rubbing against the glass? No, couldn’t be. There weren’t any trees directly around the cabin. They’d been cut down to make sure storms didn’t blow them onto the structure.
The scratching sounded again, and his muscles tensed. That wasn’t natural. It was man-made.
Chills snaked down his spine.
He stood slowly, glancing back at Lucy and Boone. Their combined soft snoring remained steady. It was dark inside the cabin, so no one could see in. Noah pressed up against the wall, inching toward the right front window. Halfway there, he reached down to retrieve his gun from his pack. He gripped it, waiting with bated breath as an alarming realization took his thoughts hostage.
They’d been found.
The crack of breaking glass sent him to the floor. Gunshots. Lucy cried out as the bullet buried itself in the back cabin wall a foot above her head.
Kerry Johnson has been conversing with fictional characters and devouring books since her childhood in the Connecticut woods. A long-time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she’s a seven-time Genesis Contest finalist and two-time winner. Kerry lives on the sunny, stormy west coast of Florida with her family, a lazy boxer and a tempermental sun conure, and way too many books. She loves long walks, all creatures great and small, and iced chai tea. Connect with Kerry at her website.
Kerry Johnson is offering a print copy of Christmas Forest Ambush plus some surprise Christmas goodies to one of my readers! (US only. 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read Christmas Forest Ambush by Kerry Johnson?