In good company (giveaway, review, and fun photos)

Renee Ann Smith —  April 17, 2011 — 36 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed! Thanks to all who joined in the fun!

I officially began Spring Break on Friday, and boy, have I enjoyed some great reads in just a few days! Since I’m hoping to accomplish my vacation to-do list this week, I figured the easiest blogging would be to put together some quick reviews of my weekend reading while the stories were fresh in my mind.

The first book was an action packed mystery called Judgment Day by Wanda L. Dyson, which features the detective duo of Marcus Crisp and Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne. Marcus is a tall, dark, handsome tough guy who operates from a deep code of honor. He’s controlled, methodical, and as honest as the day is long. Alexandria is a sophisticated, rich girl who has spurned her parents’ world for a life of adventure with Marcus. She’s headstrong, thrives in chaos, and has a habit of nicking the bad guys’ ears to keep them in line.

Marcus and Alexandria are so good together, they’ve earned a place on my list of favorite male/female detective pairings along with other literary and television greats, such as . . .

William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles

Susan St. James and Rock Hudson as MacMillan and Wife

Stephanie Zimblast and Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in Castle

As you can see, they’re in good company!

In this adventure, Marcus and Alexandria work to prove the innocence of his former flame, the cold-hearted news anchor, Suzanne Kidwell, when she is accused of murder. During the twists and turns of the investigation, we meet an array of suspects, from the most important men in the city to mafia types to petty thugs. The lives of the main characters, as well as their loved ones, are periodically endangered. And several characters suffer family tragedies unrelated to the crime. This story is an exciting, fast read with just the right amount of suspense, danger, and heart.

I’m putting Wanda L. Dyson on my list of must-read authors and hoping to grab a few more of her books before my summer break arrives—in eight weeks!

***Thanks to WaterBrook Multonomah for providing a free copy of this book for me to review. To purchase your own copy and check out her other books, follow this link to Wanda’s Amazon Author Page.

Giveaway: Are you up for a vicarious adventure? I’m giving away my copy of Judgment Day to one fortunate follower. All you have to do to be part of this drawing is let me know two things in a comment. 1. That you’re interested in winning the book. 2. How you follow–either through RSS feed, GFC, email, Twitter, Networked Blogs, or Facebook. I’ll fire up the old Random Number Generator to choose the winner and announce him or her on Thursday, April 21st.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

36 responses to In good company (giveaway, review, and fun photos)

  1. This sounds great. I’d love to win. I follower via GFC.

  2. Oooo hahaha you just had to throw a Castle pic in there didn’t you? Love him and love that show!

    *not an entry*

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. I would love to be counted in for this giveaway. Thank you for sharing. I follow you on GFC.

  4. I’m a follower through email, and I put your button on my blog.

  5. I am a email subscriber. I would love to read this book.

  6. I get your emails and I am interested in winning this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I would love to win this. I love reading/watching the crime genre.
    Email subscriber.

  8. I would love to win another book πŸ™‚ and I love following you through GFC and Facebook and NOBH πŸ™‚

  9. have a great spring break rene….and thanks for the chance to read this novel. i’m an email subscriber and follower, too =)

  10. I love a mystery! I remember watching Remington Steele and MacMillan and Wife years ago!
    I’m an e-mail subscriber, GFC follower (Barb), and now a new twitter follower (winterbabe98)!

  11. I’m definitely interested in winning this book! It sounds great! I mainly follow through Facebook. Also – I hope you have a productive, yet relaxing vacation! You deserve it!

  12. i’d luv to win this book πŸ™‚ diehard mystery fan!!
    following by email subscription,GFC and twitter @_InSpirit~
    Thx ReneeAnn

  13. Renee, Thinking of you and praying you have a very blessed spring break! Counting down till summer with you;) Please don’t enter me in the drawing – just wanted to visit and see what you’ve been up to! Happy Easter!

  14. Forgive me for omitting the Ann part! My fingers are flying way ahead of my brain this morning!

    • Don’t worry about the Ann, Laura! I became ‘Renee Ann’ because of my website address and because the sites I initially hung out at had several Renee’s. Folks kept getting me confused with Renee C. and another Renee! I love the photo in your April whimsy post. I’ll be over to visit sometime this week! Blessings!

  15. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance! I loved Remington Steele growing up!

    I follow GFC, Emails and Twitter.

    Mary_Reiss @

  16. Thanks for stopping in, ladies! It’s great to see you all here. I had a fun, productive day and hope the same for all of you πŸ™‚

  17. They reminded you of Nick and Nora? LOVE them! And Castle and Beckett? I LOVE them too! Great review. Happy Spring Break!

  18. I haven’t watched Castle yet, but I hear such great things about that show. Loved Laura and Remington Steele as a kid.

    Some more great duos: David and Maddie from Moonlighting, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Bones and Brennan from Bones.

    Enjoy your spring break Renee Ann. Hope you get lots of writing and reading done. That’s how I’m gonna use mine. πŸ™‚

    • I did enjoy David and Maddie, but I forgot about Scarecrow. I enjoyed that show, too! I’m trying to get lots done, Joy. Same to you!

      • And of course-Elliot and Olivia from Law and Order SVU, Mac and Stella from CSI:NY, Kenzie and Deeks- NCIS:LA……etc……

        (via my daughter the mystery novel – crime show lover who must watch too much TV πŸ™‚

  19. I so love the Thin Man series! Totally relaxing and enjoyable!

  20. I just love action packed mysteries. I follow networked blogs. There is nothing better than a cup of tea and a great book. Have a great Spring Break.

  21. I subscribed to your email and I visit your blog every day to check out the free Kindle downloads and to see what is happening on your blog. And I love couple detectives! Remington Steele was one of my favorite shows and I have all of the DVD’s. I am currently watching the Scarecrow and Mrs. King series. Would love to read Judgment Day, it sounds good!

  22. This was a great book. It was my first Wanda L. Dyson book, too, but I doubt it will be my last!

  23. My daughter is mystery novel lover and also LOVES Castle!

    I / we would love to win the book. I reed your blog via email. Thanks! PS She liked this post…

    • ok… well as a former reed player…. I read your blog via email (and not with a reed in hand or mouth) πŸ™‚

  24. Thanks for coming by, ladies! Those who are interested are entered. And maybe when I pick up another WLD book, it’ll be one you don’t have yet, Quilly!

  25. I would love to win a copy and I’m pretty sure I follow you through all the modes listed. πŸ™‚

  26. I’m glad you joined in, Esther! Great post about your spontaneous outbursts on the blog today πŸ™‚

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