Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bending Willow Series by Charissa Stastny {Blog Tour Spotlight, Snippet, and Giveaway}

A cast of three very different heroes come together in this suspenseful series—Austan Sandoval (a master of disguise and deception), James Hinton (a naïve missionary out to save the world), and Suvi Goldstein (a desperate girl running from her past)—showing how the transforming power of God holds out hope to all, from those who have lived a charmed life to the vilest of sinners.
Series: Bending Willow Trilogy
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Christian, LDS, Suspense, Contemporary
Publisher: C. Stastny
Publication Date: May 9, 2012
Number of pages: ​298

After swindling millions from a Central American drug cartel, Austan Sandoval stumbles upon the location of the daughter of an Israeli Mossad assassin and determines to recruit her to his team. Meanwhile, James Hinton serves as a missionary in Guatemala and sacrifices all to help others. When Suvi Goldstein tries to escape her past, she’s torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another as she battles darkness to discover the light within herself.​

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Series: Bending Willow Trilogy
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Christian, LDS, Suspense, Contemporary
Publisher: C. Stastny
Publication Date: February 4, 2013
Number of pages: ​306

Suvi feels unworthy of her happily-ever-after, especially when her knight in shining armor becomes the target of evil men due to her past. James believes he has won the heart of the woman he loves, but when sinister secrets are exposed, his love may not survive. Austan stands guard against the Dragon’s wrath, but nurses hope that he can reveal his true identity. When a chance arises to team up with a pair of Israeli Mossad operatives, he may finally be in a position to do what he has ached to do for four long years—reunite with Suvi and rekindle their love.

Series: Bending Willow Trilogy
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Christian, LDS, Suspense, Contemporary
Publisher: C. Stastny
Publication Date: January 26, 2015
Number of pages: ​304​

- In the series finale, love, loss, and forgiveness weave a tapestry that will touch hearts as James, Suvi, and Austan are tried by separation, death, grief and revenge as dark dragons from the past cause hell to erupt. As they struggle to survive, they will discover that when all seems lost, the only hope comes from unseen Hands of Mercy.​

​ Charissa Stastny hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled the handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. After writing the creative tale of The Creature from McGool in 4th grade, she has envisioned herself an author, and continued in shame to pen some cheesy romance scenes as a teenager. Thankfully, she has matured somewhat and tries hard not to spread too much cheese around in her writing now. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education and enjoys writing, reading, hiking and biking. She resides in Idaho’s Treasure Valley with her husband and children, where card shuffling isn’t required. Whew!

Book 1: Eyes of Light Snippet

​“Hey, get off my rock.”

Suvi jumped as Austan’s teasing voice startled her from her musing. She straightened and watched his agile figure approach, dribbling a soccer ball at his feet. He wore a wide grin and his brown eyes laughed at her.  Shaking her head, she muttered, “You scared me, you idiot.”

He hopped onto the rock and took her hand. “Ah, you must love me. You didn’t call me a swear word.”

She stifled a smile. “I wish you would stop sneaking up on me. I’m beginning to regret ever telling you about this place.” She looked in the direction of the house, hidden by giant hemlocks and maples. “No one saw you, did they?”

“Of course not. I let myself in the back gate. Your uncle should keep it locked.” He waggled an eyebrow. “You never know what shady elements might sneak in unawares.” A thrill pulsed through her as he pecked her cheek and snatched the tattered copy of Les Miserables off her lap. “Seriously? You’re reading this relic again?”

She tried to retrieve her precious book, but he held it out of reach.  “I like it,” she said, sticking her tongue out at him.

Austan rifled through a few pages. “What kind of nerd are you? You have the whole book outlined in red like you’re going to be quizzed on it.”

Once more, she tried to grab the book from him, but he dodged her and read an underlined passage in a high mocking tone.  “One can no more prevent the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. In the case of the sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty, it is called remorse. God upheaves the soul as well as the ocean.”

“Give it back.”

“There are other books, you know?”

She folded her arms. “Yes, I know. I’ve read way more of them than you have.”

His heavy lidded brown eyes seemed to caress her. She couldn’t hold back a grin as he leaned back and took her hand again. “You probably have. You’re quite nerdy that way.”

“I’m not nerdy.”

“Anyone who reads as much as you and gets perfect scores on their AP Calculus test their junior year is as nerdy as they come, babe. All you need are some taped up glasses and a pen hanging out your pocket and you could be poster queen for Nerds R Us.” He winked. “I know I’d pin you on my wall.” 

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