Thursday, May 23, 2013

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

Book One of Port Aster Secrets

Kate knows the truth is out there—but if she’s right, that means a killer is out there too.

Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor’s death wasn’t suicide or a careless accident—and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom’s just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend’s death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate herself may have something to hide.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?


     Two blocks from the police station, Kate parked her car curbside. Her stomach was more scrambled than her morning eggs, and her hands hadn’t stopped trembling since she marched out of Parker’s office, vowing to find Daisy’s killer.
     Was she nuts?
     What did she know about tracking down a murderer?
     She could end up his next victim.
     Her gaze darted from window to window. Okay, Kate, get a grip. No one besides a roomful of cops even knows you’re looking. She pocketed her keys and stepped out of the car. A short walk might help her calm down and figure out what to do next.
     Bright splotches of sunlight dappled the tree-lined street, but the scene felt wrong—as if even the sky had failed her. The weather should be cloudy, miserable, like she felt.
     How could Detective Parker insinuate Daisy killed herself on purpose?
     He’d acted so concerned with those soft eyes and mellow tones, and then boom, he delivered that “people are rarely what they seem” line. Well, she’d show him. Daisy was an open book—and more than that, a woman full of life and zest. She never would have killed herself.
     And Kate would prove it.

About The Author

Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, and Revell Publishing. She lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband of more than twenty-five years, and writes full time…when not doting on their first grandchild.  You can learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at or connect at

Purchase Deadly Devotion at:

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Sandra Orchard is giving away a copy of Deadly DevotionTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: This giveaway is for U.S. and Canada addresses only.


Sharon A. Lavy said...

Thank you Sandra, for sharing your book with our readers here at the Barn Door Book Loft.

Sandra Orchard said...

Thanks for having me, Sharon!

cjajsmommy said...

Sandra, your book sounds like edge-of-your-seat reading. Please enter my name in the giveaway. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Rick Estep said...

I love some good suspense. Thanks for the review and a chance to win a copy.

librarybooks at religious dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

I love Sandra's writing...she hooks me from the get-go! Can't wait to read Deadly Devotion!

Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book to give to my Church Library.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Carolyn said...

Sandra is a new Author to me.
I'd like a chance to read her book.
Carolyn J.

Amber Perry said...

Sandra is fabulous--a great writer and a great mentor! No need to enter me in the drawing as I have a copy (can't wait to finish it!!!). This book is sure to be a winner!! God bless!

Cheri Swalwell said...

I would love a chance to read this book. I haven't had the privilege of reading anything from Sandra Orchard yet. Sounds like a great book!

in Him,

Cheri :)

Faith F. said...

I would love to win this one! :-)
Faith mickeydog(AT)myfairpoint(DOT)net

Boos Mum said...

This book sounds and looks really good. Please enter me thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Sara White said...
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Margaret Daley said...

I love this book and Sandra's writing.

Sara White said...

This book looks really good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. My email is

Kara said...

This book sounds sooo good, thanks for the chance to win it!!

Cindi A said...

I'd love a chance to win Sandra's book. Looks like a good one.


Susan Grondin said...

I love Sandra Orchard's stories. Can't wait to read this one. It would be nice to win a copy for my keeper shelf. Thanks for the opportunity :) Visit my blog: BTW, my email:

Stacey said...

I recently discovered Sandra and I live her books. Winning would be a great treat. Thanks for the chance!

Sandra Orchard said...

Wow, it's been fun reading all your comments...going to make my head swell. :)

Stacey, love that you "live" my books. -grin- in dangerous trouble on the loose with a hunky FBI agent!

ann said...

Sounds like a great and thrilling book . Cant wait to read it. thanks for the chance to win Sandras book

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds like it would keep me turning the pages until I was finished. Cynde M

Merry said...

Deadly Devotion sounds great, I love Sandra's books. Thanks for a chance to win it!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Barbara Thompson said...

The book sounds intriguing and so interesting. Would love to win and read your book. Please enter me in your contest!
Thank you,
Barbara Thompson

stacey said...

Ha ha ha Sandra! I LOVE your books. Made a typo in my excitement to enter. Maybe I can "live" them if they cast me in the movie version. Can't you see me, co-staring with a hunky FBI guy?
You gotta sell those movie rights and let me live the dream!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

KayM said...

What a dilemma! this sounds like a good story. thank you for offering a chance to win a copy.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Another to keep you on the edge of your seat. Love'em. Thanks Sharon and Sandra. I would love to win Sandra's book. Gotta find out what happens next.
MAXIEE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I have read all of Sandra's books and loved them! She is a fantastic writer, and I cannot put her books down until I finish them! Thanks for the chance to read this one!
Jackie Smith


Jo said...

I would love to win this book. Just read the exceprt and it really sounds good and has my attention. Thanks for the opportunity!


Cindi Coleman said...

I love Sandra's work. I would LOVE to win her book. She writes some awesome books! My email address is

Sandra Orchard said...

Thanks so much for all the comments. You've made this a true contest! rights sound like a blast...if you're the heroine, who's the hero? I seem to picture all of mine as Mark Wahlberg :)

Joy Hannabass said...

Thank you for this wonderful post! And this book sounds like a wonderful read! Would love to win it!

Pam K. said...

This excerpt left me wanting to read more of Deadly Devotion. Thanks for the chance to win this book.


Lisa Medeiros said...

Would love to win and read this book! She is a new author to me but sounds like a great book! :)

Susan said...

Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win. elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sandra Orchard said...

Oh, wow, I'm not sure how many caught my comment above about how I seem to picture all my heroes as Mark Wahlberg...but a reader just pointed out to me that my Kate thinks Tom looks like Hugh Jackman! How could I have forgotten that?!

Jorie said...

Good evening, I am a new reader to The Barn Door, and I am quite thankful that I stopped by! I am forgetting which blog led me here, as I regularly read Relz Reviews, Ms. Dooley's blog, and various author blogs,... so somewhere in my rounds I came across this one!

I *love!* the fact that this is a bookaway for a 'first' book in a series, as sometimes I am coming up on a book or author for the first time whilst a series is already in progress!

I like the premise for this novel on two fronts: one it involves natural medicine AND two, it's a proper suspense novel whereupon the reader is not as sure of the impending conclusion as the principal lead! :) Love psychological suspense thrillers!

I always intend to read more Canadian fiction, and I think this is one author that I am going to keep an eye on! The cover art carries you inside the intrigue and I am thankful for a chance to win!


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