Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A Pig, a Kangaroo and a Handsome Detective--Oh My! by JQ Rose #MFRWHooks


Read on to see if this Book Hook grabs you!

Book Hooks Blog Hop #MFRWHooks
Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Today we're joining the Book Hooks Blog Hop sponsored by the Marketing For Romance Writers Group. Each participating blogger shares an excerpt from their book. Because Valentine's Day is almost here and February is the month of love, I'm sharing an excerpt from Dangerous Sanctuary, a romantic suspense novel.

Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose
Romantic Suspense

"I generally read edgier thrillers but a friend recommended this book, so I gave it a try. It turned out to be a witty, pleasant, and cozy little romantic thriller." Kia Heavey

Abraham the Pig, a star in Dangerous Sanctuary


Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer. 

 Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

 Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?



Christine stood in the parking lot hanging onto the leash of the agitated pig in one hand and the docile kangaroo in the other. Taking her eyes from the ambulance careening out of the parking lot, she turned her attention to the animals and wondered what just happened here.  Her heart caught in her throat when she spotted Cole Stephens speed into the parking lot, barely missing the departing ambulance. What was he doing here?  He pulled up near her and jumped from the car. “I heard the call come through. I was afraid of what I’d discover at this church.” 

His serious expression broke out into a huge smile. “You never know what situation a 9-1-1 call will lead to. This… this is a first for me.” His hearty laughter echoed off the brick walls of the building. He wiped tears of laughter from his eyes with the back of his hand.

Cole’s appearance seemed to shake up the animals. Christine struggled to hang on to them, so the detective grabbed the kangaroo’s harness and tried to calm the frightened animal.  “What are you doing with the Noah’s ark critters?”

 She saw the twinkle in his eyes. Her face cracked into a smile. She had to admit it was an odd situation. She must look like an idiot standing out in the lot hanging onto these two adorable creatures. “Well, in a nutshell. A woman had a cardiac arrest here in the parking lot. As you saw, she’s on her way to the hospital, and well, these are her pets.”

Christine swept her free hand toward the animals.

“Yes, her pets.” Ella nodded and pointed to Katy and Abraham.

“Um, I guess I’m keeping them till, well, until… Let’s just say we didn’t really have time to discuss it. I’m sure you probably have a place to put them, don’t you?”

“Huh-uh, lady. I’m not taking in any animals.” He backed away as if they were wild animals ready to attack. “Anyway, my retriever would probably eat them.” His wink was disarming.


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2nd edition Kindle http://amazon.com/dp/B07SVPS8N1

2nd edition Paperback  http://amazon.com/dp/0228609291

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Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Love it! Any character who has a pig for a pet is someone I'd like to know. Sounds like a great piece, Janet.

Anonymous said...

This snippet raises an obvious question: what the heck do you do with a pig and a kangaroo while waiting to return them to their owner . . . assuming the owner survives, that is. Great setup!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Joylene. So much fun to write that scene.

Natalie Aguirre said...

My daughter loved pigs as a kid so I got to appreciate them too. Sounds like a great story.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Ed. I hope someone will get the book to answer that question!!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Natalie. I learned a lot about pot belly pigs and kangaroos and wallabies while writing this story!!

Computer Tutor said...

Definitely hooked, Janet. Nice job.

Marsha said...

Hey,JQ. Such a delightful excerpt for a really good read. I'll share. :)

Janet Lane Walters said...

Enjoyed this book when I read it

McKenna Dean said...

You hooked me with the title of this post alone! Now I want to know how things turn out!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks. I like "delightful excerpt." Thanks for sharing!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Janet!

J.Q. Rose said...

Hee hee...that's the plan, McKenna. I hope you find out how things turned out. You'll be surprised at the ending, I think, I hope!!!

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