Check out the Bending Willow Trilogy by Charissa Stastny (Blog Tour Excerpt & Review)

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Welcome to my tour stop for the Bending Willow Trilogy!
I hope you enjoy the excerpt and enter the giveaway, if you're interested, below...

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Bending Willow Trilogy
by Charissa Stastny
LDS, Christian Romantic Suspense

Summary

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.

 
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Excerpt from Hands of Mercy (Book Three)

Steel scraped concrete as the door to the holding cell opened. Fresh air entered with the guards, but surrendered to the suffocating scent of sewage.

“Muévete cerdo!” Move, pig. A well-placed boot to the captive’s already tender ribcage accompanied the cruel command.

The prisoner grunted and spit out blood as his tormentors grabbed him beneath his armpits and muttered obscenities. Dizziness engulfed him as they dragged him from the rat-infested chamber. When the harsh clank of metal sounded behind him, he slumped with relief at being freed from his cage. That’s what the six by six foot room he’d been cast in resembled. He blinked swollen eyes, but only abstract shadows swirled in his vision. Blindness was preferable to seeing the jeering faces of his abusers though.

As bloodcurdling screams pierced the corridor, bile clawed up his throat. His cries had echoed against these walls earlier; they’d probably be heard again if these men had their way. Stairs leading out of the dank dungeon appeared. Weakened by hunger and fear, the hostage’s foot snagged on the first step. Stumbling, he inadvertently dragged both guards down with his weight. As they turned their angry rods on him, he raised his hands in a defensive reflex, but let them fall back to his sides, too weary to fight a battle he could not win. The guards clamped his upper arms and lugged him up the steps.

Warm rays of sunshine soothed his battered skin as they dragged him out of the building, but before he could appreciate the small mercy, hands shoved him from behind, making him stagger. Velvet grass cushioned his fall, but granules of dirt mingled with blood in his mouth. Vicious hands groped and stripped him of his bloodstained clothes. Several voices shouted in Spanish, but his mind was too numb to translate. What did it matter if he understood? Pain was a universal language he now knew fluently.

Books in the Series

Eyes of Light (Bending Willow Trilogy #1)Eyes of Light
(Bending Willow Trilogy #1)
by Charissa Stastny
LDS, Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 298 Pages
May 9th 2012

Summary

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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Secret Keepers (Bending Willow Trilogy - 2)
Secret Keepers
(Bending Willow Trilogy #2)
by Charissa Stastny
LDS, Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 306 Pages
February 4th 2013

Summary

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.

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Hands of Mercy (Bending Willow Trilogy, #3)Hands of Mercy
(Bending Willow Trilogy #3)
by Charissa Stastny
LDS, Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
January 26th 2015

Summary

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.​

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About the Author

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​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!


Tour Schedule

May 9--Toni Shiloh Prayerfully-Lifted Romance
May 10--Katie's Clean Book Collection
May 11--Wishful Endings
May 12--deal sharing aunt
May 13--Mel's Shelves
May 14--Singing Librarian Books

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