Monday, April 18, 2022

Author Interview & Giveaway: A Strike to the Heart by Danielle Grandinetti

A Strike to the Heart JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for A Strike to the Heart by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


A Strike to the Heart
Title: A Strike to the Heart 
Series: Strike to the Heart #1 
Author: Danielle Grandinetti 
Publisher: Iron Stream Media 
Release Date: April 12, 2022 
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense 

She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her. 

Wisconsin, 1933―When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm don’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe. 

Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle retired marine into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life. 

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Danielle Grandinetti 

Danielle Grandinetti is author of To Stand in the Breach and a book blogger at Her short stories have appeared in several publications and her writing has won the University of Northwestern Distinguished Faith in Writing Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Danielle especially loves quiet mornings served with the perfect cup of tea.

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Q: What was the inspiration behind A Strike to the Heart?
Danielle: A Strike to the Heart began as a contemporary romantic suspense, but something was missing. When I learned about Wisconsin farmers needing to dump their cow’s milk a couple of years ago, I dug into the history and realized the 1933 milk strikes was exactly what my story needed.

Q: How long did it take you to write this novel?
Danielle: This is a hard one to answer since it underwent such a drastic revision, but the initial draft took me about a month. From start to publication was about two and a half years.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?
Danielle: Lily’s life depended on him doing what he did best—sacrificing himself so another could live.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from A Strike to the Heart?
Danielle: As I wrote A Strike to the Heart the verse that kept playing in my mind was the verse from John that greater love is about a man laying down his life for his friend. My prayer for readers is that they feel this love, too.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?
Danielle: My favorite topic is Intercultural Communication, which is the study of how different cultures (from genders to countries) communicate, whether within a culture or from culture to culture. It’s not only my educational background, but I taught a collegiate class on it, so I can talk your ear off on the subject. You’ll also find it woven into most of what I write since I love the topic so much.

Q: What are you reading now?
Danielle: I’m a quick reader because it’s my way of decompressing, so what I’m reading today might not be what I’m reading tomorrow. I’m currently working my way through my NetGalley reads, including Her Easter Prayer a K-9 story from Love Inspired.

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?
Danielle: At least 7 that I can think of, however many of them are currently empty because my littles (ages 2 & 4) love books, too. Not just reading them, but playing with them. So to protect Mama’s “keeper” books, we had to box up most of them until the boys get older since I want them to feel free to enjoy books without limitations.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Danielle: Spending time with my husband and sons, reading, tending my vegetable/herb garden or preserving something - I love dehydrating foods and I’ve found a pickling recipe I really like.


(1) winner will receive a signed paperback of A Strike to the Heart & $10 Amazon gift card!

A Strike to the Heart JustRead Giveaway

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  1. Thank you for sharing the author's Q&A and book details, A Strike to the Heart sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it

  2. An unsusual time setting for a military style romantic suspense! The cover is lovely.

  3. I never knew there was a milk strike in Wisconsin in the 30s. This sounds interesting.

  4. Great interview. This book sounds good.

  5. great interview! Thanks for being part of the tour :)

  6. I very much enjoyed the interview. A Strike to the Heart sounds fascinating.

  7. The book sounds interesting.

  8. Sounds like a really great read! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  9. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!