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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Act of Valor by Dana Mentink- Christian Fiction with a Cute Dog on the Cover!

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My Review

Act of Valor by Dana Metntink was a very cute category romance. I’ve been reading more Christian fiction lately because I am researching how to write my own Christian fiction novel. Mntink was a perfect example for me to learn from. It is clear that she knows both her form and her audience.

The book is written in third person limited with alternating points of view. The chapters alternate between the perspective of the hero and the heroine. The device of using alternating POV chapters is a standard practice for this genre that helps to build tension. It also allows for the reader to know things that the characters do not.

My favorite character in this book was the Beagle. He was so cute and I enjoyed hearing about how he and his canine comrades helped to keep the streets of New York City safe. I have a soft spot for animals and I am tempted to read any book with an animal on the cover.

The romance between the hero and the heroine was sweet and believable. The heroine was easy to relate to and the reader could easily imagine herself in the heroine’s position. There were also lots of action scenes. The author kept the book moving at quick and enjoyable pace.

Act of Valor was a cute and fun inspirational romance with a lot of action. I enjoyed spending time with these characters and I would be interested to read more books in this series, especially since they all include brave canine companions.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 


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Image Description: The cover of the book shows a police beagle standing alert in front of an airplane. 

About the Book

Book: Act of Valor

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense

Release Date: June 1, 2019

A True Blue K-9 story …When airline employee Violet Griffin encounters several suspicious passengers, she’s thrust into the crosshairs of a drug smuggling operation. NYPD officer Zach Jameson and his drug detection beagle, Eddie, can tell this is no small-time threat. Someone’s gunning for Violet, and after recently losing his brother, Zach refuses to lose her, too…especially now that she’s gone from friend to the woman he’s falling for.

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About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Barbour, and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


More from Dana

Cops and killers and beagles, oh my! It was a ton of fun writing the second book in the new True Blue K-9 Continuity series. First of all, I had the honor of working with some AMAZING authors. (It’s challenging creating a world together and keeping all those details straight!) I had the privilege of following the amazing Lynette Eason, so that’s always a plus! Second, I learned all about the astonishing world of beagles! Those critters are just amazing. For instance, the original beagles were tiny, only 8 inches tall and could be carried in a pocket, which is why they called them Pocket Beagles. I need one of those! The name beagle comes from the French, which is translated “wide throat” or “loudmouth.” This is well earned by Eddie in my story, who will occasionally let loose with the trademark baying. The beagles small size, general friendliness, and ferocious scent drive, make it the perfect dog to sniff around airports and get into compact spaces. Eddie enjoys doing just that with Zach, his handler and best friend. He earns those gourmet treats that Zach bakes up for him. Best of all, Eddie was rescued from death before he became a canine cop star! It’s just awesome when you can twine fact with fiction to come up with a tail wagging suspense story! I hope you enjoy the second installment in the series!


Image Description: I love books about animals. Here is my baby, Tinkerbell! She is a black and white chihuahua. She isn’t quite as brave as the Beagle in the book, but she also loves to read (and take naps!)


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Act of Valor Celebration Tour Giveaway

To celebrate er tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize of a print copy of the book, a beagle coloring book, and an Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.






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