Thursday, May 17, 2018

Blog Tour/Excerpt: The Waldensian Series by Donna Wichelman

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Light Out of Darkness
(The Waldensian Series #1)

By Donna Wichelman

Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 320 pages

April 2nd 2018 by Soujourner's Press

A prestigious art exhibition turns into a horrific spectacle when a murder sends an art curator and a professor on a hunt for a highly coveted stolen painting.

Escaping a painful past in Cleveland, Ohio, Jamie Holbrooke flees to Milan, Italy as an art curator. But her past follows her during an evening stroll along Varenna’s shoreline walk when an assailant, who looks like her dead brother, presses a mysterious riddle into her hand. Still reeling from shock the next day, she discovers her long-time paragon, Dr. Alessandro Marianni, may have a link to the enigmatic riddle. Before she can discover the answers, their colleague falls prey to an assassin’s bullet. Convinced the riddle and murder are connected, Jamie and Alessandro risk their lives to uncover why an obscure painting has caught the attention of art critics and criminals alike. At stake is a two-thousand–year-old drama, unfolding in the contemporary world of the Northern Italian Alps.

Will Jamie and Alessandro stop powerful organized crime figures before the painting is lost forever and with it a secret more valuable than the prized artwork? Will Jamie find the answers to help her reclaim her life again? She will need the courage to face her fears and the persevering faith of Dr. Alessandro Marianni to heal her wounded heart.

Undaunted Valor

(The Waldensian Series #2)

By Donna Wichelman

Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 281 pages

April 4th 2018 by Sojourner's Press

For nature lovers, ski aficionados, travel enthusiasts and history scholars, the French Alps offer some of the most spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation in all Europe with its majestic mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, unspoiled forests and quaint mountain villages. People come to get away from the daily grind and rejuvenate their spirits.

But when Alessandro Marianni’s grandmother Luciana is kidnapped during a church conference in Chamonix, the same landscape becomes an ominous height to scale, and Jamie Holbrooke and her fiancé Alessandro have difficulty distinguishing between friend and foe on the race to find her. They will have to weather a rainstorm on a mountain trail, negotiate a dangerous waterfall, outmaneuver a car chase, and defy an assassin’s gun in their search.

Will they find their beloved Luciana before it’s too late? Who will die on the way to the finish line? Who can they trust? And where will Jamie find the courage to confront her adversaries?

In this sequel to Light Out of Darkness, the answers will lie in unanticipated places and with unexpected allies and require Jamie to discover what it means to trust God with Undaunted Valor.

Excerpt—Undaunted Valor

Jamie linked her arm with Alessandro’s, and they ambled along the cobbled lane they’d taken from Megève’s village square until they came to a shortcut through a city park. Alessandro led them onto the asphalt path.

At intervals along the trail, lampposts topped with round globes lit the way while full-grown ash trees cast long shadows. Except for the occasional traffic noise emanating from the major thoroughfare below, a serene silence sequestered them from the rest of the world.

Not until they were halfway through the park at a curve in the path did Jamie see another living soul. She slowed her pace, her heart pumping hard. She released Alessandro’s arm and halted, staring ahead.

Alessandro took a step back. “What’s wrong?”

“The man leaning against that tree, leering at us.” She indicated the towering ash ahead of them and the lanky man whose hands dug into black leather military jacket pockets as he rested with one foot against the tree. She’d know that figure anywhere from their encounter with him the year before. She wanted to flee, but he pulled her in like gravity to a black hole.

“Zamir Isai. What is he doing here?” A taciturn mask overshadowed Alessandro’s face.

They both knew the Albanian Mafioso. He had done Hadjari’s dirty work, hounding them every step of the way during the days when they wondered if they would ever find Nonni’s painting. Jamie had seen him several times, but it had always been from afar. Was he her phantom in the church? “Maybe he’s working with Jozef.”

“There’s no maybe about it.” Alessandro scoffed, then started forward, impassive and resolute.

Jamie followed, her gaze fixed on the enforcer. Zamir pushed off the tree and faced them, waiting, his hands still inside his jacket pockets.

When they reached Zamir, Alessandro approached him with clenched fists. Jamie thought he was going to punch out the Albanian. “What have you done with my grandmother?”

“I would not be so impertinent, Dr. Marianni.” Jamie watched the Albanian draw himself taller as he spoke in accented English. “A little diplomacy in this situation would be in order.” He turned toward Jamie. “Good evening, Miss Holbrooke.”

About the Author

Donna Wichelman was a communications professional before writing full-time. She has authored short stories, essays and articles in various inspirational publications and lives her dream writing novels and screenplays. She and her husband work with teens at their local church in Fort Collins, Colorado. They travel, bike and kayak whenever their schedules allows.

Tour Giveaway

1st Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card, Copy of the LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS (signed print copy to US winner, ebook to international winner) + 4 oz. Tea of your choice from the Tea Source or 1 LB of Coffee from DazBog Coffee (will Add $10 to Gift Card for international gift in lieu of tea or coffee)

2nd Prize: $15 Amazon Gift Card + Copy of LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS (signed print copy to US winner, ebook to international winner)

3rd Prize: Copy of LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS (signed print copy to US winner, ebook to international winner)

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sherry fundin said...

I love romantic suspense and these do sound like some good ones!
sherry @ fundinmental

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