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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Seeking Sanctuary by Jodi Ashland - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jodi Ashland and her new book, “Seeking Sanctuary”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post – except the Available at Amazon picture.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jodi and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

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Seeking Sanctuary
by Jodi Ashland


GENRE: Romantic Supsense



She thwarted a killer’s attack. He’s off the case because of their prior involvement. Now, they’re at the top of the hit list…

Aleks Levin promised herself she'd never become a victim again. Out for a late evening run, she spies something terrible: a serial killer attempting to murder his next victim. Aleks interrupts the deed and saves the woman's life, but in the process she becomes the only witness to the U-District Strangler's brutal attacks. Refusing protective custody, Aleks has a better idea for keeping safe: pretending to date a detective on the case…

Neal Hawkins never knew if he'd see the alluring Aleks again, but he certainly didn't expect such life-or-death circumstances when he did. After their prior involvement gets Neal kicked off the case, he can't help but continue to investigate as the killer creeps closer to his next victim… her. The detective knows that sheltering Aleks is the best way to keep her safe, though he wonders if there's any way to suppress the sparks that start flying the minute she crosses his threshold.

Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, old wounds and secret lives threaten to reveal the Strangler's identity. Can Aleks and Neal stop the killer before his reign of terror continues with them?

Seeking Sanctuary is the third standalone novel in the captivating U-District series of romantic suspense novels. If you like sizzling chemistry, edgy characters, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love Jodi Ashland's riveting tale.

Get Seeking Sanctuary to read a criminally good mystery romance today!



“Why don’t you two get out of the car, so I can properly introduce Aleks to the police commissioner?”

Neal nodded. Nothing like a good dose of his captain to cool the libido.

When Cap walked off toward the commissioner, Aleks whispered, “He totally bought that.”

Neal stared into those whiskey eyes. She was playing it cool, but something more lurked under that façade. She’d felt it too. The question of the week, month, and year was, what did it mean?

There was no doubt they were physically attracted to one another. But now that he’d had a taste of her again, he craved what she could give him.

Is that enough to build something on?

The one night with Aleks had been fantastic, but what about a relationship? Could he see going the long haul with her?

Aleks climbed back to her seat and grabbed her hat. “Is my lipstick smudged?”

He looked down at her lips. Not good. They only made him want to kiss her again. “Yeah.”

She pulled the visor down and used her finger to clear any smudges. “Let’s go meet the commish, honey.”

This whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing was a terrible idea. He got out of the car and walked to her side to open the door after he confirmed their surroundings were safe. He leaned in to pull the Glock out of the glove compartment and inhaled her fresh scent.

Neal helped Aleks out of the car. He kept her hand in his to maintain appearances. It had nothing to do with the fact he wanted to hold her hand, that he’d grown accustomed to it, or that it felt right.



I love a good mystery book and this one is certainly that!!

This book is about Aleks Levin, a smart, strong, driven, edgy, athletic college student who goes out for an evening run through campus over summer break and stumbles upon the city’s most wanted serial killer, the U-District Strangler, in the middle of harming his latest victim.  Aleks had been raped by her brother four years previously and has since taken self-defense classes and vowed to never be a victim again.  After she hears the serial killer’s victim moaning and crying out, Aleks knows she must help.  Without really any hesitation Aleks dials 9-1-1 and attacks the killer with a tree branch.  Unfortunately, the U-District Strangler gets away, but Aleks is now a witness and she saved the Strangler’s victim from being murdered.

This book is about Neal Hawkins, a handsome, polite, charming Seattle Police Detective who is still on the mend from being shot and is unhappily riding desk duty.  Neal wants to be to the lead on the U-District Strangler Case, like his partner Riley is, however, he is having to take a much more backseat approach from his desk.  That is until Aleks becomes a material witness on the U-District Strangler Case and Neal has to be taken completely off the case as it is against regulation to have a personal connection to a victim or witness and last months one-nighter hook-up definitely counts as a connection lol.

Although Neal is now sort of dating Kenzie, an ER Nurse, when Aleks comes back into his life things get a bit complicated and lines start to get blurred.  Neal can’t stay away from this case and he continues to work it – especially after it becomes clear that Aleks is now the Strangler’s next victim target.  Neal will do anything to protect her and keep her safe – even if that means risking his job or relationship with Kenzie.

Will Neal be able to protect Aleks?  Will Neal be able to catch the U-District Strangler?  Will all this close 24/7 protection time between Aleks and Neal bring them too close?  You will definitely want to read this book to find out!!!

I really enjoyed reading this book and solving the case alongside the characters!!

I really liked the main characters and even the supporting characters!  Aleks, Neal, Riley, Cap, Kenzie, Jade – they were all great, well developed, genuine, realistic characters!  I enjoyed the dynamic between Aleks and Neal and the tension it created.  I was curious how it was going to play out.  I loved that Aleks was a strong, smart, driven female-lead – those are my favorite type of characters and role-models.  I liked Neal, and he was sweet, kind, wholesome, well-rounded guy for the most part, but I didn’t too much care for his back-and-forth indecisiveness between his two leading ladies, Aleks and Kenzie.  That part was a bit annoying.  But other than that – all good!

I enjoyed that this book took place in Seattle.  I used to live in Seattle and now live in the Portland Suburbs, so I go back and visit often.  I love books that take place in my backyard and I really enjoy when I read a book from there that the real Seattle is found in the pages – and it sure was!

The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace.

I have to commend the author on her writing technique as she really has a way of writing that that keeps the reader glued to the page, unable to let go of the book until they find out what happened.  Also, she carefully considers her audience and remembers the little things.  Sometimes it may be the big picture that draws the reader in, but it’s all the little details that keeps them put – and this author clearly showcases that approach.

There are some very predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

 This book is the third book in the U-District Novel Book Series.  I had not read either of the books in this series before reading this book.  I did not get lost or confused, so this book can be read as a standalone.  However, there are many references to the previous book and the characters seem to overlap.  However, since I liked this book, I would suggest getting in from the beginning and starting with book one, so you don’t miss anything.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, exciting, intriguing, romantic, suspense, mystery book.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Jodi Ashland is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. If you enjoy reading about empowered women who overcome adversity, flawed sexy heroes who love them, and action packed mystery and suspense, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s books. Jodi has a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.B.A. but has pursued her true passion writing novels and poems. She is a mother of two, cancer survivor, kayaker, skier, gardener, camper, and lover of all things outdoors.

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