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Celebrate Lit: Tropical Target by Jennifer Pierce


About the Book

Book: Tropical Target

Author: Jennifer Pierce

Genre: Christian Contemporary Suspense

Release Date: September 26, 2023


Being accused of murdering a client isn’t good for business.


Tropical islands are popular for destination weddings. But Le Cadeau Île won’t be a popular destination for long if Detective Noa Tanielu can’t find out who is responsible for a ring of thefts occurring during weddings. When the thefts escalate to the murder of a bridezilla, the most likely suspect is the new wedding photographer.



Wedding photographer Haley Marsh moved to the island to nurse her broken heart and start over after being dumped two days before her wedding. When she’s moved from the suspect list to the target list, a little white lie leads to a fake engagement. With Haley’s connections to the wedding business, it’s clear the key to solving this case lies in keeping up the charade.

Noa and Haley must navigate the investigation and Noa’s mother’s attempts to make the engagement all too real…if they survive that is.


Take a trip to the Suamalie Islands where palm trees sway, the sand and sea pulse with life, and the people will steal your heart.

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About the Author

Jennifer Pierce currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and two children. Her debut novel, Hidden Danger, is a 2019 Selah Award winner, and her second novel, Expecting Danger is a 2019 Selah award finalist. Her third novel, Deadly Connection released on October 20, 2020. Giving Grace, a contemporary romance Christmas novella released on November 13, 2020. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and River Valley Writers.



More from Jennifer

I am so excited to be writing for the Suamalie Island series. Writing books set on tropical islands is so much fun. I knew going into Tropical Target that I wanted Noa to be a detective, but I wasn’t so sure on what type of occupation Haley needed. What was something that she could do for both the tourists and those that made the islands their home?

Then I remembered when my grandmother died, one of my aunts took all her photos and scanned them into the computer and made CDs and gave them to the rest of the family. I thought that would be a fantastic job for Haley. She could be a photographer who shoots destination weddings and special events for tourists and locals, and she could also travel the islands and make keepsakes for the locals. I expanded it even further to allow her to make copies of some of the photographs and sell them to tourists as authentic photographs of the islands. So, that’s how Seas the Moment was created.

The next thing I had to figure out was how to make Noa and Haley’s paths cross. What better way than for him to accuse her of murder? I wanted to pit the two of them against each other but then force them to work together. Kind of an enemies to more fake engagement trope.

Once those things were in place it was just a matter of weaving the story together. There’s suspense, romance, faith, and a few witty comebacks in the mix. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, October 11

She Lives To Read, October 11

An Author’s Take, October 12

Texas Book-aholic, October 13

Splashes of Joy, October 13

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 15 (Author Interview)

Aryn the Libraryan, October 18

Mary Hake, October 18

Simple Harvest Reads, October 21 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)



Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!

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


My Review:


Even though I have this thread of not liking romantic suspense, I enjoyed this one--because of the setting. I loved learning about a tropical island I'd never heard of--and could have used even more. What did they eat? What was the temperature? How far from one island to another? Curious minds want to know...


The main story concerned a wedding photographer who was accidentally in the wrong place at the wrong time who saw someone she shouldn't have seen. Then, of course, the villain went to incredible lengths the whole story trying to kill her, to shut her up. I always have trouble with these stories because I guess my intelligence kicks in--and asks: why not just change the cologne, stop doing what you were doing for awhile, or, I don't know, maybe not do the crime at all?


But then again, villains can't be that smart or there wouldn't be a story. Enjoy this one for the glimpse of another culture and a strong hero.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, but my opinions are my own and I'm certainly not paid for my reviews. :)


Question, readers: How are you enjoying fall so far?


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Guest
Oct 18, 2023

Thank you so much for sharing about Tropical Target! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Jennifer Pierce

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Roxanne Cruz
Roxanne Cruz
Oct 17, 2023

I like romantic suspense, so Tropical Target would be a great book for me to read while sipping hot tea and enjoying the pretty fall foliage outside.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Oct 18, 2023
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Sounds like an amazing plan! Enjoy!

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Guest
Oct 17, 2023

This sounds good! As far as fall, it's spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, and where we are we're basically having a monsoon. I'm hoping for drier weather soon so I can plant the garden!

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Oct 18, 2023
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Here's hoping the weather stops soon! I love gardening, but we also had too much rain this past summer and my baby fig tree drowned. :(

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Guest
Oct 16, 2023

This looks like a great novel. Thanks for hosting. Michael Law

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Oct 16, 2023
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Michael, thank you for joining me here on the blog--have a blessed week!

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
Oct 16, 2023

Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you. Have a wonderful week.

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
Oct 16, 2023
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Yes. We are beginning to see the beauty of God's paintbrush. God bless you.

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