Monday, October 24, 2022

Explosive Christmas Showdown: Author Guest Post + Enter to Win


Explosive Christmas Showdown JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Explosive Christmas Showdown by Darlene L. Turner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Explosive Christmas Showdown Title: Explosive Christmas Showdown 
Series: Crisis Rescue Team #2 
Author: Darlene L. Turner 
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense 
Release Date: October 25, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

A bomber brings terror to Christmas

as the presents go tick…tick…boom. 
 With criminal investigative analyst Olive Wells at the center of a bomber’s dangerous game, she’ll do anything to catch the culprit—even work with her ex-fiancĂ© and his K-9 detector dog. But with the Christmas rampage drawing ever closer, Zac Turner’s convinced the attacks are personal. Can they piece together their ties to the bomber…before another gift explodes? 
  From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

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Christmas Memories & Traditions

By Darlene L. Turner


I’m an everything-pumpkin-spice kind of gal and I love fall. However, my favorite holiday is Christmas. Why? That’s easy to answer.

It’s the time of year we celebrate our Savior’s birth. He IS the reason for the season and we rejoice! God sent his Son as a gift to save the world. Without Him, we’d be lost. Forever.

Also, spending time with family and creating memories/traditions is what Christmas is all about, right? I have so many, it’s hard to narrow them down. The ones that resonate in my mind are attending our Christmas Eve service all dressed up, then coming home and opening one gift—pajamas. Then we’d gather the gifts from the top of the piano in the basement. My brother, sister, and I would be in charge of bringing them upstairs and placing them under the tree. Of course—like any child would do—we’d be trying to guess what was inside (and to my mother’s dismay, shaking a few!). After that we’d put out milk/cookies for Santa, hang our stockings on our bedroom doorknobs, and climb into bed. My sister and I shared a room and, like any child, the anticipation of Santa visiting our house kept us awake. In the morning (at our parents’ “appointed” time), we’d gather our stockings and run downstairs, and open them on our Mom and Dad’s bed. Today, opening my stocking is still my favorite thing to do on Christmas morning.

I’ve carried many of our family traditions into adulthood, but also started new ones. Jeff and I like to make gingerbread cookies. I make the dough. He rolls it and cuts out the gingerbread boys and girls. I dip them in chocolate (yum!) and he puts on the sprinkles. Teamwork! I’ve shared the recipe I use below. Such fun!

When I first pitched the storyline of Explosive Christmas Showdown to my editor, it wasn’t set at Christmas, but a story regarding a serial bomber. Olive, Zac, and Ziva were all in place, but when I found out the publication date, I asked if I could make it a Christmas story. My editor said yes.

Needless to say, I was very excited! I began brainstorming and soon the idea of the bombs in gifts along with jingle bells emerged. Thus, the Jingle Bell Bomber came to life. Ha ha! It was fun to create his game, but most of all I loved writing the relationship of Olive, Zac, Ziva, and Grace. They went through trying times, but in the end, learned to trust God. They even started their own Christmas tradition of decorating their tree together in the end.

Christmas memories and traditions make the season even more special, but I’m so thankful God gave us the greatest gift of all—Jesus!

What is your favorite Christmas memory or tradition?

Gingerbread Cookies


·         2/3 cup unsalted butter (soften to room temperature)

·         3/4 cup packed brown sugar

·         2/3 cup molasses

·         1 large egg (room temperature)

·         1 tsp vanilla extract

·         3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

·         1 tsp baking soda

·         ½ tsp salt

·         1 tbsp ginger

·         1 tbsp cinnamon

·         ½ tsp allspice

·         ½ tsp cloves




1.      In a large bowl beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth. Add the brown sugar and molasses. Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed for 2 minutes. Butter may separate, but that’s okay.

2.      In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Combine into the wet ingredients, mixing slowly on low speed. The cookie dough will be thick and a bit sticky. Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap, flattening into circular shapes. Chill for 3 hours (up to 3 days). Best to keep in the fridge overnight.

3.      Preheat to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

4.      Take out one package of dough. Roll out until it’s ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on cookie sheets, placing one inch apart.

5.      Repeat the above with second package of dough.

6.      Bake for about 8-11 minutes (depending on size of cookie). Be careful not to overbake as they’ll be harder.

7.      Cool cookies for five minutes on the cookie sheet. Move to cooling rack. After completely cooling, decorate.



Darlene L. Turner

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

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  1. Sounds great. I can't wait to read it.

  2. I love to read Christmas books.

  3. Explosive Christmas Showdown sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing the author's guest post, bio and book details

  4. This sounds like a very good read! Beautiful cover!

  5. I enjoyed reading Christmas Memories and Traditions and the recipe sounds delicious! Explosive Christmas Showdown sounds like a book that I really want to read!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  6. Sounds like a real page-turner.

  7. Thanks for sharing about the story and the author.


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