Saturday, December 1, 2012

{Review & Giveaway} A Promise to Protect by Liz Johnson

I received a Kindle for Christmas last year and my reading actual paper books took a huge hit. I've been making more of an effort lately to simply unplug and read real books. This is one reason I was happy to read Liz Johnson's newest book, A Promise to Protect

Navy SEAL Matt Waterstone knows about keeping people safe. When his best friend’s sister is attacked, Matt promises no harm will come to Ashley Sawyer–not on his watch. But Matt’s not the only protective one. Ashley will do anything to safeguard the residents of the battered women’s shelter she runs. She’s sure she can handle the threats she gets in return. What she can’t handle is the way Matt scales the walls around her heart. Yet when she falls prey to a crime web more sinister than she’d realized, trusting Matt could be the only way to survive.

My Thoughts: I ate this book up. It took me only a couple days to get through and I had a hard time putting it down and doing other things. I love a good suspense/who-dun-it type book. I've read some of Liz Johnson's books before and she doesn't disappoint. The story line was fast paced, the characters likeable, and the plot twisted just enough to keep me guessing. I highly recommend the book.


About the Author:
Liz Johnson graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations and set out to work in Christian publishing. In 2006 she got her wish when she accepted a publicity position at a major trade book publisher. While working in the industry, she decided to pursue her other dream—becoming an author. She is now a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist, and A Promise to Protect is her fourth novel with Love Inspired Suspense. Liz makes her home in Nashville, TN, where she enjoys theater, exploring the local music scene, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her two nephews and three nieces. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Keep up with Liz's adventures in writing at, or follow her on twitter @LizJohnsonBooks or Facebook.

Author Interview:
What’s your new book, A Promise to Protect, about?
Ashley Sawyer has been the director of a battered women’s shelter for three years, so she’s no stranger to dealing with threats. But when she helps a young woman disappear, the threats become more intense than she’s ever experienced. Navy SEAL Matt Waterstone is happy to check on his best friend’s little sister, certain he can take care of the situation. But as Matt and Ashley search for the source of the threats, they uncover a plot more sinister than they ever imagined . . . and a love they never expected.

How did you get interested in writing about Navy SEALs?
When I was in college, I picked up a novel about a SEAL, and I was hooked. Who were these men unafraid of facing down the worst in this world? Who would go through such torturous training to be called the elite? I began watching documentaries on Special Forces units and reading everything I could about the men on the teams. Lately I’ve been reading biographies of SEALs including Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Fearless by Eric Blehm, fascinated by the type of personality it takes to become a SEAL.

It’s been said that good writers are good readers. What do you enjoy reading?
I’ll read just about anything that I can! And I read as often as I’m able. That translates into—whenever I’m not on deadline. My favorite books cross genres and years. As a kid, I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and I loved it! Still do. As an adult, I’ve really The Princess Brideand The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mostly I just enjoy a rich story with a happily ever after.

What have you enjoyed reading recently?
I’ve written three books this year—met three deadlines—so I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like. But I did catch new books by some of my favorite historical authors—Julie Klassen and Karen Witemeyer. On a recent road trip I finally listened to the audio version of Susan Meissner’s The Shape of Mercy. It was wonderful!

Liz, what’s up next for you?
Right now I’m working on the follow up to A Promise to Protect, which is due out next year. It’s about Ashley’s brother and Matt’s best friend, Tristan. Then I’m scheduled to write a third book in my SEAL series. I’ve loved writing about the men of SEAL Team FIFTEEN and the women they fall in love with, so I’ll be sad when the series wraps up. I’m also working on a contemporary romance and bouncing at least a hundred and three other ideas around my mind.


I have a copy of the book to giveaway. It would make a great Christmas gift/stocking stuffer! Did I mention that it's even signed by the author? Since this is a busy time of year, I'm going to make this super simple....

First entry: Leave me a comment telling me the title of the best book you've read lately.
Second entry: Go "like" Liz Johnson on Facebook (leave me a comment so I can give you credit).

I will pick a winner on Friday, December 7th


  1. Jan Karon's Mitford Series! Count me in please.

    -Britt T.


  2. Perfect timing since I'm looking for something to read over the holiday break. The last book I read was Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon.


  3. Sounds like a good book. I'll have to look for some of her work to read over winter break.