Friday, September 25, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Into the Crossfire by Cindy McDonald


 Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by My Family's Heart, for Into the Crossfire by Cindy McDonald.  Please leave a comment or question for Cindy to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  


Into the Crossfire Secret Cravings


TITLE – Into the Crossfire 
SERIES – First Force Series Book #1 
AUTHOR – Cindy McDonald 
GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Romance, Military Romance, Black Ops 
PUBLICATION DATE – August 4, 2015 
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 240 pages 
COVER ARTIST – Dawne Dominique


It had been four years since ex-Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, an adorable daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs—everything was as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack’s world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for. 

Critically injured, he found himself surrounded in the security of First Force International and in the care of their head medic, Dr. Rayne Lee, a beautiful and compassionate woman who knows firsthand the sharp slice of loss and grief.

Now Jack has a score to settle and he’s got some new friends to help him, but in the end, can Rayne help to ease his grief and encourage him to start a new life with team First Force?




Closing her eyes, Rayne took in a braced breath. “My name is Rayne. And I know all about the nightmares where the ones that you love are murdered in front of your eyes and you are powerless to stop it.” Her voice fell away.

Jack’s head snapped toward her.

She busied herself cleaning up the implements that she had used to suture him while she spoke. “My husband and I were on a medical mission in Peru three years ago. The Peruvian government had taken down a guerrilla group known as the Glory Road near the Amazonian Valley. They had killed or arrested approximately one-hundred members of the group. Matt and I were part of a small medical unit that went in to care for the women that had been held as sex slaves. They were in terrible condition, dehydrated, starved, and beaten. Anyway, Matt, me, and my four-year-old daughter, Sierra, were housed in one of the tiny shacks in a camp. One night, the camp was attacked by the guerrillas they hadn’t captured. It was a slaughter.” Rayne’s voice hiccupped. She needed to catch her breath. She sank onto the edge of the bed.

Jack watched her intently while she fought to muster composure.

Finally, she continued, “They killed my husband and my daughter, but for some reason they spared me and several of the women who had been rescued. I wished that they hadn’t. I was their prisoner for seven horrible months. I prayed for death every night. Uncle Walt and his team rescued me. It’s been a long road back to becoming a functioning human being.”

Hesitating, she wrung her hands together. She found the courage to look him in the eye. “So you see, Jack, I have a complete understanding of what you’re going through.”



Jack Haliday: Jack is one hot ex-Navy SEAL. He is represented one the cover of the book by one very hot British rugby player and model, Stuart Reardon. Tall, muscle bound with a thick nest of dark wavy hair and a one-thousand megawatt smile that brings women to their knees. Does Jack know that he’s gorgeous? Sure, but he doesn’t let it get in the way of helping people in trouble and comforting those who need it most. Jack loves his family. He is madly in love with his wife, Laura, and that little daughter of his, Lil, is the apple of his eye. This man had it all. He was in love with his life, and when it is suddenly ripped out from underneath him, his life becomes one objective: revenge!

Dr. Rayne Lee: Four years ago, Dr. Rayne Lee lost her husband and daughter, Sierra, to a group of hostile guerrillas in Peru. It has taken great constitution to rebuild her life and to join her uncle’s international security firm, First Force, as the head medic. Now, just as she thought that her life was getting back to some semblance of “normal” a handsome man and his adorable daughter are brought into her care. Her motherly instincts kick in immediately as she take little Lil Haliday under her caring wing, but what is it about Jack Haliday that’s getting under her skin, and can she help him to get passed the grief and start a new life with First Force?

Lil Haliday: Lil is a curly-top cutie with a personality that draws everyone to love her instantly. Just a little tyke and at the age of four, her bravery in the face of a horrible tragedy is an inspiration to the men who make up the covert team of First Force. Like her father, Jack, and Dr. Rayne Lee, Lil is a regular character in the First Force Series—she’ll be there to entertain you and the other characters throughout the series.

Into the Crossfire - Author Photo


For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola!

Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series. Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. Most recently, Secret Cravings Publishing has picked up her First Force Series. Currently available: Into the Crossfire, coming very soon: Book #2, To the Breaking Pointe, Book #3 Into the Dark, and 2016 will bring Book #4 To the Brink.

People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.

Cindy resides on her forty-five acre horse farm with her husband, Bill, and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.




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A former seal turned cop, the leader of an outlaw biker gang, and a town caught in the middle all take center stage in Cindy McDonald’s Into the Crossfire, a suspense thriller and the first book in the First Force series.  Well-developed characters, a vendetta and plenty of physical action grabbed my attention and never let go.  If you’re a fan of shows like Son’s of Anarchy, this is a book you’ll want to pick up.

Ms. McDonald does a good job introducing her characters and their back stories right from the start.  We meet Jack Haliday, a former Navy Seal turned cop, whose life is filled with work, his wife and small daughter.  A physically strong man who believes in the law, Jack knows he’s been blessed in life and only has one fear, an undercover operation that went sideways four years ago and “Gunner”, the bike gang’s leader that got away.  Knowing how crazy, and dangerous Gunner is, makes Jack worry about the future.  I easily connected with Jack and liked him right from the start, though I thought it was somewhat naïve of him to stay in the same town where the undercover operation had gone so badly. I also enjoyed getting to meet his wife Laura, a sincerely nice woman, and their precious four year old daughter Lil, who was super cute. 

Ms. McDonald does a good job shaking things up and bringing drama, danger, and plenty of action into the story when Jack’s past comes back to bite him and almost destroy his life.  I enjoyed meeting the members of the First Force security firm, a firm run by his retired “former CIA” neighbor, and watching Jack and Lil both get taken in by the team, protected and then begin to put their lives back together.  I also enjoyed watching Jack get back into action as he takes on the man who almost destroyed his life. 

Will Jack and the First Force team take “Gunner” down and put an end to his gang and their illegal activities once and for all?  Will Jack and Lil have a change at a happy future together?  And will Jack’s heart be open to giving love a second chance?  You’ll have to read Into the Crossfire to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books in this series.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars 

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of the book tour for a fair and honest review. This had no influence on my opinion of the reading material provided.  


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

  2. Thank you for hosting me and the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Into the Crossfire.