Award-winning Publishers Weekly Best-selling Author

I’m so excited that Olive, Zac, and Ziva’s story releases TODAY! In Explosive Christmas Showdown, this trio faces many obstacles. They must learn not only to trust in themselves but each other to stay alive. They learn throughout the book that God is always there and is working out the best for them. Something we can all apply to our own lives, right?

I enjoyed writing this book and I learned SO much about dogs. I have to admit…I grew up with cats, so I’m a cat person (don’t judge me! haha). However, after researching K-9s, I’m impressed! Wow. They have powerful scent cones. What is that? Well, let me tell you what I discovered. It’s an imaginary area shaped like a cone that starts at the source of the odor (examples – explosives (like Ziva’s specialty), bodies, weapons, etc.) If you would like to know more, check out this informative post by Lee Lofland. Scent Cones

In Explosive Christmas Showdown, Olive struggles to get over a tragedy that happened to her years ago. I want to thank my niece Alysia for helping get Olly’s emotions correctly. I couldn’t have done it without you, Alysia. Thank you. xo

Can you do an author a favor? Self-promotion is tough. I struggle with “selling myself,” but I’m learning. It’s really not about ME, but about the message God has given me to share through Olive, Zac, and Ziva’s story. Release day is VERY important to authors. Here are some ways you can help:

  • If you’ve read the book, share a quick review TODAY. Doesn’t have to be long. Just a couple of sentences. Post it on Amazon (.com and .ca), Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, BookBub, etc.
  • Like other reviews and/or recommend the book.
  • BUY the book today or during the first week. Maybe gift it to a friend. The Love Inspired Suspense books are small…they make for a great Christmas stocking stuffer! (buy links are below)
  • Thank YOU! I appreciate my readers and I can’t thank you all enough. You rock.

Here’s a little teaser about Explosive Christmas Showdown.

Explosive Christmas Showdown

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-fiancé 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?

Here’s the book trailer that my sweet writer friend, Shannon Redmon, created for me.

Thank you for helping me share Olive, Zac, and Ziva’s story!! God bless.

Darlene xo

Buy links:

Amazon (CDN)

Amazon (US)


Barnes & Noble


Creation Bookstore



  1. Blossom

    I got my book Explosive Christmas Showdown. I soon as I get over the flu, I will be starting this book.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Thanks, Aunt Blossom. So sorry to hear you have the flu. Get better soon! Luv u xo


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