Hilltop Sunset by Joyce T. Strand – Review + Giveaway

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HilltopSunset-Amazon book coverHilltop Sunset by Joyce T. Strand
A Brynn Bancroft Mystery

A mystery set in wine country pitting financial exec Brynn Bancroft against a determined stalker, a troubled love interest, and career clashes.

Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian Hillcrest, also a former victim. Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome issues. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband’s new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-changing events.

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My Thoughts

Hilltop Sunset by Joyce T. Strand is the first book in the new Brynn Bancroft Mystery series. I was intrigued right from the beginning with this fast-paced, action-packed mystery. Brynn is a character that is easy to relate to, and I felt myself worried for her throughout the story. Brynn is recovering from an attack and going through a divorce. She learns that her attacker is back in the area and begins stalking her. Brynn has a lot going on but manages to keep her wits about her and remain strong. I really enjoyed this taut mystery and look forward to more in the series.

About the Author

joyce-t-strand-2Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it mysteries set in the San Francisco Silicon Valley and Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California.

Her most recent novel, HILLTOP SUNSET, is the first of a new series featuring protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s novels ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

Strand lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and seeks out and attends as many Broadway musicals and other stage plays as possible.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

Website: http://joycestrand.com
Blog: http://strandssimplytips.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoyceTStrandAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5385246.Joyce_T_Strand
Twitter: @joycetstrand

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  1. Hello Brooke,
    On behalf of Joyce Strand and Book Marketing Services, I would like to thank you for hosting Joyce today on Brooke Blogs. Your review and comments are appreciated. If anyone has any questions and/or comments they would like to share, please leave them in the comment box. Joyce will be by later in the day to respond.

    Joyce is having a giveaway during her tour. 1st prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Hilltop Sunset; 2nd prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Hilltop Sunset; and 3rd prize: an autographed copy of Hilltop Sunset. Click here to enter: https://www.facebook.com/JoyceTStrandAuthor/app_228910107186452

    Please join Joyce tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11th when her tour continues on two blogs. Both will post their review of Hilltop Sunset: Curling Up by the Fire http://www.curlingupbythefire.blogspot.com and Ajoobacats Blog https://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com/.

  2. I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to read and review Hilltop Sunset. I — and all authors — appreciate your contribution to helping readers discover our books. Thank you so much.

  3. I think this one will be good but, I am going to look for the books in which Brynn was first mentioned. 🙂 Would love to win this one too.

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