Thursday, February 28, 2013

SHATTERED - Dani Pettrey - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus Much More

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things I love—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one's faith and plenty of romance.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
They day I married my husband, and the births of both our daughters.

How has being published changed your life?
I’m much busier than I realized I’d be. There is so much more involved than simply writing books. You have line edits, galleys, marketing, publicity, and my favorite part—getting to interact and spend time with readers.

What are you reading right now?
The Survivor by DiAnn Mills.

What is your current work in progress?
I am working on line edits for Stranded—the third book in my Alaskan Courage series, which will be out this fall.

What would be your dream vacation?
I love to travel, so choosing just one place is really difficult, but I’d love to visit Alaska. My dream trip there would include seeing the Aurora Borealis, cruising along the Inside Passage, sea kayaking in Prince William Sound, bear viewing in Kodiak, hiking Denali, a flightseeing trip of Mt. McKinley, Glacier/Wildlife Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park, and of course, being a moose fan, no trip would be complete without seeing my favorite animal.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
For my current series, I wanted a setting that worked well for adventure and suspense. Alaska is a gorgeous state full of adventurous possibilities, and there is an inherent risk of danger if you aren’t properly prepared. It seemed the perfect fit.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Billy Graham. I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing him speak. I think he’s an amazing example of a life of faith and I’d love to chat with him before he heads home to Heaven.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love traveling, spending time outdoors (hiking, white-water rafting, swimming at the beach), and watching international soccer—Go Barca!     

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time management. Being a fairly new author, it’s been an adventure learning to juggle all the different facets—marketing, deadlines, home life, etc.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Keep writing. Keep reading. It sounds so simple, but it’s true. The more you read and write, the stronger the writer you become. If God put the love of story in your heart, keep at it. Don’t give up on your dream.

Tell us about the featured book.
Shattered is the second book in my Alaskan Courage series, and Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry-and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Piper bolted upright, sweat dampening her pj’s despite December’s chill.

What was that?

Her bleary gaze flashed to the clock—1:30—then to Aurora standing like a sentinel at her bedroom door. The husky’s white fur rippled down her back, her ears alert.

Piper shifted the tangle of snowflake flannel sheets binding her legs, listening.

There it was again. Creaks echoed along the floorboards below. Heavy steps. Not Kayden’s.

Aurora lunged at the door, pawing the battered wood frame. A low growl rumbled through the dog’s throat.

Piper got to her feet, ignoring the cold shock of the floor as she crossed the room.

She cracked her door ever so slightly and peered into the darkness.

Another creak echoed from the downstairs hall. The footsteps paused at the base of the stairs.
Aurora whimpered, nudging at the opening with her muzzle.

Piper reached down to grab Aurora’s collar but wasn’t quick enough. Aurora charged into the hallway.

Piper shot out after her, but her sister pulled her up short— with a rifle in her hand. Kayden released her grasp on Piper and raised her finger to her lips.

Great hook. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Dani Pettrey is celebrating the release of Shattered with a Nook HD giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party {3/14}. 

Shattered Pettrey

One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Nook HD
  • Submerged and Shattered by Dani Pettrey {Be caught up in this riveting series.}
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 13th. Winner will be announced at the "Shattered" Author Chat Party on 3/14. Connect with Dani for an evening of book chat, trivia, and a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of Shattered and join Dani on the evening of the March 14th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 14th!

Thank you, Dani, for sharing your book, and your special party news, with us today.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Shattered (Alaskan Courage) - paperback
Shattered (Alaskan Courage Book #2) - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Patty said...

I have book one in this series, would love to add number two to my shelves!

Patty in SC

Cyndi said...

I totally would love to take the same dream vacation! My parents were missionaries in Alaska when I was 2 and since I don't remember any of it, I have always wanted to go back and experience Alaska. Dani's books are definitely on my TBR list!

Cyndi W.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Lyndie Blevins said...

A great title -- Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, tc

Anonymous said...

Would love to win. Angela from KY

Cathy said...

I'm looking forward to reading this series.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cathy from BC Canada

l said...

I've been wanting to read these books for quite some time now. Thanks for the chance to win it!!

- Leauphaun from BC

Anonymous said...

I would love to win. I have been looking forward to Shattered.

Katie J. from FL

Norma S said...

Thank for giving me a chance to win your book. Great tittle and cover, they really say a lot. Can't wait to see how it turns out for Piper and Reef. God bless and keep on writing.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Heidi said...

Haven't heard of this author, but now I want to read her book. Thanks for sharing!
Heidi from San Diego, CA

MsRubyKat said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway. I would love to win Shattered. I read Submerged and loved it.

Karen G from Troy, NY

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

rubynreba said...

I love this series and I'm anxious to read Shattered.
Beth from Iowa

Nancee said...

I would love a copy of Shattered. I've heard so much about Dani's book. This is one that I'd love to read. Thank you for featuring her and offering this giveaway!
Nancee in Michigan

Jean said...

I would love to have this book to entice me to start the series, after getting Book 1.

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Marissa said...

I have heard so many great things about this series! I would love to win!

Sarah said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!!
Sarah Richmond

Kandra said...

Please put my name into the hat!
Kandra in TN

Heather said...

I live in Kansas but spent some time in Alaska last summer. The cover of Submerged sold me the book - it is beautiful. I love the cover of Shattered also and am looking forward to reading it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Bonnie Jean

holdenj said...

I always enjoy Alaska as a setting. Thanks for the info and chance to win.
Julie in MN

Kevlin said...

I have the first book. I would love a chance to win the second book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Kevlin in NY

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me! Thanks!!!

Blanch, N.C.

KayM said...

I would enjoy reading Shattered. Thank you for offering the opportunity.
East Tennessee

Mama Cat said...

I have just finished this book and "Submerged". Awesome! Can't wait for the release of "Stranded" later this year!!!! Can't enter the facebook sweepstakes since I don't have facebook account, but want to share with your readers that these books are the best - excellent Christian witness and exciting mysteries with just the right amount of romance. Blessings!!!

Anonymous said...

I think romantic suspense would be a great read. sharon, san diego

Veronica Sternberg said...

I've been looking forward to reading this one! I'm in MN.

Jorie said...

One of my favourite 'exotic' places to visit would be Alaska! Its simply the last of the last of possible unknown frontiers,... the wildlife is unbelievable, and I always felt like its one of those places you must go before you go anywhere else! I'd love the chance to read this, as I know its kicking up a lot of excitement, as everyone seems to be talking about it! :)

Ms. Pettrey has travelled to places I'd love to go myself -- inspiring interview for sure!!

Thank you for this bookaway!


Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to win and read this book.Thanks for the chance.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

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Kay from NY said...

Sounds like a great read. Would love a chance to win a copy. Thanks.
Kay in NY

Kristie said...

We went to Alaska on our honeymoon in 2010. It was WONDERFUL!!! We went on a glacier flightseeing trip to Mount McKinley. We flew through the mountains in a small plane and landed on a glacier and walked around. It was WAY BEYOND AMAZING!!!! So I would love to read your series since it's set in Alaska. I enjoy a good CLEAN suspense once in a while. I think this fits the bill. Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.