Wednesday, May 9, 2012


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Dani Pettrey


Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

Just in case you’re curious…The real Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.

And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.


A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town . . . until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer
has settled in his town and doesn't appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge.

She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he's not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Submerged, go HERE.

Book Review

Can I tell you how much I would love to meet Dani Pettrey for coffee to just talk?   She is a homeschooling mom and wife who managed to find time to write this AMAZING book.   I am in awe.    How did she do that?   I am writing this book review in my pajamas and still trying to help my boys finish their schoolwork while in the back of my mind thinking about the fact I have nothing planned for supper.   Writing a book?   Did I say I am in awe yet?

Don't let me fool you into thinking that I am giving Dani too much credit just because I have homeschooling mom/wife in common with her.    As far as I can tell, this is her first book which is even more amazing.     Few freshmen authors write with broad plot lines and characters, like Cole and Bailey, have depth and background you rarely find in a first book.  The realities of diving in Alaskan waters left me feeling claustrophobic and in awe of people who deep-sea dive in situations like this.

I dove into this book right after I received it when I saw the quote from Dee Henderson the cover and did not come up for air until I was done -- three hours later.   

Submerge yourself in this book!

FUN!  This was posted on Lifeway's Fiction blog.  Hope you enjoy this recipe for Gus's Famous Moosetracks Milkshakes!!

Last Frontier Adventures is one of the shops lining Main Street. Nearby is Gus’s Diner. Picture a fifties diner mixed with a quaint modern-day deli and you’ll have Gus’s. A signature, and much sought after, menu item is Gus’s Famous Moosetracks Milkshakes. As a treat, I thought I’d include the recipe:
·         Moose Track Ice cream (Vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and famous Moose Tracks® fudge).
  • Milk
  • Additional squirt of chocolate syrup if you really like chocolate J
Fill blender to the 1st line with milk.
Add 2 scoops of ice cream and optional squirt of chocolate syrup.
Mix, first at high speed then low.
Add ice cream or milk to thicken or thin mixture to taste.
Add whipped cream.
Add dark chocolate shavings.

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