Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mini Interview + Game + Giveaway: Dani Pettrey in the house!

Happy Book Birthday to Still Life by Dani Pettrey! In celebration, I have a little fun for y'all! I've happened to bug Dani for a little mini interview and a fun little jigsaw puzzle. And Dani offered a wonderful prize for a reader!! Are you excited? Let's start, shall we?


Thank you to Dani for dropping by and for the awesome prize for the giveaway! Tell us your short (elevator) spiel of Still Life.
Blacklisted in the photography business when one of her shots causes a scandal, but desperate to somehow continue in the profession, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She fully expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–taking time to teach her the trade. Now she’s half in love with the man, half terrified to even acknowledge her feelings, and completely hooked on the job–until the next crime hits too close to home.
Avery attends the gallery opening of a new photography exhibit to support her best friend who modeled for the show. The only image of her, though, is a chilling photo of her posing dead. Only the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot, and Avery’s friend can’t be found.
As Avery and Parker, along with Parker’s brilliant friends, begin to dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a dangerous, relentless, and deadly threat which could endanger them all.
I'm sorry (not really) to say that I had some creepy goosebumps from Still Life even though I enjoyed the book so much. Tell us, how did you come up with these teeth-clenching suspense?

I’m not a plotter so I start with a really basic premise, which for Still Life was focused on the photography element and show. With that in mind, I sat down and started writing, and thankfully God let the story flow. It really was simply a ‘what if?’ idea that bloomed.
Which character would you want to warn readers about, either in a good or interesting way? 
Oooh. Fun question. I suppose I’d want to warn readers about Parker. He’s been hurt and has walls in place, but there’s a well full of depth, charm, and intelligence just beneath the surface. Careful or you’ll fall in love ;)
O, you will! Now, I must say, that cover model for Parker, Ooooo HOT!! Whew! I need a fan to tear me away. Have you met him!!?! That wasn't the question, but have you?
Unfortunately, no. I did actually offer to be present for all the cover model photo shoots for the Chesapeake Valor series, but my publisher hasn’t taken me up on my offer. The fun fact is that Ken (the model) was a contestant on the most recent season of Survivor.
 Who do you imagine Avery to look like? Picture please? 
I picture Jennifer Morrison who is most known for her role of Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time. Super-secret share: I pictured Colin O’Donoghue as Parker.

 Whew!! Fan on high please! Next! I love that you used Baltimore/Chesapeake area since it's quite close to me. How did you decide one this area? 
I also live in the area and thought it would be really fun to share my neck of the woods with readers. The Chesapeake region is such a unique and vibrant area. I’ve loved getting to research places I thought I knew well, and discovered I had so much more to learn.
What can we expect in the next book of the series? Any spoilers you want to share?

Blind Spot will be Declan and Tanner’s story and will be out this coming October. Yay! I hope ya’ll will really getting to know the quiet and elusive Declan Grey a lot more.
Blind Spot sounds just as suspenseful and Declan and Tanner's chemistry in Still Life were already simmering! Can't wait!  Thanks again, Dani!

Do you want to meet Dani? She's one of the speakers at the upcoming Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, an event to bring together Christian authors and readers together for a day of fun!  Check out the website for more info!

Don't forget to scroll on down for a fun game and enter the giveaway for your chance to win a combo pack of Cold Shot and Still Life, Books 1 & 2 of the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey!


Dani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered,Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

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, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

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Title:  Still Life
Series: Chesapeake Valor, Book 2
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date:  January 31, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Suspense 

Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting. 

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.

As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.




Check out my review HERE.


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Now have fun with the puzzle below for the pass code to 
one of the giveaway entries!  If the puzzle is not loading, use this LINK.
Update: Sorry for the puzzle delay. The one below works on a computer only AND it takes time to load. However, here's another one that you can play on your phone and load quickly: JIGSAW LINK





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(1) winner will win a copy of Cold Shot and a copy of Still Life
US. Mailing addresses only.



                                                                                                                                                                                               



49 comments :

  1. Love reading these types of books!

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    1. Still a newbie with suspense but LOVE it!

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  2. I absolutely love all of Dani's books . Always anxiously awaiting the next one! I can't get the puzzle to come up!

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    1. Ahhh. Try the direct link to go to the puzzle page! Sorry!

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  3. Tough question, but I think my favorite would be Stranded. I love the background of the newest cover.

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  4. I haven't read hers yet, but I have Cold Shot sitting on my TBR shelf!! I hear so many great things about her writing that I cannot wait to start. :)

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    1. O, you need to start Susan!! And just look at those yummy covers!! ;)

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    2. O, you need to start Susan!! And just look at those yummy covers!! ;)

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  5. I've read Dani's Alaska series and loved them, but I haven't read her newest ones. I'm anxious to read them.

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    1. Winnie you will love it! I haven't read the Alaskan series yet, but have heard great things!

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  6. No, I haven't, but her books have been on my radar. Would love to read. Thank you.

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  7. I have not read any as yet bur would like to.

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  8. I've read the first book of the Alaska series. Can't wait to dive into this series!!

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    1. I bought the first book recently, but did not get the chance to read it yet!

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  9. I've read Dani's Alaskan courage series and Piper's story (Shattered) was my favorite. I am so excited about this new series and the covers are just great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I have Cold Shot. I also have a few of Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series, but have not read them yet.

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    1. Still Life is sooooo good! You'll need to read it!

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  11. Awesome interview! I loved her Alaskan Courage series, but I haven't had a chance to pick up these yet. They sound so interesting!

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  12. I have read ALLL her books, except this new one of course! They are amazing. She is one of my favorite authors! I am not sure though if I can pick a favorite... They are all sooo good.

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    1. Aimee! Wow! You are amazing! You'll need to meet her!! thanks for dropping by!

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  13. Loved the fist book... Can't wait to read this!

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  14. I've read Dani's Alaskan Courage series and it's excellent!

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  15. I haven't yet read Dani's books but I keep hearing how good they are. I think I need to start reading them. The covers are sure nice to look at!

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  16. Very interesting interview!
    Martha T.
    CRPrairie1(@)imonmail(dot)com

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  17. I haven't read any of Dani's books yet.

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  18. I still haven't had the chance to read any of Dani's books. I like the background colors on the covers, and the models are pretty easy on the eyes too! Lol

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  19. Thanks for interviewing Dani. I enjoyed Submerged and looking forward to winning and reading more of her books. Just purchased Cold Shot and hope to read it this weekend.

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    1. Ooo..nice. feel free to share your thoughts here when you're done!

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  20. I have read all of Dani's books, LOVE them all.

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  21. I have not read any of Dani's books yet.

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    1. Thanks Meredith! We'll need to work on that! 😉

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  22. No, I haven't read any yet, but I must start soon! I love the cover.

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  23. I have read all of the Alaskan Courage series and Cold Shot. I loved them all. Each one has its own unique twists and hooked me from the start. I loved the Alaskan Courage series because I have only read about Alaska - never been there but would love to. The series made me feel like I was visiting. Cold Shot might be my favorite but only by a slim margin. I live in Virginia so it was almost like it was happening nearby.

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    1. Hi Edward! Thanks for stopping by! I have Dani's Alaskan series on my TBR
      I actually recently bought Books 1 & 2 and waiting to collect all of them before starting! I wanted to read them in a marathon! Lol. But your comment makes me want to read it right away! I think I'll need to push it up! Thanks!

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  24. I LOVE Dani's Alaskan Courage series! The heart pounding drama kept me turning the pages.

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  25. I haven't read anything by her yet but these look really interesting. Also, Ken from Survivor!! \o/

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