Expedition: Still Life Tour Stop #6 with Dani Pettrey + Giveaways!


Ft. Howard

Thanks so much for joining me on Annie’s fantastic blog for the sixth stop on my Expedition: Still Life Tour. If you aren't familiar with this exciting blog tour, or the fabulous grand prize you can win by taking part in it, please visit Expedition: Still Life's main contest page for all the details.

Today’s stop is Fort Howard. I won’t give any Still Life spoilers on this tour, but Ft. Howard plays a pivotal role in the story. It also plays a pivotal role in Maryland’s history.

Fort Howard is a former military installation of the Spanish–American War. The installation earned the nickname the "Bulldog at Baltimore's Gate," serving as the coastal artillery headquarters for Baltimore, Maryland. Fort Howard's historical significance is its military connection with the War of 1812, the Spanish–American War, and World War II. In 1922 it became the headquarters of the Coast Defenses of Baltimore and from 1925-1928 the nurses' home on property was the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur.

The installation was turned over to the U.S. Veterans' Administration in 1940 and during World War II it was used as a holding center for German prisoners of war. From 1943 until the early 2000’s, Ft. Howard Hospital ran on a portion of the property. It is now an abandoned facility.

Here are a few insider images of what remains:




The perfect place for some creepy crimes if you ask me 😉
 - Dani



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.


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Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a sigh-worthy romance novel. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent” of romance (USA Today).

Dani’s adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA bestseller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Courage series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com.

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 GIVEAWAY # 1

Thanks again to Annie for so graciously hosting me today, and for all of you joining me on stop #6 of my Expedition: Still Life Tour. Be sure to collect your passport stamp to be entered to win the Grand Prize:

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 GIVEAWAY # 2
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One of Ft. Howard’s historic markers is a beautiful red and white lighthouse.
Where is your favorite lighthouse located?

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CONVERSATION

140 comments:

  1. My favorite lighthouse in is Grand Haven, MI. Every year, my family walks out and looks at the sunset.

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  2. I found this one that is interesting.. The Southwest Ledge Lighthouse in New Haven, Connecticut http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/southwest-ledge-lighthouse.html

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  3. I'm from Michigan. Picking a favorite lighthouse is like picking a favorite kid! There's dozens of them on the Great Lakes. 😂

    It's terribly sad that they've let Ft. Howard become so dilapidated! I hate seeing gorgeous old buildings and historic sites just go to ruin. 😔

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    1. That sounds nice around the Great Lakes. I agree about how some historic sites have been left to ruins. depressing for sure!

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    2. So true!
      I agree. It's such a shame.

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  4. I love the lighthouse at St. Simon's, GA--so much history there. Eugenia Price's novel about this lighthouse and the island is fascinating too. But I've also always wanted to visit the Cape Hatteras light in NC. That is definitely on my travel bucket list.

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    1. Amy, those sure sounds nice. I'm not too familiar with lighthouses, but I've always wanted to visit some. So I'm loving this question with these great suggestions! Thanks for stopping in!

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    2. Those two lighthouses sound great! Cape Hatteras is definitely cool.

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  5. I haven't ever seen a real light house, but there are beautiful ones in Maine. Like the Portland Head Light.

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    1. I've seen artworks of the Maine lighthouses which are quite popular!

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    2. I've never made it to Maine, but my daughter and her husband visited not too long ago and they said there are gorgeous ones there. So iconic when you think of lighthouses for sure.

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  6. I don't know that I have a favorite one since I haven't visited a lot of them over the years. I've been to the one in Havre de Grace the most, so if I must pick one, I choose it. It's not too tall, so one can climb up it without getting winded. lol.

    I was at a cool one in Spain that was part lighthouse, part observatory. That was cool.

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    1. Denise, that sure sounds like fun, the one in Spain. And I need to check out Havre de Grace one. I thought most lighthouses are closed to the public!

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    2. Love the Havre de Grace light house.
      Wow! That does sound cool.

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  7. I love reading about lighthouses, but I'm not sure that I've ever even had the privilege of visiting one, so I don't have a favorite

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  8. I've only been to one lighthouse and that is at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

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    1. I've seen the golf tournament (on TV) at the Hilton Head in SC. It sure looks pretty!

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    1. O, pretty! Whale watching! That's awesome!

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    2. Sorry, deleted my comment by accident - this is the first time I have ever commented on a blog! :) I had said that I have two favorite lighthouses, York, Maine and Juneau, Alaska. We were on a whale watching tour in Juneau where we saw Orca's and Humpbacks as well as the lighthouse. Seeing lighthouses is rare and special since we live in Oklahoma!

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    3. Wow. That sounds AMAZING! Thanks so much for visiting Annie's blog :)

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    4. No worries Kathy! Thanks for dropping by and entering!

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  10. I have only seen lighthousing in picture so I don't have a favorite.

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    1. Me too Kim! No worries there. =)

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    2. No worries there at all, but thanks so much for stopping by. Appreciate it :)

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  11. My favorite is at Barcelona, NY as I often drive there to watch the waves, listen to the birds, and spend time reading. In the winter I go there to see the ice formations hitting the jetty.

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    1. O, where is Barcelona, NY? That sounds lovely to see the ice formations. That is so visual! Thanks!

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    2. That sounds so cool. Never thought about seeing one in the winter like that, but that must be stunning.

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  12. I don't have a specific favorite lighthouse, but I love the ones with stripes, they are so eye-catching!

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    1. O, true! Many of the pictures I've seen are the ones with the stripes that's more eye-catchy!

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  13. I have visited St Simons Island, GA several times. The lighthouse & beach is beautiful.

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    1. Another St. Simon's Island, GA. I think I need to check it out when I'm in the area. That's one place I would like to visit. Heard so much about it from family and friends!

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    2. Oooh, I've never been there, but have heard wonderful things.

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  14. I haven't visited many lighthouses, but one of my favorites that I have visited is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina (my state). I have always liked the design of it :).

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    1. Thanks Anna. That's another area that my friends mentioned - Outer Banks, NC. Sounds like a great spot to relax!

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  15. I've visited three of the lighthouses a couple of times on the Outerbanks of North Carolina, and I love the Hatteras lighthouse. It is just so majestic. Even though it had to be moved inland it is still so beautiful and grand. Kim Gregory

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    1. Nice Kim! Another Outer Banks! =) Looks like that and St. Simon's in the lead now with the favorite lighthouses (according to the comments)!

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  16. The cute little Cochin lighthouse, it overlooks a lake in the middle of Saskatchewan. I just find it sort of funny because Saskatchewan is land-locked in the middle of Canada with no Ocean in sight!

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    1. Now that's interesting. Lighthouse in a land-locked area??!! Thanks Hannah!

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    2. Oh wow. That is interesting. I wonder why...

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  17. My favorite lighthouse is inn Pensecola, Florida. Click.Bing to the top was very interesting!

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  18. I've not been to any lighthouses in the east but have visited a few in Oregon. My favorite is the one on Tillamook Rock. It's unique because it's 1.2 miles off shore.

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    1. I've heard Oregon coast is gorgeous! Would love to go sometime.

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  19. I don't have a favorite lighthouse but I do think they are majestic! And that red and white one is so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. You are super welcome. Thanks so much for dropping by Annie's awesome blog.

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  20. Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia. I was there on a trip and loved walking out over the bedrock. The location of my first taste of lobster.

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  21. My favorite lighthouse that I've seen was on Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia. It was so simple and pretty! Had a blue little house right beside it. So cute!

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    1. Prince Edward Island! Yay! So pretty. On my bucket list!

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  22. Brunswick, GA
    We visited last summer and I wanted to climb in it so bad but alas my poor old knees wouldn't allow it. Made lots of outside pictures though!

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    1. Pretty pictures and great memories for sure!

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    2. Glad you were able to visit and take pictures. I think lighthouses are so gorgeous.

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  23. I've only been to one lighthouse. It was the Makapu'u Point lighthouse in Hawaii.

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  24. There was only one I visited. It was in Dominican Republic by a military base. I cannot remember the name. I love lighthouses. I have a bunch of Thomas Kinkaide lighthouses.

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    1. Haven't been, but getting a list from this post! Lol!

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    2. I love Thomas Kinkaide lighthouses.

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  25. One in the Oregon coast! I can't remember where.

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    1. Lol. No worries. Let's just say all of them!

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    2. Oregon is near the top of my bucket list. I've heard it's gorgeous, especially the coast.

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  26. Lighthouses are very unique, I would love to have my own :-)
    But I love this one near the Chicago Navy Pier
    https://fineartamerica.com/featured/a-chicago-lighthouse-annerose-walz.html

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  27. I don't have a favorite lighthouse. I did grow up near one that is in Pt. Bolivar, TX. It is a ferry ride from Galveston, TX.

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  28. I don't remember much about the lighthouses I've visited so I can't say I have a favorite.

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    1. I'm like that with many tourist spots too!

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  29. Growing up in Michigan there are lots of great lighthouses to choose from. My favorite one is Fort Gratiot. My husband proposed to me at the top of it. :)

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    1. Awwwww! Su ch a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I honestly don't remember seeing many lighthouses - maybe 1 or 2. I remember there was one by the Pictured Rocks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I googled it and it must be the Au Sable Light Station. I can't wait to see Dani in August! #CFRRAddicts

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  31. I love lighthouses! They have always intrigued me! I fell in love with one in Maine. We had our pictures made by it on our camping trip. Thanks to fellow tourists. We explored the grounds and just enjoyed the day. I love that they serve as a guide to keep us out of harms way. And as a guide to shore.

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  32. My favorite lighthouse is the Makapu'u lighthouse on Oahu.

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  33. Mine is near Mackinac Island, MI.

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    1. Haven't been but MI is on my list to check out for sure!

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    2. I've heard that one is fabulous!

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  34. My favorite lighthouse is in Biloxi, MS. It has proven its worth & withstood many hurricanes including TWO of the strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall. Hurricane Camille was a ferocious Category 5 hurricane when it hit Mississippi on August 17, 1969. Camille's 190 mph sustained winds at landfall were the highest winds ever recorded for a U.S. landfalling hurricane. Camille drove a record storm surge of 22.6 feet to Pass Christian, Mississippi just a few miles from the Biloxi lighthouse. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of Mississippi first. When the storm made landfall, it had a Category 3 rating on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale–it brought sustained winds of 100–140 miles per hour–and stretched some 400 miles across. The storm surge from Camille was 19.5' & Katrina was 22'. The stories that light old lighthouse could tell ... .

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    1. Wow! I think you're right. Plenty of stories!

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    2. Wow! I'm sure it could tell some serious stories.

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  35. I I haven't really had much experience with lighthouses either, but I do remember a pretty one in Jupiter, Fl that was very cool looking.

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  36. Love the lighthouse in St Joe, MI.

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    1. Michigan is filled with so many lighthouses. It's so cool.

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  37. I love the Holland, MI lighthouse. I also love Wind Point Lighthouse in Racine WI. I also love the one I just saw a photo of in New Brunswick, with the massive iceberg in the background.
    Okay. I love lighthouses. My dad used to collect photos of them...

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  38. Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Washington State

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    1. I definitely hope to make it to that part of the country one day. I've heard Oregon and Washington State are beautiful.

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  39. I don't have a favorite lighthouse, but I have to say that we have many here in Michigan that are beautiful!

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  40. Thanks SO much for hosting me, Annie! I deeply appreciate it and I've loved hearing about everyone's favorite lighthouses. Discovered a few new ones. Super fun!

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    1. You're welcome, Dani. Thanks for allowing me to join in on the fun! I've learned a few new lighthouses to visit too! Happy weekend!

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  41. I haven't seen many lighthouses, but I have seen a few in Cape Cod that are really cool.

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    1. O.. Cape Cod for sure! I've seen some cards with pretty lighthouses of Cape Cod!

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  42. I have never been to a lighthouse so I don't have a favorite. I bet there are some nice ones in Massachusetts though. Thanks for the giveaways your books sound great.

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    1. I think so too. I've also read some books that featured ones in Maine. That's a biggie on my list to see.

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  43. I have seen a couple outside, but I have never been inside of one that I recall. I love learning about lighthouses though and love everything nautical, including lighthouses. I just love what they stand for!

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    1. That would be cool to get to see the inside. I don't know of any that lets you in, but might check into it if I'm ever near one!

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  44. I do not have a favorite lighthouse. I see pictures but have never been in one.
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    1. =) Pictures are great too! I love how photographers can capture their essence.

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