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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In real life, 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 one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

Did you know Dani’s Characters are:
Consummate world travelers: Africa, South America, Australia—been there, done that.
Are die-hard thrill seekers: heli-skiing, cave diving, storm kayaking—if it’s extreme, she’s there.
Are bullet-dodging, high-speed-car-chasing, treasure-hunting adventurer.
Are antiquities theft investigator, FBI agent, archaeologist, forensic anthropologist, and a detective who tracks down justice for a living.



3 shots espresso (2 if you don’t want to go extreme) OR 2/3 cups of really strong coffee 2 cups steamed milk
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
Marshmallow fluff, caramel topping, and crushed Heath bar


Prepare your coffee or espresso.
Steam your milk (via espresso machine or on the stove top). Pour both into a large mug (16 ounce).
Add your chocolate syrup and stir.

Top with a large dollop of marshmallow fluff, drizzle with caramel sauce, and crushed Heath bar (in quantity to suit your tastes).

Finding Hope Book Club Meeting in Buford GA Jan 2013

When I heard you speak at Finding Hope Book Club you mentioned you and your family like to rock climb and try other sports. How did you get into rock climbing? What sport would you like to try that you haven’t so far?

I took an indoor rock climbing class as research for a manuscript I was working on. It was something I wanted to try for a while and research gave me the perfect excuse. I loved it so much; I brought my entire family and got them hooked too :) The adventure sport I would love to try is surfing. I've been windsurfing, but never traditional surfing. 

I’ve heard you say that you home schooled your daughters. What did you love about this experience? What did you find challenging? What do you say to other parents that want to try this?

I love nearly everything about homeschooling--getting to spend the time with my girls, revisiting subjects I enjoyed growing up, learning new things, and seeing my girls thrive in their own unique ways. At times it was challenging trying to balance everything (teaching, sports, social activities, being a mom, maintaining a home, etc), but I wouldn’t trade those years for the world. I encourage anyone interested in homeschooling to give it a try. It's such an amazing experience, and there so many resources available. 

You talk about cave divers in Submerged? What did you find fascinating about this topic? Have you ever been cave diving? If not, would you ever want to try?

I find cave diving so fascinating because it is such an adventurous, dangerous and highly skilled endeavor. There has got to be such a mix of adrenaline, fear, courage, and excitement involved in each and every dive. Since I'm not a fan of dark, enclosed spaces I would definitely pass on trying it, but I do love swimming and snorkeling.  

You mentioned in a recent interview that you love classics and read Pride and Prejudice every year by Jane Austin. What are your favorite parts of that book? Why do you love it so much?

I adore the witty banter between Elizabeth and Darcy. Austen was phenomenally ahead of her time. She writes so poignantly about relationships—between a man and a woman, between sisters, friends, even parents and their adult children. I can't help but be in awe every time I read one of her novels. My two favorite scenes from Pride and Prejudice are 1) When Darcy proposes the first time and 2) When Elizabeth discovers what a truly good man he is—love that part!

What do you enjoy most about TBCN?

 I love the The Book Club Network because it's a community for book lovers. It's a place for readers to discuss the books they're enjoying, share their latest discoveries, and chat directly with authors. 

How did you feel when your book Submerged won TBCN Book of the year?

 I attended a book club meeting where the host made the Russian Spice cookies from Submerged and a group shot - we had so much fun!
Russian Spice Cookies from Submerged

Group shot where host made cookies

 I was ecstatic, and completely humbled by the amazing support of my readers. I'm so very thankful for them! 

Can you give us a sneak peek at what you are working on now? Do tell!!

I'm finishing up edits on Stranded, which will be out this fall! Here's a sneak peek: 

When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He's surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.


What three things would you rather not live without? (Besides friends and family)

Coffee, books and dark chocolate. 

What do you read to escape, relax, or just have fun?

I enjoy reading a wide variety: inspirational romantic suspense (Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, Lynette Eason), Mysteries (Sue Grafton), Historicals (Karen Witemeyer), Contemporary Romance (Becky Wade, Beth Vogt) as well as non-fiction (Beth Moore, Max Lucado). 

What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most?

I hope its okay, but I'm going to pick a TV show. I adored Scooby Doo as a kid. Every day after school, I'd come home and watch an episode before I went out to play with friends. It, along with Agatha Christie novels, fostered my love of mysteries. 

A friend of yours has a time travel machine and will let you have it for awhile. What would you do with it? Where would you go and what would you do?

 Being a huge Jane Austen fan, I'd love to travel back to the Regency period. It would be lovely to sit down with her over a cup of tea and chat about books. 

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

Storyteller or teacher. Definitely nothing involving tools—I'd accidentally hurt myself and, most likely, others :) 


Thank you so much for your encouragement. I deeply appreciate your emails and FB messages. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many of you during book club chats. It's wonderful connecting with fellow book lovers. It's thanks to all of you, and your incredible support, that the Alaskan Courage series will now include 5 books—one for each of the McKenna siblings! 

That's GREAT News Dani!! Wow! I'm thrilled that we were able to meet in person and you were able to speak to Finding Hope Book Club "Live". I was also thrilled to present you with The Book Club Network's Book of the Year award.
All the best to you in your writing adventures. It sounds like we have great reading fun ahead! Thanks for letting us get to know you and your books!
Nora :o)


Dani came up with some fun questions for you to answer. The Contest starts today and will run until March 3oth - GIVING AWAY 2 COPIES OF SUBMERGED

1. Piper McKenna's favorite animal is the moose. She finds them utterly adorable. What is your favorite animal and why? 

2. Shattered opens with an extreme snowboarding competition. Have you ever watched Winter X-Games? Do you ski or snowboard? If not, would you like to? 

3. Piper is convinced of her brother's innocence despite the evidence. If someone you love was accused of a crime, would you believe them despite any evidence? 

4. Gage McKenna's favorite drink is Moose Madness Extreme (Recipe ABOVE). Do you have a favorite cold weather drink? 

Dani said that she will be stopping by. I can't wait to hear from you all! We will be giving away 2 copies of Submerged.

Excited about this giveaway opportunity!

Nora St.LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins


  1. 1 my favorite animal is polar and koala bears because they are cute
    4 my favorite drink is mountain dew for any season

  2. Hey Dani - I like the wolverine ... little guy, lives in the cold, and doesn't take crap from anyone!!
    (Another favorite is a Gila Monster.)

  3. I loved this post!!! Thanks for the interview! I love your books and would love to win this one!! You draw your readers into the story from the first page and I can't stop reading until the last page! My favorite animal is the cow. I know they are everyday animals, but I love to talk to them. It reduces my stress level! lol I have been known to stop in the middle of the road to say hi to one. My son's girlfriend about died when I did it the first time she was in the car with me! lol Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

  4. 1. What is your favorite animal and why? Mine is the dog because they love you unconditionally and are super loyal.

    2. Have you ever watched Winter X-Games? Yes Do you ski or snowboard? If not, would you like to? I tried skiing once. That was enough. I spent more time in the snow than I did on it.

    3. If someone you love was accused of a crime, would you believe them despite any evidence? I would believe them if I trusted them. (there are some poeple I love but don't completely trust)

    4. Do you have a favorite cold weather drink? My favorite cold weather drink is hot mocha.


  5. Hi Debbie,

    Great animal picks :)) We love visiting the polar bears at the zoo near us.

  6. Hey Andrew,

    LOL! Nice pick :D Not one you hear very often.

  7. My favourite cold weather drink is just a regular coffee :) and my favourite animal is a large dog - any breed! They make the best pals and you are forced to get out and walk them! Much better than a gym membership!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      You can't beat coffee :) Or large dogs. We have a black lab and he is just the sweetest thing, and he's my exercise program. We walk frequently.

  8. My favorite animal is the platypus. I am a big fan of Perry the Platypus. The platypus is a very unique animal. It does not feel like it has to be like all the others. ;-)

    1. Hi Tammy,

      What a unique and interesting pick in animals. Very cool!

  9. Hi, Dani and Friends. I'm so glad you have joined the party and it's fun hearing about your favorite animals and drinks.

    I'm fond of cats and I can't say I have a favorite drink but I do have some favorite creamers you put into coffee. For me it's about drinking the creamer the coffee helps me have it nice and hot. My favorites right now are peppermint moche and Almond Joy creamer in nice hot coffee !! Yummy!

    Thanks for being here Dani and they are fun questions!!

    1. Hi Nora,

      I apologize I'm a few days behind in answering. I've been quite sick :/ But I'm so enjoying catching up on everyone's answers. So fun learning a little about everyone. I love creamers as well. My current favorite is dark chocolate mocha. Yum!

  10. #2.I ski but only cross country, downhill is too much for me. I, however, enjoy dogsledding, so much fun!
    #4. Hot chocolate!
    Jasmine A.

    1. Dogsledding must be amazing! Never been, but I would LOVE to try. And, hot chocolate is hard to beat. It's snowing here today and I've already had one cup with whip cream :-)

  11. Hi Dani and you too Nora. I tried to ski once while living in WY. and surprised myself at staying upright until stopping. i lived right next to a ski slope and the good skiers made stopping look so easy, but not for me. Maybe if I'd gotten to do it more, but my hubby hurt his knee and we never went again. My two young daughters learned tho while we lived there. They had a class for school kids, a part of classes. Tho't that was neat. I love to watch the ice skaters. That's what I wish I could have learned. I like most all of the baby animal. I like the mini poodle. They don't shed hair.I also love to watch colts and calves romp and play. I like hot chocolate. But drink cokes, and iced tea all year. Maxie Anderson

    1. Hi Maxie,
      Ice skating is wonderful. I really enjoy going, but am still a beginner as we don't go more than once or twice a year. I'm so impressed by figure skaters. I also love watching colts romp and play--they are so beautiful. Thanks for dropping by and chiming in. Appreciate it!

  12. my favorite winter drink is coffee - in any form. Although I LOVE coconut lattes. It's so comforting to sip a hot drink when the world outside is so cold.

    1. Kate,

      I absolutely agree. It's snowing here today and sitting here sipping my hot chocolate is such a treat :) Thanks so much for dropping by and chiming in :-)

  13. Hi, I am not entering the contest as I have a signed copy of Submerged (from a book signing at the mall) is a wonderful book, loved it and am enjoying Shattered (which I won recently!) very your books Dani.

    Favorite animal would be cats, love it when they purr when you hold them. I love bird watching too..we have lots of deer that come up to the front door (we live in the country), they try to eat from the bird feeders...

    Blessings, Tina

    1. Hi Tina,
      Thanks so much! So glad you are enjoying Shattered too!
      Birds are wonderful. We have a feeder out back so I can watch them from my office while writing. My favorite is the cardinal pair we get daily. Gorgeous.

  14. Afternoon, I am not entering the contest as I have a signed copy of Submerged--it is a great book, loved it....I am currently reading Shattered and am loving it your books Dani!!

    My favorite animals are cats, love to hear them to feed and watch the birds at the feeders....

    Blessings, Tina

  15. Lady DragonKeeperMarch 21, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    My favorite "real" animals (I'm guessing unicorns and dragons don't count) are panda bears. I've loved them since I was a little girl --maybe because their dark patches around their eyes reminded me of glasses (which I wore back then).

    Thanks for the chance to win! My mom raved about your books and she's eagerly awaiting the next one!


    1. Hi Lady Dragonkeeper,
      Great user name :) So glad your mom enjoyed my books. Hope you will too! I adore pandas as well. We visited the National Zoo a few weeks ago and I have a picture of the panda we saw on my FB Page if you're interested. You'll have to scroll down to see it.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  16. My favorite is the lion—strength, beauty, and courage all rolled up together in one magnificent, majestic creature!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

    1. Yes. Lions are definitely majestic. They are one of my husband's favorites :)

  17. My favorite animal is the monkey! They are so cute and you can't help but love them!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Megan,

      Yes. Monkeys are adorable! We were at the National Zoo a few weeks ago and they had a rainforest display where you could walk around with the monkeys swinging around on trees around you. It was so cool and they were so adorable :)

  18. Desperate to read "Submerged" because I loved "Shattered"! My favorite cold-weather drink...probably a nice orange cappuccino. Hot, caffeinated, and just right for warming (and waking) me up. :)


    1. Hi Charity,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Best of luck in winning Submerged. Hope you'll enjoy it too. I've never had an orange cappuccino, but it sounds delicious!

  19. Hi Dani, I love tigers, both beautiful and dangerous. :-) Would love to win a copy of "Submerged"! Thanks for the opportunity!


    1. HI Gwendolyn,

      Tigers are amazing. I've got a few tiger pics on my Pinterest Adorable Animal Board
      I especially love white tigers.
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings.

  20. My favorite animal is the lemur because its such an unique animal.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Karen,

      Lemurs are very unique animals. My daughter fell in love with them years ago from the movie Madagascar :-)

  21. My favorite animal is the elephant. I think they look so beautiful but I would hate to meet up with one in the wild!

    1. Totally agree. Would not want to meet up with an elephant in the wild :)

  22. I enjoyed the great interview. Thank you. My favorite cold weather drink is hot tea.My favorite flavors are Constant Comment and Pumpkin Spice.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Hi Kay,
      So glad you enjoyed the interview :) Pumpkin Spice tea sounds really good.

  23. My favorite cold weather drink is hot chocolate with marshmallows, nothing warms me up faster but.... since I live in Florida most of what I drink is sweet iced tea.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.

    1. Hi Janet,
      I suppose you don't get a whole lot of call for hot chocolate in Florida :) Wouldn't mind some of your warm weather right about now.

  24. 2) I've watched the X-games once in a while when I happen to run across it on TV. I'm not daring enought to try much of it. I've cross country skied but thats about it.


    1. I've been downhill but never cross country. I'd really like to try it sometime. I imagine you get to enjoy a lot more of the scenery that way :)

  25. HI my favorite animal is the horse....they are just so powerful and have really helped us throughout the years...gotta have good coffee as my warm drink.

    truckredford (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. I love horses too. My husband used to have one when we lived in New Mexico. They are so beautiful!

  26. My favorite animal is a chinchilla because they're so fluffy and cute! I can't wait to read Dani's books!


    1. Thanks so much, Marissa! Chinchillas are adorable.

  27. My brother was a troublemaker when he was younger, but I always wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. So I think I would probably believe his innocence until I could speak to him directly or study the evidence for myself. Thanks for having the giveaway.


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, Rose :-)

  28. Question #2: I love to watch the Winter X-Games. My favorite part is the snowboarding and I like to watch Shaun White he seems to have new tricks every year. When I lived up north I tried skiing but unfortunately I'm not very good at it.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read Submerged.

    Katie J.

  29. HI Katie,

    Yes. Shaun White is always FUN to watch :)
    Thanks for dropping by!