Monday, May 14, 2012

Dani Pettrey's "Submerged"



Title: Submerged.
Publisher: Bethany House

Cover blurb: A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. One single clue. Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart... but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

1) How did this story come to you?
I watched a movie about cave divers and I was fascinated. It got me thinking about what type of person would pursue something so extreme and dangerous for a career, and Cole McKenna was born.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I met my editor at the ACFW conference after his Spotlight Session. He asked to see the first three chapters. A few weeks later, I got a request for the full. A few weeks after that he told me they were going to present it for contract. The day I got ‘the call' was amazing. I had been writing for a number of years and received my share of rejections, so getting the ‘go ahead’ on a story I loved so dearly was pure joy.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I write my first drafts longhand.
2) I married a cowboy.
3) I love the Regency period.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Shattered, book two in my Alaskan Courage series, will be a February 2013 release. It’s Piper McKenna’s story and I had a blast writing it. Lots of sparks in this one.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love connecting with readers and writers online. Be sure to drop by and say hi.
Website: http://www.danipettrey.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DaniPettrey
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DaniPettrey

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for presenting this! I'm looking forward to reading Dani's book. It sounds like a nail-biter. I've been hearing about it through another debut author, Beth Vogt. I'd love to be entered in the drawing.

    I don't always get to stop by over here, but I love that you present newer authors and opportunities for reading and winning, K Dawn Byrd. :) Nice job!
    Jeanne-- wetalk2biz(at)q(lower case Q)(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne. So glad you're looking forward to Submerged! Beth is a wonderful lady :)

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  2. This looks like a great book!! Can't wait to read it!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Marissa! Hope you'll enjoy Submerged.

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  3. Ok I really really want ot read this book.

    Lourdes11743[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Best of luck, Lourdes. Hope you'll enjoy Submerged!

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  4. WOW! Sounds like a great story! I'd love to review it!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I had such a great time writing it :)

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  5. I would love a chance to read submerged!

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy Cole and Bailey's adventure!

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  6. I love a good mystery! In a few months I'm going to Alaska for the first (& probably only) time. I would love to read your book. Thanks for writing stories about faith!
    workamper2530@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Janet. I hope you have a wonderful time in Alaska :)

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  7. Lady DragonKeeperMay 15, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    I also love the Regency Era ... have you ever thought about writing a historical in that time period? Thanks for the opportunity to win! Submerged sounds like a wonderful book!

    Email subscriber: Jafuchi7(at)Hawaii(dot)edu

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    1. I have thought about it and actually my very first attempt at a book was set in the Regency period, but what I discovered is that while I love the Regency, my voice is contemporary. But I still love reading it :)
      Thanks for your kind words about Submerged. Hope you'll enjoy it!

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  8. SUBMERGED looks like a wonderful read. Diving & divers sounds exciting & dangerous.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Marybelle,

      That's exactly what intrigued me about cave diving--exciting and dangerous :) So glad it sounds fun to you too!

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  9. I love stories where old flames meet again and are forced to work together. And diving is a whole new territory for me, so I'd LOVE to read more! Thanks for the giveaway and best wishes with the success of your book!

    emily_reynolds(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I grew up in Alaska and love this particular genre so I was doubly excited to see your book. I read the first chapter and was totally hooked, would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway and I am looking forward to the soiree tonight!
    -Heidi

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    1. Hi Heidi,

      So cool that you grew up in Alaska. Thanks so much for coming to the soiree. Hope you had a great time!

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  11. Hi Dani, I love mystery and suspense and mix in a little romance and I am one happy camper. Submerged sounds like a great story and one I would love to read. You are new author to me but i've already added you to my wish list.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. MissKallie--Thanks so much for adding me to your wish list! Hope you'll enjoy Submerged. Thanks for entering!

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  12. I love romantic suspense and Submerged sounds like it is a perfect recipe for a great read. Thanks for a chance to win it.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  13. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story ;)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. This story sounds great and you did a fantastic job on the interview. Is it too late to enter for the drawing?

    librarybooks at religious dot com

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    1. Not too late, Rick :) Added you in. Drawing tonight. Blessings~Dani

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