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daniAuthor 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 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.

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If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My family, my Bible and dark chocolate.
What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Rocky Road.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
English muffin with peanut butter and jelly. Along with coffee, orange juice and a cup of fruit salad.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
For the Love of the Game by Pillar is the theme song for my Alaskan Courage series.  You can
find story soundtracks for each of my novels on my website Fun page.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
The Beach. Any beach 🙂
What is your favorite Quote?
We are all missionaries. Wherever we go we either bring people nearer to Christ or we repel them from Christ.–Eric Liddell
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, Sue Grafton and Jane Austen.
Favorite Food?
Favorite Candy?
Dark Chocolate.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Thor 2
What do you do in your free time?
Spend time outdoors—hiking, kayaking, swimming at the beach. I love traveling, reading, and just spending time with my family.

What’s your favorite season/weather?

Favorite sport?

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up on the couch reading a good book.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I need silence while I write my first draft, but often listen to music while revising.


We have a black lab who thinks he’s a lap dog and a miniature dachshund who thinks she’s a lion.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
Write as I go.

This or That

TV or Movies?
Hot or Cold?
Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl.

Print or Ebook?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Regular or Diet?

Coke or Pepsi?

Horror or Romance?

Action or Drama?

Pizza or Pasta?

Skittles or M&Ms?

Sweet or Salty?

Summer or Winter?


Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?


PC or Mac?

Beach or Pool?

Shoes or Sandals?

Cats or Dog?

Character This or That

Gage McKenna from Stranded answering. 
Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird.

Print or Ebook?
Regular or Diet?

Coke or Pepsi?

Horror or Romance?

Action or Drama?

Pizza or Pasta?

Skittles or M&Ms?

Sweet or Salty?
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?

Cats or Dog?
City or Country?
Gum or Breath Mints?
Apples or Oranges?
Truth or Dare?
Text or Talk?
Introvert or Extrovert?

Top Fives

Favorite Authors
1. Jane Austen
2. Dee Henderson
3. Sue Grafton
4. Terri Blackstock
5. Karen Witemeyer

Favorite Literary Characters

1. Aragorn  (from Lord of the Rings)
2. Aslan (from Chronicles of Narnia)
3. Elizabeth Bennet (from Pride and Prejudice)
4. Mr. Darcy
5. Sherlock Holmes

Places You Would Most Want to Travel To

1. Australia
2. Alaska
3. Photo safari in Africa
4. England
5. Tuscany (want to return to)


I think keeping your inspiration to write and your love of story strong is extremely important. How do you maintain your enthusiasm after multiple rewrites? How do you approach each story like it’s your first? I’ve found some ways helpful to me and I’d love to share them with you.
  1. Read well-written novels. Nothing keeps me quite as inspired as reading a really good novel does. Read in your genre, outside your genre, re-read  your favorites. Whatever it takes to keep your creativity flowing and your love of story pumping. Watching great movies helps too.
  2. Do things that allow your mind time to be inspired. For me that’s spending a lot of time outdoors. There’s just something about being outside that helps me relax and lets my mind flow. Everything from taking the dog for a walk to kayaking in the bay. I need that time outside to renew both physically and mentally.
  3. Play with your creativity. I’ve found that I’m a very visual person. I love making collages for each of my stories. Not only does it help me envision my characters, but it helps me feel part of their world. I’ve expanded into auditory and I create a story soundtrack for each of the novels I write.
  4. Brainstorm with others. There’s something about hearing your ideas and story out loud that makes it more concrete. I love sharing my story ideas with my family and my mentor. Love watching their reactions to my ideas and brainstorming changes with them.
  5. Learn what works for you. It may seem a really simple thing, but having a notebook and pen I like makes me more comfortable when I sit down to write. I write all my first drafts longhand so having a bright, cheery notebook and a pen that feels good in my hands is nice. I love shopping for a new notebook and pen whenever I start a new book. It’s like getting the tools I need for my new adventure.
 These may all seem to be simple things and they are, really. The point isn’t finding fancy things, it’s finding what works for you. Reading a good book, spending time outdoors, even buying a flower covered notebook help keep me inspired and get my creative juices flowing. Learn what works for you and stay inspired!


The soundtrack is on my website.



Abby’s head swam, her vision narrowing as she stumbled into her cabin. What had they slipped her and when? Nausea rum- bled in her stomach, magnified by the surging waves created by the brewing storm. How could she have been so foolish?

They must have figured out who she was and that she was close to exposing them. They were trying to silence her— though if it came down to it, she preferred death to the al- ternative.

She lifted the receiver and dialed Darcy’s cabin.

Please be there. Darcy had said she’d wait in her room, but the phone kept ringing until it rolled over into voice mail. This wasn’t a message for voice mail. Not if they knew who she was. Not if it could lead them to Darcy. She had to find a better way, a safer way to leave a message only Darcy would understand.

She scribbled a quick note. Now . . . where to put it? She grabbed the Gideon Bible from the nightstand, slipped the message inside, set the Bible on her bed, and headed for the door. Only Darcy would know Abby would have no reason to have a Bible on her bed. Turning, she spotted her purse next to the nightstand, grabbed it, and placed it atop the Bible.

Never hurt to have a little added protection. Darcy would still recognize the significance.

As she walked around her bed, the ship heaved and she stumbled. She needed help. Wobbling with each step, she managed to grasp the doorknob, the metal cool inside her clammy palm. Her breath quickened. Cracking the door, she peered into the corridor, thankful to find it empty. Stepping into the hall, she moved toward the elevator.

Shadows arched around the bend halfway down the hall, where another corridor intersected it. She halted. Her breath hitched.

A man spoke, his words angry and heated. A second man responded. Her heart seized in her chest. It was them. They were coming.

She turned heel, nearly losing her footing, and braced a supportive hand against the wall, hugging it as she moved as fast as she could in the opposite direction.

The deck door. She’d slip outside and track back toward the elevator, entering on the far end of the corridor. Perhaps the fresh air would help clear her muddled brain.

Sliding the exterior door open, she stepped out onto the deck. Brisk Alaskan air slapped her face but didn’t bring the clarity she’d hoped for. Heat still surged along her skin. Seriously, what had they slipped her?

Fighting to remain erect, she gripped the railing as the tu- multuous Alaskan waters crashed against the ship’s hull. If she could just make it to the aft door, she’d come out right by the elevator. A few decks up and she’d be surrounded by people.

She took a tentative step, then another. Only sixty feet to the door she needed.

I can do this. For them, she’d fight.

“There.” His voice sent ice water through her veins. They’d found her.

Sweat drenching her skin, she broke into a run, but her legs tangled beneath her. She flailed forward, her chin collid- ing with the rough deck surface. Pain and heat shot through her—her hands and face tingling with the loss of skin.

The footsteps grew heavier, nearer.

She peered through the haze swarming her brain, strug- gling to focus on the door a mere thirty feet ahead. Pushing up on her bloodied hands, she shot to her feet and stumbled forward. The deck bobbed with the waves, her vision swirling.

Please. Tears pooled in her eyes. She grasped the door handle as an unforgiving hand clamped down hard on her shoulder, pinching her in a viselike grip. Pain radiated down her right side.

“You really thought you could outsmart us, Abby?” He wrenched her back. Grabbing her hair in his fist, he hauled her across the narrow deck.

She scrambled to grasp onto something . . . anything. She kicked as best as her limp legs would allow, fighting whatever was poisoning her system. She mustered a scream, but the ocean’s roar swallowed it.

He pressed her against the railing, her back arched over the thick metal beam, her feet dangling in the air. “What a waste.”

“Please. No.”

“It’s too late for that.” With a push, he forced her over- board.

Her feet flailed as the air rushed up to meet her. “Nooo!”

You can read a longer excerpt on my website:

strandedStranded (Alaskan Courage #3)

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.

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Tour Giveaway

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Ends 10/10/13

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  1. Kathy,

    Thanks so much for featuring me. I really enjoyed your interview questions! Thanks so much for your support.


  2. I would very much love to win this book, thank you
    Shirley B

  3. June Hickenlooper says:

    I love the playlist and like to have it playing in the background while I’m working on other things. Very nice selection of music!!! Gage is my favorite McKenna!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com