How did I stumble upon this author? Hmmmm....let me take you back....Once upon a time...my bloggy bff's...aka...The Love Feast gals...blogged about their friend Dani and her new book that was coming out. They talked about how wonderful the book was and that Dani is a Christian fiction author. Then I was invited to a author chat through BlogFrog where we virtually got to "meet" Dani.
So, I trusted my beautiful friends and bought the first book in the Alaskan Courage series. I held onto that book for quite a while before I finally opened it up. The first one: Submerged got me through a road trip from home to Galena, Ill with my husband. I got about 1/4 way through on the drive there...then...we arrived and we spent our first day roaming the beautiful city. Maybe 3rd store in we happened upon a hot sauce store. James is a hot sauce fanatic. He boldly sampled their ghost pepper salsa...a hefty big bite on a tiny little chip...you know because...it couldn't be THAT hot...right? It was horrible. He was sick. About an hour later we had to call it a day and headed back to the cabin. I would have been pretty upset that he ruined our first full day of kid-free vacation...but I remembered my book! Sure honey....go ahead and sleep the rest of the night....I'll be up in a while. That was early afternoon...by 2:00 AM I finally crawled into bed after finishing the entire book in one day. Could...not...put...it...down!
Needless to say, I loved it! Every second. The mystery, the suspense, the love story. The vivid descriptions of this place in Alaska...a state I have never been to...made me feel like I was IN the book! I was so excited to read a book that held my attention until the very end. Then...as I closed the book...it happened again...sadness...it was over. Now what?
Well.....to my surprise book 2 was on its way to release! Shattered. I promptly ordered a copy....then I got another copy when I went to Allume in 2012. Where I got to finally meet Dani Pettrey in person! There is something just so awe-inspiring to meet someone who puts those fabulous yummy words all together in a book. You look at them and think...I wonder if she is writing a book in her head right this moment? Dani is extremely beautiful inside and out.So way back to a year ago...I fully intended to "giveaway" that extra copy I had...but it kept disappearing from my bookshelf as more and more friends borrowed the books.
So...back to book two. I read this one in two days. All day on the plane to Napa Valley, California from Iowa with my hubby back in April....and then on the way home at the end of our trip! It did not disappoint. New mysteries, new love stories, the same adorable characters and some new. New fresh plots, suspense that kept you holding your breath. Loved it! I didn't have the sadness after reading book 2 that I did after book 1...because I knew book 3 was on its way in a few short months....and then book 4....and book 5!!! Wow, Dani landed a 5 book deal! What a blessing! Turns out I am not the only fan she has....actually..Dani has a whole list of awards for her books! On that same link you will see 3 videos from Dani talking about her books, and being a Christian fiction author. (I fully expect to see Dani's work on the big screen some day!)
If you haven't read many fiction books that are considered "Christian fiction" here are some things that are different. No strong language, no overly descriptive violence, no strong sexual content. However you will still see...romance, danger, suspense. In Dani's series specifically the story line is based around the McKenna family, who are all volunteer search and rescue members. Their skills range from cave diving, deep sea rescue missions, rock climbing, mountain chases..and more! You also get the added bonus of reading about stories of redemption, hope, love, renewal, and God's faithfulness. Dani's series is no doubt a great series to read...however you can also read each book as a stand alone.
Alright....now...to reveal what I am really excited about....I am giving one of my readers....their very own copy of the first 3 books! You will receive Submerged, Shattered, AND Stranded....which I haven't even read yet myself! I am saving it for my traveling time to the Allume conference in just 12 days! So...contest starts...NOW and ends Sunday October 13th at 5:00 PM Central time. Prize to be mailed out by Monday!
***To enter the contest you must submit a comment on this blog post. There is only one entry per person. I will use Random.org to choose the winner on Sunday evening. Once announced the winner will have 24 hours to send me their mailing information...which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This contest was not paid for by anyone...but me. All opinions are mine. I received no compensation for any of it. Pictures were retrieved from Dani's facebook page (which you should follow) with her permission. Contest is limited to United States and Canada residents...I will only mail to those areas. ***
****This contest is now closed. Thank you everyone for entering! Congratulations Ann Smith!****