Sunday, July 26, 2020

FEATURED AUTHOR: DANI PETTREY





ABOUT THE BOOK


When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it'll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they're cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer wants them. It's a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.



Book Details:
Title: The Crushing Depths

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: inspirational romantic suspense



Series: Coastal Guardians #2


Published by: Bethany House
 (June 30th 2020)


Print length: 320 pages

On tour with: Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours









LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH DANI PETTREY



A few of your favorite things:  time with grandbabies, the beach, hiking, coffee, chocolate.
Things you need to throw out: irrelevant papers—I keep everything for years after it’s needed.


Things you need in order to write: yellow legal pad, Frixxon erasable pens in blue, coffee in one of my favorite mugs.
Things that hamper your writing: alerts on my phone, writing in public, procrastination. 


Things you love about writing: daydreaming, getting to know my characters, creating the world they live in.
Things you hate about writing: the blank page, writer’s block, dead ends.

Easiest thing about being a writer: the joy of getting to tell stories for a living. 

Hardest thing about being a writer: having people accept you do have a real job and have to keep work hours.


Things you love about where you live: close to my daughters, son-in-law and grandbabies. Only three hours from the beach. Hiking is about 15 minutes away.
Things that make you want to move: the beach. I could easily live in Kona, Hawaii.

Words that describe you: whimsical (it’s a fancier word than mess), loving, compassionate, and spontaneous.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: procrastinator, worrier, or as my oldest daughter calls me—stress bunny.

Favorite song: “To Make Me Feel Your Love” sung by Garth Brooks
Music that make your ears bleed: Techno.

Favorite beverage: coffee 

Something that gives you a pickle face: grapefruit juice.

Favorite smell: honeysuckle. 

Something that makes you hold your nose: manure.

People you consider as heroes: my husband and all soldiers who have served our country and fought for our freedom.
People with a big L on their foreheads: conceited.

Things you’d walk a mile for: to see my grandbabies.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: doing taxes.

Things you always put in your books: humor.

Things you never put in your books:  foul language.

Things to say to an author: I really enjoy your books. 

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I found your book dry and boring.

Favorite places you’ve been: Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Kona Hawaii, Monument Valley.

Places you never want to go to again: LAX.

Things that make you happy: writing, playing with the grandbabies, watching the sunrise and sunset, traveling.  

Things that drive you crazy: going to the dentist; my husband but in the very best way.

Most embarrassing moment: there are too many to choose from. Yesterday I spilled sparkling water all over my lap and capris right before I had to go into the doctor’s office to get stitches removed. That was fun—explaining soaked, sticky pants. 

Proudest moment: when both my girls and both my grandsons were born.

Best thing you’ve ever done: married my husband. 

Biggest mistake: rolling my Bronco in the middle of the New Mexico mesa.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: hiked along a narrow dirt path so tight I had to put one foot in front of the other—not enough room for two feet—at the top of the Sandia mountains in New Mexico, in flip-flops. 

Something you chickened out from doing: skydiving.





EXCERPT FROM THE CRUSHING DEPTHS

Chapter One

Late September

Thirty-eight miles off North Carolina’s coast

Greg Barnes clinked along the grated metal steps, his boot heels rasping with each shuffle as he headed topside for a much-needed breath of smoke.
Thrusting the door open with a resounding creak, he stepped out into the night air.
A litany of protestors’ chants mimicked the shrill whining of cicadas.
He glanced at his watch. 1930. Didn’t those eco-nuts ever give it a rest?
As if the cursed rig wasn’t enough—they had the dang relentless protestors going practically day and night.
Exhaling, he rubbed his thumb along the smooth surface of the tarnished gold lighter in his pocket. His tight muscles seized, making his movements stiff. He shook his head. Those people needed to get a life.
Edging around the far corner of the main separator facility, he pressed his back against the structure’s cool outer wall. Generators whirred across from him, finally drowning out the clatter. He scanned his surroundings and exhaled in relief. Finally, alone.
His leg twitched. Just one drag . . . maybe two. It’d been an awful day, and that was the gentleman’s way of putting it.
With unsteady hands, he pulled the plastic-wrapped pack from his shirt pocket.
It crinkled beneath his hold and the sweet scent of tobacco wafted beneath his nose. He tamped the cigarette in his palm and slid it between his cracked lips. Just one drag.
Tugging the lighter from his pocket, he flipped it open, then rolled the pad of his thumb across the ignitor.
A spark flashed and fire roared, hissing over him in a sizzling cascade of torment.

Chapter Two

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Rissi Dawson sat at the long table on Dockside’s waterfront deck, gaping at Mason Rogers. He turned to look at her, his green eyes illuminated in the bright pole lights lining the wooden structural beams. She averted her eyes as heat rushed up her throat, spreading across her cheeks. He’d caught her staring again. Embarrassment drenched her. It’d been three days since his arrival, and she still couldn’t wrap her mind around the fact he was actually sitting next to her.
The boy she’d had the biggest crush on as a teen was back in her life. And on her Coast Guard Investigative Service team.
He handed her the basket of hush puppies the restaurant served instead of bread to start everyone off. His hand brushed hers with the movement, and her heart fluttered. “Thanks,” she said, keeping her gaze fixed on the red basket as she pulled two balls of fried cornmeal from it. She plopped the still-warm puppies onto the round plate to the right of her Coke. Get it together, girl!
The whir of a boat’s motor dropping to an idle sounded over the deck’s edge. A teen jumped out of the white outboard and onto the pier, tying her up to the cleat. Rissi loved living in a place with a boat drive-thru.
Noah raised his glass of iced tea. “Everyone . . .” The team lifted their glasses in response to their boss’s prompting.
Noah dipped his chin. “Welcome, Mason. Happy to have you on board.”
The team clinked their glasses together, even Caleb who sat brooding to her left. Observant as he was, there was no chance he missed the way she looked at Mason. In recent months, he’d developed feelings for her, so it wasn’t surprising he’d bristled at Mason’s arrival—especially after learning she and Mason shared a past, though he didn’t know the half of it. Only that they spent time in a children’s home together for a handful of months as teens.
The opening riff of “Sweet Home Alabama” emanated from Noah’s jean pocket. He hitched up as he extracted his phone. “Rowley,” he answered. “Yes?” Standing, he headed down the ramp toward the restaurant’s pier.
“Rockfish tacos,” the waitress said, placing the plate in front of Rissi. The sweet, tropical scent of the mango slaw swirled in the air.
The waitress handed out plate after plate to each of them, setting Noah’s burger at his spot while he continued to pace the pier.
Caleb bit into his Carolina BBQ pork sandwich, the scent of vinegar wafting in the night’s gentle breeze.
Finn Walker did the same with his crab cake sandwich. He and Noah, who was from Maryland, had argued for months over which state had the best crab cake. Finn had been convinced it was North Carolina, right up until Noah had crab cakes flown in fresh from Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore. It took two bites for Finn to concede the win.
“Sorry about that, folks,” Noah said, retaking his seat.
“Everything okay?” Emmy Thorton asked. Rissi looked forward to seeing the quirky angel every day at the station.
“Rissi, Mason.” Noah lifted his chin in their direction. “I’ve got an assignment for you.”
Her and Mason? They’d worked a case his first day on the team, but Finn had joined them for most of the investigation. This would be the two of them . . . alone. A mixture of elation and fear sifted through her.
“Great.” Mason set down his lemonade.
“We’ve got a death out on the Dauntless.”
“The offshore oil platform?” Mason asked, swiping a drop of lemonade from his bottom lip.
Stop staring, girl. So he’s jaw-dropping gorgeous. So you share a past. Still, staring is plain rude. Despite not having a mother to teach her, Rissi knew or, at least had come to learn, her manners.
Noah laid his napkin across his lap. “You two need to determine if the death was an accident or if foul play was involved. Helo is leaving from Textra Oil’s copter hub in forty-five. I need you both on it.”
Mason pushed back from the table. “No problem.”
“Great,” Noah said. “You’ll be joining the head of operations, a commercial diver, and the deceased’s replacement on the company copter.”
Rissi took one last bite of her taco before setting it down. She dabbed the corner of her lips with a napkin. “They aren’t wasting any time in replacing the deceased.”
“The deceased’s name is Greg Barnes. I talked to the head of operations, Bob Stanton, and he said they needed to replace him ASAP.”
“Must be an important position.” She reached for her glass and took a final sip.
“You’d think,” Noah said. “But Bob said the main reason they need to replace him fast is they’ve been working with a skeleton crew.”
Mason’s brows pinched as he stood. “Why?”
“Several guys didn’t show up for their three-week rotation transport out,” Noah said, popping a fry in his mouth.
“I know why they didn’t show up for that copter ride out there.” Tom Murphy leaned toward them from his table situated to their right.
“Why?” Mason asked, moving around to the back of Rissi’s chair. He held it out for her as she stood.
She glanced over her shoulder at him and smiled. “Thanks.”
He nodded.
Tom, one of Wrightsville’s most colorful fishermen, crooked his index finger, drawing them in. “That rig’s cursed.”
“Cursed?” Caleb chuckled. “You can’t be serious?”
Tom waggled his finger. “It’s no laughing matter, young man.”
“I’m sure it’s a good story, Tom,” Rissi said. No reason not to be polite. “But I’m afraid we’ve got to catch a copter ride.”
Tom shrugged and turned back to his food. “It’s your lives at stake.”
“What do you mean?” she asked before they passed his table, unable to stem her curiosity.
“You’ll see.” He smiled, his right incisor missing. “Henry’s curse is real.”
“Henry?” Why was she letting herself get sucked into this?
Tom let out a high-pitched chuckle. “Oh, you’ll learn all about Henry.”
“Shall we?” Mason said, gesturing to the wooden ramp leading down to the gravel parking lot.
Excusing themselves, they moved down the ramp. Mason leaned in. He smelled of the ocean and warm spice. He whispered, “Did that guy seriously just cackle?”
She nodded, strangely curious about the old man’s ghost story.
“I thought people only did that on Scooby-Doo.”
She let out a slip of laughter.
“I wouldn’t be laughing,” Tom called after them as they rounded the ramp on his side of the deck. “You two be careful out there, you hear? It’s a dangerous place to be. Just ask the men on board.”

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Excerpt from The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey.  Copyright 2020 by Dani Pettrey. Reproduced with permission from Dani Pettrey. All rights reserved.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

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).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, Publisher’s Weekly, and Amazon #1 bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award.

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13 comments:

  1. This author and I love the same things, except for the hiking :-) Great post!!!

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  2. Thanks so much for the fun interview! Really enjoyed answering the questions.

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  3. LAX...haha this one made me LOL. That was fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Such an interesting interview! Loved it and love all your books!

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  5. These are such interesting and unique questions! I’m happy to say that we both revere the military and their sacrifices and we both love the smell of honeysuckle. The most daring thing that I have ever done is ride in a hot air balloon, although I don’t recall the ride. Since my stroke, I seem to have selective memory loss, and that is one of the things that I have forgotten.

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  6. This is on my TR list; intriguing because I don't get to the beach much anymore, and the cover grabbed me!

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  7. Thank you for not putting foul language in your book. We as readers forget that some authors are not millionaires and have a full time job. Thank you for writing such beautiful stories. I am still a little bit in love with Griffin and Gabe.

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