Enter the Cold Shot Sweepstakes

So, today is my birthday and I wanted to give you a chance at some great prizes from author Dani Pettrey. In celebration of her first book in her Chesapeake Valor series, she’s giving away some wonderful items.

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey!

A quick word about the sweepstakes

This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

Grand Prize

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize



In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.



Second Prize



Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second Prize
Finley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 value cedar wood steamer trunk and vivid Maryland coffee table photo book.





COLD SHOT is sure to leave you with a craving for the mouth-watering snacks Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew enjoy in the story. If you wish you could sample Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind local fare too, this prize is for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The beautifully lithographed, $50 value Taste of Maryland Tin, including the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook and famed local treats such as Old Bay Seasoning, Maple Syrup, Maryland crab soup mix, specialty dip, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

Go to: http://www.danipettrey.com/cold-shot-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 16 – March 7, 2016.

And just in case you’ve missed all the gushing I’ve been doing on this book and the upcoming series, here’s a quick summary for you.


In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

Battling an Unknown Enemy

Some authors write books so engaging, they’re difficult to put down even though you want to story to last. Susan Sleeman is one of those authors and on Feb 29, 2016, readers get to pick up book two in her Agents Under Fire series, Web of Shadows. From the first page, I was drawn into the suspense and mystery as well as the romance.

web of shadows cover

Nina Brandt’s job as an FBI agent working in the cyber division allows her to make the world safer for everyone. With her two agent friends, Kait and Becca, Nina’s life is good.

When ex-boyfriend and Navy SEAL Quinn Stone shows up at her office with his teenage brother, Nina’s world is suddenly shifted. Ty Stone has hacked the TSA’s No Fly List and the computer he did it on was stolen and now missing. The threat of someone getting their hands on the hack and Nina’s love for Ty pushes her to work with Quinn to keep Ty out of jail.

But someone else is using the computer and the hack to make Nina pay for sending him to prison and he has a calculated plan how to make it as painful as possible.

I’m always a sucker for stories of lost love renewed but when you add to it the jam-packed action of an investigation for not only possible terrorists but also hackers, it gets even better. And Nina and Quinn may have shoved their feelings for each other aside, but put them together and everything is bound to come to the surface.

Nina’s sweet southern upbringing and attention to detail are the perfect contrast to Quinn’s hard-core, macho (almost egotistical but not quite) SEAL mentality and desire to act. Together, they make a perfect team.

Sleeman’s ability to portray the twisted workings of the mind of criminals is both harrowing and intriguing. Getting the villain’s point of view allows readers to see the whole picture while others are piecing it together.
If you’re ready for a read full of action, suspense, and police procedure, this is one not to miss.

Preorder your copy today!

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Earlier this month, I shared my review of the first book in Dani Pettrey’s new series, Cold Shot (click here if you missed it)

Get your copy of COLD SHOT by Author Dani Pettrey!

Today, I thought I’d introduce you to the hero and heroine of Cold Shot as well as a little bit about the setting of the book.



Here’s a little video from the author giving us a little tour of places Griffin and Finley hang out in Baltimore

I enjoyed getting to know Finley and Griffin in Cold Shot and look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses in future books in the Chesapeake Valor series. BUT, if you’re still not convinced, perhaps a little excerpt will do the trick.

Check back with me on February 28 for more fun from Dani Pettrey!!

Follow the Adventures of This Crime-solving Duo

Over the past several years, there has been a re-emerging interest in Sherlock Holmes (the Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the television show Elementary, and the Robert Downey, JR/Jude Law blockbusters following the adventures of said detective). I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve not actually read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective adventures, though. I have to say that if they are as much fun as Rachel McMillian’s upcoming The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, I’ve been missing out!!

bachelor girls guide to murder

Best friends and flatmates Merinda Herringford and Jemima (Jem) Watts tromp around Toronto in 1910, often disguised in trousers and bowler hats, as they solve mysteries no one else seems interested in. The pair teams up with Ray Deluca, a reporter and Jasper Ford, a police constable, as they are investigating the murders of two Irish women.

Far beyond what society and the women-hating Morality squad dictate acceptable, the duo of Herringford and Watts search for answers amidst both the lower classes and upper classes of Toronto.

What an absolute enjoyable and fun read!! While The Bachelor’s Guide to Murder’s focus is primarily on Jem (the more proper of the sleuthing team) and Ray, readers will feel at home with the foursome. And while the cadence of the book is light-hearted (including some footnotes for those astute readers in most chapters), the story delves deeper than it may appear upon first settling into the book.

It’s a story about the hardships for immigrants in Toronto, about the role women were expected to play and how they were viewed when they step outside the box built around them, and about focusing not on oneself but on the many others around you and acknowledging that while life might be hard for you, others have it worse. And in the midst of everything, there’s the hope of falling in love.

After finishing this delightful debut in two days (it would have been less but I had to work), I look forward to more Herringford and Watts mysteries in the future. The first full-length book will be available April 1, but feel free to introduce yourself to these women in the e-novella A Singular and Whimsical Problem.

***Harvest House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Would You Save Your Life or Someone Else’s?

I’ve been a fan of Terri Blackstock’s writing for years when I was working in a Christian bookstore while in college and stumbled across her Newport 911 series. And then I devoured her books when they came out. But I did not remember her writing most of her books in first person POV (and yes, I went back and looked, most of her books are written in third person POV). But her latest, If I Run (available Feb 16, 2016), proves that she is a master of both styles.

if i run cover

Casey Cox is on the run. There’s no use cleaning up after herself. Her dad was a cop. She knows how difficult it is to cover up evidence when you’ve pre-planned. Not when you’ve walking into your best friend’s house to find him dead and instead of calling the cops, you go into shock, trying to save him, tromping around in his blood. The only option left is to run, to save your family the embarrassment of a murder trial.

Hired by the victim’s parents to find Casey, Dylan Roberts (a soldier with the stigma of PTSD) has questions from the beginning of his search. The girl is smart, always seems to be a few steps ahead of him. But when he begins to dig around, to speak with Casey’s friends and family, he doesn’t believe she’s got the MO of a murderer. Does she have her own form of PTSD? What made her snap?

As Dylan chases the truth, he begins to unravel a conspiracy that goes back at least thirteen years. But can he get to the bottom of it, find all of the evidence before it’s too late for Casey?

This book is intense from the first paragraph with Casey wiping the blood off the soles of her shoes. I couldn’t help but root for her as she used her intelligence and knowledge of police procedures to escape. Dylan seems like a good guy, one who wants to do the right thing, despite his PTSD. He wants to find the person who murdered his friend.

And while the book is written in first person (from both Casey’s and Dylan’s points of view), it does not distract from the story. In fact, getting into these two character’s heads is what gives the story more depth. Some of the people Casey meets as she flees from a murder conviction, and what she believes will be her death, are lovable and friendly. They share the hope of Jesus with her. They want her in the family of God.

She doubts a God who would allow the tragedies that had happened to her to take place. Yet, when she’s in some of her darkest moments, she finds herself crying out to him.

I will warn readers, this book does not have a neat and tidy, satisfying ending. No, there are strings left undone, questions left unanswered, just like in real life. While I’m hoping we may catch up with Casey and Dylan in a future book, this one does not look like part of a series, so it may only be wishful thinking on my part. But still, an entertaining read worth delving into.

***Booklook Bloggers and Zondervan Fiction provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.