posted on July 5, 2022 by Dani Pettrey

Release Celebration and Giveaway!

Hi friends,

Today I’m celebrating the release of 14th book—The Deadly Shallows. I’m thrilled I get to spend part of it with you. In addition to The Deadly Shallows’ release, I’m also celebrating 10 years of publishing this summer. My debut novel, Submerged, came out in May of 2012. I still can’t wrap my head the fact that it’s been a decade.

Given that, I thought it might be fun to share some behind-the-scenes factoids about a three of my books leading up to The Deadly Shallows. Since Submerged kicked things off, I’ll start with Cole and Bailey’s story.

I often get asked where I get my ideas and I always answer, they come from all different places. The idea for Submerged came from a movie my hubby and I just happened to watch about cave divers. It got me thinking….who would do something so dangerous, and do it for a living? That question inspired Cole McKenna and the entire McKenna clan.

Once I knew the family, then I needed a setting. Where would be the best home for a family of extreme athletes who run an adventure outfitter company? I knew I needed extremes—things that would push my characters beyond their limits. I also wanted a location that would provide for a wide variety of adventures—everything from cave-diving to heli-skiing. I had a few options, but I settled on Alaska. Risk and extreme are inherent in the rugged, wild, and beautiful state.

Curious about your adventure style? Click on the graphic below and find out!

The first book in my Chesapeake Valor series, Cold Shot, starts out at Gettysburg National Military Park. It follows the story of former-Police sniper-turned-Park-Ranger, Griffin McCray. Griffin’s running and hiding himself away in an old military park seems the best place to keep the status quo in his life. That is, until Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Finley Scott walks into his life. She’s vivacious, intelligent and if he’s not careful he’ll fall hard. Finley, on the other hand, has nicknamed Griffin, “Ranger Grumpy.” The two are opposites in every way, but when a modern body is found in the Park, the two are thrown into the thick of the dangerous case together.

To go deep with research, I asked our historian guide where the best place in the Park would be to hide a body. I think he choked for a moment, but then he got into the fun of it and here’s the spot we picked:

I often get asked how I go about researching my novels, especially after I tell the Gettysburg story. LOL! I research in a varied of ways ranging from online, to books, to interviewing people in the professions or areas of service I’m writing about. When I turned The Deadly Shallows in my editors remarked how excellent the research was, particularly in the secondary suspense thread (don’t worry, no spoilers). They joked I must have an “inside” man. Truth is, I do. My hubby was my source for the secondary thread. It was fun brainstorming with him and learning even more about what he does. I hope you’ll enjoy Caleb and Austin’s adventure thread.

Thanks for celebrating the release of The Deadly Shallows with me today and a little walk down memory lane.

Reader Question: What is your favorite profession to read about? Or one you’d love to see in a book one day?

Be sure to comment so you can be entered to win a $20 Amazon e-gift card.


Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey

Publishers Weekly and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Dani Pettrey has sold nearly 800,000 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, Chesapeake Valor, and Coastal Guardian series have received praise from readers and critics alike. She's been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award. From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves--full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. For more information about her novels, click here.

Dani Pettrey Contest

Dani Pettrey is giving away a copy of THE DEADLY SHALLOWS and a $20 Amazon gift card to one winner.

Enter Here

51 thoughts on “Release Celebration and Giveaway!”

  1. Terri Fleming says:

    I love reading about the men and women in the armed forces or law enforcement.

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Terri,

      Those are great professions to read about. I’ve loved writing about both because I really enjoy reading about them myself 🙂

  2. Janet Putney says:

    I love reading about FBI, chefs,undercover agents, firefighters, SARs and the medical field

    1. Dani says:

      Oooh, that’s a fun variety, Janet! Love Chef tucked in there. They make great romance stories, I think.

  3. Hannah Baum says:

    I’d live to read about meterologist

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Hannah,

      Wow. That’s a really unique profession. Wonderful idea!

  4. Debra Hicks says:

    I enjoy reading books with characters that play domestic career, such as, housewives who try to solve a who -dun-it in their communities without the local authority’s help. These usually include unexpected twists and turns.

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Debra,

      Those are really fun!

  5. Renee says:

    I like a pretty wide variety of books, including historical, but for the suspense books, I like reading about FBI or other law enforcement careers.

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Renee,

      I love reading a wide variety of genres too. I really enjoy YA, historical romance, mysteries, and contemporary romance. Oh, and I love the Classics. Do you have a favorite genre?

  6. Tina Rice says:

    I’m a retired RN, so I like to read about characters in the medical field, especially in the 1800’s- early 1900’s.

    1. Dani says:

      Hey Tina,

      Thanks so much for dropping by. That’s a really cool time period to read about medical professions. Very intriguing.

  7. Vicki says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! That is an awesome accomplishment 🙂 I like to read about things that I know nothing about so definitely the professions in your stories…. and even things like contractors or architects because I am SO unable to do anything handy or imagine how buildings come together at all. LOL I also like to read about things set in places like wild Alaska or other remote locations because I’ve lived in a suburb my whole life with easy access to everything and find remote locations or even small towns fascinating.

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Vicki,
      Thanks so much :)))
      That’s a great point. I love reading about different locations than I’ve grown up in too. Like exploring a new world.

  8. Rachel Raonaid Flesher says:

    I have enjoyed reading books where one character is a veterinarian or vet tech. I love seeing the animals that they take care of. I even have a manga that I like where one is a veterinarian (well he started out in school studying to be one)

    1. Dani says:

      Very cool, Rachel. There are so many stories that can feature vets or vet techs, and all be so very different. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Angela Johnson says:

    One thing I have liked about your books is that you choose a variety of things that your characters do and the different locations where they live and work. Your research shows in your stories and makes it feel like we readers are there with the characters!
    Some occupations that I think would be interesting to read in a series is firefighting (wildfires out west) and the Navy (submarine).
    Congratulations on The Deadly Shallows… recently got my copy, looking forward to reading it!

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement! Appreciate you :))

      My hubby was in the Navy and I’ve seriously considered doing a Navy series. Maybe one day…. Love the idea of it.

  10. Cissy says:

    Hi Dani, This one looks like a real page-turner!

    1. Ashley Walls says:

      I agree, looks awesome.

      1. Dani says:

        Thanks so much, Ashely!

    2. Dani says:

      Awww. Thanks so much, Cissy!

  11. Lynn Stawicki says:

    Law enforcement and medical are my favorite professions to read. Currently I’ve been reading K-9 and search and rescue.

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Lynn,

      K-9 Rescue is always cool to read about. Hope you’re enjoying the series!

  12. Patti Wentling says:

    I always like law, military and law enforcement. My husband is retired Army, so military could be located almost anywhere!

    1. Dani says:

      Thank your hubby for his service. You’re right. It can be so many places. It’s a great service to write about. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Denise says:

    Happy Book Release Day!

    I love strong female characters in any job.

    1. Dani says:

      Thanks so much, Denise!

      Yep. Love strong female characters.

  14. Vickie says:

    Would have loved to see the face of your historian guide where when you asked about hiding a body lol.

  15. Sandy says:

    I love reading novels based on/showcasing detectives, either police or private. I find it fascinating to follow their procedures.

    1. Dani says:

      Procedurals are so fun to follow and try and figure out. Love those!

  16. Dani says:


    It was priceless. LOL!

  17. Kathleen says:

    I love the special forces and their heroic exploits! And I love your stories! So well researched and developed.

    1. Dani says:

      Aww. Thanks so much, Kathleen! So glad you enjoy them.
      Special Forces are so fun to read about.

  18. Ethelann Conner says:

    Love your books. Just about anything law enforcement interests me. Particularly profilers.

    1. Dani says:

      Thanks so much! Thrilled you’re enjoying them.

      Profilers are fascinating.

  19. Tracy Fox says:

    I love reading about military or former military and law enforcement. Christian romance suspense is my favorite genre.

    1. Dani says:

      Hi Tracy,

      Thanks so much for sharing. Love reading Christian romantic suspense too. I like lots of genres but it’s my favorite.

  20. Vickie Watts says:

    I love the Coast Guard heroes. I would like to see a SEAL team featured.

  21. I love reading about writers and crime solvers

  22. Sonya A says:

    I love reading about military specialists and police detectives/officers.

  23. Abby says:

    I’m fascinated by science – so any book where a scientist gets to be part of the action: solve the case, figure out the puzzle.
    I’m so excited to read The Deadly Shallows, my copy is waiting in my mailbox as soon as I get home!

  24. Phyllis Bernstein says:

    Like reading about chefs

  25. Amy says:

    I’m not picky about what the profession is – but it’s really great when the author uses it in an unexpected way.

  26. bn100 says:

    any kind of profession

  27. Mary Ann Esque says:

    I love archaeology. I wanted to be one when I was little except I don’t like dirt, heat, and primitive camping. No archaeology for me. I also love different and unique occupations in the military. Seals and Rangers are common enough in fiction, but other occupations are not regularly included. Also anything marine life related. Marine biology, submarine personnel, etc

  28. Cindy P says:

    I like reading about former military people. That being said, I have loved learning about all the professions that you have covered. It feels like I was educated at the same time I was being entertained!

  29. Paige L says:

    I agree with Hannah B…a meteorologist or climatologist story would be so interesting and fun! I love natural disaster movies (they inspired me to major in geosciences) and I think books centered around then would be great too. I just love your books and the thought and research you put into then! Thank you 🙂 Can’t wait to read Deadly Shallows!

  30. Jcp says:

    FBI and law enforcement

  31. Colleen C. says:

    Oh I am not picky… love to read about all types… it is fun to learn about professions I have no clue about…

  32. Sherry H says:

    I love reading about cops, military and the FBI.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest from our Blog


He blinked, as if he hadn’t noticed where they were. “Home?” He looked around him, then back at her, and the way he said it sounded as though it was a personal jab at her. “Don’t know if this will ever feel like home again.” He glanced down at her hand on his shoulder and… Read More

Read More