Happy Monday, to you all! I’m hearing some groans out there. Come on! We have a new week to get fired up about! If that doesn’t get your gears moving, how about hearing about a great debut novelist?
Dani Pettrey has just released Submerged, the first book in the Alaskan Courage Series. Y’all… read it. Trust me. If you’re fans of authors such as Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson, or Terri Blackstock, Dani will become a new favorite for you. Speaking of Dee Henderson, she said of Dani’s story, "Submerged is romantic suspense that will keep you up at night." Nice compliment! Here’s a glimpse at the story…
A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. One single clue.
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska again. She has a past, and a reputation – and Yancey’s a town that doesn’t forget. She’s returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart… but doesn’t seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he’s not the same guy she left behind.
Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.
Check out the first chapter to Submerged.
I’m thrilled to have Dani Pettrey stopping by today to share a little about the setting of her new novel. She has a great website that you should check out as well. Lots of fun info about diving, her characters, and more.
My debut novel Submerged is set in Yancey, Alaska. I’ve been asked a lot of questions about the town, so today I thought it’d be fun to share an inside peek:
Yancey is set along the Alaskan peninsula just south of Kodiak Island. The population of Yancey is roughly 600, and it is a tight-knit, island community.
Although the town is fictional, the area itself is real, rugged, and gorgeous. The town of Sitka, Alaska, bears the most similarity to Yancey.
These pictures above are a few that inspired me as I wrote.
Bailey Craig returns to Yancey after nearly ten years away. Here’s her impression of the town upon her return:
She stared out the windows, amazed at how little had changed in the ten years since she’d been gone. The library remained in the refurbished Russian farmhouse at the top of Main Street, setting the tone of a town steeped in history. Turning right on Main Street, they passed the same shops she’d frequented as a teen—Jenkins’ Flower and Fudgery, the General Store, Baranov Books. But it was the store next to Baranov’s that caught her eye. Last Frontier Adventures was painted in bold blue over the entrance to what had been Ben’s Bait and Tackle—the shop Cole McKenna’s family owned. She was dying to ask what happened—had they sold, changed location?—but she couldn’t allow herself to go there, couldn’t spend her first night in town asking questions about Cole McKenna.
The shop was dark, but the street lamps illuminated the posters lining the front bay windows—images of people white-water rafting, rock climbing, and scuba diving. Beneath the pictures set a display of equipment needed for each endeavor. A pair of flippers tugged at her heart. Cole had taught her to dive.
Last Frontier Adventures is one of the shops lining Main Street. Nearby is Gus’s Diner. Picture a fifties diner mixed with a quaint modern-day deli and you’ll have Gus’s. A signature, and much sought after, menu item is Gus’s Famous Moosetracks Milkshakes. As a treat, I thought I’d include the recipe:
· Moose Track Ice cream (Vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and famous Moose Tracks® fudge).
- Additional squirt of chocolate syrup if you really like chocolate J
Fill blender to the 1st line with milk.
Add 2 scoops of ice cream and optional squirt of chocolate syrup.
Mix, first at high speed then low.
Add ice cream or milk to thicken or thin mixture to taste.
Add whipped cream.
Add dark chocolate shavings.
Or if you’re really adventurous you can make homemade Moose Tracks Ice cream and go from there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your inside peek at Yancey. It’s a wonderful place. You can read all about it in Submerged!
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