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Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.
Dani Pettrey: The Last Frontier

Dani Pettrey: The Last Frontier

(April 2013)
Rel Mollet
With a family who loves outdoor adventures, it’s no surprise that romantic suspense novelist Dani Pettrey set her debut series in Alaska. “I wanted a setting that allowed for a wide range of adventures,” Dani explains, “everything from scuba diving to rock climbing. Alaska is a gorgeous state, full of possibilities and extremes, not to mention the inherent risk of danger if you aren’t prepared properly.”

The books introduce the McKenna siblings and their family business, Last Frontiers Adventures. “The McKenna siblings grew up in rugged Alaska, spending more time outdoors than in,” Dani explains. “They are a tight-knit family, always looking out for each other—some more than others, but that’s another story!” The first in the series, Submerged (Bethany House), introduced dive rescue captain Cole McKenna, the oldest McKenna sibling who discovers love with Bailey Craig, the girl who had vowed never to return to Yancy, Alaska. Together, they solve a murder and the mystery of a lost Russian artifact.

In the follow-up Shattered, Piper McKenna is desperate to absolve her younger brother Reef when he is arrested for murder. Family friend and deputy sheriff Landon Grainger is torn between the evidence against Reef and his longhidden attraction to Piper.

The McKennas’ journey continues this fall with the third Alaskan Courage novel. “Gage McKenna’s story will be told in Stranded, releasing in September,” promises Dani. “You’ll have to read Shattered to get to know his future love interest; but let’s just say I’ve loved watching the fireworks between these two.”

Dani loves to read in her romantic suspense genre—Terri Blackstock, Sue Grafton, Lynette Eason, Ronie Kendig, to name a few—but one author has been a stalwart from the beginning. “Dee Henderson has by far been the greatest inspiration to me. She’s my absolute favourite storyteller.” There is no question that Dee’s O’Malley characters would find much to love about the McKenna siblings!

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of FamilyFiction digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!



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