#GuestPost “The Crushing Depths” by Dani Pettrey

The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey Banneron Tour July 1-31, 2020


Inside an Author’s Office


Dani Pettrey

In full transparency, I will admit this is not how my office usually looks. My family can attest to that. During launch time, which oh so helpfully coincides with the next book’s due date, there are boxes of books everywhere, author swag, mailing packages, and notes from my current work-in-progress.

After I complete a manuscript and turn it in, I dance around the house and then crash for a much-needed nap. Once I ‘recover’ from the long, intense weeks leading up to deadline, I have what I like to term ‘Organize my Life Week.’ It’s ambitious but given I dive into revisions within a week or two of turning in my rough draft, that’s about all I’ve got.

Here’s a glimpse of my office after massive cleaning and the items that make my work space special to me.

Dani's Office

As you can see, I like to be surrounded by things that make me happy. I have two pictures of Positano, Italy to the left of my computer. The bottom one was a painting my mom bought and the top one is a photograph my husband took of me and mom walking under the beautiful trellis of flowers.

On the wall behind my desk is my bulletin board where I keep cards, pictures, funny sayings, etc. It’s been the same for a good number of years, so I plan to freshen it up during the next ‘Organize My Life Week.’

I have a very long desk. It used to be our kitchen table and when it came time to replace it, instead of trashing it, I painted it white and made it my desk. My kids grew up doing homeschool around this table.  Many science experiments and art projects went awry on this table as well. But having such a large desk allows me room for gifts.

I love the typewriter photo holder. It originally came with calendar quote cards, but that year has long passed so now I keep a picture of me and Little Man making the same expression.

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This is my favorite section. The coaster was a gift from my oldest daughter, the wookie and Groot from my youngest. Whenever I’m getting fed up with my story or my characters are going a completely different direction than I’d planned, I turn Groot on. He dances as the music plays. So fun! And the cards behind the gifts are all encouraging notes from writer friends.

Last but not least is the fan-girl side of me. Yes, writers fan-girl too!

Dani's Pen

Sue Grafton was kind enough to send me a handful of the cool pens she used for autographing books and was sweet enough to write me a letter of encouragement and enclose a pen inside the shadow box with instructions to break the glass in case of a pen emergency.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my office!

Question for you: What is your favorite item in your work space? 



The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey

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

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Published by: Bethany House

Publication Date: June 30th 2020

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 0764230859 (ISBN13: 9780764230851)

Series: Coastal Guardians #2

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Read an excerpt:

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


Author Bio:

Dani Pettrey 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.

Catch Up With Dani Pettrey: DaniPettrey.com, Goodreads, BookBub, Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook


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#Cover Re-Reveal “Portland ME Series” by Freya Barker

Title: Portland ME Series
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Literature

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#NewRelease “Finding Forever: in Saddleback Ridge” by Milan Watson

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Milan WatsonAbout the Author

Milan is a fun-loving, witty, and entertaining writer of contemporary small-town romance. She has known her husband since she fell in love with him at fourteen, and has been an incurable romantic ever since. She lives on a farm with her husband, two sons, seven dogs, two cats, countless sheep, and a horse. Being a wife, a mother and a writer prove for a crazy life, one that she incorporates into the stories she tells. Milan writes romances that are not only real but where characters face the same challenges, misunderstandings, and embarrassing moments most women do in their own lives. Her series Colorado Crazy has topped the charts in numerous countries and has proved her a name to remember when it comes to witty, humorous, and sensual small-town romance.



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#BookTour “questions of perspective” by daniel maunz

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Contemporary fiction with a speculative element

Date Published: May 14, 2020
Publisher:  Black Rose Writing
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No one knew it at the time, but April 19, 2011, was the most important day in the history of the world.
After his only friend and colleague, John Manta, disappears without a word, Dave Randall further entrenches himself in the humdrum life of an unenthusiastic lawyer. But once he begins to understand what happened, he embarks on a journey to uncover the deeper meanings and implications of John’s fate.
Accompanied by Peaches the cat, Dave uproots his life and reinvents himself in the midst of his search. Along the way, he is haunted by his piecemeal understanding of John’s fate and what it means for his existence. Little does Dave know, his journey of self-discovery will have ramifications that extend far beyond the borders of his own little life.


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When he is not writing, Daniel Maunz works as in-house counsel for a major insurance company. He currently lives in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, with his wife Lynne, their son Patrick, and their two cats: Admiral Meowy McWhiskers and Captain Cutie (or “Admiral” and “Captain” for short). Questions of Perspective is his first novel.
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#BookBlitz “Discover Your Passion, Release Your Power” by Johnny Cavazos, MD

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The Authentic Self, Book 2

Non Fiction  / Self-Help

Release Date: July 1, 2020

Publisher: Deaf Dog Publishing

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75 million people in this country, or half of the working population, would change jobs or careers in a heartbeat if given the choice. Are you one of them?


Why are we so unhappy in our work lives? Do you feel like you are just
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releasing the power of passion. In this book, you will:

1. Identify the essentials of your unique passion

2. Unlock the power of self-motivation

3. Uncover your own personal drive to thrive

4. Begin to use focus and determination to reach critical goals

5 Harness the skills of goal management for well-being, joy and

6. Find the value, protection and guidance that passion and purpose

7. Learn why millions of people abandon New Years resolutions within 6

8. Discover the 18 sources of physical and spiritual power available to
each and every one of us

Drawing examples from inspiring leaders and people who have been successful
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Brave The Wave

The Authentic Self, Book 1

Release Date: April 2019

Publisher: Deaf Dog Publishing

Anxious? Stressed? Confused? Looking for Solutions?

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how Elvis used to give away cars.) There is more value here than a new

In this poignant and riveting account of his decade long journey of
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This inspiring narrative of personal experiences will reveal useful and
practical approaches to help increase joy, clarity, love and personal peace
in your life. This book makes for a fascinating, powerful and uplifting read
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With brutal honesty and humor, Johnny uses short vignettes from the medical
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Writing in a comfortable and warm style, Johnny takes us on this trip into
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will open up an experience of clarity and vision you didn’t even realize

Brave the Wave will share valuable insights that will have a personal and
powerful impact on every relationship you have, bringing benefits to you and
everyone around you.







About the Author

Dr Cavazos is a practicing emergency room physician with over 30 years of
experience. As he likes to say experience matter. Because of a series of struggles and trials, Dr Cavazos landed in a world of anxiety, frustration that led to a “Decade of Discovery”. This culminated in the book series on
the Authentic Self. The self that God had in mind when he created us.



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#CoverReveal “The Banjo Book Two” by Elaine Spires

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The 1970s. Zany fashions brought the Decade That Taste Forgot. Change is in the air. Decimal currency; the Common Market; widespread strikes; the Winter of Discontent; IRA bombings; the sale of Council houses and quickie divorces make their mark on the whole country including the community of the Banjo. The eight households who live in Cromwell Close experience births, deaths, marriages, shocks and surprises but as the 70s become the 80s and beyond Dagenham undergoes great transformation. The once close-knit Community is changing.



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Elaine SpiresAuthor Bio  

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive traveling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles SeriesSingles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All the Way and Singles At Sea.  Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.  Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left the Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019.  Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019!  Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

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