About Stranded Alaskan Courage Series #3 (released Sep. 1, 2013):When her friend goes missing, every minute counts.
Darcy St.James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.
The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging up more trouble.
He'd love to just forget her--but something won't let him. And he can't help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.
Excerpt from Stranded:
<Note: A paragraph was omitted from the original passage to preserve a plot twist. As always, I want to give you the flavor of the hero and a good look at him, while staying spoiler free.>
"You can use that copse of evergreen trees for privacy," Jake said, pointing to the small grouping. It wasn't large, only a handful of trees and shrubbery, but it would do.
Gingerly, she got to her feet but could only wobble where she stood. Her body ached as if she'd been wrung through, but it was her soul that had taken the hardest blow.
Gage peeled off his windbreaker and pulled his sopping shirt over his head, exposing his chest.
Darcy's breath caught, her gaze drawn to the two precious baby feet tattooed above his heart.
Tucker. Her heart squeezed, tears stinging her eyes.
"You okay, Darcy?" Landon asked.
Gage's gaze flashed to hers before she could look away. He glanced down at the tattoo--resigned anguish on his handsome face--then back at her. A brief moment of unguarded emotion passed between them, and then it was gone.
She yearned to say something, to do something--to run and wrap her arms around him and not let go. But he'd want to be left alone. He always did. No doubt he'd make a joke or offer a playful smile within seconds.
He yanked on a dry shirt and cocked his head in a teasing manner. "You may want to scoot before I swap my pants." He winked, but it did nothing to diffuse the tightness in her belly or the growing depth of her feelings for him. She was coming to love the man, busted heart and all.
"Darc, I'm hardly shy," he said, reaching for his zipper.
"Right." She turned heel and darted into the shelter of the trees, her mind filled with the image of his bare chest. Forget the defined muscles. It was the tattoo--Tucker's tattoo--that had melted her heart.
Despite the wet earth, and the chill permeating her very being, she dropped to her knees and prayed for the man she'd come to care for so deeply.
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I discovered something recently about myself as a reader. The self-sacrificing gesture gets me every time. Every. Single. Time. So when Gage takes off his fleece jacket, smelling of sandalwood and the sea, and gives it to Darcy to put on even though he's aggravated that she has lied to him and put the entire group he is responsible for in danger, that was the moment he earned his appearance on FHF. Dani writes in such I way I was there, breathing the cold air, fearing the upcoming events, but touched to my soul when Gage rolled the sleeves up so her hands were free and then adjusted her life-jacket. That sense of honor that all McKenna men possess wouldn't let him be a jerk when I think he had more than enough reason to be. That's one example of several that will have you seeing orange as you read.
Readers of Shattered already knew about the tiny blue footprints tattooed over Gage's heart. How many of you were sniffing back emotion through that scene at the end of Shattered with Gage at Tucker's grave? And don't even get me started on the ice-queen baby momma Meredith. Ugh. But author Dani Pettrey does something unique, fascinating and refreshing with Gage in "his" book Stranded. While Gage is as wrecked and closed off emotionally as people come, he's not a brooder. Not at all. He's not angsty or bitter. Well, except at God privately. His actions and behavior however are not dominated by his wounded and hurting heart, but by his need to protect and live honorably.
You just have to know this is there and that you're rarely going to see it, like the tattoo on his chest. Part of that is Gage's stonewall to keep Darcy out of his heart and part of that is working to solve a mysterious disappearance and keep more innocent people from getting hurt. But when the softer side of Gage makes an appearance, Darcy St.James isn't the only one getting weak in the knees. That's for sure.
No. He's a McKenna. No other explanation required.
He's a McKenna. Duh. I really don't need to write anything else but before I get accused of shirking my blogging responsibilities, I'll explain a little. Giving up his jacket. A healthy but determined refusal to ever forget the too-short life of his son. A DNA-level drive to do the right thing. Rugged Alaskan hero with the athletic body to match. And if the author stays true to form, an actual picture of him and other book fun can be found here on her website.
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels Submerged and Shattered. 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 the D.C. metro area with their two teenage daughters. Learn more at www.danipettrey.com.
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The FHF Exclusive Directly from the Author
Gage McKenna is very musical, playing both the piano and trumpet with great proficiency. He also dabbles in song writing. Here’s a song he wrote for Darcy while aboard the Bering cruise ship during their STRANDED adventure.
When I saw you wearing three inch heels on snow and ice, I thought the lady’s crazy, but now I’m the one who’s crazy—crazy over you.
You set my ire on fire with that quick tongue of yours and I thought the lady’s mad, but now I’m the one who’s mad—mad about you.
Seeing you dive into a case with such gusto, I feared you were falling, but I’m the one who’s falling—falling like a landside in love with you.
You walked in and turned my world upside down, but now it’s right side up for the first time all because…
Cause I’m crazy over you, yeah…
I’m mad about you.
I’ve fallen like a landside in love with you.
I need you in my life.
How, I need you, girl.
Oh, I need you, girl.
First time I heard you laugh something inside me flipped; every little smile just does the trick because…
I’m crazy over you, yeah…
I’m mad about you.
I’ve fallen like a landslide in love with you.
I need you in my life.
How, I need you, girl.
Oh, I need you, girl.
Need you more than the sun and the rain, need you more than day and night, need you like I need breath in my lungs. Oh how I need you, girl. Yeah, need you, girl.
Now you’re mine and I just can’t get enough. Every laugh, every smile just sucks me up because
I’ve got you, girl, deep under my skin.
I’ve got you girl with this simple diamond ring,
And I hope you’ll forever be mine because I need you, girl.
Oh how I need you, girl. Please forever be mine because I need you, girl.
The giveawaysA copy of Stranded, print or e-book, winners choice, to a randomly drawn commenter. Tell me you want in the book drawing and leave me your email in a way I can find you that fights spam like
gage (at) lastfrontieradventures dot com
If you've already gotten your hands on this novel and already devoured it, PROPS TO YOU. Let's do a drawing for the $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card but you have to leave me the name of a character from Stranded. And much like Gage, I'm not a very trusting person by nature, so NO McKennas or the Yancy crew count! (STOP AND READ IT AGAIN.) Piper, Kayden, Bailey, Cole, Landon, Jake, Reef, you don't get to use those. Sorry, LOL, but there are plenty of people off the cruise ship for you to choose from so hop to it if you want to get in the drawing for the giftcard. Same rules, once that character is used, you need another.
AND if someone knows Gage's middle-name and posts it in the comments below first, that's good for an instant win of a $10 Amazon gift-card. HINT: It's actually not revealed in Stranded. It's in one of the earlier Alaskan Courage series novels.
Dani's amazing sweepstakes is ending soon (on the 19th) so here's a link to check that out and get entered if you aren't already!