February 15, 2013

Landon Grainger

Before we even get started, you have to go look at him. And then if you manage to make it back here, then we'll talk about how Landon Grainger filled the big shoes of following the 2012 FHF Hero of the Year, Cole McKenna. http://www.danipettrey.com/fun/

Oh yay! Some of you made it back. Author Dani Pettrey set a pretty high bar with Cole and let's face it, becoming an FHF hero is already an oxygen required, nose-bleed high kind of bar to reach. Please keep that in mind when I tell you I spent the first two-thirds of Shattered getting my stomach in a knot because Landon was a really good hero in a really good story but he wasn't quite an FHF hero.

Then I hit Chapter 36.

I actually wanted that to be the excerpt but after deliberating it at length decided that scene was too deep into the novel and would give too much of the story away. Anyway, once Landon spring jumped straight into FHF, the rest of his novel was a crazy thrill ride adventure where I had no idea what was happening. Every time I thought I'd figured out who the killer was I was wrong and so many times I just wanted to bite through my lip because I was feeling everything Landon was feeling. Then the unthinkable kept happening and Landon kept my heart swinging from tender moments to panic moments almost to the very end. After brooding in angst and frustration for two hundred pages, when he finally threw the switch, man did he throw the switch. Loved it. Loved him. Let's take a closer look at Yancey, Alaska's Deputy Landon Grainger.

About Landon Grainger's novel Shattered by Dani Pettrey (released Feb. 1, 2013):

When her prodigal brother's return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.

When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself--and from whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

From Shattered by Dani Pettrey:

          Piper never listened. Never learned. First poking her nose into his investigation and ticking off the eyewitness, and now this—out in the middle of nowhere with Denny, again.
          He cut through the forest, headed for the clearing they’d all used back in high school as a summer make-out spot. Knowing Denny, that’s where they’d be. Visiting it in winter didn’t make Denny any less predictable. Seriously, what did Piper see in the guy? Sure, he had good looks and money, but she was more than that.
          Laughter reached his ears—Piper’s. She was probably touching Denny’s arm the way she did when she said something she found amusing. Just as she had the night of Cole and Bailey’s engagement party.
          It had nearly brought him to his knees. He couldn’t shake the image from his mind, couldn’t breathe, so he’d ended up at Hawkings trying unsuccessfully to drown the memories from his mind.
          It’d been wrong. He never should have let it get to him. Never should have turned to alcohol to numb the pain. He knew better. Seeking solace in a bottle never brought anyone any good.
          Stepping clear of the forest, he found them. Piper’s hand was resting on Denny’s arm, just as he’d imagined, and the two of them were huddled beneath a blanket with a picnic of sorts spread out before them. How cheesy could Denny be?
          The urge to hurl gnawed at his gut.
          “But what if you’re wrong?” Denny said, stroking her chin with his gloved thumb.
          “But Landon’s—”
          “Ready to throttle you?” he said, stepping forward.
          Piper sprang to her feet. The blanket that had been covering her pooled at her feet. “What are you—?”
          “Doing here?” His jaw tightened, his heart whirring in his ears. “I could ask you the same. Surely, you’re not out in the middle of nowhere with a man again.”
          Denny scrambled to his feet. “We were just having a picnic. And I don’t see how it’s any of your business.”
          “Not my business? Well, it seems Piper and I are both lacking in the ability to determine what is and isn’t our business.”
          Her brows pinched together. “What are you talking about?”
          “Not here.” He grasped her by the arm. “We’ll talk in the truck.”
          “Truck?” She tugged against his hold. “I can’t leave.”
          “Wrong.” He pulled her with him.
          Denny hurried after them. “You can’t just haul her away.”
          Landon tightened his grip. “Watch me.” When Denny continued his pursuit, Landon turned and growled, “Denny, stay out of this.”
          Piper trudged alongside him, tugging against his hold. “Landon, you’re being rude… and ridiculous.”
          “I’m being ridiculous? You’re the one who acts without thinking. First with Ashley, now with Denny in the middle of nowhere?”
          “And you are the one who acts without feeling.”
          “What the blazes is that supposed to mean?” That he didn’t care, didn’t feel? She couldn’t be further from the truth. He’d been drowning in his feelings for her.
          “Why can’t it ever be the other way around? Why can’t you express what you are feeling? Or is it simply that you don’t feel?”
          Don’t feel? He wanted nothing more than to press her up against his truck and show her exactly how he felt about her—kissing her until she was weak in the knees. But the last time he’d followed his heart, it got shattered. This time, it looked like it was going to get shattered no matter what he chose to do, and there wasn’t a thing he could do to stop it. As long as he had breath in his lungs, his heart belonged to her.
          He opened the passenger side door of his truck and hefted Piper in. “Trust me, I feel plenty.”
          Her eyes widened, and he knew he’d said too much. He slammed the door and stomped around to the driver’s side.
          Climbing in his truck, he started the engine. “Feelings,” he said, shifting the gear into drive, “put you in the middle of nowhere with a man, and that’s dangerous.”
          She linked her arms across her chest as he sped down the road. “I’m in the middle of nowhere with you.”
          “That’s different.” And she knew it.
          “How exactly? You are a man, aren’t you?” She cocked her chin up a defiant notch. “Or is it just that you’re not dangerous?”
          “More dangerous than you know.”

Copyright 2013 by Dani Pettrey. Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved. 

 Gallant Score:
For being so angsty Landon has a gallant streak a Texas mile-wide. He earns some serious orange for the things he doesn't do, as much as those he does. You're going to see this more toward the middle and the end.

 Softie Score:
I suspect it's there, Landon's soft side, he just doesn't have much of a chance to show it because he's busy protecting Piper and trying to solve a murder. But the place in particular it shines through in the novel, (and in a very special exclusive toward the bottom) you get the FHF-hero heart squeeze for sure.

Stupid Strike:
This is not because Landon has a hard time expressing himself to Piper and pretty much everyone when it comes to what's going on with him inside. Landon earned this bit of orange in a bar with some whiskey and one Becky Malone. That's all I'm going to say. But it's actually nice to put some orange here for a change because it reminds me (and you guys hopefully) that great heroes will sometimes do stupid things. And if we're being honest, unless we're the ones hurt by it, we usually love them a little more for it. Because they're more like us.

 Wounded Score:
I have to say for as bad as Landon has it for Piper and as wrecked as he is about it, he actually does a really, really great job of well, doing his job. I can't say I can't imagine what it's like to have to ask questions and consider the possibility that people you care about deeply are going to be hurt because of you and your conviction to do the right thing. I can't say that because I lived it with Landon in this novel. Landon has scars on his heart from Piper, scars on his heart from his father, and scars on his heart from some bad decisions in his past. But in spite of all that, he's so strong in so, so many ways. And one of the things I truly love about this man is how he gives God the credit, and isn't afraid to pray for help sincerely and often.

Swoon Score:
Only one of these is because of his picture, I promise. I'd painted a pretty good one in my head already of the outside but I gotta tell you hero-girls, if you'll get a few chapters in and let the intrigue and suspense of the novel and getting to revisit the McKenna clan carry you into the story where Landon begins to change and grow, you're going to be so, so glad you did. Shattered is a good book anyway apart from Landon. He's not what carries the story because Piper is such a strong heroine (I so wanted to be her by the end!) but he has so may moments that will make you feel. Frustrated, angry, scared, hurt, courageous, that by the time you reach the end worn out and head still spinning because the novel twisted and turned on you (in a good way), you're going to love Landon as much as Piper. And me.

About Deputy Landon Grainger's author Dani Pettrey: 

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling debut novel Submerged and latest release 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 Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at www.danipettrey.com

The FHF exclusive directly from the author:

(Instead of a vignette of backstory or off-page insight into our hero, Dani actually wrote us a scene from their early beginnings. Can't tell you guys how excited I am to be able to share this with you! It's REALLY GOOD. =)

            She came bounding across the beach, sand kicking up behind her bare feet. Her big brown eyes wider than her smile—she’d discovered something. Cole’s kid sister was always discovering something. A born explorer, that one. Landon grinned.
            “Cole!” Piper squealed. The freckles spattering her sweet face were in full swing from the summer sun.
            “What’s up, Piper?” Cole bear-cradled his ten-year-old sister up in his arm.
            “Look what I found.” She uncurled her hands.
            Landon leaned over her slender shoulder, taking in the wadded up piece of paper.
            Trash? The kid was excited about someone’s toss away?
            “It’s wet.” She grinned, blinking her big eyes at Landon. “Maybe it washed up on the sand. It looks old.”
            The paper was weathered. He’d give her that much. He gently took it from her hand, carefully unfolding it and smoothing it out on a rock.
            She wriggled free of Cole’s football-maneuver hold and bent in the sand beside Landon, her eyes alight with anticipation.
            At the Point 10 p.m. Saturday
            “What’s happening at the Point?” she asked so innocently, Landon didn’t have the heart to tell her teens his age used the Point as a make-out spot. She was pure and he longed for her to always stay protected—had ever since she’d first wrapped her tiny fist around his finger as a toddler.
            “Tomorrow’s Saturday.” She looked back at Cole. “Can we go?”
            “I’m afraid 10 is past your bedtime, kiddo,” he said. “Maybe when you’re older.” He smiled and headed back to his new friend Bailey wading along the shoreline.
            Piper crossed her arms with a huff.
            “I’ll tell you what,” Landon said, standing. “I’ll check into it. See if anything suspicious is going on and report back to you.”
            She eyed him sideways. “You will?”
            He smiled. “Anything for you, Pipsqueak.” He tugged her braid.
            A soft smile curled on her lips. “Thanks, but I thought we’d agreed you’d stop calling me that.”
            “Just like I agreed never to toss you in the sea.” He grinned, moving towards her.  
            She held up a delicate finger, stepping back. “Don’t you dare.”
            She was so adorable; thinking a simple shake of her finger was enough to stop him.
            “Landon!” A peal of laughter burst from her lips as he flipped her over her his shoulder and headed for the surf.

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The giveaways:

One copy of Shattered (winner's choice of format, print or ebook)

For existing readers, $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble giftcard.

Please include if you would like to be entered for the book or for the gift card and if your profile won't let me look up your e-mail, please include your address in a spam fighting format like callmeAlaska at treehouseoflove dot com.

IMPORTANT: For the giftcard drawing, as always we need the name of a character not used in the excerpt or the feature and once that character has been used, please choose another.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 28th, 2013

One more thing. I want to know who among the hero girls has ever been snow skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, or tangled with organized crime. Or if you want to and haven't, why not?


  1. Abbi HartFebruary 15, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Oh my goodness-Landon is such an amazing hero!!! I just finished this book on Wednesday and I loved it so so much! I love when my favorite heroes make it to FHF and I get to read your amazing commentary! Also I loved that extra scene-so cool!!

    I have never done any of that adventure stuff nor have I wanted to. I more of an indoorsy type that prefers my adventures on paper!

    The character I'm going to name is Darcy St. James (loved her)

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I thought so to!!! He scared me taking so long to get there, haha, but SO worth the wait. Thanks, Abbi for the compliments. Dani outdid herself with that exclusive for sure.

      I got you in the giftcard drawing with Darcy St. James.

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Hi Abbi,

      So glad you enjoyed Landon's feature and the extra! Nancy does such a great job.

  2. Rachelle ReaFebruary 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    OH, wow, this book sounds amazing! Thank you for the chance to win it!

    Nope, never been snow skiing, etc. Although a rock climbing wall -- does that count? :)

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Rock climbing wall counts. I've been on one too!

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      A rock climbing wall definitely counts :) Hope you'll enjoy Landon's story :)

  3. AnonymousFebruary 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I would love to be entered in the drawing for the book. I have been skiing before but I'm not very good at it.

    Katie J.

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Thanks for entering, Katie! I enjoy skiing too.

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Got it, Katie, and don't worry, at least you've tried it. I'm too scared!

  4. MelodyFebruary 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    My son in law has told me to find your first book in the series to read but haven't. Anxious to start. Without intending to - I spent January 2, 2013 in a southernmost TX jail (think Mexican prison) after I was arrested for having brass knuckles in my backpack going through airport security! My other policeman son in law put them in here back in August as he worries about us working in Mexico (missionaries), but didn't tell me. Long story but the Lord worked thru as I was able to minister to several who asked.

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Wow, Melody. Sounds like you've had quite an experience. God bless you.
      Hope you'll enjoy Submerged when you get a hold of it :)

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Melody that's crazy! Love your perspective though.

  5. SarahFebruary 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Thanks, Sarah :)

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Buddy Sarah! You got it!

  6. SusieqFebruary 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I just finished reading Submerged and am anxious to read Shattered....would love to win the book!
    Dani is starting to become one of my favorite authors.. love the heroes and story lines.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Thanks so much, Susie. Thrilled you enjoyed Submerged!

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Susie, agreed! We'll get you in the book drawing.

  7. Dawn JanisFebruary 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I have this book, and loved it! I'd like to be entered into the Amazon giftcard giveaway.

    My character would be Kayden.


    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      So glad you enjoyed Shattered, Dawn :)

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      You got it Dawn! KAYDEN it is (I think she's a blast.)

  8. GaniseFebruary 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Please include me in the giveaway too! You asked: ' I want to know who among the hero girls has ever been snow skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, or tangled with organized crime.'

    MOI!!! *Smiling*

    Thank you, Nancy. As always.

    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Hi Ganise,

      Best of luck in the giveaway! Now I'm very curious if that was a 'yes' to all the above or just some of them :D

    2. GaniseFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      All of them, Dani! Although, come to think of it- I don't think I would mind (trying) snow skiing, scuba diving, rock climbing - well maybe that one since I'm afraid of heights. But definitely not alone!

      I've zip-lined before though (fun but a bit scary) could that count as something?

      Thanks for asking. |Smiling|

    3. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Dani, did you notice Ganise didn't explain the organized crime? haha. Always great to see you here, Ganise. =)

    4. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Zip-lining would absolutely count. How fun! I've never been, but would LOVE to :)

    5. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      I did notice that, Nancy ;)

    6. GaniseFebruary 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

      *Grinning* ;-)

  9. Dawn CrandallFebruary 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I've been looking forward to it ever since meeting Piper and Landon in Submerged. And SHATTERED did not disappoint! Not one bit! Contemporary isn't even my favorite genre, but I'm hooked on this series!

    My character-not-afore-mentioned-gift-card-contest-entry-name is JAKE. I cannot wait for his book either! Or Darcy's! I hope Dani's going to write all these!!! :)

    crandallberries at gmail dot com

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Thank you SO much, Dawn. Thrilled you enjoyed both Submerged and Shattered. Definitely writing more. Just finishing up Stranded. It will be out September 1st :)

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Hey Dawn, we got you with JAKE.
      And genre-busting is a small part of what we do here, haha.
      Dani, PLEASE tell us if Stranded is Gage and Darcy's story. Pretty please!

  10. Charity UFebruary 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Please enter me for the gift-card giveaway! I loved the Cole and Bailey match-up...like those names, and Karen Kingsbury had them as main characters too! :) But yes, I'd love a gift-card...I really need a copy of "Submerged" to read now that I've done "Shattered" (so good!).


    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Hi Charity,

      Thanks so much for entering!

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Hi Charity, welcome to FHF. That's quite the avatar, hehe. Cole and Bailey were used in the feature, so get me a character that wasn't and the others haven't used yet (Darcy, Kayden, Jake, etc.) and we'll get you in the GC drawing.
      And yes, you totally need to read Submerged!!!

  11. Melissa JagearsFebruary 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I have submerged, haven't read it yet, but throw me in for the book please. :)

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Thanks for dropping by and entering, Melissa. Hope you enjoy Submerged :)

    2. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Float it to the top of the TBR, haha. You got it Melissa!

  12. WhitneyFebruary 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Nancy, you crack me up. Mr. Landon is rather good-looking. Kind of reminds me of another hero... ;)

    I've heard nothing but good things about Dani's writing. After all, one of her heroes was 2012's FHF winner!!


    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      hahhahahahahahahahaha... you know, he kind of does actually. ;-)
      Always great to see you here, Whit! We'll get you in for the book.

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      So glad you've heard good things, Whitney!

  13. MarissaFebruary 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Landon sure has a dark look, but I like it! :) I haven't read Submerged yet, but I'm excited to!! Please put my name in for the book.

    I've been downhill skiing and it's so much fun!!


    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Hi Marissa, me too! I'm into that dark and brooding like nobody's business, haha. Landon is great though, seriously. We'll get you in the book drawing. And downhill skiing? Too cool.

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Thanks, Marissa :) Hope you'll enjoy both books!

  14. AnonymousFebruary 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Please enter me in this great giveaway. I've been rock climbing and snorkeling before, both pretty fun.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      sonflower277, welcome! Quite the adventurer I see!

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Love rock climbing and snorkeling myself :)

  15. karenkFebruary 15, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      You got it, KarenK. We'll get you in there for the novel drawing.

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Thanks, Karen :) Hope you'll really enjoy Shattered!

  16. Deborah DFebruary 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I would love the book. rdunson(at)knology(dot)

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Deb, we got you in the book drawing.

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Thanks so much for dropping by and entering, Deborah :)

  17. Veronica SternbergFebruary 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I'm so excited to read this! Enter me for the bk. I've been skiing, but not any of the rest. I've really wanted to try rock climbing, though. It's just finding someone to go with and where and cost, but I'll definitely have to get on that! Loved the exclusive! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Veronica, you got it! Book drawing it is. I've been rock-wall climbing (super fun) but never on real rock. So want to though. Maybe one day be as good as Piper McKenna!

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      So glad you enjoyed the exclusive, Veronica! Yes, rock climbing can be quite costly unfortunately, but it's so much fun! We'd be going a ton more if not for the cost :)

  18. AnonymousFebruary 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    I met Dani at a video Chat Party. It was nice to be able to watch her as she answered and asked questions. This sounds so good, can't believe I didn't enter some of the contest. Yes, I skied once while living in Jackson Hole, WY. But, my husband hurt his knee and we never went again. But, we were on the beginners slopes. My two young daughters learned to ski tho, through their school. Please put me down to try to win a paperback book. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 16, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Maxie, welcome back. Dani is super sweet and quite the author! Bummer about hubs but glad you guys tried it at least once. I need to. At least once.

    2. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Hey Maxie,
      Waving hi! Nice to see you here :)

      And, thanks Nancy! You're a sweetheart :)

  19. happygretFebruary 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I knew when I read Submerged that I wanted a story with Landon and Piper! I was so excited when you told me Dani was working on it. Better yet, it's set in the back country not underwater. The thought of SCUBA diving freaks me out.
    You know I'm going to read Shattered! For Sure!
    NK, I think you know me well enough to know skiing is my favorite activity. And I get to go tonight! I like to mountain bike too but I stay on the road.

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Hey Gret,

      So glad you enjoyed Submerged. Hope you'l really love Piper and Landon's story. Hope you had a great time skiing! My daughter was off snowboarding last night and had a great time :)

  20. AnnetteFebruary 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I would love to be entered for the Amazon gift card since I've already read both books....and loved them both. "Shattered" was my favorite...maybe because I felt like I "knew" the characters pretty well by then. I agree with what someone else said...Dani is becoming one of my favorites and I've been recommending these books to family and friends.

    Yes to snow skiing. No to rock climbinb, but oh how I want to! And no to scuba (although I do love to snorkel). I'm a little afraid of being enclosed like that.

    The female character I can't wait to get to know better is Darcy.

    pickles_and_co AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Thank you so much, Annette, for your kind words. I'm thrilled you enjoyed both books. I'm with you on the snorkeling vs. Scuba--not a fan of enclosed spaces like that.

  21. MerryFebruary 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I am looking forward to Shattered, Landon sounds like quite a hero. I loved the special peek at the characters past. Please include me in the drawing for a copy of the book. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      So glad you enjoyed the exclusive, Merry :)

  22. Lady DragonKeeperFebruary 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I've heard great things about Dani Pettry's books --our state library system got "Submerged" and my mom requested it, but then it got lost! =( Regardless, we're going to get it soon, since my mom loves suspsense/mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win and super thanks for the little flashback --I love couples that knew each other as kids --they're so cute. =)


    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      So glad you're hearing good things :) Thanks for entering!

  23. PattyFebruary 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I have book 1 in this series but haven't read it yet...

    I've been cross country skiing, but that's about it. I wouldn't mind trying downhill at some point!


    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      HI Patty,

      Hope you enjoy Submerged when you get a chance to read it :)

      Never been cross country skiing (only downhill) but would love to try sometime. Thanks so much for dropping by and entering.

  24. Carol MoncadoFebruary 19, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Uh... I have NO DESIRE to tangle with organized crime.

    I WOULD love to learn to ski someday and [it's not on the list but] parasailing is on my list.

    I LOVED both of these books. And I would love the Amazon card ;).

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for joining in :) Oooh, parasailing sounds fun!

  25. StaceyFebruary 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    My grandfather's uncle was a mobster in NYC during the 1920-1930's. I think that is a book waiting to be written. :)

    Other than that... I have tried skiing and it only served to show everyone that I was the most uncoordinated woman on the slopes that day. I don't think I will ever try that again!

    I would love to read this book!

    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Wow. What an interesting family history, Stacey. Definitely sounds like a book waiting to be written :)

      Hope you'll enjoy Shattered!

  26. JoFebruary 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I'm reading "Submerged" right now and can't wait to read "Shattered". I can't wait to read the entire series. It is really good!


    1. Dani PettreyFebruary 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      So glad you're enjoying them, Jo!

  27. Nancy KimballFebruary 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Hello peeps! I'm poking my head above ground to tell you two things.

    First, you'll want to check out the new page http://www.fictionherofeatures.com/p/dani-pettrey-is-celebrating-release-of.html about the Shattered Nook Giveaway and Dani's facebook party. (If the link doesn't work, scroll to the top and go as far right as you can. =)

    Second, for the giftcard drawing, remember I need a character's name that hasn't already been used. Thanks!!!

    Dani for someone who isn't a suspense reader, you are rapidly moving into the top tier of my favorite authors. And I see I'm not alone there based on the hero-girls comments. =)

  28. Dani PettreyFebruary 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Thanks so much, Nancy :-))))))

  29. EchoFebruary 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I have read both books and absolutely love them! I will have copies on the shelf so I can read them again!

    Please enter me for the book and Amazon gift card.

    sheepqueen07 at hotmail dot com

    My character would be Gage because I'm extremely excited to read his story! I'm sure he will be a great hero. :)

    I've been skiing, rock climbing, and snorkeling. Zip lines are awesome. Scuba diving and bungee jumping are on the bucket list! As for tangling with organized crime... never and not sure I would want to. But if there were a hero... now that's different.

    1. Nancy KimballFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Echo, welcome and spoken like a true hero-girl. ;-)

  30. Nancy KimballFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM


    Copy of Shattered - Melissa Jagears

    $10 Gift Card (Amazon or B&N) - Annette (pickles and co)

    Dani, thank you SO MUCH for sharing Landon with us and clearly we're all abuzz now for Darcy and Gage. Will Gage keep up the FHF tradition in Stranded? We'll wait anxiously to see. =)

  31. AnnetteMarch 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Thank you SO very much! I'm so excited to have won! And I am definitely waiting anxiously to find out about Gage! :)

  32. Jennie WSeptember 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I love these two - I've already read this book (as well as the other two) and just loved them all. I was half in love with Landon by the end!