From Submerged by Dani Pettrey:
Slipping off his dive mask, Cole swallowed a gulp of sea air. The sun's rays penetrated his dry suit, its warmth radiating along his cool skin.
Landon sank down beside him, tossing him a Gatorade and a granola bar.
"Thanks." Cole stretched out, his body aching from the day's heavy labor. Fortunately, all that remained was harnessing and refloating the fuselage. Henry Reid's body had been retrieved, leaving only Mark Olsen's unrecovered. Cole hated leaving a man behind.
Landon angled his head back and shut his eyes.
"Don't get too comfortable," Cole instructed. They'd be heading back down soon.
Deputies Tom Murphy and David Thoreau chuckled voraciously at the boat's bow. What they found so funny about today's events eluded Cole.
"She looks great. And still single," Tom said.
"Maybe you should drop by, offer to take her out for a drink."
"We know where that'll lead."
Thoreau nudged Tom. "Exactly. Come on, you know us married guys have to live vicariously through those of you who haven't been taken prisoner yet."
"I'll see what I can do."
"Details, my man. That's all I'm asking for."
Landon tossed his empty Gatorade bottle in the waste bucket. "What are you two jabbering about?"
Tom lifted his chin. "Haven't you heard? Easy Lay Bay's back in town."
Cole's jaw flexed. "Don't call her that."
Tom and Thoreau exchanged a knowing glance.
"Why not?" Tom hopped down from the bow and swaggered toward Cole. "Oh, that's right. I forgot. You two had a thing way back when."
Tom's tone and choice of words made what he and Bailey had shared seem dirty, when it was far from it. Or at least he'd believed so until she'd broken his heart and never looked back. "We were friends."
"Friends?" Tom tilted his head in Thoreau's direction. "Well, we all know how friendly Baily could be."
Cole crushed the empty Gatorade bottle in his fist. "It wasn't like that."
"Then you must have been the only one she wasn't like that with."
Cole stood and grabbed his gear. He was too old for childish games. "If Bailey's back in town, it's for her aunt's funeral. Show some respect."
To his astonishment Tom let it drop, and Cole returned to the water, hoping to drown all thoughts of Baily Craig in its depths. In a few days she'd be gone and he could go back to pretending she didn't exist.
Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved.
Please, Lord, help her to release it all to you.
Only you can make the broken whole. I know that all too well.
About Cole McKenna's novel SUBMERGED (released May 1, 2012):
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.
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About Cole McKenna's author:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling 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's a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. To learn more about Dani, please visit her website www.danipettrey.com or her Facebook.
Now for the Fiction Hero Feature exclusive not found in the novel--directly from the author:
In Chapter 4 of Submerged, Bailey looks at the locket Cole gave her when they were teens. What wasn't shared in Submerged was the inscription on the back--Deeper than the sea.
Bailey was always amazed at how deeply Cole loved the sea, so he had Deeper than the sea inscribed on the back of the locket, letting her know his love for her was even deeper than his love for the sea.
Now for the giveaways:
We have a drawing from one print copy of Cole McKenna's novel Submerged to a randomly chosen commenter in the drawing that closes at midnight central time on September 14th.
If you have already made this novel your own and read it, then gush about how awesome Cole is and his author Dani and if you name a character from the novel that is not Cole, Bailey, Landon, Henry Reid, Mark Olsen, Tom Murphy, or David Thoreau (All in the excerpt!) we will enter you in the drawing for the $10 Amazon or B&N gift card, winner's choice. There are a ton of characters in this novel, but "Cole's sister" or "Bailey's aunt" isn't going to work for me. I want names please for the gift card drawing and remember, once it's been used, you have to use a different character.
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