Posts tagged Bethany House
Monday Cuppa Moment 5/19

Happy Tuesday, friends! I've been traveling so today's cuppa will be a Tuesday Cuppa moment. Hope you're having a great start to the week. ea11485111ecd837a05ec9332acfd386

Here's a fun recipe to keep your grown up disguise in place :)


Can't wait to try this one out!

I spent the past few days in Dallas at the Romantic Times convention meeting awesome readers, sharing time with author friends, and enjoying the local scenery.


Play Pictionary during Saddle Up and Draw at RT. We had a lovely group of ladies. Becky Wade had some mad drawing skills.


With friends Becky Wade and Lisa Wingate. IMG_5290 IMG_5293

Bethany House Fiction Authors dinner.


With an awesome supporter of Christian fiction! IMG_5297

IMG_5300 IMG_5306Visited the Dallas Arboretum. Talk about breathtaking....


One of the goodies I brought home from RT is this lovely tote bag.


I'm going to randomly draw a name from the comments below and you'll win this tote filled with books from authors at RT including Sabotaged (by me), A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter.


Cover Reveal for Silenced!

Happy Monday, everyone! I'm getting ready to take the rest of the week off in preparation for my daughter's wedding Saturday, but wanted to share something fun with you first.

I'm happy to officially announce SILENCED will be Jake and Kayden's story and even more's the cover!!!

Would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Silenced - Book Four in the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey

And the winner is....

Thank you so much to everyone who entered to win an advanced copy of Stranded. BHP_Stranded_Cover_Selections.indd




I was overwhelmed by your enthusiasm! You guys rock! I wish you all could win, but since I only have one advanced copy left, the winner is:



  • Patty H.

Congratulations, Patty. If you could email me your mailing address I will get Stranded and your gift card in the mail. You can email me at:

And, as an extra thank you for everyone's amazing support, I'm giving away two more prizes.

  • Crystal Goldman and Megan Williford: you've both won a Shattered Travel mug, keepsake bookmark and $5 Starbucks gift card. Just email me your mailing address.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. I hope you will all enjoy Stranded when it releases September 1st.

God bless,

Shattered Giveaways!

I'm celebrating Shattered's release with some fun events, interviews and giveaways. Thank YOU so much for your support, and for sharing Shattered with your friends and family. It's because of YOU that Shattered has made the CBA, ECPA and LifeWay Bestseller lists this month!!!!










One person who guesses correctly will win an Alaskan Courage Prize Pack, which includes:

Autographed copies of Submerged and Shattered Submerged and Shattered custom travel mugs Submerged and Shattered keepsake bookmarks Submerged tote bag Bag of Moose Munch (Piper McKenna's favorite snack) 1lb. Caribou Coffee (Another McKenna family favorite) Chocolate covered espresso beans (to start your day off right) And a $10 Starbucks giftcard (a Dani favorite :) )

Winners will be announced during my FB Party on March 14th. You can submit a new guess each day! Open Internationally!

Can't wait to hear your guesses.


  • Goodreads Giveaway

Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, # 2) by  (Goodreads Author)

Release date: Feb 01, 2013
Piper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-…more
Giveaway dates: Mar 06-Mar 28, 2013
5 copies available
Countries available: US and CA


  • Recent Interviews

Sherri Wilson Johnson's Blog PLUS Giveaway of Shattered and Submerged!

Christian Novels Blog

Novel Crossings

I'm so appreciative to Sherri, Abbi, and C.J. for hosting me!


  • Local Events

If you are in the Maryland area, I have two upcoming book signings and would love the chance to meet you. You can find more details on the News Page of my website.

March 24, 2013 – 2-4 PM EST -Local Author Day at the Bel Air Public Library | 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Bel Air, MD 21014

April 5, 2013, 5-7 PM - Booksigning at Fenwick Books |  41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650

  • Fun Extras

In case you haven't already checked them out, there are a lot of new extras on my FUN Page including:

Submerged and Shattered's Playlists

Shattered Pinterest Board

Shattered Snow Cam

Book Club Packets (full of yummy McKenna recipes).

Plus, a video interview!

Hope you'll drop by and dive into the McKenna's world.

Thank you again for all your support and encouragement!



Book Banter Winners

Thank you to everyone who joined me on Bethany House's Book Banter last night. I had an amazing time getting to chat with you all! Thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to banter with me. If you asked a question that didn't get answered, please feel free to either ask it in the comments section below or on my FB Page and I will be more than happy to answer it :)

And now.....the winners of last night's Book Banter:

Misty Wilson

Teresa Lampkin Snyder

Musa Polat

Jeanene Boucher

Melanie De Jong

Cassie Dupre

Mandy Wadsworth

Tina StClair Rice

To get your complimentary copy of Shattered, simply email your mailing address to and she'll get your copy in the mail. Hope you'll enjoy Shattered if you haven't read it yet, and if you have, feel free to use the book as a giveaway (if you have a blog) or simply share it with a friend or family member you think will enjoy it.

If your name is not listed, there's still a chance to win a copy of Shattered. Visit me on Coffee Cups & Camisoles today for another chance to win.

Thank you again for joining me last night! It was a joy getting to know you.


Today is launch day for Shattered!

After so many months of waiting, I am amazed the day is finally here. Today is Shattered's official release date! Yay!! To celebrate the launch, and give you an inside glimpse of Landon and Piper's world, I've put together a Pinterest board for their story. Click the image below to see the board.

Visit the Shattered Pinterest Board!


You do not need to have an account on Pinterest to view the board, but if you do have a Pinterest account, I'd love if you'd add me as a friend :)  I look forward to seeing your favorite boards and connecting with you.

P.S. Think I've missed something on Landon & Piper's board? Some scene, recipe, or fun photo you think should be included? Post the link in my comments section below. Your suggestion might show up at the top of my Shattered board in the next few weeks!



I hope you are all having a wonderful day. A few weeks ago I attended ICRS (International Christian Retail Show) in Orlando and thought it'd be fun to share a bit about that with you all. It was my first time at ICRS and I was a bit in awe to learn that Phil Vischer and Matthew West were there, though I didn't realize that until I was on the plane flying home and actually had time to read through the convention program. Bummer.

The trip kicked off meeting my fabulous roommate and dear friend Kelli Standish. Kelli and I have worked together for a few years now, but it was the first opportunity we've had to meet in person. We met at the airport and made a midnight breakfast run to Denny's. I think we got all of four hours sleep that night and it started a trend :)








Sunday began with Books & Such brunch. It was a joy getting to meet my lovely agent in person.









Sunday night I attended the Baker dinner where I had a wonderful time reconnecting with friends and fellow Bethany House authors.

Monday I headed over the convention center and was thoroughly impressed. There were so many Christian publishers represented there along with Christian music companies, film production companies, stores, and vendors. So many people yearning to share Christ with the world. I felt like a drop in a much greater ocean. An ocean hopefully reflecting our Father's love and majesty.

I spoke at a Fiction event (hosted by the fabulous SuzyQ) alongside authors I greatly admire, and had the privilege of signing books afterwards.
















Monday night I attended the Christy awards where I got to cheer on numerous Bethany House authors. I am so blessed to be part of such an amazing publishing family.









Tuesday I taped a video interview with Ray Sadler (super fun guy!) for LifeWay Christian Stores, I did a signing in the Bethany House booth next to Davis Bunn (I so admire him), and wrapped up the afternoon sitting on a panel about Christian Fiction's Impact on Faith and Culture. Quite an interesting discussion. It was such an honor to be on the same panel as Colleen Coble, Rachel Hauck, and Kim Vogel Sawyer.

ICRS was a wonderful experience. Great food. Time with fellow writers and even more importantly, fellow believers in Christ. But it was good to return home to my tiny office, to quiet time with the Lord, to focusing on the story He's laid on my heart. To shift the focus off of me and onto Him because it's all for His glory. I'm just so thankful He provides opportunities for story lovers to group together from time to time (like at ICRS and ACFW), and incredibly grateful that He's always guiding us through this journey He's called us to.

Praying you feel God's leading on your life and your journey.


Favorite Friday: For the Cure Auction

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday. I'm knee-deep in my first draft of Stranded--Gage McKenna's story and I'm having so much fun getting to know him.

Today I'd like to share one of my favorite fundraisers: Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Brenda started this auction because it is very near and dear to her heart. Brenda' youngest son, Thad, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of five, so she knows firsthand how difficult the disease is. To date, she has helped raise more than a million dollars for this great cause.

I've been participating since the auction began a number of  years back, and I'm doing so again this  year.

To celebrate the launch of Submerged with Bethany House, I'm donating a Bethany House Reader's Basket. It's filled with great titles from my very talented Bethany House colleagues along with an autographed copy of Submerged and some fun goodies.

The auction starts May 1st and runs until May 31st. You can find more information on FacebookTwitter, or Brenda's For the Cure website.

I hope you'll drop by and check it out. The money goes to a great cause and the items available for bidding are fantastic!

Here are a couple I'm keeping my eye on:

Alaskan Cruise





Hawaiian Getaway






Hope your days are filled with adventure,