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Something Special

Hi friends, 

Happy Wednesday! I’m super excited to share about something really fun that’s happening. For a limited time, when you pre-order The Killing Tide, you get some awesome goodies. The first two-hundred people will get an adorable anchor keychain and collapsible, Coastal Guardians, water bottled along with even more goodies. For everyone after the first two hundred there are still lots of goodies for you. And, the great part? Ten percent of my profits will be donated to the Coast Guard Foundation. 

Why did I pick this particular foundation? Because of the amazing work they are doing. 

The Coast Guard Foundation’s Mission is to:

In times of triumph and through adversity, the Coast Guard Foundation:


Who are the men and women behind the Coast Guard Foundation?

Their founding directors were Coast Guard veterans who served together during World War II. 

The founders, who enjoyed successful careers after their military service, saw that the Coast Guard Academy's operate budget wasn't fully covering all of its needs, and they started the Foundation to provide funds that could make up the difference.

In 1986, the Foundation expanded its charter to support projects that enhance the education, welfare, and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families. 

Since the expansion of their mission, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars in college scholarships to dependents of Coast Guard personnel, and their morale initiatives have supplied exercise equipment, learning materials, computers, and more to thousands of cutters, bases, and units across the country.

To learn more, visit their website here: Coast Guard Foundation

I’m so honored to partner with the Foundation as The Killing Tide, and all the upcoming books in my Coastal Guardian series, feature the Coast Guard Investigative Service. It has been such a privilege learning about the men and women serving our country in the Guard and as part of CGIS. Hope you’ll enjoy Finn and Gabby’s adventure in the Killing Tide. 


BOOK Overview

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter--and Finn's boss's sister--Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she's back, the tug on Finn's heart is strong, but with the risks she's taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?



To learn more about the awesome goodies you can get when you pre-order The Killing Tide, drop by our giveaway and goody page here:

 Which goody are you most excited about? 

Have a blessed day!  


Monday Cuppa--Expedition: Still Life Winners!

Happy Monday, friends!

Thank you SO much to everyone who participated in Expedition: Still Life. I loved chatting with you all and enjoying the journey with you. A special shout out to the bloggers who hosted me. You're all amazing!

APRIL 4 - Heidi Reads

APRIL 6 - Mocha with Linda

APRIL 11 - Bethany House Fiction 

APRIL 13 - Reading is My Superpower

APRIL 18 - Christian Bookshelf Reviews

APRIL 20 - Just Commonly

APRIL 25 - Finding Wonderland (Rissi Writes) 



The Winners!


Expedition Still Life winner:

Now for the really fun news....the winner of Expedition: Still Life is Amy O'Quinn. I was super excited to learn after Amy's name was chosen that Amy is a fellow author. You can check out her website here. She's also a fellow homeschool mom. So exciting. Congrats, Amy!

I Love Bloggers Winner:

And the winner of my I Love Bloggers portion of the giveaway is Rissi of Finding Wonderland.

Congratulations, Rissi!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I'm off to the Romantic Times convention in Atlanta. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you. I'll be participating in the Giant Book Fair on Saturday from 11-2. You can find all the details by clicking here.

Oh, and if you haven't already snagged a debut novel, Submerged, is free on ebook for the month of May. Grab your copy from your favorite retailer by clicking here.

Thanks, friend! Have an adventurous week.


Monday Cuppa--Expedition: Still Life Begins!

Happy Monday, friends!


I am SO excited to kick off Expedition: Still Life today!

What is Expedition: Still Life?

I'm so glad you asked. Expedition: Still Life is a fantastically fun adventure with two blog stops every Tuesday and Thursday throughout April where you can learn about a location from my latest release, Still Life. At each stop you'll be able to enter that particluar blog's gift card giveaway (gift cards vary from Starbucks to Amazon to Barnes & Noble), as well as collecting a custom designed virtual passport stamp, which enters you to win the Grand Prize. Each Expedition stamp you collect at my favorite blog location stops earns you another entry for the Grand Prize.


Where are this week's stops? 


On Tuesday 4/4 we'll be journeying to Charm City via Heidi Reads blog. Why I love Heidi's blog? It starts with Heidi herself. She is warm, caring and super supportive. She's actually the second place winner of my recent Still Life Photo contest with her on location pic at an art museum. Way to go the extra mile! In addition, Heidi maintains an awesome blog where she reviews a plethora of Christian fiction. Thanks, Heidi. Honored to be on your blog this week.

On Thursday 4/6 we'll be journeying to Parker Mitchell's neighborhood on Mocha with Linda's blog. Why I adore Linda? What's not to adore about Linda. I had the privilege and joy of meeting Linda in person when she was kind enough to interview a fairly brand new writer about her debut novel. Thanks, Linda! Honored to be on your blog this week.


What is the Grand Prize? 

Since we’re spending the month on Expedition, the grand prize is an Expedition: Still Life vintage leather travel tote full of locally-procured goodies (and some of the Chesapeake Valor gang’s favorites) to help you travel in coordinated style. It includes the following:

  • Autographed copy of Still Life (to read on your next trip)
  • Still Life Tote Bag (for carrying around all your sightseeing gear)
  • Still Life Disposable Camera (to take pictures of your travels)
  • Still Life Magnetic Picture Frame (to share your travel pics on your fridge)
  • Milk Makeup Sleep Mask & Cooling Gel Insert (to help you rest and keep your eyes looking refreshed)
  • L’Occitane Floral Cherry Blossom Voyage Set (in honor of cherry blossom season)
  • Blush Infinity Scarf (to keep you traveling in style)
  • Collapsible Water Bottle (to keep you hydrated)




Where can I find all the information I need to participate?

Click the image below to find all the details so you can join in!

Still Life Contest



Shadowed's Super Groovy 70's Sweepstakes!

Hi friends, I'm so excited to announce that SHADOWED (which was part of the Sins of the Past collection) and a prequel to the Alaskan Courage series is now available on its own with its own cover on ebook. Woo-hoo!


I think they did a stellar job on the cover. She looks so much like Libby to me! What do you think?


To celebrate its release on ebook as a stand alone novella, I'm offering Shadowed's Super Groovy 70's Sweepstakes. Why the 70's? Because it's the story of the McKenna parents and it takes place in the summer of 1979.


Super Groovy 70's Sweepstakes


The giveaway prizes include: A copy of SHADOWED (via ebook or as part of the Sins of the Past paperback collection--winner's choice), a yummy collection of my favorite candy of the 70's (I found the best old-time candy shop), a copy of Swimming to Antartica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer by Lynn Cox (since Libby's a open water, long distance swimmer), a Just Keep Swimming Water Bottle and some fun swag items.

Enter by using the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Best luck and blessings,

And the winners are....

Hi friends, Thanks to everyone for stopping by! Announcing the winners of the last two giveaways here:

The Power of the Lie by Beth Vogt winner of Beth's endearing novel, Almost Like Being In Love, is Taelor. Congratulations, Taelor!

The Monday Cuppa-Help! winner of an autographed copy of Cold Shot and a Starbucks gift card is Mark Norris. Congratulations, Mark!


Cold Shot

Look forward to hearing from you both.

If you didn't win, don't worry. The next two weeks, Karen Witemeyer, will be sharing about Deep POV and giving away an autographed copy of No Other Will Do and Stealing the Preacher. Be sure to stop by! You don't want to miss this great lesson.



Mystery & Mayhem Tour

Readers, I have some shocking news for you, something that’s never happened before. Take a look at the letter below that I received in the mail, just before the launch of Sins of the Past--my novella with Lynette Eason and Dee Henderson. ransomnote1

Enclosed with the note was a list of profiles of Lynette's and Dee's, and my characters. Apparently Anonymous has been stalking our books for quite some time. I can only assume the “clues” Anonymous promised to reveal will help rule out some of the characters below.

Potential Victims


  • Evie Blackwell From: Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson Occupation: Illinois state police detective Most Likely to be Found: Solving puzzles, watching classic movies, trying new restaurants


  • Jillian Carter From: When A Secret Kills by Lynette Eason Occupation: Investigative reporter Most Likely to Be Found: Hiding from a killer who wants her dead, spending time with her daughter


  • Kirra Jacobs From: Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey Occupation: Veterinarian, owner of a shelter for rescued sled dogs Most Likely to be Found: Caring for animals, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing


  • David Hackett From: No One To Trust by Lynette Eason Occupation: Former Special Forces Most Likely to Be Found: Doing something for his wife, Summer, or helping someone in need


  • Charlotte Graham From: Unspoken by Dee Henderson Occupation: Artist Most Likely to be Found: Selling old collectible coins, drawing, attending sporting events


  • Macey Adams From: Blackout by Lynette Eason (novella in Sins of the Past) Occupation: Paramedic Most Likely to Be Found: At work or driving an ambulance


  • Mark Bishop From: Undetected by Dee Henderson Occupation: Navy commander Most Likely to be Found: At work on a submarine, reading a good mystery


  • Piper McKenna From: Shattered by Dani Pettrey Occupation: Co-owner of Last Frontier Adventures Most Likely to be Found: Reading a mystery novel, traveling, planning a party with friends


  • Olivia Edwards From: Always Watching by Lynette Eason Occupation: Bodyguard Most Likely to Be Found: At work since she doesn’t know what it means to relax


  • Griffin McCray From: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey Occupation: Gettysburg park ranger Most Likely to be Found: Hiking, watching a baseball game, or making homemade trail mix


  • Gage McKenna From: Stranded by Dani Pettrey Occupation: Co-owner of Last Frontier Adventures Most Likely to be Found: Cooking, kayaking, practicing the trumpet or the piano


What Can You Do?

Amy Green, the fiction publicist at Bethany House, is appointing herself the investigative lead on this mystery, but she can’t do it alone. It’ll take a team to solve the mystery, rescue the character, and bring the kidnapper to justice. That’s why I'm asking you, dear readers, to join us. Lynette, Dee, and I  already recruited the help of bookstore owners and book review bloggers to help us find clues to determine which character is being held hostage and how we can rescue him or her. The stops on the tour are listed below. Make sure you don’t miss a single step of the investigation!



Clues will be revealed at each stop to help you figure out which character has been kidnapped. (If you can’t make it in person to the bookstore events, don’t worry—Lynette and I will post the clue from the events on our Facebook pages within 24 hours of the event.)

Friday, April 29, 4 PM LifeWay Christian Bookstore 3726 E Franklin Blvd Gastonia, NC 28054

Saturday, April 30, 1 PM Christian Supply 1600 John B White Sr Blvd Spartanburg, SC 29301

Wednesday, May 4 Just Commonly with Annie

Saturday, May 7 Just Romantic Suspense

Wednesday, May 11 Reading is My Superpower with Carrie

Saturday, May 14, 1 PM His Way Christian Bookstore Southdale Shopping Center 8 Mountain Rd Glen Burnie MD 21060

Sunday, May 15, 2 PM Barnes & Noble 620 Marketplace Dr. Bel Air, MD 21014

Wednesday, May 18 Finding Wonderland with Rissi

Saturday, May 21 Will Bake for Books with Bekah

Wednesday, May 25 The Suspense Zone

Thursday, June 2, 7-9 PM Eastern Sins of the Past Mystery and Mayhem Facebook Party


Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook party on June 2—if enough concerned readers show up, Lynette, Dee and I are hoping Anonymous will make an appearance as well so we can solve the case. Don’t worry: with a team of loyal readers like you, we’re sure we’ll get the character back safe and sound!

Drop by Bethany House's blog for more details and information.

Thanks for your help!

And the winner is....

Happy Friday, friends! The winner of October's Monday Cuppa Moment Fair Trade Coffee giveaway is Cathe Swason! Congrats, Cathe.



Just email me your mailing address to and I'll get your yummy coffee in the mail to you.


Thanks to everyone who chimed in on the candy apple question. Can't wait to start trying all the different varieties.

Have a blessed weekend,

And the ARC winner of COLD SHOT is....

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I loved reading about your crab and other interesting edible adventures. So much fun! Because of the overwhelming response...I've decided to give away one main prize of an ARC along with this month's fair trade coffee from The THX Co. to Kara Grant. Along with two secondary prizes of Cold Shot ARCs to Deb Haggerty and Carol Moncado. Congrats, ladies. Please email me your mailing addresses to or message them to me on FB.


For those who didn't win, don't despair. I'll be giving away a copy each month leading up to COLD SHOT's release on February 1st so be sure to check in often.

Thanks again for all your enthusiasm. I'm so blessed by you.

Happy Friday,


Monday Cuppa Moment 7/13

Happy Monday! Look at the adorable sign my daughter bought me this week: FullSizeRender

She definitely knows the way to her mom's heart :D

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent most of it with our family and loved the joy our grandson always brings. I also started on my novella project. Just in case you missed the announcement on my FB Page, I'm going to share here:


I'm beyond ECSTATIC to announce I'll be doing a novella collection with the amazing Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason called SINS OF THE PAST, which will release May 2016. I'm a so honored and humbled to be able to work on a collection with two women I so greatly admire.


My novella is titled SHADOWED: An Alaskan Courage novel. Yes, that's right. It's part of my Alaskan Courage collection with a twist. Here's a sneak peak:

d3a02bcf86405cc383949b4cd0af1583 Dani Pettrey returns to Yancey, Alaska, introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of a open water swimming competitor and possible Russian defector. Turning to a college friend of the woman, the two begin to try and solve her death.

What excites or interests you most about the project?


Love Well

Hi Friends, I hope you’re having a great week. It’s so hard to believe we’re into February. In fact, next week is the most romantic holiday of all—Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, I’ve joined forces with some awesome romance author friends to do a special LOVING WELL giveaway.


Today I’ll be sharing about Loving Kids Well. These can be your own children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, or simply kids you interact with on a regular basis. Children are a blessing from the Lord and they deserved to be loved and cherished. Here are 8 Ways to Love Kids Well:


  • Spend Time With Them—The number one way you can show kids you love them is by investing in their lives. We’re all so busy these days. Take time to give your child or the children in your life undivided attention.


  • Listen—Kids love to talk and are very open about what’s important to them. Give them the opportunity to share and really listen to what they are saying.



  • Have Fun—Life can be busy, but it’s important to give kids time to be kids. Put on music and dance around together. Stare at clouds and see what find shapes you can find. Bake a cake. Laugh.


  • Encourage—Everyone needs encouragement. Kids are no different. Find ways to encourage them each day. Leave a note for them saying they’re special in their lunch box, on the bathroom mirror in shaving cream, or on a post-it note by their bed.


  • Exhibit Qualities You Want Them To Learn—Kids learn best by example. Teach your kids the Fruits of the Spirit by exhibiting them in your life. Be loving, kind, joyful, patient, faithful and gentle with them.


  • Appreciate That God Made Them Unique—God made us all unique. Don’t fall into the trap of comparing your child to others, even siblings. God created each of us in our mother’s womb. He knit us together. Let your child/grandchild/niece know you’re so thankful for the special and unique person God created them to be.


  • Share Jesus With Them—The most important way you can love your child well is to share Jesus with him or her. Spend time in pray, read God’s Word, tell them how much Jesus loves them.


Be sure to visit each of the Valentine’s Giveaway blog stops and you’ll be able to collect a word on each page that will add up to a ‘secret sentence’ by the final stop.  Enter the sentence into the entry box at the final stop and be entered to win a special prize.

My word is SHE.

 Upcoming Blog Hop Stops:

Feb 6th visit Rachel Hauck by clicking here

Feb 8th visit Lisa Wingate by clicking here

Feb 9th visit Katie Ganshert by clicking here

Feb 10th visit Susan May Warren by clicking here

Feb 13th visit Becky Wade by clicking here


To enter the giveaway, simply complete the form below:

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Fill in the Blank Contest Finalists

Thank you to everyone who entered the Fill in the Blank contest! You guys are awesome! Becky and I had a fabulous time reading all your creative and hilarious entries. It was so hard narrowing it down to three finalists. Seriously. Hard. But we've done it. As a quick reminder here's the excerpt we used from Meant To Be Mine by Becky Wade: fillintheblank

There he was.

She forgot how to ___(1. verb)___.

He was striding down the sidewalk towards her, a few shops away and closing, looking up, probably to find the sign that said ___(2.   )___.

She'd anticipated that he'd look handsome. But 'handsome' was something you might say about a ___(3. noun)___ in a magazine ad; it was too stiff and flat an adjective for Ty Porter.

Ty Porter had the kind of appeal that pulled your gaze to him and wouldn't let you look away. She sensed women's jaws dropping, cars narrowly missing head-on collisions, pictures being taken without his permission and texted to girlfriends.

Anger gathered in her throat.

___(4. noun)___ shaded his eyes. A ray of sun caught and shimmered in his hair, which had been expertly cut just like always. He wore a soft-looking, thin, not too tight but not too loose, beige t-shirt that advertised a custom motorcycle shop in brown letters. He'd pushed a handful of the front of the shirt into his jeans. The square-tipped alligator cowboy boots pounding the sidewalk must be a newer cousin to the pair she remembered.

He stopped at Jana's entrance and scanned the tables. She knew the moment he spotted her because she could literally hear it, like a ___(5. noun)___ ___(6. verb ending in -ing)___.

The three finalists for the Meant To Be Mine giveaway are….


  • Erynn Reconnu N.

1. undulate 2. No llamas 3. yarmulke 4. A unibrow 5. Bigfoot 6. spelunking

  • JustinLindsey G.

1. Stop, drop, and roll 2. "meet the woman who is as mad as someone who got dumped by a cowboy, went to the dentist, and stepped on legos all in one day here" 3. Husband cleaning the whole house 4. Princess sunglasses 5. Fireworks display at the library 6. Lighting up the sky

  • Tari Thompson F.

1. Yodel 2. Hair Club for Men 3. Chihuahua in a Ralph Lauren Sweater 4. Plastic visor 5. Seam 6. Ripping in her pantsCongratulations Erynn, JustinLindsey, and Tari!!!!

Now it's up to YOU (all my wonderful readers) to pick the winner. Yes, you get to pick the winner. Leave a comment below with your choice of top place  and I'll tally the votes and post the winner tomorrow night by 10 pm EST. The first place winner will receive an autographed copy of MTBM along with a $25 Visa gift card; second and third place finalists will each receive an autographed copy of MTBM.

Curious who the Silenced finalists are? Hop over to Becky's blog or Facebook Page to find out and vote!

Thanks so very much!

Blessings, Dani

Winners of the Mountains Are Calling Giveaway

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and sincerely humbled by everyone's amazing enthusiasm for Jake and Kayden's story. You have touched my heart with your kind words of encouragement and your continued support for the McKennas' adventures. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are the BEST! I wish you all could win, but alas, there are only two custom-designed Sevenly shirts to giveaway, and the winners are: commentwinners

Congratulations, Sarah P and Paula K! I hope you'll enjoy the shirts! Please email me your mailing address so I can get your fabulous shirts in the mail to you.

If you didn't win, don't worry, I've got something HUGE coming for you on Friday on my FB Page. Be sure to drop by. You won't want to miss what I've got in store.

Thank you again for participating, and for your love for Jake and Kayden. I hope you'll enjoy reading their story as much as I loved writing it.

May God bless you in all your adventures,

The Mountains Are Calling...

Silenced by Dani PettreyIt's coming! Kayden & Jake's story is coming! As I write this, my awesome team at Bethany House is getting ready to send out review copies of Silenced to influencers, and there are only 40 days left until the book hits store shelves.

I'm so excited about this, I can hardly stand it. Not just because I finally get to share more of Jake's history (and Kayden's) with you, but because this story is one of my absolute favorites in the series.

Okay, yes, they're all my favorites, but still. I really love this one :)

Over the next month or so, I will be posting all kinds of fun content to celebrate the book, including a sample chapter, character dossiers, a (dreamy!) music playlist, Pinterest boards, giveaways, and more.

Some of these posts will go live here on my web site, some on Facebook, some on Twitter, some on Pinterest, and some in my Newsletter. So if you don't already follow me on these channels, now might be a good time to start.

Comment to Win

To kick off the celebration, this week I'm giving you the chance to win one of these limited-edition shirts:

Win a Limited Edition Mountains Are Calling Shirt from Sevenly! That's right.  I have two, limited-edition Sevenly shirts to give away, featuring a quote from the poet outdoorsman, John Muir.  I have one LARGE women's flowy dolman (seen on the model on the left), and one X-LARGE men's baseball raglan (seen on the model on the right).

If you haven't heard of Sevenly before, you can click to learn more about their awesome company.  Every week, they team up with a different charity. They create custom shirt designs that are only available for that week and then are gone forever, and they donate $7 from every shirt sale to that week's charity.

Since Kayden & Jake's story features mountain climbing, I thought these shirts, and the wonderful quote on them, would be perfect for you.

How to Enter

To enter, leave a comment below and tell me what you're most looking forward to about Silenced.  Learning more about Jake's backstory?  Discovering what makes Kayden tick?  Cole & Bailey's wedding?  Something else?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I'll pick two winners from everyone who comments, using a random number generator, and announce the names of the winners next week.


It's almost Spring!

It's hard to believe spring will be here in only four more days, especially because of the six inches of snow we got last night, but I refuse to be daunted. Spring will come Friday regardless of snowstorms and frightening temperatures. Okay, maybe not frightening, but for a girl who loves eighty degrees, anything under sixty feels cold to me. I live in the wrong climate, clearly. I'm not the only one who feels this way. Dani Pettrey, Katie Ganshert, Becky Wade, Lynette Eason, Ronie Kendig, Rachel HauckFive fabulous author friends have banded together with me to help celebrate the arrival of spring with our Spring Into Romance Giveaway. Haven't had a chance to enter yet? Don't worry, you can read all about it and enter here. We're each giving away an autographed book and a fun spring treat…which got me thinking about everything I love about springtime, and I decided to ask my friends to chime in. Would love to hear about your springtime favorites in the comments section. Let's get this spring discussion going!

  • What scent or fragrance most reminds you of spring, Katie?


Katie Ganshert: Nothing says spring like the smell of lilacs! Growing up, I had a lilac bush right outside my bedroom window. After a long, cold winter, I loved opening my window and enjoying the fresh, sweet smell of the purple and pink flowers outside.

Dani: Ooh. I love the sweet fragrance of lilacs. I'd have to say my favorite spring scent is the freshness in the air. There's something about the combination of blooming flowers, newly cut grass and soft rainstorms that combine into a newness that I adore.

  • What's your favorite spring time treat, Becky?


Becky Wade: Frozen yogurt!  My kids and I love this cute little shop here in Dallas called 'I Heart Yogurt'.  They let you fill your own yogurt bowl and then add toppings to it buffet-line style.  Every time we go, I try to keep a close eye on my kids while they're helping themselves to yogurt.  Because there are three of them, however, someone inevitably slips past my attention and gives themselves an extra huge serving.  My springtime favorite frozen yogurt and topping combo: Tahitian Vanilla yogurt with granola, mini chocolate chips, and strawberries on top.

Dani: Becky, you are making my mouth water. That sounds delicious! Our favorite spring treat is Rita's Italian Ice. They give out free ice on the first day of spring. It's a great way to ring in the new season.

  • If you could go anywhere on a springtime getaway, Lynette, where would you go and why?


Lynette Eason: Unfortunately spring and I don't get along. LOL. With it comes allergies, a stuffy nose and itchy eyes. HOWEVER, I do enjoy the warmer weather and letting my kids play outside. So, I guess if I could go anywhere on a spring vacation getaway, I would choose to go someplace like Belize! Why? Because I've never been there and it looks fabulous!

Dani: Belize does look fabulous! I think I'd go with the Florida Keys. Key West is gorgeous and there are so many adventures to be had.

  • What's your favorite springtime wardrobe item or accessory, Ronie?


Ronie Kendig: My favorite wardrobe item for spring are capris! I love wearing them because they are airy enough not to be stifling, but they also hide my ultra-white Irish skin (for the most part) so friends don't have to wear glare-resistant sunglasses around me.

Dani: LOL! That Irish skin can be delicate :) My favorite wardrobe item is a black knit skirt I bought a few years ago at Old Navy. It's super cute and comfortable--my favorite combination.

  • What about spring do you look most forward to, Rachel?


Rachel Hauck:  In Florida, the weather is so amazing. Bright, sunny, breezy. The best.

Dani: Wearing flip-flops! Wish I could live in them year round.

What about you? I would love to hear you all weigh in on some of these questions.


Spring into Romance Giveaway!

Enter the Spring Into Romance Giveaway!!Pssst:  Want to win some super fun prizes? Here's your chance!  In celebration of spring, chocolate, and awesome readers like you, I've joined together with fellow authors Katie Ganshert, Ronie Kendig, Becky Wade, Rachel Hauck, and Lynette Eason to offer the Spring Into Romance Giveaway. We're each giving away a copy of our newest novel, plus a little something extra besides the book to brighten your day.

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  We'll pick six winners total, so your chance of winning are better than average :) And if you already follow/like me, be sure to click "Already Follow" or "Already Like" to get full entry credit.

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Last Giveaway Day!

Good morning, We are supposed to get temps in the mid-50's today, which is totally unusual for our area, but I'm not complaining….As long as it turns cold and snows just in time for Christmas. LOVE a white Christmas. How about you?

Today's the last day of my week-long giveaway. I'm so grateful for your kind and encouraging comments, and I've really enjoyed spending this week together :)

Yesterday's winner was:

  • Dawn Taylor

Congratulations, Dawn! Email your mailing address and choice of book (Submerged, Shattered or Stranded) to

Since it's the final day of the giveaway and in the spirit of giving, I've decided to pick 3 winners today. That's right…tomorrow morning there will be 3 winners announced, so keep the comments coming!

I've saved this recipe for last because it's my favorite. Pair it with milk or a good cup of coffee. It's dunking delicious.


Merry Christmas,

Christmas Giveaway Day #4

Good Morning, I hope today finds you well. Are you ready for Christmas? My family and I are enjoying the season very much. We had our annual wrapping and baking day this week, and I've been enjoying Christmas cookies for breakfast with my coffee the past two days. Yum!

Speaking of yum, I've got another fun family recipe for you, but first to announce the winner of yesterday's giveaway….

Congratulations Elizabeth Olmedo!!! Email me your mailing address and choice of book (Submerged, Shattered, or Stranded) to

For the rest of you, there's still two more chances to win so keep the comments coming. I've been so touched by all your kindness and encouragement.

This recipe is super easy to make and a lot of fun to make with little ones. Hope you enjoy!



Christmas Giveaway Day #2

Good morning, Today's the second day of my week-long Christmas Alaskan Courage giveaway. My way of saying thanks for all your support and Merry Christmas! All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment on my blog or FB Page and you'll automatically be entered.

Thank you so much for all your kind and encouraging comments. I'm so very blessed by you.

Yesterday's winner was:

  • Britney Adams

Congratulations, Britney!  Please email me your mailing address and choice of book (Submerged, Shattered or Stranded), and I'll get your prize in the mail.

For everyone else, there are still four days of winners ahead, including today, so leave another comment and be entered to win. And in the meantime, here's another yummy drink recipe to keep you warm. Gage's Famous Peppermint Mocha. Enjoy!




Giveaway Day #1

Hi Friends, I hope today finds you well. I'm excited to kick off my week-long giveaway today! Leave a comment below or on my Author FB Page and you'll automatically be entered to win one of my books (winner's choice). I'll announce today's winner in tomorrow morning's post.

Thanks again for your amazing support! Here's another recipe to help keep you warm on a cold winter's night. Hope you enjoy!


Christmas Giveaway!

Hoping everyone is getting ready to celebrate Christmas! I'm so grateful for the birth of my Savior and the Lord's blessings in my life and that includes all of you. Yes, you! I'm so grateful for my readers. You are amazing, and in the spirit of spreading the love this Christmas, I'm giving away a copy of any of my books (winner's choice) each day this week--Monday, December 16th through Friday, December 20th.

Here's how it will work. Each day I'll post here and on my Facebook Page about the giveaway. Leave a comment either place and you'll automatically be entered. The following day's post will contain the winner's name and the winner can contact me with his or her choice of book (Submerged, Shattered or Stranded).

A special recipe, a McKenna family favorite or mine, will accompany each post, so get ready for some fun treats and prizes! Thanks again for your amazing support. Here's a recipe to get you started:


Want to learn a little about my family Christmas traditions and get a glimpse at the McKennas'? Check out my guest post on the Bethany House Fiction Blog.

A special thank you to all who voted for one of the Alaskan Courage Men in the Fiction Hero Features contest. I'm pleased to announce Landon Grainger won Hero of the Year with Gage McKenna coming in a pretty close second. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

If you haven't heard, Shattered is up for Book of the Year and this blog is up for Blog of the Year--both at if you'd like to vote (just scroll down and look on the lefthand side).

Thanks again for your support. I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas! Be sure to drop by here or my FB Author Page everyday this week for a chance to win.