Monday, February 22, 2016

Cold Shot Book Tour

Get your copy of COLD SHOT by Author Dani Pettrey! 

Four Best Friends.
And Then One Went Missing . . .

Cold Shot - Book 1 - Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey
In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.
Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper.
When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

Dani Pettrey brings us a new series, Chesapeake Valor.
Her she is in an interview talking about the new series:

Meet Griffin and Finley:

Meet Griffin McCray from Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Meet Finley Scott from Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

My Thoughts:

Cold Shot is the first installment in the series and is filled with spine tingling suspense and a budding romance.  After reading Cold Shot I'm convinced she has penned another success.  
With this being the first book we are introduced the characters that will make up this series and learn a little of their background that brings them to where they are in their lives now.  We are introduced to friends who grew up together and formed a bond that they thought would last a life time.  Dani Pettrey shows how deeply entwined childhood friendships can form the person you will become as an adult.  
As this story opens we meet Griffin McCray, Chief Ranger at the Gettysburg National Military Park, finding a routine patrol and perimeter check of the park more complicated than he ever imagined.  He discovered two relic hunters who have just dug up skeletal remains near the archaeological Civil War battlefield site dig.  Unfortunately while trying to secure the site until Dr. Scott could arrive he notices soft tissue on some of the remains which means this is not Civil War grave, but a modern one.  
Dr. Finely Scott arrives on the scene and with great certainty that this is a recent vs. Civil War grave site she give the go ahead to alert the Bureau since it was on federal land.  Griffin put in a call to Declan Grey.  Griffin avoids reminders of his past, but somethings you couldn't severe like childhood friends.  Finely calls in her CSI guy, Parker Mitchell, and begins mapping a primary grid.  With the arrival of everyone and tension so thick you could cut it with a knife Finley got to work examining the remains and determined they were dealing with a modern body dump.  And the adventure begins. 
This story is a suspenseful romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The author's ability to weave words together that bring not only the setting, but also the characters to life is amazing. I was pulled in from the very first page.  The plot is full of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end of the story. The characters are well developed and have real issues. Griffin has a troubled past from loosing his sister to a horrific crime, a betrayal from his best friend and an innocent woman's death from his failure to act quickly.  He has a lot of built of anger and likes to push everyone away to avoid getting hurt again.  Finely is a beautiful, young woman, who by all appearances, has everything you could ask for (nice home, job security, etc.), but looks can be deceiving.  Finley has survived this past year by the grace of God, but she keeps reliving the nightmares of all she has endured.  Both have secrets, well, not really secrets.  They both have pasts that they don't like talking about.  Is it out of fear or because they haven't forgiven themselves. 
I could go on and on about how good the story line is, but I also want to talk about the message I received from this story.  It is one of forgiveness. As we are reminded in Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.
  I was so impressed at how the author brings this out in the telling of a story.  This message is one we can take with us and apply to our own lives.  
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone.  
*I received this book free from the publisher as part of their book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  

Available for Purchase:

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at


Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey! 

 Meet Dani:

Dani Pettrey Press Photo 2016

 Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the brand new romantic suspense Chesapeake Valor series, as well as the well-loved Alaskan Courage series which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. 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, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

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  1. I'd love to read this book! Nice giveaway. Thanks!

    1. Tammy, this truly is an amazing book and if you like suspense then this is a great one for you. Dani always offers a wonderful giveaway with her series. I would love to win either of these. Thank you for stopping by. Happy reading.

  2. Katrina,
    Thank you SO much for the amazing post and thoughtful review. So appreciate you!!!!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Dani. I truly think this is going to be a wonderful series. I am really anxious to the read the next book now.

  3. Katrina, what a wonderful post! Thank you for all that you poured into it. You're such a gift! ~Amanda

    1. Hi Amanda, thank you for stopping by. Loved doing this post and to be honest I am anxious for the next Dani, needs to get busy writing. If you need anything else let me know.