Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hangin' Out with Dani Pettrey (Plus Giveaway)

Y'all forgive me now...I've been a bit MIA for the past few weeks.  I have a good reason, though.  Really.  :o)

Some of you may remember that I got laid off about 7 months ago only to find myself with a new job the very next day.  While the job itself was the same, there were several things I had to adjust to in a new office.  A couple of weeks ago, I knew I would have to start the process of finding a new job.  If you're like me, job hunting is one of the most exhausting things to do, and quite frankly, probably one of my least favorite things to do...period.  Then last Monday, my hours were cut from 35 to 20.  The job hunt was really on at that point.  After applying for oodles of job openings and sending up numerous prayers for help, I scored a new job in about 10 days.  Woohoo!!!  What it means is that my career in insurance has come to end (hopefully to never be revisited) and I'll be back in a dental office environment where I was before I got into insurance.  Seriously...I cannot wait!  I'm all kinds of giddy to be working about 8 minutes from my house, and with a full 40-hour work week.

So, I said all that to say....please forgive me for being absent!  I've missed interacting with you guys, especially through these interviews.  :o)  And what better way to get back on the bandwagon than with another debut author--Dani Pettrey!  Dani is a new author in the suspense genre, and her book is the next one in my TBR stack.  No joke...just looking at the cover of her book makes me shiver with that dark blue lake and snowy mountains in the distance (see below)!!!  I hope y'all love our fun chat today, and please be sure to sign up for the giveaway at the end!

Welcome, Dani!

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Not including writing, what was your first job?

My very first job was babysitting. My first ‘official’ job was working at a country club/gym in their child care center.

What is one movie that you could watch over and over again?

Pride and Prejudice--both the Colin Firth version and the Keira Knightly one.

Ok, looks like we're gonna have to change this question to simply be "Which version of P&P is your favorite?" *grin*

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?

To fly. I think that would be so amazing.

Be honest now, ‘cause we girls tend to exaggerate here...  How many shoes do you really have in your closet?

Sixteen pairs, though with my oldest daughter being a shoe thief, I usually only have about half of that amount in my closet at any given time.

Even though I have no kids, I consider myself fortunate that I never had a sister if only for not having to share my shoes.  :o)

Which magazine do you pick up when you’re stuck in a waiting room?

Budget Travel or Travel and Leisure

Have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who?

I’ve met a few: Larry King, Colin Raye, Amy Carter, and Henry Kissinger.

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

Made up stories. :)

You have the opportunity to choose between appearing on American Idol or Dancing with the Stars (and that’s without an audition). Which set of producers give you cold, hard cash to go home so they and all of America are spared?

Producers on American Idol would definitely give me cold, hard cash to go home. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Think Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy.

Oh, dear!  Should we break out the earplugs? :o)

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Dani, thank you so much for being my guest today, and for being such a great sport with those questions (especially the last one)!  Folks, if you'd like to connect with Dani online, feel free to visit her website, or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

And now for the part that we all love...a giveaway!!!  I've got one extra copy of Dani's debut novel, Submerged.  Simply complete the form below with your full name, mailing addy, and email addy, and your name will be entered to win a copy!  Be sure to complete your entry before Tuesday, June 5th, 11:59 CST, if you want it to count.  :o)  Giveaway is limited to US residents only, and void where prohibited.  Odds of winning are based upon number of entrants.  I am not responsible for lost or damaged books.

And if you'd like to leave a comment for Dani, scroll down just a little further past the giveaway form to the comment section, and talk 'til your heart's content.  I know she'd love to hear from you!



41 comments:

  1. Aw! That is awesome, Christy - best of luck with your new job. I am glad it is back where you wanted to be. =)

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    1. It is exactly where I wanted to be. God planned it all perfectly. :o)

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  2. Cute interview! Fun questions! I've got the book in my TBR pile and its coming up soon :)

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    1. Joanne, your book is another one that I'm anxious to read! Thanks so much for dropping by! :o)

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    2. Hope you enjoy Cole and Bailey's adventure, Joanne :)

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  3. Thanks for hosting a great interview and of course for the giveaway!

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  4. Your book sounds awesome Dani, can't wait to read it!

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  5. nice interview and glad to get to know you. This looks like a book my teen daughter would love thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks! My teen daughters loved it, but, then again, they may be a little biased :)

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  6. This book sounds great. I also enjoyed the interview.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Jo,
      So glad you enjoyed the interview. Hope you enjoy the book :)

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  7. This book is on my wish list. I would love to win it so I can read it!

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    1. So glad Submerged is on your wish list!

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  8. Congratulations on the new job, Christy!

    Dani,
    I can't wait to read Submerged! My sister lived in Alaska for a few years(and it's where one of my nephews are born), so I'm a bit fascinated by that setting in books.
    I've been having the craving to watch P&P again, so your answer has only added to that! ;)

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    1. Hope you really enjoy Submerged! You know...I think all this talk about P&P means I need to watch it again soon :)

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  9. This looks like a great book Dani! It's on my TBR list for the summer.:) I especially like the cover.

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    1. Thanks, Marissa. I love the cover too!

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  10. This book sounds interesting and I am always interested in new authors for our church library. I would love a copy of this book.

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  11. Yes I definitely want to read this exciting book......'Submerged' by writer Dani Pettrey.....I enjoyed the interview too..babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the interview :)

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  12. I am a lover of P&P also! I am looking forward to reading Submerged this summer, it sounds awesome.

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  13. Congrats on you job, Christy, and on your book, Dani. I've read many great reviews. I do plan to read it this summer, after I'm done with exams and students. Can't wait! Blessings!

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    1. So glad you're hearing good things about Submerged!

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  14. This looks like a good book. Thank you for the chance to win

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    1. Thanks, Angela. Hope you'll really enjoy Submerged!

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  15. I've been hearing a lot of positive comments about this book - I'm really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Congrats on your new job - I worked in both dental and orthodontic offices for quite a few years before going into education and really loved it, Best wishes on your new start!

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    1. So glad you're hearing good things about Submerged :)

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  16. This book sounds like a great read. Putting it on my wish list. Thank you for a chance to win one.

    Karen Gervais

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Really hope you'll enjoy Submerged! Best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  17. hi dani...your novel is on my 'wish list.' thanks for chance to read it ;)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  18. I would love a chance to read this book! I love to read travel magazines too, I get lots of ideas of places to add to my to-visit list!

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    1. Hi Bethany,
      Yep. Travel magazines are my favorite. I've got a long to-visit list going :)

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  19. My sister-in-law sent me here. She knows I love Alaska and would definitely want to read this book. Will have to check the library if I don't win this. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    1. Hi Kay,

      So glad your sister-in-law shared the news, and so glad you dropped by. Hope you'll enjoy Submerged. I definitely loved researching and writing about Alaska. Gorgeous State!

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  20. I'd love to read this, Dani! Sounds intriguing!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Just fyi--Mocha's are my favorite drink!

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  21. Sounds like a great book and thank you so much for a wonderful interview! :)

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  22. What a great interview ... Can't wait to read Submerged!

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I love your comments!! They make me happier than cold sweet tea on a hot summer day! :o)