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Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1)

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Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives a...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Bethany House
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Karen Witemeyer
I don't usually read contemporary romantic suspense, but I decided to give Submerged a try, and boy am I glad I did. From the very beginning the setting breathed life, and I could have sworn the author herself was an experienced rescue diver because the dive scenes were so authentic. Dani Pettry knows how to do her research and weave it seamlessly into her stories in order to create a fantastic experience for the reader.

Cole McKenna is a top-notch, sigh-worthy hero. A man dedicated to family, to...more
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Whoa! What an adventure! I had a feeling that Dani Pettrey would write a romantic suspense that sucked me in from page one and wouldn’t let me go till the very end. And that's exactly what happened! While the suspense and tension wasn't very high in the first half of the book, things DO happen that keeps the reader going…and then I hit that halfway mark and it just took off!

There is quiet a large cast of characters in Submerged. Not only does the reade...more

Friends had been telling me how great this series is for a long time, but it somehow kept slipping to the bottom of my to-read pile. I finally got to it, and it's fantastic!

Bailey left Alaska, leaving her heart there with Cole McKenna and swearing never to return. When a death in the family pulls her back, she becomes involved in a police investigation that leads her into harm's way and Cole's arms.

The mystery is interesting, but the characters are what make this book such a great read. The Mc...more
What a start to what is sure to be a great series!

“Submerged” blends a wonderful array of great characters, gripping suspense and a romance that will the most hopeless of hearts at a near sigh.

One would think from the cover that the inside of the novel would be as chilling as the outside, but actually beginning to end, this novel has to be on the easiest, smoothest romantic suspense I believe I have read. Perfect balance in story and tension, romance and suspense. Character portrayals are deep...more
Terrible book. First of all, this should have been filed as Christian fiction. The writing was terrible and did not flow well. In many places scenes jumped between paragraphs without warning. The action scenes at the end were jumbled and hard to follow, not to mention unbelievable. The only thing even slightly good about this book was the mystery and it was confusing and hard to keep up with, too many names to remember. It appeared that the author is setting the characters up to be a series. I w...more
Amber Stokes
With a unique and majestic setting, Submerged offers an engaging reading experience! The characters who play their parts against such a great backdrop are wonderful - especially their interactions as a community, whether just the McKenna family community or the community of the townsfolk of Yancey. The McKenna family certainly won me over, including those members who were "adopted" into the family. What a fun, welcoming bunch!

In this Romantic Suspense, the romance takes precedence - not in thril...more
Sandra Lassiter
I really wanted to love this book! I lived in Alaska for around 10 years total, and loved the idea of a book set there. However, I was pretty disappointed. Frankly, it sounded more like it was set in California, Florida or Hawaii than it was Alaska most of the time. "Surfer" lifestyle--in Alaska?!? The story is supposed to take place in a fictional town on the peninsula just south of Kodiak. Um, I lived on Kodiak. Her descriptions do not in any way match what I remember. She talks of Piper and L...more
They say the beauty is in the details... well this book has plenty of them. Rich with Russian and Alaskan history and a scuba diving culture that held my interest, Submerged simply kept me enthralled to the end. I enjoyed a lot of things about this story, mainly because of the tension and suspenseful elements combined with history and culture. My nail-biting increased as I kept reading, until I couldn't stop and had to finish the book to find out how things resolved. I loved the under water scen...more
This author is new to me. Really enjoyed this book. It was a real page turner and of course left me wanting more. Other things besides the great suspense and backdrop romances I enjoyed were the the way the McKenna siblings bonded as a family. They really looked after each other and worked well together in this story. I also liked the lesson illustrated in the character of Bailey Craig. We should look at who we are today through God's grace not who we used to be. We all grow in Christ. The littl...more
What a great way to discover a new author! I understand that this is Dani Pettrey's debut novel. In my opinion, she did an excellent job. This was a fast read for me and kept my attention from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get my hands on book two... :)
Bailey Craig is a reluctant visitor to Yancey, Alaska, the town she fled as a young adult. The mistakes she made as a teenager haunt her, and she’s sure the memories live on in Yancey as well.
However, a funeral and business affairs force her return. Once there, she can’t avoid crossing paths with Cole McKenna, the man she’s never been able to forget. Seeing him brings back the shame of her past. As much as she tries to avoid Cole, a murder forces her to work with him to find the person responsi...more
I really, really enjoyed reading Submerged by Dani Pettrey. In fact, I stayed up until 7 in the morning just to finish it!
The 2 lead characters, Bailey and Cole, were both fantastic. Bailey is raw, broken, and desperately trying to rebuild her life, leaving behind the wild, promiscuous girl she once was. Her character (actually, all of the characters) were so well written it was easy to get "attached" to them. Cole was absolutely fantastic and had me grinning like silly most of the time. This m...more
Charity U
After reading and enjoying “Shattered” for the blog tour, I decided I needed to read the first book in the series. I finally convinced the library to get it…and can we say – New Favorite Book! Wow, it was so good. The first half? Yup, awesome. The second half? Beyond belief amazing. Now, a few things that stood out to me…the cover. Pretty cool. If you look close, you’ll note that the model had on mascara, which is now smearing in streaks down her face. Which I think is super cool because as any...more
What a fabulously suspenseful novel from debut author Dani Pettrey!! Never before have I read a book with such a great mix of historical elements balanced against heart-pounding action. Considering that Dani's novel was set in Alaska, it wasn't far-fetched to include some intriguing Russian components, and believe me, they made the story. I normally shy away from Russian history or talk of czars and such in fiction, but the way it was presented here was so very interesting! Dani may have just go...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I absolutely loved this one and can't wait to reread Shattered and read more from this author.

An Overview of the Novel: Cole McKenna is often called in to help the police recover evidence on deep-sea dives, but the most recent dive has left him reeling. Two people were killed and they suspect murder was at play. One of the victims was alive when he r...more
Awesome Cover!

I'll be honest, I usually steer away from Christian fiction because the stories are cheesy, for lack of a better word. (Unless it's a Jenny B. Jones book b/c she ROCKS!) I am a Christian and while I don't care to read smut or stories filled with straight up evil, I also don't want to waste my time reading books that are over the top with the Christianese. Why? Because it didn't work for me in real life and it's not gonna work for me in a book either.

This was a unique book for me t...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
SUBMERGED by Dani Pettrey is an exciting inspirational romantic suspense. It is the beginning of a new series, “Alaskan Courage” and what a beginning. It is fast paced and action packed. Written with vivid descriptions and a cast of characters that will steal your heart away. What an amazing story of faith,suspense,danger,the Alaskan countryside,rescue divers,treasure diving,mystery,romance,family secrets,murder,second chances,healing and forgiveness. It has everything a romantic suspense reader...more
This story had the perfect blend of mystery, romance, suspense and intrigue.

Honestly, one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time.

I loved the integration of Russian history into the mystery because it created a kind of archeological treasure hunt based on supposition, something which may or may not have actually occurred in history.

The pace of the story is rapid, and at the same time, not fast enough. I really wanted to know who was behind all the murders and their motive. I really th...more
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Review by Kara Grant

My Review
Cole McKenna isn’t like other search-and-rescue divers. He loves God, he loves living in the small town of Yancy (population 603) with his brother and sisters, and he loves adventure. Him and his family help with search-and-rescue missions, but they take it personally when rescued victims don’t survive. Cole’s best friend, Landon, works with the sheriff’s office and they work hard to keep the peace in their small Alaskan town. Cole and his fa...more
Bailey Craig and Cole McKenna have a history together... He has always been in love with her, but the fact that she decided to leave their hometown has made it easier for him to move on. But Bailey comes back to Yancey, after Agnes, the aunt that raised her, dies in a plane crash. Both of them have to deal with what could probably be the most difficult thing of their lives - they are still in love with each other, but their lives do not longer include each other. The main issue is their radicall...more
It has been eons since I read a suspense novel, whether it be Christian or mainstream. There are plenty sitting on my bookshelf awaiting their pages to be cracked but I’ve usually opted for lighter reading. Twenty-twelve has been a phenomenal year for debut authors and no surprise, Dani Pettrey’s is another example of that following what has become an inclination towards fresh new voices in the world of Christian fiction. Specifically, Pettrey is joining the likes of Dee Henderson and Irene Hann...more
I didn't go into this book with high expectations as I am not a big fan of romance books or Christian fiction. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. While it wasn't in a genre that I usually prefer, I actually did enjoy reading this book for the most part. From the prologue, it drew me in and made me curious to know what was happening. I wish there had been more detail in the story, however. I felt like it just did the bare minimum of what was necessary to keep the reader i...more
Well. Remind me not to read this series late at night! Talk about suspense. Ms. Pettrey is certainly wonderful at setting the stage for lots of heart-pumping and tense moments. I was calmly reading in my room and about jumped out of my skin when our dog knocked against the door! :D I find it a little extra creepy (in a good way!) when authors add in bits and pieces here and there from the bad guy's point of view. You know, that ominous he/she that plots nefarious traps that our heroes/heroines f...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Submerged [Alaska Courage Book #1]
Author: Dani Pettrey
Pages: 320
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany
A few years back my parents took a cruise to Alaska. They showed us some of the most amazing pictures I have ever seen. They had also purchased a DVD that showed the wildlife that is in the area; the land is beautiful as well. So when I heard about Submerged and the fact that it takes place in Alaska, I wanted to read it because I have loved Alaska from a distance. Novels such as this one remind u...more
I don't want to be harsh in my reviews, because I know what it takes to write a novel, produce a film, music, etc. It's very difficult. This book was a recommended Nook Daily Find, which I have found to be a good source of books.

I have no faith in Christian fiction, Christian movies or any other Christian entertainment. It's as if Christian consumers have lowered their standards and anything with Christian content becomes more acceptable. Christian content does not make a book good. This is not...more
Wendy Miller
I immediately gravitated toward the unique setting of Yancey Alaska, and devoured the suspense-filled elements of Dani Pettrey’s debut novel, Submerged. Pettrey’s command of characters and ability to inspire readers to express repeated sharp audible gasps speaks to her advanced writing skills. With carefully constructed twists and turns, Pettrey navigates Bailey Craig and Cole McKenna through a well-plotted mystery. Because Pettrey succeeds in creating such relatable and layered characters, I wa...more
Bluerose's  Heart
(I'm just going to copy from part of my review for Shattered).

I'm not one to read suspense novels. I'm a scaredy cat, so I keep my distance. I was drawn to this series, though, and decided to go for it. My sister lived in Alaska for a few years, and one of my nephews was born there. Even though I never got to visit, I still feel like I have a special bond to Alaska. Thankfully, it wasn't too much for me. It was just enough to keep me turning the pages, but not scared out of my mind. If you're li...more
Submerged is a wonderful Christian suspense novel. It is the first in the Alaskan Courage series. I love books set in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest. I would have loved it if there had been a bit more description of the setting, but it did give the feel of Alaska. At first I was a bit lost with all of the different characters, but once I got past the first couple of chapters, I had no problems keeping people straight. This is a great book with a great redemption story in it. I don't want to giv...more

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn't
I had heard so many great things about Dani Pettrey's writing that I couldn't wait to start this book when it fell into my hands. I don't read a lot of action or suspense books in general, but I enjoyed this one a lot and hope I get to read the follow-up books in her Alaskan Courage series, each of which focuses on a different sibling in the fictional McKenna family.

Starring in this book is Cole McKenna, a professional deep sea diver. Our story opens when a small plane crashes in the frigid wate...more
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Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling 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 one’s 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...more
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