Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Special Blog Tour and Giveaway! Expedition: Still Life with guest post by author Dani Pettrey

Charm City
Welcome to Charm City and the first stop on the Expedition: Still Life Tour. If you haven’t checked out the contest I’m running during this fabulous blog tour, drop by my contest page for all the details. Over the next few weeks, we’ll “visit” many places and each stop will include a different giveaway.

Baltimore is home to the Chesapeake Valor gang, as well as myself and my family. It’s also home to over half a million people including a wealth of artists throughout years such as Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, Laura Lippman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Dashiell Hammett, and Francis Scott Key.

Baltimore is divided into a number of neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own feel and vibe, bringing a unique thread to the beautiful tapestry that makes up Baltimore. Here’s a sampling of the beauty from Charm City:

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
~Edgar Allen Poe

“One and God make a majority.” ~ Frederick Douglass

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave/O're the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
~Francis Scott Key

Baltimore Mural

Attribution: (Handout photo, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts)
-- Chris Kaltenbach
Copyright © 2017, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication
Artist: Lyle Kissack Location: 592 Presstman St. Year: 2007


Special thanks to Dani Pettrey for her guest post about Baltimore and the exciting Expedition: Still Life blog tour and contest! Learn more about Dani and the Chesapeake Valor series below (which I loved!), and don't forget to enter both giveaways- one here on Heidi Reads... and the tour Grand Prize!

Author Dani Pettrey

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a sigh-worthy romance novel. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent” of romance (USA Today).

Dani’s adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA bestseller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Courage series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com.



Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

Don't miss Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series!

Heidi Reads... Cold Shot 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.


To be entered to win a Starbucks gift card, just answer the question below in the comments section. Thanks again for joining me on this expedition.

What’s your favorite city to visit and why?

(Contest ends April 30, 2017)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this artistic tour of Charm City. Thanks so much to Heidi for hosting the first stop on the Expedition: Still Life. Be sure to grab your passport stamp to be entered to win the Grand Prize by entering your information here:

Collect The First Stamp!

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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)

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