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Expedition: Still Life Tour + GIVEAWAY! | Spotlighting Dani Pettrey and her new Novel, 'Still Life'


 G'morning happy readers and fellow adventure seekers. (Even if it is only through the power of words.) Today I have the privilege of hosting Dani Pettrey's final stop in her Expedition: Still Life tour.

I'd like to thank Dani for the kind words about Finding Wonderland and the chance to be a part of this tour. As anyone who has read this blog for a length of time can attest, I am the biggest fan of Dani's novels. They're fast-paced, romantic and most of all, feature characters struggling with genuine issues and true-to-life complications. If you've not read them or you haven't visited Dani's website to learn more about the person behind the name, visit her home on the web to learn more about Dani and her books.

BOOK REVIEW | Still Life by Dani Pettrey - Fast Paced Suspense in the Art Scene

Today Dani talks about "Little Italy," shares recipes (um, how yummy do those garlic knots look!? As a girl who loved those at her uncle's restaurant, I will definitely be making these!) and fun facts about her latest novel, Still Life. Please, join me in welcoming author, DaniPettrey!

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 Little Italy

Thanks so much for joining me on Rissi’s blog. It’s absolutely one of my favorites! Rissi does an incredible job so I’m thrilled she graciously invited me to guest post here for the seventh and final stop on my Expedition: Still Life Tour.

If you aren't familiar with this exciting blog tour, or the fabulous grand prize you can win by taking part in it, please visit Expedition: Still Life's main contest page for all the details.

Today’s stop is Little Italy and it’s going to be an extra fun post with an extra special giveaway.
Baltimore's Little Italy is an amazingly quaint Italian neighborhood in Baltimore City that has thrived for multiple generations. Its original immigrants from Italy emigrated between the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. By 1920, the entire neighborhood was 100% Italian. The neighborhood is comprised of century-old row homes, family-run restaurants, open-air movie nights and bocce courts. Little Italy is home to the Star Spangled Banner Flag house. It is also the setting of Nora Robert’s book Blue Smoke (and its film adaptation).

In Still Life, Parker heads to grab cannoli from a Little Italy institution—the scrumptious Italian bakery and coffee bar, Vaccaro’s.

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My family and I always hit Vaccaro’s for coffee and dessert after enjoying a wonderful Italian feast at one of our favorite Little Italy restaurants. Our top two restaurants of choice are La Scala and Sabatino’s.

If all this talk of Italian restaurants is making you hungry, never fear. Here are recipes from Still Life to make your own Italian feast:

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Little Italy also happens to be home to Declan Grey, the hero of my upcoming October release, Blind Spot

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for help. She has sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor, which means she now has even more opportunities to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same way. However, before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands of lives. 
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Learn more about 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.
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Thanks again to Rissi for so graciously hosting me today, and for all of you joining me on the final stop (#7) of my Expedition: Still Life Tour. Be sure to collect your passport stamp to be entered to win the Grand Prize here.

Collect The Little Italy Stamp!

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To also be entered to win an Amazon gift card and, to celebrate the last stop, a Joyful Devotion Box too! Your Joyful Devotion box will contain one book or bible study, along with 3-4 inspiring artisan items. To enter to win, just answer the question below. After answering the question, visit http://danipettrey.com/stilllife-contest/ to see all the other stops and giveaways on this tour.

What’s your favorite Italian dish (and feel free to be like me and make it a dessert)?

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I'll get the answers rolling to this question! While I don't know that I've made many Italian desserts, when it comes to the sweet tooth I like, well, aside from a good piece of cheesecake (or a cake batter cookie. Or pistachio cookie. Or key lime pie. Or a good old-fashion chocolate chip cookie. Or... on the list goes), one of my favorite Italian desserts is a simple tiramisu trifle.

Many thanks, again, to Dani for stopping in on Finding Wonderland. It's been an honor to host her and spotlight her novel, Still Life. Who else is looking forward to meeting Declan??? ♥

Also, in addition to entering to win Dani's amazing prize pack, by answering the question above^, I have a a copy of Dani's books (your choice!) for a US reader. Second random winner will win this.
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  1. My favorite Italian dish is lasagna with garlic bread!

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    1. One can never go wrong with garlic bread. :)

      Good luck, Addilyn.

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  2. I have to go with a cannoli. Haha! I like my desserts, too.

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  3. My favorite dish is Lasagna, my mother in laws recipe. Of course, you can't beat the spaghetti at Olive Garden!

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  4. My favorite Italian dish is my husband's Lasagna!! Years ago he misplaced his treasured Recipe and he found a similar one but it just WASN'T the same. We'd have company & he'd serve it & they'd rave about it but we all were so disappointed. One morning about 5:30 AM, my husband started screaming my name! I bolted up out of a deep sleep thinking something had happened to him. He was fine - He was just elated because he had found the MISSING LASAGNA RECIPE in our dresser drawer!! Needless to say, we had Lasagna THAT NIGHT!!

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    1. That is a fun story, Lisa. Thank goodness your husband found it. Sometimes the best meals are our "comfort food" recipes. :)

      Best of luck!

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  5. I love Italian food, but my favorite dish would have to be chicken scampi.

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    1. One I don't think I've made, but it sure sounds yummy! :)

      Good luck, Kaitlyn.

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  6. My favorite Italian dish is lasagna.

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    1. That definitely seems to be the consensus.

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  7. I have not read the book Wonderland. Thank you for this contest...

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  8. Thank you SO much for hosting me, Rissi. I so deeply appreciate your support! <3

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    1. It's MY pleasure, Dani. Thank you for hanging out here. It's always lovely. :)

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    2. Awww. Thank you. It's been so much fun! What an amazing group :)

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  9. Tortellini, hands down. We used to take turns choosing what was on the menu for supper, and tortellini was my choice, every single time. (I'm pretty sure my family was sick of letting me pick!) I would dip them in a mix of sour cream and salsa, aaaand now I'm hungry for tortellini.

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  10. my favorite Italian dish is spaghetti

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    1. I'll say, I like mine with meatballs, but the spaghetti IS good with just the sauce too. :)

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  11. My favorite Italian dish is probably lasagna along with any kind of deli meats from my local Italian market. :D

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  12. My favorite Italian dishes are dependent on the restaurant! We have a local Italian restaurant whose chef/owner is from Italy and makes fresh pasta. Just about all of his pasta dishes are my favorite! And their Tiramisu is hands down, the best I have ever had. If you are ver in Denham Springs, LA, check out Randazzo's!

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    1. Excellent point. I really does depend on the restaurant.

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  13. Love lasagna with garlic bread!

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  14. I love pasta... so, it's hard to pick just one favorite! :)

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    1. There's nothing better than fresh pasta.

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  15. Oh goodness, any kind of pasta and bread makes me a happy girl! Yummy!

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  16. I have a really good baked spaghetti recipe and a tasty lasagna that I make here at home. My husband loves Italian food--especially pizza. I think he'd eat something like that every single night if I fixed it, and never complain. I love Stromboli too!

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  17. I love spaghetti with garlic bread and finish it off with cannoli! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm definitely having Italian tonight. Now what to choose...

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  18. Ooooh, I LOVE Tiramisu!! I'm not a big fan of tomato-y stuff so I'm picky about my lasagna and spaghetti, but I do like a good lasagna. I guess I'm more of an Alfredo fan! :) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  19. My absolute favorite Italian dessert is Tiramisu :-) I also like pizza, but there is nothing like a Tiramisu for dessert

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    1. I love a simple Tiramisu trifle, Annerose. Not only is it easy to make, but it sure is yummy too! :)

      Best of luck.

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  20. Lasgna and spaghetti with meatballs are 2 of my favorites. I just couldn't pick just one.
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    1. Spaghetti is my "classic" favorite of the two, Martha. Always so good - especially with all that tomato sauce! :)

      Good luck.

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    2. Definitely so hard to pick just one.

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  21. My favourite Italian dish is Turkey Lasagna, a recipe I make quite often.

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    1. That sounds good, Bev. Another one I've never made. But I do love turkey... :)

      Good luck!

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  22. Lasagna and parmesan breadsticks are my favorite!

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    1. Bread sticks are always good! We make them or garlic knots with our pizza sometimes when we have leftover dough. :)

      Best of luck.

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    2. Love parmesan breadsticks especially with a little garlic powder on top.

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  23. Hands down, it's the cannoli!! I love them! When we lived in PA, we'd go to the Crumbs Bakery kiosk at the mall, and I'd always get the cannoli cupcake. I loved the little cannoli on top!

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    1. Ooo! A cannoli cupcake??? Now that sounds yummy! *goes to Google recipe*

      Best of luck, Karen. :)

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    2. Cannoli cupcake? I must find this wondrous delight :)

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  24. Cannoli is a big favorite! I even wrote it into one of my stories!

    denise

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    1. Cool. Do you know, I don't think I've ever had cannoli. But it sounds like a tasty dessert I must make. :)

      Best of luck, Denise.

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    2. Oh how fun, Denise. Waving hi!

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  25. Gelato! I also looove lasagne and pizza!

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    1. Yum! Gelato IS good - and a tasty treat I didn't think of. :)

      Best of luck, Maurica.

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    2. Love gelato. Especially chocolate!

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  26. Pizza and spaghetti!!! Total comfort foods for me :)

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    1. Who doesn't love a good piece of pizza, right, Heidi!? Best of luck. :)

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    1. YUMMY! A favorite for sure. :)

      Best of luck, Nicole.

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    2. It's a favorite we have at least once a week at our house.

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  28. Fettuccine Alfredo is my favorite Italian dish! I like it with or without chicken...I'm not picky! 😊

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    1. I love Fettuccine Alfredo, Autumne! Or I really like turkey tetrazzini too. Both are favorite dishes. Best of luck.

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    1. YUMMY! Who doesn't love a good slice of pizza!?? :)

      Best of luck, Jamie.

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    2. How can you not love pizza? :-)

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  30. Oh, give me anything pasta. And gnocchi. Love them too.

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    1. Best of luck, Arletta. Thanks for joining Dani's Expedition. :)

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    2. I love gnocchi. My daughter's mother-in-law is Italian and makes them homemade. YUM!

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  31. Lasagna and garlic knots with cannolis. Now I am 😋 .

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    1. Garlic knots = YUMMY! :)

      Good luck, Sonnetta.

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    2. Sounds like a perfect meal :)

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  32. Spaghetti! Confession: I have never had a cannoli. I know, I know, from the comments above, it looks like I need to try one! :)

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    1. Neither have I, Laura. Or not that I can remember. Perhaps we should both give it a try. :) Good luck!

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    2. I wonder if they are more an east coast thing? Or specific to certain regions? Interesting thought, but definitely try one if you get the chance :)

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    3. That's what I wonder as well. I guess Rissi and I need to try them soon. Who am I to say no to a new dessert?! :)

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  33. I really like lasagne. In the summer, I make it with thin sliced zucchini instead of noodles!

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    1. That sounds really unique, Margaret! We usually have a TON of zucchini over the summer so I should try that too. We have made a pizza crust (for something different) with zucchini before.

      Good luck! :)

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    2. That sounds awesome and so summery.

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  34. My mamma's spaghetti. Nothing like it!

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    1. There's never anything like our mom's "comfort" foods, is there, Lindsy??! :)

      Good luck!

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    2. I agree. Never anything like our mom's comfort foods :)

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  35. Tortellini with cream sauce! My favorite! And I love cannoli! We found a local grocery store that has them in their bakery and they are really good. It's a nice treat every now and again.

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    1. I don't think I've ever had cannoli. Perhaps I should remedy this. :)

      Good luck, Nancy.

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  36. My favorite is lasagna made with spicy sausage.

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    1. My dad really like lasagna too, Stacy. My pasta favorites are classic spaghetti or something like Alfredo. :)

      Good luck!

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    2. I love spicy sausage and spicy marinara, and pretty much anything spicy.

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  37. Favorite Italian? Anything from the Italian Garden in Lubbock, Texas!!!! Especially their lobster ravioli in pink sauce and seafood linguine Alfredo! Thanx for the givaway.

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  38. Can I say all of the above? lol I do love a good lasagna, but it has to have the perfect amount of sauce and cheese.

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    1. Absolutely, Christy! No rule against that. :)

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  39. I love lasagna - my mom's recipe is the best. Those espresso cannoli above though look like something that I could get a tummy ache eating too many of!

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    1. Mom's recipes are ALWAYS the best, Kim. Nothing beats them. :)

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  40. Besides the usual (pizza and pasta) I really love a good porketta sandwich. And Gelato.

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  41. It would have to be the basic well known ones like Lasagna, Spaghetti or Pizza

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    1. Replying so I can mark Notify Me to see who the winner was

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing, Linda. Gotta' love pizza. :)

      The winner has been notified. :)

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    3. Great Thanks for letting me know :)

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  42. These recipes look amazing! Especially those Espresso Chocolate Cannoli…I think I'll have to make it - that combo is golden. There’s so many good Italian dishes and desserts, it’s so hard to pick a favorite! I’d have to say Manicotti, for the dish, and it’s a tie between cannoli and tiramisu for dessert. This was such a fun post!

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    1. Don't they look yummy, Bekah??? I don't think I've ever had Cannoli to be honest. If you make it, do share your results. :)

      Tiramisu is yummy! I'm 99% sure I've made a trifle of some sort that was tiramisu inspired. SO. GOOD.

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