Mystery and Mayhem Tour | 5 Things with Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey + Giveaway

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mystery and Mayhem Tour

Good morning, awesome bookish peeps and readers. Today, I have the honor of being one of the tour stops for authors Lynette Eason's and Dani Pettrey's latest novel, Sins of the Past (a novella collection also co-authored by Dee Henderson). Unfortunately, I have not yet read this collection, but I DO anticipate reading it once my review TBR slows. You can learn MORE about this fabulous books along with the Mystery and Mayhem tour, and meet the other tour participants by visiting Bethany House's tour page.

Before we hear from Lynette and Dani (they're sharing "5 Things" you didn't know about themselves and/or their novels), let's find out more about the book (and scroll down the page to find the next clue!), plus enter the Kindle giveaway below.


Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson's "Missing," a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with "Shadowed," introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason's "Blackout" delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found--but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?
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5 Things You Don’t Know About Dani Pettrey and her novels… 

1. I write all of my first drafts long hand.  

2. The McKennas’ last name was originally McTeirney, but I quickly found it didn’t sound right for the family so I changed it. 

3. I don’t plot out my stories. I begin with two characters, a premise, and start writing. I love seeing how the characters come to life and where the story goes.  

4. I’ve never actually been to Alaska, but I would absolutely love to go.  

5. One of the McKenna siblings is based loosely after my husband. Can you guess which one? And both of the sisters are loosely based after my daughters.
Thanks so much for sharing these "five facts," Dani and for stopping by Finding Wonderland. I admire you writing your first drafts longhand! I complain if I have to write a single 400-hundred word count book review long hand! - Rissi
Dani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the
Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShattered, StrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

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 two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.


5 Things You Don’t Know About Lynette Eason and her novels… 

1. …writes standing up most of the time. 

2.  ….doesn’t cook much, but has every local takeout place programmed in her phone. 

3. …is grateful her husband cleans house and does the laundry and doesn’t care that she doesn’t do it. 

4. …has a background in teaching Special Ed so had to attend the Writers’ Police Academy several years in a row to learn more about law enforcement. 

5. …has a Masters degree in Deaf Education and is fluent in American Sign Language.
Thanks for sharing these fun "five facts," Lynette, and for visiting Finding Wonderland. How fascinating to learn you are fluent in ASL. There was once a time when I thought about learning more about the deaf and pursuing learning about sign language. - Rissi
Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice Series, the Deadly Reunions series, Hidden Identity series and the newly releasing Elite Guardians series. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS in the Romantic Suspense category. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA).
Lynette can be found at and and @lynetteeason on Twitter.
And now, for the UNIQUE clue exclusive to Finding Wonderland.  

MYSTERY AND MAYHEM UPDATE: This clue was mailed to Lynette. No return address, but the postmark was Minneapolis, MN (decoy or real?). The stamp was, oddly, a purple snowflake. Maybe the kidnapper bought too many stamps in December and realized he or she didn’t have enough friends to mail Christmas cards to? “Not the kidnapping victim” was written on the envelope. (Please don’t give away which character you eliminated from the list of potential victims so other readers can enjoy the fun! If you want to know what the Mystery and Mayhem tour is all about, go here.)

What do you suppose all of these clues are adding up to mean!?


And now let's get the rule details out of the way.

The giveaway(s) is open to all readers. The prize will be a Kindle copy, unless otherwise noted. I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends May 24th.

Tweet any of the following "shareables" (if you use this as an entry, make sure to enter them in the Rafflecopter widget) and feel free to use the graphic:

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Stop by Finding Wonderland to win a copy of 'Sins of the Past'

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  1. I haven't read this one either but it on my Top TBR list since all three of those are awesome writers! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Right!? All that talent contained on this book cover is fabulous! Happy reading, Rachel. :)

  2. Fabulous post, Rissi! Love your work :)

    1. THANK YOU for the invite to join this, Rel. I so appreciate it. :)

  3. Great post (and graphics!) Love the 5 things we didn't know, and now we know everything!!! wahhahahhaha (my evil laugh). LOL. So, have we ruled out all of them yet?!?! (don't answer me so others will still get to guess).

    1. All great questions, Annie! We simply must discover where all these clues leads. :)

  4. Lol!! I never heard of someone writing standing up before haha!! I honestly prefer to know that authors plot their books in advance, because I feel like there are more surprises this way, but I can any way can do. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I don't know if I have either, Lola. But hey, I'm glad if it helps her creative process. As a fan of Lynette's novels, I (selfishly) cannot wait for each of her new books. :)

  5. Love all three of those authors!! Looking so forward to reading this one! Thanks. Currently reading Protective Duty by Jessica Patch. Would highly recommend checking it out when it releases soon!

    1. Thanks, Melissa. I'm all for recommendations. :) Best of luck.


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