Friday, February 27, 2015

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

Book #5 in the Alaskan Courage series

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey's search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. 

Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper's bidding or she will die. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

Publisher: Bethany House, 2015
Cover Design: Paul Higdon with Koechel Peterson & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota/Gregory Rohm

My Review

As if fighting for your life while attempting to save the life of your loved one taken hostage isn't bad enough, add extreme below-zero temperatures, waist-high snow, rugged terrain, and a conspiracy that could devastate thousands, and you've got Sabotaged. This high-stakes, edge-of-you-seat novel will transport you to Alaska with Reef McKenna and Kirra Jacobs, two SAR (search-and-rescue) workers for the Iditarod race. Their past antagonistic relationship blossoms into attraction as Reef helps Kirra track her uncle, Frank, an experienced musher who's mysteriously disappeared from the race. As they close in on her uncle's trail, they discover Kirra's cousin, Meg, has been kidnapped, and neither family member will survive unless Frank unleashes a disaster that will cripple the frozen North. 

This is the first book I've read of Dani Pettrey's and it won't be my last. The insightful dialogue and tight writing had me turning the pages to find the next clue. I will definitely be reading the rest of the Alaskan Courage series. 

I give this book 5 stars!


Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the ALASKAN COURAGE romantic suspense series, which includes her best-selling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and new release, Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Reader's 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 character's 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. You can find her online at 

Friday, February 20, 2015

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Farmhouse Corn Chowder

This is my go-to recipe when my family needs something warm and filling in their bellies on a cold night. I apologize that the accompanying picture doesn't do this delicious soup justice. Try it out. It's sure to become one of your favorites too.

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 to 5 ears of corn, or a 10oz, bag of frozen corn
1 lb. small potatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream

*If I need to cut my prep-time, I'll use frozen and chopped veggies from the grocery store (onion, corn, square potatoes, and bell pepper).

Click to Tweet: Farmhouse Corn Chowder #recipe. Warm and filling on a cold night!

Heat the olive oil in a medium stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon to the hot oil and cook until crisp at the edges. Add the onions, corn, potatoes, and bell pepper as you get them chopped. Add the bay leaf and paprika. Stir and cook 7-8 minutes until veggies begin to soften. Sprinkle the flour around the pot, and stir and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the stock and bring it up to a bubble. When it thickens up a bit, stir in the milk and cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and discard the bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper or hot sauce. Great paired with a fresh, crispy bread such as French bread or sourdough.