Expedition: Still Life (Guest Post and GIVEAWAY from Dani Pettrey)

Posted April 13, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, Dani Pettrey, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 171 Comments

Fell’s Point

Thanks so much for joining me on Carrie’s fabulously fun blog for the fourth stop on my Expedition: Still Life Tour. Not familiar with the contest tour? Check out the details here.

Today’s stop is Fell’s Point. This is where Kate Maxwell’s private investigation firm, Charm City Investigations (CCI) is located, and it’s where the gang spends most of their evenings. It’s also where Finley Scott (Cold Shot) lives, and the opening chapter of Still Life is set. (You can read an excerpt here!)

Fell’s Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore named for the Englishman who founded a ship-building company there in 1726. The maritime past can still be felt in the air of this seafaring town. You can visit and explore the 18th- and 19th-century homes, storefronts, and delicious restaurants serving fantastic seafood and local favorites.

Here are some of the firsts in Fell’s Point history:

1763The town “Fell’s Point” was founded
1765The first permanent residence in Fell’s Point, Robert Long House, is Baltimore’s oldest surviving residence
1772The London Coffee House, Bond & Thames Sts., is believed to be the only existing pre-revolutionary War coffee house in the US
1775Fell’s Point Ship Yard produced the first frigate of the Continental Navy, the Virginia
1797Fell’s Point Ship Yard produces the Constellation
1826Frederick Douglass, the famous slave, came to Fell’s Point, where he stayed until he escaped to the North and Freedom in 1838
1969Fell’s Point was designated Maryland’s first National Historic District

My favorite part of Fell’s Point are the beautiful row homes with unique doors and entryways. I made my poor husband trek up and down the cobblestone streets taking pictures of my favorites just to share with you. I hope you enjoy!

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.



And don’t forget to check out Book #1 in the series!


Thanks again to Carrie for hosting me today, and for all of you joining me on stop #4 of my Expedition: Still Life Tour. Be sure to collect your passport stamp below to be entered to win the Grand Prize.

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 & 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)


The Fells Point Stamp!

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To also be entered to win a Christian Book Distributors gift card, just answer the question below. After answering the question, be sure to visit http://danipettrey.com/stilllife-contest/to see all the other stops and giveaways on this tour.

I love doors and entryways and have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them. What’s one of your favorite (can totally be quirky like mine) interests?

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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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171 responses to “Expedition: Still Life (Guest Post and GIVEAWAY from Dani Pettrey)

  1. Linda Moffitt

    My Weirdest thing is Pens I Just Love Pens especially when they write nice. A Friend of mine bought a house and her realtor bought her a MONT BLANC Pen I want To kill her and steal it and scratch her name off of it LOL JK I Think 😉 Thanks for sharing with us

  2. Stacy

    My collection is of aviation related Christmas ornaments that now fill a tree from decades of collection.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    I love old country-style things. My hubby and I have quite a few items that belonged to our grandparents and great-grandparents–a butter churn, some old crocks, an old “Gone with the Wind” lamp, a lawyer’s desk, a piano that’s about 120 years old (it still holds a tune very well). I also have a set of china that belonged to my great-grandmother. The story is that it was handed down from her mother. My great-grandmother was born about 1870, so the china is very old. The set is miraculously still intact, except for a broken handle on one of the pieces. Of course, I don’t dare use any of it! I guess it’s just to look at. 😀

    Oh, and another quirky thing is that I like to collect books! Imagine that!!

  4. Sonnetta Jones

    I love lighthouses and carousels. I have a bunch of them in my basement ready for when I move out so that the can be displayed. I also love doors. I remember I was in Brenton Alabama for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and saw one of the most beautiful doors. The area was a wreck but I asked if we could stop so that I could take a picture of it. I think i still have it in one of my albums.

  5. MH

    I love pens and stationery. Unfortunately, I think it’s genetic and now my girls love pens and stationery….

  6. Stamps. I have a thing with stamps. I used to actively collect them, but it got expensive so I stopped. It started when my Dad gveme his old collection from when he was young!

  7. marlene

    I always loved the entrances and doorways in the grand old churches, chapels, and cathedrals in Europe. Sometimes the entrances and doorways are grand shouting to the world the beauty beyond. Sometimes their plain, belying the beauty beyond (like St CHappels in Paris)

  8. Tracey Hagwood

    Like Dani, I have a Pinterest board Doors, Gates and Windows to the world.
    I also have a board with interesting churches. Both boards let me go and see places I’d never see otherwise. I’ve always been curious about what’s over the next hill 🙂
    I also love to collect quotes, usually one liners that say a lot in a sentence or two. I have two boards above my desk with favorite quotes and scriptures that remind me everyday of what’s important.

    • Carrie

      oh i love the church idea!! I’m going to have to check out your pinterest boards!

      I’m a quote girl too! love them!

    • We have super similar interests. In addition to the doors, I also have bulletin boards filled with my favorite quotes and verses. Going to check out your Pinterest board right now 🙂

  9. Debra E. Marvin

    I feel like a good gel pen is a treasure! I become rather childish when it runs out of ink (All Too Soon!). A good pen makes it easier to write longhand when I need to let my fingers go as fast as possible.

  10. Jamie Smith

    Other than books, I would say probably figurines especially precious moments. My grandma was a huge collector of them and after she passed we picked out our favorites to keep and I love to display them in my cabinet.

  11. Stephanie C.

    I have a Pinterest board of Irish doors, lighthouses and barns. ? I absolutely love Dani’s books! I can’t wait to read this series.

    Stephanie C.

  12. I collect decks of cards. Whenever I go anywhere, I pick up a deck of cards from that place. This started because my family plays a card game in which everyone needs a different deck of cards. In Nerts, you have to be able to tell who has which deck of cards.

    On a totally unrelated note, I’m looking forward to seeing both of you (Carrie and Dani) in Atlanta at the RT Booklovers Convention next month!!

  13. Lumen

    Nail polish! I love to buy all available colours in my favorite shops. 😉
    You can switch colours with your mood, your clothes…Just luv it!

  14. Other than books, which I seem to have a slight obsession about having waaayyy more than I will ever read, I like to visit and take pics of lighthouses. I share that interest with my husband who actually proposed to me at the top of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Michigan. 🙂

    The doors in this tour are so fascinating. I am going to have to pay a little more attention to them from now on.

  15. Kate H

    I like to garden and am kind of a fanitic about composting. I spent several years getting my soil just right in a raised garden bed but when we moved my husband dumped all the rich soil out to move the raised bed easier. I’m sad to say, I had a bit of a fit over it! ?

  16. Margaret Nelson

    I like cats, so everyone knows they can give me cat items for gifts 🙂 I’ve got cat salt & pepper shakers, wooden cats, stuffed cats, cat pillows, a cat lamp… plus I have 2 live fur balls to cuddle with 🙂

  17. I love colored pens and books…would like to collect coffee mugs, but it’s either books or mugs and I chose books.

    I loved Still Life! Really enjoying the expedition. 🙂

  18. Carole Smith

    Photos! I think everything should be photographed for memories! I’ve done 17 scrapbooks and working on 6 more. My grandkids love looking at their books.

  19. Carole Smith

    Photos! I love to take pics and think everything needs to be preserved for memories! I have 17 scrapbooks and working on 6 more. My grandkids love to look at their books!

  20. Lisa

    The WORD. I collect Bibles – BUT I also READ & FOLLOW THE WORD, too!

    I also collect other WORDS.

    QUOTES – I have been collecting Quotes since I was old enough to know what they were & how meaningful they can be & when & how to use them. Even my friends pass them on to me!! My iPhone & iPad & dead MacBook Pro are loaded with them not to mention the hordes of handwritten ones!!

    BOOKS – I’ve been collecting since my parents started buying them for me! I’m 58. Tons & Tons! Signed First Editions. Regular Hardbacks. Paperbacks. 2 Kindle Paperwhites. LOTS Of Bookshelves in my home. Love to read! I’m reading & reviewing Book #32 for 2017.

    PENS – one of the most sacrificial gifts my man gave me was a Mont Blanc Ballpoint Pen

    MUSIC – quite a collection of ALBUMS & CDS

  21. Susanne

    I love western boots & purses. I keep Pinterest boards with pictures (since it would be very expensive to buy all the ones I like). 🙂

  22. Michelle Connell

    Antique or Victorian things, whether furniture, pictures, old books, doilies, decorations, etc.

  23. Jen P.

    I love libraries. When I go on vacation, I try to visit a local library – be it the Outer Banks or Reykjavik, Iceland. One of the coolest was the library at Cardiff Castle (Wales). At the time of my visit, it had recently featured in an episode of Doctor Who, playing the TARDIS library. File it under “what a librarian does on vacation”.

  24. Kristia4

    Hmm… one of my favorite interests (other than reading :P) would be finding those personality charts (like Myers Briggs) where they tell you which personality type characters from a certain fandom would be. Like say, Lord of the Rings. I’m an ISFJ, so the character that would match my personality type would be Sam. 🙂 It’s a little quirky, but I always enjoy seeing which character has the same personality type as me.

  25. I love anything about books and all items that pertain to the literary life, but I also have a thing about collecting vintage kitchen utensils and aprons. I also have and use my grandmother’s things everyday. However, my unusual interest is anything to do with rainy days. I have a Pinterest board called Rainy Day Love. I collect framed rainy day art (pencil sketches, watercolors, etc.) I even gravitate to ‘rainy’ colors. I live in hot, sunny GA, but I could totally thrive in the Pacific Northwest…or England! 😉

  26. Baskets! I use them for so many things. Books, letters and cards, fruit, fabric, blankets, cosmetics, etc. My second weakness is chairs, but my hubby put a limit on those 🙂

  27. Amy

    Wow what really cool things people love I haven’t even though about. I guess I “love” books, fabric cause I sew… and historical places. I have a pinterest board for books, but that’s it.

  28. Rachael

    I have a massive collection of wildflower field guides and photographs (including two 4-inch binders full of pictures of wildflowers I’ve taken, along with description, habitat, etc about each one). I mostly find new flowers these days by going out of state, but every great once in a while something new shows up.

  29. Through no fault of my own…okay maybe partially my fault…I’ve begun to collect stray cats. When someone abandoned 4 kittens after moving, we fed them and TNR them. One of my friends adopted one, but there are still 3 who “live” here. Now another one hangs around all of the time and we’ve seen 3 others eating the food too. I heard from a neighbor that someone else left their cats when they moved! What is wrong with people!! I can’t imagine leaving my animals! I also love mugs, especially if they are Disney related…or cat related 🙂

  30. Paula S.

    I collect Angels! Also hearts and baskets. We do an Angel tree at Christmas, some of them I have made.i have a basket that is heart shaped. I have a Belleek heart shaped dish– very fragile that a friend of my mother’s got us for our wedding in 1969. It is from Ireland! Also books seem to keep popping in my mailbox!

  31. I really like beautiful/unique doors and entryways too. And windows– I love beautiful windows! I’ve also seen things such as nail polish, notebooks, pens, etc. mentioned in the comments– and I like all of those too. haha! XD
    But when you mentioned Pinterest boards dedicated to certain things, I thought of two: Old Photos & Old Abandoned Buildings (especially ones with beautiful, “haunting” windows). I have a board dedicated to each of those. What can I say? I love old things & history! 😉

  32. Karen

    I love genealogy! I’ve met distant cousins of all ages, attended a family reunion out of state, traipsed around numerous graveyards, and spent many days in libraries in a few different states.One of the coolest things I ever did was getting to tell my great-grandfather about a half-sister that he never knew. I like to imagine them get acquainted up in heaven now. ?

  33. Sonya

    I love going to old cemeteries. In high school, we learned how to do grave stone rubbings to find historical information about the the community. I also love find where the locals eat and trying those places out!

  34. Sonya

    Tried to post this comment. Not sure it took! I love going to old cemeteries. In high school, we learned how to do grave stone rubbings to find historical information about the the community. I also love find where the locals eat and trying those places out!

  35. Laura W.

    I enjoy collecting washi tape, stickers, etc for my planner. It is so fun to decorate it. I don’t cover every square of my planner like some people, but I do like to add some personality!

  36. Rebekah

    I love collecting turtles. But never in a million years will I own a live (or dead) turtle. Just stone ones. Seriously. Not even plastic. I also collect travel destinations… 🙂

  37. Susan Snodgrass

    I absolutely love bookmarks and have more than I’ll ever use.
    I also love to sniff books.
    And I have quite a collction of British Monarchy memorabalia. (I know that is not the correct spelling, but I didn’t want to look it up.
    I also subscribe to Majesty magazine and have for decades.

  38. Nancy M

    I’m a little late to the party! But I used to collect crystal! Now I seem to collect books! Doors are a beautiful aspect to the building!

  39. Julie Waldron

    I should add that I also pick up refrigerator magnets, decks of cards and coffee mugs as well. We have an over abundance of mugs, it’s a good thing we like coffee! LOL

  40. Hannah

    My quirk is that I collect stones. Whenever I go somewhere new I always take home a stone. Now my friends bring home stones for me when they go places I’ve never been! (My favourites are the stone from Athens that was brought back for me, and the stone I brought back from Poland.)

    • Carrie

      My grandmother loved collecting stones from all sorts of places she had been or someone else had picked up for her!

  41. I love flowers!! I love taking pictures of them. And I have a collection of dried roses from ones that my husband has given me through the years. I love to see how different they look when dried. Sometimes they change colors! 🙂 Oh, and I collect mugs! I have a hard time passing up a really pretty or unique mug…lol! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Carrie

      i have more mugs than i will ever use – kinda like books – and I keep buying them. Also like books LOL

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  43. Amber Bourland

    I love old door knobs, hinges and hardware. I have collected quite a few things over the years and can picture different “crafty” things being done with them, but truthfully, they sit in boxes in my husband’s shop, and I forget about them even being there most of the time…

  44. Kelly Woods

    I love antiques. I love to collect them but my family doesn’t like them so they think I am crazy.

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