First Line Friday — Dead Drift

29 Jun

The long anticipated final chapter in Dani Pettrey‘s Chesapeake Valor series, Dead Drift is almost here! Here’s a sneak peek of the first line. For fans of this excellent series, it is a stunner! Now I know you want to read it! To make sure you get the book ASAP, you can pre-order HERE.

In the meantime, head over to Hoarding Books to discover more amazing authors, books, and first lines!



Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target’s latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster. 

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next mark?

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has written eight novels, which have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a 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 best-seller 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 Valor series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” For more information about her novels, visit


28 Responses to “First Line Friday — Dead Drift”

  1. Fiction Aficionado June 29, 2018 at 6:33 am #

    I still need to read the book before this one! Better hop to it!

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond’ by Jaime Jo Wright over on my blog, but right now I’m going to share the first line from the book I just started, A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn:

    ‘Land sakes it was hot.’

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Could be set here in middle Georgia! Happy reading!

  2. susandyer1962 June 29, 2018 at 7:11 am #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading shortly, The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter….

    Tears streamed down Sara Murray’s face as she sat on the living-room floor, going through another box of her mother’s things. Mama had passed away two weeks ago after a short three-month battle with colon cancer.

    Have a great weekend, happy reading, and stay cool!😊💖

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2018 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Alicia G. Ruggieri June 29, 2018 at 7:28 am #

    Happy Friday! This looks like a good one!

    Over on my blog, I’m featuring Only the River Runs Free, but I’ll share the first line of another book on my TBR list here, Elizabeth Musser’s Searching for Eternity: “I am watching the evening news, alone in my house, hungry and tired from the day’s work, eating a piece of leftover pizza and wishing it were blanquette de veau. The story comes near the end of the NBC program.”

    Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2018 at 8:37 am #

      I love Musser’s books. Happy reading!

  4. joyofreadingweb June 29, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Rachel Fordham’s debut book “The Hope of Azure Springs.” I hope you get the chance to check it out! Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter Five.
    “Em stood on the front porch, quietly looking heavenward. The sun had yet to rise.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      I stopped by your blog earlier today. I’ve heard lots of good things about that book. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Becky June 29, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    I need to read the other books in this series, but I can’t wait for this one!

    I’m sharing about “The Hawaiian Discovery” by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter over on my blog today. Since I’m currently reading a YA Christian fantasy novel called “Choice of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry, I’ll share my first line from there.

    “He walked alone down the sidewalk.”

    Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      Sounds sad … and lonely. 😉

      • MrsTina Rice June 29, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

        Happy Friday!

        I love, love Dani Pettrey’s books and this a fantastic series!

        My first line is from No Regrets #1 Angel of Hope by Vickie Fisher.

        Nicholas McFadden scaled the six-foot privacy fence with ease.

        Blessings, Tina

      • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:41 am #

        With ease ….! Have a great weekend!

  6. Gretchen June 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    My first line comes from the book I just started, “Troubled Waters” by Susan May Warren.

    “Oh, this was a bad idea.”

    Stay cool this weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:45 am #

      Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend too!

  7. lelandandbecky June 29, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    It’s definitely on my Must-Read List!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt:

    “At the sound of a footfall behind her, Cady Matthews’s back muscles tightened faster than a mousetrap snapping its prey.”

    • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:44 am #

      I line Barritt’s books. I have several on my kindle.

  8. Colletta June 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    I love this series! I hope you can stop by:


    • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:43 am #

      Happy weekend!

  9. Beth Erin June 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    I’m looking forward to Luke’s story!

    I just finished reading Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan…
    Guilty. That’s the only possible verdict.

    • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:42 am #

      I loved Rachel’s book. Looking forward to #3.

  10. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog June 29, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m SO ready for this story!!

    Since I featured Murder at the Flamingo this week, I’ll share a line from the beginning of chapter 9 here: “At night, the cares of the day unraveled with the pulse of the clubs.”

    • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:40 am #

      I’ve got Rachel’s book in the TBR stack. Soon!

  11. thebeccafiles June 29, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    Great minds think alike! This is my FLF book this week as well! But here I’ll share the book I’m currently reading The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham: “‘She dead?’ Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her.” Hope you have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 30, 2018 at 6:40 am #

      😀 thanks for sharing!

  12. hjsnyder28 July 2, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    I’m so happy to hear that this author is doing well. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Liberty University. 🙂 Happy reading!

  13. danipettrey July 4, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks so very much!

    • rbclibrary July 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      You are welcome! Loving the book!

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