Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Chat With Gage McKenna ~ Character Interview & Giveaway!

I'm super excited to share with you today this chat I had with Gage McKenna (the main character in Dani Pettrey's new book, Stranded) and I hope you have fun reading it! :) Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post.


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Gage McKenna! Will you tell us a little bit about what’s been going on in your life recently? 
Everything can be summed up in a name—Darcy St. James. I met Darcy several months back in my hometown of Yancey, Alaska. It wasn't the easiest meeting, but what can I say, the lady grew on me quickly. Now she's been gone for months and I can't stop thinking about her. It's driving me crazy. I've decided I need a change of scenery so I've taken a stint about the Bering cruise ship as leading adventure excursions. Maybe it'll be what I finally need to put Darcy St. James out of my mind.

When you think of summer, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Family bbq's. I love firing up the grill and time spent with my family.

What’s your favorite party food?
Guacamole and chips.

What’s your favorite summer activity?
Kayak. What else?

Do you play any instruments?
The trumpet and the piano.

What do you do to relax after a stressful day?
Take the kayak for a spin out in the ocean. There's nothing like the crisp sea spray in your face, the burn in your muscles, the momentum of the paddle cutting through the waves. It's invigorating!

What’s your greatest fear?
Now you know guys never talk about that sort of thing ;)

In the McKenna family, who is the:
Best dressed? Me. No question there ;)
Worst dressed? Reef. He's got the extreme sports look going. Not exactly Dolce if you know what I mean.
Jokester? Me. I like keeping it fun.
Best cook? Me. No one can flame up the bbq or the stove like I can.
Worst cook? Kayden. Seriously. Do not eat anything she cooks or bakes or boils… You get the idea. Scary bad.
Best planner? Kayden. She's always keeping us in line. Though, Piper's pretty good at the planning thing too.
Pickiest eater? Piper. She won't eat anything with eyes still on it. Sure leaves off a lot of fresh caught seafood.
Leader? Cole. He's the oldest and a natural born leader.

What is something about the McKenna family that isn’t well known?
When we rebranded our adventure excursion shop Last Frontier Adventures the girls decided we needed a theme song. Ridiculous, but when they chose Vacation by the Go-Go's, we men stepped in and picked a decent one-- For the Love of the Game by Pillar. At least it's a rocking song.

Who’s the matchmaker in the McKenna family? Has he/she ever tried to match you up with someone?
Piper. Who hasn't she tried matching me up with.

What’s your idea of the perfect day?
A day spent riding the rapids and then dinner by campfire on the beach.

Do you have a favorite birthday memory? If so, please share.  
The year I turned ten. My parents got me my very own kayak. It was blue and covered with Captain America stickers. I loved that thing. Still have it in a shed somewhere.

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Gage!  It’s been a pleasure getting to know more about you and the McKenna clan.  
It was my pleasure.
~❀~


About the author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author of the acclaimed Alaskan Courage series. 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 with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at www.danipettrey.com.

Book Giveaway!

Giveaway details: Dani is giving away an autographed copy of Submerged, Shattered, and Stranded!! Giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada. Ends 9/29

How to enter: Sign into the Rafflecopter form below (it might take a moment to load) and click “enter” on each of the entries you complete. Commenting alone will not get you entered – you must click enter on the form. Happy entering!

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106 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to reading this series! It looks intense...

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  2. Great idea for an interview! Loved it! Ready to read the book now!
    Nancycooks4u@gmail.com

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  3. LOL, I will definitely not eat anything made by Kayden...! Although Gage can cook for me any time!

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  4. Thanks so much for coming by! I loved the first book and can't wait to read the other two. I am excited that your books ae doing so well. You're a talented author and I am so glad that you're books are doing well. Thanks for the neat interview and giveaway! :D

    Thanks for hosting Melanie!

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  5. Great interview! The book looks great.

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  6. Ooh, clever to have a character interview - that's a lot more fun than just being told about the character!

    Felicitous salutations on your birthday!

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  7. I feel like a goofball! I'm at the airport on a small phone and see there's an interview with Gage McKenna, not catching the 'character' interview part. I'm thinking...what a great guy...then scroll to see Dani was the author.

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  8. I've read Dani's two other books and enjoyed them immensely. Looking forward to reading "Stranded" and the 'picture' of Gage McKenna has definitely brightened my day :-) Can't wait to read the adventures he and Darcy get in to.

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  9. Melanie,

    Thanks so much for hosting Gage today. I know he really enjoyed the interview.

    Blessings,
    Dani

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    1. *smiling* Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

      Melanie

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  10. Loved this interview!!! So nice to get know the characters in a book!!! Can I just say that you, Gage, are awesome!

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  11. Would love to win one of your books.

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  12. I loved this author when I discovered her...having downloaded a free copy of Submerged on my kindle which I hadn't read until I checked out Shattered as an ebook from my library for kindle. I went back and read Submerged first. I can't wait for Stranded. Thanks for the opportunity to win these books. I think they are a great addition for anyone's keeper shelf. Love the McKenna Family and I love Dani Pettrey's writing style :)

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  13. This looks like a book that both my wife and I would enjoy (we both love the Alaska setting), and the chance to win all three books in the series is just too much to pass up. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, it's much appreciated.

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  14. I have a friend I would give these to. She loves mysteries and I know she would to have these to read through our cold winter. Congrats on the books!

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  15. I really enjoy character interviews like these, it makes the characters seem that much more real.

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  16. Fun interview!

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  17. Man oh man, I sure LOVE those McKenna men!! It was really good hearing from Gage and I can't wait to read more!!

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  18. Love the interview. I play the piano as well. I Play when I need to relax, get my mind off things, or just to play and learn new songs. I won't be eating anything from kayden, but Gage can come cook for me anytime. :) lol

    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. sure get to know the characters more by the interview; must look into the series.

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  20. I'd love to read these, sounds like a great series.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. What a great giveaway. I'd love to win these. Thanks for sharing.
    quilteddaisydean@gmail.com

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  22. This series sounds like something I would really enjoy. Loved the character interview. And the picture.

    susanmsj@msn.com

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  23. I'd love to be the recipient of these books. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  24. I absolutely loved this book. Better than the other two. I do wonder why Dani chose to write about sex trafficking on cruise ships, makes me wonder if it's safe to go on a cruise. I can't wait to read the rest of Jake and Kayden's story.

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  25. What a fun interview! Would love to have autographed copies of Dani's books!

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  26. I so want to read this! Actually, I already did, but after the interview I really, really want to! ;)

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  27. Sharon Richmond BryantSeptember 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Enter me these books look soo good and I can't wait to read them!!!
    Sharon Richmond Bryant
    Conway,SC.
    sharonruth126@gmail.com

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  28. I would love to read these books!!! This was a great interview! Donna d.brookmyer@yahoo.com

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  29. Gage sounds like a great guy! I love Alaska and I've been wanting to read this series ever since the first book came out. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    may_dayzee@yahoo.com

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  30. I've been wanting to read this series for a while. The character interview just makes that desire stronger! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  31. What a cool interview...great questions and answers! I've heard so much great stuff about this series and would love to win it! Thanks for the opportunity!

    rachelle (at) rachelle (dot) com

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  32. Gage, has anyone told you you look a lot like Chris Evans? ;-) What a hunk!

    I'm right in the thick of Darcy and Gage's story and I have to say I'm LOVING it! I had some review books that I forgot about so I had to set it aside but it's all I've been thinking about!

    Great interview and awesome giveaway!

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  33. Dani,
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!! I can't wait to see if I win your books. As I have told u before I have ordered your books from family christian bookstore, and two of the 3 books that I've ordered are back ordered, not sure when I will get them in the mail. But if I win your books I will be so excited to get them. Oh and I love caption America, can't wait for the second one to come out next year.
    When the movie first came out my little sister went and saw it like 10 times, we eventually got her the set of caption America and the Avengers last year for her B-day.

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    1. You are so welcome. Thanks so much for ordering my books. So sorry they are on back order. <3 Captain America. My daughters and I are anxious for the next one to come out too :)))

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  34. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I love this series :)

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  35. Fun! I love this series so much! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  36. I've been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  37. Wonderful interview and this sounds like a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  38. Love the character interview. Very interesting! Thank you

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  39. I love this interview!! I would love to win a book from this series. Love it! Thanks for this giveaway!

    digigirl_fl@hotmail.com

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  40. This series looks so good. I look forward to trying it whether I win or not. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  41. Thanks for the fun interview! And what an awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win :D

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  42. This sounds like such a great series. I hadn't heard of it until the most recent book, but I really want to read the whole series. Great character interview; those are some of my favorite types of posts.

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  43. Love the covers! Interview was fun too :)

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  44. I loved the first book in the series and am excited to start the second one soon. Great interview!

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  45. Character interviews are so fun! I'd love to read Dani's books!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  46. Great interview! I loved reading about the McKenna family. I would love to read this series.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com Merry

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  47. I LOVE THIS SERIES! I cannot wait to get started on Stranded and would love to own a copy of these books!

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  48. This series looks great. Looking forward to adding Dani Pettrey to my favorite authors list.

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  49. The interview was good. I would like to read these books. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  50. I have really enjoyed this series. I'm looking forward to reading Stranded.

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  51. Great, great, great interview! Loved this and I love this series. Thanks for the chance to win an autographed book!
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. I would love to read this series and my daughter can read them when I am done.

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  53. This sounds like a wonderful series that I would absolutely enjoy!

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  54. Loved the interview! Have not had the opportunity to read any of these books. Would love to win. Thank you for this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Gage is very flattered so many of you have stopped by and are interested in his story! Best of luck to you all in the giveaway. Thanks again, Melanie, for hosting Gage.

    Blessings,
    Dani

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  56. Hi Gage! I get to ''meet'' you very soon! STRANDED is literally the next book I'm reading.

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  57. Awesome interview! Great questions, and I loved the answers! My kind of man. I have heard of the author but have not yet read any books so would love to be entered in for a chance to win.
    Thanks for this awesome give away and fun interview.
    Blessings
    Shan Hogan
    shcreative(at)sympatico(dot)ca

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  58. Love this interview. I can't wait to sink into these books

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  59. These books sound so intriguing.I am really wanting to read them. thanks for the interview

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  60. Sounds good and suspenseful!
    Linda W
    frogz60@hotmail.com

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  61. I have an ARC of Stranded, but would love to have to whole set available thus far! (or is the giveaway a book to 3 different people?)

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. One person will win all three books. :) Thanks for entering! :)

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  62. I have yet to read the third book, I can't wait!
    bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Have heard good things about this series and am looking forward to reading it.

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  64. The books sound like they would be wonderful reads.

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  65. Loved the cute interview with Gage! Haven't read any of the books in the series, & would love to read them!

    Thanks, Dani & Melanie, for the wonderful book giveaway opportunity!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. Would love to win these books by Dani. Thanks for the chance!

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  67. Great interview! Kinda made me think of Johnny Storm... ;P
    "Submerged" & "Shattered" definitely put Dani Pettrey on my "favorite new authors" list. I love her writing and can't wait to read "Stranded"! :)

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  68. Great interview!! Cant wait to read this series and all future books.

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  69. these books are on my to read so, can't wait to read them

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  70. I love, love, love this series and can not wait until Kayden's book is released. Well... I guess I will wait, but I won't be happy about it. lol

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  71. I have these on hold at my library, but it would be great to get to keep my own!

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  72. I have been wanting to read this series all summer- please pick me! :)

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  73. I've heard a lot about these books and would love to be able to win this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity, ladies!
    Bethany

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  74. Oh my how I would love to win these three series of books. I met Dani throught a Video Chat party. Was such a fun night. It
    was fun being able to see her and the other two talking to you. Was more like meeting them in person. Please put me in the contest and will wish upon a star to win. Thanks for the great give-away. Maxie

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  75. Looks like an excellent series I would love to read.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133ATyahooDOTcom

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  76. Thank you for this offer to win the 3 books in this series. I have never read Dani's books, but they are on my "to be read" list. Please enter me into your drawing and thank you for the opportunity at a chance to win. Blessings to you and Dani!

    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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  77. This looks like a great set of books! Love to be entered. Thanks!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  78. is it weird that i'm in love with the series and i haven't even read it yet?

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  79. ARGH! These look fantastic ~ thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. Have not read this author, yet! Looking forward to reading Dana's books and series! It looks really interesting!

    Linda Ortiz
    strgth4yu@hotmail.com

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  81. I would love the change to read these

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  82. I read book one and loved and would really like to read the other books! Thanks for this give away!
    HollyMag(at)gmail.com from SoCal

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  83. Loved the interview - I definitely would enjoy reading this series. And YAY for homeschoolers! :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  84. Great idea for an interview!

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  85. Looks like an interesting series. I don't think I have read any of Dani's books so I would love to win this set. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  86. Looks like an interesting series. I don't think I have read any of Dani's books so I would love to win this set. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  87. I saw these boss on another contest last week! They looked really interesting! I hate to say but I had never heard of Dani before, but to start off with 3 autographed copies of a full suits would be awesome. Even if I don't win, I can't wait to read them!

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  88. Love the interview! Funny

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  89. This giveaway is so great! Thank you.

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  90. I loved the interview with Gage! So much fun :)

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  91. This series has been on my wishlist for a long time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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