Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5-Year Blogoversary Celebration! Day 3 | Chesapeake Bay Fun Facts with Dani Pettrey!


COLD SHOT FUN FACTS


Hi friends,

I’m super excited to share my latest novel with you. COLD SHOT takes place in the Chesapeake Bay region where I live, and today I’ll be sharing a few fun, get-to-know-the-area, facts with you:


Did you know?


  • The Bay holds about 18 trillion gallons of water. That amount of water would fill more than fifty billion bathtubs to the brim. The Bay is full of people kayaking, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. My favorite is sailing. There’s nothing like a gorgeous, sunny day with a nice cool breeze to glide through the water.




  • A person 6 feet tall could wade through more than 700,000 acres of the Bay without becoming completely submerged. It’s great to wade through and look for fish and oyster shells.  
  • The deepest part of the Bay, called "The Hole" is more than 170 feet deep.
 Not sure I want to know what lives at the bottom.
    • The Bay produces about 500 million pounds of seafood per year. My favorite seafood item? Hard-shell crabs. They are practically a Maryland institution. You steam them with Old Bay seasoning (another Maryland favorite) and you’ve got one delicious meal.




    • In 1807, two Newfoundland dogs named Sailor and Canton escaped a shipwrecked British vessel off the coast of Maryland. The hardy Newfies were observed to be effective retrievers, and locals bred them with other dogs from the area. Sailor and Canton's offspring marked the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.


    • The Bay and its tributaries have more than 11,00 miles of shoreline—more than the entire West Coast.

    • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is considered to be one of the world’s scariest bridges. According to Travel & Leisure magazine, “Drivers are notoriously afraid of this bridge, as it’s subjected to frequent—and often violent—storms. And when the bad weather hits, forget about visibility: get to the middle of this five-mile-long bridge and you can barely see land.”  My family and I drive over it every summer when head for the local beach and on a clear day it’s gorgeous! On a not-so-clear-day it can be a little scary.


    Want to visit the Bay? You can by air in this awesome video:


    I hope you’ve enjoyed a sneak peek at COLD SHOT’s location. Thanks for joining me today, and thanks to Melanie for hosting me. Happy Blogoversary, Melanie!


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    Enter to win a copy of COLD SHOT plus some extra goodies from Dani Pettrey! Giveaway is open internationally and ends 2/15/16.

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    79 comments:

    Shondra said...

    I wasn't sure I would ever get past the Alaskan Courage series, but I loved Cold Shot. It would be great to win a copy to give to a friend!

    Kate said...

    Love the trivia. Someday I'd like to visit that area. It sounds so beautiful!

    Abbi Hart said...

    It was fun to get a glimpse of the place where this series takes place! Can't wait to read them!

    Beth said...

    Great fun facts about the Chsapeake Bay area. This Canandian particularly enjoyed the Newfie dog fact. Looking forward to reading the book.

    Beth said...

    Great fun facts about the Chesapeake area. This Canadian particularly enjoyed the Newfie dog fact. Looking forward to reading the book!

    Jenni said...

    Visited the Chesapeake region in the fall & loved it! Very much looking forward to enjoying "Cold Shot" :)

    Cheryl R said...

    I want to get up there sometime! I love lighthouses and this would be incredible! I have relatives up in New England too-- so I could see them! Now to convince the hubs!

    Carol Gehringer said...

    Thank you for posting these facts -- just finished reading Cold Shot and enjoyed it. BUT I couldn't identify with it in the same way I could the Alaskan Courage series. I've been to Alaska, not the Chesapeake. Couldn't picture the scenery . . . now I can!

    Unknown said...

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. The information about Chesapeake Bay was very interesting. I especially liked reading about how the dog breed came to be.

    Unknown said...

    Sounds beautiful. I agree, I don't want to know what lives down at the bottom of "The Hole". I love lighthouses. If my husband and I ever get over that way, I would definitely want to visit as many as we could.

    Sonnetta Jones said...

    These are the types if stories I like to read. Now I am curious about Luke's story. It is always great to read books that has men bonding be more than just sports.
    Sonnetta_jones@hotmail.com

    Amy C said...

    Why, oh why, do we have to wait so long for a new Dani Pettrey release? LOL. I LOVE her books!!

    Kiah said...

    Thanks for sharing the fun facts, Dani! Very interesting and informative! I've never been before, but it looks beautiful! And I think the Chesapeake Bay Bridge looks rather fun. :)

    pol said...

    Enjoyed reading the post and seeing the lighthouses was special,thanks for sharing....
    Paula O

    Unknown said...

    Thank you for sharing those interesting facts Dani. I traveled across the bridge this summer. It had been several years since I had been across it. I was just amazed again. Keep up the wonderful writing.

    Naomi Shores said...

    I love reading Dani's books and learning about the location/setting of them. Thanks for all the info.

    pamelarm said...

    I have all of Dani Pettrey's other books; I can't wait to start her new series!

    Llamalina reada said...

    Those were some great facts about the Chesapeake Bay. I went as a little girl, but would love to go back. Beautiful

    Ronya said...

    Thanks for giving us a tour and some history of our new favorite place Dani! :) I can't wait to read Cold Shot!!!

    Anonymous said...

    I love the Philippians verse and Dani Pettrey's writing. :)

    justcommonly said...

    I love the Chesapeake Bay area! It's gorgeous. I've always wanted to spend at least a weekend there to just chill out, but so far it's only been day trips. Soon! I hope!

    Hard shell crabs, you say? I love the crab cakes from the area! But I'm not too big on the Old Bay (yes, don't shoot me). Thanks for the fun facts! Many are new to me.

    I look forward to Cold Shot! Thanks!

    Unknown said...

    Hi Dani,
    I would absolutely love to read your newest book. You truly are my favorite mystery author, lol. I have yet to get the last book of your Alaskain series. Anyways you are an amazing author and I tell all my friends to read your books. Hope you feel better soon. Keep up the beautiful writing
    Danielle

    Unknown said...

    Interesting facts about wading in the Bay - never knew it was that shallow. I also love Newfies and did not know they were bred to develop the Chesapeake Bay Retriever! Thanks. Your books have taught me about places in the US that I may never visit.

    Anonymous said...

    Miss Dani,
    The Alaskan series was enjoyable. The new series is going to be even better. Thank you for using your talent in a way that blesses others.

    Anonymous said...

    I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading Cold Shot!

    Samantha T said...

    Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to read the new book. I hope you have a speedy recovery and feel better soon!

    Loraine Nunley said...

    What interesting facts about Chesapeake Bay. That bridge looks like it would be scary in bad weather. I am really looking forward to reading Dani's latest. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Blogiversary!

    Pam K. said...

    Thanks for this glimpse of the Chesapeake Bay area. I've never been to this part of the country. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like to go over that bridge!

    Paula said...

    I am so excited about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Unknown said...

    Loved this area when I visited several years ago. Beautiful and peaceful, especially Solomon (sp).

    Wenonalib said...

    I'm from Delaware - so I always enjoy when there is a book that takes place either near me or somewhere I've been. This sounds like an awesome read! Thanks for doing this for your readers!

    rubynreba said...

    I have never been to the Chesapeake Bay area. I enjoyed all the fun facts and photos. It sounds like a beautiful area.

    Stella said...

    I would love to visit this area. Love getting to know the settings for books. Thank you for the giveaway/

    Andrea said...

    All the facts were interesting to read. I can't wait to read this book!

    Melissa Oldaker said...

    Interesting info about Chesapeake Bay. Loved Alaskan Courage series! Can't wait to start this one!

    Caryl Kane said...

    Thank you for sharing about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I had a Golden Retriever for 11 years. The retrievers are so smart! Thank you for sharing these fascinating facts! The photos are awesome! Thank you for the giveaway. :)

    Kristine Lilja Morgan said...

    Happy Blogiversary! And congratulations on your sixth novel!! I hope you have a sift recovery.

    Anonymous said...

    Hey there! Happy Blogoversary, Melanie!! :D
    This was a fun post. I enjoyed learning some things about this area that I hope to read more about soon-- you know... when I finally get to read "Cold Shot". ;) And I just gotta say that I am so super excited to read this book, I can hardly wait! Thanks for the opportunity to win it! :D

    Kathy A said...

    I remember traveling across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge as a freshman in high school. Yes, it can be scary although I still love bridges.

    Thank you for sharing the giveaway and the trivia. I would not have believed it possible for a six foot person to wade such a large area of the Chesapeake Bay.

    I have been hearing so much about "Cold Shoot" that I can hardly wait to read. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    Terrill R. said...

    I am three books into Dani Pettrey's previous series. I am fairly new to her work, so it's nice to be able to start her new series with everyone else. :) 

    Liz R said...

    Happy 5 years Melanie, congrats! I live trivia and it was interesting learning about the Bay Area. I'm a Gulf girl myself and I'd live to see it one day and see how different it is from what I'm used to. That's neat about the Newfoundlands. I've always thought Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are gorgeous and would love to have one.

    Unknown said...

    Who doesn't get the willies going over the bay bridge?

    Ellen Gray said...

    Thanks for all the fun facts but I love the cute dogs the best! Can't wait to read this!

    Margaret said...

    It was interesting to read how many miles of shoreline there are, as I live on the west coast and know how much there is here!

    Lea said...

    love the fun Bay facts! I'm not sure I could handle that bridge, even in sunny weather! I'm feeling a little panicked just thinking about it.lol

    I can't wait to read your newest book, Dani! Your Alaskan Courage series earned a coveted spot on my keeper shelf. It's a small shelf and only my absolutely favorites get to stay!

    Patty said...

    I would love to live somewhere with a view of the water. But I guess living on/near the water does bring with it the issue of storms!

    Unknown said...

    Haven't read this series yet but looks great! truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

    Nancy M said...

    I am so excited for your new series! Very interesting facts!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    So glad you enjoyed Cold Shot!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Glad you enjoyed the trivia. It really is a beautiful area :)

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Glad you enjoyed the glimpse. Hope you enjoy the book :)

    Shelly said...

    I think I left my comment in the wrong place. Oopsies. Silly iphone. I love the Chesapeake Bay and can't wait to read this book!

    Unknown said...

    I love your books, Dani!

    Unknown said...

    Thanks for opening up the giveaway to include internationals, Dani ~ I really appreciate that!

    I love the information on Chesapeake, especially about the lighthouses. I love lighthouses so thanks for including the link about them. The screw top type ones were a new style for me ~ never seen ones like those before!

    I'm looking forward to reading this new series from you, having enjoyed the Alaskan Courage series.

    Happy Blogoversary, Melanie!

    Dianna said...

    I've never been to that area of the US. I've also never been sailing! What a treat to read this great post.
    Dianna

    Jan H said...

    I would not have thought about so much of the bay being shallow. Hard shell crabs sound delicious.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Hope you really enjoy Cold Shot, Beth! Glad you enjoyed the fun facts.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    So glad you enjoyed your visit here. It's gorgeous in the fall.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Hope your'e able to make it sometime. It really is beautiful.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Glad this helped you picture the scenery better, Carol :)

    Dani Pettrey said...

    That was my favorite fun fact too. Those little guys are so adorable.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Glad you enjoyed the fun facts. I love light houses and have several lighthouse photographs and paintings in my home.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    LOL! I know what you are saying about sports :)

    Dani Pettrey said...

    So glad you love the books!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    So glad you enjoyed the post, Kiah! The bridge really is beautiful to drive across on a clear day.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Thank you for dropping by!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Thanks so much, Cheryl! Appreciate your support and encouragement.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    So glad :)

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Hope you'll enjoy it!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    It really is beautiful :) I bet it's changed a lot since you were last year. It's changed and grown a lot over the past decade.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Awww, thanks so much, Ronya!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Thanks so much!

    Dani Pettrey said...

    So glad you enjoyed the fun facts and crab cakes are delicious.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

    Dani Pettrey said...

    I never knew it was that shallow in so many places myself. That's why I'm having so much fun researching my own state. I keep learning new things about home :)

    Connie Porter Saunders said...

    I enjoyed reading these facts about the Bay. Thanks for sharing and offering this giveaway.

    Karen said...

    Sounds like a fun place to visit and have some good eats.

    Unknown said...

    Super excited to read this book! I loved the Alaskan Courage series.

    Bethany said...

    It sounds gorgeous! I've enjoyed Dani's other books and can't wait to read this one! (springraine at gmail dot com)

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