Posted on : Thursday December 21, 2017

By Sharon Mager

BEL AIR, Md.—Oak Grove Baptist Church will have their annual women’s conference from 8:30 am to 2 pm on March 24, featuring local author Dani Pettrey.

Pettrey attends Fork Christian Church in Kingsville. She is the award-winning author of the  “Alaskan Courage” romantic, suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels, “Submerged,” “Shattered,” “Stranded,” “Silenced,” and her new release, “Sabotaged.”

Her newest series, “Chesapeake Valor,” is about four friends who grow up together, go to college together, but drift away when one of them goes missing. They are all in law enforcement and eventually find themselves brought back together. One of the characters lives on a houseboat in Canton.

Pettrey’s books are a welcome read for Christian fans who appreciate suspense, mystery, and romance, with characters that live out their faith, and without the sensuality and gratuitous sex.

“What I do is a ministry,” Pettrey said in a video Fork Church produced. “It’s been amazing what God has done,” she said.

Pettrey said the books have brought her into contact with people she would never have met otherwise. “Writing is storytelling and storytelling is very captivating and compelling. Jesus taught in stories, He taught in parables.”

She loves that stories are non-threatening. Someone may not walk into church, or open a Bible, but they might pick up a suspense or mystery book, she said. And as they see characters that walk in faith, they are introduced to the Gospel.

“I write because God has called me to write,” she said simply. She has a Bible verse taped to her laptop that she looks at daily. It’s Psalm 127:1: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it…”

Pettrey and her husband, Mike, reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their family. She will be available for book signing at the conference.

For more information about her novels, visit

Order the women’s conference tickets online. The cost is $25 for women age 25 and older and $15 for younger women and includes breakfast and lunch. The cost after March 1 is $30.