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One Wrong Move: Romantic Suspense

One Wrong Move by Dani Pettrey

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One Wrong Move

One Wrong MoveTaunting riddles.
A deadly string of heists.
Two broken hearts trapped in a killer’s game.

Christian O’Brady was pulled into a life of crime at a young age by his con artist parents. Now making amends for his corrupt past, he has become one of the country’s foremost security experts. When a string of Southwestern art heists targets one of the galleries Christian secured, he is paired up with a gifted insurance investigator who has her own checkered past.

Andi Forester was a brilliant FBI forensic analyst until her career was destroyed. She now puts those skills to work investigating insurance fraud, and this latest high-stakes case will test her gift to the limit. Drawn deep into a dangerous game with an opponent bent on revenge, Christian and Andi are in a race against the clock to catch him, but the perpetrator’s game is far from finished, and one wrong move could be the death of them both.

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Interview with Dani Pettrey, author of One Wrong Move

One Wrong Move is the first book in your new JEOPARDY FALLS series. Can you share with  us what this book—and series—is about? 

One Wrong Move is about two people with pasts they are ashamed of. Both are  trying to make it right, but the road they’re taking only leads down a dangerous path of lies,  riddles, and murder.

Only when they come face-to-face with their pasts are they finally able to  move beyond the hurt and heartache and find healing in God and one another.  

The last time you had a new series starting was back in 2019. How do you feel about entering a new era of your storytelling with the JEOPARDY FALLS series?  

Wow! It’s crazy to think it’s been that long. I’m ecstatic to be launching my fifth series  with Bethany House.

It often seems like I was just meeting my editor and starting my debut  series the ALASKAN COURAGE saga. At other times, I think of all that has happened in the last  decade—all the amazing booksellers, librarians, and readers I’ve met and been blessed by and  the stories I’ve told. Now, launching JEOPARDY FALLS, I’m full of excitement and gratitude.

I can’t wait for my amazingly supportive readers to get a new journey to set out on with the  MacLeod family.  

How many stories can readers expect in this series? 

There will four books in the series. One for each of the four MacLeod siblings, if the lost one decides to return home. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see ☺  

How does this series stand out from the other books you’ve written?  

I think the biggest difference is the setting. I’ve always written coastal series. I’m a beach  girl and love the ocean, so I’ve always set my series by water, but this time I’ve gone a  completely different direction into the desert.

JEOPARDY FALLS is set in a fictional town in New Mexico. Why New Mexico? Because I lived there for seven wonderful years and fell in love with the Land of Enchantment, and I wanted the opportunity to share such a breathtaking place  with my readers.  

At the same time, what will longtime readers who enjoy your work love about these books as well? 

The stories are still full of romance, suspense, adventure, those twists and turns that I love  weaving in, and, of course, faith. My characters, particularly Andi and Christian in One Wrong Move, are real and raw and hurting. It’s through their journey together and the unplanned paths  God leads them down that they find what they’ve been looking for all along.  

Each book in the series follows one of the MacLeod siblings as they strive to overcome a  family legacy of crime. Without spoilers, can you give us a little background on the family  and their history? 

The siblings were raised in Las Vegas by illusionist parents, but beneath the glitz and the  charm, their parents were con men, and they forced their children to participate in many of the  schemes. They just kept pushing until one day they conned the wrong guy and had to go on the  lam.

Being raised in cruddy motel rooms, always on the move, always committing whatever  crimes they could find to keep them going, the siblings—now grown—have to live with the  trauma they endured as kids. Their mother incarcerated and their dad killed in a car bombing,  the four siblings struggle to find their footing. It takes time and some big mistakes of their own before they find level footing in Christ.

Now, they’ve turned their lives around and have  devoted themselves as private investigators to bring those pulling cons, schemes, and heists to  justice. To work off some of their “red.” It’ll take some rough roads with Jesus to see and accept  that they are already forgiven and can let go of that need to prove ourselves worthy.  

This book takes place in the fictional town of Jeopardy Falls. What do you look forward to  readers experiencing about this new locale? 

A brand-new experience for those who have never experienced the Southwest. There will  be beautiful sunrises over the mountains, purple- and orange-hue sunsets, horses, open land and  skies, and a close-knit ranching community of wonderful and often quirky neighbors. 

Throughout your career, you’ve highlighted a variety of law enforcement and  investigative professions in your books. What kind of research was required to write  Christian and Andi’s characters accurately? 

I spent a lot of time researching what private investigators do, the resources available to  them, and the boundaries they can’t cross. It was fascinating and a little crazy to see all they, and anyone who’s good at research, can pull up on an individual. I also read a lot on real-life  heists and the insurance agents who investigated them.  

What kind of reader do you envision will fall in love with Christian and Andi’s story—as  well as the rest of the series? 

I think readers who enjoy sweet romance, fast-paced suspense, and the fun of trying to  figure out whodunit and how on earth the hero and heroine are going to survive.

Do you have a favorite character that you’re especially excited for your readers to meet?  

Greyson Chadwick. He’s surprisingly not one of the siblings, but he works with them. He’s  a man of mysteries I still haven’t fully figured out, so I’m really excited to dive in to his story  thread.  

One of the main themes in One Wrong Move that both Andi and Christian must deal with  is facing the past to find healing. How do you think confronting old and often painful  memories or choices that we’ve made can help us move forward? 

I think there’s a place where we should confront past memories and past mistakes, but the  key isn’t wallowing there. I come from a trauma background, so I’m not making light of the  pain of anyone’s past, but rather speaking of a lesson I learned in my own life.  

I had a lot to deal with and walk through, but at some point, I realized I needed to stop treading  water and to swim for the shore. I feel like that’s Christian, and once he realizes he’s free to  swim to shore, he will. Andi is in a different place with her past, one that keeps her in a killer’s  crosshairs. How she deals with it is very different, which made the story really interesting for  me to write. Seeing how God has different paths of healing for each of His children.  

What do you hope readers experience when picking up One Wrong Move?  

I hope they feel like they’re part of Jeopardy Falls, riding in the car with Christian and  Andi, seeing everything firsthand and experiencing the story as if they were there. I’ve called  my stories “Armchair Adventures” since my debut novel, but it’s how I hope my readers enjoy  my stories. Going along on the journey, the ups and downs, and Tilt-A-Whirl moments right  from the comfort of their favorite chair with a yummy drink in hand.  

Dani Pettrey — Author of One Wrong Move

One Wrong MovePublishers Weekly and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Dani Pettrey has sold nearly 800,000 copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

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).

She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland.

To find out more about Dani, follow her on her website, Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter/X, Facebook.

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Elena Taylor/Elena Hartwell


Elena Hartwell

Author and developmental editor.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Wendy Barrows

    Woohoo! Great interview! This sounds like such a great series. So exciting!

  2. Dani

    Thanks so much for the interview. Love your blog!

    1. Elena Hartwell

      Thank you for joining me and my readers! Great to have you visit with us.

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