DuannaLee Petersen


DuannaLee Petersen (pronounced DOO-ahna-Lee) AKA DuannaLee Petersen-Griffin and DuannaLee Post, Dee to friends and family, was born at home in the rural Mother Lode Country of California's Sierra Nevada range. Her own love-at-first-sight romance with a brief engagement and long-term marriage (twice) was the inspiration for some of her novels.

Dee feels most at home in the rural Mother Lode gold-rush country of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. She delights in being a mother of two and grandmother of three. An adventurous spirit, descended on all eight lines from pioneering great-grandparents who emigrated from Europe, she has herself twice moved to distant states without a job or a home lined up in order to carve out a new life.

Besides her family, Dee's interests lie in family history, church service, outdoor and water-oriented family activities, creative writing, portrait painting, various types of needle-work, reading, and animals (having a small horse ranch for about a decade). She's a NAUI scuba diver and ARRL amateur (ham) radio operator. She served on Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams in California and in Washington and as an officer of a historical commission in Texas. A retired business professional and corporate officer, Dee now finds time to persue writing novels. She is affiliated with Brazos Writers and several internet writers groups. Dee now lives in South Dakota with her husband.

Smashwords Interview

What genre to you prefer to read or write?
I prefer to read historical G-rated romance novels. Likewise I write for that genre as well as teen fantasy (with time travel) and adult crime novels, which also have romance in them.
Do you do research for each novel?
Yes, absolutely. Although my memory has a lot of information, as does my life experience, I confirm as well as expand on what I know while I write. I don't want to misinform anyone. My mother told me of someone she knew who wrote a book about the American Indians, all fabricated by him. . .he knew nothing about the tribes, their ways and customs, . .he made it all up and passed it off as factual. Knowing that only makes me try harder to do it right.
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Corporate Snare: A Jim Cavanaugh Saga
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,220. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The Cavanaughs fly to Vermont for a much needed vacation following the arrest of Candy Corbin, the black widow from whom Jim had rescued Debra. Upon arrival, Jim finds both his estates have been taken over. He soon discovers that his most trusted employees are out to eliminate his entire family to obtain his fortune, truly an eminent life-or-death situation. The perpetrators must be stopped.
Widow's Web: A Jim Cavanaugh Saga
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 157,090. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Out to catch his cousin's murderer, Jim Cavanaugh has been observing the black widow, Candy Corbin, for a long time. She's gotten by with more suspicious deaths since then, but the lack of sufficient proof has kept her free. He plans to become her next victim.
Dreams & Secrets
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,480. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Romance » Historical
1870 Sacramento, California -- Villainous manipulations disrupted MaryJo's family, throwing both factions into chaos for eighteen years. The reality of MaryJo's dream reunion with her father was problematic, requiring secrets to protect them all. Her father's life as a widower was legally fraudulent, and his new family must be protected. MaryJo could marry her stepbrother to conceal the problems.
Turnabout in Fair Play
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,980. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
FAIR PLAY, TEXAS, 1872 Young Jeremy lost his heart to Diana, but now having come of age and being of means to provide for a family on his horse ranch, he pursues winning Diana's heart. Ten years his senior and considered on the shelf, though flattered by Jeremy's attentions and persistence, Diana has resigned herself to spinsterhood. Does Jeremy have a smidgeon of a chance?
Mysterious Castle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,740. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Three teens secretly explore a hidden castle they discovered near Lake Tahoe. They encounter an invisible male presence and discover some of the mysteries of the castle, such as powerful protective amulets, tapestries that can show the future, and paintings that are portals to the past and future for adventures in Europe. Painting hopping leads to amazing adventures and opportunities.
Magnetic Attraction
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,720. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
1890: Denver, Colorado. Drawn together by an inexplicable magnetic attraction, Jack and Beth are thrown together by happenstance and so drawn to each other that they feel as one. Promised since birth to wed a friend's son, Beth's mother is outraged. Should they elope? How will they handle this awkward circumstance as they and their parents, one by one, realize the truth and are sworn to secrecy?

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