Who is author Petie McCarty? Petie earned a zoology degree from the University of Central Florida and went on to enjoy a productive career as an aquatic biologist, taking unique assignments that included aquatic plant surveys in Florida lakes and streams by every type of floatable craft – including airboats. She even spent a few years collecting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates [aka “water bugs”].
She brings a unique environmental viewpoint to her stories and hopes to teach a love for the environment along the way. Lucky enough to have a day job at the “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” she has no trouble writing happily ever afters for her stories.
Petie lives with her horticulturist husband in Orange County, Florida, and they are blessed with two girls: Lily and Sassy. One is an English springer spaniel and the other is a noisy Nanday conure. You can guess which is which. She loves golf, running and reads voraciously.
Petie, not the conure.
Debut novel, EVERGLADES, released in May 2012:
Kayli Heddon is a photojournalist who has come to the Everglades to work on an article that will help her uncle John – a politico who’s making the restoration of the Everglades one of his top priorities. She ends up stranded alone with her handsome and enigmatic Seminole airboat guide, Skye Landers, and quickly learns that trust means everything in the dangerous River of Grass. But when secrets from Skye’s past surface, Kayli and Skye are soon on the run from more than just gators.
Second novel, CATCH OF THE DAY, released in November 2012:
Special Ops Coast Guard Captain Gage Connor has a penchant for finding trouble, and that’s exactly what he gets when he meets Cody Ryan, the red-headed spitfire fated to be his partner in the Annual Loon Lake Tournament, accompanied by an assemblage of townsfolk as zany as the name.
Fate tosses them every conceivable roadblock to keep them from winning in this wild and crazy adventure, and to further complicate matters, Gage is unaware his borrowed bass boat served as the exchange point for payment of uncut diamonds for drugs, and the smugglers want their diamonds back. The Colombians are playing for keeps and will stop at nothing to retrieve their stash — even resorting to kidnapping.