Thursday, March 3, 2011

Free For All Friday - Meet Christine DePetrillo!

Help me welcome my guest today, Christine DePetrillo! 

Christine is a talented multi-published author and her latest novel, ALASKAN HEART can be purchased from The Wild Rose Press
And if you leave a comment, Christine is going to have a drawing for an e-book of ALASKAN HEART!

Christine's work earns rave reviews so take a minute and get to know her better, then head on over to her website and check out some of her books:)

OK, here we go:
Christine, if you could travel forward or backward in time, which would it be?
Backward, definitely. I would totally dig living off the land like early Americans. I’m pretty sure the future would eat me alive.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is out on my patio during the summer months. I don’t have to work at my day job in the summer, so I can just write, write, write, while butterflies and birds keep me company and flowers perfume the air.

What is most challenging for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?
Conflict is the most challenging for me to write. I basically get along with everyone, avoid disagreements, and want everyone to be happy. Getting my characters to struggle in meeting their goals is a hurdle every time. I hate torturing them. It keeps me up at night. 

Do you have critique partners?
Yes, and I’d be lost without them. Their feedback is so very valuable. Fresh eyes on your work is vital.

Complete silence or music/playlist when writing?
Either will work for me. If I’m home alone, then silence it is. If I’m not, the earphones go in and the tunes crank. I make playlists for books I’m working on and use them to help me delve deeper into the story.

Tell us your favorite dessert/food.
I’ve never grown out of the pizza phase to be honest. The mere mention of the word “pizza” and I crave it. I want it right now. I could eat it every day.

Thanks for hosting me, Jennifer. Folks can visit me at my personal website at and at my group blog at

Alaska is supposed to be cold, so why is Alanna Cormac on fire?

Sent on a dream assignment to Denali National Park, nature magazine writer Alanna Cormac has no intentions of falling in love with Dale Ramsden, sexy Iditarod winner. When Dale, his family, and even his eighteen sled dogs charm their way into her heart, however, Alanna’s fast-track New York instincts crumble. The Alaskan landscape and the caress of a man too good to be true ignite feelings she never had time to explore before. Feelings that have her so blissfully busy she’s unaware she’s being watched. Judged. Targeted.

She’s next.

Love will either save her or swallow her whole. Is there even a difference? 
Thanks for being my guest, Christine:)
Here are some review quotes for ALASKA HEART:

“This well-written story more than met my expectations. It has all the elements necessary for a good suspense and a great romance.”
Fallen Angel Reviews, Rating: 5 Angels

“If you’re in the mood for a cozy fire, a cup of cocoa and a hot romance, you don’t need to go any further than Alaska Heart.”
Long and Short Reviews, Rating: 5 Books

“This is a great book. Christine DePetrillo really takes the readers on a trip to Alaska, and on a ride on a whirlwind romance. I recommend that you go and buy this book. You won't be disappointed.”
Happily Ever After Reviews, Rating: 5 Tea Cups and A Recommended Read! 


  1. Great interview! I'm still a pizza addict, too. I love cold pizza for breakfast It makes my husband wrinkle his nose, but my oldest son joins me every time. lol

    Alaska Heart sounds like a fantastic read. Definitely going on my TBR list.


  2. I've never understood cold pizza. Now hot pizza with the cheese oozing off the crust, definitely yummy.

    The blurb has be intrigued!

  3. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for introducing
    Hi Christine, This sounds like a good read for a cold day. "Alaskan Heart". Your hero is an Alaskan? I get to go on a Cruise there in August.
    Did you go to the Valdivian Rain Forrest to research, "Lazuli Moon"?
    I have a friend wanting to get to a Rain Forrest to research her book, Chasing Maria.

  4. Sarah, I actually picked up a pizza for tonight's dinner on my way home from work! I love cold pizza too, but not for breakfast.

    Emma, hot, oozing cheese is always a plus!

    Janet, ooohhh, you're going to love Alaska! I went in 2000 on a cruise and want to go back sooo bad. Writing Alaska Heart was a way for me to take another "trip" there. I didn't go to the Valdivian Rainforest for Lazuli Moon, but did research it through books and online resources. Maybe I'll get there someday.

    Thanks for having me, Jennifer!

  5. Alaska Heart sounds like a wonderful read, Chris -- and I love pizza - hot or cold, I can eat it every day!

    Have to catch up on my reading and Alaska Heart is on my 'list'.....

  6. Thanks, Heather! Does your "list" get bigger by the ton each minute? Mine does!

  7. Personally I think pizza should be named the National Dish of USA. As for your story, it sounds even yummier than the pizza--and that's saying something. Much success!!!

  8. I've always thought it would be a great adventure to set a story in Alaska. Yours sounds terrific!

  9. Nom Nom Nom...Pizza. Caserta's, anyone? Always fun to get to know you a little better, Great interview!!!!

  10. Vonnie, thanks, can't wait to read your book, Storm's Interlude!

    Jannine, Alaska is fabulous! Fun to visit and write about. There's something sexy about all that wildlife.

    Rachel, I just ate breakfast, but now I want pizza! :)

  11. I hope to visit Alaska some day--dream vacation for me and the hubby. The book sounds great--wishing you many sales!

  12. Jennifer thanks for interviewing Christine. I work with her and know somethings about her. She is a gerat person and is very talented. I am glad that I am able to put her in my friend group.

    Thank you Christine for writing a book that makes you feel that you as the reader is there. Much success in your writing future!!

  13. Stacey, oh, you've got to go to Alaska. You won't be disappointed!

    Laura, thanks so much!

  14. Okay, and the winner by random drawing is...Stacey Joy Netzel! Congrats! Maybe reading a free e-copy of Alaska Heart will be like a virtual trip to Alaska. Send me your email address, Stacey, at cdepetrillo @ yahoo .com (no spaces) and I'll get the e-book out to you.