Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Christine DePetrillo, who is joining us with her new novel, Kisses to Remember.
I still have imaginary friends. Yes, I’m well into my thirties, but I just haven’t outgrown the need to surround myself with fictional pals. They meet up with me wherever I am. Walking my dog in my neighborhood. Standing in line at the supermarket. Sneaking up on me in the shower. You’re right. Most of them have no understanding of personal space and privacy, however, I don’t mind.
You see these imaginary friends become my characters. I want them hanging around and chatting incessantly. They are always welcome to describe an adventure to me, talk about a problem, or even better, tell me a secret.
Many times I get my ideas for characters from stumbling across interesting jobs. This was the case with my latest novel, Kisses to Remember. I read an online article about a marketing technique where companies would hire people to design T-shirts promoting their business, service, or product then get a team of people to wear the shirts out in public to advertise. This struck me as such a fun notion that immediately, fictional graphic designer Johanna Ware introduced herself to me. She just sat opposite me on my backyard patio and started unloading what she’d been through in her life. I could barely write it all down fast enough. After telling me about her work, she ended with wanting to find someone, and I knew I was just the person to play matchmaker for her.
Corporate pilot Holden Lancaster didn’t make himself easy to find, however. It took a few weeks of poking around here and there for him to take shape. Again, I found him accidentally. I saw a picture of a King Air 350i plane somewhere, came home, and googled it. Instantly, I fell in love with the small craft. I mentally toured the cabin by searching through online images and made my way up to the cockpit. Holden Lancaster was working the controls when I got there, and I thought, “You’re the guy for Johanna.” Luckily, he agreed.
Now much of this may sound like the ramblings of a crazy person, and I suppose in order to be a writer, there is a certain amount of crazy you just have to accept. I like to think it keeps things interesting. I wake up in the morning and never know who I will “meet.” The possibilities are wide open, and I’m always in the mood to make new friends.
About the Book:
Graphic designer Johanna Ware knows family is the most important part of life. Her son, Kameron, is her world after losing her daughter and husband. She hides away on her Nebraska farm, wishing for adventure but settling for responsibility.
Corporate pilot Holden Lancaster is ready to fly for Donovan Electronics at a moment’s notice. When he isn’t in the air, he’s at his Texas home remodeling old cars to race and sell. He enjoys the speed of his life but not the solitude.
When Holden discovers shady dealings at Donovan Electronics, an attempt on his life leaves him with amnesia in a crashed plane in Johanna's field. With no memory of family or friends and a company who denies employing him, Holden is placed in Johanna’s care.
Will Johanna regret opening her world to this sexy stranger? Will Holden remember a life that makes it impossible for him to be with Johanna? Or is love enough to make them forget everything but each other?
Christine DePetrillo tried not being a writer. She attempted to ignore the voices in her head, but they would not stop. The only way she could achieve peace and quiet was to write the stories the voices demanded. She also has been teaching fifth grade for thirteen years where she inspires young people to love writing. Today, she writes tales meant to make you laugh, maybe make you sweat, and definitely make you believe in the power of love.
She lives in Rhode Island and occasionally Vermont with her husband, two cats, a big, black German Shepherd, and a lizard.
Other titles by Christine include ALASKA HEART, ABRA CADAVER, LAZULI MOON, FOR THE LOVE OF LIBERTY, SPEAK EASY TO ME, and ALLEY CAT. FIREFLY MOUNTAIN is coming in October.
Find Christine online at her Author Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, at Night Eternal (where she writes poems as Drake, the vampire), and at The Roses of Prose Blog on the 4th and 14th of every month.
Christine is giving away a PRINT or E-BOOK copy (Amazon Kindle version) of Kisses to Remember to one US/Canada reader (winner’s choice) OR an E-BOOK of Kisses to Remember (Amazon Kindle version) to one International reader. To enter, just leave a comment or question for Christine on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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