Day 1: A visit from Christine DePetrillo

Christine DePetrillo spends her days teaching children to love reading and writing and her nights writing about happily ever afters. She fell in love with writing the first time she held a crayon in her hand and realized the blank wall in her bedroom was full of possibilities. Since then, she has been mystified by the magic of words and enjoys playing with them every chance she gets.


Three people search for the legendary Lazuli Moon in the Valdivian Rainforest. Two of them will find a treasure they never expected.
One won’t live to see another day.

Archaeologist and professor Dr. Nivia Charu can’t let the Lazuli Moon remain hidden forever. With her teaching position threatened and no funds for an expedition, Nivia fears the blue diamond fabled to have healing powers will never be unearthed.

Physician Dr. Benjamin Forrester wants to cure his uncle’s cancer. His attempts at manufacturing a remedy, however, have failed. Desperate and out of options, Ben needs a miracle, and Nivia may just hold the key.

Up against a crazed boat captain and ancient curses, Ben and Nivia join forces to seek the Lazuli Moon. What waits for them in the depths of the rainforest will either make them famous or kill them.

LAZULI MOON is part of TWRP’s Jewel of the Night Series in which all stories involve a blue diamond in some way. I found this story particularly fun to write. It’s got an Indiana Jones feel to it with the female character, Dr. Nivia Charu, being the adventurer.

All of my stories involve nature. That’s why this one takes place in the Valdivian Rainforest in Chile. I had an absolute blast researching what it is like there. I learned so much about the kinds of trees and creatures found there. One species of tree, olivillo, is only found in Chile. No where else in the world. They can grow up to 65 feet and live for more than 400 years.

LAZULI MOON has action, romance, suspense, humor, and a setting that will really make you feel as if you’ve traveled the world. Visit me at to download your copy! Also available at

In the mood for a holiday read? I’ve got two of those for you. Midnight Mistletoe is the story of Melina Fairlee, art professor, and Diego Ramos, dance instructor, and what can happen on a snow-dusted Christmas Eve in Spain. IN THE NICK OF TIME involves electrician, Ivy Garrow, and canoe builder, Nick Huntley, and a Hawaiian wedding neither of them wants to be at. Both available from Whispers Publishing on my website.

Happy Holidays!

One lucky commenter is going to win a free copy of any of my ebooks. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post. You must leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you about your prize. I’ll pick a name on Friday, December 3.