Karen’s Killer Book Bench: More Than Pancakes (The Maple Leaf Series, Book One) by Christine DePetrillo

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Maple Leaf Series, Book One


Lily Hinsdale spends her California days designing extravagant hotels for Utopia Resorts. Her nights are filled with the glitz and glamour of upscale parties. Until her grandmother dies and leaves Lily property in wretched Vermont. The woods mean only one thing to Lily—nightmares. When Utopia wants the land for development, Lily is forced to travel to a place she’d rather forget. 

Rick Stannard makes maple syrup and builds barns in the peace and quiet of picturesque Vermont. Noisy New York City nearly killed him a few years back, and now he lives a calm, simple life with his coyote, Poe, and his beloved book collection. It’s the only way he’s guaranteed to wake up each morning. 

When Lily marches her expensive boots onto Rick’s land and proposes turning it into a mega resort, the serenity of the woods is shattered. Lily always closes a deal. Rick never intends to sell. They’ll need to compromise, or someone else will do it for them. Someone who is not afraid of the woods or the city. 

Or spilling a little blood.

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Christine talks…

I live a pretty safe life. My neighborhood is located in Suburbia, USA where getting my mail at 4:30 instead of 4:00 is the biggest danger I face. Police sirens are rarely heard, criminals don’t run rampant in the streets, and my super huge German Shepherd, aka The Werewolf, has only squirrels to scare away. I can walk The Werewolf at midnight on the streets surrounding my home if I want to and not worry that I’ll be abducted or something equally as heinous.

I work in a safe town in a safe school, surrounded by safe colleagues and safe students.

Bottom line? My life is basically populated with fuzzy pink bunnies. For the most part I like it that way. I do.


I am a writer, you know. Sometimes I fantasize about danger. It’s kind of my job to do so as a fiction author. I imagine scenarios that are jam-packed with suspense, action, life-and-death decisions, and of course gorgeous men that are at the center of it all.

That last part is my favorite. I’ll admit it.

I can be engaged in a mundane task like weeding my yard for example. A truck will drive by and even though I know exactly which neighbor is in that truck and that it drives by at precisely that time every single weekday, I’ll pretend the driver is a 6’4” ex-Marine dressed in all black. He’s wearing dark sunglasses covering sharp, blue eyes, a scant beard circles his full lips, and he’s got a gun on the passenger seat. A gun he plans to use. He peels around the corner in front of my house, screeches to a stop, and jumps out of his truck. And it’s a big manly truck. Black. Tinted windows. An engine that growls. Angry rock music fills the cab. In three long strides, he is standing beside me, the tips of his black combat boots touching my pile of yanked dandelions.

“Let’s go,” he says.

I look up with a you-talking-to-me expression on my face… and streaks of sweat and dirt no doubt from my toiling in the yard.

“There isn’t much time. They’ll be here any minute. I’m your only chance.” He extends a big, sturdy-looking hand to me.

I gape at it, mesmerized by the size of his fingers and the calluses on his palm. Man hands. Oh, boy, do I love some man hands.

Sliding my soil-covered hand into his, I let him pull me to my feet. I’m wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap, but somehow I’m pulling off a cute, girl-next-door look and not the sloppy gardening dork look I’m usually sporting.

He whisks me into his truck, hops into the driver’s seat, and we’re off.

Away from danger.

Or perhaps into it.

Either way, I’ll be on an adventure—if only in my mind—until my weeding task is done. Then I’ll most likely be attacked by fictional ninjas while I’m folding the laundry.

Danger. It’s nowhere… and everywhere.

Meet Author Christine DePetrillo… 

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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. 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, and a big, black German Shepherd who fiercely defends her against all evils.


Links to Christine’s website, blog, books, etc.

For more fictional danger, try Christine’s Maple Leaf Series. Each contemporary romance has a dash of suspense to take you out of your everyday world.

Book One in the Maple Leaf Series, More Than Pancakes, is always FREE in ebook. It costs you nothing to give it a try. Enjoy, and try not to get too hungry or thirsty with this series.

Find Christine’s other titles at http://www.christinedepetrillo.weebly.com/ . Connect on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/christinedepetrilloauthor , on Twitter at @cdepetrillo, and at The Roses of Prose group blog on the 4th and 14th of every month at http://www.rosesofprose.blogspot.com.


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00062]51GM0tR-csL._UY250_**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Book One in the Maple Leaf Series, More Than Pancakes, is always FREE in ebook. Christine is also giving away an e-book copy of MORE THAN COOKIES, Maple Leaf Series, Book Two, to one lucky reader who comments on this Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog. Thank you, Christine, for sharing your stories with us.

Don’t miss the chance to read these books!

11 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: More Than Pancakes (The Maple Leaf Series, Book One) by Christine DePetrillo”

  1. Thanks for the introduction to a new to me author! And thanks for the free book to get to know you better, Christine!

  2. Hi, Glenda! You’re welcome. I always feel like it’s nice to taste a new author’s work for free. I hope you like pancakes!

  3. Good morning, Christine, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I loved the insight you shared about your writing. I thought I was the only one who daydreamed about adventure while doing the most mundane tasks. Like you, I lead a pretty ordinary life.

    Love your book titles! What fun. I can’t wait to read your books.

  4. Karen, thanks so much for letting me stop in here. We daydreamers have to stick together!

    Kathleen, sort of makes you want to weed more often, doesn’t it? 🙂

    Colleen, I hope you enjoy More Than Pancakes. It was actually inspired by property I have in VT that is tapped by a maple syrup company. One winter, these manly men carrying sleds full of equipment traversed across my land to install the taps, and I thought to myself as I watched them, “Rugged men, out in the snowy woods all day? Yeah, I need to do something with that!”

  5. I am also a daydreamer. Daydreamers, unite! I looked in my e-library and I have More Than Pancakes. I put it in my TBR pile. Thank you for the chance to win book 2.

  6. Rose, so happy More Than Pancakes already has a home in your e-library! Hope you enjoy it!

  7. I am slightly new to the romance scene but with Karen’s Killer Book Bench will get me through. I am seeing the light of a Different genre. I would so love to read both books and pancakes ok let’s do this! Thanks. Karen and Christine!

  8. Tammy, the romance scene is so much fun! I sprinkle reading other books in, but always return to the happily ever afters! Happy reading!

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