Monday, March 11, 2013

Interview with Christine Warner (Giveaway/Review)


 I'm happy to welcome back Christine Warner to the blog today. She's a sweetheart of a lady and writes wonderfully sweet romances. ***She's also offering one lucky commenter a digital copy of either Some Like it in Handcuffs or Two-Timing the Boss. So be sure to leave your email address with your comment to be entered to win.***

Melissa: Glad to see you here again, Christine. Can you tell us what's been going on in your world lately since you last visited?

Christine: Life has been busy. Full of the normal ups and downs like everyone. In my writing world I’ve been busy working on a few projects and also tweaking my book coming out with Entangled Publishing in a few months titled Bachelor’s Special. I can’t wait :)

Melissa: Congratulations to you, Christine! Now where did you get your idea for the premise of Two-Timing the Boss?

Christine: I come up with a lot of story ideas while I’m driving, or in the shower—never at the same time though…lol. Two-Timing the Boss I came up with driving into work one Saturday morning. I was thinking of my sister and I thought it’d be fun to write a story involving sisters who were close. Then I thought I’d step it up a notch and make them twin sisters. From there I decided to have one be responsible—my heroine—and one who was more carefree and living in the moment. I knew I wanted disguises, twins, a super-sexy hero and for the romance to take place between a boss and his employee.

Melissa: Out of curiosity, if you were Keller, how would you have reacted to a similar deception?

Christine: I admit that there is always a little bit of me in all of my characters. So, if I were Keller and I had been deceived as he was—I would’ve handled it in the same manner. I’d have wanted to learn more of why Farah did what she did, but I also would’ve been able to have a little fun with it in the form of payback.

Is that naughty or mean? I don’t think so. Nothing he did was done in a mean or malicious sense, so I’m good with it :)


Melissa: Ha, yes, all in good fun. :) I'm sure I would have a little fun with it as well. Now, I have to know, have you ever found yourself in a similar predicament, working under the guise of subterfuge, or just plain disguised yourself to accomplish a goal?

Christine: Great question. I really had to think about that one. I know I’ve never dressed in disguise to get a job, or lied on a resume or job application…hmmm. I’m going to have to say I’ve never been put in a situation where I had to disguise myself to reach a goal. Unless of course you count Halloween. I had to dress up for several years in a row in my younger years all with the purpose of gaining sugary treats! LMBO

Melissa: Lol, is it sad to admit I still wish I could dress up for free candy? Hmm, perhaps a sheet would do the trick. So if you had to describe Two-Timing the Boss in five words, what would you choose?

Christine: Sexy, emotional, fun, romantic, heart-pounding

Melissa: Great words to describe it. :) Can you share one of your favorite excerpts from Two-Timing the Boss with us?

Christine: Ooh, I’d love to. I have several favorite scenes but here’s a short one that I’ve never shared while being interviewed before. I like the fact that it shows both Keller and Farah conquering a fear and doing it together.

“I can’t believe you talked me into this.” Farah
bit back the quiver in her voice in an attempt to
sound calm, but she swallowed hard, hoping he
didn’t notice.
“Are you sure you can handle it? Your pasty
complexion is giving me doubts.”
“Oh, don’t even act like you’re not enjoying this.
But let me point out something you didn’t think of,
Keller Donovan.”
He snickered. “Go for it, chicken girl.”
She teased him with a false scowl. “We’re not
only facing my fear of heights, but your fear of losing
control.”
The last thing she saw before they shot one
hundred and sixty feet into the air within two
seconds was Keller’s smile and reassuring look. Her
stomach clamped when the ride reversed. She
squeezed her eyes closed as they plummeted
downward. A gust of wind shot up the pant legs of
her jeans and stole her breath. Nothing supported
her legs as they dangled beneath her. Somewhere
above her, her heart hovered and she hoped it would
find its way back inside her chest.
With a death grip she fisted the straps
positioned across her torso and shoulders to hold her
in place while a jarring scream ripped past her lips.
Full of exhilaration and fright at the same time, she
calmed when the pressure of Keller’s palm engulfed
her hand.
Minutes later it was over and they stood to the
side watching the next group of tourists take the
same ride.
“That was crazy. I can’t believe I actually did
that,” Farah said, voice breathless, but excited.
“We both did it. We rode the Big Shot. You
conquered your fear of heights and I gave up
control.”

Melissa: Aww that was a cute excerpt. :) I like that you write light-hearted, sweet romances. So, I'm a bit curious, what types of romances do you typically read and really enjoy in your spare time? Any favorite reads?

Christine: I really do write what I like to read. Lol I cut my teeth on contemporary romance but promised myself last year that I’d expand my horizons and try other genres. I’m also a hard-core true crime junkie. Always have been, but I know it’s something I’d never write myself. I seem to go in phases with my reading—from romance to true crime.

As for picking a favorite—I’m not sure that’s possible. I’ve enjoyed so many good books and usually the one I’m reading is my favorite. Lol

 
Melissa: I can understand that for sure. Now, I know you’re a pretty busy lady, working and writing all the time, but you’ve also started a book tour company as well, right? Can you tell us a little about that?

Christine: I really like to help promote other authors and after doing a couple of book tours myself, I thought it’d be fun to come up with promotional ideas and packages that other authors could use to help spread the word about their books. After talking to a really good friend of mine who also runs a virtual assistant website where she helps authors called MY GIRL FRIDAY, we began work on Buy The Book Tours.

It’s been a fun ride and a great learning experience. Unfortunately I found it difficult to balance my time between working 30 hours a week outside the home, my family life, running Buy the Book Tours and writing and promoting—something had to give. So, I stepped back from Buy The Book Tours the beginning of the year. I’m still a sounding board for my friend who continues to run it and we also have an agreement that whenever I decide to come back—if it will work in with my schedule—the door is always open.  


Melissa: That's sounds pretty reasonable to me. So what's in the works for you, Christine? By chance, are you working on any books that just might feature any of Sunny Kennedy's brothers (from Some Like it in Handcuffs)?

Christine: I truly planned to write a book for each of Sunny’s four brothers and actually have Derek’s story completed. But I haven’t submitted it because I’m not sure if I’ll continue with my idea of writing the other brother’s stories. I thought it might be odd to just have written one brother’s story and then stopped. So, I’m sitting on it until I decide what I’m going to do.

I loved the characters, but have several other projects in the works that might make writing a series a bit difficult.

So, I can’t really give a good answer to that question. I’m sorry. It’s all in the air for now.


Melissa: Any work in progress you can give a sneak peek of?

Christine: I’m working on several other stories. One book I’m targeting toward the Brazen line with Entangled that deals with second chances, water, cars and smexiness. :)  I’m also tweaking a story I finished writing last year that centers around an island romance. My goal is to get both of them submitted this year and then start on a few other ideas that I have outlined. I have more ideas than I do time. Lol

Melissa: That sounds wonderful, Christine. You are definitely busy as always. Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I look forward to having you back on again some time soon. :)

*Christine will also be on tour at the beginning of next month with Buy The Book Tours. Be sure to drop by and visit her on tour next month.* 

Blurb: To secure the funds for her twin sister's surgery, Farah Smith will need to sacrifice her values as well as alter her appearance to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. With a blonde wig and stilettos strapped on, Farah's a clone of Keller Donovan's harem of past assistants, insuring a position within his company.

The moment Farah and Keller meet, she realizes her most daunting task isn't the job, but fighting an attraction to a man whose ruthlessness is as legendary in the bedroom as it is in the boardroom.

Disillusioned by his parent's disastrous marriage, Keller Donovan is determined no relationship should have more than a six-month shelf life. But after he meets Farah Smith, all bets are off. Suddenly he wants more than a personal assistant and private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn't sit well with her, despite the stranglehold she's put on his heart.

Can Farah and Keller find happiness and love over deceit and libido? Will the two embrace each other or hold fast to past history?

Review: I really enjoyed Some Like it in Handcuffs so I had to pick up a copy of Two-Timing the Boss

At the end of a long day spent taxing my brain way too much, I don't want to have to think about heavy plots or feel angry at fictional characters. I like to unwind and read something that will leave me in a sappy, good mood. Enter Two-Timing the Boss. I actually thought this was a sweet, light-hearted read with a nice dose of humor sprinkled in (the faulty eyelash tickled me). Definitely what I was looking for that particular night. :) 

I admit there was a degree of unbelievability since it took Keller a while to realize Farah and Fifi were indeed the same person. But to be honest, it didn't distract from the overall story for me. Instead, I was more interested to learn what his reaction would be once he made the connection. And I wasn't disappointed that he decided to have a bit of fun with her. 

Believe it or not, Keller was actually a character I could easily relate with. Odd, I know. You would think I would relate more with the heroine, but nope. It was Keller all the way, with his commitment-phobic tendencies. Despite those tendencies, I still thought he was respectful of Farah/Fifi and admired her for taking care of her family, even if it did lead to deception. He could've easily thrown it back in her face, and I was pleasantly surprised he didn't.

All in all, I thought it was a well-written sweet romance with likeable characters. If you are looking for a carefree, pleasant romance to put you in a better mood, you should definitely pick up a copy of Two-Timing the Boss.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Author Bio: Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.  

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com. 

Be sure to visit Christine at: Blog

***Be sure to comment with your email address for a chance to win a copy of either Two-Timing the Boss and Some Like it in Handcuffs!***

34 comments:

  1. Great interview!

    Good luck with Entangled. I've heard good things about them.

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    1. Thanks for coming by Stacey and for the well wishes :)

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  2. Great interview, Melissa and Christine! And, Christine, I agree with you - when it comes to family I'd do whatever it took...even if my Goody-Goody side protested ...

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    1. LOL...sometimes that stern side has to push Ms. Goody-Goody aside and take control.

      Thanks for coming by Kristi :)

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  3. Loved the interview, ladies! Good luck with your upcoming works and congratulations on this fantastic review!

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    1. Thanks so much Jenna :) Glad you came by!

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  4. You are a busy girl! I can't wait to read this book :) Sounds great. And good luck with Entangled. I have also heard really great things about them!

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    1. Thanks Jannice! I hope you enjoy Two-Timing the Boss. And I'm loving working with Entangled...it's a wonderful place to be :)

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  5. Great interview. I loved the excerpt, too. Christine, you positively wear me out.

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    1. Thanks Liz...glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Two-Timing the Boss was fun to write.

      And I can't believe I wear you out. lol You're always on the go here and there...you're the one who wears me out.

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  6. What a fun interview and excerpt. Loved it all. Thanks for sharing Christine. Writing romance is so much fun, isn't it? You do it so well.

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    1. Aww..thanks Vonnie...and you do it well too! And, yes, writing romance is the best!

      Thanks for coming by.

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  7. Nice interview, ladies! Congrats on all your success, Christine!

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  8. Fabulous excerpt! I love this book and can't wait for your Entangled release.

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    1. Me too..lol :)

      I'm glad to hear you liked Two-Timing the Boss Ally...thanks so much for coming by!

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  9. As usual, a great interview, Christien! Hi Melissa! I'm sorry you have Sunny's brothers on hold for now and hope in time you'll get to write all of them. Derek's story has great promise. :) Congrats on TTTB!

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    1. Thanks for your support Calisa. Hopefully I'll make a decision about writing Sunny's other brothers stories....only time will tell...teehee

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  10. Such a busy lady. Wish I had half your energy :) Best wishes on your latest book and I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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    1. Thanks so much Sheri...I'm looking forward to sharing more too! lol

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  11. Great interview, Christine and I can't wait to see TTTB out on the e-shelves -- massive congrats to you!

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  12. Thanks Cait...Two-Timing the Boss is already on shelves....and I'm thrilled. The next book out is Bachelor's Special...and that'll be in June...woot woot :)

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  13. Fantastic interview, ladies!!! Congratulations!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by, ladies. And thank you for visiting again, Christine. Always a pleasure to have you stop by. :D

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    1. I'm always glad to visit your blog Melissa...thanks for having me. And thank you for the review of Two-Timing the Boss. I'm so glad you liked Keller, I have a soft spot for him too :)

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  15. Great interview, ladies. And this book was awesome.

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    1. Thanks Brenda....that always makes my day to hear those words :)

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  16. The book looks interesting. Thanks for sharing great interview. Good Luck with Entangled, have heard many wonderful things about them :)

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Hi Beckey, thank you so much for coming by. I hope if you get the change to read Two-Timing the Boss you enjoy it. And thanks for the well wishes regarding Entangled...I'm so excited to work with them.

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  17. Love to read stories when the couple tries hard to fight their attraction! theresa.esterline@gmail.com

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    1. Me too Theresa...it makes for some tension filled scenes! Thanks so much for coming by :)

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  18. Thanks again Melissa for having me on your blog and for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Two-Timing the Boss :)

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    1. So very glad to have you here, Christine. :) Now I'll be waiting for your next release.

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