Monday, October 21, 2013

Guest post with Christine Warner

I'm happy to welcome back author Christine Warner to the blog today. :) She's going to share her favorite part of a romance book.

Christine: One of my favorite scenes in any romance book is the first kiss. There are so many types of kisses—hot and heavy, playful, the diversion, sweet—and those are just to name a few. But my all time favorite is the unexpected kiss.

Picture the hero and heroine thinking about anything but kissing the other. They might be fighting, annoyed, maybe one or both is denying their attraction and then WHAM their lips meet either by accident or because one of them just couldn’t help themselves.

Maybe afterward there are apologies and both recognize that they didn’t see that kiss coming or even want it—but—long after their lips have parted ways they each think about that explosive, heated lip-lock and are wishing for a repeat.

In my latest release—Bachelor’s Special from the Indulgence line with Entangled Publishing—my heroine Jill Adgates meets a man while at work in the restaurant where she is a Sous Chef. Unknown to her his name is Chet Castle and he’s found his way into the kitchen to meet the chef who prepared his grandmother’s birthday dinner.

Well, let’s just say one thing leads to another; there is an issue with their instant attraction, a bit of nervous conversation, and a cake tragedy. Chet makes an unexpected move in this moment of crisis and takes Jill into his arms for a knee shaking kiss.

That one kiss causes all kinds of upheaval in Jill’s life. That one kiss also haunts Chet’s dreams for close to a year. When they finally meet up again on a blind date, sparks definitely fly.

I’d love to share the blurb and a little excerpt from this first kiss scene. Afterward, I’d love for you to share what type of kiss you like when reading a romance. You definitely don’t have to choose from the ones I mentioned above because there are so many out there…but I’d love to hear what everyone enjoys reading. :)

Blurb: Saute, simmer, and flambĂ©…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

Excerpt: “B-but your suit. The cake…” A single tear rolled down her cheek, quickly followed by another.

A brief gasp escaped her lips as the man gripped her shoulders between his strong hands and dragged her against his solid length.

The warmth of his mouth touched hers lightly, and she anchored her hands in a tight grip around his lapels before he pulled her in tight, swooshing the air from her lungs.

All reason fled, and her vision tunneled. She closed her eyes as his mouth crushed into hers. Any tears remaining dried on her cheek. His tongue ran the seam of her lips until they parted, and then he thrust his warmth inside.

With the cake forgotten at her feet, a strange, unexplainable recklessness possessed her. She ran her palms the length of his chest, pausing over the erratic beat of his heart. A surge of adrenaline overpowered her, and she curled her fists into his jacket. She didn’t know this man, but she thrilled at the passion between them, enjoying the effect she had on him as much as the effect he had on her.

His hands slid from her shoulders to glide down her arms and smooth around her side to melt against the small of her back. He sighed against her lips…or was that her sigh? Who cares? She’d never been so lost in a kiss before.

What the hell are you doing?

She shoved her nagging inner voice aside, then slipped her hands beneath his jacket. His muscles rippled against the expensive fabric. They stumbled backward into the wall, or maybe she pushed him? Nothing mattered as she melded into his solid strength. Jill could neither make sense of nor stop what was happening. She accepted the craziness of it all and sank further into his warm arms, moving her hands up to his shoulders and digging her nails in as he pulled her even tighter, nearly lifting her off the floor.

She’d never been kissed so thoroughly in her life.

Available for purchase atAmazon

 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 arithmetic.  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.   

Be sure to visit Christine at: Website


  1. Thanks Melissa for having me on your blog today. I always look forward to my visits here :)

  2. First kisses are always a great moment in a book - loved the excerpt.

  3. I agree Daryl :) And than you so much for the tweet!

  4. First kisses are the best! The book sounds wonderful.

    1. Thank you Stacey! I'm glad you like the sounds of the book. And first kisses are the best.....special beyond words :)

  5. First kisses are the best. Great excerpt!

  6. Oh I love the unexpected kisses too! My favorite of those is when the hero/heroine and arguing a bit and he kisses her because it's the only thing he can think of to make her stop talking. I don't know why but those always make me smile :)