Please welcome Christine Warner to the virtual offices today! Christine is here to introduce herself and chat about her new Entangled Publishing release, Bachelor’s Special. After, she has some really cool prizes for you to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Christine Warner] Life is good when it’s full of family, friends, laughter, romance, and chocolate.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Bachelor’s Special?
[Christine Warner] I’d love to. I’m going to share my blurb, because it breaks it down beautifully ?
Saute, simmer, and flambé…
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.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Christine Warner] A lot of my story ideas come to me while I’m driving. I have about a 45 minute commute each way to and from work and it allows me a lot of time to plot. The idea of Bachelor’s Special started out with the fact that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I thought it’d be fun to write a story involving a down on her luck female chef who ends up on a blind date that isn’t so blind.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jill?
[Christine Warner] Generous, strong, passionate
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Chet had a theme song, what would it be?
[Christine Warner] Chet is very passionate and I think the song that would be the best theme song for him would be “Let’s Make Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Jill is never without.
[Christine Warner] She’s never without something vintage. She loves the 50’s fashions and styles and if she can’t find something vintage to wear—be it jewelry, clothes, or something in her hair—she’ll at least wear a replica.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Chet’s bathroom?
[Christine Warner] A towel on the floor (he’s very meticulous and would always put his laundry in the hamper), an empty toilet paper roll—yep, he’s that guy and would replace it—and another woman besides Jill 😉
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jill’s greatest regret?
[Christine Warner] One of her biggest regrets is that she doesn’t always speak up for herself quick enough. She’s always tried to do what was right while staying in the boundaries of what is considered good manners—especially at her job—and sometimes not speaking up has made her life difficult.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Christine Warner] My greatest influences come from people watching. I’ve always enjoyed watching people at various public places and attaching a story to them. I’ve actually come up with some interesting scenarios and bits and pieces of them have ended up as character quirks in my writing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Christine Warner] 1. I need something to drink. Depending on the time of year it’ll either be something ice cold like water or tea, or in the winter you can’t beat a cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately I’ve given up coffee ?
2. I also like peace and quiet. I can’t concentrate if music is playing, or the television is on, or if my family is chatting it up in the background. Lol
3. My phone turned off. If it rings I have to answer it, and that usually brings my writing to a standstill.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Christine Warner] I have read several good ones lately. One that is particularly memorable is The Practice Proposal by Tracy March. It’s also a release from Entangled Publishing. A very nice story that was well written. Loved the characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Christine Warner] When I was about 4 my mother bought me The Kitten Twins. I still have that book and at the time I read it repeatedly…so much so that my entire family would run when they saw me coming because I’d want to read them the story. My love of reading was born with that book and I haven’t looked back since.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Christine Warner] I’m just an average girl…nothing very exciting. I guess you could say I enjoy the simple things. I love to read and I enjoy cooking. It’s fun to try out new recipes. Some are good, some not so much. I also enjoy my family and any time we spend together is always treasured.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Christine Warner] My blog: Christine’s Words http://christine-warner.com/
Twitter: @ChristinesWords https://twitter.com/ChristinesWords
Facebook…stop by and LIKE my page and stay up to the minute on what I have going on and play along with some of the games we play: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinewarner?ref=hl
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Christine has a special message for you: I’d love to share an excerpt from Bachelor’s Special. Enjoy! ?
Laughter swelled Chet’s chest. He stopped short when he looked
into Jill’s upturned face, enjoying the fact he could inspect her so
closely and she didn’t know. Blinded by the soup, she was at his
Thick, yellowish-orange liquid covered her skin, hiding the
sprinkle of fine freckles dotting her nose. Black eyelashes spiked
from the moisture, and her parted lips revealed the whiteness
of her teeth. The apron she wore reminded him of something a
housewife would wear on a fifties sitcom. Undeniably cute and
damn sexy. All she needed was a set of pearls.
She’d be the type of girl he’d bring home to his mother.
Hold up, Castle! You don’t play the girlfriend game. His blood
raced as her tongue darted out and she licked her lips again. The
twinge of his groin reminded him once more that a fling with the
lovely Jill would be on his list, but nothing more.
Still holding her wrists, he leaned forward and flicked his
tongue out to taste the drop of soup forming on the tip of her chin.
Jill’s body went quiet at his touch. The pulse beating against
the soft skin of her inner wrist burst forward at a quick tempo.
Her button-down shirt pulled with each quick breath she took.
“Damn, you’re right. Tastes great.” A salty quality mingled
with the rich flavor of the soup. A dash of Jill mixed in to add a
more potent flavor.
“I told you I’m an awesome cook.” Her husky voice lowered
“I particularly like your presentation.” He matched her tone,
his heartbeat erratic.
She tried to step back, but her butt connected with the
counter. If she took a half step forward she’d be pushed against
his chest. Not that he minded.
“Let me loose. I’d like to wipe my eyes.” A giggle slipped past
“Not yet. I’m not sure you’ve learned your lesson.”
“I guarantee you I have.”
Her struggled swallow caught his attention. “Nervous?”
Jill shook her head as if trying to clear away the thick soup.
He laughed. “I’m going to have more soup.”
“Can’t, it’s all on my…” She stiffened in his arms and a soft
sigh, almost a whimper, caught in her throat.
His attraction grew tenfold. He lowered his head, brushing
her lips with his own before pulling back. His heart pounded
against his chest, bongo drums in a heady rhythm. This situation
had escalated into a major turn on.
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