Nothing Sweeter than Release Day

texasholdem_cover (2)WINNER! WINNER! The lucky winner of the $25 Gift Card from last week’s blog is: Pamela Reveal!  Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com to claim your prize!  Congratulations!

Howdy, Folks!  Most of you know that today is the day.  Texas Hold ‘Em, the last book in the Hotter in Texas series, has finally . . . left the building, is up for grabs, and is in the lime light. Well, however you want to say it, it is now available.  But today isn’t just my release day, there are tons of great books being released on this fabulous Tuesday.  And one book just happens to be from a friend of mine.  Laura Drake’s, Nothing Sweeter, from her Sweet on a Cowboy series, is also making its grand appearance.  On top of that, we’re doing a blog tour together.

Sweet-on-Texas-Blog-Tour Oh, Grand Central is doing giveaways of a copy of each of our books as well as some other swag at all of those wonderful blogs!  So I invited her over to my blog for a visit today.  Below is info on each blog, the dates, and if the blogs are posting original material from Laura and I, below you’ll see a sneak peek.  So pop over to the blogs for a chance to win a copy of our books and to learn some secrets about Laura and I.  Yeah, we have a few secrets.  Doesn’t everyone?  

Plus, today right here on Laugh, Love, Read, Grand Central is giving away two wonderful prizes: Two book packs which will include the entire Hotter in Texas series, the first two books in Laura Drake’s Sweet on a Cowboy series, and ARCs for A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS by Katie Lane and FLIRTING WITH FOREVER by Molly Cannon.  But there’s more! Laura and I are doing our own prize of a fabulous western style purse filled with our newest books and goodies as well!  To enter all you have to do is leave a post.  And since we’re giving away a purse, tell us three things in your purse right now that might surprise us.  (I can just imagine all of you digging in your purses, LOL.) 

January 27th Seduced by a Book – Top 5 Things That Transform a Hero from Good to Great.  This is an interesting one!

1.    Christie:  Cares about animals, kids, and the elderly–You will see this in most all my heroes. Even Austin, who is an Ailurophobe—a person with an irrational fear of cats—can’t mistreat the heroine’s feline babies.   

2.    Laura:  He’s willing to face what he fears for a woman – My hero, Max, is an old-fashioned, hard man. But he changes (big time!) for the woman he loves (eventually.)

To read what other things bump a hero up from good to great for Laura and I, and to be entered to win their contest, pop over to  http://www.seducedbyabook.com/

January 27th Fallen Angel Reviews – Spotlight/Excerpt

To read excerpts and to be entered to win pop over to  http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/

January 28th Harlequin Junkie – Top five favorite scenes (This was fun! And I’ll bet you think I’m gonna put the sex scene on my blog.  Nope, this one was much more fun!  I mean, what would you read, a sex scene or scene where the heroine throws tomatoes at a guy.  Don’t answer that.)

Christie:  When Leah pummels Austin with tomatoes after being kidnapped by him and learning more of his deceit.

“I can’t believe you bugged my apartment,” Leah spit out.

He put the avocados and half dozen tomatoes in a basket centering the table.

He took a deep breath. “At the time, you’d hardly speak to me, and it felt like the only way to get information.”

“You violated my privacy.”

“I know. I regret it. But at the time, it didn’t feel wrong. I’m sorry. If you want to hate me for it—hate me. But remember I’m doing everything I can to help you and your brother.” He went to grab another bag of groceries.

“I don’t hate you!” she snapped.

He turned around. She stood up. “But I’m so angry I could…”

She grabbed a tomato from the basket and threw it. She got him in the thigh. The ripe fruit burst and tomato guts rolled down his leg.

He looked up at her. Another tomato came hurling at him. He took that one to the head. He wiped the juice from his ear. “This is childish, but if it makes you feel better, go ahead.” He pointed a finger at her. “But you won’t have tomatoes in your salad tonight.”

Laura: How they come to name their business venture:

There’s only one more thing to agree on.” She tossed her napkin on the table and stood. “What are we going to call this venture? It should be catchy. Something that relates to what we do, but something that people will remember.”

Max spoke up. “High Heather Bucking Bulls.”

She walked to the easel and turned to a white page. “I thought more along the lines of using our initials.” She wrote, W-A-M. “Wyatt, Aubrey, and Max.” She drew a flourish beneath it. “As in Wham! Get it?”

“What’s wrong with High Heather?” Max grumbled.

“High Heather’s not part of the deal, remember?”

“Well, yours is just dumb. It sounds like a name a girl would think up.”

“You’re just mad because your name comes last. We could change it to M-A-W, but that is really stupid. If you’d get your ego out of it—”

“Oh, now, that’s total bull.” Max glared across the table at her.

“No, it’s fact.” Chin stuck out, she glared back.

Wyatt jumped in. “That’s brilliant!” They both blinked at him. “Total Bull. That’s the name.” He tipped his chin to Bree. “It’s catchy.” Then at Max. “It’s manly.”

“I like it.” Bree beamed.

“I can live with it,” Max grumbled.

Wyatt dusted his palms together. “Now, wasn’t that easy?”

Bree tossed a dish towel over her shoulder and stood. “I’m glad that’s settled. I’ll get dessert to celebrate.”

“Oh good,” Max said. “What are we having?” He took a sip of coffee.

She smiled sweetly. “Orgasm pie.”

Max choked. He slapped a hand over his mouth and scooted his chair back.

Bree tossed him the dish towel. “You’d better not ruin Tia’s company tablecloth. She’ll wear your guts for garters, cowboy.” She turned on her heel and sashayed out the door.

Max caught his breath and laughed. “I don’t know if this venture is going to make money, but it sure won’t be boring.”

To read snippets from our other favorite scenes and to be entered to win pop over to  http://harlequinjunkie.com/  (You never know, one of us might put a sexy scene in there.  LOL.)

January 28th Riverina Romantics – Review/Excerpt/Spotlight 

Pop over to  http://www.riverinaromantics.com/ to read a review, excerpt of both Laura’s and my book, and enter to win.

January 29th join us at SOS Aloha for an Excerpt and giveaway: http://sosaloha.blogspot.com/

January 29th we’ll also be at  http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/ Romancing Rakes for a spotlight, excerpt and giveaway.

January 30th join us at Mangia Maniac Café for an intense interview. http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/  Those gals asked some very telling questions.  I’ll admit, I was tempted to lie.  See one of the questions they asked us below and our answers:

 [Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

Christie: Wow, I don’t know if I should be honest or lie.  Honesty is the best policy, right?

 1.    A bottle of Poo Pourri—Not because I need it, mind you!  LOL.  I’m giving one away on a blog.  But have you seen the video?  http://www.youtube.com/user/poo?v=b38JALqnEKk

2.    A dilapidated pink plastic loofah that my dog thought was a toy and shredded. (Bad doggy!)

3. A pair of fetish designer cuffs. (I can explain this, I promise!  I needed to chain my past editor, Chris Keeslar, to his chair.  Wait, that doesn’t sound good.  You see, they were a photo prop I used to make a video of Chris.  Wait, that doesn’t sound good either.  (It wasn’t that kind of video.)  Anyway, I recently moved and found them, and I haven’t decided what to do with them.  I’ll bet someone could give me a few ideas. LOL!

Laura:

1.     Coffee, first and always!

2.     Dinosaur poop (really!) to remind me that in the big scheme of things, whatever I’m worrying about right now doesn’t matter. Oh yes, and to write good books! 😉

 

3. PBR pin (bull riding) – I’m a member of the fan club, for cripes sakes!

January 31st
we’ll be at Ramblings from This Chick (http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com/) – for a Spotlight/Excerpt/and another drilling Q&A. These were hard to answer.  Especially the Twitter style question.  Don’t they know I’m southern, meaning I’m long-winded?  Enjoy one of the questions and answers they asked Laura and I:

Ramblings from this Chick: A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.  (I worked on this all day!)

Christie:  A journey of humor with heart that includes duct tape and water guns.

 Laura: Oh Christie, yours cracks me up! Here’s mine:

A city girl with a secret past, a conflicted old-fashioned cowboy fall in love, and with his gay brother, start a business – ‘Total Bull’. But how can that work?

February 1st We’ll be at The Fiction Enthusiast,http://thefictionenthusiast.blogspot.com/ where they forced us to tell our Top 5 reasons to date a cowboy.  (And yes, it was forced.  I mean, how many of us want to just sit around and ponder about good looking cowboys all day?)  Enjoy one of each of Laura’s and my reasons below.

Top 5 Reasons to Date a Cowboy

Christie:  They’re handy with their hands.  Let’s face it, a cowboy has to take care of things around the house.   Be it the fence, the kitchen sink, or a good foot rub.

Laura: Manners – he’ll open doors, treat you like a queen and as an added bonus, your mom will like him! Okay, I have to tell the truth – it’s Wranglers in chaps, too!

Now, I’d like to list for you the Fifteen Things You’ll Learn from Texas Hold ‘Em

Christie:

1.    Nothing is sexier than a man who knows his way around a kitchen as well as he does the bedroom. 

2.    The removal of testicles is an art that some women have mastered and mastered well. (Feline testicles of course.)

3.    Checking a guy’s head for lumps shouldn’t be sexy, but it can be.

4.    Drinking red wine, no matter how innocently, with a hot neighbor can get you into trouble.

5.    It is possible to shoot a guy and sleep with him on the same day.

6.    Who knew a water gun could be part of foreplay?

7.    Sometimes to get over your fear, all you need is for it to plop down into your lap, purr, and refuse to leave.

8.    It really sucks that just when you think you like a guy, he tapes you up, tosses you over his shoulder and kidnaps you.

9.    Once a clown, always a clown.  (Yup, Austin’s up to his old tricks again.)

10.Sometimes, to accept the future you have to let go of the past.

11.Pummeling a guy with ripe tomatoes can do a girl good.

12. You gotta love a guy who will face his biggest fear just to become your hero.

13.Men could really learn something by reading romance.

14.A good bottle of Cabernet . . . $18.99.  Sharing it with someone you can laugh with . . . priceless.

15.Falling in love can be scary as heck, but it should always be fun.

 

Laura: 15 things you’ll learn from Nothing Sweeter:

1.    Nothing is sweeter than freedom

2.    It is impossible to outrun your own conscience

3.    When you’re going through hell, keep going — Winston Churchill

4.    There are more kinds of family than blood kin

5.    A stuck up socialite can make a pretty good friend when the chips are on the table

6.    Real men (and bulls) wear pink

7.    To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover that the prisoner is you — Louis B. Smede

8.    Glade plug-ins –  the staple of any woman’s arsenal

9.    A tough cowboy can and will ride a cow. But if anyone tells about it, they’ll be riding fence for a month.

10.Don’t wear buckle-bunny bling to an interview.

11.Ugly little bulls can have big hearts – and lots of whip!

12.Big, tough, old-fashioned ranchers can change…eventually.

13.Whistle-blowing beats prison, hands down.

14.The guilty don’t get to whine.

15. It’s not possible to outrun your on conscience.

 

Okay, guys, I hope you’ve had fun learning a little bit more about Laura and I and our books.  Make sure you remember to leave a comment telling us three things in your purse to be entered to win either one of the Grand Central prize packs or the purse.  Good luck!

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It’s the Final Countdown!

WINNERS!  WINNERS!  The lucky winners from last week’s blog with Janet Nash and Susan Muller are: Cassie Whitman, Kathleen O., Becka Lynn, bn100, Cheryl Christel, Charity Drake, Debby B., Katrina, and Katrina Hall.  Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com to claim your choice of either of those fantastic Amazon e-books.  Congratulations!

Howdy, guys!  Well, it’s a week away.  One week until Austin’s story, Texas Hold ‘Em, finally plops itself on the store shelves and they open the floodgates of the e-book world and it starts magically appearing on your Kindles, Nooks or I-phones.  Have you preordered it?  I hope so. 

However, my book isn’t the only one about to dance its way into reader’s hearts.  My friend, Kathleen Brooks, has her latest, Final Vow, out tomorrow.  Tomorrow!  So her and I got together to chat and compare our heroes and heroines.  I hope you enjoy getting an inside peek at our characters and learning firsthand about their flaws, fears, and their hearts.

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The last thing veterinarian Leah Reece needs is a man in her life. They’re nothing but trouble-and not even the fun kind. But when her apartment is broken into and Leah suspects Rafael, her dangerous half-brother, of foul play, she can’t deny she could use a little help. She just never expected that help would come with twinkling blue eyes and a sexy smile…
All PI Austin Brook wants is to nail Rafael DeLuna, the man who framed him for murder. He’ll do anything for information-even lie about his identity to charm Leah, DeLuna’s half-sister. But her sweet dimples and fiery spirit soon make her more than just his only lead. Leah becomes his every desire. As Austin closes in on DeLuna, it’s clear he won’t go down without a fight. Now the only way Austin can protect Leah is to reveal all of his secrets and risk losing her for good.

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As the ultimate bodyguard, Ahmed’s focus has been protecting the lives of everyone he cares about. When the darkest part of his past resurfaces, Ahmed knows he must go on the offensive to protect his future . . . a future with the one woman that can match his toughness and return the love that was once robbed from him.
Bridget Springer’s private security work involves training with a mysterious man feared by many in her line of work. She finds herself drawn to Ahmed despite his attempts to remain distant. Bridget vows to help Ahmed in his pursuit of justice, not knowing the full danger that she would find along the way.
As Bridget and Ahmed’s passion heats up, so does the threat from Ahmed’s oldest enemy. Can they defeat him and finally be free to pursue their chance at love?

 

Christie: My hero, Austin Brook, is as good in the kitchen as he is in the bedroom.

Kathleen: My hero, Ahmed is as good with his hands as he is with his gun.

Christie:  My hero, Austin, loves tomatoes, but he prefers to eat them not to have them pummeled at him by the heroine.

Kathleen:  My hero, Ahmed, loves silently, but he prefers to maintain a tough exterior not to face his emotions even when punched by the women he can’t help but love.

Christie:  Only after being lied to, hog-tied with duct tape and kidnapped by Austin, does my heroine, Leah Reece, decide she’s in love with the man.

 Kathleen:  Only after being threatened by an evil terrorist, does my heroine, Bridget Springer, decide she’s going to kick a little ass to save her chance at love‑whether Ahmed likes it or not.

Christie:  One lesson you’ll all learn in Texas Hold ‘Em is: to never let your past get in the way of your future.

Kathleen:  One lesson you’ll all learn in Final Vow is:  Never let your past get in the way of your future.

Kathleen: My heroine, Bridget Springer’s biggest strength is her confidence, whether it’s real or fake.

Christie:  My heroine, Leah Reece’s biggest strength is her determination to protect those she holds close to her heart . . .  and her ability to refrain from neutering all the males who break her heart.

Kathleen: My hero, Ahmed, would rather be captured by a terrorist group than face the gossip and interrogations at the Blossom Cafe in the small town of Keeneston.

Christie:My hero, Austin, an Ailurophobe—a person with an irrational fear of cats—would rather face Leah’s multiple cats, and the odds of being neutered by her, than face living life without her. (Did I mention that Leah is a veterinarian that specializes in felines and neutering?)

Kathleen: My hero, Ahmed, is unsure how to handle Bridget when she refuses to be intimated by him, but that’s nothing compared to her overprotective father.

Christie:  My hero, Austin, is unsure how to protect Leah when she refuses to believe there are men with guns coming for them, but that’s nothing compared to his befuddlement of how to protect his heart from loving her.

Kathleen: My heroine, Bridget’s motto to life would be summed up as anything guys can do, girls can do better.

Christie: My heroine, Leah’s motto to life used to be summed up as the only male she’d let into her life and bed was a neutered cat, but now it’s: loving someone is a risk, but it’s a risk worth taking.

Okay, now to enter to win a $25 gift card from your choice of either B&N or Amazon, tell Kathleen and I what your motto is for life.  Come on, it’ll be fun!!

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Texas Hold ‘Em is available for pre-order now at:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/qduj9kn

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/km26af9

Final Vow is available at:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dgsbxp

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/final-vow/id748506503?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/final-vow

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Voodoo in the Bayou and Invisible Surveillance!

texasholdem_cover (2)WINNERS! WINNERS! The winners of Alison D’Laine’s autographed books from last week are: Sunnymay and Cheryl Christel.  Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com with your mailing address and Alison will mail your gifts.  Congrats!

Also, before we get started, I wanted to remind everyone that I’ll be at the Perfect Blend Bakery Cafe at 329 Sawdust Road in The Woodlands, TX this Thursday, January 16th from 7-9 for Books @ The Bakery with several other authors for an event benefiting the Literacy Volunteers of Montgomery County. It’s a great event for a worthwhile cause–come see me!

So, today, I bring you something a little different and special.  Two of my friends are here to share not only their newest releases with you, but we’re going to learn about them through the eyes of their heroes.  Today, Janet Nash has brought along her hero, Jack Oakes from her book, Invisible Surveillance, and Susan Muller has Remy Steinberg fresh from Voodoo on Bayou LaFonte.  I’ve asked them to give us some insight, so stick around, hear what two good lookin’ cop types have to say, and be sure and comment because I’m going to be giving away FIVE Amazon e-copies of each of their books today!

Remy, I’m gonna start with you, give us your full name and official job description.

Detective Remy Steinberg, Homicide, Houston Police Department.

And, Jack?

Jack Oakes – CIA Agent – Covert Operations

Alright, Remy, you first. Tell us a little bit about your story in Voodoo on Bayou LaFonte:

One Friday afternoon, I received a panicked phone call that my daughter was missing.  I’ve blamed the state of Louisiana for all my problems since I was eleven-years-old, but I was in my car and racing toward deep swamp country within five minutes. Once there, I willingly confronted shotgun-wielding drug dealers, voodoo priests, black magic, and a raging hurricane. But the hardest thing I had to face was the ex-wife I still loved.

Wow, sounds intense!  Jack, how about you and Invisible Surveillance?

Well, I’m hours away from boarding a plane to the Caribbean.  My brilliant bride-to-be, Callie Hunter, pulled the rug out from under the sadistic mastermind, Rick Powell yet again. He’d infiltrated the CIA database and caused all kinds of havoc. My buddy, Tom Ballard, was in jail for a few days and I got stabbed. Cool part was meeting Ballard’s son, Logan– great kid with lots of potential. He’s got an interview with my partner next week.

Remy, obviously your path was a little different than your counterpart Jack there. Why do you think that is?  Do you think that’s a product of nature vs. nurture or something a little simpler . . . like dumb luck or fate? 

As a kid, I was small for my age and bullied unmercifully. Maybe I wanted to protect others and that’s why I went into police work, or maybe I just needed a good, steady job. Something I couldn’t find in the deep bayous of Louisiana when I was still too young to buy a beer.  I’m proud to be a detective. I find solving a difficult case satisfying and I’m good at it. In homicide, you can’t help the victims, but you can give their families closure and take bad guys off the street before they hurt anyone else, and that means a lot.

I thought years of martial arts training and experience bringing down all types of scumbags had prepared me for anything, but nothing can prepare you for the power of voodoo.  But when the woman you love is counting on you, and your daughter’s life is at stake, even voodoo’s highest priest can’t stop you, no matter how bad the odd are against you.

Jack, what about you?  Your thoughts?

I’ve just met Remy, but I have a feeling we have more in common than our readers uncovered. He sure managed the whole Voodoo encounter better than I would have. To be honest, voodoo hexes and that kind of stuff scare the bejeezes out of me. But I’m sure if I’d been thrust into that situation, the Good Lord would have walked me through.

Tell me about your wives, Callie and Gabby. Remy, you first.

I first met Gabby when we were fifteen. Looking back, I can see we were both a little broken. We married two days after high school graduation, and Adrienne, our daughter, was born seven months later. For many reasons our marriage didn’t last. And while I did what I could to support them, that left Gabby a very young single mom, and I didn’t fully appreciate what a tough job that was.

Now that we’ve been reunited, I’ve come to see that I fell in love with her back then for her softness, and how she helped me with so much of the anger I carried. But what’s made me fall in love with her again is her hidden strength.  I thought I was tough as a cop.  I’ve got nothin’ on this mama.

I haven’t spent a day not loving her, now I realize how much I admire her.

 And, Jack, what would you like to tell us about Callie?

This time tomorrow, Callie will be my wife. She’s amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as selfless as her and I’ve gotta tell you, watching her master the technical wonders of Invisible Surveillance blows my mind. She’s brilliant. I can’t say that enough. I’m one lucky guy.

What is the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome in life so far, Remy?

I’ve had many tough situations to overcome in life. As a kid, my father died and I was dragged from my home to a podunk town in Louisiana where I was bullied and forced to spend the night naked and alone in the midst of the swamp, surrounded by predators of all kinds. Yet believing my wife didn’t love me enough to follow me to Houston where I could find a job to support our family was the hardest thing I ever faced. Having our daughter kidnapped and nearly killed simply shattered my heart.

Heartbreaking.  And Jack?

Grasping the fact that overcoming is forgiveness, and forgiveness is what it’s all about. I forgave my father for blowing his brains out and I forgave my ex for running around. But now that I’m on the other side, I’d do it all over again because forgiving them freed me.

Wonderful lesson.

Last up, a quick Round Robin:

Chocolate or vanilla?  

Remy: Chocolate, always.

Jack: Chocolate

Salty or sweet?

Remy: Salty, with just a little bit of spice. Okay, maybe more than a little spice.

Jack: Sugar on top, always

Boxers or briefs?

Remy: Now you’re getting personal. Who says I wear either?

Jack: I go both ways

Chevy or Ford?

Remy: I’ve always driven a Ford, but Gabby stole a Hummer to get us through the rising waters and flying debris of a hurricane. There’s something to be said for the monster tires and high lift of those big suckers when you live near a bayou.

Jack: Ford, hands down

Do you put the toilet seat down?

Remy: I plead the Fifth Amendment on that one.

Jack: Always!

And, last, do you think you two will go have a beer after this interview?

Remy: Local police departments tend to have an ingrained distrust for all those initialed government agencies, but listening to Jack, I can see what a stand-up guy he is. He was willing to risk his life in the service of our country. I’d not only like to have a beer with him, I’m willing to buy.

Jack: Well, beer bottles and I don’t get along very well (it’s a long family story) but if Remy’s buying, I’d be happy to go anywhere there’s beer on tap.

Awesome!  Thanks guys!  It was great having you, and so enlightening!  LOL!

Now, here’s a little more about Invisible Surveillance and Voodoo on Bayou LaFonte, and don’t forget to comment and check back next week to see if you’re one of my TEN lucky winners!  Good luck!

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InvisibleSurveillance3_850Invisible Surveillance is back…

Now the high tech spying technology is spiraling out of the CIA’s control.  The only one who can stop it is Callie Hunter, along with her CIA fiancé, Jack Oakes.

But Jack has a secret that a madman is using to destroy his credibility.  This, combined with disappearing data, missing evidence files, and falsified records, halt all their efforts and test their faith to the breaking point.

Can Jack redeem himself, or will he lose everything he holds dear?

Will he and Callie be able to stem the tide of this espionage destruction?

Available at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kucj5bj

VoodooonBayLafonte2_850A frantic phone call leads Detective Remy Steinberg racing through the night toward the one place he vowed never to return. With the life of his kidnapped daughter at stake, he willingly faces shotgun-wielding drug dealers, corrupt law-enforcement officials, and a raging hurricane.

Scouring the seedy back alleys of New Orleans for information, he goes undercover at a sinister voodoo ceremony, and struggles to understand the forces of black magic that hold his daughter hostage.

With time ticking down, he battles for his life against a high voodoo priest, but can he face the two things he fears most: the swamp that terrorized his childhood, and the ex-wife he’s never stopped loving?

Available at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ov464no

A Gentleman ’til Midnight

texasholdem_cover (2)WINNERS! WINNERS! The lucky winners of last week’s blog with Lori Wilde are: Annie, Jessica Laas, Loralee Lillibridge, Anne M-SC, Mo, Khelse, Emily B., Alison B., Jeannie L., and Danny.  Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com with your preference of print or e-book and your delivery particulars and I’ll get you your gift.  Congrats!

Today I have another special guest to introduce you to, and for all you lovers of historical romance, you’re in for an extra special treat!  Her debut novel, A Gentleman ’til Midnight, just released from Harlequin, and I also happen to know she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever want to meet.  Please welcome my friend, Alison DeLaine!

OK, Alison, if your book were to be cast as a movie, who would you pick to play your hero and why?
I would pick Lorenzo Lamas. Basically, because he’s Lorenzo Lamas. That’s my only criterion. (Probably because I’m a middle aged woman with starry-eyed memories from twenty years ago.) Lorenzo doesn’t look like my hero, but who cares? He’s Lorenzo Lamas. And sure, he’s got more of an American western persona, and my book is Georgian England, but I can be flexible. Really, it’s okay if he just stands there. He doesn’t even have to say the lines or anything. Although I wouldn’t mind if he got a little wet, maybe from the ocean spray, kind of like when he used to pour that jug of water over himself during the opening credits of that show ‘Renegade’… Wait–was there another part to this question?
 
No, that’s good, LOL.  I’m sure there’s plenty of other “middle-aged” women out there who might agree with you!  Now, tell us your hero or heroine’s worst attribute.
 
My heroine, Katherine, tends to think of diplomacy as a last-ditch option. It gets her into trouble occasionally. But it also makes her a lot of fun when she’s confronting a man with less-than-honorable intentions.
 
What made you write this story?
 
I wrote this book because Katherine appeared fully formed in my mind and wouldn’t let go. She’s kind of forceful that way. I also wrote it because even though most of the book takes place on land, some does take place on board a ship, and I really love ships. (Well, the idea of ships. I’m fairly certain that if I was actually being tossed around in the middle of the ocean, I would be panicking — not turning my face to the breeze and enjoying the sea mist.) But I’m pretty good at romanticizing shipboard life, which makes the whole thing much more tolerable, so when I wrote this book I got to experience everything I imagine is glorious about the sea.
 
Don’t you love it when a story grabs you like that?  What was your favorite scene?
There’s a scene where James is so frustrated by desire that he actually throws things. He’s like a caged animal, pacing around and plotting seduction. Well, maybe “plotting” is too soft a word. Except I shouldn’t use the word “soft” in connection with James in this scene. Because he’s, you know, the opposite of soft. In a certain regard. Ahem.
 
LOL!  Can’t wait to read that!  And, I always end on a fun note…what is your guilty pleasure?
O Magazine. Okay, it’s really nothing to feel guilty about. It’s pretty amazing. The “guilty” part comes because I never feel like I should be sitting around reading a magazine. But O is full of inspiration, useful tips, and lots of colorful pictures, so whenever I let myself settle in with it I feel completely self-indulgent. (And as I’m writing this, I’m stuffing a See’s butterscotch square into my mouth, which is basically a lump of brown sugar covered with milk chocolate, so I guess you could say that’s another guilty pleasure! Except I don’t feel one bit guilty.)
Nothing at all to feel guilty about!  Now tell us a little more about the book and where to find it!
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The complication they don’t want…

Lady Katherine Kinloch survived captivity once. Now the notorious captain of her own ship, she refuses to let anyone jeopardize her hard-won freedom. But on a voyage to England to fight for her family’s endangered estate, Katherine is thrown off course when she unknowingly rescues celebrated naval captain James Warre…a man who stands for everything she despises.

The passion they desperately need…

Haunted by regret for his role in her dark past, James is determined to be more than the cold, calculating officer Katherine expects. Her seduction is his obsession, but his pride hangs in the balance if he gives in to temptation. And hiding beneath the scorching attraction between them lies a secret that could force the two apart for good.

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DeLaine author photoAlison DeLaine lives in rural Arizona, where she can often be found driving a dented old pickup truck out to her mining claim in the desert. When she’s not busy striking it rich, waiting on spoiled pets, or keeping her husband in line, she is happily putting characters through the wringer. Visit her at www.AlisonDeLaine.com