Thursday Word-Slingers – Guest Christine Warner

Today’s guest is Christine Warner, a friend of mine from the Enchanting the Muse crit group.  Her debut novel, Some Like it in Handcuffs, comes out tomorrow. So, join me in giving a nice, warm welcome to Christine!

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always wanted to write, but life seemed to get in the way with family, kids, jobs—you know…the norm.  About 3 years ago, my sister pushed me into giving it a try and going for what I’d always talked about.  And here I am J

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

My kids are older now, so they don’t take up as much time, I gave up on pressuring myself to keep a perfect house and my job consists of power working for 2 or 3 days a week and that affords me 4 to 5 other days of the week off to write and get all the other things that need attention done.  I have to admit, even though I work long shifts each weekend, I’m lucky to have so much time off during the week.

3) When is your next release due out and can you tell the audience about it?

Besides Some Like it in Handcuffs (releasing March 23rdin print and ebook—shameless plug…lol) I have 2 other books coming out.  Two-Timing the Boss is also coming out with The Wild Rose Press but I don’t have a cover or a release date yet.  And I also have an ebook coming out with Entangled Press from their Indulgence Line with Lori Wilde.  That book is titled Blind Date Billionaire, and as of yet, no release date or cover there either.

Here’s a blurb for Two-Timing the Boss:

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

I’m going to be naughty (TM – oh you naughty girl, you) and give you a quickie one sentence teaser for Blind Date Billionaire:

Her professional reputation tarnished, her life in turmoil, Jill Adgate is given sixty seconds by Chet Castle—an attractive, womanizing, sexy business tycoon—to make the decision of a lifetime.   

4) What is it about the romantic suspense genre that you like so much?

I love romantic suspense as well as contemporary romance (which is what the other 2 books are) mainly because I love reading stories that could actually happen.  I like that they are set in today’s world with today’s possibilities, obstacles and challenges.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

For now I think I’ll stick with contemporary and romantic suspense, but have tossed around the idea of writing erotica.  J…I feel rebellious and naughty just saying it…lol  Don’t know if I will, but it’s something to consider for down the road.

6) Silliness 1: Sweet or sour?

I like sweet and sour…my mouth is already watering just thinking about it.  Lol

7) Silliness 2: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

I actually like vanilla with chocolate syrup on top J  I also love Mint chocolate chip.  Oh, don’t even get me started!  

I’m with you on the Mint Chocolate Chip. Oh lord, that sounds good.

Twitter under ChristinesWords:!/ChristinesWords
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I love to hear from readers and other authors J  

Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case.

Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.

But when their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Sunny and Jud soon realize their feelings for each other cannot be denied.

Judson soaked in her appearance, but controlled his grin. A pair of baggy sweatpants and a stretched out blue sweatshirt which matched the color of her eyes looked sexy as hell on Sunny. She’d pulled her hair into a pony tail and her small feet were hidden in a pair of girlish, fluffy, pink slippers.
With her tomboyish ways, he never considered she’d own anything girly, fluffy, and especially pink. The black framed glasses perched on the tip of her nose almost caused him to come undone. He didn’t usually go for the brainy look, but the whole effect had him rethink his prejudice. Nerdy looked great from this view.
He looked around her small, homey apartment. Antique wooden tables accented the array of bright colored leather furniture. Neon red, green, yellow and blue leather filled the room. Somehow the quirky furnishings matched her personality, and the way she’d arranged the old and new pieces brought the room together nicely. Pictures of her family were visible on every available surface, and unexpected piles of romance novels covered a corner of the floor to his right. He smiled at the discovery. He’d have guessed she’d be more interested in true crime or mysteries.
He cleared his throat. “Nice place.”
“I like it.”
The way she slid her heart shaped pendant back and forth along the chain of her necklace betrayed her agitation. She hid her gaze beneath the fluttery fan of her lashes.
“Surprised to see me?” He waited until she’d taken a seat on the yellow sofa before he claimed a spot on the red chair across from her.
“You could say that. I hoped you’d drop it and leave me to work alone.” The smile on her lips didn’t reach her eyes. “Your tough skin must’ve deflected the message I sent through my powers of mental telepathy.”
He laughed outright before he could stop himself. Her outspoken sense of humor and girl-next-door-look were a lethal combination since she was off limits. Only an idiot would mess with the boss’s daughter.
And there you have it, Christine Warner!
Don’t forget, today is the last day to comment for a chance to win one of Kallypso Master’s backlist, and we are still running a contest for Katee Robert’s Queen of Swords (ends 3/26).

The winner of the Carrie Ann Ryan give away was Romance Reader Enthusiast! I’ve emailed her.


  1. Christine, you are such an awesome lady!Tomorrow is the big day! Finally, lol.So, you like chocolate chip mint ice-cream, huh? I don't care for it myself because the chocolate chips taste a bit like Ex-lax.


  2. LOL…I do remember we talked about it before…and the last time I had mint choco chip I thought about you, but I still can't get over my love of that ice cream. Well, ice cream in general 🙂 lolThank you so much for coming by! You ROCK!


  3. My husband's favorite is mint chocolate chip…but I'll take peanut butter, please :>)Two-Timing Boss sounds like a hoot!!You are one busy lady. Good luck, Christine. I'm sure your books are going to be a great success!-Cheryl


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