I’m super excited today to present my critique partner and buddy, Romance Author Christine Warner, whose debut novel, Some Like it in Handcuffs, officially released from The Wild Rose Press March 23rd.
And no, it’s not erotica, lol. Let’s hear a little bit about Christine.
Callie: Okay, girlfriend, you’re on:
Christine: I am living my dream in rural Michigan along with my husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing until my sides hurt, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, writing—but no arithmitic. I find it interesting and am a confessed people watcher. You’d be surprised how many times this activity has given me inspiration for stories. I love to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
I also have a new addiction. I’m a girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned. I enjoy meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and my website at christine-warner.com.
Callie: Sounds like a full life. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Christine: Seems like each story I write, I come up with the idea a different way. When I wrote Some Like it in Handcuffs I actually came up with the title first and from those 5 words a story developed. Characters were formed, a setting was built and conflicts and plots were worked out.
But I’ve come up with other story ideas from hearing a song, people-watching, a sentence or comment in mid conversation with a friend or co-worker, something I’ve seen or read in the news…seems like there is a story in the air at all times. lol
Callie: I agree. I see/hear stories everywhere. Tell us what your family thinks of your writing.
Christine: My husband is pretty quiet about it. He listens when I talk to him about what is going on and smiles and nods, and says nice things, but I don’t really think he gets it all…which is fine J lol My kids all love the fact that I write and tell everyone, which makes me excited. Especially my daughter, who is on a mission to make sure everyone she works with gets a copy of Some Like it in Handcuffs. My sister is also a huge support and has been from the start. She’s actually the one that encouraged me the most to write. Which is probably why I dedicated the book to her.
Callie: That’s great that your kids approve. I think my son would be more comfortable if I left the sex scenes out of my book, but, oh well. And what do you think makes a good story?
Christine: There are so many elements to making a good story. In my opinion, you really can’t pinpoint just one. Definitely believable, likable characters who leap off the pages as if you know them, or would like to know them. Someone you can identify with. Or if you are writing a villain, one who is instantly hated, but also one who is explained enough so that the reader can get a better understanding to why they are the bad person they are. Then you have to have an interesting setting, dialogue that moves the story and plot forward and keeps the reader turning the pages. And I think that’s just for starters.
Callie: Ah, I love to hate villains as much as I love to love the heroes. What are you working on now?
Christine: I’m finishing up the final edits for Some Like it on the Run, which a sequel to Some Like it in Handcuffs but features Sunny’s brother Derek. I plan on writing a Some Like it story for each of Sunny’s brothers. I’m also editing another story that I’m hoping to submit soon to the Indulgence Line at Entangled Publishing. I’ve already had one book contracted with them and hope to add a second. From there I have a huge folder of outlined stories that I’d like to start on. The hard part will be deciding which one. Lol
Callie: It sounds like you’ll be entertaining us with your wonderful stories for a long time to come. Now the big question: do you love or hate writing sex scenes?
Christine: I actually enjoy writing love scenes. At first I wasn’t comfortable, but I think the more you write them the more you enjoy writing them. I like the emotion and depth it adds to my characters and also that it shows their vulnerability and fears on an internal level. And of course it’s always fun to put them in an interesting situation and give them some interesting ways to express themselves *wink*.
Callie: I agree. Sex scenes can really bring depth to the story and characters. *another wink*. I really enjoyed having you visit today from your very busy schedule. Can you tell us about Some Like it in Handcuffs?
Some Like it in Handcuffs blurb:
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.
“This isn’t how I wanted it between us.” Judson grabbed the neckline of her sweater, dragging her body to meet his with a solid thump. Sunny licked her lips in answer to the question in his eyes. He lowered his head to move his mouth over hers.
Sunny closed her eyes, a small whimper escaping her lips. She didn’t want it like this either, but that wasn’t possible. Unable to resist her attraction she accepted it wasn’t an affair, or a long distance romance she craved, but for him to love her back. It was all or nothing for her. Her heart sank. She accepted this as their goodbye kiss.
With no thought to what was happening upstairs, Sunny rose up on her toes demanding more. Her lips pulsated against Judson’s. When his hand trembled against her cheek in a soft caress she lost touch with reality.
“Judson.” Sunny’s weakened body drifted farther into Judson’s as his fingers glided down her arms, pulling them to her sides where their fingers intertwined. He forced them behind her before his tongue thrust into her mouth.
Their bodies molded together, she heard her own heartbeat and his as well when he curved his fingers around her rear and squeezed.
That’s when the click of the handcuffs against her wrist connected her to the handle of the locked cupboard.
“What the hell…Judson?” She looked up at him, her knees shook, her body still inflamed with fever.
“Like I was saying, you wait here and I’ll go upstairs to check it out. Backup’s already been called, so you’re safe until your brothers arrive.” Judson winked before walking toward the steps to the third level. Once he reached them he turned toward her and smiled. “Gotcha,” he whispered with his notorious grin.
Some Like it in Handcuffs is available in print and digital format at:
And you can find me at:
My blog/website: http://christine-warner.com/
Twitter under ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords
My Facebook page…stop by and give it a LIKE to stay on top of what I have in the works: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013
I love to hear from readers and other authors J
Thanks Callie for having me on your blog. I had fun.
Callie: You’re welcome Christine, it’s been a pleasure. I’d like to point out that I had the pleasure of reading Some Like it in Handcuffs before its release, and you can read my review here: SLIIH Review