SEX & THE SINGLE WRITER
Middle school sex-ed never said there’d be days like this….
Cut-and-dried facts about birds and bees, what goes where, and how to protect yourself before it gets there, was just not enough for me. I had questions, ladies and gentlemen. I asked the tough ones that adults brushed off with flippant “You’ll figure it out when you’re older” type answers. Questions about consequences, emotions and expectations—oh, my! Unsatisfied but still determined, I sought out romance fiction, gym class gossip, even the Kama Sutra, because why the hell not? Anything that might prepare me to know what I wanted and how to get it. But you see, there’s something to be said about the best-laid plans. As a teenager I happened to fall—and when I say “fall,” I mean I fell hard—for the wrong guy. Not the school badass who smoked and wrote poems about orgasms. No, I had to lust after a man who was devoted to the church. (Okay, in attention-seeking frustration, I did an about-face right into the arms of the badass. But that’s a story for another time.) They were heaven and hell—making a spectacle of myself with “the badass” was heaven compared to the hell of wanting a man I could never have. I couldn’t change the truth that I wanted wild, crazy, dirty, ridiculous passion. I wanted him to belong with me. I came so close, but in the end I had to let go. Not because of the relentless The Scarlet Letter and The Thorn Birds jokes (still not funny, by the way), but because I wasn’t ready for all that I’d learned about—you guessed it—consequences, emotions and expectations to come into play. I could never be what he really wanted. He could never be what I wanted. So I moved on. “Dating” has since been more about advance and retreat, the thrill of the chase—nothing serious. I discovered that I don’t want serious, and I shouldn’t feel bad because of this. I learned through many bumps and bruises that it’s okay to be twenty-something and single. I know that when I’m thirty, forty, fifty, it’ll still be okay to be single. It’ll still be okay to be me. I’m simply not ready for the incredible kind of forever love, the kind of love I read and write about. I am not Valerie Jordan, the heroine in my debut, TEXAS REDEEMED, who bravely takes on the consequences of love and sex with Peyton Turner, the guy she’s wanted since childhood. Read More
SEX & THE SINGLE WRITER
Before I began writing fiction, I spent more than twenty years as a working reporter (mostly at the ABC television and radio affiliate in Los Angeles) and as a magazine journalist. As a result, my first instinct when I get an idea for an historical or contemporary novel is to go where the book is set.
With That Summer in Cornwall, a stand-alone contemporary sequel to my “time-slip” novel A Cottage by the Sea, the action takes place a good decade after the ending of the contemporary part of the novel. To my mind, there was no choice: I had to return to the area because the premise of the new book was: “What ever happened to that babe in arms in the first book…and what’s Cornwall, England like some ten years, plus, later?” Read More
Chihuahua Momma – A dog show romance:
Several people have asked what inspired me to write a romance with a dog show theme. I’ve given a myriad of witty answers—besides who doesn’t love dogs? But the honest truth is, after winning the State 4H championship, my daughter begged me to buy our first show quality Chihuahua. I did my research, drove to Michigan and bought the best dog I could afford…but then my daughter got her driver’s license, a job and a boyfriend. I ended up in showmanship classes and took the little guy into the ring myself. I earned AKC championships with him and a female, and thus emerged this story.
Back cover copy of Chihuahua Momma: Read More
I am so glad RomCon let me come by and talk about my recent contemporary romance and my upcoming release!
1. What is your working title/title of your book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
It is a follow up book from Isabel’s Awakening. I couldn’t resist writing about Isabel’s younger sister and what would become of her.
3. What genre does your book fall under? Read More
Is life about accomplishing plans . . . or wishes coming true . . . or something more?
Dr. Kendall Hayne’s plans to have it all—a career, a husband, a family—are eluding her. Now that she’s thirty-six, she needs to stop wishing upon a star and face reality: Some dreams just never come true.
Air Force pilot Griffin Walker prefers flying solo in the air and on the ground—until a dangerous choice ejects him from the cockpit.
When their lives collide during a near tragedy, Kendall and Griffin must decide if they can embrace the unexpected changes God has waiting for them. Read More
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a teen. Over the years, I filled random notebooks with books started but never finished and outlined tons of story ideas and characters…but I didn’t find the courage to hit publish until January 2013. Now I can’t stop myself, by the end of the year I will have published four books!
Is your first book the USA Today bestseller?
Belong to You is the second book I published. It went live in April and did well on its own, climbing its way to number eight on the Amazon Erotica Best Seller list. But it was when the second book in the series (it’s a two part story) hit, that they both took off. Belong to You hit number one in Erotica and number thirty-one overall on Amazon, reaching the USA Today, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best Seller lists. It’s beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Read More
Today, in celebration of Bachelor’s Special—my latest release from the Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing—I’d like to share my top ten list of favorite snippets.
So let’s get started…
Christine’s TOP TEN snippets from Bachelor’s Special
1. Jill stared him steadily in the eyes, then licked her lips. “Can I think about it and get back to you?”
He laughed. “Nope, this offer is one-time only.” He glanced at his watch. “You have sixty seconds.” Read More
What if you had to make a heartbreaking choice? What if you learned that the child you were about to adopt—the only child you would ever have--was heir to a vast South American fortune? Could you choose between giving him up or raising him, not as his mother, but as a servant on the lush Peruvian estate?
And what if the boy’s handsome but ruthless uncle stole your heart—but in a culture where family and bloodlines were everything, you knew that, although he might take you as his mistress, he would never marry a woman who couldn’t give him children? Read More
Twelve Months Later…
By Tracy Brogan
On July 1st, 2012, I was pretty happy. For one thing, it was the middle of summer. It’s far easier to be happy in Michigan in the middle of summer than it is in the middle of winter! Trust me on that, you southerners, with all your fancy-shmancy, year-round sunshine.
I had some other lovely reasons to be happy, too. Soon, I’d be heading off to Anaheim, California, to attend the Romance Writers of America® conference. I’d be sporting my second Golden Heart Finalist ribbon, this time for my historical novel, HIGHLAND SURRENDER. (The year before that, I’d been nominated in the Novel with Romantic Elements category for my contemporary romance, CRAZY LITTLE THING.) Read More
What If You Can’t Be What Your Man Wants and Deserves?
My husband Chris is a musician. Before your mind jumps to long hair and groupies, let me clarify: he’s a classical musician. He makes his living playing the clarinet in orchestras, operas and chamber groups.
I am not a musician. Despite the best efforts of my Asian mother, I never mastered an instrument. My sister and I took piano lessons for twelve years. Toward the end, our progress was so painfully lacking that our teacher refused to take our mother’s money. Read More
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