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Interview with Christine Warner author of sweet 1950’s historical romance SECRET LOVE

Welcome my friend Christine Warner today!  Why don’t we start with you telling us a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me on the blog today, Sara. I live in a small town in Michigan with my family, assortment of furry friends, and my treasured laptop that is a member of my writing team—as well as my cats and dog. Other than writing I enjoy cooking, taking nature walks, and spending time with my family. I especially like games, card games, board games, computer games, you name it…as long as it’s a group activity. I also work part time at a large hospital and recently transferred to the radiology department and I’m enjoying it.

 

When did you start writing?

I’ve always written. I started creating stories in elementary school. I won a young author’s award, then a couple of essay contests. I didn’t seriously start writing until about 6 years ago at the urging of my sister who told me to go for what I have always wanted to do. Great advice by the way.

 

What genre/genres do you write?

I mainly write contemporary romance, which is usually what I read. I also have a light hearted, romantic suspense released and Secret Love is my first adventure in writing a more modern type of historical romance. Set in the 1950s most refer to that era as nostalgic romance.

 

What inspired you to write Secret Love, Book 1 in The Sweet Fifties Series?

Two reasons actually inspired me. The first was that I wanted to write a novella. I thought it would be a challenge to develop the characters and the plot with a shorter word count. I think—I hope—I managed to give the reader enough information about Lizzie and Wayne so that they feel connected to them.

The second reason I wanted to write Secret Love is that it takes place in the 50s and that’s an era I’ve always loved. It’s a tender era, an era of innocence.

 

Is Secret Love part of a series? If so, tell us about it.

Secret Love is the first novella in the Sweet Fifties Series. I have two other novellas planned for the series, but if other ideas come to me I’ll add on. The second book in the series will be out this summer and is titled Basket Full of Love and tells the story of Ricky Tarleton who is the brother of Lizzie, the heroine in Secret Love. The third novella is titled No Other Love and is a reunion style love story.

 

How long did it take you to write?

Since Secret Love is a novella I actually wrote it in about 3 or 4 weeks. I think the fact that I loved the characters and their unfolding story helped me write faster than I normally do as well. J

 

Now for some fun…

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

I’m determined that one day I’ll make it to Hawaii for an extended stay. I’d love to vacation there for at least 2 weeks, but if I can manage longer I will!

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

I’m going to cheat a little here. Lol I would want to be stranded with my mom and dad. They both passed away about 7 years ago and I miss them everyday. After they passed I realized there was so many things we didn’t get to talk about that I wished we had…so being stranded together would give me plenty of time to ask all those questions. lol

 

Quick Quiz:

Cake or Chips

Hmm, this depends on the day. There are days I’m all about sugar consumption and other days I can’t get enough salt. lol

Steak or Veggie Burger

I’m a total steak girl J

Chocolates or Roses

I love both, but chocolate will always win the fight.

Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all.

I’ll never tell 😉

And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys

Cowboys all the way! YUM!!!

 

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Secret Love by Christine Warner 

Secret Love

Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series

By

Christine Warner

 

Blurb:

Saranac, Michigan 1955

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away.

One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away.

Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?

 

Excerpt:

She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”

He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”

“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”

“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.

“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”

“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”

She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.

He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”

Her belly trembled. What if?

“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.

“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

 

Book Info:

Genre: Sweet Nostalgic Novella

Length: 69 Pages

The Sweet Fifties Series {Book 1}

Release Date: June 9, 2014

 

Meet Christine…Christine Warner

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.

Author Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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