Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Indulgence Imprint
Date of Publication: June 10, 2013
Number of pages: 179
Cover Artist: Danielle Barclay
Saute, simmer, and flambé…Excerpt:
Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.
Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.
Her body hummed as his smile wavered. Although he wore sunglasses, she’d bet her last dollar his gaze swept across her chest, lingering on the betrayal of her pert nipples pushing against the fabric of her suit.
Until this moment, shyness had never been a trait she possessed. Air stalled in her lungs, her palms grew sweaty, and she itched to cover herself with a towel. Even though her replica vintage swimsuit hid more than most sets of women’s underwear, she felt too exposed. She turned to the side slightly and folded her legs up. Not that it helped, but it made her feel a bit less exposed. Chet slid his feet from his sandals, brushing a hand through his hair. The heat from the sun wasn’t the only thing scorching her skin. She trickled several droplets of water over her arms, but she couldn’t drag her focus from his toned flesh.
Jill soaked in his ripped abs and the obvious package of goodies covered by his brown swimsuit—the same sexy brown as his hair. Damn, did a man have a right to fill out a pair of swimming trunks like that? Flecks of hair, just enough to give him a manly appeal, covered the etched muscles of his long, tan legs. She licked her lips, hoping she could still speak.
“Do you want some privacy?” Yes, say yes. She needed an excuse to make an escape without coming off like someone desperate to be making an exit.
* * * * *
Hell no, he didn’t want privacy. Through the shield of his sunglasses, he inspected her body from the tips of her pink-painted toenails to the top of her brightly flowered swimming cap. Did people still actually wear those things?
“No, you look comfortable. Stay and enjoy the day.”
“Oh…are you sure?”
Amazed at his own ability to talk without his tongue hitting the cement, Chet turned to throw his towel and sunglasses on a nearby lounge chair. Damn.
The red and white polka-dot halter-style suit featured a tight bodice, but her slender hips and shapely thighs hiding beneath a matching skirt grabbed his attention until all oxygen left his blood. Even showing less skin than the average girl on the beach, she far exceeded sexy and alluring.
Get a grip, Castle. She’s off limits, no matter how delectable. He turned and stepped onto the diving board. He bounced along the surface as he made his way over the water. When he looked at Jill’s bathing cap covering her head, he held back his grin. The neon rubber flowers reminded him of something his grandmother would’ve worn, but there the similarity ended. Everything beneath that cap was far from making him think of Grandma.
Today, we welcome Christine Warner to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give her a big Geeky welcome!
I have some questions for you that are writer specific as well as some fun stuff so that we can really get to know the real you. *grin* Plus we will finish things off with a round of Think Fast. Ready to begin?
1. Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.
I was a power seller on Ebay for close to 10 years ☺2. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
You can do something else besides write? Hmm, I find it hard to tear myself away. Lol Let’s see, I do love to cook and try out recipes. I also love to take road trips with the hubs when we can fit it into our schedules.3. How did you choose the genres you write in?
I love to write contemporary romance because that is what I started reading. I’m trying to branch out into other genres and I would like to try and write a few different genres in the future as well.4. Is there any particular author or book that has influenced you or your writing?
Not particularly. I have enjoyed so many books written by so many different authors. I’d say that I learn a little bit from each book I’ve read and each author interview I’ve read ☺5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That’s a tough one. I try and not take any constructive criticism personally, but I do try and learn from comments. I think writers are in a constant state of learning, so if you can take a comment from a reader, another author, or an editor and mull it over to improve your own work you’re only going to make your stories stronger. As for the toughest piece I’ve been dished out I’d have to say I’ve been told that I get a little wordy…and I know that. Lol As you can probably already tell ☺ So, I do try and make wise word choices in my books so that I’m not hashing over a subject until the reader is yawning. lolWhat has been the best compliment?
I’ve been told I write very fun, snappy, and witty dialogue. I can’t help but love that ☺Fun Stuff
6. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
This is an easy one…I’d love to have one more dinner with my mom and dad, both who passed away about seven years ago. I miss them everyday and would love to have one more conversation with them ☺7. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
My laptop (which of course would have never ending battery life and wireless internet 24/7…lol), a big comfy bed with a pillow top mattress, and Gerard Butler….teehee8. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why?
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie because they travel all over and seem like they would be encouraging when you wanted to try something new or maybe a little out of the norm.9. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
I’m a total fruit and vege girl and can’t seem to get enough. Since it’s summertime I’m a frequent visitor to the farm markets around my home and my fridge is overloaded with raspberries, strawberries, peaches, zucchini, tomatoes and so much more. YUM! I’m not saying I don’t eat meat, but my go to snack is fruits.10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
“I’m Not As Boring As I Look”….lol … or “Did She Really Just Say That?”Think Fast
Summer or Winter? Actually fall is my favorite season ☺ (Yep, I had to be difficult) lol
Coffee or Tea? Tea….iced or hot…both are winners ☺
Cake or Pie? Cake..chocolate please ☺
Car or Truck? Truck ☺
Print or Electronic? Print because I still like to hold a copy of certain books in my hand, but I do admit to loving my Nook too ☺
Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
Thanks so much for having me..this was fun ☺ Final words of wisdom, hmm…when you can’t travel in your physical form make sure to read a good book and travel in your mind!How’s that for deep thinking? lol
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Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round 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.
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