Monday, June 10, 2013

Bachelor's Special Blog Tour (Interview with Christine Warner + Giveaway)

I would like y'all to welcome Christine Warner the author Bachelor's Special to What I'm Reading.

Hello Christine, how are you today?
I’m fantabulous! How are you?
I'm wonderful, thank you for asking.

So, can you tell us a little about Bachelor’s Special?
I’d love to. This is the story of Jill Adgate and Chet Castle. Both have their own issues with trust and keeping their attraction for each other under control. Jill is a down on her luck chef who goes on a blind date set up by her best friend. When she arrives to meet Chet she wishes she could turn around and run because her “blind date” I non other than a man who inadvertently caused her to lose her job a year ago and started the snowball effect of her bad luck. Jill ends up accepting a proposition from Chet. A proposition which requires her to be his live in chef for the next eight weeks.

Where did you come up with the idea for Bachelor’s Special?
Most of my story ideas come to me while I’m driving to or from work. It’s a 45 minute drive in good weather and gives me a lot of time to daydream. Lol One day as I was driving I thought it’d be fun to write a story about a chef, especially since I love to cook myself. From that idea things just kind of plotted themselves out over the next few days and I started writing.

How would your characters describe each other?
Jill describes chet as “Hotalicious”. She has a hard time controlling her attraction whenever he’s around because she’s drawn to his dark eyes and strong features and as she gets to know him she can’t help but admire his kind heart.

Chet finds Jill sexy and loves the way she’s her own person. He likes how she doesn’t have to be a clone in today’s fashion and how she dresses from the 50’s in her own bombshell—sometimes June Cleaverish way. Lol As he gets to know her, he also ends up admiring her determination and strength.

What makes Jill and Chet special to you?
I know if I met Jill and Chet in real life I’d like them as people. We’d become friends just because of what they believe in and who they are.  So, basically what makes them special to me is that I can relate to them and understand them.

Since Jill is probably a talented chef, do you have an inner chef or do you pray that it turns out fine?
Lol…I love to cook. I enjoy trying new recipes and experimenting. Sometimes my dishes turn out awesome and sometimes it’s a one time menu option. Good thing I have a family who is usually willing to sample what I’ve made. But I admit, there have been a few times we’ve ordered pizza because what came out of the oven, or the pan, didn’t look like anything we should eat! J

What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the idea that from a little blip of a thought in my head I can come up with a complete story. Plus, it’s always fun to see just exactly “who” your characters are. Sometimes I don’t discover their personalities until a few chapters in.

Who are your favorite authors?
If I’m reading true crime I love Ann Rule. If I’m reading romance there are just way too many to list. I’m going to take the easy way out and say that basically it’s whatever author I’m currently reading. I usually end up with a book crush and that translates to my admiration for the author.

All right last question, if you were to write your own autobiography what would you title it and why?
Ooohhh…that’s a tough one. By the way, I’ve enjoyed your questions Okay, let’s see…I think I’d title it Ups and Downs. Why you ask? Because there are days that are up and days that are down….days things go your way and days they don’t. Days I’m confident, days I’m not. Are you noticing a trend? Lol

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I’ve had a wonderful time!
I'm so glad you were able to stop by today.
A bit about Bachelor's Special: 

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. 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 businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in 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 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 is a recipe for disaster…

A bit about Christine: 
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 arithmitic.  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.

I love to hear from readers and other authors J Here's how you can contact Christine:

The excerpt I’m sharing has a little taste from both Jill and Chet’s perspective. ENJOY!


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

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  1. Thank you so much for helping me celebrate Bachelor's Special release day! YAY :) I loved your fun questions and had a great time being interviewed :)

  2. Hey Christine. Best of luck with Bachelor's Special. I know it will be a hit because it's a great story. Love your giveaway!

    1. Thanks Callie...I appreciate you coming by and am glad you like the giveaway :)

  3. Ooh, sounds like a great book, added to my list! :) Hi Christine--I've had more than my share of "What-is-that-How-about-cereal-instead?" nights! ;) Ups and downs indeed...


    1. LOL...good to hear I'm not alone. Of course there are those nights that cereal is just perfect for dinner too without me attempting something new :) Thanks so much for coming by and thank you as well for adding Bachelor's Special to your reading list!

  4. Happy release day!

  5. Happy release day. Your book sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it.

    1. Thank you Hayson! I hope you enjoy Jill and Chet's story :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Love hearing that :)

  7. Congratulations!

    I grabbed my copy of Bachelor's Special this morning. I couldn't resist. Love the way you describe Jill's fashion sense. Can't wait to read it!

    1. Thank you so much Kathleen :) Happy reading!!

  8. Desktop was down while we moved, but now I'm trying to play catch-up.

    Enjoyed the interview. Will be looking to read BACHELOR'S SPECIAL soon, as it sounds fun.