Monday, 26 November 2012

Welcome romance writer, Christina Tetreault...


Hi, Christina - thanks for being here and letting me a part of your ongoing tour. Wishing you lots of fun and sales! Let's get started with the interview...

 1)   Did you set any goals for 2012?
Yes.  My goal was to complete The Billionaire Playboy and start on the 3rd book in The Sherbrookes of Newport Series.  I am happy to say I accomplished both.

2)   What is the best part of the writing process for you?
The best part is falling in love with my characters.  I love seeing them develop and change.  When I start out I only have a general idea of who they are and where they will end up.  So it is always a fun journey.

3)   The worst part?
The worst part for me is getting started.  My first few chapters are always rocky and need the most revisions later on in the process.

4)   Favorite author/s & book/s?
Now that is tough question.  Some of my favorite authors include Julia Quinn, Jessica Andersen, Johanna Lindsey, Barbara Wallace, Jessica Bird, and older books by Julie Garwood.  Some of the books that I have read over and over include Ransom, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Pride and Prejudice, The Duke and I.
5)   Tell us about your latest release?
The Billionaire Playboy is book 2 in my series.  It is the story of Jake Sherbrooke, who readers met in the first book and Charlotte “Charlie” O'Brien.  The media portrays Jake as a playboy who has no real focus in life, but that isn't who he really is. He is actually a caring and compassionate man who works hard to help others.  Charlie is a doctor in the Navy who avoids love like the plague.  When she first meets Jake she doesn't think much of him, but eventually a friendship develops and then they become intimate.  Charlie tries to keep their relationship purely physically, but eventually he wins her heart.

6)   What is your favorite attribute of the hero and heroine?
My favorite attribute, that is another tough question.  There are a lot of things I like about both my hero and heroine.  But I guess I would have to say the thing I like about Charlie the most is that she is a strong independent woman.  She doesn't depend on anyone to take care of her and she is succeeding in a career she loves.
        
         The thing I like most about Jake is that he doesn't hide behind his money.  He steps out of the world of the ultra wealthy to help others.

7)   What’s next?
Right, now I am working on the third book in the series.  This one focuses on Sara Sherbrooke, Jake's younger sister.  She had brief appearances in the first two books and I thought readers needed to learn her story.  Not to mention I thought she deserved her happily ever after.

8)                  Tell me where you write?
Most of my writing I do in one of two places either in bed after the children and the hubby have gone to sleep or at the cafe inside the local Barnes and Noble.  Especially during football season I sneak up there while my husband and the girls watch the New England Patriots play.

9)                  Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?
Like every other author out there I would love to be on the NY Times bestseller list, but I am a realist and I know how difficult that is.  So I guess I would have to say in 5 years I would like to be a well-established author with several novels under my belt who can be writing full time while the children are in school.

10)                  Where can we find you?
Readers can find me in a few different places.  They can visit my website, facebook, blog or on twitter.  I love to hear from readers.
twitter:  @cgricci

Before I go I would just like to say thank you for having me today.  I had a lot of fun answering you questions.

The Billionaire Playboy – book 2 in the Sherbrookes of Newport Series
By Christina Tetreault

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BLURB:

She's spent her life avoiding love

Captain Charlotte “Charlie” O'Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future.  Mother Nature has other plans when a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke in Charlie's path.  Initially she believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.

The media calls him Prince Charming

Jake Sherbrooke has never been one to follow the path laid out by his parents.  That is why hestarted the Falmouth Foundation, a non-profit disaster relief organization rather than enter politics.  When he learns of the destruction in North Salem, he immediately travels there to offer aid and meets Charlie O'Brien.  Charlie is unlike any woman he has ever meet and he can not help but be drawn to her. 


Soon neither can ignore the incredible chemistry between them. But will his reputation as a billionaire playboy damage their budding romance?


EXCERPT

Turning on her heel, she noticed that Jake had pulled his white dress shirt out of his pants.  Before he could begin to unbutton it, she moved closer to him and brushed his fingers away from the tiny buttons. 
           
“Let me,” she whispered against his lips.  She heard a deep intake of breath and couldn't contain her smile.
           
Charlie took her time undoing each tiny pearl button.  Between each one she placed a gentle kiss on his lips or caressed his arm or back.  The change in his breathing let her know her actions excited him.  As she trailed a hand down his chest she wondered just how long she could tease him before he turned the tables. Jake didn't give her the opportunity to do anything else before tearing his arms out of the shirt as soon as she slipped the final button from its hole.  The white t-shirt he wore underneath immediately followed, both of them quickly landing in a pile on the floor.
           
Jake with clothes on was gorgeous, but half-naked he was simply a sight to behold.  Unable to stop herself, she ran a hand over his powerful chest then down his sculptured abs.  She felt his abs contract and a new feeling of empowerment flowed through her.  Without pausing she let her hand travel down further toward his belt buckle.  With deliberate movements she undid the buckle making sure her hand brushed over his erection more than once.
           
After her third pass, he gripped her wrists.  “I suggest you let me finish.”  Jake didn't wait for a reply.  Once he undid his tux pants and added them to the growing pile on the floor he took a step back toward her.  “My turn.”
           
He began by pulling the pins from her hair.  Once the twist she'd fashioned was gone, he slid his hands over her bare shoulders and back to the zipper of her dress.  Inch by agonizing inch Charlie felt the zipper move downward until the only thing holding the dress up was the fact that her body was pressed tightly against Jake.
           
“I think it's time we get rid of this.” As Jake whispered in her ear he took a step back and the dress began to fall away from her body.
           
Determined to remain calm, she fought the unexpected urge to grab the dress and yank it back into place, and when the dress hit the floor around her ankles she deliberately stepped out of it.  Her heart pounded an erratic rhythm as she stood there in nothing but her white lace thong, strapless bra and heels.  Despite her discomfort she never once looked away from Jake's face.
           
The raw desire she saw on his face as his gaze slowly and seductively slid down her body extinguished any fears and replaced them with a burning desire that set every inch of her body on fire.  Her entire body craved his touch and she wanted nothing more than to fall into the bed behind them, wrap her body around his and satisfy her craving.  With every intention of doing just that Charlie took a step toward him, but Jake reached for her first and held her in place.  Slowly his eyes traveled from her face down to her feet and then back again.  As his gaze moved over her it left a trail of pulsing excitement behind on her skin.
           
“You're sexier then I imagined.”
           
Whether because of his compliment or the way his eyes devoured her, Charlie's confidence grew stronger.  Before she could rethink her decision, she undid the tiny hooks at the back of her bra and tossed it on the floor.  At the sound of Jake's sharp intake of breath she smiled.  Before she could do or say anything else he closed the gap between them and scooped her off her feet.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I wrote my first story with characters similar to those in the Sweet Valley Twins books at the age of 10 on my grandmother's manual typewriter. As I got older my stories and characters became more mature. During my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth, I read my first romance novel and fell in love with the genre. I have been writing contemporary romance ever since.

Today I live with my husband, three beautiful daughters and two dogs in Massachusetts. Whenever I have a free moment you'll find me either reading a romance novel or working on my most current story

Buy Links:

 http://tinyurl.com/d5sqbbr  Amazon
http://tinyurl.com/cymo3k7  AllRomance ebooks

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8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me today. I had fun.

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  2. Great interview, I enjoyed reading it. You mentioned falling in love with the characters, this also happens to the reader. When I finish a book I often miss the people.

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  3. I often have trouble starting a story so it is good to know even published authors still do, it will encourage me to push on

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  4. Fun to hear about your creative process!

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  5. Stopping in to see everyone's comments. For some reason the computer will not let me reply to individual comments. So nice to see everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I think that's a very passionate excerpt...very sexy.
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  7. Got to love a billionaire who is more than the sum of his money.


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