Friday, 8 August 2014

Welcome romance author, Christine Wenrick...

1)  What kind of music do you like?
I love many kinds of music, mostly top 40, but also classics, blues and jazz.

2)  Describe your dream home…
A very special treehouse I wrote a little something about in my first novel, The Charmed. In fact, I have floor plans and everything for the lofty structure. If you want to know more detail than that, however, check out the book.J

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine?

Might be a common answer, but Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels. I love how each is deceived by their first impression of one another. I think that is a common trap for us. We meet someone and instantly form an impression, perhaps a bad one. But we never really stop to consider that we may have just met that person after a really bad phone call with their boss or an argument with a family member.

4)   What are you reading now?

LOL, my next book. I love to read works by other authors, but sometimes, with another full time job and my writing career, it feels like a luxury to carve out time for it. That has kind of been the case the past couple months while preparing for this book release. A friend just recommended and Catherine Coulter novel to me, Split Second. I plan to read that next.

5)  What did you do on your last birthday?

I played a Texas Hold’em game with my friends. I love to have my friends over to play cards. It’s casual and fun, and we laugh a lot. Perfect birthday!

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

I believe characters should come first. But for me, finding all those wonderful little details of a character comes from what happens to them inside the plot. How they respond to situations, deal with conflict. My characters become richer by the end of the book because, just like the reader, I understand them better. So even though one may come first, you have to have both.

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes, when I’m stressed. If I have writer’s block I will usually just switch to a novel that I am editing until get back on track.

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

Honestly, no. I love my life. But I do think part of the fun of being a writer is putting yourself in your character’s situation and living their story through them. In a way, while you’re writing their story, you are living another life.

9) What’s next for you?

Book three in my Men of Brahm Hill series, Leaving Lily Behind, will be coming out next April. So I better get editing, LOL. Thanks for having me here today!

Guarding Poppy
by Christine Wenrick





Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.

Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector, claiming he has all the answers to her problems. The real problem, though, is . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.


 Excerpt #1

Sovereign Elder Joseph Davin stepped forward to embrace Poppy. “You’re not safe here, little flower.” Now Alec really felt like he was intruding on a private conversation. “I must protect you the best way I know how. I promised your mother.” He then motioned back to Alec. “I trust Alec. He’s a former Guardian—and a very good one. You yourself said that you can feel Irina getting closer. Let Alec take you someplace where he can protect you and you can know what it feels like to be safe. In the meantime, I will find a way to deal with Irina.”
Poppy dropped her head quietly, and for a moment it seemed she wasn’t going to answer him. “I feel safer here with you than I will with a stranger.”
“He’s right,” Alec finally said as he came slowly to his feet, realizing he needed to do something to gain this woman’s trust—though he could hardly blame her for being guarded after spending a lifetime on the run. “I may be a stranger to you, but I can protect you. And more importantly, I can give you all the tools at my disposal so you can protect yourself. If you have a sense for recognizing the warlock who’s threatening you, your Dhampir instincts are telling you that you’re in danger. You need to start trusting those instincts.”
Those huge gold eyes of hers locked on him fully with a look of utter determination as she walked right up to him—thankfully, straight this time. He had to admit, he flinched just a bit with the possibility she might trip again. “I don’t want any part of witchcraft, Dhampirs or vampires. That’s not who I am.”
“Yes, it is,” he challenged her without hesitation. “That’s exactly who you are.”
Her eyes narrowed as if she were preparing to blast him with a thousand different reasons why that was not true, but instead she replied, “I will agree to go with you on two conditions.” Alec simply crossed his arms in front of his chest. What was it about women and their conditions? Why couldn’t they just agree? “One, you’ll agree to never disagree with me again.” Alec’s brows arched high at that rather impossible request. “And two, I will only go with you if it doesn’t require us crossing an ocean in an air-”
Poppy’s words were cut off by her small squeal when Alec caught sight of Joseph sticking a needle into her arm. Her eyes widened in shock and she tried to turn to Joseph, but her limbs gave out from under her almost immediately. Alec reached out and caught Poppy when she would have otherwise collapsed to the floor. “What in the world did you do that for?”
“No worries,” Joseph assured him. “It’s just a little something to help her relax for the trip.”
Alec blinked at him. “Relax? She doesn’t like flying?”
Joseph shook his head. “Terrified of it, actually. Unfortunately, Poppy lacks an appreciation for the severity of her current situation. We need to get her out of London tonight—hence, something to relax her. But once she’s someplace safe she’ll be no trouble at all.”
Alec’s gaze narrowed shrewdly. By what he had already witnessed in the few scant minutes he had been in this woman’s presence, she was the very definition of the term high maintenance. 
So he doubted that very much.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her writing. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

Twitter: @CWenrick

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  1. Enjoyed the Q&A. Thanks for having me here today to talk about my newest release!

  2. Great interview and thanks for sharing the excerpt, I really enjoyed it!

  3. I enjoyed the interview and excerpt.