Welcome to a new forum on my blog!
What to Read Wednesdays!
Each Wednesday I will feature a different author and they will share a bit with us about themselves and one of their books. So let’s get started.
Thanks, Christine. I’m excited to be here and to be your first author for What to Read Wednesdays.
Christina, please tell us five random things about yourself.
I love photography and want to do a photo book of farm life one day
I eat a lot of chicken
I’m a horse enthusiast and compete in barrel racing.
I have a sunflower tattoo. I like all things sunflower.
I put hot sauce on everything
Cake or pie?
Birthday style cake with whipped icing.
Whipped topping is the best…wise choice 🙂 How about a favorite movie? Book?
Since I don’t have a favorite book, I’m going to pick two movies. I hope that is okay. Dances with Wolves and Coyote Ugly. Coyote Ugly is just one of those movies I can watch over and over. I’m leaning toward feeling the same about Burlesque. In my former life or maybe my future life, I think I was/will be a dancer.
More good choices Christina! This summer I was actually in South Dakota and visited the area where they filmed Dances with Wolves. It was beautiful country. Have you always wanted to be an author or what made you become an author?
Yep, pretty much and I have journals to prove it, along with a collection of short stories I wrote and illustrated when I was ten. I’ve always enjoyed writing.
What is a typical writing day for you?
Since I have to work a day job, my writing usually happens in the evening and on the weekends. I sit on the couch with my laptop on my lap, the television on and type away. I’m pretty good at tuning things out when a story is flowing.
Thankfully, my husband is very encouraging. Grant it, he became much more enthusiastic when I signed a contract and he knew I was going to get some money for my time and effort.
It’s wonderful to have support. What genre or genres do you write? Do you see yourself trying another one in the future and if so which one?
I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I have a draft of a childrens book I might one day try and I definitely can see myself going into the murder/mystery genre.
Tell us about your newest release?
Amanda got her heart broke at eighteen by Jacob, but then she made the biggest mistake of her life – she ran off and married his younger brother. But that was ten years ago. She’s divorced now and coming back to her small hometown. She’s made a name for herself in the cutting horse industry. That should count for something, right? But Jacob isn’t so willing to forgive her decade old mistakes, despite the feelings developing between them.
When you were writing your story, what character did you connect with the most and why?
I was very connected to Amanda. She is someone I felt close to, partly because I wanted to be her and because I spent so much time with her – writing, editing and rewriting the story.
Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.
Seven really is my lucky number, by the way:
Emotional, intense, sexy, small-town, horses, redemption, triumph
Oooohhh…now those seven intrigue me 🙂 If your book was made into a movie, who would you choose to play the hero? The heroine?
The hero: Matthew Fox
The heroine: Megan Fox
It’s just a coincidence that they have the same last name, but they look the way I imagine Jacob and Amanda in my head. And Megan Fox actually looks like the model on the cover of Two Brothers.
Most authors seem to have a ‘to be read pile’…if you do, what’s on the top of the pile?
Renee Vincent’s Mac Liam, Book Two of the Emerald Isle Trilogy and Nora Robert’s The Next Always, Book one of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.
What inspired you to write your latest story?
The story of Two Brothers’ hit me out of the blue while waiting in an airport. I’ve written four other books, a short story and novella since and I don’t think I can pinpoint any one thing that inspired them other then life happening all around me.
A scene will pop in my head (Undercover) or even one verse of a song (Emotional Warfare) and I’m compelled to write a story around it. The scene or the verse doesn’t usually end up in the book, but it triggers the story.
Please share an excerpt of your book!
Amanda Riley slammed out of the compact rental car, hit the lock button on her key and made a half-block mad dash to the church. The wedding march had already started. Canon in D floated like a soft breeze through the organ flues and out the rafters.
“Geez,” she muttered, taking the steps to the entrance of the old Catholic church two at time. She’d never hear the end of it. Her sheep’s wool couldn’t get any blacker with the last white hair plucked from her hide years ago. But all the same, she hated to give them cause.
It was the perfect country white church, really, the kind women dream of getting married in. It stood in the heart of the community as a symbol of the small farming town’s love for family, neighbor and God. The steeple peeked above the century-old trees that flanked both sides of the entrance to the church like guardian angels. Magnificent stained glass windows stood four feet tall and ran the length of the old building, each window inscribed in loving memory of a deceased member of the congregation.
The large double wood doors stood open to welcome all. Amanda hesitated there as if expecting lightening to strike. Pulling air deep into her lungs and then letting it out with controlled ease, she stepped just inside the entrance. She flexed her hands, gave herself a mental shake and approached the back pew. She motioned with her hand to the silver-haired man sitting there, asking without words if she could sit beside him. He frowned, the lines cutting deeper around his pursed lips, but he slid down the glossy wood pew to accommodate her late arrival. Out of habit, she genuflected and then took a seat.
She shifted her focus to the front of the church. Her little sister, Emily, dressed in a full Southern belle white dress, stood beside her soon-to-be husband, Todd, decked out in a long-tailed black tux. Behind them, candles sparkled like diamonds and white orchids adorned every available space on the altar. The priest, with his long, silk green-and-white robe, made the sign of the cross over the couple and blessed them. The cloud of incense hung above the congregation like a spicy perfume applied with a generous hand.
Amanda’s sister had dreamt of and wished for this day since she’d been a little girl. What woman didn’t? If anyone deserved a day like this, Emily did. She’d done everything right. She’d gotten her nursing degree, worked for a year after graduation and dated the same guy through it all. It didn’t hurt that she’d picked the right guy.
Not that Amanda knew anything about that. She straightened the yellow gingham blouse she wore tucked into snug fitted Wranglers, along with her scuffed boots. Her clothes weren’t appropriate for a wedding, even in a backwoods town like Bedinford, Ohio. Her chin lifted a notch and she squared her shoulders. Let them talk. Let them speculate.
They couldn’t possibly say anything her father hadn’t already said about her. Amanda leaned out into the aisle. Peeking around the sea of bodies, she caught sight of her father’s head of dark hair, now sprinkled with gray. Daniel Riley’s tall, lean, muscled build had softened some over the years, but he remained unyielding, in more ways than one, for a man who would see sixty-five by the end of the year.
Thirty-some years ago, he’d been something of a town hero when he opened the only dentist office within miles of the community. Most people had given up going to the dentist altogether rather than drive thirty miles out of town. But her father had a way with people and his reputation for having a gentle touch spread like gossip. Now he had a loyal following, old and young alike. Even the opening of two other dentist offices over the last five years had done little to affect his bottom line.
Everyone loved him, Amanda thought, as she dropped to her knees along with rest of the congregation. The traditions came back to her with ease even though she hadn’t attended mass in years. She stood when everyone stood, knelt when they knelt, however, when it came time to receive communion she did not partake. She caught glimpses of other family members as they filed out of their pews, took the host and then circled back to their seats.
Her brother, Matt, held his three-year-old daughter, Tabitha, who squirmed and pushed in her effort to get down. Her behavior drew looks of disapproval from the older generation who already believed their descendants didn’t have a clue how to discipline their children. Matt’s wife, Natalie, whose belly bulged like an overinflated beach ball with their second child, sent a stern look at the little girl. Tabitha responded with an equally stern look then buried her face in her daddy’s neck.
After communion, everyone sat in silent prayer. Amanda watched Tabitha pull and tug until she stood at the end of the pew, one foot strategically placed in the center aisle. She made faces at anyone willing to make eye contact. Several times she tried to step further into the aisle but Matt’s firm hand stopped her. Then she spotted Amanda watching her and her squeal pierced the reverent silence. People jumped, startled from prayer, and heads turned in the direction of the commotion.
The outburst caught Matt off guard, giving Tabitha the chance to break free and tear down the aisle. The yellow and white ruffled dress she wore bounced around her chubby legs. “A’mda,” she squealed again. Everyone watched the little girl’s progress into Amanda’s open arms.
Heat leapt into Amanda’s cheeks as she latched onto her niece and lifted her with shaky arms like a shield against the stares aimed in their direction. She glanced up to apologize for the interruption and her eyes collided with those of Jacob Henderson.
A bolt of lightening couldn’t have delivered a more jarring effect on her heart. She swallowed past the sudden dryness in her throat and tore her eyes free from the disturbing blue of his. Holy moly, from the look Jacob had just given her, one would think she was the devil herself caught in the act of snatching soul’s right from under his nose.
The priest stood, cleared his throat to gain everyone’s attention, and then continued with the wedding mass.
Amanda let out the breath she hadn’t been aware of holding. “Thanks a lot,” she whispered to Tabitha and kissed her ruby little cheek.
“Oooh, necklace.” Tabitha’s round, tiny fingers touched the silver cross, then wrapped around the thin chain circling Amanda’s neck. With her niece distracted, Amanda’s eyes drifted back to Jacob.
He looked good. Tall and solid with his dress shirt pulled snug over the breadth of his squared shoulders. Working the land his entire life kept him fit and strong. At six-two, he was an impressive sight. His thick, almost black hair hadn’t lost its natural wave despite the close cut he maintained.
She closed her eyes and, for a moment, remembered his smile. The way his full lips tipped shyly at an angle, softening the hard angles of his face. How his eyes sparkled like the sun reflecting off water when his smile reached his eyes. She remembered the feel of his mouth against hers, the mix of soft and hard, the taste. Oh God, how she remembered the taste of him.
Her eyes flew open as she jerked back from the thoughts and memories. Her ex-brother-in-law wouldn’t appreciate her keen observation of his fine looks or the memory of his kiss. If anything, he’d find it offensive that the thoughts even entered her mind. After all, they sat in the house of the Lord, not to mention she’d been married to his younger brother.
Shame on me.
What’s your current WIP?
The Daughter is currently with my editor. This novel is due out January 2012. This story is about a woman who doesn’t know anything about family or love, but when a man she has never met commits suicide, he will change her life forever.
I’m so excited. I just got word that my third novel, Emotional Warfare, originally scheduled for September is now scheduled for release the week of July 29, 2012. This is Dana’s journey, which includes an old love and fighting international crime.
Congratulations Christina! That is exciting news. Do you have any wise words to share with anyone out there on the road to publication?
Never give up. It’s that simple or difficult. Submit, submit, submit. It’s the only way you will ever find the editor/agent that loves what you write.
And finally Christina where can we find you and your book?
My books are available in print at: CreateSpace, Amazon.com, Turquoise Morning Press bookstore and Barnes and Noble.
Available in digital formats at: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, All Romance e-books and Smashwords.
All Bets Are On! – Available now (Kentucky Derby Anthology – short story)
Two Brothers – Available now
Undercover – Available now (novella)
The Daughter – Coming January 2012
Emotional Warfare – Coming July/August 2012
You can find me at the following places:
Website – www.christinawolfer.com
Twitter – @christinawolfer
Or e-mail me at Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org
One commenter will win their choice of Two Brothers or Undercover (digital copy).
Thank you again Christina for joining us on What to Read Wednesdays! I’m excited to read your books and wish you much success 🙂