What to Read Wednesday

09 Jan

YAY….it’s time for another What to Read Wednesday post! Today I’m extra excited because I have my awesome friend from across the pond (who lives in the amazing city of London…and can expect me sometime soon…lol) Cait O’Sullivan!profile pic

Today Cait is here to share a little about herself and her debut release ROMANCING THE SEAS, which was released 2 days ago on January 7th with Crimson Romance. And I can tell you that this is a book you don’t want to miss…Pippa is an amazing heroine and Jonathon….let’s just sum him up in one word: YUM!

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Thanks for joining us on What to Read Wednesday Cait…tell us 5 things about you the person, not the author.

Hey Christine, I’m totally excited to be here…I’ve always been a big fan of your interviews.  Thank you.

Five things about me: I’m Irish, to be denied music and dancing would cause me to wither and die, I love the numbers 1,3,7, and all variations of, I like the rain – As Bob Marley said – some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. (yes I take it literally 🙂 ) I’m happy!

What color is your toothbrush?


Do you prefer books, movies, or books made into movies?

Love them all, but if I had to choose between them for a night in, it’d be a book.

What genre (s) do you write?

Contemporary but there is a streak of paranormal/surrealism sneaking in. Which I’m loving, I might add.

Why did you choose that particular genre?

It was the genre I knew most about. Same goes with the surrealism bit LOL.

9781440562624Share the blurb from ROMANCING THE SEAS.

Sous-chef Pippa Renshaw thinks a change of scene will mend a bruised heart, so she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to head-chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. A great plan until she meets her new CEO, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, and discovers she has to share a suite with him.

Even though sparks fly whenever they are together, Jonathon steadfastly keeps her at arm’s length, which suits Pippa just fine because she’s still getting over the betrayal of the last time she had a relationship with the boss.

The situation is starting to feel like solitary confinement until a thunderstorm traps them in a tramper’s hut while hiking. Suddenly a different kind of storm unleashes inside the hut.

But will they be able to go back to their previous status now the line has been crossed?

Let’s play LUCK SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.

Can I use phrases as well? If so, Fun, cruising New Zealand, Head Chef, jealous exes, tramping (or hiking as we know it), fears, love lost and gained.

Cait, you know I’ll let you get away with anything. lol What’s the first sentence from your book?

Pippa Renshaw took a deep breath and reached for the door.

(doesn’t tell you much, does it!)

Now the last.

“Woman,” Jonathon said as he glanced down at her, the tender look turning dark with desire. He didn’t break stride. “You won’t need that where we’re going.”

(yes I know I cheated here, but heck! I’m sure you can see why LOL )

And I can remember when I read that line the first time…it definitely made me finish off your wonderful story with a smile! What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?

Location location location! Cruising around the North and South Islands of New Zealand, such a heavenly country – who wouldn’t want to read about it?

Especially since you have first hand experience! Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?

Well I used to be a manager in the Hotel and Catering Industry, so I know a lot about working in kitchens, busy services and all that jazz. Plus I’ve travelled a lot, New Zealand stood out in my mind and I couldn’t wait to write about it. Also I forced myself to fall in love a couple of times LOL. Let’s see, what else…oh yes, I do love cooking 🙂 and coffee. And wine.

Please share an excerpt from ROMANCING THE SEAS~

As she caught a wreath of smoke in her gaze, she followed it up into the indigo sky, and her eyes widened yet again at the sight of so many stars. The Southern Cross emblazoned the night sky, sparkling like diamonds on a velvety indigo background as the Milky Way showered swathe after swathe of sprinkled stars. She leant back on her elbows to watch them dance, holding her face up, smelling the briny air as the sea breeze gently blew over her.

But the beat of the drum didn’t allow her to disappear into her thoughts, pulling her back instead to the here and now. Maori dancers encircled their group, whooping and calling to each other in their strange sounding dialect. How did Fiona describe them? Strong, capable, handsome. She sure had that one right. They came closer. One of them, strange and fierce looking with dark makeup streaking his face, threw out a hand and pulled her up to dance. Pippa wanted to yank herself out of his grasp, but he wouldn’t let her go without a struggle. Her heart in her mouth, she gave herself up to the music.

A celebratory dance, it was one performed throughout the centuries when the hunters returned victorious. In the midst of all the swirling, bowing, and whooping, Pippa’s hair freed itself from the constricting tie and she shook her head in sheer light-headiness. The beat of her heart matched the beat of the drums. She followed her partner and swooped down to the earth, swung back to the sky, flung her arms open toward the sea, and again. The repetition made it into one fluid motion down, back, open. Time stood still while Pippa’s veins flooded with dissolved stardust, bringing exhilaration coursing through her. The primal movement came naturally to her and she lost herself.

Her eyes opened of their own accord to fall onto a single standing shadow. The fire leapt higher, and a face was etched in light for a flickering second, showing tawny eyes watching her steadily with a dark look of desire. Pippa felt a lightning shaft of energy run through her body — Jonathon was watching — and she danced with revamped energy, her body moving for him, and him only. The beat of the drums found an answer in the throbbing in her pelvis, a liquid, warm pulsing. Her eyes closed, and her head filled with shadows and light and longing. The drums went faster, faster still, until the moon, stars, fire, light merged into a swirling spinning top, round and round. A final loud beat and the drums fell silent, allowing the dancers to fall, spent, onto the ground.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with your fellow authors?

LOL…me? Keep on keepin’ on, I guess.

LOL…you always make me laugh! Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?

No, simply because I’ve read enough blogs to know what I was getting myself into.

Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is about?

Ava Whittaker made it solo around the world unscathed. Until her last stop, Argentina and the fulfillment of her final dream, horseback riding through the Andes by day, camping by night. One night of passion with the panther-like Matthias de Romero was her undoing.

Fast-forward two years, she’s safely back in London, their daughter by her side. But Matthias doesn’t know of her existence. Ava had flown back to tell him, only to be stopped in her tracks by the announcement of his engagement.

Now Matthias, the twice tango champion of Argentina, is in London to judge a competition. A competition she just happens to be in…

Another yummy story! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Thank you for joining me today Cait and a HUGE CONGRATS on your release!  I’m so glad you visited!


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66 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Thanks again Christine, I just love being here. I have to correct myself above though — I’ve said that comment is by Bob Marley, whereas actually he just used it and it originates from Roger Miller!! Sorry ’bout that!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 5:01 am

      It’s all good Cait!

      and THANK YOU for being here. I’m so thrilled to have you on What to Read Wednesday xoxox

  2. Serena Clarke

    January 9, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Great interview Cait and Christine – love the 7 things. I’m really looking forward to reading Romancing the Seas! 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 5:02 am

      Thanks so much for coming by Serena…and I’m sure you’re going to love Romancing the Seas…it’s a wonderful read!

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 5:02 am

      You can see if you recognise the places, go hiking mebbe 🙂 Lucky you in NZ! Thanks for coming by Serena!

  3. margeryscott

    January 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Congrats on your debut, Cait. Sounds fabulous. Makes me want to go cruising.

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Margery…

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

      I hope you get a chance to read Romancing the Seas Margery…you’ll actually feel like you are on a cruise. It’s a wonderful book.

  4. Teresa Blue

    January 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Great interview Christine and Cait! I loved the excerpt and learning more about Romancing the Seas. The handsome guy on the cover is hot! Best wishes for many sales!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thanks so much for coming by Tere..glad you enjoyed learning more about Cait and her debut!

  5. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Thanks Teresa…and yes you picked the only thing good about that cover LOL i still don’t like it 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes!

  6. R.T. Wolfe

    January 9, 2013 at 8:36 am

    What unique questions. Interesting. I have a hard time with books made into movies. I’m incredibly visual and don’t see what the producers see. But, it’s like a fever sore in the back of your mouth, I know it will hurt if I touch it, but I still do. 🙂
    Here’s wishing you many sales!
    -R.T. Wolfe

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

      You’re a honey thanks RT for coming by!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Glad you enjoyed the interview RT…and I’m with you about books made into movies. If I haven’t read the book I’m okay, but I’m usually disappointed when I’ve read the book then see the movie 😦

  7. Loralee Lillibridge

    January 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Christine, your questions are always such a fun way to get to know a new (to me) author. Can’t wait to read Romancing the Seas, Cait. Wishing you much success!

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

      She’s brilliant, isn’t she? Thanks Loralee 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I’m glad you enjoy the interviews Loralee..and I know you’ll love reading Romancing the Seas 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!

  8. Calisa Rhose

    January 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Loving the sound of this book, Cait! Congrats on your debut release! 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Definitely one to add to your TBR pile Calisa. Since we are so much alike, I can guarantee you’ll love it! lmbo

      Glad you dropped by!

      • Cait

        January 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

        Well I know there’s Irish blood in Calisa — how about you Christine? Thanks to you both for lovely wishes oh happy sigh it’s lovely being here xoxo

      • ChristineWarner

        January 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        Cait…I have ye irish blood as well! lol

  9. ellaquinnauthor

    January 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Loved the interview. I tweeted.

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Thanks you Ella, on both counts!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      You’re awesome Ella..thank you so much for the support!

  10. Kristina Knight

    January 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

    what a fun excerpt, Cait! I really enjoyed reading the book – can’t wait for more!!

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

      LOL I’m going to do a virtual dance soon 🙂 thanks Kristi!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      YAY…glad you had a chance to read it already Kristi and that you enjoyed it. I love Pippa!

  11. D'Ann Lindun

    January 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Great job! I, too, love the rain. Iike to ride horses in it.

  12. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Thanks D’Ann, I’d say it’s lovely riding your horses in the rain. There’d be lovely smells, I’d imagine.

  13. chitsuen

    January 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Nice interview, ladies!! Sounds like a good read.

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Thanks so much 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      So glad you came by Melissa 🙂

  14. Sheri Fredricks

    January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Fun interview 🙂 I found out recently I like reading books about cruise ships, so this one is right up my alley. Congratulations on your release!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Wonderful Sheri…thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy Romancing the Seas when you get the time to read 🙂

  15. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Great stuff thanks, Sheri! I hope it lives up to it LOL

  16. Neecy Kelly

    January 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Stopping in from phone…havent had internet all day. But wanted to wish you all the best.
    Great interview,

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Neecy, this book wouldn’t have left my PC if it weren’t for you — you told me to send it to Crimson. Big thanks xoxo

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      YAY Denice…love that you came by 🙂

  17. Deborah O'Neill Cordes

    January 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Loved this entire interview, Cait. Can’t wait to read ROMANCING THE SEAS. New Zealand is on my “to do” travel list, and I want to see it through your eyes. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      So glad you had the chance to come by Deborah. You’ll love Cait’s story. Her descriptions make it feel like you’re there!

  18. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    It’s totally fabulous, I have to say. So beware, your heart may get left behind when you leave! Thanks for your lovely comments, I very much enjoyed Christine’s questions too, she always comes up with corkers 🙂

  19. Ally Broadfield

    January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I love the New Zeeland setting. Seems so exotic to an American. Looking forward to reading the book.

    • Cait

      January 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      It is exotic, Ally, all those rain forests, beaches and mountains. Tis a wonderful place, and it holds my heart! Thanks!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Ally 🙂 Enjoy the book!

  20. Christy McKellen

    January 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Ooh Cait, your new book sounds fabulous! WANT!!! Great interview ladies, very entertaining.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the interview and hope you enjoy the book too!

  21. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    LOL thanks Christy 🙂

  22. Cait

    January 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Hey Christine, it’s been really very lovely hanging out with you today, I had lots of fun and can’t wait for my next spot! Thanks very much for having me. Big hugs, Cait xoxo

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      xoxox Hugs to you Cait! I’m so glad you came to visit and so excited about your book and your next one! HAPPY SALES!!!

  23. Callie Hutton (@Calliehutton)

    January 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Cait, Just checking in. Loved Romancing the Seas. Getting ready to post my review. Best of luck with it.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks for coming by Callie….and wonderful to hear you enjoyed Romancing the Seas too!

    • Cait

      January 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

      Thanks Callie, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review too!

  24. Sara Walter Ellwood

    January 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I can’t wait to read it, Cait! Good luck. Oh, and my toothbrush is pink too!!!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      LOL…too funny Sara! Love that you and Cait have pink toothbrushes. Thanks so much for coming by.

    • Cait

      January 10, 2013 at 5:31 am

      LOl a very happy colour to be brushing your teeth with methinks 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

  25. Sharon Cullen

    January 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Great interview and I love the premise of your next book.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks for coming by Sharon 🙂

    • Cait

      January 10, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Thanks Sharon, I love it too 🙂 guess that’s pretty important hey!

  26. Nikki Lynn Barrett

    January 10, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I thrive on the rain! I feel like it replenishes my soul. Congratulations on your release, it sounds wonderful and i can’t wait to read it!

    • Cait

      January 10, 2013 at 5:33 am

      It’s wonderful, isn’t it? I wonder if we’re more like plants than we think and so the rain is very important to us…LOL. Thanks Nikki!

  27. ellaquinnauthor

    January 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

    How did I miss this? Great interview. Tweeted.

    • Cait

      January 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

      LOL thanks Ella — you’re a honey!

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