RELEASE DAY INTERVIEW with (me) Christine Warner author of A Friendly Engagement

23 Jun


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I’m so excited! Today is RELEASE DAY for book one in my Friends First Novel series. 

I thought it would be fun to interview myself. Hopefully you’ll learn something new about me…and feel free to ask your own questions in the comments.

And, as always, I want to thank everyone for all their support, for taking their hard earned bucks and buying my books, and for posting reviews which are the life’s blood for all authors.


***please check out the info below if you want to join me and 6 other authors for a Facebook release party on June 25th. There’ll be lots of fun and prizes…books, gift cards, and more***

Okay, let’s get started on the interview…

Describe yourself using 5 words.

Loyal. Trustworthy. Creative. Happy. Shy (yes, believe it or not)

What color is your toothbrush?

Purple 🙂

What did you have for dinner last night?

My husband took me out for dinner. I started out with an awesome salad. From there I had filet mignon, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. And to top it off I had raspberry sorbet. I am still full. Lol

Choosing character names is such a fun part to writing any book. How did you go about choosing yours?

I actually “borrowed” my niece’s middle name Devi for my heroine. I’ve always loved that name and like that it’s unusual and seldom seen. As for Omar, I actually worked with a doctor in the ER years ago. It wasn’t a name I was fond of, but it seemed to grow on me and I think it really fit this character well J

What’s your favorite line from A Friendly Enagement?

“What’s an Engagement between Friends?”

When is your favorite time to write?

First thing in the morning because my mind is fresh and I’m ready to go. As the day wears on I find I don’t have the same amount of concentration.

Describe A Friendly Engagement using 7 words.

Fun. Sexy. Humorous. Romantic. Adventurous. Playful. Hot.

A Friendly Engagement is the first book in the Friends First Novell series. What are the other titles and who are the main characters?

The second book in the series is A Friendly Arrangement and features the black sheep of the Esterly brothers Roth and his independent best friend next door Holly Haggerty. They both decide dating has become a chore and make a friendly arrangement that will hopefully satisfy their matchmaker friends and family. But then they add an addendum…

Book three is A Friendly Fling and features the youngest Esterly brother Jared and his best friends little geeky sister Allison Hall. Allison wants to make some major changes in her life, and only Jared can help her.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually writing a New Adult novel that I’m very excited about. I like the challenge of writing in first person, and I’m already having a lot of fun with the characters. Hopefully  my editor will love it! Fingers crossed.



What’s a little engagement between friends?

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…


Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she’s never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…


This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.



“You’re game for anything, right?”

Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.

Omar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”

“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.

“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.

Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?

“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”

She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.

He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”

“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…

Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.

“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

If you want to pick up a copy of A Friendly Engagement, please click through to Entangled Publishing information page and it features all the buy links. 



I’m appearing on several blogs and just having a fun time with my release and please feel free to join me and 6 other wonderful authors for a Facebook party to celebrate A Friendly Engagement’s release. The party takes place on Thursday June 25th from 7pm to 10pm central time. There will be tons of fun and prizes galore.

Here’s a list of the authors participating and prizes, too.

07:00 pm – Nikki Lynn Barrett (Love and Music in Texas Volume one set)
07:30 pm – Teresa Blue (Signed print copy of Letters From Inside – US Only)
08:00 pm – Kristina Knight, Romance Author, Romance Author (3 e-Books {Winners’ Choice} & a $10 Starbucks Gift Card
08:30 pm – Lora Lee – Author (Giveaway: Signed print copy of Bringing in the Thieves and $5 Amazon Gift Card)
09:00 pm – Callie Hutton (The Baron’s Betrayal – Print {US Only} & e-Book {International})
09:30 pm – Sarah Ballance (Paperback copy of The Marriage Agenda to US entrants and $15 Amazon Gift Card to International entrants)
10:00 pm – Christine Warner ($50 Amazon Gift Card)






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