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From Prussia With Love Release Day and Give-Away!

Woohoo! Today From Prussia With Love, book 1 in the Victoria’s Secret Agents series, release from Loose Id. A super-sexy steampunk novel with a touch of BDSM and loads of swashbuckling fun. It is set in the same world as Dirigibles Are Forever and Holly and Jack make an appearance.

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Clara Redbeck has one goal: to prove to the sods at work—and to herself—that the best man for the job can be a woman. To do that, she must prevent a traitor from blowing London to bits. If only the dashing first mate of the dirigible she’d been tasked to plunder didn’t set her aflame.

Garrett Dewhurst has one goal: to execute the coup of a lifetime. His plans do not include a spanking dalliance with the most intriguing woman he has ever met.

With each encounter, the fire between them burns hotter and their need grows stronger. Finally, the cramped cabin aboard the Bismarck becomes their intimate playground, where Garrett introduces Clara to the pleasure of submission and they explore their passion in every way possible.

Clara and Garrett want a future together, but each holds a secret that if revealed could cost them everything. When danger closes in, they have to choose between protecting themselves or the whole of London.

To celebrate the release I’m giving away a steampunk necklace and a pair of earrings from Overman.

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For a chance to win follow me on Twitter (@TinaChristopher) and tweet about the release and the contest using #FromPrussiaWithLove. Or comment on this post and tell me your favourite James Bond movie and why you love it. Each will give you one entry into the contest, which is open worldwide. The contest runs until 12pm EST Sunday August 30th, 2015.

I have to say my favourite is probably Goldeneye with Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean. I love the action and the characters and it’s one of the few Bond movies where the plot holes are on the smaller side;). When  I worked at Harrods in London I met Pierce Brosnan and he was just wonderful. A complete gentleman and very sweet when a little boy (probably around 6 years) asked him if he was James Bond.

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Weekend Writing Warriors-It’s huge!

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m taking a break from Blindsided to share with you a snippet from my upcoming steampunk release From Prussia With Love, book 1 in the Victoria’s Secret Agents series. Yes, I went there;). The last time you saw Clara and Garrett she had been working on getting a tour of the cargo hold so she could continue her investigation. He had been intrigued and a tad suspicious of her, but after showing her around every part of the dirigible-and their flirting reached peak levels-he finally takes her to the cargo hold. We are in Garrett’s point of view.

“Skids of boxes and crates were stacked back-to-back with limited space between them, just enough to walk through; a few lamps scattered through the length of the hold offered dim light that barely showed them the back wall. He picked up a steam torch which came to life in his hand with a click and a whirr. “Is it everything you’d expected?”

She moved past him, turning as much as the narrow space permitted; her gaze roved about the vast hold. “It’s so big,” her words were a breathy whisper, “It’s huge.” Her eyes sparkled with the mischief he’d come to enjoy during their exchange.

“It is indeed quite large. In fact, the more you…explore, the bigger you’ll find it.”

He bit his tongue to suppress his laughter at the look she threw him, but it became more and more difficult when her lips twitched. “I’m sure you’ll be only too happy to show me,” she said.”

From Prussia With Love releases August 25th from Loose Id. April Martinez has done another wonderful job with the cover. See of you can find the clockwork mouse.

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Clara Redbeck has one goal: to prove to the sods at work—and to herself—that the best man for the job can be a woman. To do that, she must prevent a traitor from blowing London to bits. If only the dashing first mate of the dirigible she’d been tasked to plunder didn’t set her aflame.

Garrett Dewhurst has one goal: to execute the coup of a lifetime. His plans do not include a spanking dalliance with the most intriguing woman he has ever met.

With each encounter, the fire between them burns hotter and their need grows stronger. Finally, the cramped cabin aboard the Bismarck becomes their intimate playground, where Garrett introduces Clara to the pleasure of submission and they explore their passion in every way possible.

Clara and Garrett want a future together, but each holds a secret that if revealed could cost them everything. When danger closes in, they have to choose between protecting themselves or the whole of London.

I’ll be around a little later today as my day is jam-packed (or maybe it is marmalade-packed;). I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous week.

Happy Writing!

Weekend Writing Warriors-Blindsided Snippet 8

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m now calling this story Blindsided, but it will be only a working title. There are a number of books already released with this sane title;). This snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. Ana has left Jace’s garage after he (hopefully) fixed her car. As much as she enjoys his presence she doesn’t plan to see him again until she discovers that Reacher, Jace’s dog, has stowed away in her car. She phoned Jace to let him know. The last line was “I have Reacher.” We’re in her point of view.

“Silence echoed across the phone line.

“Not sure how, but he must have climbed into the backseat while we were at the office. I didn’t know he was there until I opened the back door to grab my stuff and he slobbered his kisses all over me.”

His stillness took on a different tenor. Where before it had reverberated with demand and a touch of accusation—and damn did he know how to wield silence—it now grew more relaxed. “He’s never gone for a ride with someone like that; Reacher must really like you.”

She stroked the dog’s head and he groaned with delight. “That goes both ways; I am very sorry I didn’t check my backseat before I left.”

His shrug practically transferred through the line. “Things happen-do you want me to come and get him?”

What works, what doesn’t?

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week! And here is some more research:

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Blindsided WIP Snippet 7

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m now calling this story Blindsided, but it will be only a working title. There are a number of books already released with this sane title;). This snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. Ana has left Jace’s garage after he (hopefully) fixed her car. As much as she enjoys his presence she doesn’t plan to see him again until she discovers that Reacher, Jace’s dog, has stowed away in her car. Her work has a “take the dog to work” policy, so she takes Reacher inside and phones Jace. We are in Ana’s point of view.

“She turned on her computer and dug out the slightly crinkled invoice and stroked across the wrinkles in an attempt to flatten it. She picked up the receiver and took a deep breath before dialing the number on the invoice.

“Yeah?”

She had to bite her tongue not to giggle like a demented teenager with a huge crush. “Mr. Deegan?”

“That’s me.”

“This is Ana Marshall. I was at your garage this morning.”

“I remember.” His impatience practically jumped through the phone.

“I have Reacher,” she blurted out.”

What works, what doesn’t?

For this draft the dog will continue as Reacher.

I’ll be around a little bit later today as I am going to a couple of open houses. I’m looking to buy my first home, so now I need to have a look around and get an idea of what is out there. Exciting and terrifying at the same time:).

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week! And here is some more research:

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Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m now calling this story Blindsided, but it will be only a working title. There are a number of books already released with this sane title;). This snippet comes a little bit after the last one. Ana has left Jace’s garage after he (hopefully) fixed her car. As much as she enjoys his presence she doesn’t plan to see him again. We are in Ana’s point of view.

“She exhaled, climbed out of her car and opened the back door to grab her bag. And nearly screamed when a friendly black face pushed into her space and licked across her cheek. Ana jumped back, hands before her. “Reacher! What the hell are you doing here?”

Of course he gave her no answer other than trying to kiss her some more and a tail that wagged so hard his whole backside wiggled. She shook her head and checked the parking lot. No other cars. She opened the door fully, giving him the room to jump down. “Come on, boy. We better call your dad before he freaks out with worry.”

What works, what doesn’t?

For now the dog will be Reacher, but I’ll probably change that. I just need to wait until I know what I’m doing with Jace’s favourite authors: make some up or use real ones.

Nationals in New York were fabulous. Exhausting and draining, but fabulous nonetheless. I love New York, so it’s always fun to spend time there.

I’ve been working on proofs for my upcoming steampunk release, so once they are done I’ll have to switch gears and get my head back to contemporary hunks. I stumbled across this and definitely agree.

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 5

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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The new story so far has no title and no blurb. This snippet is continuing right after last week’s. We are in Ana’s point of view and she’s thinking over what had happened that morning. Well, mostly she’s thinking about the hunky mechanic;). Last week ended with “And those green eyes-Ana sighed.”

“They would stay with her for some time. His face had given little away, but his eyes had carried so much pain and darkness. The same darkness that enveloped him like a cloak.

Like recognized like. The thought should have disturbed her, but for a moment she felt a link to this man she’d only exchanged a couple of sentences with. And short sentences at that.

She chuckled. She had a feeling he was one of those monosyllabic men. Not a problem for her. She could talk for the both of them.

Ana exhaled-not that she would see him again.”

What works, what doesn’t?

I’m on my way to New York for Romance Writers of America National Conference today, so it’ll be a bit later before I can make my rounds. Fingers crossed the hotel internet will be working;). I’m excited about the conference. It’s only the second time I’m going and I’ve seen a bunch of panels I’m looking forward to. And one of my heroes is there: Nalini Singh! I’m hoping to get a book signed and she’s also doing a talk. I’ll be a bit of a fangirl…

This week my inspiration went a slightly different route…

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week!

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Nice Girls Writing Naughty July Jubilee

Join me and the rest of the fabulous Nice Girls for our July Jubilee! Every Friday we’re having a wild and wicked party at our Facebook group filled with games and prizes.

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Tonight starting at 7pm you can hang out with Nona Raines, Hildie McQueen, Angel Payne, and myself from 7-11pm (EST) when we Takeover our page with our lunatic awesome antics!

Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 4

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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The new story so far has no title and no blurb. This snippet is a page or two after last week’s. Ana needed help with her car and Jace agreed to look at it that afternoon, but when he realized she needed the car he checked it out right then and there. He found something that could have been the cause of the red light and fixes it. I thought after spending some time with Jace we should hang out with Ana for a bit and see her response to Jace. She’s just left the garage and hopes the problem has been dealt with, once and for all. We are in Ana’s point of view.

“Maybe a tiny bit of a shame as out of all the garages she’d been to and all the mechanics she’d spoken to in the last couple of weeks Jace Deegan definitely stood out. He was big. She stood at five nine and he still towered over her. And even in his overall he was ripped. He’d look fabulous on the front cover of one the romance novels she bought for her day job. Maybe with a shoulder holsters over his bare chest. Or, even better, his overall curled up around his waist, his chest gleaming with sweat and a touch of grease, and a wrench or whatever a mechanic holds in his hand.

No face because readers wanted to use their own imagination for the hero, which in this instance would be a real shame as his face matched his body. She had a feeling his shoulder-length blond hair would turn lighter once the sun came out. And those green eyes-Ana sighed.”

What works, what doesn’t?

The PanAm Games have come to Toronto. Usually I would avoid downtown like the plague but it’s a friend’s birthday, so I will brave the masses. At least the Games mean that all public transport will actually be running.

And of course some more inspiration…

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Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 3

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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The new story so far has no title and no blurb. This snippet is a few paragraphs after last week’s. Ana arrived at Jace’s garage in her high-end SUV. He sensed that underneath her frustration she was afraid of something, but after what he had been through he’s told himself he was no longer in the business of saving damsels in distress. At least with anything other than their cars;). He asks her what the problem was and she describes how she constantly has this red light going on and off in her dashboard; usually off when she reaches a garage. She also alludes to the fact that she has been to other places but with little success. He offers to have a look this afternoon. Ana speaks first, but we’re in Jace’s point of view.

“Would you know anything about the current bus time table in this area? I need to get downtown for a meeting I can’t move.”

He glanced at her clenched hands-no ring. “No one who can give you a lift?”

She shook her head. “No, I’m new to the area and am still finding my way.”

No husband, no boyfriend-not that he was interested. She may have the sweetest body and the bluest eyes he’d seen in quite some time, but his gut told him this one was trouble. Cute as a button, but trouble.

And he’d had enough trouble to last him two lifetimes.

What works, what doesn’t?

I’ll probably be around a little later during the day as I have a number of things on my plate in the morning.

As my…inspirations found such positive responses last week I’ve decided to share a couple more;).

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Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada day to everyone who celebrates it. May it be filled with sunshine and laughter.

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