Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Solace by Gini Rifkin

Please welcome Gini Rifkin author of Solace.

Gini Rifkin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.



by Gini Rifkin



Good Morning Christine, and thank you so much for having me visit today.

*1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I have to give all the credit to my Mom for teaching me to read and love books which naturally led to me wanting to write. I started with the proverbial diary, had one for years and years, branched out into poetry, and finally full blown manuscripts.
*2. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

What doesn’t trigger ideas might be the easier questions. I’ve been inspired by a picture on a calendar, the age old question of who wrote Beowulf, my interest in Florence Nightingale and the history of nursing, and just daydreaming when gazing at one of my faerie statues.

What expertise did you bring to your writing?

A burning desire, years of practice, years of rejection, more practice, self-instruction (reading anything I could and can get my hands on pertaining to the art of writing), and a great big bucket load of persistence, and the determination that each book will be better than the last.
*3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
Nothing that I would want to put in print!

*4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

First off I’ll be finishing the Fae Warriors trilogy. Can’t leave my girls in the middle of an unresolved war, or not give them each a HEA. But as I write I’m hearing rumblings from the Old West and even the Mountain Man era so I know there are a few stories in those exciting realms waiting for my attention. I’m a very slow, but dogged writer, and my overall goal is to write and publish one book per year.
*5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

A hard choice as I hope all my characters have qualities worthy of emulation. Josey in Lady Gallant was so brave helping soldiers amidst bombs bursting in air, and Tanzie in The Dragon and the Rose showed such a positive attitude and good humor while being held as a hostage of good faith. All of my books put the lead characters in adventurous and oft time dangerous situations which forces them to test their mettle, but I’d like to be the heroine in my new book Solace. Who wouldn’t want to be a gorgeous, six foot tall, kick-ass Fae warrior, fighting hard and loving harder?
*6. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Summer Glau would make a great Solace, and of course one of my favorites, David Boreanaz from the TV show Bones, would be perfect for my hunky ex-Army Ranger character, Tanner Jackson.
*7. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?
Although not opposed to the idea, I’m not in one at this time. When starting out, however, I was with a wonderful group of published and non-published authors and the experience was invaluable. They were so knowledgeable, willing to share, and while not timid, kindhearted in their critiquing. Groups can be very supportive, you just have to be careful it doesn’t include folks who build themselves up by tearing you down. And regarding your own work, you want to follow your heart as well as your gut.
*9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice-As soon as you finish one book begin the next one. Worst advice-Write what you know. This idea kind of held me back for a while. I think know what you write is a better phrase. In this day and age, information about everything under the sun and beyond is available at your fingertips. But that means investing time and energy in research, you mustn’t short change the reader where research is concerned, even if you write contemporary novels.
*10. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

At first, with The Dragon and the Rose, I was fanatical about outlining and charting info such as POV per chapter, and dialogue vs prose per chapter. This was exhausting, and for me took a great deal of fun and spontaneity away from the process. When Iron Heart came along, I tried being a pantser, although more fun and freewheeling, it also resulted in more re-writes and resequencing, so now I’m a hybrid—a combination of both! I have a good idea where the story starts and ends, have a rough chapter outline, which always morphs and grows, and I ask for a lot for ethereal help.
*12. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I know I should say something impressive here, noting a classic or some great literature, but to be honest I loved the Nancy Drew Mysteries series. I have a full collection with some first editions, also the ND cookbook, one oversized book, and the DVD of the 1939 movie Nancy Drew…Reporter. At the time, her character seemed so liberated, and I love a good mystery.
*13. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

The next book in the Fae Warriors Trilogy is Bliss’ story, hence the title Bliss. Of the three sisters, she is the most faery-like. Bliss loves and takes care of their off-planet doglike creature called Noodge, and her human partner is a Bruce Wayne type—well-endowed in body, brain, and bank account. The reptile invaders have slacked off in attacking and destroying obvious military objectives, but they are still involved in murderous covert operations. At the end, several loose ends will be tied up, and Bliss will have her well-deserved happy ending, but we still won’t know who is bankrolling the plan to take over earth. This intriguing morsel won’t be revealed until book three, which is Portence’s story.
*17. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

Although just a trilogy, scary sums it up best. I have the next two books plotted out in my mind, and most of the research done, but knowing I am committed to two more stories, and I can’t go wandering off to the old west or the medieval era for a while seems a bit restrictive and fraught with nervous energy.
*18. Anything else you might want to add?

I’m not terribly fond of heights, but I recently took a page out of my book Victorian Dream, and went on a hot air balloon ride. I figured if I forced my heroine, Trelayne St.Christopher, to fly in one after she was kidnapped by the villain, I should try it too. It was fantastic.


Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet. Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action.

Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility.

As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they’re trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.




There must be some mistake. The man striding toward her couldn’t be Tanner Jackson. Dressed in a black t-shirt, camo cargo pants, and rugged lace up boots, he looked ready for a special ops mission, not a day of wrestling with figures and scientific data. Tall and well-muscled, he appeared rock solid, like he belonged in the age of Athena. In fact, he seemed so

overwhelmingly masculine, she worried he might not be human. That gave her pause. Had the Reps already established a man on the inside?




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gini Rifkin writes adventurous romance, past, present, and into the future. Her current book Solace, number seven for The Wild Rose Press, is a sexy sci/fi/fantasy romance. When not reading or writing, she has the privilege of caring for a menagerie of abandoned animals including ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, donkeys, and cats. She was born and raised in Illinois, became a registered nurse by age 19, and when struck by wanderlust, moved to Colorado where she met her husband Gary. They shared the journey for 30 years, spending vacations doing Mountain Man reenacting. Although Gary has passed on, a little bit of him lives on in every hero she writes. Her writing keeps her hungry to keep learning new things, and she considers family and friends her most treasured of gifts.



Gini Rifkin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.




11 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Solace by Gini Rifkin

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    September 14, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    September 14, 2015

    How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

    • Gini Rifkin
      September 14, 2015

      Dear Mai Tran; what a great question. Promotion,especially garnering reviews, seems to be getting more and more difficult. Persistence is the key. I search out and contact websites and blogs that support my time period and genre, and I try to keep in mind it is a slow process. I’ve been fortunate with responses, especially on my first few novels when the market wasn’t quite so flooded. Hope you have great success with your writing.

  3. achristay
    September 14, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Gini Rifkin
      September 14, 2015

      Thank you so much for hosting my tour today. I think it will be an exciting week.

  4. bn100
    September 14, 2015

    nice interview

  5. Betty W
    September 14, 2015

    I really enjoyed the interview and the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

  6. Victoria
    September 14, 2015

    Really great interview, I enjoyed reading it! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Cali W.
    September 15, 2015

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like interview and excerpt. 🙂

  8. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 18, 2015

    Thanks for the chance!

  9. Thomas Murphy
    September 18, 2015

    sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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