Christine Young

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

Christine Presents ~ From Prussia With Love by Tina Christopher

Please welcome Tina Christopher author of From Prussia.

Tina Christopher will be awarding a steampunk jewelry set, which contains a necklace and a pair of earrings as well as a 8 book collection of her books to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a steampunk necklace and a $20 All Romance eBooks gift card to a randomly drawn host.

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From Prussia With Love

by Tina Christopher

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GENRE: alternative history, steampunk, erotic

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INTERVIEW:

Thank you so much for having me, Christine.

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I’ve spent more than one night writing and rewriting stories in my mind while falling asleep, but other than a few stories as a tween and teen I’d never had the courage to write my ideas down. Then a friend of mine became the editor for a Sci-Fi story collection. I gathered my courage with both hands and asked her if I could submit a story to her. Amazingly she did not laugh in my face but said yes. So I sat down and wrote a story. This story will never see the light of day, but it was the first time I played in the universe of my Celestial Surrender series. Next I wrote a futuristic suspense (I wanted to be the new J.D. Robb;) that will also remain under my bed forever. Along the way I learned about the art of writing (who knew there certain things I needed to take into consideration) before returning to my Vampires in space and penned Tangled Shadows. When I gave my critique partner Victoria Davies the first chapter she nearly immediately emailed me back and demanded more. The rest is history!

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

It depends on the book;). If it’s part of a series it depends on what happened in the previous book. From Prussia With Love is book 1 in my Victoria’s Secret Agents series, but it is linked to the Christmas novella Dirigibles Are Forever. When I finished Dirigibles I left a couple of threads open, so I had a starting point. The rest of the story came together based on the overarching storyline as well as Clara and Garrett. Clara in particular was very vocal when I went off track.

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

I have two projects on the go. One is Victoria’s Secret Agents, book 2. It will be a ménage and the heroes are two of the characters we meet in From Prussia With Love. The heroine is unlike any I’ve written before. I’m very excited (and a little terrified) to dig into this story bring it to life.

And then I have a brand new project, a contemporary romantic suspense. It’s three brothers, all ex-military, who somehow always end up in the wrong spot…or is it the right spot?

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Ohhh, that’s a tough question! Hm, it would be between Clara from From Prussia With Love and Sydney from Tangled Redemption. I feel really connected to Clara because she’s a woman trying to find her way, working towards finding her place and that is something I’m working on myself.

Sydney has gone through hell and finds her in an inescapable and horrifically dangerous situation (neither of which I would want to experience;), but she also gets to hang out (and much, much more) with Miguel, who is one of my favourite heroes, and with Jayden who definitely makes me swoon.

5. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

It’s not a critique group per se, more of a brainstorming group. We usually get together to talk about each other’s books and help with developing the story. It is a lot of fun as it gives us opportunities to explore all sorts of different directions and possibilities. None of us have an ego, so if we put forward an idea and the author hates it we just move on to the next. And everyone is incredibly supportive. When you’re just starting out with your story idea it can be fragile, so it’s important to nurture that idea and see if it will flower into the book you want to write or if it’s not quite the right time yet. I’d definitely say it helps my writing, especially if I’m stuck, but it can be frustrating when I can’t put into words what I’m looking for.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I am the Queen of HGTV. I have watched enough home improvement shows I feel I could drywall any building and tile my bathroom. Luckily before I go out and demolish everything in my way I remember all the issues that I could find behind my walls and decide not to. I have also watched enough House Hunters International to talk knowledgeably about housing prices in Mallorca and Belize…;).

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outline to a certain degree. I need to know the stepping-stones of the story, where the characters are going and what their goals, motivation and conflict are at each stage of the story. However, I pants the actual scenes and depend on my characters to guide me through them, so I call myself a plantser.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice I’ve ever received came from Gina Storm Grant. She introduced me to a concept and a book: GMC-Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon. My writing process tends to vary a bit with each book, but the one thing I always do is establish the GMC for my heroine, my hero and my villain. I can’t write unless I know why my characters are acting the way they are.

Hm, I can’t really think of any horrible advice I’ve received. I tend to only try things that resonate with me. Some suggestions didn’t work out as planned, but nothing comes to mind that sent me down a rabbit hole I couldn’t get out of.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Oh no, just one?! This is nearly as hard as choosing just one book! It would have to be between Chris Hemsworth (have you seen him with his shirt off?) and Benedict Cumberbatch (no explanation necessary;).

I love watching Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock. Sandra is hilarious in Miss Congeniality and amazing in The Blind Side. Cate blew me away in both Elizabeth movies and I loved her in Lord of the Rings.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Too many to count, but I have a few comfort reads, books I go to when I had a bad day or need a pick-me up or when I just want to take a step away from reality. One is the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce. It’s YA fantasy and I’ve read and re-read it dozens of times. I love the characters, the worldbuilding and how Beka grows as a person over the three books. Another is Lauren Dane’s Captivated. OMG!! There is just something about the way Hannah finds her way back from the edge with the help and love of Vincenz and Julian. I have read this book a million times and I still can’t tell you why I love it so much. Probably because each time I try to analyse it I get sucked into the story and just read. A third is Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. I LOVE Nalini’s books and Hawke and Sienna are two characters you see grow and develop over the course of the series. When you finally get to read their story Nalini delivers on all counts and gives you an unforgettable romance.
I’m always looking for new books. Do you have an all time favourite book? I’d love to hear about it.

Thank you so much for letting me hang out and I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

BLURB:

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.

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EXCERPT:

She didn’t respond. Instead she studied him from the tips of his boots to the top of his head and every inch in between. Heat spread through his body, unexpected and not completely welcome.

Then she mirrored his stance right down to the raised eyebrow.

Unable to help himself, he smiled.

It had been a very, very long time since a woman had intrigued him after exchanging just a few sentences. She took his breath away and made him want to laugh. Judging by her frown, this was not the response she’d expected.

Garrett turned to Jens. “I believe you have other passengers to look after. I’ll take care of Miss Riesenbeck and anything she may require.”

Jens nodded. He bowed to both of them and practically ran away.

“I don’t know if I should be insulted at the speed of his departure or pat his cheek.”

Garrett chuckled. “Neither. I just think you are too much woman for him. He wouldn’t know how to handle you.”

She widened her eyes. “And you do?”

He curved his lips and knew his smile carried an edge. “Would you like me to prove it?”

She scrutinized him, leaving him hanging on the lip of the abyss, waiting for her response.

“Give me the tour Jens had promised to escort me on, and I will let you know at the end.”

Challenge curled through him. He bowed lightly but continued to hold her gaze captive. “Please step into my cargo hold.”

Her smile lit up her face. Her beauty was not conventional, but in that moment, it grabbed him by the throat. “Said the spider to the fly.”

“Will you step into my web?”

She turned around and threw a glance over her shoulder. “That has yet to be determined.” She strode to the door, and Garrett fell into step behind her.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tina Christopher spent her early years flitting across the Channel between Germany and England. After touring the world extensively—from hanging out with elephants in South Africa to hiking through the wilderness in Alaska—she finally laid down roots in Toronto. Although Canada’s winters may be frigid, Tina’s characters are anything but!

Like most writers, Tina often hears voices in her head, but it took the encouragement of an editor friend to have her actually put fingers to keyboard. While those first stories will never see the light of day, she’s subsequently honed her craft and learned to build not just worlds, but entire galaxies. History has always been an area of interest for her, and she’s enjoys few things more than imagining what could happen when history and future meet.

When not imagining far-away worlds and scorching-hot encounters, Tina can be found on her sofa working through her never-ending TBR pile or venturing into the real world—whether to a nearby café or a passport-required destination. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America Toronto chapter and looks forward to where her characters take her next!

Website: http://tinachristopherauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TinaChristopher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Christopher/265041286866833

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Prussia-Love-Victorias-Secret-Agents-ebook/dp/B014GRK9X0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441239924&sr=8-1&keywords=from+prussia+with+love&pebp=1441239932852&perid=0NF8QWPZ8CB4S5EMA4XB

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Tina Christopher will be awarding a steampunk jewelry set, which contains a necklace and a pair of earrings as well as a 8 book collection of her books to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a steampunk necklace and a $20 All Romance eBooks gift card to a randomly drawn host.


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7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ From Prussia With Love by Tina Christopher

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 29, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Tina Christopher
    October 29, 2015

    Thanks for having me, Christine:).

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  4. achristay
    October 29, 2015

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

  5. Betty W
    October 29, 2015

    Sounds great, thank you!

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