Christine Young

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

Christine Presents ~ Take Me As I Am by Charmaine Ross.

Please welcome Charmaine Ross author of Take Me As I Am.

Charmaine Ross will be awarding a copy of the e-book Take Me As I Am (international) to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Take Me As I Am

by Charmaine Ross


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I have always been interested in writing since I can remember. I used to sit up and night and fill pages, usually inspired by movies like Indiana Jones. Then I went on to write about boys and boyfriends. It was quite safe having a boyfriend right out of your imagination. I imagine my mother thought so too.


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

I live in a beautiful part of the world. The Dandenongs is a place where people come to visit on the weekends or travel from the other side of the world to come and see. I like actually visiting the places I write about. I’ve always wanted to see the Burnham Beeches restored, and what better way than to write about it in a book. That’s exactly what my heroine in Take Me As I Am is doing! Then she hires sexy hunk landscaper, David, and can’t keep her eyes off him much to her consternation.


  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I like to research the jobs that my characters have. So if they are interested in computers, I try and keep what they do as technically correct as I can. In Take Me As I Am, David trims a large Rhododendron tree and I had to work out how he would go about doing that as I’ve never trimmed a tree myself before.


  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

That I like red wine and chocolate cake.



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

I have several books in different stages of publication. Two are with Escape publishing. They are contemporary romances. I have another paranormal romance coming out with Crimson Romance – Time After Time. I also have dark thriller titled The Unforgotten coming out with Ellora’s Cave. It’s not a romance and is my first foray into another genre. I’d also like to branch out into writing children short chapter books and a non-fiction book to help women build a small business they can do at home while bringing up the kids.


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

I think I’d like to be Katia from Cursed. Not so much because of her horrible childhood, but because she has to power of telekinesis. Imagine being able to do the housework and sit on the couch at the same time.


  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I had written four books and a girl in my critique group submitted to Destiny Publishing. That gave me the confidence to also submit. Destiny took two books, Double Exposure and Wild At Heart. The I submitted to Escape Publishing and they took Makeover Miracle and The Haunted Mansion (which is yet to come out). Escape have since then taken Four-Leaf Clover, Take Me As I Am and Your Song (also is yet to come out).


My paranormal romances were taken by Crimson Romance – Paradise Island, Daman’s Angel and recently Cursed.


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

I’m a plotter. I don’t have a lot of time – between working, kids, husband, house etc – writing comes a sorry second. I have to plot to maximize my word count and quality of writing when I do manage to sit down. I also time in editing, which has to take a priority sometimes if I want to polish up a book to submission standard.


  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I love photography and have worked as a photographer at one stage. My lead character Eden explored photography in Double Exposure and I was able to describe what she was looking for when she took a photograph.


More recently, in my newly finished paranormal romance, my lead Darcy, is trying to start her graphic design business when she is attacked by demons. I’m a graphic designer and that worked well when Darcy was in a meeting with a client and she was speaking about corporate identities.


  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I have finished several drafts of this book and am up to the final polishing edit. It’s a contemporary Romance called Bogan Chick and is a cross between My Fair Lady and Cinderella. Hopefully it is a light comedy read with a serious message beneath.


I am also doing final edits on The Unforgotten, my thriller.


  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

I love Ryan Reynolds. He has fantastic abs and doesn’t take himself too seriously. I also like Sophie Monk she is a riot! I can imagine it would be a laugh to sit down and talk with her.


  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Kate has been brought up to do a role. She has been polished, educated and groomed to take over her father’s group of hotels – think Paris Hilton. But she had fallen in love with David, a no-name landscaper who her father would see as not a suitable match. She has been instructed by her father that she take a special interest in another young man who she doesn’t like. She has never spoken against her father in her entire life, but now, after realizing an empty life without David, she has to stand up to her father. She needs to gather her inner strength and stand up to the one man who can literally wreck her life, but she will lose David if she doesn’t. She has a big decision to make.


  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Ooo – I love The Biggest Loser. I find it so inspirational. In fact, Makeover Miracle was based on that show. I wanted to explore what it might be like being a contestant on a reality TV show.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Thank you so much for having me here and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about me. As a thank you to your readers I’m offering two free fun and flirty novellas on my web site when you subscribe to my very sporadic email. I also have free sample chapters on my web site. It’s worth a look@


Forget the whole billionaire tycoon thing: Kate Moore is a billionaire’s daughter, and she knows first-hand that they’re not all romance novel worthy. Her father is brilliant, inflexible, and brutal – and nothing she’s ever done has been good enough for him.  Her one chance to take over the massive Moore’s Hotel Corporation is restoring the run-down Burnham Beeches in beautiful Sassafras to its former glory. To that end, she hires David Wright, a talented landscaper with an unparalleled eye for beauty and an unparalleled talent for distracting her from her goal.

David really needs this job. He needs the contract, the Moore’s name on his portfolio, and the money to pay for his ailing father’s health. Everything he’s worked for is now within his grasp, and he’s going to reach for it with both hands. What he doesn’t need is the diversion, or the temptation, presented by his new boss.

Neither David nor Kate are free to follow their own desires, but they’re powerless to fight their growing attraction. But they come from very different places; perceptions will have to crash, misconceptions will have to collapse, and they will have to face their own personal challenges before they find their space to meet in the middle.






Kate peeked out from her office window. David had done a lot in the past few hours, having marked out the skeleton of the garden. Unfortunately, the piece of ground he’d decided on meant he was all she could see when she looked out of the window.


She would catch herself, lost in thought as she watched his lithe movements outside. Every so often he would call out an order to his brother, Jack, as he’d introduced him, who would follow the instruction. Kate studied them both, comparing brothers. Jack was as lean as David, but he wasn’t as tall. David a little darker with hair and skin tones. They looked similar, had distinct physical family traits, but he hadn’t captivated her as much as David had.


Captivated. Was that what she was? As much as she pulled her attention back to the computer screen, her eyes kept returning to the window, as though they had a mind of their own. Each time she did, she’d notice something new about David. The way his calf muscles contracted when he bent, and the way his biceps seemed to burst when he carried something heavy. The way his skin glowed with sweat in the midday heat. His brother wasn’t as fit, or as lean. Or as tanned. Or half as masculine. Kate bit her lower lip until it hurt.


Kate wondered if he would feel as hard as he looked. Would his skin be warm to the touch? Hot? Would each ripple of muscle undulate as smoothly beneath his skin as they looked?

Would she burn if they touched just skin to skin?


Kate sank her chin into the palm of her hand, feeling her lower belly melt. As she watched, David reached to the hem of his fitted T-Shirt and pulled it over his head.


She stopped breathing.


She didn’t have to imagine his muscles any more. They were superbly on display. He was lean. Fit. And had a six pack to prove it. He had the perfect frame, broad shoulders, a clean chest that showcased perfectly sculpted muscle. Not the type that was designed in a gym, but the kind that was created from daily physical labour. His chest tapered into a trim, flat stomach. A hollowed line ran from the centre of his torso beneath his waist-band to much lower parts of his anatomy. A fiery thrill ran up Kate’s spine.


‘Who’s the hunk?’








AUTHOR Bio and Links:


My first foray into romance was as a fourteen year old where I fell hopelessly and eternally in love with my hero as only a teenager can. Instead of watching movies and staying up late, I would go to bed at eight thirty and continue my very romantic, very safe, love affair.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many heroes, some less safe than what my teenage brain could possibly imagine. After earning a Fine Art’s Degree, a Diploma of Secondary Education and a Diploma of Marketing, I worked as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies as well as in-house marketing roles and am currently involved with digital marketing and everything web in my current position. But I always return to writing.

Although I have travelled, I always return to my home town of Melbourne and live with my husband, two children and two cats in the ferny-greens of the Dandenongs. If I’m not working on my latest romance and falling in love with yet another hero, you’ll find me reading, watching and basically indulging in my addiction to any story on any media type I can get my fingers on.


Check out my web site to download and read two fun, flirty novellas – the best news is they’re free – plus free chapter downloads from all of my books, as well as updates on my latest news @








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Charmaine Ross will be awarding a copy of the e-book Take Me As I Am (international) to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.



7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Take Me As I Am by Charmaine Ross.

  1. Charmaine Ross
    February 29, 2016

    Hi Christine. Thank you very much for having me here. If anyone has any questions, I’ll stick around and answer them. Cheers, Charmaine

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    February 29, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Mai Tran
    February 29, 2016

    Name a movie that is better then the book. Doesn’t happen often.

    • Charmaine Ross
      February 29, 2016

      I am really not sure. I’m trying to think of similar movies that I can compare with the book, but as you said, I can’t think of one. I did like The Beautiful Lie. It was a series that looked at love in its different elements. It was very well done.

  4. achristay
    February 29, 2016

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

  5. Charmaine Ross
    February 29, 2016

    Thank you so much for having me!

  6. bn100
    February 29, 2016


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