Christine Young

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

Christine Presents ~ Love Painted in Red by Cristiane Serruya

Please welcome Cristiane Serruya author of Love Painted in Red.

Cristiane Serruya will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Love Painted in Red

by Cristiane Serruya


GENRE: Romance




  1. What is your favorite reality show?

*Gasp* I don’t see TV…well, I saw a few games of the 2016 Olympics, but that is all.


  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?
    Absolutely…not. It’d have been easier to ask what are the ones I dislike. As you haven’t, I’ll keep it a secret. *smile*

I’m kind of obsessed about books. I read in traffic, in the doctor’s waiting room, and a few hours every day at home. I have very eclectic taste. When I was young, I loved Barbara Cartland, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte. As I grew, Kafka, Becket, Victor Hugo, George Orwell, the Greek classics, and many others made their way into my library. And, of course, lots and lots of contemporary romance.


  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

Well, it is kind of silly. In April 2009 I was bedridden with a terrible case of flu and such a bad headache that I had to have the curtains drawn all day. Since I couldn’t even read, I decided to tell myself a story. The seed was planted, but daily life kept me from writing it. Exactly in February 28th, 2011, a friend of mine said I had such good stories to tell that I should write a book. The next day, I started the TRUST Series.

My oldest daughter, Raphaela, was the first person I told I decided to write. She looked at me for a whole minute, open-mouthed. Recovered from the shock, she asked, “Who is going to read your book, Mommy?” *LOL* After a few months, when she saw that my project was serious, she kept coming into my home-office to see how it was going. One day, when I was editing a scene with Sophia and Gabriela, she said I should publish the book.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books? 
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Real life is the best inspiration there is for a complex plot. Meeting interesting people—in person or on line—gives me the inspiration for my characters. Also, there’s a little bit of me in them as well—including the bad ones. *grin*

I research carefully every topic I write about. For example, Tavish is a war veteran and I interviewed many veterans to be able to draw and create his character. I also rely on my experience as a lawyer and in my observations of the world when I travel.


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

Laetitia Galen, from Love Painted in Red, is adorable, but without question I’d be Sophia Leibowitz, from TRUST Series. I have a few things in common with her (and also with her daughter, Gabriela). Sophia is independent, feminine, and strong. She is also Brazilian and a brunette, which I guess makes it easier for me to identify with her.


  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Readers’ imaginations are always better than reality, but if I could choose the cast for Love Painted in Red, it’d be: Joe Manganiello as Tavish with sexy sea-green eyes, silvery-blonde Jane Levy as Laetitia, and Josh Holloway as “the man with a grudge”.

I have a Pinterest board——for each story I write, with inspirational pics for characters, clothes, and locations.


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

The best: Get beta readers. You can find them on Goodreads groups. Distribute an ARC to a few as soon as you think your manuscript is ready, with a list of questions concerning your characters, plot, etc. Listen attentively to what they have to say. Perhaps you have not tied a plot knot or have rushed your end. Avid readers (and good reviewers) make the best betas, so take a look at their Goodreads profile. Leave a few other betas for the last step, preferably the ones who are good with typos and grammar. And get a professional proofreader who did not edit your book. As your editor already knows your story, it’ll be more difficult for her/him to catch a typo.

The worst…well, I have no idea…there have been so many. *LOL*


  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
    I outline the book in my head and on a special notebook—I have at least one for each story.

Yet, every time I started writing a romance following the outline, I discovered my characters didn’t like my ideas and had completely different plans for their lives. *grin*


  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
    The Diaries Series, from which “FROM THE BARONESS’S DIARY: The erotic escapades of Baron Beardley’s wife” is the first installment, is a 20th century romantic erotica and it will be released on September 13th, 2016.

It started with a single diary entry I wrote and was supposed to be a bonus scene for the print version of my contemporary romance Love Painted in Red, where Laetitia, a painter, used the late Baroness’s diaries to develop a series of erotic paintings, but I realized I would be doing a disservice to my readers if I didn’t develop Lady Chloé Beardley’s own story.


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

I am editing the second installment of The Diaries Series and I have to finish writing the third installment, temporarily titled “From the Baron’s Diary: Confessions of a peer of the realm”.

I’m also co-authoring a comedy romance—a first for me as I haven’t written funny stuff before—and that has been a wonderful experience.

And I have just begun to outline another full length romance. Phew! That’s it for now.


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I’m available to comment or answer any questions so I want to invite everybody to leave a message here or on my website.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts here and helping me promote my work, Christine.

Cris 🙂




Tavish MacCraig, thirty-three-year-old Highlander, forsook his medical and military career, after being a POW for 6 months in Afghanistan, to run his family’s internationally renowned art gallery in London, The Blue Dot. Despite being surrounded by wealth and beauty, Tavish’s days are bleak, his nights, living nightmares, and his heart, an empty shell. But when he meets Irish painter Laetitia Galen, a powerful and sizzling attraction ignites between them.

Laetitia, who fled hell on earth when she was sixteen, now works as a well-paid housekeeper in a forsaken country manor in Warwickshire and sells her paintings in an obscure gallery. To preserve her new life and recently found peace, she resists Tavish and The Blue Dot’s fantastic offer of an exclusive contract.

Laetitia becomes Tavish’s obsession; Tavish, Laetitia’s unattainable dream.

Meanwhile, a man with a burning grudge plots his long-awaited revenge, which could destroy them all over again.




EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):


Excerpt One:




“We’ve been doing everything we can,” the private investigator said in defense of himself. He looked pointedly at Geoffrey Callaghan, hoping for some support.


“I’ll double the reward if you find her in the next three months,” said a husky male voice. “Put more men on her. Do whatever is necessary. I’ll pay the extra cost.”


The PI nodded once and quickly made his exit, not wanting to hear the or else, which was implicit in the order. He had never been inside that room. It was the first time in years that he had to deal with a person other than Geoffrey, who was scary enough.


“They will find her,” Geoffrey said.


“If I were a suspicious man, I would wonder why you didn’t have more men searching for her.” Bluish-white smoke rose from the corner, which would be completely dark if not for an orange glow. “Or why you weren’t more careful that night.”


“You were the one who chose her.” A faint smile touched Geoffrey’s wrinkled, thin lips. “I told you she was a freak.”


He had no answer to that. “GO! Leave me alone.”


“That’s exactly what you asked of me years ago. Look what happened.” Geoffrey smirked.


“Leave me alone.” He grabbed the nearest object—a Baccarat ashtray—and flung it at Geoffrey’s head, who despite his old age, ducked, avoiding being hit by the crystal but not by being showered with butts and ashes from the homemade cigar.


“Don’t do that again, my son.” He shook his bald head at the once handsome man sitting in the dark. “Don’t forget who gives the orders here.”


“Do I ever?” A fury raced through the man’s blood. There had been a time when many things could tame his unruly desires. Not anymore. He had become dependent on the old man in front of him.


“I will go.” Geoffrey smirked. “But you need to relax. I’ll send a cup of Yagé and a devotee for you to fuck.”


The man stayed silent for a moment. “Send the Yagé and the devotee.”


“A wise decision. Be at peace,” Geoffrey said before he closed the door behind him.


The orange light glowed brighter as he dragged deeper. He imagined he could see her face and body take shape in the smoke as he exhaled.


She had become the reason he arose every day, breathed, and endured pain. She had become his obsession.


He would find her. Touch her as she had touched him. Make her scream as he had.


Until he tired.


Until she begged.


Then, only then, he would kill her.







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Cristiane Serruya is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro, with her husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, her Shetland sheepdog. She has studied in England, France, Italy, and Switzerland and graduated in Law, with a Master’s in Business Law, and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, she published her first romance, and is proud of the awards her novels have received.

She still works as a lawyer, but writing has become an essential part of her life, and a fulfilling adventure, as it allows her to make friends all over the world.




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8 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Love Painted in Red by Cristiane Serruya

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    August 29, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert
    August 29, 2016

    Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway

  3. Lisa Brown
    August 29, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. achristay
    August 29, 2016

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

  5. Rita Wray
    August 29, 2016

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  6. Victoria
    August 29, 2016

    Really great post – I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Cali W.
    August 29, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  8. Thanks for hosting me, Christine. It was an honor being here with you today!

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