Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beach House No. 9 = Love Shack




The Love Shack
Christie Ridgway



Globe-trotting photojournalist Gage Lowell spent carefree childhood summers in Crescent Cove. Now that he desperately needs some R & R, he books a vacation at Beach House No. 9—ready to soak up some sun and surprise old friend and property manager Skye Alexander. Their long-distance letters got him through a dangerous time he can't otherwise talk about. But when he arrives, the tightly wound beauty isn't exactly happy to see him.

Skye knows any red-blooded woman would be thrilled to spend time with gorgeous, sexy Gage. But she harbors secrets of her own, including that she might just be a little bit in love with him. And she's convinced the restless wanderer won't stay long enough for her to dare share her past—or dream of a future together. Luckily for them both, summer at Crescent Cove has a way of making the impossible happen….


Join me in welcoming guest author, Christie Ridgway. 

Christie Ridgway is the USA Today bestselling author of over forty contemporary romances. She's received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, another for Best Contemporary Romance, and is a five-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America. A native of California, she sets most of her books in her home state and is always hoping to make readers both laugh and cry. Though she has a degree in English Language and Literature, she spent years in the techy field of computer programming before trying her hand at her dream job—writing romance. Christie also pens a monthly column highlighting new romances for BookPage, a review publication with both a print and online presence. She lives with her college-sweetheart husband, two sons, a dog, a cat, and a tortoise in Southern California.1.

Jillian: How often to you get lost in a story?
Christie: I am always reading! I read books for my BookPage column, books by my favorite authors, books for my book group. I listen to audio books while I clean, cook, and exercise.

Jillian: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Christie: I remember reading Bobbsey Twin books...those must have been early favorites. But the childhood book that keeps popping into my head when I think of "first" is The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. After I exhausted the Children's section of my local library, my mom, a mystery lover, introduced me to romantic suspense novels (she already knew my penchant for romance!). The first book I picked from the adult section all by myself (and that I adore to this day and read at least once a year) is These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer.

Jillian: Where do you read and how often?
Christie: As I mentioned above, I read all over the place because I'm listening to books while I vacuum, dust, do laundry. But my favorite place to read is propped up on pillows on my bed, our yellow Lab, Hank, softly snoring nearby. Sometimes our cat, Goblin, will gift me with her presence by my feet.

Jillian: Describe your favorite kind of hero to read/write?
Christie: I love a strong hero hiding a wound. He might be just a bit broody...until the heroine gets her hands on him and helps him lighten up! I like a hero with a dry sense of humor and a tender heart that he guards with everything he has.

Jillian: What was the first story you remember writing?
Christie: I wrote a story in third grade about gypsies. It was a love story, of course, and my mom typed it up for me so it looked "published." In eighth grade I wrote my first "book." It was a rhyming children's story (also illustrated by me) titled "How Jo Jo Jones Found Happiness or A Small Tin Box with a Fortune Inside." There was no love interest—just hapless Jo Jo Jones.

Jillian: Be honest, when reading 1st person...do you miss the hero’s POV?
Christie: I really enjoy writing the hero's POV. I'm married, I have two sons, and I think I know the way the guy-mind works...I have fun exploring that. But when reading...there is something to going without the hero's thought processes. It makes him more mysterious and is how we experience men in real life.

Jillian: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Christie: A romance of course! I read all kinds of books, but it's romance novels that make me the happiest. I don't know why, but that's the kind of story I'd choose if I was gathering what I could for my stay on a deserted island.

Christie has a question for commenters: So, your ship is going down and you have just a few minutes to toss things into your lifeboat—it's a short row to the deserted island you see ahead. You have plenty of food, water, and stuff to shelter with. What's going to be your reading material? You can name an author, a title, or a genre. (I'm thinking I'll grab the entire Nora Roberts oeuvre.)

One commenter chosen by randomizer will receive Beach House No. 9, the first full-length book in the Beach House series.

How to contact Christie:
website: www.christieridgway.com
Twitter: @ChristieRidgway
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChristieRidgway

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America  addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

36 comments:

  1. I'd grab as many Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts books that I can.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Hi Christie! Welcome to GLIAS--it's nice to have you here. I love the premise of this book--I adore lost drifter type stories; the wanderer who finds a home. I would be so very sad if I had to choose just a "few" books to live with. First, I'd be sure my Nook was as full as I could make it and be sure it was on me at all times :-) Then I'd pick all my old LaVyrle Spencer books and some Susan Elizabeth Phillips--and probably some Christie Ridgeway :-) Ugh--hard question! Thanks for being here!

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  3. here's the thing...I can't grab JUST one book. Thus I thank God every night for my Kindle! It's "one book" sized item but there's so many good things to read on it.

    and I WANT THIS BOOK! :)

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  4. Hi, everyone! Thanks for having me. A Kindle (with service to charge and d/load) would be great on our deserted island. But that's too easy. I think I'd add with my Noras a bunch of Harlequin Presents. Love those alpha guys.

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  5. Welcome to GLIAS, Christie. Awesome interview.
    MY THING? I couldn't just READ! I'd have to be writing...so couldn't there be an abandoned notebook factory on this deserted isle for an endless supply of paper? LOL I'd be willing to make my own writing utensil when the ink ran out.

    Can't just name one author or grab a handful of books. There are too too many. Somebody for every mood!
    ~Angi

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    1. Well, of course a writer would need her supplies! Maybe we'd have to learn to make paper... Ink from octopi, of course!

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  6. my first grab would be the Bible. then I'd grab as many Harlequin Love Inspired (LI, LI Suspense, LI Historical), Intrigue, Dana Morton, Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts, Patterson --- well just as many books or all sorts as I could find and load that row boat with!

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    1. I'm with you, Donna! So far I have my Noras, and my Harlequin Presents. Next I'll add in my Desires, I think.

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  7. I would take my favorite author with me. Mary Doria Russell who keeps me capivated with her novels. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That's a new to me author! Just looked her up on Amazon. Thanks for the tip. :)

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  8. I know what I would enjoy. The entire Maisie Dobbs series. Jacqueline Winspear can write. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I might grab my Kindle with the 5000 books on it. I have so many favorite authors, I could not just grab one.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. We'll have to find a place on the island for you to recharge. Hmm. Maybe we can pack a solar recharger.

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  10. All the John Grisham and Susan Mallory books

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    1. Nice choices and such different genres, too. I think I'll have to come up with a mystery author I need to bring with me...Lisa Gardner, maybe. Tess Gerritsen.

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  11. My read over and over authors are Rob Thurman and Margorie Liu. They'd keep me so happy I'd never bother to light the rescue fire...until I got a craving for chocolate. Is chocolate in the ration supply?

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    1. We will be bringing plenty of chocolate!

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  12. I would grab three sisters by susan mallery. Actually im sure I would grab all her books I could

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    1. Susan has a great set of books to enjoy!

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  13. I guess I'd grab my Kindle Fire that way I have over hundreds of books to read. If I could only pick one author, it would be Carly Phillips.

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    1. Those Kindles/Kindle Fires are so wonderful for traveling, aren't they? Our deserted island won't feel so deserted if we have lots and lots of books.

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  14. the Lords of the Underworld series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Nice choice! Lots of action to take your mind off being deserted. :)

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  15. I am going to be greedy and say the entire historial genre! :)

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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    1. Go ahead and be greedy! You'll have so much to read we'll all be jealous.

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  16. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for having this contest. :)

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  17. I would take the contemporary romance genre.

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  18. I'd grab JD Robb's books -- all of them!

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    1. I'm rereading (well, listening on Audio) to these now. Not in order...but it doesn't matter since I've read them all before. So enjoy.

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  19. I'd grab the Outlander series--if there was enough room in the lifeboat!

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  20. Thanks for the interview, the great question for commenters and your giveaway! Hope to see you back with us soon, Christie!

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  21. Congratulations May! [maybe31 at yahoo.com]

    You won a copy of Beach House No. 9. Please bear with me as my personal e-mail is out of order today. I will get your info to Christie ASAP!

    Jillian

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  22. Hmm, good job! This is really something!

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