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Linda Rae Blair/Book Junkies Journal:

Please provide at least a copy of your latest cover and yourself to be posted in the interview. Don’t be afraid to provide other covers (your fav, your first, your best…whatever). These make your interview interesting!
Now, let’s get started—but remember, have fun! 

Tell us about yourself, where you’re from/grew up/live now, what you do for fun, if you work at “day job” what do you do that may impact your writing, favorite pet/color/movie /book/actress/actor—you know, all that stuff that makes you interesting! I was born, grew up, married, raised my kids, and currently live in Wyoming. Most of the Western states are colored radical red on political maps, but I try to give equal time to different viewpoints in my writing. I’m interested in the mythology of the West, the cowboys and lawmen, the iconic animals and ideals. My fiction is contemporary, so the settings and the characters are completely modern and struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in my writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days which really don’t exist anymore. My characters truly live by the Code of the West.
When and why did you begin writing?I’ve always been a big reader, and liked writing. But when it came time for college, I couldn’t figure out how a woman who would probably never be a literary giant went about making a living from writing. Beyond journalism, that is, which didn’t interest me at all. So I put off writing formally until I returned to school at the age of 39. Then I churned out several manuscripts in quick succession but couldn’t get anyone interested in publishing them. When the age of Internet publishing exploded all of a sudden publishers were interested in my stories, perhaps because so many writers who would have been submitting to them were instead self-pubbing. Or maybe the stars were aligned correctly, or it was meant for me to look to where my roots are. At any rate, an opportunity to publish with Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid Books, a Wyoming publisher, developed for me when they offered a contract for Take a Chance on Love.
 What is your genre? I write sensual contemporary romance. The stories started out plain contemporary, but I had to heat them up in order to sell.
 Are you an organized outliner or more of a seat of pants writer? Pantser. I really hate outlining. I will do it after the story’s written, if I have to submit an outline or long synopsis along with the manuscript. But I never write from an outline.
What other writer inspires you? Your work? I’m fascinated by those few writers consistently good enough to continue to make a living from their work. I like suspense/detective best, which seems odd for a romance writer but there you are. The best inspiration for me as far as romance goes was and continues to be LaVyrle Spencer, even though it has been many years since she published anything. There was always a place in her books where I had to pull out the tissues, and it seemed to me that was a sign of powerful reader involvement in the writing.
What is your favorite work by you? And why is it your fav? Well, of course at the moment, my favorite is Take a Chance on Love. It’s my first published contemporary. But I have to admit, I’ve always been a little in love with Micah. And I’m jealous of Chancie for setting eyes on him first.
Where does your character inspiration come from?I do a lot of research into a job that I might like to have. Then as I think about what personality traits the work would require, a female character just appears to start doing that job. The story unrolls like a movie, and I have to type like mad to get it all written down.
What’s your best/worst experience as a writer? The best so far is getting that acceptance e-mail. The worst is the expectation that a writer has to promote, promote, promote. And working around the limitations of social media is frustrating and exhausting, especially when the rules keep changing.
Share the best/worst writing advice you ever got. The worst advice I ever got was to stop writing romance and write only literary/mainstream. Several of my college writing teachers looked down their noses at genre fiction, so I had to persist in spite of their obvious distaste for what I was handing in. The best advice was from other instructors and writers who took the time to critique my early efforts: Just keep trying.
What is your latest published work? (Provide cover/purchase links etc.) My new book is Take a Chance on Love. It’s the story of Western business woman Chancie de Leur, who decides sexy highway patrol trooper Micah Taylor is the man for her the instant she first sees him. But besides the obvious differences between her and Micah—shockingly, Chancie’s never ridden a horse despite being a Wyoming girl through and through!—they have to contend with strenuous  and rather devious objections to their growing love from Chancie’s young son.
Do you have another work in progress? If yes, tell us about it. I do have another sensual contemporary romance in the works. This one concerns a woman coal mine employee who becomes the target of an environmental demonstration, and the handsome Wyoming county sheriff who does his best to protect her in his official capacity—while he tries to keep his private attraction to her separate.
What do you want your fans to know about you and your work?I just want to bring memorable characters and situations to life for their enjoyment. I hope readers like my stories enough to remember them and to recommend them to others. Writing and selling a novel is only one part of a two-way transaction; the reader is the other half of the process and every bit as important as the writer.
Tell us something about yourself that your readers don’t already know. I can’t think of anything. If readers want to know more about me, I would love to hear from them. My e-mail link is on my blog, and they can message me on Facebook.
Where can readers find out more about you? (Provide your website link, Facebook links, etc.)
Google+: Christi Williams
Twitter: @writerchristi https://twitter.com/WriterChristi
Where can we purchase your work? (provide links)
Jamallah Bergman's Stories of Love and Romance:
QUESTIONS FOR MY AUTHORS

1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?

I write sensual contemporary romance about cops and cowboys and the women strong enough to love them. I’m fascinated by the Western mythos and all its icons, and do a lot of exploring of how the old mythical West still lives in today’s modern culture.

2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I know this will probably shock you, but I love to read. I also enjoy research. I used to love libraries, but these days find it simpler and easier to research on the Internet. Although I still think the smell of old books is a turn-on.

3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?

Unfortunately, the first thing I have to do every day is work on promotion. It’s my least favorite part of writing, so if I don’t do it early I won’t do it at all. Then in the afternoon I open the file I’m working on, or do some research, or just sit down and start writing.

4. Where do you get your ideas from?

The crazy thing is, most of my writing comes from an occupation that catches my attention. If I can make my heroine’s job interesting, she just appears and the story starts unrolling. So in my new novel from Torrid, Take a Chance on Love, I started from Chancie owning a drug testing business. Chancie then appeared, a beautiful, self-confident business woman—who also has problems at home and no love life!

5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?

Well, I’d have to say right now, Take a Chance on Love is my favorite. Honestly, I just like the story of how Chancie met sexy Wyoming highway patrolman Micah Taylor and how they creatively approach the problem of Chancie’s spoiled kid, Jamie, who hates the idea of Micah in his mom’s life.  And I guess it’s my favorite because even though I’ve gone on to other projects I’m still a bit in love with Micah. Probably because he’s my made-up fantasy man.

6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?

I have to do laundry on Tuesday or otherwise the whole week will pass and I’ll forget about it. Is that funny, or just strange? You can be honest; it won’t hurt my feelings!

7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?

My contemporary romances are completely imaginary. The settings might resemble places I’ve lived or visited. But I even change the name of the town to an imaginary Western place so if I want to incorporate facts from different places I can do that without readers thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about if I wrote about a real place. And the main characters don’t resemble anybody I’ve ever known, they just show up and start acting out their story, and all I have to do is write it down.

8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?

It used to be WordPerfect but now it is Word. Just joking! If I have a muse, he/she has not introduced him/herself.

9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?

I’ve written historicals, mainly because I like research. Again, once I’ve become involved in a subject, such as immigrants in New York City after the Civil War, a character appears and starts telling her story.

10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?

I don’t read much romance anymore! I like James Lee Burke, Greg Iles, Joseph Marshall III, Elizabeth George, Richard S. Wheeler. I could go on, but basically detective/suspense and Western. I said my heroines love cops and cowboys, so you can see where I get my idea of what a hero is like!

11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?

My favorite female character is Chancie de Leur. She is so tough and persistent; she goes after what she wants and she never, ever gives up. My favorite male character is Micah Taylor. He tries so hard to make difficult relationships work. He’s been knocked down by love before, but for Chancie he’s willing to try it again, even to the extent of doing his best to befriend the challenging ten-year-old in Chancie’s life.

12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Getting published is hardest. As much as I have to do for myself concerning promotion, I don’t think I could do book covers and formatting and everything else it takes to publish. So I try to convince others to do those things for me. It’s a bit easier and I’ve had more success in this new era of e-books. Maybe not having to commit to hardback or even paperback makes it easier for publishers to accept more books.

13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?

Read. Study the writers whose work you like best and try to figure out what they have done right. Read widely, classics and mainstream and outside your genre. Take classes and get in the habit of writing against a deadline; it’s good discipline. Study grammar and usage so even if you self-publish you’ll put out your best, polished work for your readers.

14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?

Reading and watching television, I guess. I’ve worked a lot of different jobs, never liked any of them much, and don’t have to do that anymore.

15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I love the Oregon coast, especially Yachats. The surf is just wild, crashing against the volcanic rocks. After you watch the sun go down, open the window of the hotel room for the sound of the surf as background music all night, turn on the electric fireplace, climb into bed and cuddle. Yum!

Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?

Cover blurb for Take a Chance on Love:

Playing at love...
     That’s what it feels like to Chancie de Leur and Micah Taylor as they try to discover if the spark that blazes between them is real and lasting, or merely scorching infatuation.
     Chancie is a woman with money. Headstrong. Willful. A Western woman tempered to steel by past heartbreak, but one with a hidden sensitive side. She thinks she knows what she wants, and what she wants is Micah Taylor.
     Micah is a long, lean Wyoming lawman. Complex. Thoughtful. Tough. Burned by love, he battles Chancie’s allure. Pretty sure she could never be content with what a cop could provide, all he has to do is look at her and his synapses start firing. He knows the price of playing with Chancie’s fire, and thinks he’s willing to pay it.
     Can Chancie and Micah make it work? Only one thing stands in the way of finding out: Jamie, Chancie’s ten-year-old terror of a kid!

Excerpt from Take a Chance on Love:

She reached for the ignition to warm up the car, but waited as a battered four-wheel drive truck pulled up next to her. She rubbed a spot clear in the freezing steam on the car window so she could see. A cowboy hat emerged from the pickup; the door slammed. A man in a dun leather coat rounded the front of the truck, halted, and tried to peer into the fogged front windshield of her car. Chancie hesitated. Was it Micah? He was tall enough, and sinewy enough, but she could see nothing of the man’s features in the shadow of his hat brim and through the ice crystals already re-forming on the windshield.

He walked between the two vehicles, leaned to tap on her side window. Chancie couldn’t get the power window down without turning on the ignition, so she hesitantly cracked the door open, ready to slam it shut again if the man were a stranger.

Micah’s friendly smile greeted her. “Hello, Chancie,” he said, his voice soft as a caress. He grasped the door handle, pulling the door open for her.

She swung her legs out and stood. Micah shut the door then paused, looking at her. “You showed up after all,” he said.

Chancie put her gloved hands in her coat pockets. “Did you think I wouldn’t?”

“I wasn’t sure. You had second thoughts about it, didn’t you?”

Links for Christi Williams:

Twitter: @writerchristi https://twitter.com/WriterChristi
Google+: Christi Williams
blog: Some Like It Hotter http://writerchristi.blogspot.com/
Links for Take a Chance on Love:

Kindle:
Nook:  

Giveaway:
What do teddy bears have to do with my story? You would have to read Take a Chance on Love to find out! But go ahead, take a chance: A lucky commenter here at Jamallah Bergman’s Stories of Love and Romance who leaves me an e-mail contact will win one of Micah’s bears, signed by Christi.
(Love Bear won by Virginia Nelson.)

T.P. Miller's thevampyrequeen:
Title: Take a Chance on Love
Genre: Sensual Contemporary Romance
Author: Christi Williams
Release date: April 15, 2013
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid Books

Ok before we start the interview tell us a little bit about yourself as an author, and what you like to do?
I write sensual contemporary romance about cops and cowboys and the women strong enough to love them. I’m a history buff, fascinated by the Western mythos and all its icons, and do a lot of exploring of how the old mythical West still lives in today’s modern culture. I love to read. I also enjoy research. I used to love libraries, but these days find it simpler and easier to research on the Internet. Although I still think the smell of old books is a turn-on.

Where are you from?
Except for a little while in Colorado and a few years in Oregon, I’ve lived my whole life in Wyoming.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I try to let the story dictate my style, although I find certain elements keep cropping up again and again. My fiction is contemporary, so the settings and the characters are completely modern and struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in my writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days which really don’t exist anymore. My characters truly live by the Code of the West

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I always loved Dickens, especially A Tale of Two Cities. For romance, I would have liked to study with Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, and LaVyrle Spencer. In genres outside of romance I admire greatly the work of James Lee Burke, Harlan Ellison, Joseph Marshall III, Craig Johnson, Margaret Atwood, Tony Hillerman, and more!

How long have you been writing?
About 20 years now.

How did you decide on what genre you wanted to write in?
I started in Fantasy, writing short stories. I had a teacher who said I had to get into writing novels, so my first novel was a fantasy. Then I wrote some historicals before falling in with a writers group whose members wrote romance. So in order to get some valid feedback, I started writing romance, which is the genre they knew.

What inspired you to write?
I thought I could make money at it. Really, I did! I thought I could make a living writing novels.

What book are you reading now?
The Hunger Games trilogy. I read a lot, and a lot outside of romance.

Who are your favorite authors?
Most of them are already listed under mentors. I can add Greg Iles, Richard Wheeler, Margaret Coel, Louise Erdrich, and more!

How did you feel when you completed your first book?
Since it was not my idea to write novel length, I was kind of shocked to find out I could do it.

Please list the titles of your books.
Take a Chance on Love came out April 15. It is the only one I have published so far.

Where is your favorite place to write? I can write anywhere as long as the noise level isn’t too outrageous. Auto racing on the TV is distracting.

Is your book self publish?
No it was published by Whiskey Creek Press LLC.

Where can reader purchase your books?
Kindle:
Nook: 

If someone wanted an autograph copy how can they get it?
Take a Chance on Love is e-book only. I understand there is an app for authors to use to sign e-books, but I haven’t used it. If a reader really wanted my autograph, I could send a signed print of the beautiful cover Harris Channing designed for my novel.

How can your readers get in contact with you?
Twitter: @writerchristi https://twitter.com/WriterChristi
Google+: Christi Williams
blog: Some Like It Hotter http://writerchristi.blogspot.com/
There is an e-mail contact on my blog, or leave a comment.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Tell us your latest news?

Can you share a little of your current work if any?
I have another sensual contemporary romance set in Wyoming submitted, and am waiting on an answer whether the editor likes it or not.

What do you want to say to your readers?
I just want to bring memorable characters and situations to life for their enjoyment. I hope readers like my stories enough to remember them and to recommend them to others. Writing and selling a novel is only one part of a two-way transaction; the reader is the other half of the process and every bit as important as the writer. My fiction is contemporary, so the settings and the characters are completely modern and struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in my writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days which really don’t exist anymore. My characters truly live by the Code of the West. I love hearing from readers, so please contact me.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read. Study the writers whose work you like best and try to figure out what they have done right. Read widely, classics and mainstream and outside your genre. Take classes and get in the habit of writing against a deadline; it’s good discipline. Study grammar and usage so even if you self-publish you’ll put out your best, polished work for your readers.


Author Name: Christi Williams
Website: http://writerchristi.blogspot.com
Twitter: @writerchristi https://twitter.com/WriterChristi
(Please list any other author pages or social media sites so readers can find you)
Brief Author Bio:
My fiction is contemporary, so the settings and the characters are completely modern and struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in my writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days which really don’t exist anymore. My characters truly live by the Code of the West.
Christi Williams writes contemporary sensual romance set in Wyoming. My strong heroines love cowboys and lawmen!
I love hearing from readers, so please contact me.
List all of your titles and include links where readers can purchase them:
Take a Chance on Love
HTML or PDF download 
Kindle
Nook
Please answer the following questions:
Where do you call home and what do you love most about that place?
I've lived in Wyoming all my life except for a few years in Colorado and a few in Oregon. The high desert and 300 days of sunshine were bred into me; I can see for miles and the sky is mostly always blue. My contemporary romances are set in southwest Wyoming, where I can write heroes who embody the mythos of the West and women with the strength of spirit who love them.
What or who inspired you to write your first title?
I started in short stories, but had a teacher who insisted the way to make a living from writing was novel-length. I was shocked that I could actually expand the words to fit inside the covers of a book! But there's been no looking back since.
What books have most influenced your life? 
Honestly, too many to list. I read A Tale of Two Cities five times, and it's probably still my all-time favorite.
What book(s) are you reading now? 
I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy. I wish I had written them! On my e-reader, I'm reading Lily Graison's The Lawman (The Willow Creek Series #1) and enjoying this naughty Western story of a woman who revels in her sexuality and the lawman who kind of accidentally marries her.
Can you give us an idea of what your “writing space” is like? 
It is a desk with a computer, but messy--tons of sticky notes and calendars and receipts for the IRS.
Can you tell us about your latest publication? 
The blurb to Take a Chance on Love: When Chancie de Leur meets highway patrol trooper Micah Taylor one frosty Wyoming night, instant sexual heat kindles between them. Chancie’s a lonely young widow who owns her own business and Micah is divorced, so there shouldn’t be anything holding them back. But Micah wonders if Chancie’s obvious wealth might become an issue, or the fact that she’s apparently the second woman in his life who has zero interest in ever having his baby.
Micah has no idea of the real problem between him and Chancie, until he meets her son. Ten-year-old Jamie de Leur is determined to break up his mom and her lawman, and Micah questions whether any relationship with Chancie is worth dealing with the spoiled kid she’s raising.
In a showdown over Jamie breaking the law, Micah has to decide if he wants to be Chancie’s cop—or her family man.
What inspired you to write your latest publication?  Where did the idea come from?
I went on a college field trip to a local coal mine. We toured the reclamation area and I got fascinated by the job of environmental services officer. I thought a woman could easily do that, working to protect raptors, and the story took off from there.
Who is your favorite character in your latest publication and why? 
Oh, I'm totally in love with Micah Taylor, the Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper who is the hero of Take a Chance on Love. Why? I made him up, so he's everything I ever dreamed of in a man. Smart and sexy and tough and tender. He has horses, so he's got cowboy attributes, but he's a steely cop who falls in love fast!
If your publication was made into a movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters? 
This is a tough one, because I watch very little television or movies. My nose is always stuck in a book.
Your characters are stranded on an island. Who is most likely to be the only survivor and why? 
The heroine of my story, Chancie would survive, because Micah would make sure she did.
Which of your characters is most like you (if any)? 
Chancie is too stubborn to give up on Micah even when the situation seems hopeless. In that she is a lot like me.
Can you share your favorite excerpt from your recent publication?
She consulted the name on the second form: Micah Taylor. Micah: a nice, old-fashioned name. Micah Taylor seemed like a Nice Man. Also a Sexy Man. She risked another peek at him from behind Judy’s computer screen before she rose to escort Arthur Brinegar to the restroom. Micah Taylor caught her looking and smiled again.
Well, he’d spied her giving him a second looking-over. But at the same time she’d caught his blue eyes studying her. She wondered if the exchange meant anything. She was rusty at these boy-girl games, but felt a definite flutter in the pit of her stomach. She was happy she could still recognize the pieces of the game even if she didn’t remember all the rules. Her knees trembled as she rose to precede Brinegar down the hall, but not from Brinegar’s nearness. It was the thought of Micah Taylor that had her shaking. Suddenly she had the most vivid picture of Trooper Taylor naked: all tall, lean muscle. She had a lot of trouble making the vision go away, even though she knew she had to make it go away. It was imperative that she keep her mind on what she was doing.
“If you’ll follow me, please.” Her voice quavered. She refused to turn her head to see if Micah Taylor watched her walk across the short-napped gray carpet, even though she could feel the heat of his eyes centered on her ass. She could feel Arthur Brinegar’s eyes as well through the suede fabric of her drop-shouldered shirt, and forced herself not to shudder at the definite contrast of hot and cold.
Are you working on anything new now?  What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a second sensual contemporary romance set in southwest Wyoming that I just signed a contract on. So if readers like Chancie and Micah from Take a Chance on Love, they can look forward to another set of modern Western lovers in my next book from Torrid.
What advice can you give aspiring writers?  
Read. Study the writers whose work you like best and try to figure out what they have done right. Read widely, classics and mainstream and outside your genre. Take classes and get in the habit of writing against a deadline; it’s good discipline. Study grammar and usage so even if you self-publish you’ll put out your best, polished work for your readers.




Hi and welcome to my blog, Christi Williams. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Thank you. I’m so happy to be here! My new release is a sensual contemporary romance, Take a Chance on Love. Set in Wyoming, it’s the story of Chancie, a widowed businesswoman, and sexy Highway Patrol trooper Micah, who think the biggest problem between them is the baggage they carry from past broken romances. It turns out their biggest challenge is ten years old and lives in Chancie’s house, her son Jamie, who makes it his life goal to break up his mom and her boyfriend.

How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Persistent, positive, lucky, published writer.


If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?
Smart, stubborn, luckily published writer!

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
They might be surprised to know my romances started out hot and sexy, got rewritten as sweet in a failed effort to sell them, and are back to hot and sexy to fit my new publisher’s guidelines.

If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would they tell? I’ve always been a big reader, and liked writing. But when it came time for college, I couldn’t figure out how a woman who would probably never be a literary giant went about making a living from writing. Beyond journalism, that is, which didn’t interest me at all. So I put off writing formally until I returned to school at the age of 39. Then I churned out several manuscripts in quick succession but couldn’t get anyone interested in publishing them. When the age of Internet publishing exploded all of a sudden publishers were interested in my stories, perhaps because so many writers who would have been submitting to them were instead self-pubbing. Or maybe the stars were aligned correctly, or it was meant for me to look to where my roots are. At any rate, an opportunity to publish with Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid Books, a Wyoming publisher, developed for me when they offered a contract for Take a Chance on Love.

What can readers expect next from you?
I have another sensual contemporary romance set in Wyoming that I just signed to have published. I’m interested in the mythology of the West, the cowboys and lawmen, the iconic animals and ideals. My fiction is contemporary, so the settings and the characters are completely modern and struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in my writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days which really don’t exist anymore. My characters truly live by the Code of the West.

Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add? (links, news, etc)

Title: Take a Chance on Love
Genre: Sensual Contemporary Romance
Author: Christi Williams
Release date: April 15, 2013
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid Books

Take a Chance on Love book blurb:
When Chancie de Leur meets highway patrol trooper Micah Taylor one frosty Wyoming night, instant sexual heat kindles between them. Chancie’s a lonely young widow who owns her own business and Micah is divorced, so there shouldn’t be anything holding them back. But Micah wonders if Chancie’s obvious wealth might become an issue, or the fact that she’s apparently the second woman in his life who has zero interest in ever having his baby. 

Micah has no idea of the real problem between him and Chancie, until he meets her son. Ten-year-old Jamie de Leur is determined to break up his mom and her lawman, and Micah questions whether any relationship with Chancie is worth dealing with the spoiled kid she’s raising. 

In a showdown over Jamie breaking the law, Micah has to decide if he wants to be Chancie’s cop—or her family man.

Take a Chance on Love excerpt:
He admired Chancie’s guts, but at the same time he had a strong sense of regret. Was it possible she just didn’t know when to give up? He couldn’t face Jamie’s hostility for the rest of his life, or even for a few years until the kid was ready to leave home. Micah couldn’t be the one to make Chancie choose between her son and her lover. Even at this moment, Jamie was missing and she felt she had to sit here and explain, making a choice between the boy and the man. Micah didn’t want to go on feeling guilty for tearing Chancie apart.
     His sense of fairness was violated by the situation. If it had been another man vying for Chancie’s affection, he might have relished the fight. But Micah Taylor wouldn’t go on battling a ten-year-old boy.
     When he didn’t answer her right away, Chancie said apprehensively, “What are you thinking, Micah?”
     Could he tell her he thought she would lose her bet with herself? She was so brave, a formidable contender who could take it on the chin and come back for more. He had a much clearer picture of her now and liked her more than when he had thought her lavishly wealthy. He admired her grit, but he couldn’t let her go on thinking he was in her corner when he was backing out of the ring.
     “I’m thinking you’re the most courageous lady I’ve ever met in my life,” he finally answered truthfully.
     “But you also think I’m being too optimistic.” It wasn’t a question.
     He squeezed her upper arms. How could he give her up now? But he had to. “Chancie, Jamie hates me. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.”
     Her green eyes flared. She jerked her arms away, breathing heavily. “Micah Taylor,” she said in a low voice, “you are really starting to piss me off. Don’t you dare give up on me. You’re coming to Christmas dinner tomorrow. You promised.”
     “And you’re going to hold me to it, come hell or high water.” He smiled sadly. He was going to miss her spunk as much as her fiery kisses and her sweet body responding instantly to his touch, although those memories would be enough to ensure many a sleepless night.
     “You bet I’m holding you to it.” She checked the time, muttered a curse. “I’ve got to get back to Parker. Would you just kiss me, Micah? For luck?”

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Wild and Wicked Cowboys: Guest Christi Williams Shares The Lawman’s Enduring Allure

Picture the Old West lawman, tall and lean, cowboy boots on his feet and well-worn felt hat on his head, a shiny badge on his vest and a sixgun holstered at his hip. What draws us, women and men, so unerringly to this icon? Just what is it that makes a Western lawman so sexy?
This lawman is legend, a hero who represents unyielding integrity and indomitable will. Exemplified by the small town sheriff, the historic lawman will always chase down the bad guys—alone if it comes to that. He lives by what he believes, and not by what he’s told. This is the hard riding loner who puts himself in danger to save the little frontier town, a man long ago wounded by the woman whose image still resides in the depths of his heart. This man is as much an unattainable fantasy to the local ladies in low cut silk dresses as that nearly forgotten woman is to him.
And if the Old West hero had sex appeal, does that same allure attach to today’s law enforcement officer? Fast forward 150 years from the Old West. What characteristics of that iconic lawman survive? What makes today’s LEO sexy?
Cops of today personify strength. Their roots may be more military than Western, but they still wear the badge and carry a gun at their hip. The image of the loner is still there, along with the indomitability and strength. Look at today’s cop cars, big, heavy vehicles outfitted with black push bars and iron cages. Today’s cops use automatic weapons. The use of force might be the last form of persuasion, but the reminders of an officer’s power are unmistakable. In this age of fascination with BDSM, the modern uniformed police officer is the ultimate Dom.
And yet for all their modern armor, today’s police are as vulnerable to ambush as yesterday’s sheriff riding out alone on a horse. The danger for the ones upholding the law is as immediate as it always has been, and the fears of the one waiting at home for the return of the family LEO are just as real.
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The second in my Hawk Point Romances, Perilous Promises, features just such a tough modern lawman, Sheriff Noah Dalton, whose heart remains unmended five years after his divorce from Perris. For her part, Perris can survive anything except the men who love her. Perris Dalton doesn’t need a man. She left southwest Wyoming broken, so transformed by fighting cancer even her big hunk of a lawman couldn’t make love to her. Now she’s back.
Her new job is to mitigate conflicts with raptors at a power plant’s coal mine. There’s no reason for her path to cross her ex-husband’s. But when an environmental demonstration inexplicably centers in on her, Sheriff Noah Dalton steps in, confident he can win back the woman who once walked out on him.
As the demonstration spirals into personal attacks, Noah, Perris’s father the sheep rancher, and her brother the college student, hatch a secret plot to protect her.
In a humorous contest of wills with a lone woman survivor used to solving her own problems, and three big, strong, Western heroes just as determined to save her, all hell starts to break loose.
Perilous Promises excerpt:
“Perri, I want to come over.”
Noah’s voice was soft, deceptively soft. Everything in Perris fought against giving in to that familiar tone. She knew he wanted to be near her. And she wanted it too. She could feel herself weakening. He was too much temptation; some secret part of her still considered them married and always would. They had once been more to each other than mere vows.
But she could say no to him now, where before she never could. No other man had ever made her so trembly in the knees she toppled backward into bed from a few kisses. She couldn’t let him get so near. She had no willpower when it came to Noah Dalton. She was well aware that that much, at least, had not changed.
“No, you can’t come over.” She should never have told Noah about Collins. She didn’t know what her ex-husband could do, caught as he was between her troubles and his re-election. But he would find a way to come riding to her rescue if he truly wanted to. The question was, did she want him to?
Possibility hung heavy in the silence between them. She was grateful for the cold plastic of the phone, and the distance it put between them.
“I hate this,” Noah said. “I want to know what Collins said. I want you to look at me while you tell me exactly what happened today.”
“No. I don’t think it’s a good idea.” She repressed a deepening shiver. She’d detected the same undertow all during the conversation, running beneath the surface of Noah’s words. A deep current that she’d felt tugging at her, tugging her under. He wanted to see her again. He wanted to start the cycle all over again. The vicious cycle of saying he loved her but treating her like a wounded little girl. No.
“Why not?”
Because I want you too much.
Because I’m thinking that maybe you want to try again. And I can’t go through it all again. I can’t face the pity in your eyes when you look at me.
“There’s really no need for you to come all the way over here.” She tried to sound calm, confident, assured. The modern, independent woman she prided herself on being since she had no man in her life to depend on.
“Less than twenty miles.” She could hear the smile in Noah’s reply. “Fifteen minutes on the highway, Perri.”
Her knees started to grow watery at the familiar quality of his deep voice. She closed her eyes against the image of a flash of his white teeth when he smiled. The idea of how much fun they’d had together, how close they’d been.
Once upon a time. Long ago.
She moaned. “Noah. Please. Not tonight.”
“Okay.” His voice grew guarded, as if he thought she had a date or something. She hadn’t had a date since their divorce. But let him think so if it kept him away.
“Tell me exactly what Collins said and then I’ll let you go.”
Grateful to have the conversation turned from where she’d been afraid it was going, she spoke without thinking. “He said he would get me.”
Noah paused. “How do you think he meant that, Perri?” His voice was his hard cop voice. She could picture a frown drawing his sandy eyebrows together as he formulated a plan to defend her.
She had to throw Noah off the track, or he’d have the twenty miles separating them driven in ten minutes. Her words tumbled over each other as she tried to regain lost ground. “I told you, Collins was just angry. He doesn’t mean anything, Noah. Really.”
He paused. She could picture his hand clenching the phone as he fought to get his warrior instincts under control. At last he sighed, a forced exhalation of breath that she knew all too well. “All right. I’ll let it go this time, because that seems to be the way you want it,” he said. “But promise me you’ll call if he does anything more. And I mean anything outside the legal limits of his protest.”
She had won. He was giving up. He would stay away. He’d learned his lesson about stepping in where he wasn’t wanted.
So why didn’t she feel happy about it? Why did she feel bereft? She felt as if she stood alone in a blinding snowstorm, cut off from the warmth of a blazing fire.
“I’ll let you know. I really have to go now. Thank you, Noah.” Her hands were shaking again, but luckily her voice betrayed none of her inner turmoil. She only hoped she could disconnect before she blew it completely and ended up begging him to come over.
 “Good night, Perri,” Noah said quietly, and hung up.
He still didn’t say goodbye, she noted as she laid the cell phone down with shaking fingers. After all she’d put him through, Noah Dalton was still refusing to say farewell. He left the metaphorical door open for her and the symbolic night light on in case she wanted to come home.
“God help me.” Perris groaned, as if the sound of her own voice could banish Noah’s veiled appeals from her head. What did she have to do before the man would finally let her go? She’d come back to Wyoming, she now realized, to have Noah Dalton conclusively and completely and finally set her heart free. Why couldn’t he just say the one simple word,goodbye, that would let her go forever?
Why couldn’t he admit that there was nothing between them anymore? He had to have retained the same painful memories she had, of their love falling to ruin while she focused all her attention on overcoming her disease.
He was the most stubborn man she’d ever met in her life. She wasn’t fooled by his backing off, by his giving her a little space. He was serving notice that he intended to move back in on her. He wanted to see her? What a joke! He wanted to give her help she didn’t need. He wanted to shield her from living.
She’d seen the way he looked at her, his silvery blue eyes traveling over her while his face remained impassive and the emotion in his eyes shuttered. He remembered. He remembered what the doctors had done to her. And yet he still wanted to try again.
But she couldn’t. She remembered too, so very well. And the memories were set loose now, running amok where they’d been so safely locked up. She put shaking hands to her head as if to contain the memories flying free, to trap them back inside their rusty cages in her mind where they belonged.
She swiped at the tears flowing down her cheeks.
She wanted to scream. She wanted to hide. She wanted to run.
She had run from nothing in the last five years, faced everything head on with all the strength she had. Only one thing could make Perris run now. And that was the thought of finally facing Noah Dalton.
The Hawk Point sensual contemporary romances:
Perilous Promises:
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Take a Chance on Love:
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ADRIA'S ROMANCE REVIEWS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013

Author! Author! Interview with: Christi Williams + Giveaway!


I want to welcome author Christi Williams to the blog today! Her book,Perilous Promises (which I reviewed here) is not only a romance set in Wyoming but the heroine, Perris is a breast cancer survivor, a first for me. Christi has been gracious enough to answer a few questions AND she's giving away two awesome prizes, so you'll want to check those out too.

About Christi
Christi writes HEA fiction with settings and characters of modern Wyoming. Her heroes and heroines struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in her writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days of the Code of the West.

Hi Christi! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, I hope you'll find my questions fun! Don't be afraid to cut loose and have some fun either!

Can you tell me a little about yourself and what your new book,Perilous Promises is about?
I write romances set in Wyoming.Perilous Promises is the story of a breast cancer survivor who has run away from the man she loves rather than face the fact that he looks at her differently than he did before she got sick. It’s the story of an outwardly strong woman who runs instead of standing and fighting, and when she does fight she chooses the wrong battles. A lot of Perris’s problems evolve from Western attitudes about men and women, about the kind of people who have made their living for generations from fossil fuels, and the Old West versus the New West and how old stereotypes still hang on. This was a difficult book to write. I love the West but find it hard to live here sometimes. And mom and one of my grandmothers died of breast cancer. The fun part of the book comes from playing with the stereotype of the strong, silent lawman, the kind of men who insist on trying to save Perris when she insists she doesn’t want to be saved.

Where did the idea for Perilous Promises come from?
I started with the job of environmental services officer. When I was in college we took a tour of an open pit coal mine and saw how the company was trying to reclaim the land and protect wildlife from its operations. Perris’s character grew from this job, which fascinated me. Coal mines and coal-fired power plants are in the same situation teamsters were in the Old West with the coming of the railroad: still needed but definitely on their way out. So Perris has that looming over her as well, the threat that she might not be able to keep the job she loves.

What has been the most challenging aspect of writing a book? What about the most rewarding?
The most challenging aspect is promoting, just trying to get readers to look at the work of a new author and give it a chance. The most rewarding part is when readers just get it, get exactly what I was trying to say—and then write a glowing review about how they loved the book. Nothing beats that feeling of having connected on a deeper level with someone I’ve never even met.

Where there any authors that inspired you as a child or even now as an adult?
Lots! Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Janet Evanovich, Greg Iles, Nora Roberts, James Lee Burke, Diana Gabaldon, Joseph Marshall III, Charlaine Harris, LaVyrle Spencer...shall I go on? Do you see a pattern here? Neither do I! *grins* I love books, always have, all kinds, all genres, fiction and nonfiction, and continue to be inspired by many different writers.

* I LOVE Nora Roberts. She's amazing!

Is there another genre that you might want to try in the future?
I already write Wyoming historicals under another pen name, Alethea Williams. I have one book out about an immigrant arriving in Wyoming after WWI that won a Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award in 2012, and another coming out in April about orphan trains and the building of the transcontinental railroad. I have been asked if I would consider writing paranormals, but at this point I don’t have enough room at my desk for a third writer!

What are you working on now?
I’m working on plotting a fourth sensual romance and at the same time rewriting another Western historical.

Let's play a quick round of Either/Or shall we? *rubs hands together*

Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee, although I do like hot chocolate once in a while.

Red wine or White? White. Usually.

Ice Cream or Cake? Are you kidding?

Dogs or cats? Dogs. 

Last one, Facebook or Twitter? Hmm. Goodreads. *grins*

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just please contact me if you have a comment or a question. My e-mail address is on my blog, and you can comment on my Facebook page and author page. Here are all my links:


Thank you again Christi for your time and patience!
Thank you for having me on your blog, Adria! I had fun. How about you all?


How awesome is this, up for grabs is a print copy of the first book in Christi's Hawk Point Romance, Take a Chance on Love for US/CAN residents and a t-shirt teddy for Perilous Promises for INTERNATIONALreaders! So fill out the respective rafflecopter forms to be entered! Contest ends November 5, 2013





In both Take a Chance on Love and Perilous Promises, there is a character involved in law enforcement, one book had a Wyoming State Trooper and the other had a Sheriff. Is there a real life connection as to why the male characters in both books are in law enforcement or is it purely fictional?


The connection between Micah Taylor, the sexy Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper inTake a Chance on Love, and hot Noah Dalton, the sheriff in Perilous Promises, is purely fictional. These guys are modern incarnations of the iconic Old West lawman, a bit of swagger mixed with a bit of tenderness, and Chancie and Perris can’t resist them. Besides the fact that they’re both Western heroes in uniform, their stories take place in the fictional town of Hawk Point, Wyoming. Did you notice Noah’s deputy Clay Thorpe makes a brief appearance in both books? I’m excited to reveal here on Smexy Bookaholics that his story, a novella titled Clay’s Quest, will be out in January from Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid.


Where do you come up with the inspiration for the characters in all your books and their backgrounds?


I have read that writing is not magic, but just a lot of hard work. I’m here to tell you that on the contrary, I think it is magic. I start from a situation—Chancie is a single mother with an out-of-control kid, who on one snowy late night at work, meets the man she hasn’t dared dreamed existed. Perris, a toughened breast cancer survivor, can’t admit that she’s terrified to take up life where she left off with the man she’s loved since she was a teenager and instead keeps pushing him away. Once I have an idea what’s going on, the characters show up and start telling me their stories...just like magic.


Can you describe a day in the life of Christi Williams? What is your everyday life like?


I’m pretty boring! I start the coffee, get on the computer and do a bit of Facebook and Twitter and Goodreads. I try to get off social media early in the day; I usually have research or writing to do. Seven days a week! I worked hard physically for a lot of years to get to the place where I can do what I want: write sweet, sensual, contemporary Western romance.


Do you generally have to do any research for writing your books? If so, then what types of 
resources do you use for research?


I do research my characters’ backgrounds, everything from consulting books to visiting the types of work they do, to scouring the Internet looking for current information. I like to tell a fully rounded story so I need to know what these people I’m writing about do with all the hours of their day. I try to make my characters’ lives so real readers can just drop into the story.


When did you begin writing and what was it about writing that appealed to you?


I started writing quite a few years ago because I really hated my job and thought I could make a living at it. My critique group said I could make a lot of money writing romances. I still love writing—but my friends in the writers group were a little off the mark about the money.


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? (Such as: where are you from, where do you live now, or any hobbies, or anything else you'd like to share with your readers?)


You can probably tell from the Hawk Point romances that I was born in Wyoming and have lived most of my life in Wyoming. I used to garden, but now live in a townhouse and have found container gardening in Wyoming’s high desert a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. I have always, and still do, read. A lot!


Do you have a set schedule when you write? Is there a certain place you go to write, or do you write where ever and whenever you want to?


I don’t have a set schedule for writing. Sometimes the words flow faster than I can type. And sometimes I just have to let the story percolate for a while. I used to be afraid that when the story wouldn’t come clear, it was writer’s block, but I’ve found that even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about it and plotting. So it’s better to wait until the story is ready to be told than to try and force it.


Do you have a book you are currently writing? If so, is there anything you can tell your readers about it?


Sure, I’ve always got a story I’m working on. Right now, it’s another Hawk Point romance about a woman who inherits the Wyoming family ranch and finds herself falling for the sexy hired hand.


Is there something you want your readers to know about yourself? Maybe something that your readers wouldn't know about you?


I publish under two names: Christi Williams writes sensual, sweet contemporary Western romance, and Alethea Williams writes Western historical fiction. Watch for Alethea's second novel, Walls for the Wind, due out in April 2014 from Whiskey Creek Press LLC


What is the one thing in life that you would love to do but haven't gotten to do yet?


I would love to travel. My grandmother came from a village in the Tyrolean Alps and never got to go back. I almost had her convinced to go at one point, but it never happened. The pictures of the valley where she was born are beautiful. I would like to see it one day.


Quick and Fun Q&A:


Do you believe in love at first sight?


Ha ha. Read Take a Chance on Love for the answer!


Do you have any pet peeves?


I try not to let too much get to me. Life is too short.


If someone made a movie about your life, would it be a drama, comedy, romantic-comedy, action film or another type of film?


A documentary, hopefully not too dull.


Do you have a favorite place to eat? If so, what's your favorite food to eat there?


I’m not a very good cook. I will eat almost anything if somebody else is cooking. I used to dream that if I went to Europe, I would start in Portugal and try new dishes at every meal in every country I visited.

Finish this statement: If I wasn't afraid, I  _______.


Would self-publish some of my own books or maybe start my own imprint and publish other writers. 


Any favorite movies or TV shows?


I don’t watch too much TV or many movies. It wouldn’t leave me enough time to read! Those that I do watch include Longmire (set in Wyoming), and the historicals Copper, Viking, and Hell on Wheels where the railroad reached Cheyenne at the end of last season.

AUTHOR LOWDOWN with Christi Williams



You can take 5 items/men to a fully catered desert island – what/who would you take?     J
Book boyfriends are the best and emotional arousal is in your head! So I would choose all my reading/writing implements, which these days are largely electronic.

Who is your favourite author?
I don’t have a fave author. I read a lot, but not all romance. I have lots of fave works, but they’re by all different authors in all different genres. 

How did you start your writing career?
I didn’t go to college when I was young, and the thought of being a writer didn’t occur to me until I was almost 40 years old and a non-traditional student. As with a lot of authors, I was reading a novel and thought, “I can do that". I started in short stories, fantasy and science fiction, and wrote one fantasy novel and a historical novel.

Which character was the hardest to write and why? 
Perris Dalton of Perilous Promises was the hardest for me. I have several members of my family who have had or died of breast cancer. I have never had cancer myself, and so I had to work hard to connect with Perris and the feelings she experienced: anger, denial, terror, and finally a brittle strength that she would never be beaten down by her disease. Readers, especially those with no familiarity with cancer, seem to have a very tough time connecting with Perris. They think of her as a spoiled brat and don’t recognize the fear hiding behind her tough girl persona. But, you know, writing a book is a two-part proposition. A written, edited, formatted and published book isn’t quite finished until someone reads it. Then, if they don’t “get” it, it’s too late for the author to revise it so they will get it. It’s a failure on the author’s part, hopefully one she will take a lesson from for the next one.

Why did you choose to write romance?
After I wrote the first two novels I joined a writer’s group. At first we were writers of many things including non-fiction and poetry. But as people moved away or moved on from a dream of a writing career, we were three romance writers plus myself. I started writing romance in self defense. All I was critiquing was romance, and I thought I would get better feedback if I wrote romance, since I didn’t read much in that genre and didn’t know much about it—I read Nora Roberts, LaVyrle Spencer, and Sandra Brown but that was about the extent of my familiarity with romance.

If you weren’t an author, what would you have ended up doing?
Authors are lots of things before, during, and after their careers as writers. I took any job that would pay me enough to stay alive, and when that didn’t happen, sometimes two or three jobs at a time. I was also a mother of teenagers at that time.

Do you have any rituals/habits when you write? 
I don’t!

If you write under an alias/Nome de plume, how does it feel to have emails etc. addressed to your other name? 
I write under two different pseudonyms, and then there is the name I was given at birth. One alias writes sexy romance and the other writes sweet historical fiction. Sometimes I find myself re-tweeting some blazing erotic romance writers’ messages under the sweet historical persona. When I come to my senses, I can only say, “Oops, I did it again.”

What is on your current and upcoming release schedule? 
I have a third novel and a second novella in the Hawk Point romances finished. But I haven’t submitted them yet, and there’s nothing scheduled for publication at the moment.

Where are your books available?
Clay’s Quest (novella): Whiskey Creek PressKindleSmashwordsNook
Perilous Promises (novel): Whiskey Creek PressKindleNook
Take a Chance on Love (novel): Whiskey Creek PressKindleNook
“To the One I Never Forgot” (short story): SmashwordsKindleNook

Stalker Links
Website: Christi Williams
Twitter: @WriterChristi 


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