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