Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Christine Rimmer!

*Giveaway!* Easy Entry! U.S. only~Ends 12/10/17
 Today’s featured author is the delightful Christine Rimmer! Learn some fun facts about Christine in this short Q&A.  Leave her a question on the blog for a chance to win A Bravo For Christmas!

1. What genre(s) do you write?  

Contemporary Romance for Harlequin Special Edition

2. Coffee or tea lover?  

Hot coffee—iced tea. (Coffee in the morning; iced tea the rest of the time)

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.  

Ride along on a salmon troller. (Currently working on new series that takes place on the coast of northern Oregon.  Some serious salmon fishing going on there.)

4. Do you have pets?

Tom on a box of my author copies
Tom

 

My two old cats, Tom, a sweet black cat and Ed, a gray tabby, recently passed.  I miss them and have no pets right now.

5. When I wake up every morning I… Get coffee, quick!

​6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own.

My grandmother’s favorite cow bell.  She used to ring it to summon any children in her care.

​7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills?

I am a world-class flower arranger—just ask my friends and family.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?  

Pleasure.  Tears. Smiles. All the feels.


Meet Christine Rimmer

Christine Rimmer
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A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY  bestselling author, Christine Rimmer has written more than one hundred contemporary romances for Harlequin Books.  She consistently writes emotional, humorous, sensual stories that keep her readers coming back for more.  Christine has won Romantic Times BOOKreview’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Silhouette Special Edition.  She has been nominated six times for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and also five times for Romantic Times Series Storyteller of the Year.

A California native who first longed to be an actress, Christine earned her theater degree from California State, Sacramento and then went to New York to study acting.  Later, she moved to Southern California, where she began her writing career with short stories, plays, and poems. Her poems and short stories were published in a number of small literary journals. Her plays were produced at The Back Alley and Group Theaters in Southern California and have been published by Dramatists Play Service and West Coast Plays.  Christine lives in Oregon with her family.

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A BRAVO FOR CHRISTMAS

 

A Bravo for ChristmasWHEN DARIUS BRAVO WANTS SOMETHING…
…he usually gets it. And the powerhouse CEO has wanted Ava Malloy since he was a Justice Creek High senior. Darius is already adored by one Malloy: Ava’s spirited daughter. Helping Sylvie and her local Blueberry troop build dollhouses for needy kids is a worthy cause that’s bringing him closer to the widowed single mom. Imagine his surprise when the usually unapproachable Ava starts flirting and making her romantic intentions crystal clear!

 

With one condition…
A holiday fling with the man Ava has always found irresistibly attractive is a thrilling way to ring in the New Year. She can’t promise Darius the future—one devastating heartbreak in a lifetime is enough. But Ava underestimates his staying power. And what about her own secret heart’s desire? A Bravo under the mistletoe and in her arms forever!


Giveaway!

Christine Rimmer is giving away signed copy OR ebook (winner’s choice) of A Bravo For Christmas , (U.S only) to one lucky commenter!

To enter, simply leave the author a question based on their Q&A responses.  Giveaway ends on 12/10/17.


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38 thoughts on “Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Christine Rimmer!

    1. Sue! Thanks for stoppin’ by. Salmon trolling is: Trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water. This may be behind a moving boat, or by slowly winding the line in when fishing from a static position, or even sweeping the line from side-to-side, e.g. when fishing from a jetty.

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    1. Debra! I started writing romance mostly because I loved to read it–and still do. I had been trying my hand at a lot of different types of writing: playwriting, literary novels, short stories, poetry. I was getting stuff published in small literary journals and such, but I knew I would probably never be able to write for a living. Until I started reading about writing romance and learned that there actually was a thriving market for romance stories. I decided to try my hand. I sold the first book I wrote to a now-defunct Harlequin line, Harlequin Temptation. I wrote another and sold it. And so on. Years and years later, I make my living writing romance and I love getting up every day and going to work in my home office.

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    1. Grace, hi! I’ve written a fantasy children’s novella that ALMOST got published with several different publishers called The Golden Key. I’ve written several plays, two of which were published–one by West Coast Plays and one by Dramatists Play Service. I’ve written a romantic mystery (very light on the mystery), Ralphie’s Wives, published by Harlequin. And another self-published romantic mystery, Never Kiss Me Again. Nowadays, I stick with Special Edition, but you never know… ❤

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    1. eawells, it was my grandma’s. I inherited it when she passed. My mom remembered how much I loved it because it reminded me of my smart, bossy Granny. All my books have been with Harlequin. Before that I wrote plays and poems and a fantasy novella that never sold. ❤

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  1. Thanks for adding the pictures. Its fun to see!
    So you write about salmon fishing. But how about flower arranging? Is that how you have gotten so good? Do you have flower arrangers in your books??

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    1. Lisoo, well, I haven’t written about salmon fishing yet. But I will get there in the ten-book BRAVOS OF VALENTINE BAY series. Re the flower arranging, I just do it for fun. We have a farmer’s market nearby open April-October and I get great deals on gorgeous flowers to arrange. I also collect vases at yard sales and estate sales. What can I say? It’s just my joy. I’ve written a couple of books with flower-loving heroines. One had a big, beautiful garden and she would cut flowers from it and arrange them. The other was a florist. I had fun in a scene where she’s making an arrangement for her shop and giving the hero a bad time simultaneously. XOXO!

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      1. It does sound like a wonderful thing. A great pleasure for you.
        I have a few things like that too. Sewing. I love sewing and whenever I see material or patterns on sale, I am sucker. Most of the time, I have no idea what I will do with them. But I just love having them and getting a great bargain is another great joy!
        Also, photography. I love it.
        Sounds like a lot of fun additions to your books!

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        1. lisoo! Somehow I missed your reply. Ah, sewing! I used to sew a lot, make my own clothes. Not so much anymore. I agree on loving shopping for a sewing project. And a bargain! Can’t be that. XOXO!

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    1. Laurie, thank you! You just brightened MY day. I always loved to write and wrote journals and little stories when I was very you. But at first I wanted to be an actress. My grandmother (of the cowbell) told me that as soon as I got that acting bug out of my system, I would “settle down” and be the writer I was meant to be. She was right. As she was so often… (sigh) OXOXO!

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  2. girlfromwva! I just…like to arrange them and I always try to buy a selection of them from the farmer’s market or a local market or a florist about once a week and I bring them home and get to work. I collect interesting vases from yard sales and estate sales. And over the years, I’ve just learned what looks good at what height and in what combination and in what kind of vase, so it’s partly practice and partly, I suppose, a certain eye for it. There are all kinds of ways to keep them fresh longer. First, you learn to tell when they’re fresh by the look of the leaves and the look of the stems at the base, then at home, I cut off at least an inch of stem at a slant–a clean cut, no hanging strings of plant material; I remove every bit of leaf below the water line; changing the water every other day, washing the vase with hot water and dish soap and then rinsing thoroughly and getting the water very cold before putting the stems back in. And never put an arrangement in a sunny window unless you don’t mind that it will wilt in a day. Cut flowers don’t do well in the sun.

    See? I’m pretty obsessive about it. LOL. I guess if I had to choose a flower it would either be a sunflower for its bold cheerfulness or dahlias. I live in the Pacific Northwest and the size and various types and colors of dahlias here are just endlessly surprising and beautiful.

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  3. Lynn! Thanks for dropping in. And I’m so pleased you enjoy my endless displays of flower-love! Fave flowers are sunflowers, dahlias–and I love statice. They look like dried flowers, last forever, come in a variety of colors and and are always handy to fill out an arrangement. XOXO!

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    1. Kerry! Thank you. I love writing the Montana Mavericks and usually write one a year. To keep track of it all, I use simple Word files–for bios for each new character, adding to the bio if the character has changed during any given story. I keep files on pets and other animals in the various stories, on the vehicles, on the houses, on various locations and buildings and businesses within the larger setting. I draw maps of the settings. And I update all the files each time I write a new book in any given series. It’s challenging. But so much fun! XOXO!

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  4. Oh, Kerry! Definitely keep records, so you know who’s who and how they’ve developed. Maybe have an overarching goal/plot for the series. At least, a general theme for the series. I don’t know. Finding family. Finding your true heart. Never giving up. Okay, maybe those are bit generic, but I hope I’m getting the concept across. Don’t do TOO much with potential future heroes and heroines. Don’t lock yourself in so that you have no room to move on whatever story calls to you when you get to that particular hero and heroine. It’s a delicate balance, having enough detail and texture for the books to seem real–but not giving away the whole heart of a character before you get to his or her story. Best to you in your writing. And great sucess! XOXO!

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