From Prussia With Love
by Tina Christopher
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Crystal: Today I am pleased to have a chance to interview Tina Christopher. Welcome Tina! I'm so happy to have you here today.
Tina: Thank you so much for having me, Crystal. I’m delighted to be here.
Crystal:Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
Tina: I’m an author and a crazy cat lady. I only have one cat, Miss Emma Peel, but my Twitter and Instagram feed are dominated by cat pictures. Any time I flip through the pictures on my phone one can recognise a definite theme. I love to read and do so across genres. Asking me to name a favourite book or author will throw me into a panic, as I cannot narrow it down (and yes, I did see question 7;). I’m also somehow have become obsessed with home improvement shows and firmly believe I know how to tile a bathroom despite never having even held a tile.
Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
Tina: Too many to share, but here is one of my favourite instances:
“He frowned. The top crate had twine wrapped around it like a bow on a present. One touch confirmed his suspicions. The lid had come loose, and been tied down to keep it in place.
Two quick snips and he opened the lid. His jaw nearly dropped. Clara pointed a gun at him.”
Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for From Prussia With Love?
Tina: From Prussia With Love is the first book in my Victoria’s Secret Agents series (think of it as a steampunk James Bond story). It is linked to Dirigibles Are Forever, which is the Christmas story that first pulled me into this alternative London. At the end of Dirigibles I had a couple of loose ends that just wouldn’t let go. They nagged at me and I went off to ask my favourite question: What if? What if the agent in charge is sidetracked by an intriguing first mate, who may or may not be part of the opposing side? What if she has to make a split second decision after knowing him for only a couple of days? And what if he’s not who she thought him to be? From Prussia With Love was born.
Crystal: What are you currently working on?
Tina: I have two projects on the go. One is Victoria’s Secret Agents, book 2. It will be a ménage and the heroes are two of the characters we meet in From Prussia With Love. The heroine is unlike any I’ve written before. I’m very excited (and a little terrified) to dig into this story bring it to life.
And then I have a brand new project, a contemporary romantic suspense. It’s three brothers, all ex-military, who somehow always end up in the wrong spot…or is it the right spot?
Crystal: Do you have any special routine that you follow when you are writing?
Tina: I don’t really have a routine. The only thing that is a must for me to write is a hot cup of tea at my side. Without that I find myself reaching for it and coming up empty pulls me out of my writing. Not a good space to be in, especially when I’m on a deadline.
Crystal:Who are some of your favorite authors that you like to read?
Tina: Too many to list, but here are a few that I always buy no matter what: Nalini Singh, J.D. Robb, Michelle Sagara, Lori Foster, Lisa Shearin, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, and Christine Feehan.
Crystal: Is there a genre you haven't written that you would like to try?
Tina: I’d love to write a shifter series. I have a few ideas. I just need to find the time;).
Clara Redbeck has one goal: to prove to the sods at work—and to herself—that the best man for the job can be a woman. To do that, she must prevent a traitor from blowing London to bits. If only the dashing first mate of the dirigible she’d been tasked to plunder didn’t set her aflame.
Garrett Dewhurst has one goal: to execute the coup of a lifetime. His plans do not include a spanking dalliance with the most intriguing woman he has ever met.
With each encounter, the fire between them burns hotter and their need grows stronger. Finally, the cramped cabin aboard the Bismarck becomes their intimate playground, where Garrett introduces Clara to the pleasure of submission and they explore their passion in every way possible.
Clara and Garrett want a future together, but each holds a secret that if revealed could cost them everything. When danger closes in, they have to choose between protecting themselves or the whole of London.
GENRE: alternative history, steampunk, erotic
Skids of boxes and crates were stacked back-to-back with limited space between them, just enough to walk through. A few lamps scattered through the length of the hold offered dim light that barely showed them the back wall. He picked up a steamtorch. With a click and a whirr it came to life in his hand.
“Is it everything you’d expected?”
She moved past him, turning as much as the narrow space permitted. Her gaze roved about the vast hold. “It’s so big.” Her words were a breathy whisper. “It’s huge.” Her eyes sparkled with the mischief he’d come to enjoy during their exchange.
“It is indeed quite large. In fact, the more you…explore, the bigger you’ll find it.”
He bit his tongue to suppress his laughter at the look she threw him, but it became more and more difficult when her lips twitched. “I’m sure you’ll be only too happy to show me.”
Clara Riesenbeck disarmed him like no woman before her.
She ran her hand across a support beam made of a new compound. “It looks soft.” She stroked the slightly yielding surface. “But it’s actually quite hard.” She tossed an arch look over her shoulder at him.
“Yes, it’s vulcanized rubber. It starts out soft and pliant but gets harder under heat and…pressure.”
Her lips curled at the corners despite her obvious efforts to school them into a disapproving frown.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tina Christopher spent her early years flitting across the Channel between Germany and England. After touring the world extensively—from hanging out with elephants in South Africa to hiking through the wilderness in Alaska—she finally laid down roots in Toronto. Although Canada’s winters may be frigid, Tina’s characters are anything but!
Like most writers, Tina often hears voices in her head, but it took the encouragement of an editor friend to have her actually put fingers to keyboard. While those first stories will never see the light of day, she’s subsequently honed her craft and learned to build not just worlds, but entire galaxies. History has always been an area of interest for her, and she’s enjoys few things more than imagining what could happen when history and future meet.
When not imagining far-away worlds and scorching-hot encounters, Tina can be found on her sofa working through her never-ending TBR pile or venturing into the real world—whether to a nearby café or a passport-required destination. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America Toronto chapter and looks forward to where her characters take her next!
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