Welcome back to another day at The Mustard Seed. Today, Ann Christine is here to visit and also share about her book, Safari Moon, which is being featured and there is a giveaway, so be sure to comment to enter to win. Let's meet Ann...

Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?

Ever since I was a small child playing with dolls, I have loved to make up stories.  I guess you could say I was a storyteller, perhaps not a writer since I never put the words down on paper. I decided I wanted to write after I was introduced to romance novels. I read a few and thought maybe I could write a story, not understanding at the time how much knowledge, thought and skill goes into the creation of a work of fiction.

Writing as Ann Christine I penned my first contemporary Romance.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction? 

Safari Moon was inspired by my parents and their love to travel. They always told me they really saw more of the country, experienced the people, and enjoyed the vacation in an entirely different way when they toured on their bicycles. In Safari Moon, Nyssa Harrington resigns from her Wall Street job, and settles in Bend, Oregon. She owns a bicycle shop and books bicycle tours around the world. Solo St. John is a wildlife photographer who is about to embark on an adventurous photo shoot in the Alaskan wilderness. In this case, Solo's career and destination were inspired by my love of photography, my love of wolves as well as my parents trip to Alaska.

Sounds like great inspiration for a story. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

My characters are created from my imagination. I have wondered what my friends might say if they read one of my books and discovered they were a character in said book. It could possibly be a real shock to discover oneself portrayed in a work of fiction. Would they like the character? I think I would rather keep my friends.

What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?

My Lakota/Pinkerton series, beginning with Dakota's Bride, was the most interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed researching the Lakota Sioux, the areas where they lived, their culture and even their language. I think I would like to go back and revisit this series of five books.

Where do you go to do your research? 

If I am unable to travel for my research, most of it is done on my computer. However, for My Angel, part of the Lakota/Pinkerton series, I did a lot of research through National Geographic magazine. I needed pictures of the Crimea and a better understanding of the terrain. In the nineties when I first began my writing career, the majority of my research was done at the public library.

How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story?  Is the process the same for every book you write?  How long does it take you to write a book? 

I always start with the characters. I give them names, jot down important events in their life story then move on to profile them. A lot of times I will have the setting in mind as well as the main plot. After the profiles are finished, I work on the plot, including turning points and the black moment. Then I move on to the conflicts: internal, external and emotional.

Are you currently working on any new book projects?

Rebel Heart a futuristic is my next release. I am currently working on edits for this book. It will be released in June. But at the moment my major interest is in Safari Moon, my first contemporary romance. With contemporaries I am writing as Ann Christine instead of Christine Young. I am also working on a novella to be published in an anthology for next May.

What’s your writing schedule like?  When do you find time to write?

I really have no writing schedule. When I can I will write in the morning and edit in the afternoon. I still substitute teach so on days I have to work I will try and sit down in the evening. If not otherwise engaged, I work every day.

How did you find your publisher?  What was your journey to publication like?

My first publisher and editor was Kate Duffy at Kensington. I love my villains, although Safari Moon doesn't have an antagonist per se. An author I liked to read had great villains and Kate was her editor. I sent my manuscript to her and was pleasantly surprised, no excited, to receive a phone call from her asking me if she could buy my manuscript. Kensington offered me a two-book contract. After that I went on to publish with Awe-struck then Rogue Phoenix Press.

I wrote for about six years before I published my first book, Dakota's Bride and my second book My Angel. After that I wrote the rest of the Lakota/Pinkerton series. Then I embarked on my Highland journey writing three books in that series. A couple of years ago I began a regency romance series which will eventually be a twelve book series. At the moment I have written and published two of these books, Allura and The Wager.

Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies? 

I think I have mentioned most of these in other interviews. When I'm at a stand-still I often lift weights or play computer games. This seems to free my mind and I can explore uncharted territories.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and chat today.

Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children.  Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.

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Safari Moon by Ann Christine, is a contemporary romance available now from Rogue Phoenix Press.

Solo St. John, a wildlife photographer, is preparing for a trip to Alaska. Suddenly, Solo finds women of all sorts invading his privacy, his home and his office, all cooing nonsense words and blatantly throwing themselves at him. Solo doesn't know why, and he has no idea how to rid himself of the persistent women. He finally decides to beg a favor of his best buddy Nyssa Harrington.

In love with Solo for the past ten years and knowing he doesn't return her feelings Nyssa doesn't want to talk to Solo. She knows if she accepts his phone call, she will not be able to resist the temptation to hope again.

Purchase Link for Safari Moon  

Here's an excerpt from Safari Moon

Solo St. John you are a coward.

When he peeked into the room, she was asleep. Hallelujah, his prayers had been answered. Yet instead of turning and walking away he did the exact opposite.

He strode to the bed.

For several seconds, Solo stood over her. Her hair was spread out on the pillow, her hand tucked beneath her chin. Without his help, she’d taken her dress off and now she was clad in very little. Damn little.

Solo smiled to himself. He couldn’t decide if she looked prettier now or when he’d first seen her walk down the aisle in her wedding dress, his grandmother’s gown. The significance of his thoughts stunned him. His grandmother would not accept an annulment well. Hell.

The room was warm and she’d pushed the covers off. He could see the tops of her white silk stockings and the tiny pink roses that formed a perfect border. One strap of her chemise had fallen off her shoulder and he could watch her breasts rise and fall. She had a sexy shoulder. He wanted to touch her so damn bad he could barely restrain himself.

She purred, a soft sound, seductive and with that he smoothed a lock of her beautiful hair from her face. He was so close, so tempted, so needy. This was his wedding night.

A wedding night he had no claim over. Seemingly on their own volition, his fingers traced the contour of her jaw, down the slope of her neck across the creamy swell of a perfect breast.

She purred again and Solo smiled once more. At least in her sleep she was not indifferent to his touch, to the man she married. No, if he thought back on the last few days, Nyssa had been anything but indifferent.

He pulled his hand back and rested it on her hip. She rolled onto her back. With the movement, his hand slid across her hip until his fingers lay on her stomach. Her eyes still closed, she made a sleepy sound, her hand coming to settle on his own.

“Solo?” she asked in a soft sexy voice. “Wouldn’t you like to come to bed?

Loved the excerpt. Thank you for sharing that with us. I'm definitely adding your book to my TBR list!

If you would like to enter to win in Ann's giveaway, please feel free to comment on this blog feature post. The following are prizes to be awarded:

* A Safari Moon bookmark to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop.
* ebook copy of The Gift (part of A Valentine Anthology) and Star Crossed (part of St. Patricks Day anthology) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
* One commenter during the tour will win the right to have a character named for them in her next release--either Ghost Dance (a western historical romance) or Rebel Heart (science-fiction romance)
* Two randomly drawn commenters during the tour will each win a $25.00 GC to Starbucks

3/22/2012 10:52:30

Thank you for hosting today.

Joanne Troppello
3/22/2012 12:13:20

Glad to host today. Thanks! :)

3/22/2012 11:20:21

I tried to purchase this book, it sounded so good. Couldn't get through to Rogue Phoenix. Can it be purchased through Amazon?

Joanne Troppello
3/22/2012 12:15:22

I just tried the link again for Rogue Phoenix and it seems to be working: http://shop.roguephoenixpress.ieasysite.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=SAFARIMOON

Here's the purchase link if you'd like to go to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Safari-Moon-ebook/dp/B001PKU2S4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332440060&sr=8-1

Thanks for stopping by! :)

3/22/2012 12:18:57

What was the problem with Rogue Phoenix site? It a should work at www.roguephoenixpress.com

3/22/2012 12:20:13

I got through on Amazon and ordered it. Thank you very much.

3/22/2012 15:41:52

Thanks, momjane. Hope you like it. We were buried last night in about 7 inches of snow. We lost power. Just now able to use internet on my computer. The snow in March is highly unusual for the Willamette Valley in March.

3/23/2012 02:31:17

It was 87 degrees here in New Hampshire yesterday. Very unusual. Breaking all records.

3/22/2012 17:59:59

Snow!? It's felt almost like summer here in Southeastern NC. I can't imagine having snow this late in the season.

Don't you just love those old National Geographics? They're so much fun to browse. I've worked in a lot of libraries where we've still had those old issues.


Thanks for providing this information. It’s really useful.


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